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~ Gloria Steinem elcome to our November Beauty and Empowerment Issue. The subject of beauty sometimes is labeled as a topic for women and their beauty regime, but it equally impacts women, men, children and even babies. Why? Many of us unknowingly start and end the day loading our bodies up with chemicals as we brush our teeth, put on makeup, shower, use deodorant and body lotions, etc. What a way to begin the day! The skin is one the largest absorbent organs. Although I’ve been a fan of department and drugstore beauty products for years, I am gradually shifting to a more natural beauty regime. Yes, it means trial and error with new products, but also less exposure to harmful substances. On page 12, Kathleen Barnes shows us easy ways to make our own basic beauty products in the article Eco Beauty and on page 16, Kimberly Snyder teaches us how beauty foods keep us beautiful on the outside by properly nourishing the inside. Feeling pressed for time? Take advantage of the plethora of services offered this month by local businesses. You can begin by getting safe, department store quality cosmetics from Beautycounter. Or get pampered at Lotus Beauty, a chemical-free, organic hair salon. Try facial rejuvenation acupuncture with Janet Padma Mandell, DOM, or visit Dr. Alicia Abeytha’s holistic dental practice which features a spa-like setting. In addition, alternative skin therapies are offered by Santa Fe Soul and Aesthetic Boutique Med Spa owner, Belinda Mori. We hope you get inspired and take one small step toward natural health while honoring your body and our environment. Equally important is our feature article “Powerful You” (page 20), which describes six ways we can create the life we want. It begins with the inspiring story of author Anna Quindlen that tried two years to do a headstand. It wasn’t her body that was holding her back, but her mind that created the fear. During the closing ceremony for a spiritual program I attended a few years ago, I walked across a field of hot glowing coals and even broken glass. I felt so empowered afterwards and walked away knowing that fear is completely mind-based. A short cut to re-programming your mind is Hypnotherapy. If you ever were curious about this proven technique, read more on page 25 by hypnotherapist Christian Raphael. Another great tool is EFT. This technique is a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. It might seem peculiar at first glance, but by tapping certain meridian points while making statements we can rewire ourselves within seconds and overcome fear, anxiety, stress, bad moods, etc. The great thing about EFT is that it can be done anywhere and only takes a few minutes. Local empowerment coach and EFT advocate Jan Stringer shares more about the technique on page 21.

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New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts Open House


ew Mexico Academy of Healing Arts (NMAHA) is hosting an Open House from 1 to 5 p.m. on November 15. The event features tours, demonstrations, door prizes and bodywork sessions. “NMAHA is celebrating our renaissance,” says Interim Executive Director, Renée Mekvold. “Come share our vision for the massage and bodywork profession.” The New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, Santa Fe was founded in 1981 to combine the elements of traditional healing and modern science, to offer an education in and experience of the extraordinary range of integrated massage and bodywork. Years later, NMAHA commands the lead as an integrative, holistic school of leading-edge bodywork. Offerings include diploma programs in massage, polarity and dual massage/polarity, craniosacral certification classes, and a variety of continuing education trainings. Location: 501 Franklin Ave., Santa Fe. For more details, call 505-982-6271 or visit See ad page 3.

Algae-Based Cosmetics May Ward Off Inflammation and Cancer


lgae extracts added to natural cosmetics may help prevent cancer. A recent review of research from Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Medical University found marine algae extracts help protect skin cells by reducing oxidative stress, which has been linked to both inflammation and cancer. The review covered the major algae types of red algae, brown algae (such as kelp), green algae and blue-green algae (such as spirulina). A host of compounds in these extracts were found to provide protection against free-radical damage. In one study, phloroglucinol, a phenol derivative from brown algae, inhibited inflammation among human tissue sarcoma cells.


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Treadmill Desks Boost Job Performance


n addition to improving fitness, University of Minnesota researchers found that treadmill walking at the desk also boosts productivity and morale. The study tested 40 adults that used treadmills for a year. Selfassessments, combined with supervisor assessments, found that treadmill walking while working increased performance levels. Work performance improved by an average of 11 percent based on supervisor assessments, and 7 percent based on the employee self-assessments. A study from Rutgers University tested 66 adults while they walked on treadmills set for low intensity versus when they were seated at desks, with two days separating the tests. Measurements of reading comprehension, attention span and response speed skills and performance show these were unimpeded by treadmill walking when compared with sitting.

Lead Lurks in Lipsticks and Skin Whiteners


ecent research has found several heavy metals in numerous lipsticks and cosmetics. These include mercury and lead in skin-whitening creams, and chromium, cadmium and lead in lipsticks. Scientists from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine tested 549 cosmetic skin-lightening products manufactured in 32 different countries. The products were purchased online and from stores in the U.S., China, Taiwan, Japan and Sri Lanka. Thirty-three of the products contained more than 1,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead, and 45 percent of them contained more than 10,000 ppm of lead. Of those purchased in the U.S., 3.3 percent had mercury levels greater than 1,000 ppm. University of California scientists tested 24 lipsticks used frequently by teenagers and purchased at local stores. They found 75 percent contained lead and nearly half exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) maximum acceptable concentration of lead for candy (0.1 ppm). In 2010, the FDA tested 400 lipsticks and found lead in every sample tested—with concentrations ranging from 0.9 to 3.06 ppm. Other studies have confirmed similar findings. They also found significant concentrations of chromium and cadmium among some of the samples. There are currently no concrete international or U.S. standards for safe levels of these heavy metals in cosmetics.

Honey and Ginger Beat Antibiotics in Fighting Superbugs


esearchers from Ethiopia’s University of Gondar College of Medicine have recently found that the use of mixtures of honey and ginger extract can treat drug-resistant bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. They note that further clinical evaluation and pharmacological standardization of the mixtures are needed before they can be used therapeutically. The scientists conducted laboratory testing with clinical isolations of five separate superbugs: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus (non-MRSA), two strains of Escherichia coli plus Klebsiella pneumoniae. The inhibition of all five types of bacteria by three common antibiotics—methicillin, amoxicillin and penicillin—were compared with the antibacterial effects of ginger extract, honey and a combination of the two. The ginger extract and honey combination was found to have the greatest inhibiting effect on the bacteria; however, even the two applied separately were more effective against the bacteria than the antibiotics. Although in vivo studies are needed, the researchers believe that the honey and ginger extract combination is a promising source for treatment of resistant bacterial strains.

Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness. ~Benjamin Disraeli

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Looking at Beautiful Art Bumps Up Brain Activity


esearchers from Japan’s Oita University have found that aesthetic appreciation of paintings may be linked to altering activities in specific areas of the brain. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of 39 people were taken as they looked at slides of still life and landscape paintings by 19th-century French painters and slides of photographs that closely replicated the paintings. While the subjects considered both the paintings and the photographic analogs to be beautiful during the experiment—with no significant differences between them—the most beautiful paintings were rated significantly higher than their corresponding photographic analogs in the pre-experimental phase. The researchers cite this as evidence of feeling greater pleasure from the paintings. The MRIs showed that during the experiment, portions of the brain’s frontal lobe related to emotions, memory, learning and decision making were activated. However, when the researchers compared the positive effects of aesthetic appreciation of the art paintings versus the photographs, they noted significantly more activity at the back of the subjects’ brains, specifically the bilateral cuneus, a part of the occipital lobe responsible for basic visual processing; and the left lingual gyrus, or ridge, associated with vision, encoding visual memory, logical ordering and dreaming. The findings suggested that these neural structures are associated with the aesthetic appreciation for paintings.


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Organics Boast More Nutrients, Fewer Toxins


onventionally grown foods contain pesticide residues that are three to four times higher than those found in organic foods (traces may be due to atmospheric drift from other fields or soils), according to a review of 343 research studies published last June in the British Journal of Nutrition. The review, which included studies of food grown in different regions and seasons, also determined that organic foods contained higher levels of healthy nutrients such as minerals, vitamins and antioxidants (specifically polyphenols), compared to conventional foods, which also contained significantly higher levels of cadmium, a heavy metal toxin. The study’s authors found evidence that the higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations are linked to specific organic growing practices such as avoiding mineral nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers, respectively. They commented, “Results indicate that switching from conventional to organic crop consumption would result in a 20 to 40 percent increase in crop-based antioxidant/polyphenolic intake levels.”

Power of Choice by Kirn and Guruchander any people want to be shown the way and then hope to find the courage to live it. These times are demanding each of us to courageously make only those choices which align with a shared intention for the future. This vision starts with you, where your contribution matters, where there is growth based on interdependent relationships with all of life. No one knows what the future holds and therein lies our opportunity for manifesting potential. For this adventure the need for an anchor is super important, because the process of manifesting greatness will get turbulent. That anchor is your connection to your true eternal Self. What is worth your prana? Your attention? Your energy? More fear, more suspicion, more us and them, more exploitation, more boundaries, more control? Haven’t we exhausted this model by now? This kundalini yoga pose, the Archer Pose, helps give one the courage to create the way. Archer Pose begins with the left foot forward and the right leg back. The left arm is up in front of the body with hand in fist and the thumb raised up. The right hand is bent at the elbow as if you are pulling back on a bowstring. Concentrate over the tip of the left thumb with Breath of Fire for 5 ½ minutes. Switch sides and hold Archer Pose with right leg forward for 5 ½ minutes.


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Organic Skin Care and Holistic Health by Milagro Herbs


he staff at Milagro Herbs in Santa Fe believes in a holistic health approach to healthy skin throughout the changing seasons. “Dry and irritated skin is the most common ailment in our desert climate,” says Tomas Enos, Ph.D., owner and creator of Milagro’s organic skin care products. Through consistent skin management practices such as deep moisturizing, cleansing and exfoliation, these problems can be eliminated. Enos also recommends taking a daily supplement that includes ingredients such as alfalfa, wheat grass, barley grass and nettle powders. “An essential component in any healthy skin care regime is maintaining internal balance,” he explains. “Hydration starts from the inside out, making sure we have all the critical minerals on a daily basis.” For those with underlying deficiencies and chronic skin problems, one of the first places to look is the quality of topical products being used. “Many industrial and synthetic chemicals have been proven to irritate skin and should be avoided,” says Enos. “Switching to organic skin products without harmful preservatives is critical. Also, mass manufactured skin care products contain a high percentage of water

and water-soluble ingredients that actually aggravate dry skin conditions.” Skin care products designed for people living in desert climates are very different from products made in humid climates. Contrary to common belief, a person can have vibrant, healthy skin that resists aging while living in an arid area. Location: 419 Orchard Dr. in downtown Santa Fe on Paseo de Peralta. The retail store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 505820-6321 or visit

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Time Is Money, So Bank It Time banking is an updated, Web-savvy version of barter that allows users to accumulate the time they work and then “spend” it elsewhere. Unlike traditional bartering, it’s not limited to an individual transaction. The medium is so fluid that it can be exchanged many times as a form of currency. Most people do a variety of tasks that others may not want to do or are incapable of doing themselves, such as writing, preparing taxes, babysitting, housecleaning, plumbing or even dentistry. For example, an hour of gardening equals an hour of child care, dentistry, home repair or teaching someone to play chess. The idea is that people trade for what they need and do what they’re good at. Everyone gets what they need by exchanging their expertise. Time banking works for groups, too. Organizations, agencies, churches and businesses can all become members of TimeBanks USA, formed in 1995, and contribute time, energies, skills and resources. Source:

Golden Years

Senior Roommate Service Combats Loneliness AARP, Inc., estimates that about 8,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. With longer and healthier life expectancies, many are divorced or widowed and need roommates to have company and chat with; to share living costs and chores; and for emotional support. Women-only founder Sarah Venable says, “I went online to find a service that helps women over 50 find roommates, and found to my dismay that there were plenty of sites for finding roommates in their 20s and 30s, but nothing for boomer women.” For a $30 fee, the site uses a detailed algorithm to match women not only by location, but by interests, tastes, lifestyles, education, personal preferences and a host of other factors; much like a successful dating website.

Saying No

Two Countries Buck the Mining Industry The governments of El Salvador and Costa Rica have successfully resisted demands by the gold mining industry, putting long-term environmental protection ahead of short-term financial gain. El Salvador stopped issuing gold mining permits several years ago, despite high gold prices and the contention by some that exporting gold was one of the country’s few chances to boost economic growth. The majority of its citizens obtain water from one large river system, the Lempa, and gold mining, which uses cyanide as a processing agent, invariably pollutes nearby rivers and watersheds. The government of Costa Rica has said no to open-pit mining, one of the most environmentally destructive mining methods. Popular opposition surged in the wake of a major accident that led to the closure of the Canadian-owned Bellavista open-pit gold mine.

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Collective On-the-Spot Buying Revives Local Businesses In most areas of the country, small, locally owned retail businesses are the lifeblood of local economies, but the rising costs of doing business often means they cannot compete with the lower prices of big-box retail giants that negotiate in volume. For several years, the growth and frequency of cash mobs have been breathing new life into struggling mom-and-pop businesses. Like a flash mob performing a dance or social protest, a cash mob gathers people together to have a tremendously positive effect on hometown businesses that may have served them and their families for decades. Most cash mobs agree to meet on a particular day, with each participant committing to spend a specified amount, typically $20 or more. The benefits for local businesses far exceed a one-day influx of cash—new customers are found, previous customers become active ones again and a new appreciation for businesses that fuel a local economy is realized. Participants can also have a little fun while further benefiting their communities as many cash mobs gather with old friends and new after a shopping frenzy at a local establishment for food and drinks.

Live each moment completely and the future will take care of itself. Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each moment. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

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PRP Therapy and SkinPen at Santa Fe Soul


ccording to Robyn Benson, DOM, founder of Santa Fe Soul Center for Optimal Health in Santa Fe, our skin is a reflection of our overall health. “You can avoid the pitfalls of cosmetic surgery and look younger with PRP Therapy and SkinPen,” she says, “a winning combination.” Benson is offering a fall special of 10 percent off PRP Therapy with SkinPen and a free homeopathic facial preparation. “SkinPen alone can have dramatic effects on skin health and rejuvenation,” she says. “SkinPen with PRP Therapy is even more effective.” “So what exactly is PRP Therapy?” asks Benson. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a concentrated blood sample that contains high levels of platelets, a critical component of the wound healing process. Platelets contain growth factors that are responsible for stimulating tissue generation and repair.  SkinPen™ is a medical-grade, state-of-the-art precision tool available only through skincare professionals. It works by creating a series of hundreds of microscopic channels into the dermis to stimulate the skin›s natural production of new collagen and elastin, helping skin to look and feel healthier. Robyn Benson aims to help her clients live vibrantly and pain-free, age beautifully, feel joy and solve their most pressing health issues. She specializes in women’s health, preventative and family medicine, and cutting edge energy solutions. Location: 2905 Rodeo Park Dr. E, #3, Santa Fe. Call 505-986-1089 for an appointment.

Acupuncture for Facial Rejuvenation: Beauty from the Inside out


or centuries, the Orient has held a wealth of innovative information about health, wellness and beauty. According to traditional Oriental medical philosophy, health and beauty are inseparable, and are regulated by the smooth flow of qi throughout the body. Qi, variously translated as energy, or life force, travels in pathways called meridians, which connect the internal organs, muscles and skin. How acupuncture works: Qi flow promotes health. When the qi in the meridians is “full” and circulating smoothly, blood, rich in oxygen and other nutrients, nourishes the cells. The organs function optimally, muscles have good tone, and the skin glows. Factors such as improper diet, inadequate rest, and other stressors deplete the body’s healthy qi, or obstruct the flow of qi in the meridians. Acupuncture was developed to restore the healthy flow of qi in the body. When qi is flowing smoothly, a person feels both relaxed and energized. Treatments are comfortable, relaxing. Specialized, micro-thin needles are carefully inserted into points on the body to promote general wellness, and then into the face to target specific areas to nourish and brighten the skin, and to increase elasticity. While individuals’ sensitivities to needle sensation may vary, most clients report that they “barely feel” the needles, and clients typically enjoy a uniquely deep state of relaxation during the treatment. The number of treatments required varies. A typical course of treatment might be eight weekly sessions, followed by a monthly maintenance treatment. Your Doctor of Oriental Medicine will discuss your goals and design a treatment plan to meet your needs. Holiday treat. As we approach the holiday season, regular acupuncture treatments can help strengthen your reserves of qi keep you calm, and support a smooth, glowing appearance.

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by Dr. Janet Padma Mandell

Janet Padma Mandell, DOM, is the owner of East West Energy Medicine located at 1925 Aspen Drive, Ste. 302B, Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-920-4725 or visit See ad page 17. natural awakenings

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Eco-Beauty Homemade Shampoos, Lotions and Perfumes Make Great Gifts by Kathleen Barnes


any of us have grown disenchanted with expensive, commercial beauty products that include toxic and even cancer-causing ingredients. Fortunately, safe, natural and affordable alternatives—including homemade shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, bath salts, body scrubs and butters—are stocked at many natural grocers and health food stores. We all want to avoid phthalates, cetyl alcohol, triclosan, sodium laureth sulfate, parabens and many other poisonous chemicals commonly found in lotions, creams, scrubs, oils, perfumes and makeup products that may not be listed on labels. “You want to know what’s in your product,” says Janice Cox, of Medford, Oregon, the bestselling author of Natural Beauty at Home and Eco-Beauty. “If you’re making your own, you’re in control.” Cox remarks, “Ingredients are absorbed through the skin, our largest organ. It’s why some medicines like birth control, pain relief and nicotine patches are effectively applied externally; it’s also why toxic ingredients placed on our skin can be so harmful.” Her recommended solution is

simple: The kitchen cabinet harbors solutions to the dry and dull skin that plagues many this time of year, shampoo residues that result in drab hair, and less-than-glowing skin due to a suboptimal holiday diet. “Many products require only one or two ingredients and take minimal time to make,” says Cox. “Plus, they cost only pennies. Who wouldn’t choose that over a $30-an-ounce mysterious chemical soup?” Honey is a Cox favorite for several reasons, including its antimicrobial effects: a dab on a blemish or insect bite can zap it overnight. “Honey has high potassium content, making it almost impossible for bacteria to survive in,” she explains. It’s also a good source of B vitamins thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid, plus minerals like iron, zinc and manganese. In this case, what’s absorbed through skin is literally nourishing our body’s entire system. Honey is also a powerful humectant, helping to prevent loss of moisture from skin and hair. Cox recommends dropping a tablespoon or two in a warm bath to soothe rough skin without stickiness, a conditioning mixture

of honey and olive oil to produce silky hair and an apple-honey toner to facilitate glowing skin. She also recommends an easy shampoo that contains nothing more than natural soap (like Dr. Bronner’s), water and a little vegetable oil for dry hair. “It doesn’t foam up like commercial shampoos, but it gets hair much cleaner,” she advises. Homemade beauty products are a natural outlet for anyone that loves to cook or craft. Make a small batch—experiment with an array of essential oils to create a preferred scent to suit individual tastes, and add or subtract the amounts according to skin and hair types. “Take it a step further and make pretty gift packages with glass bottles, jars or tins embellished with ribbons, personal artwork or anything else that taps into your creative juices,” says Cox. “Your friends and family will be especially happy to receive and use them.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books and publisher at Take Charge Books. Connect at

Simple Natural Beauty Ingredients Here are a few favorite ingredients for home treatments: n Honey is perfect for conditioning dry, damaged hair and rinses out easily. n Sour cream makes a great facial mask for softening and cleansing a dull complexion. n Green tea is packed with antioxidants and tones skin with no need to rinse off. n Oatmeal can be used instead of soap to cleanse all skin types. n Pineapple juice soothes tired feet and softens rough patches. n Baking soda works head to toe as a hair rinse, facial scrub and bath soak. n Olive oil in a nail soak keeps nails clean, flexible and strong.


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Beautycounter: A Counter Revolution. by Jodie Cunningham


odie Cunningham, a registered nurse and self-described natural beauty product “passionista,” was on a quest to find safe, yet effective and luxurious skin care and body care products for herself and family. “For years, I’d spent a small fortune on an endless array of mainstream, natural and organic skin care lines,” she explains. “Most were simply not effective, and some resulted in unwanted adverse effects in the form of break-outs, irritation, redness and drying. I was determined to find the brand that would meet my criteria for safety and effectiveness, as well as the luxuriousness I appreciate in skin care and cosmetics.” Cunningham discovered the Beautycounter brand while screening products and brands on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics database. The products rated low haz-

ard. “Needless to say, I’m completely impressed and thrilled, not only with the products, but with the company and what it stands for,” she says. “I had to be a part of the movement, often called the Counter Revolution.” According to Cunningham, there are approximately 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products and only 10 percent of those chemicals have safety data. “The United States has not passed a federal law to regulate the ingredients used in personal care products since 1938,” she says. “The European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients—the U.S. has banned only 11 to date. Even more troubling, chemicals linked to breast cancer, learning disabilities, infertility, and other health issues are allowed in the products we use every day.” Beautycounter’s ingredient selection process is the strictest in the industry. The company has banned more than 1,500 ingredients, setting a new health

and safety standard. “All while ensuring the products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any brand on the market,” adds Cunningham. Beautycounter Consultant Jodie Cunningham, RN-BC, CCM, can be reached at 505-238-8829 or by visiting Jodie.

Beauty is

whatever gives joy. ~Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Cardiovascular Exercise

Cellulite Shrinkers Five Simple Exercises to Smooth Thighs by E.C. LaMeaux


over and work the other leg.

As long as we’re expending more calories than we’re taking in, we will begin burning the body’s fat deposits. As cardio workouts burn calories, they can reduce overall body fat, which also makes cellulite harder to see. Any exercise such as walking, running, hiking or cycling can help in the overall battle to burn calories and blast cellulite.

nsightly cellulite, which is comprised of fat deposits just beneath the skin, appears as lumps or dimples, usually near the buttocks and upper thighs, and is most common in women. Building muscle can make cellulite harder to notice and help burn more calories. While cellulite deposits might not be eliminated, burning body fat will make them shrink and be less visible. Here are five top exercises to blast stubborn cellulite.

Stair Climbing

Stair climbing burns at least 10 calories a minute, according to the nonprofit National Wellness Institute, that promotes healthy lifestyles worldwide. Plus, stair climbing has the added benefit of working all the muscle areas that tend to get hit with the greatest amounts of cellulite.

Leg Lifts

Janet Wallace, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology at Indiana University-Bloomington, advises that leg lifts are the best exercise for toning the outer thighs. Lie on the floor on your side, placing one elbow on the ground and prop your head up with that same hand. Place the other hand on the floor beside your waist. With legs straight and toes pointed, lift the top leg up as far as it will go, then slowly lower it back down. Do 10 to 15 reps, and then turn

Back Kicks

An MSNBC health segment recommended this fat-busting move to target all the areas that are most susceptible to cellulite. While kneeling on hands and knees, lift a leg up behind you until it’s pointed upward at a 45-degree angle. Slowly bring the leg back down and repeat the movement with the other leg. Start with 15 reps and work up from there.


Stand comfortably with feet about a foot apart. Slowly bend the knees to lower your body until both thighs are parallel to the floor. Then gradually stand back up, squeezing gluteal and back-of-the-thigh muscles as you rise. If performed consistently, this exercise will increase muscle strength in the thighs and buttocks, which also helps burn fat, according to the Mayo Clinic. Less fat equals less noticeable cellulite. As with the other exercises, start with 15 repetitions per session and work up to more. E.C. LaMeaux posts a body of work at Gaiam Life (, from which this was adapted.

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Midday Pick-Me-Up Well-Planned Naps Boost Brainpower by Lane Vail


leep, along with nutrition and exercise, shapes the backbone of overall health, yet 40 percent of Americans get an insufficient amount, according to a recent Gallup survey, and the potential health risks are considerable. “Sleep deprivation affects every organ system and disease state,” and is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and mortality, says Michael Breus, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Scottsdale, Arizona, and founder of “It’s best to get seven to eight hours of sleep in one big block at nighttime,” counsels Breus. Yet the circadian rhythm dictates two peaks of sleepiness every 24 hours—one in the middle of the night and another 12 hours later, says Dr. Lawrence Epstein, director of the sleep medicine program at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Interacting with the circadian rhythm is the homeostatic rhythm, which causes greater sleepiness the longer we’re awake. Both circadian and homeostatic sleepiness elevate by mid-afternoon, resulting in the familiar 4 p.m. slump. Siesta cultures split sleep, notes Epstein, slightly reducing nighttime sleep, but devoting time midday to nap. “Naps are a double-edged sword,” observes Epstein. While they help relieve short-term sleepiness, poorly planned naps can perpetuate an unhealthy cycle of daytime sleepiness and nighttime wakefulness. Stepping outside for 10 minutes of sunlight and fresh air can stamp out sleepiness, says Breus, which is much healthier than reaching for a caffeine jolt or sugary snack.

Be a Better Napper

A study published in the Journal of Sleep Research suggests that merely falling asleep may initiate memory

processing and cognitive consolidation, helping explain why German scientists found even six-minute naps to be rejuvenating. If substantial daytime sleep is needed to overcome a deficit, strive for 90 to 110 minutes, the length of time needed to complete a full sleep cycle. Here are other practical tips. Reflect on the rationale. “Boredom, laziness or avoiding work are the wrong reasons to nap,” says Amanda Chan, managing editor for healthy living at The Huffington Post, which instituted two cozy nap rooms in its New York headquarters after founder Arianna Huffington collapsed from exhaustion several years ago. A quick pick-me-up to boost mental agility and mood is a reasonable excuse to snooze. Plan a prophylactic nap. Forestall late afternoon fatigue by napping between 1 and 3 p.m. Waiting until early evening to nap can interfere with nighttime sleep, advises Epstein. Embrace darkness, coolness and quietude. Melatonin, “the key that starts the engine of sleep,” is suppressed by even the slightest amount of light, so wear eyeshades, suggests Breus. Keep a blanket and earplugs handy. Lie down. If a bed or couch is unavailable, try napping on a yoga mat on the floor. A chair should be reclined to support the lower back and avoid straining the neck from “bobblehead” syndrome, says Breus. Power down. Setting an alarm for 10 to 25 minutes allows time for only the first two sleep stages: falling asleep and light sleep. Breus explains that sleeping longer than 25 minutes triggers deep sleep, from which waking results in sleep inertia, or grogginess, that impairs mood, decision-making and motor skills.

Napping at Work

While many progressive businesses

such as Google, Apple and Zappos permit or even promote workplace napping, most companies are still skeptical. “We live in a culture that minimizes the importance of sleep,” comments Epstein. “We prize productivity and think it shows worker loyalty to put in excessive amounts of time.” Ironically, mounting research suggests that napping may boost the brainpower needed to function at peak performance. A recent study found that nightshift air-traffic controllers that napped for 19 minutes showed better vigilance and reaction times than nonnappers. Other documented benefits include better concentration, memory and creativity. Seek out a sleep sanctuary at work, such as an office with the door closed and blinds drawn, an unused conference room with a couch, or a first-aid office cot, suggests Chan. Another option is to nap in the car, but Breus insists that nappers tell colleagues where they’re going as a precaution. Better yet, bond with a “nap buddy” willing to read nearby during snooze time. “You’re very vulnerable when you’re asleep,” he says. “Be safe.” If sleeping is not currently condoned in the workplace, consider approaching the human resources department with information on the positive effects of appropriate napping on work performance, says Epstein. Suggest implementing a sleep wellness program, which can offer education on sleep deprivation, techniques to improve sleep and individual screening for sleep disorders. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at

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When hunger hits, Snyder blends a Glowing Green Smoothie—what she calls, “the star of the whole Beauty Detox program,” in her book. A batch of three to four servings requires seven cups of chopped spinach; six cups of chopped romaine lettuce; one-and-a-half cups of chopped celery; one banana; an apple and a pear, both peeled, cored and chopped; two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and two cups of filtered water. She claims that drinking this smoothie can make a difference in just three days. She also lists 50 plant-based foods for specific body benefits because they are naturally alkaline-forming during digestion and assimilate more effectively than acid-forming animal protein, dairy, caffeine, alcohol and sugar. By improving digestion, we end up feeling more energetic.

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Kimberly Snyder Shows How to Eat for Radiant Skin, Eyes and Hair by Judith Fertig


ise food choices that optimize digestion and promote natural, ongoing detoxification can help us attain red-carpet shape, professes nutritionist and beauty expert Kimberly Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Foods. She aims for optimum health as the basis for achieving a desirable outward glow. Snyder says she once struggled with several beauty issues. In seeking wellness on the way to becoming a nutritionist, she found that her daily energy level improved after she started making shifts in her diet. She then lost weight, her hair got healthier and her formerly troubled facial skin became clear and smooth. Blogging about her gradual transformation and lifestyle philosophies attracted media attention and a celebrity clientele by word of mouth. “I never looked for clients; they found me,” she says. Today, Snyder counts entertainers Fergie and her actor-husband Josh Duhamel, Kerry Washington, Channing Tatum and Drew Barrymore among the many celebrities she has helped get into better camera-ready shape. Early into her personal transformation, Snyder realized that digestion holds the key. “I never linked my constipation issues with my acne,” she says. “It’s a tremendous amount of work to digest food. It’s no wonder that eating a fast-food sandwich with gluten bread, animal protein and cheese with casein produces a mid-afternoon slump. They are hard to digest together and all at once, taxing body energy,” she explains. “Then, when you feel the inevitable drop in energy, you might turn to caffeine or sugary soda, but that only brings on another slump.”

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Snyder, who is now a vegan, suggests simplifying meals and starting them with whole, raw, plant-based foods like salads. She advises her clients to start the day with lemon juice in warm water. If they don’t feel like breakfast, she advises, “Don’t force yourself. Listen to your body, it knows best.”


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Carefully timed consumption is another key in Snyder’s beauty regimen. She recommends starting the day with a light smoothie, eating foods based on whole plants throughout the day, and then eating a raw salad and a vegetarian meal or some animal protein as an earlier dinner. Eating fruit by itself on an empty stomach helps it digest better than when combined with other foods that take longer to process. On hungrier days, Snyder suggests turning to whole grains such as oats or quinoa, which are high in fiber and lower in fat, or fibrous chia seeds. When energy is low, she advocates supplementing with bee pollen or a protein smoothie. She stresses, “Progress, not perfection,” as her mantra, advising that it’s better to take small steps and keep moving forward rather than try to change everything all at once. She believes that experiencing higher energy and beauty benefits provides effective incentives to continue instead of trying to stick to a strict, numbersbased plan that doesn’t take into account energy or digestion.

Ongoing Cleansing

“The metaphor I use for healthy digestion is a waterfall versus a stagnant pond,” says Snyder. “You want your system to be moving, dynamic.” To keep digestive “sludge” out of our body’s systems, Snyder recommends a proven detox approach of drinking liquid only between meals to help foods digest easier. She particularly recommends her own Probiotic & Enzyme Salad, made with four cups of shredded cabbage; one inch of fresh ginger, cut into strips; one teaspoon of caraway seeds; and cold, filtered water, all left to naturally ferment in a jar at room temperature for about five days—or refrigerated raw sauerkraut from a health food store—to help flush out toxins. She also emphasizes supplementing with probiotics, such as her unique formula made from soil-based organisms. Infrared sauna treatments can also help leach heavy metals out of body fat and decrease cellulite. “These techniques have been around for a long time because they work,” says Snyder. “As I always say, outer beauty is a reflection of inner health.” Connect at Judith Fertig blogs at from Overland Park, KS. For top 50 beauty detox Foods go to website article at

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r. Alicia Abeyta, holistic dentist, believes that everyone deserves a beautiful, one-of-a-kind smile. “I understand that your dental treatment is personal, from your personal decision to receive treatment, to the personal care you receive,” she says. With a different and gentle approach to dentistry, Abeyta and her team believe that dentistry is health and trust centered. Abeyta uses holistic dentistry practices in order to treat the whole person. “Our mission through a gentle approach is one mouth, one body, and one connection,” she says. “We incorporate art, science, and spirituality into our care, which allows for total body healing.” Patients will enjoy the peaceful and calm environment along with customized care, from one doctor, which creates a unique experience. “Comfort pillows, music and aromatherapy with Doterra Essential Oils are all individualized to make your experience unique and soothing,” explains Abeyta. “Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing information that helps them to make more informed decisions about their oral health needs.” Abeyta’s practice offers a complete range of cosmetic dentistry and restorative procedures, including porcelain veneers, crowns and tooth-colored fillings. “My treatment philosophy is not based on a single technique or product,” she says. “Each patient receives a treatment plan based on his or her unique goals and needs.” Since dentistry involves comprehensive knowledge of the face, head and neck, holistic facial and dental treatments are also offered through the Medical Facial Rejuvenation Spa. “We accomplish all of our procedures without discomfort, in a relaxing atmosphere,” says Abeyta. “We invite you and your family to visit our practice, and learn more about the ways your smile can benefit from our office.” Location: 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque. To schedule your New Patient Experience and for more information, call 505-293-7611 or visit

Embracing a Healthy Beauty Salon Concept by Phil Cohen


t’s funny how things like smells can transport us back to memories that make us feel good—even when the subject of these memories might have been bad for our health. For instance, one fond childhood memory many people have is going to the hair salon with their mothers and being intoxicated by the aromas of nail polish, hair coloring and hair spray. Turns out these smells were toxic and have been causing severe health issues, including cancer, in people exposed to them for years. Jacqueline Antonius, owner of Lotus Beauty, began her career as a cosmetologist 30 years ago. She worked in various salons and didn’t think much of the smells around her until she developed an aggressive cancer on her scalp. “After painful procedures to remove the cancer, I began researching the causes,” she says. “I discovered that beauty salons were carcinogenic environments and made it my mission to create a salon that was safe and healthy for all who entered.” In line with this mission, Organic Color Systems is the only color line offered at Lotus Beauty. “It has become popular with my increasingly aware client base and has no ammonia hydroxide,” says Antonius. “The results are evident by the lack of intense smell in the salon. Clients needn’t worry about stinging on the scalp and the colors yield a natural look and feel.” Jacqueline Antonius and her staff have created a unique, healthy alternative in the salon business. “My hope is that this will not be considered alternative,” she says, “but rather mainstream.” Antonius says she cares a lot about her clients’ beauty, and even more about their health and well-being. Location: 845 Agua Fria, Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-988-9965 or visit natural awakenings

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spiritual aspects of the season or visits from out-of-town family members. When shopping together for gifts, make a plan and stick with it, letting everyone know its purpose beforehand. Resist impulsive purchases trumpeted by store promotions.

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Give Kids the True Gifts of the Season by Meredith Montgomery


ccording to a poll by the Center for a New American Dream in 2005, three out of four Americans wish the holidays were less materialistic. Traditionally rooted in family, faith and joy, the season can be marred by commercialization. Instead, inspire the whole family to take a “buy less, get more” approach so that everyone can experience the essence of what many consider the most wonderful time of the year.

Raise Awareness

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) reports that U.S. companies now spend about $17 billion annually marketing to children, up from $100 million in 1983. Many kids are formulating wish lists year-round, due to the continual bombardment of alluring commercials. CCFC Associate Director Josh Golin attests that the holiday season is a perfect time to start discussing the power of advertising and the techniques used. Teens are especially sensitive to the notion of being manipulated by adults. For children under 8 that can’t yet comprehend the persuasive intent of commercials, limit screen time with all devices. Golin advises that the scope of commercialism has changed radically. “It’s no longer just television commercials, but also Internet, cell phones and video games. Plus, children’s media characters are placed on every type of product imaginable. Think about limiting commercialism in all forms; you can’t just turn off the TV.”

Manage Expectations

Start before the holidays. “Talk to kids about how you’ll celebrate the holidays in your own home, noting that it might be unique. Focus on aspects that aren’t gift-related,” suggests Golin. Plan food-focused traditions such as baking together and special group meals. Generate excitement around


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New American Dream’s Simplify the Holidays guide at encourages families to reconnect by participating in meaningful activities such as neighborhood caroling, building a gingerbread house, preparing gift boxes for the homeless, taking a nature hike or making a feeder for backyard birds. Explore volunteer projects as a family, letting the children’s interests lead. If kids are attracted to water, pick up litter along a shoreline. In the spirit of the season, donate gently used clothing, books and toys to a shelter. For animal lovers, contribute time or materials to a local animal rescue or rehabilitation center. Attend community events such as musical performances, plays and art exhibits. Seek out inexpensive or free local activities. Kids are often enthralled by a simple tour of neighborhood Christmas lights.

Gift Buying

Make gift purchases consistent with the family’s values. Golin suggests resisting the temptation to buy the season’s “hot” products. “Resist buying what’s advertised the most. We have power as parents and as part of a larger culture to believe there’s no such thing as a must-have toy or holiday gift.” Instead, search for timeless, high-quality items that are eco-friendly and fair trade. Try wooden toys for babies and toddlers or a bamboo skateboard for teens. Ads can make a toy look appealing because it’s brandnew and ready-to-use, but homemade gifts can be a more meaningful alternative. New American Dream suggests constructing a rope swing or wooden sandbox for little ones. Given a comfortable timeframe, children can gift grownups homemade green cleaning products or re-potted herb and houseplant clippings. All ages can give away the last book they read and kick off a year-round book exchange. Forego more tangible items by gifting experiences like a zoo membership, bowling gift cards or movie tickets, or make a charitable donation to a cause that the recipient supports. Let friends and family make shopping easier by inviting them to create such a gift registry at


Always plan for quiet time. It reduces exposure to holiday marketing, creates opportunities for family bonding and fosters independent children. Golin observes, “We can all be better about trusting our kids to entertain themselves. When reducing screen time, we don’t necessarily need to suggest activities to kids. Give them the space to be bored for a minute and be amazed at what they come up with on their own.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (



udy K. Katz is an ICF Master Certified Coach, certified practitioner for spiritual healing (RScP), a speaker, author and trainer. For over 20 years, she has helped individuals and companies transform stressful, conflicted and resistant living and working environments into rich environments that support joyful, healthy and sustainable business and personal growth; freedom; and love. Katz teaches people how to work and live from “The Magnetic Attraction Model” using her Aikido Method for change and transformation. Her clients experience synchronistic relationships that produce miracles in the areas of money, relationships, career and health. “My perfect clients say goodbye to stress, debilitating fear, worry, doubt and the need to control themselves and others,” she says. “They access their authentic magnetic attraction power and learn how to design and create their lives rather than to succumb to making things happen by pushing and forcing, which causes burnout.”

Katz’s personal journey out of her five-year dark night of the soul trans-

formed her life completely. In her newly released book, Beyond Your Shadows of Doubt, she shares specifics on how she was released from this difficult time and what allowed her to soar. Readers are shown exactly how to have miraculous comebacks after serious setbacks. Her book is available at and on her websites, and “This is a time of awakening and for the ‘Divine New Human’ to emerge,” says Katz, who refers to herself as “The Shadow Whisperer” as she is so successful in melting the inner resistance that occurs during the emerging process into our greater Selves. “Only then can we create the life we were born to live,” she adds. To find out about the workshops Judy Katz is currently offering, contact her at

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ~ Oprah Winfrey


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As workshop leaders, they encourage participants to transform limiting beliefs, determine what is meaningful for them, construct a compelling vision from that insight and then find ways to manifest that vision. They address six key areas in which to become more powerful and realize our personal best: physical health, emotional health, relationships, work, finances and spirituality.

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Powerful You! Six Ways to Create the Life You Want by Judith Fertig


ulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen had reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list more than once, yet she relates in her memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, that she also yearned to be able to do a headstand, but felt she didn’t possess the necessary sense of balance. “That’s just a little story you tell yourself,” advised her personal trainer. Our bodies, Quindlen observes, are major appliances that deliver decades of faithful service with precious little downtime. She admits, “If the human body had a warranty, mine would have run out ages ago.” Still, she clung to a vision: “I want to be strong; strong enough to hike the mountain without getting breathless, strong enough to take a case of wine from the deliveryman and carry it to the kitchen.” Quindlen, who lives in New York City and New England, was also maintaining an incorrect belief: It wasn’t her sense of balance that was holding her back, it was fear.


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After two years of trying, she was able to do a headstand. Along with a sense of accomplishment, this quirky achievement was a revelation as she ultimately concluded, “If I can do one thing like that, perhaps there are others.”

Take a Stand

Personal empowerment is all about taking a stand—developing the vision, countering misguided beliefs, having a plan and then moving forward to be the best version of one’s true self. David Gershon and Gail Straub, of West Hurley, New York, authors of Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It, contend that empowerment always starts with a desire for a better life. “We need to learn how to dream, how to boldly and courageously reach for our highest visions,” says Straub. “Start with what’s working already and the vision of what life can be.” She likens self-empowerment to “spiritual surfing, riding the wave where the energy, momentum and passion are.”

First, recognize what we’re already doing right—eating well, perhaps, or exercising—and then add another healthy activity. Cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, director of New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital’s Women and Heart Disease, underscores that much of physical health is within our personal control. “Many lifestyle factors keep us from being physically healthy enough to lead a full life,” she says, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption or drug use, stress and depression. “The good news is that lifestyle factors are within our power to change.” Steinbaum recommends starting small by changing one bad habit and then seeing how we feel. “Quit the diet soda or the sugar-sweetened beverages. Get rid of potato chips. Go for a walk. Put down your smartphone and spend some focused time with your child, a friend or even your pet. Then breathe… and just listen to how you feel.”

Emotional Health

Our emotions can be allies in achieving personal empowerment, advises Straub. For example, fear can alert us to danger; joy can remind us to be grateful. However, when emotions cause pain and threaten derailment, it’s important to understand why, and then work through it. “Uncomfortable emotions let us know there is a problem to attend to, a wound to work on, thus allowing us to see our own truth,” explains don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., of San Diego, California, author of The Five Levels of Attachment. “With awareness, we can observe our uncomfortable emotions, as they may be showing a belief we are holding that is no longer true for us.” “To work through our emotions, we have to be able to accurately sense what we are feeling and be able

Activate Your Day using EFT Tapping By Jan H. Stringer


hen life is giving you challenges, it’s a perfect time to activate your day using EFT Tapping in just 1 to 5 minutes! EFT Tapping is a simple technique that involves tapping meridian points on your body while affirming new thought patterns. Simultaneously, hidden emotions will surface and be replaced with more positive statements that can help shift thoughts and energy. EFT is a powerful tool that can be done anytime, anywhere. You don’t have to be an expert in EFT to get an immediate result and you can do EFT at any moment that you need this powerful tool. In a recent class, one of my students was encountering a roadblock to hiring an assistant in her business. Another student admitted that each day when he woke up, he resisted getting out of bed because of fear. Here are two successful, professional people who are dealing with everyday situations and emotions that can paralyze a business. We worked on their issues using EFT Tapping. It sounded something like this: Using two fingers start by tapping on the outside edge of your other hand as if you were doing a karate chop. Tap – Tap – Tap Here’s an example of what you might say to yourself: Even though I don’t know if EFT can work for me, if it can, let it work for me now. Even though I am fearful and don’t want to get out of bed, I choose to start my day in a new way. Even though I am resistant to hiring an assistant, I love and accept myself. As you tap your way through each of the 9 Tapping Points, emotions surface, releasing stuck energy and thoughts. In just one or two rounds, new feelings of possibility arise with each self-empowering statement. Reset your day by tapping away.

to express it in a healthy way,” adds Straub, like expressing anger after a tough commute by punching a designated pillow or shouting into a closet. Furthermore, “We need to change the belief we’ve identified that’s causing the painful emotional response.” Did the guy that cut us off in traffic really do it maliciously? Third, learn to let go of a negative emotion that’s automatically triggered when someone or something presses our “hot button” by immediately considering, “He must have been in a big hurry,” or “She doesn’t realize how offensive that remark could be,” realizing it’s their problem, not ours, and declining to make it ours. Achieving greater emotional calm is a huge step toward personal empowerment.


Acting on heartfelt emotions can help forge stronger and healthier relationships. “Sometimes, we say yes to a false image of ourselves or hide who we are in order to be accepted,” counsels Ruiz, noting that not presenting our authentic selves in relationships will weaken or replace true intimacy with a sense of loneliness and distance. “Say, ‘I forgive, I accept and I let go.’” This paves the way to being genuine, which naturally leads to greater unconditional love and more fulfilling and honest relationships. In romantic relationships, life coach Martha Beck, Ph.D., author of Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaiming Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want, suggests ditching the image of two people looking soulfully into each other’s eyes. “Realize that you’re both chang-

ing all the time,” she says. Instead, envision two people walking side-byside at the same pace, and a relationship that will continue to refresh and move forward, instead of getting stuck in well-worn patterns.


Capability is one of the new guiding principles for self-empowerment at work, says Haydn Shaughnessy, a fellow at the University of California-Irvine’s Center for Digital Transformation and co-author, with Nicholas Vitalari, of The Elastic Enterprise. “It’s more about a broad-stroke capability,” he claims, such as public speaking, writing or troubleshooting and fixing machinery. Capability means a strong skill that can be fine-tuned for a specific circumstance; a talented generalist, rather than a narrow specialist. Shaughnessy recommends that we recognize and develop our best competencies in order to equip ourselves to both withstand economic adversity and help push our careers forward.


Fiscal self-empowerment involves cultivating the confidence that we will be able to obtain more money when needed. Beck maintains that anyone can create abundance that lasts. “Where people believe they get abundance, they will,” she says, as in friendships or creative problem solving. It’s the mixed internal messages of, “I need more money,” with, “There’s not enough to go around,” that can block the flow of abundance in our lives. Beck, who lives in San Luis Obispo, California, recommends throwing a “neurological toggle switch” to turn off the “lack-and-attack” part of our brains

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and turn on the “everything-is-going-tobe-all-right” area. This is realized through slowing down, relaxing and meditating. “You have to relax to start dissolving the disbelief in the possibility of having what you want,” she says. “Empty out the negative thoughts in order to gain the confidence that abundance is yours.”


Following all of these first five steps also helps enhance our spirituality. Dennis Merritt Jones, of Simi Valley, California, author of the new book, Your (Re) Defining Moments: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be, calls it “being pulled by vision,” rather than being pushed by pain. The motivational speaker believes that every encounter, event or circumstance is a portal to a redefining moment—a chance to connect with our authentic self. Jones cites seven characteristics of the authentic or timeless self: realizing our oneness in life, reverence for that life, fearlessness because we know we’re part of something bigger, integrity, humility, equanimity and unconditional love. “When these qualities become the norm in our daily lives, we’ll know we are living from the authentic self,” he says. Jones urges us to live “more vertically.” He explains, “We exist on what I call the surface of life, a horizontal pathway where we go about our daily routines. We often don’t hear the siren call from the depths of our being because we are so busy ‘doing’. It’s the authentic self that’s eternally calling us to be who we were born to be.” He describes a “sacred intersection” where we can turn from the horizontal everyday and move in a vertical direction to the depths of our souls or the heights of our imaginations via mindfulness and self-enquiry. Fortunately, every moment of every day offers this opportunity to expand our being. The key question is, “Will we be consciously present enough to recognize the opening and step through the door?” These experts concur there is no finish line for self-empowerment or attaining the perfect place to stay. It’s a “sustainable growth process,” says Gershon, an ideal project for the rest of our lives.


Let It Be by Lisa Pelletier


ometimes we think we’re being intuitive or rightbrained when actually we aren’t. Instead, we may be adhering to a complex healing ritual, or some latest selfhelp trend, or a new way to meditate. But what we’re really doing is attaching ourselves to the Letter of the Law and losing the Spirit of the Law. As the Taoist Hu Tsu tells his acolyte Lieh Tsu in the book Chuang Tsu: Inner Chapters, “I have taught you only the letter and not the spirit of Tao. Do you really think that you have mastered Tao? If there is no rooster in a flock of hens, how can they lay fertile eggs?” Here Tao is described in terms of male and female. Hu Tsu is talking about a balance and harmony of yin and yang. How can you create what you want if you only push and force and analyze? We can truly only create our ideal lives when we allow things to unfold. Going inward aligns us with our essence—the Spirit of the Law—and brings us into the present moment where it becomes possible to allow our lives to unfold. Between you and that present moment may be a whole constellation of psychological debris. Seeing that debris is the first step (clear seeing, or clairvoyance). Letting it go, the second (neutrality and acceptance). Receiving psychic information, whether from yourself or a professional reader, shows new ways of seeing clearly. Learning to meditate or receiving an energetic healing are effective ways to let go and unfold. Lisa Pelletier is a Santa Fe-based intuitive. She offers psychic readings and guided meditation downtown on Palace Avenue on evenings and weekends. Hourly rates are $65. Her specialty is validating clients’ growth, freeing up their psychological obstacles, and guiding them toward clear choices. She trained at The Center for Inner Truth, where she gives healings. For more information, call 505-927-5407 or visit

Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.


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What Would I do if I Believed I Could? by Christian Raphael


ur reality of life is experienced through stored images in our subconscious mind. Daily events in our life push the “start” button and the images automatically play like an IMAX movie with sound and feeling. The movie is actually a belief, or something that we think is true. It runs flawlessly on autopilot, activated by perceptions coming through our conscious mind. The movie always ends the same way, every time—just like re-runs do. Because beliefs are things that we think are true about our self, other people, or things, they reinforce and validate (positive or negative) who we are in the world by how we see things. Renowned16th century philosopher Rene Descartes summed it up by saying, “I think therefore I am.” We create and store our beliefs as images in our subconscious mind during repetitive events, in situations involving authority figures or peer groups, in situations where we experience high emotion, when we are in an altered state, or when we repeatedly say “yes.” Furthermore, the feeling that was present within us when we created the belief accompanies the belief—they ride along together—so when the movie runs, the emotion also runs with it, and we feel that emotion inside of us. We form the majority of our identity level beliefs from birth through the age of 7 or 8 years old. Many of these

beliefs are outdated and no longer effective—just like outdated computer software, or crossing the country via wagon train. As we grow older, we develop improved capabilities and abilities. We learn and understand more by increasing our thinking and reasoning capacities. However, beliefs do not update automatically. They are operating at the age of when they were created. How and what we feel in our body is an indicator of the quality and age of our beliefs. What we believe creates our world. In short, to change our world we change our beliefs. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy is the scientifically proven process of suspending our disbelief so that we focus on positive input and the desired outcomes we seek. An interesting and self-empowering question to ask is, “What would I do if I believed I could do it?” Christian Raphael is a Certified Medical Support Clinical Support Hypnotherapist and a Fellow of The International Board of Hypnotherapy. To learn more, call 505- 918-6555 or visit

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dowel rod and heavy twine with a petand planet-friendly item tied on the end for a pet to chase. Cats love to squeeze themselves into small spaces or relax in larger ones, so pass along gift boxes.

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Animals Love Interactive Toys and Games by Sandra Murphy


hat’s on the family pet’s wish list this year? Family members can have fun creating interactive toys and games that are easy on the holiday budget. According to a recent American Pet Association survey, three out of four owners buy gifts for their pets during the holiday season to the collective tune of $5 billion. Dogs and cats receive new sweaters and boots, collars and leashes, toys and treats. Yet, what they really crave is attention. “Too often, pets are left alone for eight hours a day, leading to anxiety, frustration and unwanted behaviors. It’s important that they’re mentally challenged, learn new commands and have fun,” says Dr. Mary Gardner, co-founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, in Los Angeles. “Cognitive decline and muscle wasting, common in older pets, can both be thwarted with games personalized for age and ability.”

in a canine’s good graces throughout the year. Write an activity—a walk, trip to the dog park, game of fetch or a doggie/human dance party—on a few index cards. “Teach the dog to choose by rubbing one card with a sodium-free bouillon cube,” suggests Eileen Proctor, a pet lifestyle expert in Denver. “As soon as the dog sniffs the card, reward with praise and the designated gift. Once the game is learned, there is no need to keep scenting the cards.” Turn up a corner of all the cards for easy pickup.

Purrfect for Cats

Look for sturdy wooden puzzles that hide a treat behind doors that pull or slide open. Advanced puzzles involve a multi-step solution. Following dog treat cookbooks will keep dedicated bakers

Cats may like to play it cool, but bring out a laser pointer and they act like kittens again. To mimic hunting instincts, play hide-and-seek with kitty’s food; put holes in a closed box with special bits of dry food inside, then let her paw it out or roll the box. Place a too-large-to-swallow jingle bell inside an empty toilet paper roll and tape the ends shut for a charming-sounding toy. An orphaned sock filled with crinkly cellophane and sewn shut makes an intriguing toy to drag around. Improvise a fishing pole from a colorful


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In the wild, birds spend most of their time foraging for food. Mimic a wilderness search by hiding food beneath an unused, unbleached coffee filter or a large lettuce leaf. Cut food in pieces big enough to hold in a claw to help hone balance. Hide seeds in a made-for-birds piñata, available at pet supply stores. Puzzle boxes range from reach-in-forfood versions to slide-a-door or pull-a-knob difficulty levels.

Fun for Fish

Betta (Siamese fighting) fish love to rest near the surface, so provide a leafy hammock, available where supplies are sold. Finned friends get exercise as they chase a laser pointer’s red dot through the water. A new plant or ping-pong ball floating on the surface provides added entertainment. Moss balls are a good place to hide food and also help keep the water clean. A ceramic log lets fish hide inside.

Climbing Crabs

Hermit crabs are social animals, both curious and amusing. The gift of a new shell or two during molting season is appreciated. Flat-topped rocks with textured sides, large enough to not tip over, provide a different view. Fibers like those used for macramé, hung from the lid of the tank almost to the floor mimic rope climbing. Upside-down terra cotta flower pots, in different sizes and covered with netting, provide more surfaces and heights to explore. “Time spent together is a gift for both the giver and the recipient,” says Proctor. “It’s more thoughtful than anything you can find in a store. You always get back more than you give.” Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouis



iddlesworth and Pine are among thousands adopting a Gratitude Challenge to help develop their gratitude reflex and cultivate a more positive outlook on life. Gratitude can take many forms, but typically participants pledge to reflect upon and express it daily with the

Practice Gratitude and Change Your Life by April Thompson “I have started a gratitude journal that I write in every day. When you run out of the ‘obvious’ blessings, it makes you dig deep and see all the small things. I commit to do my very best to never take anything or anybody, good or bad, for granted.” ~ Lisa Henderson Middlesworth

~ William Arthur Ward

Marty’s Meals


bout 17 years ago, Sandy Bosben, strolled into a coffee shop to grab a cup of Joe and came out with a six-month old new pet. At the time her furry friend, Marty, couldn’t walk more than a few blocks without having to rest. He ended up having surgeries on both hind legs, but was still limited in his activities and still had pain. Fortunately Bosben soon met Zarna Carter, internationally known animal nutrition specialist, homeopath and herbalist. “Working in collaboration with Zarna, I learned how to create raw and gentlycooked dog food recipes that utilize the best wisdom of animal nutritionists and homeopaths,” she explains. Marty’s Meals recipes were created to closely mimic the diet that dogs would eat in a natural environment. The company has now grown into a local business that helps support other local farmers, ranchers, suppliers, pet stores and grocery stores. “Choosing what we feed our pets is a big responsibility. The food we feed our pets is more than just fuel,” explains Bosben. “It is a source of many vital nutrients that significantly contribute to good health. Marty’s Meals was started because we want the pets you love to have a diet that provides exceptional nutrition through the actual food that they eat.” Marty’s Meals sponsors classes on Saturdays in their education center located in the store on Pen Road. Ongoing classes include topics on nutrition, vaccinations and homeopathic nosodes, winterizing your pet, homeopathy, training methods, acupuncture, various bodywork modalities, and making a trust for your pet.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

“Food is medicine” - Dr. Dee Blanco, consultant to Marty’s Meals

Location: 1107 Pen Rd., Santa Fe. Open Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 505-670-3754 or visit for more information. They also deliver right to the door in Santa Fe, Eldorado, Galisteo and Albuquerque.

help of email prompts from a sponsoring organization. A gratitude practice can help grow appreciation for the strangers that better our lives. It can also deepen our gratefulness for the significant others we sometimes take for granted. Approaching a milestone birthday, retired businessman Walter Green set out on a year-long journey to visit 44 people that he credited with changing his life to initiate conversations about their influence, which he recounts in the book This is the Moment! While the relationships were already solid, according to Green, “In many cases, it was the most significant conversation we ever had.” Gratitude is a small act with a big payoff, Green observes. “The person receiving gratitude appreciates knowing they made a difference, but the giver is the greatest recipient. It feels good to express gratitude, plus you are freed from future regrets that you didn’t express it when you had the chance.” Patricia Brugioni, a Christian Science nurse from Chicago, has been sharing three things she’s grateful for on social media on a daily basis since taking a five-day online challenge earlier this year. “I am a grateful person by nature, but now I am claiming the good that is coming to me and learning to cherish things without feeling like I have to earn them,” she says. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email or call 505-999-1319.


Channeling: Ascended Masters: Serapis Bey, Hilarion & Kuthumi Santa Fe, NM 505-660-5278 weekdays 11 AM – 2 PM. The Ascended Masters and the Spiritual Hierarchy of Earth help, guide and foster humanities upward path to Oneness. As Teacher, healer, priest, Rev. AliceAnn can help you find your Spiritual Direction in life and help you make the transition to transcendence.

EDUCATION New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts

501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe, NM 505 982-6271 Massage Foundation, Polarity Therapy, Dual Massage/Polarity, Craniosacral Certification, Continuing Education, Community Health Classes, Free Lectures, Space Rental. Your partner in natural healing since 1981.

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

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

MASSAGE THERAPY Nathan Sutton, LMT 4256 505-603-0330 Santa Fe

Providing therapeutic bodywork since 1996. Enjoy 85 minute sessions in Thai Massage, Deep & Nurturing Swedish or Energy Work. Also skilled in neuromusc-ular reeducation and myofascial release.


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PETS Marty’s Meals, Inc. Sandra Bosben 1107 Pen Road 505-467-8162

Local hand-made raw and gently cooked natural and organic pet food for dogs and cats. We also carry bones, tripe, jerky treats and raw goat milk. Optimize your pets vitality through the food-health connection.

Psychic & Tarot Readings PSYCHIC READINGS & SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE Lisa Pelletier 505-927-5407 Energy Readings & Healings in Santa Fe

Your spirit awakens in resonant, gradual but steady ways as information is given in the form of color, symbol, story, amusement and non-judgment. Grounding gently guides you into — and past lives inform — your present. Receive an aura reading & clearing, learn what validates and supports your growth, ask questions, choose next steps. Recording emailed.


Counseling, Psychotherapy & Mediation for Individuals, Couples & Families 505.695.8223 Holistic, integrative, intuitive psychotherapy. My approach blends concepts from several modalities including: applied interpersonal neurobiology, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, solution-focused, transpersonal and depth psychology. Whether you need guidance with an immediate situation, or want to delve into long-standing patterns, the process that unfolds is as unique as you are.


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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.

Obsidian Health and Wellness 505-715-3452 2420 Juan Tabo Blvd NE

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

classifieds BEAUTY DR. ALICIA ABEYTA DDS – Medical Spa Discounts November 3-20. Visit our medical spa for discounts on our Goddess of Beauty Customized facials. These facials address a variety of needs ranging from premature aging, environmental damage and dull and patchy complexion issues. Receive 10% off a selection of individual facial packages such as a 30 minute deluxe facial at $60 or the 60 minute premiere at $100 or the 90 minute elite facial at $125. In addition we are offering 25% off a variety of packaged facials. For more information, please call: 505-293-7611; 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE Ste. K Albuquerque. www.

HEALING SESSIONS & CLASSES CHANTAL FIDANZA – Specializing in helping you to release blocks and negativity, ease physical pain and discomfort, and recognize the messages your Higher Self is speaking to you for your greatest joy and empowerment. Offering Intuitive Healing Sessions, Classes, and Intuitive Practitioner Training. Chantal Fidanza, Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master, Certified Light Journey Guide. Call for more info or to schedule an appointment: 505-4381074, INTUITIVE PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATION

CHANTAL FIDANZA – This program offers a deep self-exploration of one’s own intuitive language, learning to tune in to and trust the messages received from the subtle realms, and mastery of all aspects of offering intuitive skills with integrity for healing. Certification will be provided upon completion of course requirements that will prepare the trainee to work with clients, if he or she chooses to follow that path. Ongoing Saturdays, 1:00-4:00pm, 1300 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM. Space is limited but still some available. Ph 505-4381074, or visit CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS MOGADAO QIGONG*YOGA*SACRED DAOIST SEXUALITY – A Sacred Daoist School and Practice Temple in the Railyard District of Santa Fe. See class schedule at WWW.MOGADAOINSTITUTE.COM.

Great men are those who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force—that thoughts rule the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

calendarofevents SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Healing PTSD – 1-3pm. With Holistic healer, Heathar Shepard. Discover self-cultivation practices to help heal PTSD, including qi gong movements and self-empowerment exercises, how PTSD effects body and nervous system, how to dispel this stuck energy, how the culture contributes to PTSD, trauma and more. $25. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe. Preregister: 505-820-6321. Natural Housecleaning Products – 3:30-5pm. Nemenhah Medicine Woman, Therese Lynston, demonstrates making household cleaning supplies using non-toxic essential oils. Learn the benefits of essential oils, how to use them and each participant will take home products to make the house shine from the kitchen sink to the wood floors. $30 includes materials fee. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe. Preregister: 505-820-6321.


self. When comfortable in one’s own skin, one is able to create the life, environment and relationships most fulfilling as an individual. Quiet and focus mind while shifting emotional states and thoughts, release blocked energy and more. $100. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, Preregister 505-920-4418.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 John of God: Miracles and Mysteries – Nov 7-8. 7-8:30pm/Fri; 10am-4pm/Sat. Weekend Intensive. Be uplifted as Kelsie takes participants on a photo journey and shares stories of life and miracles with John of God. $65 preregistered donation for both days and free autographed book included. $75 at the door, no book. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. Register: www.

Nine-Day Kundalini Ayurvedic Cleanse – Till 11pm. Personalized cleansing program, daily healing food, herbs and kundalini yoga in community. Preregistration price $199. Sponsored by Yoga Santa Fe and Agni Ayurveda. Preregister. 505-982-6369.

Conscious Movie Night “Look Up’ – 7pm ” Look Up” is a Social Action documentary explores the topics of GeoEngineering, SRM (Solar Radiation Management), Weather Modification. Donation. Shown at Santa Fe Center of Light, 13 Vía Plaza Nueva, Santa Fe, NM, 505 467-8336.



Into The Gong Where Sound Heals All – 9am7pm. One-day workshop with gong master Don Conreaux. $108. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St. 505-982-6369. META-Health Presentation – 6-7:30 pm. METAHealth acknowledges the intelligence of the BodyMind in the healing process. A new approach to a path of healing begins with 12 questions that address organ, stress, emotion, belief associations that can assist people in reaching their health and wellness goals. Are you META-Healthy? Free. OBSIDIAN HEALth & WELLness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. 505-715-3452. Prayers for Peace – 7– 7:30pm. Every month, the members of all of the Centers of Light pray for peace, creating a surge of positive energy for people all over the world. Open to all faiths, it is a chance for hearts and minds to make a real difference in the world. Free. Santa Fe Center of Light, 13 Vía Plaza Nueva, Santa Fe, NM, 505 467-8336.


savethedate Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Retreat. Nov 6-9. 4-9pm/Thurs; 7am-6:30pm/Fri-Sun. Early-bird registration special. BODY of Santa Fe, 333 West Cordova Rd, Santa Fe. Register: 928-203-0265. Info: Info@ Special Full Moon Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class – 6-7:15pm. With Puran Prem (Brinda). Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St. 505-982-6369. www. YogaSantaFe. Intro to Self-Healing Class – Nov 6 and 15. 6:30-8:30pm/Thurs. 10am-1pm/Sat. Two-sessions. Discover tools to connect with a deeper sense of

savethedate Explore Ancient Mysticism, Methods of Enlightenment and Your Star Traveler Self – 9:30am-4:30pm. John Van Aucken presents images and details about Edgar Cayce’s ancient world, Atlantis, Lemuria, Egypt, one’s soul journey and more. $108 door, $98 ARE members and seniors over 62. Advance registration save additional $20. Wanda Barrows: 505-8900878: 800-333-4499. fieldconferences. XINu Market – 9am-4pm. EarthGift Herbals with The (organic)Living Room invites everyone to join them for great holiday shopping at the market. Crossroads Church, Los Alamos, NM. More info, EarthGift: 505-288-2233. Open House for an Introduction to Sadhana Therapy – 11am-2pm. With Kimberly Klein. Structural Movement Integration Technique. Sadhana therapy bridges one’s existing understanding of human physiology, revealing how to use the physics of movement and oppositional points to melt old patterns and uncover a new foundation. Free. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Details: 505-982-6271. Soul Retrieval Workshop – 1-3pm. Soul loss happens when an upsetting experience occurs. Part of one’s soul feels if it stays in the body while experiencing this trauma may be unable to maintain its pure energy then as a self-protective mechanism, part of the soul or psyche decides to separate itself. Through meditation and guided exercises call these parts back. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. Preregister: 505-9204418.

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Flash Kundalini Yoga in the Park! – 2-3pm. Nov 8 & Nov 22. Workout for the mind, body and spirit. Free/exchange. Robinson Park, Central and 8th, Albuquerque. 505-604-4076. Beginning & Intermediate Self Hypnosis: TwoPart Class – 3-5pm/Sat, Nov 8, Class 1. 10am-1pm/ Sat Nov 15, Class 2. Create a sacred space in one’s subconscious mind for balancing and healing thoughts and body. Learn to strengthen one’s dayto-day natural ability to live a more meaningful and productive life. Class 1: 819 Vassar Dr, NE. Albuquerque. $20. Class 2: High Desert Center for Spiritual Living, 5621 Paradise Blvd NW, Albuquerque. Love offering. Reservation required, Christian Raphael Hypnotherapy: 505-918-6555.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Womyn’s Monthly Healing Circle – 10am6:30pm. Maria Yraceburu, LLd, author and elder. These circles are open to all womyn and girls (13+ with adult in attendance) desiring knowledge and experiential work with the multi-faceted aspects of earth in healing ritual. $55. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. RSVP, required: 505-414-1583.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Revitalize & Thrive Five-Day Life-Enhancing Experience – Nov 10-14. 7am-6pm. Join 10 people for this intensive five-day therapy individually customized. Receive a new blueprint for optimal health and happiness. Details/cost: www. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Desires & Magic Soul Alignment Group Session – 6-9pm. Connect to who one really is on a deep level so that one can live the life of one’s personal dreams, activate body’s natural healing abilities and shift the collective consciousness. $50. Details/cost: Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Awakening the Sensual Body – 6-8:30pm. Healing sounds revitalize organs and heal sexual being. Learn to reintegrate sexuality with one’s sacred body to build and harness energy for sexual health and vitality. Younger women, learn to balance and contain energies. Older women, learn to expand sensual life force into midlife and beyond. Taught by Sita Flammer, Certified Sacred Daoist Sexuality Guide. Clothed women ages 18-80. $20. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe. Preregister: 505820-6321.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts Open House – 1-5pm. Tours, demonstrations, door prizes and bodywork. 501 Franklin Ave. Santa Fe. Details: 505-982-6271.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Special Mantra Yoga Practice – 5-7:30am. Manifestation of miracles. No charge. Yoga Santa Fe. 1505 Llano St. 505-982-6369. www.YogaSantaFe


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Introduction to the Great Healing of the Gypsies: Vas Pesh – 1-5pm. Ancient wellness practice using gentle energy movements easily learned and done by anyone. Increase energy, productivity and vitality. Strengthen the immune system and heal (dis)ease. Enhance mental clarity and emotional stability. Reduce stress and develop equanimity. $40. Taanaash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. 505-414-158. Light Workers Teleconference – 7-9pm. Through their clear voice channel, the Ascended Masters of Shamballa will speak, 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. Directions, Rev AliceAnn: 505-490-8855. Teleconference callin number: 619-326-2772, AC: 7325118.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 NES WellNES Presentation – 6-7:30 pm. Learn more about the NES Total WellNes System. NES Health is based on the principle that energy and information control biology. Science proves there is a regulating field of energy and information that operates in the physical body at the subcellular level. This is called the Human Body-field and has been researched for more than 30 years. Free. OBSIDIAN HEALth & WELLness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. 505-715-3452.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Women’s Healing Clinic – 6:30-7:30. Receive a powerful healing on one’s female creative energy and issues. Move out underlying energetic blocks and limits with a focus on any area of life. $20 for 15-min healing/reading with a line of healers. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, Ste A1, Santa Fe. Preregister/appt: 505-920-4418. www.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 EarthRenewal Fire & Drum Ceremony – 5:307pm. Celebrate earth renewal and human connection with Yraceburu EarthWisdom Church at Taa-naash-kaa-da with our monthly fire and drum ceremony, facilitated by Maria Yraceburu. No musical experience necessary. All ages and levels of development. BYO drum and intentions third Friday of each month. Donation: Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary. Las Vegas. 505-414-1583. www.Meetup. com/Taa-naash-kaa-da.

Law of Attraction – 7:30 pm. Is there something you have always wanted to attract into your life? Leave this inspiring seminar with practical applications of the Law of Attraction from the wisdom by Mother Clare Watts, a Master Teacher. SantaFe@ to register. Limited Space! $45. Pre-register: $5 off each seminar; $15 off your first seminar with Mother Clare; Santa Fe Center of Light,13 Via Plaza Nueva, 505 467-8336.




Past Life Regression – 1-3pm. In this two-hour group session regress to a past life to discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to benefit oneself and other people currently in one’s life. $40. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555.

White Tantric Yoga Course – 8am-7pm. One-day meditation workshop for healing and transforming limiting subconscious thought patterns and expanding awareness. Espanola Ashram. Registration:

Finding the Gem of Your Core Wound 7:30 pm. At the core of all wounds is the thought or belief that we are not good enough. This seminar presents you with opportunity to receive the loving compassion of Mother Clare. to register. Limited Space! $45. Pre-register: $5 off each seminar; $15 off your first seminar with Mother Clare; Santa Fe Center of Light, 13 Via Plaza Nueva, 505 467-8336 .

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Spiritual Cinema Circle – 11am-4pm. Films of inspiration and motivation with thought-provoking, uplifting stories. Enjoy full-length features, documentaries, short films and discussion with other participants. Free. Space limited. OBSIDIAN HEALth & WELLness, 2420 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 715-3452.

Winter Sanctuary Stars – Nov 28-30. 5-8pm. Quiet family evening. Stroll through solar lit pathways, take photos of stars and spirits of the land and enjoy stories. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies served. $6 adult. $2 children 2-11. Taa-naash-kaada Sanctuary, Las Vegas. Taa-naash-kaa-da/ 505-414-1583.

plan ahead SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 Light Workers Teleconference – 7-9pm. Through their clear voice channel, the Ascended Masters of Shamballa will speak, 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. Directions, Rev AliceAnn: 505-490-8855. Teleconference callin number: 619-326-2772, AC: 7325118.

ongoing events sunday Spiritual Happy Hour – 10-11am. Exploring and sharing our paths to consciousness with a special topic each service. Potluck following the service. Everyone of all paths welcome. Free. 2nd & 4th Sunday. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, Ste A1, Santa Fe. Preregister: Qigong in the Park – 11am-12pm. A vitalizing Qigong practice every Sunday morning with certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being. Free. Robinson Park, downtown Albuquerque, 8th and Central. 505-6811924.

monday Kundalini Yoga: The Yoga of Awareness – 9am10:15am. First class free. A dynamic blend of asana, kriya, meditation and breath work. All levels. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3. 505-9848733.

Beginner’s Tai Chi – 5:30-6:30pm. With Sifu Jill L. Basso. Monthly fee $48 four classes. Single class (drop-in) $15. Monthly class fees are collected on the first class of each month. Tai Chi Chuan is a slow moving, meditative, martial art good for health, relaxation and self-defense. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3. 505-984-8733.

wednesday Kundalini Yoga: The Yoga of Awareness – 9-10:15am. First class free. A dynamic blend of asana, kriya, meditation and breath work. All levels. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3. 505-984-8733. Qigong & Healing from Within – 10:30am – 12pm. An eclectic blend of Qigong, gentle Yoga and Shamanic healing. Cultivate energy and consciousness for physical, emotional and spiritual health and self-realization. First class free. $12 drop-in. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3. 505-984-8733.

thursday Obsidian Health and Wellness Check – 10:30am2:30 pm. Activate your body’s healing potential. Restore energetic coherence within the body field with NES Feel Good Infoceuticals. Design your personal energetic first aid kit. $50-$100. OBSIDIAN HEALth & WELLness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. 505-715-3452. Gentle Yoga Chi – 5:30-6:45pm. Michal teaches conscious awareness, being present to journey of mind, body, breath. Combing several yoga traditions, along with qigong, breathing and imagining creating a full body-mind experience. Five classes $10/class when $50 paid in advance. $15 drop-in. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3. 505-984-8733.

friday Intuitive Healing Sessions – Rather than provide one with “my” answers, I teach participants to recognize their own divine guidance and trust the answers they receive directly. Let’s connect together with higher-self to find clarity, insight, healing and peace. Sessions by appointment with Chantal Fidanza, Intuitive Healer, Certified Light Journey Guide, Reiki Master. Santa Fe. Appt: 505-438-1074.



Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. A vitalizing practice with certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health, well-being and easy to do. Free. Altura Park, Albuquerque, Morningside and Hannett NE. 505-681-1924.

Mogadao Qigong Classes – 12-1 pm. Practice sacred physical movement to enhance Qi, health and vitality. Combining seated, standing and floor exercises. Diane Chase, Magadao Institute Qigong Guide. $10.00 each session. OBSIDIAN HEALth & WELLness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. 505-715-3452.

Self-Healing with Earth Energy Classes – 2-4pm. Remove energetic blocks, heal physical and emotional imbalances, create greater wellbeing in every area of life. Offered by Chantal Fidanza, Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master, Certified Light Journey Guide. $25 class. $80 for four consecutive classes. Santa Fe. 505-438-1074,

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