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A Guide for Conscious Living Meditation Instead of Medication Can You Reverse Type 2 Diabetes? Everyday Spirituality Is Caffeine Blocking Your Weight Loss? EVOLVING‌IN KANSAS CITY


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Publisher’s Letter... Dear Friend, Each morning when I wake, I spend quiet time writing in my journal and contemplating the day to come. I am thankful, in advance, for the opportunities the day may bring. Before bed, I reflect on the day and express gratitude for the abundance that filled my day. No matter what minute stresses may have occurred, there is always reason for thanks. The theme this month, Everyday Spirituality, is expressed Enjoying a healing elixir during my in numerous, humble and simple ways in our lives. I trip to Santa Fe, NM in March. personally spend time in nature. I reflect. I am thankful. I garden, cook and take walks as forms of meditation. I serve others. In every decision I make, I keep the highest good in mind. I am conscious of my words and never make excuses. For me, all of this is Everyday Spirituality — living a simple yet fulfilling path. Sometimes in the busy-ness of life, I forget for a moment; but then I gently remind myself of my path. This month, we launch a second edition of Evolving Magazine into the Santa Fe, NM area. It’s scary. It’s titillating. It’s exhausting and joyful and so very fulfilling. During these busiest of times is when I most need to remember my everyday spiritual practices. It’s what keeps me in focus and keeps the journey full-filled instead of lack-filled. I hope you’ll join us on this journey. The articles in both the Kansas City and Santa Fe magazines are all about simple ways you can incorporate Everyday Spirituality into your life. Enjoy this Kansas City print edition, then you can go online to our website and read the Santa Fe issue there. Our mission is to educate, enlighten and inspire, while helping create community. I’m so very thankful there are now twice as many insightful articles to help you on your path. And for that, today, I am thankful.

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There is Only One Path 17

Meditation Instead of Medication: 18

Using Tibetan Thanatology and Empathy to work with Children who have ADHD

Is Caffeine Blocking your Weight Loss?...12 Chez Elle Crepe Recipe...13



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ON THE COVER: Cover artist, Linda Van Bibber Linda VanBibber, owner of Harmony Energetics, LLC, is dedicated to teaching self-healing through vibration – sound, scent, color and form. The mandala healing process developed and taught by the late Judith Cornell, also known as Rajita Sivananda, is a part of Linda’s “Everyday Spirituality,” and she offers workshops to share this process. For more information visit 3

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Applied Knowledge for Going Green April 6th, 2015, David Drimmel, Owner of Green Living Improvements partners with a local design company with goals of assisting home owners in upgrading their "green" homes. David's background in construction and degree from the C.H.E.K. institute has suited him to switch to "Green" alternatives in his own home.

with a local University for an art project demonstrating the environmental impact of plastic bottles. "Water is essential for our health, yet the bottles are an environmental nightmare and potentially harmful to our health. There's a lot we don't know. What we do know is the environment and public health is at risk, and changes must take place, especially a change of heart." David A. Drimmel Green Living Improvements, LLC C.H.E.K. Coach Essante Organics 913-375-0857

hOMe Family Holistic Center hOMe family holistic center is located at 7927 Floyd in Old Overland Park. hOMe holistic is a family yoga, education and holistic center and a one stop space for healing and wellness. Ashley Walburn owns hOMe holistic with her husband and "What I've learned over the past several business partner, William. hOMe holistic offers family Yoga, Chiropractic Care years about environmental toxicity has inspired me to make some drastic changes in partnering with Cura Integrative, Massage Therapy, Counseling, and holistic health my home and lifestyle. Naturally, I'm more coaching. than willing to help others do the same." hOMe holistic offers every class and The partnership has sparked an interest service your family needs.Yoga for every in many locals to begin making these stage of life: fertility, prenatal, mommy and changes as well. Some recommendations include water and air quality improvements, baby, mom and tot, kids, teens, family, and OMshanti: a gentle yoga class for every age. alternative building products, permaculture Education: for childbirth, breastfeeding, design, organic gardening, universal design nutrition, essential oils, safe products, and and remodeling, and recommendations for more. Doula services: birth doula, post daily household items. "We intend to design and build platinum partum doula, placenta remedies, and birth photography. Practitioners: Ashley Walburn, eco homes as the opportunity arises. In the meantime, we understand the transition takes Jessica Sexton, Hanna Michael, Kristin time and awareness. It certainly feels like the Thomas, Miriam Zavagnin, Josie Werkowitch, Cura Integrative with Jill right thing to do in a world where the Strom, Suzanne Adams, and Stephanie environment is in dire need of restoration. The perpetual waste in the market place and Novacek, Carrie Gangel, Mandy Hubbard, and Manda Wylde. business practices actually looks like a collective mental disorder." Part of their mission is to educate beyond the local borders on environment, economy, and renewable energy through web presence and local awareness projects. David also mentioned his intent to partner



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Evolving Magazine Launches Santa Fe, NM Edition Evolving Magazine, a Kansas City pioneer in the health and wellness market since 2009, is starting a second edition in Santa Fe, NM, May, 2015. A sister publication to Evolving Magazine/Kansas City, the Santa Fe edition will feature stories by and about people in Santa Fe: local/organic foods and nutrition, holistic health and wellness, spiritual practitioners, alternative health experts…in short, all the people and topics for which Santa Fe is renowned. Now in its 7th year, Evolving Magazine/Kansas City is a mainstay in the holistic and wellness community. It’s distributed to over 250 locations throughout the KC Metro and has an impressive national following online (all issues are online as well as updated articles, a holistic directory, searchable distribution list, and more). Each year is celebrated with a Conscious Living Festival. Last year the festival hosted holistic vendors, six bands, food trucks and workshops every 30 minutes for two consecutive days. As Evolving reader Devi Wetterer says, "Evolving Magazine is a catalyst to assist humanity in awareness."

Launching with the May issue, the Evolving Magazine/Santa Fe premiere issue focuses on Everyday Spirituality. Devon Jackson, a Santa Fe resident for 17 years, will work as Associate Publisher. To celebrate the launch, there will be a meet-and-greet party at the Santa Fe Oxygen Bar on May 29 from 7:30-9 p.m. Evolving Magazine is proud to be a woman-owned business. Publisher, Jill Dutton, has created and launched three publications over a 21 year period: Evolving Woman Magazine (1994-2000), Evolving Magazine/ Kansas City (2009-present), Eating Well in Kansas City (2009-2011, now inside Evolving Magazine) and Evolving Magazine/Santa Fe. For more information or to read back issues online, view the website at Visit the Evolving Magazine Facebook pages: Follow on Twitter: evolvingmag




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Cura Integrative Health Care Open in Overland Park Dr. Jill M. Strom Gulledge DC, announces the opening of Cura Integrative Health Care in Overland Park. Cura is a clinic that incorporates chiropractic, acupuncture, functional medicine and mental health, as well as various other healing modalities. Their practitioners offer highly specialized therapy tailored to their clients individual needs in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere. While Cura is open to all individuals, the chiropractors and physical therapists are specialized in perinatal and pediatric care and are aligned with hOMe Holistic, a yoga studio specifically designed for expectant mothers. Together these two clinics assist families through fertility, pregnancy, post partum and pediatric care. Mothers and families have a circle of support both with the practitioners and the community that is created. Cura incorporates a number of healing modalities, including but not limited to: Chiropractic Acupuncture Functional Medicine Physical Therapy

Myofascial Release CranioSacral Therapy Biofeedback PsychoTherapy HypnoTherpay Yoga Pilates Akashic Record Readings Shammanic Drum Medicine The purpose of the integrated model is to blend eastern and western tradition to cover all dimensions of healing. Cura in Latin means healing or restoring to health the mind, body, and spirit. Cura recognizes the emotional and spiritual components of healing and provides sacred space for the patients’ personal release. Our Practitioners are incredibly well versed, compassionate, and with open arms are ready to serve. They recognize their own healing and thus walk the journey with their patients. Cura Integrative Health Care, 7000 W 121st Street Suite 100, Leawood, KS 66209 913.499.7053


The Monaplanner! There’s a new planner in town! You’ve probably used many different planning tools over the years… everything from a Big Chief Tablet to your smart phone. There are hundreds of tools to stay organized, and monaplanner developer Mona Raglow has used many of them. She’s been a time management and organizational junkie since she was a kid, and understands many of the pitfalls of trying to stay organized as an adult. The monaplanner was tested and revised many times by local business women, who are now loyal monaplanner users. The monaplanner isn’t a calendar, or a scheduling system. It IS a way to prioritize all of the gazillions of projects and activities that professional women have to balance on a daily basis. AND, it helps us say no to things that aren’t


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serving us. It’s important to celebrate what you do right, not punish yourself for what you don’t do. Some of the unique features of the monaplanner are: Weekly Brain Dump, a place to write what you’re grateful for, a Parking Lot (so you don’t lose track of great ideas), and a gentle reminder not to think you have to be superwoman everyday (or ever). Added to version 2, releasing in June 2015 is a month at a glance calendar, tips and tricks to stay organized, and reminders about self-care. It is undated, and covers 3 months. Plans are in the works for specialty monaplanners, including social media, healthy eating and meal planning, and even a specialty yoga version. Mona will be partnering with others who are experts in their field to incorporate these topics.

Wisdom Within

Those Tricky Beliefs!


ebruary 2015: One of those strange KC snowstorms hit as I drove to the airport. The weather forecast warned late snow in the evening. I left the house at 11 am. I hit the brakes on the 635 Interstate when a tornado-like snow swirled around my car. I slowed to a snail’s pace. “No way is my plane on time,” I said to myself. On time it was! I settled into my LA hotel in an “upgraded” suite. Go figure! Awakening refreshed, arms around this new day, we focused upon a guided imagery called yoga nidra. My intent was clear as a mirror: Clean out old beliefs that hold me back, such as “plane will be late.” We work to discover how we think, how we choose, how we act or behaviors that may limit our success. The teaching was weaved with love, tremendous love. I can lean on this love, I know and trust. Old stuff rises. Time to clean it up. I wish to open my heart, no matter what pain remains within and to heal. I want the love and peace that comes with healing. The four days uplifted and changed me. I felt like a hot-air balloon soaring above the clouds. At LAX, folks began talking to me for no reason at all. Good talks. Good visits. This made the trip home fun. Early March 2015: Dr. Christine Northrop, OB/GYN airs her new show on PBS. She authors many books on her groundbreaking work on holistic health. Her new book is called Glorious Women Never Age! I grabbed a pen: 1. Reframe the term “aging” from decline and deterioration to aliveness and energy. 2. Monitor your language and never say you have a “senior” moment or criticize self. Why does this start when one turns 40? Or 30? Do you hear how afraid of aging our young ones are? 3. Forget making “milestone” birthdays a big deal. One study revealed positive beliefs about growing older added twelve years to one’s life. 4. Keep your blood sugar stable and it counters stress hormones such as cortisol. 5. Know how to counter stress. Define your methods. Use them. 6. Develop your network of friends and family for fun and support, what she calls “your tribe.”

Late March 2015: I received news of the death of a family member. In front of my students, much to my chagrin, I began to cry. The call came and there was no time to process the news. Later that day, Henry Thoreau’s quote gives me comfort: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” My new focus: 1. Practice and learn to VALUE SELF by creating more self esteem, more dignity, more confidence, more respect, more awareness and more compassion. 2. We all ping-pong the ball from love to fear. Keep the ball in love’s court. 3. My computer posts my updated beliefs so I read them daily. 4. Choose to weed old beliefs. Then fill the holes with gratitude. 5. Be patient with self, meaning to pay attention to details of your thoughts and feelings. As I type here “I feel the gift of a new breath.” I am here. I am present. 6. Give generously with no measure of return. Just give. 7. Become “power filled” as you choose, act and become comfortable to author your life. Let go of “domination” and create “dominion.” Keep it fun. Even if dreams are not yet realized, the more fun you have the more they will come.

Suzette Scholtes’ non-fiction writing won the prestigious “Writers Digest” award. Her passions are writing and yoga and she feels one needs a sense of humor for both. She founded The Yoga School of Therapeutics where she manages one of the regions prestige teacher training programs. 10400 W. 103rd Street, Overland Park. 9l3 492-9594.



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Journey to Wholeness

Type and the Spiritual Quest


ave you ever wondered about individual differences and choices for a spiritual path? Observation would tell us that different types of people tend to prefer different spiritual practices. Within a religious or spiritual group one might find that people prefer different kinds of activities. Studying the neuroscience of personality gives us some clues to peoples’ choices of spiritual paths and spiritual activities. Here are the four pairs of qualities explored in Jungian typology: Extraversion: Stimulated by the outer world of people and things. Introversion: Derives energy from the inner world of ideas, concepts and feelings. Sensing: Concrete, practical, sensory world, here and now. Intuition: Big picture, possibilities, future, symbolic. Thinking: Arrive at conclusions through rational, logical reasoning processes. Feeling: Making decisions based on values, harmony, and subjective views. Judging: Organized, planning, taskoriented. Perceiving: Flexible, spontaneous, process-oriented. Those who prefer extraversion might be drawn to group or action-oriented activities. The internal journey that is inward, quiet and inspirational would be more appealing to the person who prefers introversion. Research indicates that about 60-70 percent of the population prefers extraversion while 30-40 percent prefer introversion. This might explain why the solitary spiritual path calls fewer people. I believe the popularity of meditation, imagery, relaxation exercises and hypnosis is the missing element for many people in our extroverted culture. A recent research study by Professor Timothy Wilson at the University of Virginia showed that nearly half of the people preferred to selfadminister an electric shock during 15 minutes of quiet time. Learning a skill that challenges our predispositions, both personally and culturally, can be difficult. Finding meaning or purpose in this quiet activity can be very helpful. Sensors tend to prefer practical, pragmatic spiritual practices with known outcomes. They like to follow tradition and do things the way they have been done before. Intuitors might like practices that utilize symbols, imagination and exploring



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possibilities. The future is more important than the here and now. Since sensors outnumber intuitors three to one, it is no surprise that religious or spiritual activities are very real, present, often allowing for little ambiguity or question, showing practical applications, and can be more pessimistic. Intuitors, who are more often the visionaries, like the creative, optimistic, verbal and conflict-free approach. The thinking and feeling processes guide our decisions. Thinking types benefit from the structure of prayer or activities, liking order and routine while wanting truth, justice and peace. The feeling process person is more attracted to the personal relationship with others in a community, harmony and peace in the immediate environment, the community and the world. Personal agreement with the values of the organization are important. Judging and perceiving attitudes tell us how we prefer to live out our spirituality. For judging types spirituality is best expressed through regular practices and routines. Perceiving types like spontaneity, flexibility and openness. As you think about your spiritual journey, consider what attracts you about a practice and what fulfills you. You may see patterns in what you choose to do. It would also be helpful to think about the activities that are more challenging. Maybe you prefer the group activities. Someone else prefers the quiet alone activity. Challenge yourself to develop the types of practices that are more difficult for you, as you foster the ones that are more innate. I am sure you will find your spiritual journey to be richer and fuller while your faith is deepened in different ways.

Jude LaClaire, Ph.D., LCPC, is a counselor, educator and author. For counseling appointments, seminars, training, speaking engagements or information on Neurobehavioral Programs or Imago Couple therapy call 913-322-5622. For more information about Jude LaClaire or the Kansas City Holistic Centre go to

Holistic Health

Can You Reverse Type 2 Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes?


he Diabetes Summit was a recent national podcast which presented a wealth of information. It was a mission by physicians, naturopathic doctors and nutritionists to show research and experience with patients across the country in preventing and reversing diabetes mellitus, Type 2. As complications from Type 2 diabetes kills one person every 10 seconds in the United States and has the possibility to be prevented and even reversed; it is time to get the word out with some tools to do so. Type 2 Diabetes mellitus, which comprises 90 percent of people with diabetes usually begins years before it is actually diagnosed. The other types of diabetes, Type 1, autoimmune type with little to no insulin being produced and Type 1.5 and gestational diabetes will not be discussed here, but is worth mentioning that women who have blood sugar issues or diabetes with pregnancy are much more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes later in life. Generally the body is sensitive to insulin and is released when you eat a meal. The amount of insulin released is in proportion to how much sugar and carbohydrates are eaten and keeps your blood sugar in the normal range. When a person continually eats a large amount of sugar, refined carbohydrates and processed foods, the body has a mechanism to make large amounts of insulin but the body becomes resistant so as to not develop blood sugars that are too low. Insulin resistance is the first sign of type 2 diabetes and the person’s blood sugar may be completely normal and the hgbA1c is also normal. The hgbA1c or sometimes called, A1c is a blood test that shows an average of the

Paleo Diet or Paleo Mediterranean diet with low carb, high fat, and no sugar which is similar to Dr. David Perlmutter, M.D.’s program in his book, The Grain Brain. Another resource is a book by Mark Hyman, Blood Sugar Solution. Gabriel Cousens, M.D., writes in his book, There is a Cure for Diabetes about raw food nutrition, exercise and spiritual person’s blood sugar over 2-3 months wellness. Great cookbooks and recipes of time. The first test that can diagnose can be found at insulin resistance is a fasting blood Diane insulin level. Normal levels are below is a nutritionist who has written a Paleo 25; however, ideal levels are 5 or less. Cookbook and a Mediterranean Paleo When insulin resistance is left Cookbook. untreated, it leads to pre-diabetes and Take a look at your whole life and then Type 2 diabetes. Pre-diabetes is ask God to bring you wisdom and when the fasting blood sugar is 100guidance on your journey to optimal 126 and Type 2 diabetes is the fasting health. Listening to your spirit guide blood sugar over 126 and an A1c over can help you make a decision for the 5.6. right path. Optimal health is awaiting The natural approach for treatment for you; start the journey today. and prevention of insulin resistance, which can lead to pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes starts with nutrition, weight loss, exercise and stress management. Holistic and Integrative practitioners also put an emphasis on spiritual health. Many integrative practitioners believe weight loss and optimal health is achieved 75 percent with nutrition and 25 percent with Nancy Russell, M.D. has been a exercise. It is imperative to assess and holistic Internal Medicine balance emotional, mental and spiritual physician in the Kansas City health to achieve the nutrition and northland for over 30 years at exercise goals. 5140 N. Antioch Road in Kansas There are several schools of City, MO. Her phone number is thought of which nutritional program 816-453-5545 and website is is best. The American Diabetes where you can get more information. Dr. Association proposes a balanced diet Russell is board certified in with plenty of carbohydrates at each holistic medicine and is a member meal and snack, which can work for of the American Holistic Medical some people. Integrative approaches Association and a prior board look at at least 2 other extremes: 1. The member.



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The Book of Knowing and Worth An Interview with Paul Selig


n his breakthrough works of channeled literature Paul Selig recorded an extraordinary program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind awakens to its own divine nature. I Am the Word, The Book of Love and Creation and his newest addition to the trilogy The Book of Knowing and Worth, are energetic transmissions that work directly on their readers to bring them into alignment with the frequency of the Word, which Paul’s guides call the energy of “God in Action.” Jill Mangino: When did you know you had a gift as a channel and an empath? Paul Selig: I was volunteering at a place called The Manhattan Center for Living in the early 90’s – I had studied a form of energy healing to gain a context for the stuff I was beginning to experience – and found that I could feel in my own body and energy field what was going on in the bodies of my clients. I soon began to “hear” for them, and, as I began to trust the information that was coming through me, I began to open up more. I can’t say that I knew that I was channeling until it was actually happening. I had been a playwright for many years, so the idea of opening up to other voices was not entirely strange to me. However, what was surprising to me was how accurate the transmissions I was receiving were, and how consistent the information and teachings were. Mangino: You’ve worked in academia for many years. Was it hard for you to come of the metaphysical “closet”? Selig: A few months ago, my work as a psychic was profiled in New York Magazine. The article led with the line “Paul Selig lives a double life. When he’s not transcending the ordinary plane of perception in order to read other people’s thoughts, he teaches playwriting at NYU.” I’d kept a very low profile at NYU for over 25 years, and was expecting some kind of backlash, which actually never came. I think the world is very different than it was when I first began my work – people are generally more accepting and the reality is, there’s video of me channeling all over the Internet at this point, and not too much I can do about that. Goddard College, where I run the MFA in

Creative Writing has known about my metaphysical work since I began teaching there nearly 20 years ago – they’ve been wonderfully supportive, but that’s a school that has an amazing legacy of experimentation and inclusiveness. I think their support, in many ways, was instrumental in my moving my work out into the world. Mangino: Many people claim to have large energetic shifts while reading your books or attending your workshops. How does that work? Selig: The guides say that there are two books happening concurrently – the written words on the page that allow for the reader to comprehend, intellectually, what is happening with them and the text which works on the reader at an energetic level, which they say is the “real” text. Many, many readers are reporting large experiences while reading the texts – they can feel the energy working with them as they read and work with the exercise. It’s what the guides said would happen, and it seems to be happening all over the place. In their workshops the guides teach people to work with the energy they come through with, which they claim as the Word, or the energy of the Creator in action.

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This interview originally appeared in OM Times. Paul will lead a weekend workshop at Aquarius Books in Kansas City August 22-23. More information and registration at A noted playwright and educator, Paul Selig received his Master’s Degree from Yale and now serves on the faculty of NYU and directs the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College. He teaches channeled workshops around the world at places like the Esalen Intitute , Kripalu Center and the Omega Institute. Jill Virginia Mangino is the founder of Circle 3 Media, a conscious media consultant and freelance writer.


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Food First

Is Caffeine Blocking Your Weight Loss?


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f you have trouble losing weight and consume caffeine daily, then it may be worthwhile to stop it. Here are some reasons why. Caffeine causes the body to release the stress hormone cortisol. In other words, caffeine prepares your body to run from a tiger. Cortisol breaks muscle down into amino acids, triggers the liver to release glucose, and pulls fatty acids from fat tissue so you have energy to for a quick get away. Most of us don’t drink caffeinated beverages in preparation for vigorous physical activity. Instead, we’re sedentary, driving to work, reading email or eating, for example. The energy mobilized by this caffeine induced cortisol surge has nowhere to go, so it is stored, usually as fat. High cortisol levels also disrupt your sleep cycle. To make matters worse, poor quality sleep itself increases cortisol levels. This creates a vicious circle. Caffeine perks you up after a poor night of sleep. Then you sleep poorly again and the cycle starts all over. The simplest way to weight loss I have found is to sleep better. Stopping daily caffeine use is the best way to promote quality sleep. Many weight loss supplements contain caffeine, likely for a diuretic effect. Chlorogenic acid is a polyphenol found in unroasted coffee beans. Some claim it increases your metabolic rate. Whether or not this is true, roasting destroys chlorogenic acid and other polyphenols. So, that cup of Joe won’t help you burn fat. Stopping caffeine without a safety net can be brutal. You need a soft place to land. Here are some healthier ways to get energized, then you can proceed to get off the caffeine. Start your day with lemon water. Onehalf fresh lemon squeezed into eight ounces of water alkalizes your body pH, charging up all your cellular processes. It can also bring on a bowel movement, a reason many people use coffee. Rinse your mouth afterward to protect your tooth enamel. Apple cider vinegar is also an excellent alkalizer. Take one to two tablespoons mixed with half glass of water.. Stay hydrated. Not only does adequate hydration cut your appetite but it can clear your head and give you energy. Keep your blood sugar even. Nothing causes a surge in cortisol, or cravings for caffeine, like a drop in blood sugar. Many of my patients report the HealthSpan Metabolic Reset significantly reduces or eliminates their cravings for caffeine and sugar. Regular moderate exercise energizes you without caffeine, increases your stress


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resistance and prevents cortisol surges. Initially, your body may perceive walking 2 miles in 40 minutes as stressful and cortisol will be released. But as your physical condition improves and you can walk 2 miles more easily or in less time, less cortisol is released. It’s just not as stressful. The better your physical condition, the less cortisol released during times of emotional stress, too. Start your day with one of my “big five” nervous system tone reducers: Mindfulness practice, contemplative prayer, restorative yoga, tai chi and chi gong. All have been shown to lower cortisol levels. Regular practice can lead to sustained reductions in cortisol. Most CEOs start their day with one of these practices because it helps them handle the pressure of their position. Once you adopt a few of these strategies, you may already be craving less caffeine. One way to stop caffeine is to take a weekend to get through the headache and other withdrawal symptoms. It’s rough but it’s done. Another is to cut back a little each day. When a headache or other symptom comes on, drink half a cup of coffee, tea or other caffeinated beverage. Gradually make this ¼ cup as needed. Soon enough you won’t need it at all. The drawback of this gradual approach is some people never get to zero. So it takes commitment. Switching to decaf doesn’t work. It still increases cortisol levels because caffeine isn’t the only thing in caffeinated food and beverages that increases cortisol levels. So keep caffeine a treat, not a daily occurrence. Lower cortisol levels can equal lower body weight, better sleep and physical as well as emotional wellbeing.

Bethany Klug, DO practices holistic medicine at HealthSpan, She has been helping women AND men through the change since 2003, as well as helping people of all ages resolve chronic health problems with her holistic approach. She takes time to listen to your story and get to the root of your concerns. Why? Because happy, healthy and engaged people make this world a better place!

In the Kitchen with Bonnie

Chez Elle


crêpe is a type of very thin pancake, usually made from wheat flour. While crêpes originate from Brittany, a region in the northwest of France, their consumption is widespread in France and they are considered a national dish. They are also increasingly popular in North America and South America. Crêpes are served with a variety of fillings, from the most simple with only sugar to flambéed crêpes Suzette or elaborate savory fillings.

The Chez Elle & Citron Crepes Prepared by Executive Chef, Dawn Siddall, "In the Kitchen with Bonnie" at Chez Elle

For the Crepe Batter: Ingredients 1 gal milk 1/2 gal water 32 eggs 6-7 lbs flour 4 Tb salt 1lb melted butter Directions Combine ingredients. For the Citron Crepe, add sugar and cinnamon to taste. For the Citron Crepe: Lemon Curd Ingredients 2 c lemon juice 3 c. sugar 5 egg yolks 12 eggs

pinch of salt 4 c. diced chilled butter Directions Whisk ingredients (except butter) together over double boiler continuously until very thick. Gradually blend in 4 c. cold butter and chill. Assemble the crepe by filling with curd and top with fresh whipped cream, fresh sliced strawberries, raspberry sauce

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For the Chez Elle Crepe: FILLING: Roasted chicken, sautéed mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh baby spinach, mozzarella & pesto TOPPINGS: Marinara, mozzarella & pesto



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Book Excerpt

Becoming Aware: How to Repattern Your Brain and Revitalize Your Life

but it must not have been enough for the heat. I blacked out death experience (NDE) as defined by Dr. Raymond Moody. and fell down a mountain. All I felt was vast consciousness, and anything that came What happened next was the most important thing to ever into my awareness was instantly manifested in front of me. I happen to me. thought of Asia, for example, and Asia was in front of me. I’m THE SETTING OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE was certainly Somehow my body finally not specifically sure why Asia picturesque: Castaic Lake, a reservoir formed by the Castaic dropped to the ground, and I into my awareness, as I’d I was hovering over my body, which was came Dam in the Sierra Pelona Mountains of northwestern Los started to float above the entire never been there; however, it is Angeles. Action scenes for movies and TV are often filmed scene. I was hovering over my the best way I can describe how down below me. I could see people there because of the gorgeous but rugged natural terrain, and body, which was down below everything was immediately in this is where I arrived for the state championship. I was in me. I could see people surrounding me, but I couldn’t really tell my realm of awareness, without second place overall, but this was the last race and counted surrounding me, but I couldn’t borders. Even the most remote what they were doing. Instead, I could tell place I could imagine appeared for double points. I was focused in on my goal of taking the really tell what they were doing. title. It didn’t matter to me that when the race started at eight Instead, I could tell what they in my limitless sphere of what they were feeling. in the morning, it was already a searing 95 degrees. Or that were feeling. Some of them were consciousness. this particular year, they ran the course in a different feeling like they were onI was definitely not creating this direction than they had run it in previous years, which would purpose in their lives and put in my mind, as I was the furthest entail far more climbing for the racers. About 5,300 feet of here to be emergency medical technicians. Others were off- from analytical thinking I had ever been. I was purely steep uphill biking was in my future during the 21-mile purpose and wanted to do something else—one wanted to experiencing this peaceful state. I felt so serene and wanted course. be a painter. I knew that one of the female medics had for nothing. There were no unmet needs, hopes, or goals. Hours later, the win was in my reach. The race was three romantic feelings for one of the male EMTs, but she was too There were no desires, as everything was present at that laps, and in the previous two, I’d always passed the firstafraid to tell him. I could feel their thoughts, their desires, moment. place girl on the descent. Jon had their unmet needs, but I couldn’t What I would find so interesting when I would look back taught me how to descend, and I hear their voices, as there was no on it was the absence of pain in that state. What I know now was fearless about it. On the third need to do so. is that all discomfort is created in the mind. I had no feeling lap, I spotted her right before the The place I was in was magical. It of pain after my accident—in fact, I couldn’t feel my body at descent began, and I knew I’d pass was vast and pure, with a type of all. Now I see bodies as beautifully intelligent sacs of fluid her on the downhill and get to the expanded consciousness that I had and bones, encapsulated by the boundaries of our skin. finish line first. never experienced before in my Don’t get me wrong, because I love our human bodies and That was the last thing I life. It was beyond words. I don’t know that they are amazing creations, but I also know for a remember. even know if there are words that fact that we are not our bodies. We are pure expanded All of a sudden, I woke up at the can explain the level of consciousness. bottom of the hill with pine needles consciousness I experienced. No Back at the mountain, one of the EMTs was asking, “Are stuffed into my jersey. My helmet words could explain something you Jon?” was sideways on my head and that is much more expansive than “Yes,” a familiar voice said. cracked in several places (although I anything I’ve ever known here. I “She has been saying your name. She has been asking for didn’t know that at the time). I once looked out over the cliff at you.” wanted to climb back up the hill, but the great Grand Canyon, and this I saw this silver cord, luminescent, pure, and bright, the pine needles were so thick that I feeling was even vaster than that attached between Jon and me. It was like a light beam kept slipping. experience. When I ask myself connecting us. I saw the connection, and knew that it was Another cyclist saw me struggling why now, I know the answer. This something quite significant. to get up the hill, stopped, and said, was a place of complete, At that moment, I jumped back into my body, which felt “Are you okay?” unconditional love. very confined and small. I looked up, and my eyes met Jon’s. Later, he told me that I was trying There are no conditions of any I didn’t have the ability to speak because my body had been to get back on my bike and just kept kind in this state of pure throwing up. These wonderful medics kept turning my head falling back down the hill. All I expansion. There are no to the side so that I wouldn’t choke on my own vomit. Even remember was pedaling and boundaries; no pain; and no past, though I couldn’t form any words, I marveled that I could watching that girl in front of me. present, or future. It is all of those communicate in a new way. Eventually, doctors would tell me things at once: the past, present, I spoke from my eyes to his eyes. And it was one of the most that memory loss is retroactive, and this is why I don’t and the future occurring at the same exact time. It is actually powerful and complete communications I had ever remember the actual fall or trying to scramble back up the a state of all-encompassing awareness rather than a “place.” experienced. hill. I assume that I passed out when I was pedaling due to It just is. It only lasted seconds, and then I left again, returning to dehydration—I thought I’d been drinking plenty of water, I can’t report that I saw a white light, nor did I travel this beautiful place of expanded consciousness. down a tunnel according to the classic depiction of a nearThe following excerpt has been reprinted with permission from Becoming Aware: How to Repattern Your Brain and Revitalize Your Life by Lisa Garr (Hay House; May 19, 2015).



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Book Excerpt

Feeling Great: Creating a Life of Optimism, Enthusiasm and Contentment Sweetness is a virtue that searches for the good in every person and situation. At its heart is the conviction that there is always something positive to be found. You simply need the patience to discover it. --Eternal Blessings Optimism opens a door in difficult or hopeless situations. Optimism knows that there is always a way, no matter how many doors have been shut, and it believes that there is always a good alternative. No matter what the crisis, an optimistic outlook will tell you that the situation you are facing is a sign that you need to find a different way of thinking or a new way of doing things. Sometimes it's easy to miss the signal because change can be uncomfortable, to say the least. No one really wants to do the work it takes to change unless it's absolutely necessary, so they often ignore the warning signs until they become so obvious and clear that there is no other choice but to wake up. Now the choice is either to heed the warning and make a change or continue in selfdelusion and fall behind on your journey to develop a lifetime of feeling great. But if you take the road that lacks optimism instead of taking steps toward renaissance, your steps will lead you to complaints, resentment, or even desperation. Optimists hold on to hope . . . they don't ignore the reality and consequences of problems, but they also don't despair or lose themselves in the chaos when Pandora's Box is opened. In your daily life, you will face many obstacles; sometimes they will be bumps in the road, other times they will be complete detours. But no matter if it is a brief detour or a true Pandora's Box with a whole assortment of problems that bring fear, chaos, and distress, optimism will enable you to persevere. When you can draw on patience and determination, your commitment to positive thinking and introspection will allow you to find solutions, and it will attract healing and peace from within yourself and from the world around you. Work on becoming an optimist-maintain a gentle determination that will allow you to focus on potential alternatives and find solutions to problems. Be flexible and allow yourself to be led. Combine the art of making things happen with the ability to allow things to happen, and realize that more than one factor is involved in building a bridge and finding a solution. When you apply these principles to your life, you will feel yourself

moving closer and closer toward that constant state of feeling great that once was so elusive.

The Story of the Two Applicants A man answered an ad in the paper for a job, and was asked to come in and fill out an application. As he waited in the lobby he asked the receptionist, "How are the people here?" "Well, what were the people like where you worked before?" she responded. "They weren't very nice," he said. "They overworked me and my boss was strict and rude. I'm glad to be rid of them!" "Really?" replied the receptionist. "That's just how you'll find people here, too." Disgusted, the applicant picked up his keys and marched out the door. Half an hour later another applicant came through the door. While he was waiting for an interview, he asked the receptionist, "How are the people at this company?" "What were the people like where you worked before?" she replied. "Oh, they were great! My boss was good to me and gave me opportunities to learn new things. I worked hard but it was good work. I'm going to miss them," he mused. "Well, that's just how you'll find people here, too. You're going to love it!" she said. Lesson: Don't let your thoughts reside in a negative mind. An optimist resides in hope.

Exercise: Authentic Living Becoming an Optimist Here is an exercise that will sharpen your skills at being an optimist. Learn these rules and put them to practice; you will quickly find that they cease to be "rules" and become part of your character instead. Be mindful of them from morning to evening-they will carry you a long way toward fulfilling your goal of feeling great day after day.

Peter Vegso's 15 Rules for Happiness Sometimes we need a shift in perspective to lift our spirits. It's easy to get caught up in ourselves and our situations and allow them to dictate how we feel, but we can learn to control the inner and outer influences that affect us. We can actually train ourselves to overcome distressing or pessimistic emotions and enjoy greater happiness in our lives. 1. Be grateful for what you have-you may not have everything you want, but it's likely that you have everything you need.


If you don't, be grateful for the ability to pursue your needs and set a plan to achieve them. 2. Find a source of awe in each day-there are a million things waiting to be discovered: a person's kindness, a sunrise, a faithful pet. Take a look around you and learn to recognize them. 3. Reach out to someone - be kind, listen, share something. Until you make that effort, you won't know what the person next to you needs. An encouraging word may be all that's needed to give someone an emotional boost. 4. Do something for yourself-even if it's something small like taking an extra ten minutes with your coffee in the morning or taking the scenic way home from work. 5. Be aware of your thoughts-when something runs through your mind that you can't do anything about, let it go. All that thinking will cause you to sink lower; you need to rise above things that are not contributing to your happiness. 6. Live for today-realize that you only have right now and make the best of it; yesterday is gone and tomorrow will bring challenges of its own. 7. De-clutter-clean out your junk drawer, tidy up your desk or your closet. When you put external things in order, your mind and heart will also function in a more orderly fashion and that is an especially liberating feeling. 8. Donate-find something that you haven't worn or used in a while that someone else can use; maybe it's a coat, a blanket, or the blue jeans you can't fit into anymore. Make sure they are in good condition; donating old rags is not very helpful or caring. 9. Quit feeling sorry for yourself-even if something legitimate is making you sad, know the true source of the sadness and grow, but an attitude of "poor me" is simply being negative. 10. Set a goal-whether it's exercise, eating better, encouraging your child more ofteneach little step forward will be rewarding. 11. Practice calm-every one of us has hectic days that can unravel us if we let them. Breathe, settle down, and tackle one situation at a time; you'll accomplish more and feel less stressed. 12. Take a quick inventory of things around you that are comforting-the pictures on your desk, the trees on the roadside, the music in your car, the bed on


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Feeling Great, Creating a Life of Optimism, Enthusiasm and Contentment (HCI Books), is a fascinating and complete guidebook that offers a simple blueprint for a lifelong embodiment of true contentment by a triad of leading wisdom keepers--Dadi Janki, Peter Vegso, and Kelly Johnson. This book lets you really OWN a permanently elevated state of mind and way of life. Feeling Great breaks down the elements that must be present in your life to experience sustained peak living. It succinctly brings forth what needs to be cast aside, what needs to be adapted, and how to get from that place of emptiness to robustness as you build character traits that strengthen your contentment muscle. Feeling Great is available at, and many bookstores. which you are sleeping. Wherever you are, there are reminders of your fortune-be thankful! 13. Smile more-even if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, determine that you will not take negative feelings into your day. Try smiling at yourself in the mirror (and try not to laugh!). 14. Get outside-of the building. The sun has an amazing ability to change our perspective; its warmth can permeate even the grumpiest façade. If it's not a sunny day, take a drive or take a walk in the rain and appreciate its ability to renew and make things grow-including you. 15. Get outside-of yourself. Too much thinking and internalizing can make you dull and self-centered. Lift up your chin and be an overcomer-you really can be happy if you try; and that makes everyone around you happy.


Everyday Spirituality


rowing up, my mother had some great advice. None has stuck with me as strongly as “walk your talk.” Most of the time, her message was the nononsense kind, and this phrase was probably the queen of her belief system. Her message was actually one of a spiritual nature, inviting me to tap into my spiritual self and to act from that place of inner integrity. I now invite each of you to take Mom’s wisdom and live spiritually each day. A few ways to do that are to do the following: 1. Be aware. We humans actually spend a majority of our time thinking about ourselves. We may trick ourselves into believing that we are thinking of others, but the reality is that we are thinking about how others may be affected by us, or how we may be affected by another, or what this person thinks of us, etc. Yet, we lose our awareness of what we are really thinking when we get caught up in these thoughts. Practice being aware of your thoughts, your feelings, your actions. For example, yesterday I spent a good chunk of the day complaining about the distractions in my life rather than actually just working around them. About 3 hours into that, I became aware that I was spending precious time complaining instead of just flowing. Once I had the “ recognition, I was able to get so much more done. 2. Know your triggers. We all have triggers in this culture. We have been wounded and those wounds remain open. When someone touches that gaping wound with a word or an action, that wound begins to throb and burn and we are triggered. We act out of those triggers. I was an incredibly sensitive child and needed a lot of peace around me. I didn’t really get that peace. My mother spent money freely and quickly and my father worked 60+ hours a week to earn that money. Many of his days off were spent arguing with my mother about where the money had gone. The arguments almost always ended in her sobbing and him slamming a door. Even writing about it

everything you ask for, and that is the truth.” It was a hurtful and painful thing to experience for me. But it wasn’t the truth; it was her PAIN. Her truth was more like, “I am angry that I have had a much harder life growing up than you did, and it causes me so much pain to see that you seem to have it so much easier. It doesn’t seem fair to me. And that is MY truth.” There is a huge difference in those statements, on the surface, but underneath they say the same things. There is also a huge difference in how I causes my shoulders to tense, and makes me heard those statements. A 13-year-old girl cannot want to go to a quiet room and close my eyes. make sense of those words in a productive way Today, when my husband wants to talk to me like a 43-year-old woman can. about money, I cringe and want to hole up. That 5. Don’t take things so seriously. There is so wound is still gaping and money talk is still a much of life that is proof that existence is meant trigger for me. I am aware, and I work each time to be enjoyed: sunrises and sunsets, flowers and we discuss money to stay in my body, to stay trees blooming, silent snowfalls, baby giggles, not present and to heal my old wounds around to mention the faces we make during sex. Life money discussions. was meant to be enjoyed. We were meant to 3.Know your truth. Take an inventory of the laugh and have joy and pleasure. Sure, things can things you believe and say, from a core level, and be painful, but we needn’t think that all of life is see if you still believe in them. One of my serious. grandmother’s favorite things to remind me of Living spiritually every day is simple. It is was, “You have to work hard to get anything remembering that we are spiritual in nature, human done.” It was her generation’s belief. For in form, and it is our nature that we are meant to decades I believed this too, and express each day. I worked very hard for very little in return. I analyzed this belief and realized that I no longer wanted it to be a truth for me. I now believe that things can get done with minimal work too. I also believe that when you have many hands working very little, great things can be accomplished. Spend time reflecting on what “beliefs” are no longer true for you, let them Indira Grace is a writer, healer, spiritual go and shift your speech and counselor, Reiki Master, Oneness your thoughts. Blessing Giver and mentor who spends 4. Speak your truth. This doesn’t mean to her days working in maximum security verbally hurt another because they hurt you. This prison as a counselor. She is currently means to practice awareness that you are hurt, working towards her 200 hour yoga and then express that hurt in a less-than-harmful teacher training certificate. She lives way. Speaking truth is an empowerment exercise, with her husband and critters in not a license to cause pain. One of my sisters Leavenworth. once said, “You are such a spoiled brat. You get

Living spiritually every day is simple. It is remembering that we are spiritual in nature, human in form, and it is our nature that we are meant to express each day.”



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There is Only One Path


hen I first heard of this as a topic for an article I had to stop and think about it for a moment to wrap my head around the concept. Not the concept of everyday spirituality, rather that there was a perspective other than Spirit being not only woven into every aspect of our existence, but that everything in existence is a part of Spirit. As a Shaman it is impossible to separate the creation from the Creator; and, in that awareness spirituality permeates every aspect of my awareness of the world. There is no way that Spirit becomes separated from our everyday interactions, but more that we lose our awareness of this amazing aspect of our experiences. In truth, everything in our lives is a step in a divine dance. Each of us is acting out the situations and circumstances our souls have chosen within this lifetime, and are using our free will to navigate our way through the experience. This alone makes every single thing in existence, every choice, and every action we take, a spiritual experience. The Shamanic path teaches us that every action we take holds a choice within it. We can either do that thing from a purely physical perspective, or we can do that thing for Spirit. By removing the idea that there is separateness we are able to step into a space where our entire life becomes a ritual and celebration of Spirit. When we see ourselves as one with the Divine we elevate even the simplest of actions into a grand ceremony. How could it be otherwise? Think about it. You are a soul residing within a body. How could anything you do not be an act of Spirit? So, sing for Spirit. Love for Spirit. Work for Spirit. Clean your house for Spirit. Go to the gym for Spirit. Scramble eggs for Spirit. In all you do, do it with the awareness that you are a limitless part of Spirit, and that your Soul's journey and expression matter in every single moment. Within this awareness you begin to realize that in every action you take you are either doing something to your Soul, or for your Soul. In this moment all of your choices become simple. Do not fall into the trap of wondering what your path is, or where it lies. You are

standing in the middle of it right now. There is only one path and it leads back home for all of us. It is this physical existence that our souls have chosen. Everything is part of Spirit: Everything that you are, everything that you experience, everything that you do. Let yourself live within this knowing constantly, and you will change the very world around you. This is the path of conscious living, and the key to lasting joy. Beyond this, begin to see everything else as an equal part of Spirit, and you will further change your interaction with the world around you. By honoring every individual, including their choices, as a part of the Divine you honor the truth of Spirit itself. It is all things. You do not have to like, or even participate in the actions others choose, but you will benefit yourself greatly by accepting that they too are a part of Spirit, and that everything they do holds equal value as your own choices. There is a freedom in this awareness, and a responsibility. Know that all you do and all you are is a part of Spirit. Accept this truth for others as well. By doing this you will elevate every thing you do into an act of everyday spirituality.

Path Walker’s Creed I honor and respect myself fully just as I am. Though I may wish to change certain aspects of my life I choose to value where I am here and now. I vow to do my best in all situations and promise to value my efforts as much as my results. I will balance strength of will with gentleness of understanding in all areas of my life. I will see the best in every situation. I will contribute to that best. I vow to show myself to the World. My voice will rise into harmony with the choir of Spirit. I will hold gratitude for everything that I experience, everything I am, everything that is. I have decided to be happy.

Shane Knox is the author of Spirit Message of the Day: 222 Inspirational Passages. He is an intuitive advisor and the owner of Sage Studio. A modern Shaman, Shane has studied and practiced with a wide variety of intuitives, energy workers and wellness facilitators, and has brought many of the ancient teachings into a modern context to fit today's society and demands. To learn more about Shane visit, and


I will embody compassion toward all beings. I will also hold personal boundaries and respect those of others. I will always remember that I am part of creation. I am a child of the Divine. I am light. ©2015 Shane Knox 17

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Meditation Instead of Medication Using Tibetan Thanatology and Empathy to Work with Children Who Have ADHD


ased on 800 years of observations, Tibetan thanatology (the science of death and dying) offers the most accurate analysis of what happens when death approaches, and how the mind and perceptions begin to change. The Tibetans saw how empathy increases in those who near death, as the senses, which process information, gradually “turn themselves off.” This process of “moving-on” makes the dying more permeable and more susceptible to outside influence. These observations gave rise to a number of insights on how to deal with the dying; giving caregivers specific instructions that have been maintained over the centuries. Caregivers — who occupy a very important position — can support the transition by attaining and deliberately maintaining, through meditative techniques, an empathic state of great strength and peace. This has a great influence on the dying because of their highly permeable state. If the caregivers are very serene, the dying will also become serene, just as they can become tense or anxious when the caregivers are so. Now you might wonder what Tibetan thanatology has to do with children that suffer from ADHD, and why a thanatologist, who is more familiar with the other end of life, would write about children in severe

emotional distress. It is because children are very empathic, just like those who are close to death. Children with ADHD lack the capacity for focused attention. This prevents them from receiving much of the instruction sent their way. But since they are children, they are highly empathic, and this makes them open, just like a person at the end of life, to receive or directly absorb what is around them, including the state of their parents, teachers, and caregivers. A well trained adult, capable of acting from a state of peace that has been cultivated appropriately through meditation, will enable the child to feel their peace, and to experience it in a direct, nonmediated way.

“A well trained adult, capable of acting from a state of peace that has been cultivated appropriately through meditation, will enable the child to feel their peace, and to experience it in a direct, non-mediated way. ”



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How does this happen? Even if it is more noticeable at the beginning and end of life, empathy is strongly and naturally present in each and every one of us: it is a characteristic of human nature and also of other species that rely on the empathic cohesion of the group for survival. As humans, we have the capacity to learn how to cultivate empathic communication, and use it at will to support and advance our

relationships. Tibetan thanatology guides caregivers to develop — through several meditation techniques — a special quality and way of listening to the dying that emanates from a deep state of peace. Traditionally, the way the caregivers are — their capacity for active listening and


presence — is considered even more important than what they do and say. Cultivating this capacity of deep listening replaces the ordinary dualistic, judging pattern of the human mind, based on the separation between subject and object: in a sense, the caregiver becomes better at “connecting with” either the dying or the children with ADHD, by sharing their preferred communication style.

Meditation and the Brain Neuroscience studies on trained practitioners have shown that meditation enhances empathic skills and allows a deep state of peace to appear, not only during the meditation sessions but also post-meditation. This is due to the effect of meditation training on the capacity of our brain to change. We aim to enhance empathic skills in adults, as well as to allow them to keep a deep state of peace in the presence of ADHD children, no matter how these children behave.

Personal Experience My contact with ADHD children comes from having been asked, as a thanatologist, to support bereavement in a class where a teacher or a child had passed away. I usually bring with me a team of

caregivers, well trained in meditation, who have a strong and quiet presence, as well as a highly cultivated capacity of listening. The intention is to create the right environment so that bereavement can be addressed in an empathic way. In many classrooms these days, there are children who suffer from ADHD. I began to observe the impact this state especially had on them and realized that this was probably the first time some ADHD children had truly experienced peace. It was from this insight and experience that I began to develop a very light, but continuous training for the teachers and children, that in some circumstances became part of the daily class program. Once these children had a direct experience of deep peace and compassion they were motivated to receive further guidance. More specialized meditations gave them a chance to develop peace, compassion and loving-kindness themselves, which slowly transformed their brain and their relational life into a fuller, calmer and happier one.

ADHD by the numbers

2.3% of children

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that most often occurs in children.


American children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD.



under 18 have used complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of ADHD/ADD.

Daniela Muggia is a thanatologist, co-author of The Impact of Empathy — A New Approach to Working with ADHD Children and the winner of the prestigious Terzani Award for the Medical Humanities. For almost 30 years she studied the Tibetan tradition of death and dying with Sogyal Rinpoche. She also trained with Cesare Boni at Naples University, Italy. After more than 20 years of working with the terminally ill, she has developed the Empathic Care at the End of Life method.

Of American children are being treated for ADHD with medication

42% Increase in ADHD diagnoses over the past 8 years Data are from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs and National Health Statistics Report,



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Spiritual Horoscope

May 2015 Taurus (April 20 – May 20) — Happy birthday Taurus! Treat yourself right by clearing out what is no longer useful. This can mean clothes, possessions — or negative beliefs, bad financial habits, or low self esteem. As you get rid of tangible things, you’ll be free from unhelpful thoughts. Using affirmations after releasing bring in joy, especially when centered on prosperity and intimacy. Gemini (May 21 – June 20) — Mercury retrogrades in your sign, helping you slow down your thoughts, re-prioritize and form a new plan of action. Meditate each day, even for a few moments to release frustration and forgive things that haven’t worked out. Success is coming, but clear the old first. Guidance comes as you surrender to higher options! Cancer (June 21 – July 22) — The Universe wants you to be joyous — and first it needs to reveal what blocks your bliss. Meditate to find resentments, obsessive thought, worry and other obstacles. Journal about them, be willing to release them and ask for them to be lifted. Breakthroughs happen over May and June — better health, relationships, finances and all-around happiness!

energy into the Universe, you can attract exciting options. You might receive guidance in dreams. Also ponder ways to bring your soul essence to “mundane” parts of your life.

be starting, or a current one becoming more intimate. Meditate in your home to create a peaceful, welcoming energy that envelopes and soothes as you go beyond your comfort zone!

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) — Be aware of how your words and thoughts either expand or limit you! It may sound weird, but write an affirmation or positive idea, and then journal the negative voices that come up to counteract it. It’s good to put light on hidden subconscious thoughts! They lose power once exposed. Write freely without judgement about buried anger and other “bad” things. Cleansing your mind like this builds health, prosperity and helps you feel authentic and truly happy.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) — It’s hard to let others help you. You have pride mixed with shame about your struggles. Meditate on people who are open-hearted in your life. Make an effort to reach out and let them know what’s going on. They have intuitive ideas for you, as well as love and compassion! You can’t go it alone, so let the Universe flow to you through fellow spiritual travelers.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) — Mercury retrograde wants you to re-assess goals. Do your daily actions contribute to success or make you muddled? Do the people you surround yourself with support your higher desires? Do you even really know what your higher desires are? Meditate to find all these answers. Even if you seem reclusive now, you’ll emerge next month with greater clarity and empowerment!

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) — Life wants to open your heart to more prosperity, love and intimacy. As Mercury retrogrades, meditate on old hurts and disappointments that keep you shut down or cautious. Ponder limiting beliefs you want to release. Use the power of your imagination to envision positive future situations. You are spiritually powerful, and are actually creating a new reality! But first clear out the old to make room for the new.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) — Confused about career or life purpose? Meditate on activities that make you truly joyful. Create affirmations or a vision board about those things. Share your passion with spiritual friends. Just by sending that

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) — Making commitments scares for you. Remember you’re not limiting your options, but opening to a deep treasure trove of possibilities that’s richer than what’s on the surface! A relationship can


Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) — Even though you’re positive for others, you’re cynical about your own life. So much fulfillment awaits you in relationships, health, prosperity and peace of mind. What’s keeping you from accepting your divine good? Meditate to release old hurts. Forgiveness heals and re-shapes your world view so you’re open to the blessings and good karma that are yours for the taking! Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) — Part of why you incarnated as Pisces was to master fear! Be grateful for spiritual people in your life who remind you of your strength and courage. Meditate about creating serenity in your home — having a sacred space; safe boundaries around communication, etc. Being peaceful empowers you to crush your negative thinking. You’ll also be able to


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shield yourself from domineering people (it’s their fear dressed up as control). Aries (March 21 – April 19) — Do you have negative beliefs about God or religion? Maybe you have unhealed ideas about God being harsh and judgmental, which cause you to rebel and struggle against authority figures like bosses, family members or even your spouse. Seek out nurturing spiritual images that soothe your internal warrior. The Universe is on your side, encouraging you toward greatness, not keeping you from it!

Aluna Michaels is a second-generation astrologer and Soul Evolutionist practitioner. She also holds a Masters in Spiritual Counseling and has been teaching and consulting for more than two decades. Her book “Spiritual Gifts of the 12 Astrological Signs” is now on Amazon in Kindle version. Ms. Michaels is available for appointments in her home or by phone. Call (248) 583-1663 or visit

ALTERNATIVE HEALING At the Healing Place ~ Massage, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Reiki, ChanRi, Chakra Balancing, Astrology, Tarot, Past Life Regression, Intuitive Bodywork (816) 415-2607 Nature Spirit Holistics Energy Medicine expert Author Cathleen Miller—Intuitive therapies, Conscious life counseling, Spa events, seminars 913-499-8514 Justin & Sharon Orth - Spring Forest Qigong Practitioners/Healers and Certified Qigong Level 1 Inst.. EFT (BAS/ADV) 913-244-0167 Shelly Wilson, Reiki Master ~ Intuitive, Intuitive offers loving guidance enabling you to heal and grow. Live an authentic life and LOVE yourself in the process! 918-782-4778 Integrative Therapies by Sarah P. Chapman Aromatherapy Massage, Raindrop Treatment, Vitaflex, Pressure Point Therapy 913-549-0280 Regina Compernolle Home Herbalist Courses, Apprenticeships, Women’s Sacred Studies, Astrology, Tarot, Consults, Women Drumming 816-547-0266 Health Odyssey Pamela Hughes, CRTS, CRHS, LSHC Raindrop (vitaflex vibrational, chromatic), Chakra clearing, OOLA self-dev, Essential Oils, Facial 816-810-3787 Lania Desmond, Originator of EssenceWork™ & SoulPoint™ Emotional healing from a spiritual perspective. 828.236.1230


EDUCATION Holos University Graduate Seminary Studies in Spirituality & Health. Graduate degrees grounded in scholarship, intuitive inspiration, self-development & Research ~ 888-272-6109


ENTERTAINMENT Laura Packer, storyteller, writer, coach Storytelling for families, adults, corp/private events. B-days, weddings, funerals, holidays, classes 781-526-7255 Karen Elise - Psychic Entertainer & Coach Tarot / astrology - corporate / private events Fun for weddings, birthdays & graduations 913-636-9502 -


Dr. Jay Peters Marriage & Addictions Counselor. Smoking/ Weight Mgmt. Hypnosis. Regression/Past Life Hypnosis 913-339-9591 Elizabeth HunterHunter-Blank, LCSW Assisting clients with grief & loss, chronic & serious illness, relationship issues, depression & anxiety. 4104Central St. KCMO 64111. 816.582.3877 Martha Childers, LPC EdS; 816.892.0803 Women, Couples, 50+, LGBT, Aging in Place End of Life Preparations, Financial, Career Barb Hoffman, MA, LPC, LCSW, LCSW in KCMO; 816.561.1116 Indiv./Couples/Family Therapy, Depression & anxiety, abuse & trauma, grief & loss, addictions, relationships. Most insurance.

New Day Hypnotherapy, LLC Carol Henderson, CH. Stress, Fears, Stop Smoking, Lose Weight, Grief & more. 913-908-6907

Kimberlin Hypnosis, LLC Kathleen Kimberlin, CHt Smoking/weight loss/childbirth/past life/behavior Call for free consultation (816) 305-8418

N2paws Offering Doga (doggie yoga) An integrated approach to balance & relaxation for you and your canine companion! 816-522-7005

Advanced Quantum Healing Hypnosis Expand your awareness, receive healing Karen Marie, MS, 913-954-9701

REAL ESTATE Put the OM in your home, Lanae Blattner Licensed Realtor in Kansas/Missouri; 913.633.4930;

INTUITIVE Shane Knox, Psychic Shaman Intuitive Readings, Shamanic Life Coaching by phone or SKYPE. Schedule now at SHANEKNOX.ME or call 417-866-2248

Healing Thru Music and Life Coaching For more info. Contact Kathleen (913)206-2151 or $25.00 per session. Laura Wolf, Transformational Life Coach Unlock Your PASSION, POWER & PURPOSE Counseling, Breathwork, Yoga, Shamanic Journeys 913-721-6655 Your Dream is Waiting for You. Certified Dream Builder Coach—Business, Relationship, Wealth, Health. Contact Marcy, 660-441-1805, Stephanie Red Feather, the Healer's Healer Transformational life/business/$ coaching, shamanic healing, energy therapies, Reiki classes, women's circles. 913-515-3271,

MAGAZINES Mindful Counseling, Pamela Wagner, LMSW Play therapy for children (2-12); mindful self-compassion for caregivers. 913 488-8071,

Ayurveda Practitioner Stephanie Kieltyka Mohr works to find health & relieve disease with recommendations for diet, exercise and lifestyle.



Kansas City Meditation Group of SelfSelf-Realization Fellowship Sunday Service 10AM 10819 Wornall Rd, KCMO 816-799-5544

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SHAMANISM Daniel Baxley Shamanic Healing and Teachings, Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. Sweat Lodges, Workshops. 816-769-7343,

THRIFT STORE 20% off your purchase every time you donate. 25% off every Tuesday with Savers Club Card.13233 Shawnee Msn Parkway, Shawnee, KS 913.248.1938

YOGA Mark Blanchard’s Power Yoga. Focused on breathwork. No levels, props, music or egos. Lots of events! In Ranch Mart Center in OP.; 913-901-8970.

The Yoga School of Therapeutics Kansas State Education Board Approved School 10400 W. 103rd Street, #14 Overland Park, KS (913) 492-9594; Leavenworth Yoga CoCo-op Join us at Leavenworth's only yoga studio. Daily yoga classes, massage therapy, and Tai Chi. 913-933-9595 ~

Events MAY 2 (BEGINS) TRANSCENDENCE WELLNESS CENTER Mastering Manifestation and Intuition, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 3-week Workshop: Relationships ~ Money ~ Health ~ Career ~ Purpose. Reg. required: or (913) 387-4631.

MAY 3 RUN FOR LITTLE HEARTS 10K/5K/KIDS DASH Sunday at 8 a.m. at Unity Village

MAY 5 CLEARING AND TRANSFORMING YOUR ENERGY AROUND MONEY Begin shifting your energy around money, freeing you to be more purposeful and prosperous. 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. $25 Vivian Faulkner, Money Coach and Energy Healer (913) 7353183 Core Star Energy Healing School, 6045 Martway, Mission, KS

MAY 5 SPIRITUAL LIVING AT CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING CROSSROADS Trust Your Life Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30.p.m. 6424 Vista Drive Shawnee, KS 66218 For more information call (913) 4411266 Appreciative Giving! All are welcome.

MAY 5, 7, 12 & 19 JOINT & STRETCH For LMTs and CPTs. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 – 5:30. $272. Register: Jaclyn Sherrer at 816-523-9140 ext 111. continuing-education

MAY 7 OPEN MIC NIGHT 5-9 p.m. every first Thursday. Share your talents with a warm, accepting audience. Beer and wine available. Unity Village Bookstoreand Coffee Shop.

MAY 9 SPRING INTO HAPPY – A WELLNESS EVENT Saturday 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Located at Your Wellness Connection 7410 Switzer St. Shawnee KS, 66203 Earlybird registration is $20 until May 1st. $25 at the door. Register at: events/event/spring-into-happy-awellness-event

MAY 10 PARENT AND CHILD AERIAL FITNESS CLASS 3:45 - 5pm. A Mother's Day treat you'll both never forget. $25

MAY 11 ASTROLOGY PRESENTATION 7-9 p.m. at Community Church, 4601 Main St., KCMO. Public welcome. Members free. More info:, 816-533-4874.



Does your life need a spark of energy? Are you living without a clear sense of purpose and focus? Are you stuck in your story? IGNITE Your Life! workshop w/Sharon McGloin and Denise Mills, 6 – 9 p.m. (networking @ 5:30), in OP. Only $49; save 20% w/2 or more workshops:

MAY 18 — JUNE 10 CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY 3 Mondays, 3 Wednesdays, 1 Friday, 6– 10p.m. (See website for all dates). WellSpring School of Allied Health. $476. No pre-requisites! Register: Jaclyn Sherrer at 816-523-9140 ext 111. continuing-education

MAY 12 CORE STAR ENERGY HEALING CLINIC 7:15 p.m. $20 Experience the benefits of energy healing. 6045 Martway, Suite 104 Mission, KS Reservations (913)8314422

MAY 18 — JUNE 23 NEUROMUSCULAR MASSAGE For LMTs. Tuesdays, 8:30 – 12:30. WellSpring School of Allied Health. $408. Text required. Register: Jaclyn Sherrer at 816-523-9140 ext 111. continuing-education

MAY 16 WALK FOR THE HOMELESS 5K Saturday at 8 a.m. at Unity Village walk

MAY 16 (BEGINS) TRANSCENDENCE WELLNESS CENTER Branding & Marketing for the Spiritual Entrepreneur, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-week Workshop: shed light on limiting beliefs around money, personal value, success and promoting/marketing your services. Reg. required: or (913) 387-4631.

MAY 16 PRS: QUANTUM HYPNOSIS Quantum Hypnosis by Jessica Alstrom. 7 p.m. at Westwood Community Center, 4700 Rainbow Blvd., Westwood, KS. Members free, guests $5. More info:


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MAY 19 SPIRITUAL LIVING AT CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING CROSSROADS Boldly Going Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 6424 Vista Drive Shawnee, KS 66218 For more information call (913) 4411266 Appreciative Giving! All are welcome.

MAY 22 "CELESTIAL RESONANCE" CD RELEASE CONCERT WITH PARADISO AND RASAMAYI Internationally renowned sound healers and award-winning musicians return to KC for the release of their latest transformational CD. Experience Paradiso, a didgeridoo master-player, and Rasamayi, a chanteuse/crystal singing bowl master in a sound healing concert for 
everyone. 7:00pm Presented by the Cornerstone Foundation and Evolving Magazine at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO 64112.

Tickets: $20 Advance/$25 at the Door. Available online at, by phone (816) 561-4466 or at Unity Temple

MAY 23 TRANSCENDENCE ACADEMY New School opening fall 2015: Pre K8th grade. Learn our mission, philosophy and curriculum, offer input; 4pm at TWC, 5053 Merriam Dr, Merriam, KS.

MAY 29 FREE MOVIE NIGHT FRIDAY YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE. The movie about Louise Hay’s work. Sumya is a ‘Heal Your Life Lifecoach.’ 7 p.m.

JUNE 2 CLEARING AND TRANSFORMING YOUR ENERGY AROUND MONEY Begin shifting your energy around money, freeing you to be more purposeful and prosperous. 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. $25 Vivian Faulkner, Money Coach and Energy Healer (913) 7353183 Core Star Energy Healing School, 6045 Martway, Mission, KS

JUNE 8 ASTROLOGY PRESENTATION Astrology Panel: great for beginners. 79 p.m. at Community Church, 4601 Main St., KCMO. Public welcome. Members free. More info:, 816 -533-4874.

JUNE 9 THE DISAPPEARING ACT: WHAT NEEDS TO GO Does your life need a spark of energy? Are you living without a clear sense of purpose and focus? Are you stuck in your story? IGNITE Your Life! workshop w/Sharon McGloin and Denise Mills, 6 – 9 p.m. (networking @ 5:30), in OP. Only $49; save 20% w/2 or more workshops:

JUNE 22 DANIEL BELLONE USA TOUR 2015 Awakening Through Music w/soothing melodies and ancestral chants that anchor an extraordinary wave of transformation into each participant. At Unity Plaza, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20 advance, $25 door. Info/registration: awakening-through-music-withdanielbellone-tickets-16623029930

JUNE 22 –23 – REIKI I & II. Learn energy healing skills for yourself and others. Intro to essential oils included. 9am – 6:30pm, $320 with early deposit. CEs for nurses, massage therapists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, substance abuse counselors. Karen Harrison, ICRT Licensed Reiki Master, Leawood, KS. 816-5234440. www.



Subtle Energies, Intuition, & Transformation – enrollment limited to 300 persons. See ad in magazine or download program planner: https://

ANGER ALTERNATIVES ANGER SUPPORT GROUP "Stoppit!" Program: every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Family Health Care on Rainbow and SW Blvd. Preregistration required:,, 816-753-5118.


HEALTHY LIFESTYLE ESSENTIAL OILS, SUPPLEMENTS, PERSONAL CARE Every Monday at 6:30 p.m. you are invited to join our gathering of Young Living Independent Distributors to network and share. Order from the varied menu at the cantina then enjoy conversation, dinner, a featured topic, and brief business topic. For more information call (816) 810-3787; https://

MONTHLY ASTROLOGY MEETINGS 2nd Monday every month. 7-9 p.m. Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St., KCMO. Public welcome. More info:, 816 -533-4874.

WHILE YOU SLEEP, ALIGN W/ YOUR HIGHER PURPOSE Group EssenceWork™; 11 p.m. on the 20th of each month—lifting stuck energies from this and past lives. You receive an emailed report the next day. Register by the 18th:

SPIRITUAL LIVING AT CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING CROSSROADS MAY SERIES: A NEW VISION Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 6424 Vista Drive Shawnee, KS 66218 For more information call (913) 4411266 Appreciative Giving! All are welcome.

RESTORATIVE YOGA IN LEAVENWORTH Wednesdays 2-3 p.m. and Fridays 6:30 7:30 p.m. Gentle, relaxing class for all levels. 521 Delaware St., Leavenworth. Register: or 913-933-9595. 23

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ENERGY HEALING SESSIONS FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND VETERANS By Appointment. The Kansas City Healing Project provides energy healing sessions for cancer patients and veterans. Our clients have been experiencing a reduction of their stress, anxiety and pain levels. These sessions are provided at NO COST to the client. Contact John Hoefer at (816) 718-6358 for details.

INTRO TO AERIAL SILKS FOR BIGGER BODIES. Every Wednesday, 6pm-7:15 because YOU CAN. Gain strength and confidence, and eliminate stinkin' thinkin'. $20



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