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ry these practices daily – or like us, multiple times daily – to stay in peace and harmony with the intense energy happening around our planet right now. Be present. THIS moment is all we have. There will never be another one. (Eckhart Tolle) The challenge is to think less about future fears or past grievances so you can appreciate who and what is around you right now. Appreciate the clothes, food, home, warmth, clients and friends and family you have. While there are plans and goals, stay present in your moment and follow your heart’s intuition as to what your next steps may be. Be mindful. Now that you’re in your moment, slow down. Take the time to really notice what you are doing and thinking, and how you are feeling. You can’t see the beauty in everyday things and people if you are rushing around to be productive. Choose to see the best in people, places and things rather than their flaws or quirks. Choose to see the beauty in your life as it unfolds while thinking the thoughts that feel the best. (Abraham Hicks) Stay in your heart by feeling love, appreciation, gratitude, and care as often as possible (see free heart-mind coherence exercises on heartmathinstitute.org). Breathe. The Breath has been called “the Name of God.” At least five seconds in and five seconds out will automatically start bringing your heart into coherent rhythms, and helps your mind and body feel safe. If I am the ‘instrument,’ it is the Breath of God that plays the beautiful music through me. Trust in the Universe. The Unseen is vastly more important than the seen. Faith is literally, “the belief in the unseen.” Trust that unseen, unconditionally-loving forces use EVERYTHING to help you along in your evolutionary path. NO-thing is against you. You can get out of their way of manifesting positive things for you by being as positive as possible while moving in the direction of excitement and inspiration. Negative thoughts are lies. Whenever you think thoughts that don’t make you feel good, know that they are lies made up by your egoic mind to keep you small and safe. Fear is a tool of mind control. The choice of our thoughts can the hardest to make! Instead, for every negative thought, flip it into a positive one: I am healthy. I am loved. I am supported fully by the Universe. This is all going to work out in my favor. Make a list if you have to. Believe these – they are the truth.

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Widespread Drinking Water Contamination Found

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found contamination of U.S. drinking water with manmade “forever chemicals” to be much worse than estimated. Miami, Philadelphia and New Orleans have some of the highest levels. Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are resistant to breaking down in the environment and some have been linked to cancer, liver damage, low birth weight and other health problems. David Andrews, a senior scientist at EWG and co-author of the report, says, “It’s nearly impossible to avoid contaminated drinking water from these chemicals.” Sources include products like Teflon, Scotchguard and firefighting foam. Only one location in the country, Meridian, Mississippi, which has 700-foot-deep wells, had no detectable PFAS, while Seattle and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, had levels below 1 part per trillion, the limit EWG recommends. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has known since at least 2001 about the problem of PFAS in drinking water, but has so far failed to set an enforceable, nationwide legal limit.

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The ice chests we haul to picnics are typically made of Styrofoam, Dow Chemical’s trademarked name for extruded polystyrene, but it is a highly flammable source of greenhouse gases that animals can mistake for food and won’t degrade for hundreds of years, leading thousands of landfills to ban it. Now, Igloo, the top global cooler maker, has introduced a new, lessdestructive alternative made out of paraffin wax and recycled tree pulp called Recool. The 16-quart, water-resistant cooler, sold at REI and other stores, keeps 75 pounds of contents ice-cold for up to 12 hours and goes up to five days without leaking water. The coolers can be stored and reused many times and then recycled, composted or used as a dry storage container. It’s also less likely to break or chip than Styrofoam.

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A new law bans popular plastic bags in the Mexican capital, and grocery stores are poised to sell reusable synthetic fiber bags. The same law will ban handing out plastic straws, spoons, coffee capsules and other single-use items by 2021. Claudia Hernández, the city’s director of environmental awareness, says, “We are finding that people are returning to baskets, to cucuruchos [cone-shaped rolls of paper].” The old ways are present in other aspects, too. Many residents still use wheeled, folding shopping baskets and some vendors still measure out bulk goods in discarded sardine cans. Grocery stores that give out plastic bags will be fined, so most will opt for reusable shopping bags made of thick plastic fiber for about 75 cents. For hygienic reasons, the law leaves the door open to using plastic bags for such items as perishable deli meats or cheese.

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world to make their voices n November 2018, one of We are the heard,” she says of the Swedthe worst fires in Caliones we’ve been ish teenager whose school fornia history overtook strike initiative—Fridays waiting for. the town of Paradise and for Future—has become a surrounding communities, killing 88 people and destroy- ~Solemi Hernandez worldwide phenomenon. On December 14, 2018, Villaseñor ing more than 18,000 buildings. Alexandria Villaseñor, who was visiting family 100 miles began her own Friday vigils outside the away in her hometown of Davis, experienced U.N.—sometimes alone, other times with friends she’s inspired to take action; she also the suffocating effects of the smoke: Every helped organize the 2019 Global Climate breath was difficult for the asthmatic teen Strike in New York City, attended by more who is now 14 and lives in New York City. than 300,000 people, and founded Earth The fire changed Villaseñor’s life. “I was Uprising, a nonprofit global youth movevery upset, and I wanted to understand ment. She’s one of 16 youngsters, along with why these fires were happening,” she says. Thunberg, that filed a legal complaint with “I started to research climate change and the U.N. demanding that France, Germany, wildfires, and began to see the scientific Brazil, Argentina and Turkey curb their connection between the two.” carbon emissions. Awakened by personal concerns and “There are so many ways that young ignited by emerging role models, activpeople can get involved,” says Villaseñor. ists of all ages are learning how to become “They can give presentations about climate effective climate warriors. Watching Greta change in their classes and communities. Thunberg speak soon after the California Go out with a sign and protest, or lobby disaster to world leaders at COP 24, the politicians. Have clear demands of what United Nations Climate Change Conferyou want your city or town to do. I’ve seen ence in Poland, empowered Villaseñor local action influence action nationally to take to the streets and protest. “Greta and internationally.” gave permission to students all around the

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Dianne Rhodes, 76, of Saskatoon, Canada, Solemi Hernandez, 41, a Venezuelan began her activism in 2006 after seeing Al immigrant raising two sons in Naples, Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Florida, quit her job and took out a loan so “It was shocking what we were doing to the she could dedicate all her time to environenvironment, our home, our planet. It hit me mental activism. “Ecosystems are about like a freight train, and I saw the urgency,” to collapse and we don’t know the exact she says. tipping point. I don’t see a healthy future Rhodes trained with Gore, enabling herself for my kids,” she says. One month after her to give up-to-date, truthful and science-based dramatic decision, the Citizens Climate slide presentations. Her talks vary in subject Lobby hired her to become its southeast and audience, from composting instructions regional coordinator. “We’re going to create for a group of pre-K kids to in-depth climate and elect new decision-makers instead of science for business professionals. “Activism is trying to change those leaders that are not a way of letting people know what’s happenrepresenting us.” ing. It’s so important to get that awareness, to In 2019, Hernandez attended COP give people hope and then to show them how 25 in Spain and saw Thunberg up close Activism is a way of they can make a difference,” she explains. speaking to thousands of cheering activletting people know Rhodes recommends both grassroots and ists. “Greta is an inspiration, but it’s not “grass-top” action, including protest marches, on her shoulders to solve the issues,” she what’s happening. working directly with city planners and says. “It’s on us to organize in our com~Dianne Rhodes changing personal behavior and choices at munities, see what can we do personally home. She’s excited about a new initiative in and not look to her to be the savior. We Canada: “We’re doing town hall meetings all across the country are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” based on the Green New Deal … where people talk about how to get a city’s carbon emissions down—what we can do in our Sandra Yeyati is a contributor to Natural Awakenings and neighborhoods, and how we can go after our city governments past president of the Naples, Florida, Press Club. Connect at to get them behind this as fast as possible.” SandraYeyati@gmail.com.

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ike most kids, Azalea Morgan loves polar bears. “They’re fluffy and cute,” the 8-year-old says, and after watching a documentary on how climate change is affecting these Arctic apex predators, she badly wanted to help. Her mom, Molly Morgan, suggested she do something big, because the problem of global warming is monumental. For nearly three weeks last September, Azalea pedaled her bike alongside her mom and 9-year-old sister, Ember, setting out from their hometown of Andover, New Hampshire, en route to New York City to attend the United Nations (UN) Climate Action Summit, where Greta Thunberg and other global youth leaders marched for change. The trip was a 12

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fundraiser to put solar panels on their school and for future projects under KidsCare4PolarBears, a Facebook page that documents their ongoing efforts. While not everyone has the time or inclination to ride 250 miles and camp— some of it in the rain—or as Thunberg did, sail across the Atlantic in a zero-emissions yacht, there are steps individuals can take to combat climate change on a grassroots level, experts say, because the crisis is undeniable, as seen most recently in the catastrophic bushfires across Australia. There are peaceful protests taking place worldwide scheduled throughout 2020 at FridaysForFuture.org and other organizations, but a growing number of individuals that want to do more are using their imagi-

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Stepping Up for Biodiversity

“I wanted to inspire other kids,” Ember says of her bicycle trek for polar bears. “I love animals and they deserve to not die.” According to a 2019 UN Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, more than 1 million species are threatened with extinction, and one of the main reasons is climate change, say experts, including Nikhil Advani, director of Climate Communities and Wildlife at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Protecting large predators is one key to enriching biodiversity, Advani says. “The top of the food chain has a significant impact on prey species and the ecosystem.” But predators are suffering because of humans that are feeling the impacts of climate change, Advani says. Long droughts have forced many Kenyan pastoralists to enter protected parks and compete with wildlife for water and grazing land, resulting in lion deaths as retaliation for killing livestock. In the Himalayas, as the Earth warms, snow leopard habitat is being encroached for pastureland. In Zimbabwe, farmers have turned to chopping down trees for wood as an alternative economic opportunity. “Everybody is stressed and competing for resources,” Advani says. “It is a very severe result of climate change.” Advani and researchers are working in tandem with local societies in 30 countries

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nations and creative endeavors, inspiring others to take unique action. Students at a school in Spain wrote and performed a play and illustrated a book to raise climate change awareness, while a teen from California used her artistic skills to raise thousands of dollars for wildlife. On March 28, people around the world participated in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour by collectively turning off lights at 8:30 p.m. while holding ecoevents, and others are joining in the global tree-planting campaign of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Reversing course may seem insurmountable, but individuals have a lot of power, says Dan Shepard, UN global communications officer: “The choices we make, the things we do, collectively matter and can have a huge impact on the world.”


I love to see what young people are doing, because if we collectively use our voice to amplify the facts about climate change, we can work to find solutions. ~Elan Strait across Africa, Central America and Asia to fund novel projects under the Wildlife Adaptation Innovation Fund. For instance, they are piloting a rainwater harvesting project to help farmers get through the dry seasons and are constructing concrete and mudbrick nests to help albatross breed better in Tasmania. These special projects are based on available levels of donations that are sometimes crowd-sourced. Raising funds for innovative projects, as well as increasing awareness of what’s happening, is an important grassroots strategy, says Elan Strait, WWF director of U.S. climate campaigns. It can be as simple as sharing updates, tagging social media influencers and instigating a rallying cry. WWF has its own program called Panda Ambassadors in which conservation activists of all ages can get tips and tools to promote specific projects they feel most passionate about. “I love to see what young people are doing, because if we collectively use our voice to amplify the facts about climate change, we can work to find solutions,” Strait says. “And we need facts to get out there because, at least in the U.S., some people think climate change is still a controversy

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and are afraid to talk about it, but we should have that conversation with friends and family so we can find solutions.”

Youth Rising to the Challenge Getting involved in grassroots-level strategies is empowering not only for kids, but for adults that need their resiliency and inspiration, says Janet Stringer, manager of donor relations at Polar Bears International, in Bozeman, Montana. “In my work, I hear from so many people who are feeling deep despair about the climate crisis. I draw hope from the children who write to us, sharing stories and pictures about their dreams for a future that includes polar bears,” says Stringer. “I think we owe it to the next generation to work as hard as we can to come together and make the necessary changes to ensure that polar bears—and all wildlife—are not a species we learn about in the pages of a book, but a wild species that we can see with our own eyes, reminding us of how special our planet is and why it deserves our respect.” One of her favorite examples comes from students at the Daina-Isard school,

movement sparked by Greta Thunberg, with a map for climate strikes around the world (FridaysForFuture.org).

The United Nations – Consider supporting several campaigns for climate change with grassroots strategies, including Climate Neutral Now, ACT Now and Good Life Goals (UN.org). Moms Clean Air Force – Parents protecting children from climate-driven pollution, offering strategies to get kids involved (MomsCleanAirForce.org). Earth Hour 2020 – Read about the

global effort to dramatize environmental concerns that occurred on March 28 when lights were turned off for an hour around the world (EarthHour.org).

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Wildlife Fund engages activists of all ages with a toolkit and inspirational stories (WorldWildlife.org).

Plant a Billion Trees – Join in the massive reforestation project by supporting the Nature Conservancy and planting trees (Nature.org). Polar Bears International –

Get involved and inspired through creative projects for polar bears (PolarBearsInternational.org).

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It’s important that everyone feel they can contribute because everything does make a difference, and no action is too small. ~Catherine Macdonald in Olesa de Montserrat, Spain, and their climate-driven projects with teacher Connie Darilek, who asked the Aquarium of Barcelona to help them grow plankton, an organism threatened by warming seas. “They gave us plankton and jellyfish, and it was really amazing for the students to learn the [Arctic] food chain and how serious it would be losing the polar bear on top,” Darilek says. Students recently published the book Nanuc, a story about a polar bear that they also illustrated, now in its second printing.

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There’s no one solution to climate change, says Catherine Macdonald, TNC director of natural climate solutions for North America. “We really have to try, all of us.

It’s important that everyone feel they can contribute, because everything does make a difference, and no action is too small.” For those that are not art-inclined, one of the best things people can do is to plant trees, Macdonald says, whether it’s replanting forests or increasing their numbers in urban areas. According to a 2018 study by TNC published in Science Advances, nature-driven land management could sequester 21 percent of America’s annual greenhouse gas pollution—the equivalent of emissions from all cars and trucks on the roads today. Planting trees emerged in the study as the most significant among 21 strategies to mitigate global warming. One good way to get started is join the TNC Plant a Billion Trees program, Macdonald says; details are at Tinyurl.com/TNCPlantABillionTrees. “Climate change is definitely a growing concern that we are facing, and as more people understand there is a problem and what the solutions are, the more influence we can have on the big decision-makers, whether that’s government or corporations that make our products,” she says. “And being aware informs voters to advance climate action.” While Josie, Ember, Azalea and the students at Daina-Isard aren’t old enough to vote, their message is strong. “I’m worried about the impact climate change will have on our future,” Josie says. “I think people should protest peacefully for the things they believe in and that more people should exercise their right to vote for leaders who care about the youth in our world and the generations to come. I also think people should try to spend a little bit of their time taking action for what they want to see changed in our world.” Julie Marshall is a Colorado-based writer and author of Making Burros Fly: Cleveland Amory, Animal Rescue Pioneer. Connect with her at FlyingBurros@gmail.com.

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ith the help of her mother, Jill, Josie Martin dedicated her 9th birthday to the conservation of rhinos with a fundraiser. This marks the fifth time Josie has chosen to actively support an animal she loves to paint for her birthday month. She raises money for the animal and creates awareness about climate change and the resulting possibility of their extinctions. Donors received signed and numbered copies of watercolor paintings in her Extinction Is Forever series. The young artist’s fundraisers provide well-researched information on animals and the issues they face. With an upbeat message and a photo of her joyful smile, Josie requests that donors provide their email address so that she and her mom can keep them updated. She works to improve her skills as an artist and sets a modestly higher goal for the number of donors and amount of funds to raise each year. She believes her events are a small thing that she can do for a big world and wants to help ensure that animals do not go extinct in her lifetime. View the artist’s latest fundraiser at Donate.GorillaFund.org/Fundraiser/ 2458766.


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safety are real concerns for those that may grab any bottle off the shelf. Consumers must become well informed, especially when replacing medications for serious disorders, experts say. But for anxiety and emotional well-being, CBD is largely heralded as a safe and natural choice by providers well-versed in CBD, such as Peter Bongiorno, past president of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians. “It’s really important for people to know their options and to keep looking for what works for them,” he says.

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hen Kaye Her- “I didn’t expect CBD The use of CBD in bert’s husband tinctures, capsules and to be miraculous, lotions has grown expobrought home a free sample of cannabibut I was surprised nentially, along with the diol (CBD) oil, she didn’t science to prove its efficacy that my kids’ hesitate to give it a try. in remediating physical frustrations were pain. Newer, but equally Having heard about its calming effects, she gave greatly reduced.” as robust, is the viability CBD to her three sons, of CBD as a remedy for whose attention deficit hyperactivity dismental health-related issues, experts say, order made home-schooling difficult due pointing to anxiety, depression and stress to frequent tantrums and lack of focus. “I as the top three applications. didn’t expect CBD to be miraculous, but However, as an unregulated suppleI was surprised that my kids’ frustrations ment, CBD presents a challenge for were greatly reduced,” says the Austin, consumers in its ubiquity from CBD-inTexas, mom. “We weren’t seeing the sefused pillows to gummies, soaps and even verity of meltdowns.” pet food. Discerning purity, dosage and 16

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CBD, a compound extracted from the hemp plant, is appealing because it can raise the level of cannabinoids— feel-good molecules naturally created within the human body. “When we can’t sleep or are stressed out, cannabinoid levels go way down,” Bongiorno says. While prescription drugs overwhelm the body with adverse side effects, CBD can healthfully bring back balance. But CBD won’t trigger an altered state because there is little to no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive chemical in marijuana that produces a high, he says, adding that he starts patients at a low daily dose of 25 milligrams. It’s important to talk with a physician about drug interactions, Bongiorno says. For instance, CBD can increase levels of blood-thinning medications, according to a 2017 study published in Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports. CBD can possibly treat a wide range of conditions, from fear of public speaking to bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorders, but more research is needed, experts say. A 2018 clinical trial published in JAMA Psychiatry suggests CBD offers potential in treating psychosis. More recently, researchers in a 2019 case study of 27 patients published by the Permanente Journal concluded, “Cannabidiol may hold benefit for anxiety-related disorders.”

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The most important step consumers can take to find a safe, quality product is to know where their CBD comes from, experts say. Lara Miller is an organic farmer in Lafayette, Colorado, who in 2017 dedicated a parcel of her two-acre farm to growing hemp for her business, North Field Farmacy. “I added in hemp because it is a dynamic plant that produces fiber, seed and medicine for us humans, all at the same time,” she says. Miller’s small, women-owned business grows the leafy plants outdoors in organic soil and harvests by hand. “We test in the field, post-harvest, during extraction and in the final product,” she says. “We know our product is clean and pure and potent.” This isn’t always the case. A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that in 84 CBD products sold online by 31 companies, 26 percent contained less CBD than the amount listed on the label. “We imagine the people suffering who need support and think about how we are growing the plants to help them,” says Miller. Julie Marshall is a Colorado-based writer and author of Making Burros Fly: Cleveland Amory, Animal Rescue Pioneer. Connect with her at FlyingBurros@gmail.com.

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MAKING LUCK

An Intentional Path to Good Fortune

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y its very definition, luck is random, capricious and based on chance rather than our own actions. Yet there is reason to believe that might not be the whole story—that living a charmed life and being lucky both in love and a chosen field is within our control. Recent research in the field of positive psychology and the experiences of consistently lucky people show that we can, and in fact already do make our own luck. Although there will always be an element of chance to luck— both good and bad—we have more influence over the events in our lives than we realize. This means a great deal of our luck can be changed, and quickly, with a little conscious attention.

The first step is changing our ideas about how luck works. Stanford University professor and luck expert Tina Seelig, Ph.D., explains that the key is “understanding that luck is rarely a lightning strike—isolated and dramatic—but a wind that blows constantly… You need to build a sail made up of certain tiny behaviors to catch the winds of luck.” Here are a few ideas and ways for us to get started in raising our sails and harnessing the winds of luck.

Believe it’s possible and commit to being lucky. This is called mindset.

It may seem simplistic, but studies clearly show that people that believe they are lucky are more open to and aware of the opportunities that come their way and act

us have decided on an unconscious level how lucky we deserve to be. To turn our luck around often requires “lifting curses”; rooting out those limiting beliefs we’ve acquired along the way that become selffulfilling prophecies. Take bold action consistently. Think of action as a cosmic lottery ticket. The more actions we take, the more chances we have to win. To turbocharge this step, we must get out of our comfort zone; meet new people, change our daily routine and do things that stretch us. Fortune favors the bold.

Learn to listen to inner mental, emotional and physical promptings.

Being true to our deepest values, priorities and intuitions, and staying centered in our bodies while we move through space, are the keys to being in the right place at the right time, a common definition of luck. When we focus on the elements of luck that are within our control, chance becomes less important. Begin today and watch good fortune blossom. Carol Kline is a New York Times bestselling author and the co-author of Happy for No Reason, Love for No Reason, five books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and the upcoming Conscious Luck: Eight Secrets to Intentionally Change Your Fortune, with Gay Hendricks.

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APR 24 FRI Psychic Fair Weekend @ For Heaven’s Sake Metaphysical Bookstore– Psychic Readings @ $1.50 per minute/30 minute minimum. Double Reward Points on purchases. 4900 W 46 th Ave, Denver and 1923 N Wadsworth, Lakewood. ForHeavenSake.com Home & Business Healings–7–8:30pm. Got ghosts? Sleepless nights? Consistent household or business conflict? These healings are great in times of transition! Offered in Boulder or over the phone. Schedule online. $60. BoulderPsychicInstitute.org Trance Medium Healings–Drop in 7:30–9pm. Receive a channeled healing from our postgraduate students. Come with any healing intention and get rid of pain, mental blocks, emotional turmoil, and spiritual imbalances. $15. BoulderPsychicInstitute.org

APR 25 SAT Psychic Development & Spiritual Awareness with Deanna Gloyd–7-10pm. Tix $116pp, For Heaven’s Sake, 4900 W. 49th Ave, Denver. Order tix online: forheavensake.com  or call 303-964-9339 Dowsing-Pendulum Training–Noon-3pm. Tap into your consciousness (with no ego) to listen to yes and no answers. Intro to dowsing and other aspects that go into dowsing. In order to receive information based upon our questions we need to be on the same page as spirit. $25. Soul Star Holistic Healing Arts, 899 N Logan Street, #310, Denver. 303-223-6336. SoulStarInc.com.

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daily Free Healing Therapy for Individuals with Cancer– Reiki and Healing Touch support healing on all levels. Sign up for free sessions at one of our partner locations, or in-home for those too sick to travel, at LifesparkNow.org

tuesdays Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Connie 303-834-0526 Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101 Psychic Readings–7–8:30pm. Performed by our graduate students. Enjoy an advanced skill set and ask questions about relationships, career, health, and more! $30. Schedule online BoulderPsychicInstitute.org

wednesdays Energy Healings; Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. $10. Free for first time visitors. Journey Within @ Irongate Executive Plaza 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303, journeywithin@hotmail.com

thursdays FREE Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop in from 6–7pm. Receive a 10-minute cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain, and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great! BoulderPsychicInstitute.org

Psychic Readings–7–8:30pm. Performed by our undergraduate students. Get a holistic view of yourself, and enjoy a set format where you’ll learn about your soul essence, past lives, and the layers of your aura. $10. Schedule online BoulderPsychicInstitute.org

fridays FREE Healing & Meditative Services–6–7pm. Enjoy our weekly themes: Shamanic Journey; Channeled Angel Healings; Healing Chants; Guided Meditation; and Live Music Meditation. BoulderPsychicInstitute.org Listening to your Intuition - Psychometry–6-8pm. We will share messages from others’ energy objects after meditation. Great way to meet others and more importantly validate your intuition. $25. Soul Star Holistic Healing Arts, 899 N Logan Street, #310, Denver. 303-223-6336 RSVP SoulStarInc.com.

saturdays Qigong Movement–1-2:30pm (no class on 4/25). Meditative “Stillness within Movement” in this fun group experience increases flexibility, strength, endurance, mental focus and calm. Suitable for all levels of physical fitness. $20 drop-in or $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406, DebraLin.ChiWellness@gmail.com

sundays North Boulder Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Lon 303-746-7118

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community resource guide

MAY 13-17

Connecting you to resources for health, hope and happiness in our community. Special packages available for print and online. Email Publish@MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com for more information.

The Dynamics of Coherence: Amplifying Resilience in the Autonomic Nervous System (for Trauma Professionals) –9:30a-6p WedSat/9-3 Sun. A course for trauma professionals and Somatic Experiencing Practitioners who seek to increase their felt sense of the Autonomic Nervous System & its capacity to support the body’s resilience. $750 Call 303-999-9963 or register at Schoolofinnerhealth.org MAY

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Beads of Intention Mala Making Workshop with Peacock Arts–5:30-8:30pm. Tix $67pp (upcharge for premium stones) For Heaven’s Sake, 4900 W. 49th Ave, Denver. Order tix online: Bit.ly/SpringMalaFHS

MAY 21 THUR The Mindful Athlete–6:30-8pm, 4 wkly workshops Thursdays. Thought-provoking series of Mindfulness and Qigong Movement centered on the topics of excellence in performance in The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance. 45-minute facilitated discussion; 45 minutes Qigong Movement. Please purchase book in advance. $25/workshop or $79/4 workshops paid in lump sum. Chi Wellness, Denver. 720427-0406, DebraLin.ChiWellness@gmail.com. ChiWellness.net

MAY 30 SAT World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Celebration– 9:30am-noon. Most auspicious 22nd annual global celebration of Chi Cultivation for Health and Prosperity! Invite your family members and friends where we’ll be building our powerful Chi Wave with Qigong Movement! Dress casually and comfortably. Free. Debra Lin Allen 720427-0406, DebraLin.ChiWellness@gmail.com, ChiWellness.net

JULY 11 SAT Day of Healing–11am-3pm. Celebration-picnic and healings! Celebrate you; celebrate Journey Within being in Lakewood for 11 years with private healings and food. Many different ways to give to yourself: Private Energy Healings, Angel Card readings and more. Healings and Readings by appt. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-4137303 or AnitaDestino.com

JULY 15-19 5-day Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy–9:30a-6p Wed-Fri/9-5 Sat/9-3 Sun Discover the living world inside the body. Students will explore and begin to perceive subtle underlying forces in the human body and how to support their healing capacity. This course teaches essential effective skills applicable to any healing arts modality. Course can be taken alone or as the first 5 days of the 50-day Certification Training.  $700 Call 303-999-9963 or register at Schoolofinnerhealth.org

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AUTOMOTIVE CARE Two Locations!

HINSDALE AUTOMOTIVE 15455 E Hinsdale Dr., Centennial 303-617-0152 / HinsdaleAuto.com

DC AUTO IN MORRISON 303-801-1959 / DCAutoshop.com Professional Mechanics, Not Professional Prices! Owner Darrell Weddell’s motto is to take care of your problem, educate you to make an informed decision, and to advise on future repairs and maintenance. Whether it’s major or minor issues, your electrical system, or a combination of mechanical problems, Darrell’s team has the experience and know-how to diagnose and accurately repair your vehicle.

CHI HEALING / QIGONG CLASSES CHI WELLNESS, THE CENTER OF QIGONG Debra Lin Allen, Founder/Director 720-427-0406 DebraLin.ChiWellness@gmail.com ChiWellness.net Thrive in balance and flexibility in body and life, physical vigor and health, spontaneity and inner peace through chi cultivation, care and practice with Debra Lin Allen. Medical Qigong and Qigong Lifestyle Coaching by appointment. Group qigong self-care classes throughout the week. Professional certification programs to teach qigong and do medical qigong therapy also available. The best of health and prosperity await you, call today! See ad page 19.

CONSCIOUS EVENTS AND SPEAKERS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 / J4CL.com Discover a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community. See ad page 7.

Health, Hope & Happiness

COUNSELING RENEE ELLIS, MA LPC RMT

Counseling for Women, Grief Counseling, Spiritual Counseling Internal Family Systems (IFS), Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing 1211 S Parker Road, Suite 103, Denver 720-984-9575 / Liveyourknowing.com Experience the benefits of traditional counseling while openly acknowledging the role of intuition and the soul's journey in achieving wellbeing. Move through grief, relationship challenges and life transitions. Discover your path, reveal clarity and experience sensitivity as strength. Get started today with a complimentary consultation and bring wisdom to life.

DENTISTS HOLISTIC LIFE DENTISTRY

8204 S. Kipling Pkwy Suite 160, Littleton 720-923-5880 Dr. Jamie Greear-Schmidt, DMD, practices safe mercury amalgam removal, ozone therapy, holistic oral surgery, minimally invasive dentistry and understands the strong connection between health and the oral cavity. She is a member of The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, and is known for her warm chairside manner, gentle touch, and calming nature. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and soaking up all the beautiful nature that Colorado has to offer. See ad page 11.

VIBRANCE DENTISTRY

Dr. Cate Vieregger 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 / VibranceDentistry.com Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. Our state-ofthe-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. See ad page 13.

ENERGY HEALING/ MEDITATION JOURNEY WITHIN

Anita Destino 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood 720-413-7303 / AnitaDestino.com A safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, Journey Within helps you focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. Give to yourself with Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone. $10 per person. Free to first time visitors. See ad page 15.


EVENT CENTER & MEETING ROOMS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING

7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 / J4CL.com Discover a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers, and gatherings, and offering an event center (space rental) to empower people to create and express thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand community. See ad page 7.

FAMILY PRACTICE/ HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL

Katia Meier, MD 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 / ClearSkyMedical.com Feel and look your best at any age with Katia Meier, MD, Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine, Specialty trained in Bio-identical Hormone Therapy, Holistic and Naturopathic medicine in Europe and certified in laser and injectable aesthetic dermatology. Specializing in whole body health with customized approaches. All ages; most insurance welcome. Set up your appointment today. See ad page 4.

HAIR ART DREAD VIBEZ – DREADLOCK STUDIO Zarah Anliot, Professional Loctician 1620 Platte St, Denver / 720-965-9603 DreadVibez.com / @dreadvibezllc

Ever thought about dreadlocks, but not sure where to start? I am here to guide you on your dreadlock journey. No matter hair type, hair style, color or shape, finding the right way for you and your hair is important to me. I use a non-invasive, no chemical, crocheting technique that won't damage your hair. You could brush them out if you'd want too. Contact me to learn more and schedule a consultation!

HEALING STRATEGIES FOR HEALING/ LIFE VESSEL DENVER

Gary & Sharon Worrell Addressing Stress Energetically 303-564-2723 / StrategiesforHealing.com The Life Vessel™ is a chamber that utilizes frequencies of light, sound, vibration and Infrared to balance and reduce stress in the body, allowing it to perform its innate, natural ability to heal itself. Research shows that time spent in the Life Vessel balances the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and helps with stress reduction, detoxification, and pain management. When the ANS is in balance, other systems in the body are affected in a positive way.

INTEGRATIVE CARE CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICAN or see ad page 4.

PSYCHIC SCHOOL BOULDER PSYCHIC INSTITUTE

Choose your thoughts. Choose your emotions. Choose your life. 1332 Pearl Street (2nd Floor), Boulder 303-530-0920 / BoulderPsychicInstitute.org

NO-PAIN OPTIMAL ALIGNMENT NEUROENERGETIC RELEASE™ (NER) Donald W. Kipp, Founder 303-697-4923 Body-awareness.com

NER helps people be Healthier, Decrease Pain, and Increase Peak-Performance...In Seconds! Control systems, not force are used to painlessly and quickly realign and rebalance the entire body. This releases whole-being patterns causing seemingly unrelated symptoms (such as back pain, headaches, indigestion, brain-fog and asthma). NER predicts and prevents injuries, degenerative changes, and dis-ease. Call now for optimal health and performance.

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier and staff offer Certified Nutrition therapists, specializing in the food-brain connection, nutrition for cancer prevention, autoimmune diseases, food sensitivities/allergies, elimination diets and medically supervised weight loss.. See full listing under PHYSICAN or see ad page 4.

PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Dr. Katia Meier 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 / ClearSkyMedical.com Feel and look your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health for children and adults. Customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Nutritional Analysis and therapy, medical aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Program, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Make your appointment today. See ad page 4.

Being psychic makes life easy! Our first class of the Self Healing 101 course is free—you can take it over the phone or in person. Develop your intuitive and healing abilities in our vibrant and fun community. Check out our free events: • Free Aura & Chakra Healings: Thursdays from 6–7pm • Free Healing & Meditative Services: Fridays from 6–7pm. We also offer affordable readings and healings—you will gain clarity and get your life going in the right direction!

SHAMANIC SERVICES WOLFHEALS SHAMANIC SERVICES BJ Brown, MSW, CIBP Shamanic Practitioner & Teacher Boulder 303-808-4006 Wolfheals.com Shamanism is known to benefit disease on any level while deepening a sense of wholeness. This ancient spirituality and methodology, found in all cultures, works directly with the compassionate Spirit realms and Earth wisdom. BJ offers Body-Centered Psychotherapy, classes, house clearing, ceremonies, and various shamanic methods (Soul and Power Animal Retrievals, Extraction, etc). Remote shamanic healing is free. See website for events and offerings. This sacred work can restore connection with self, soul and enhance spiritual autonomy.

THERAPY POSITIVE ASSIST Crystal Deichert, LPC In Aurora and Westminster 720-767-1994 / info@crystaldeichert.com CrystalDeichert.com Crystal is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family therapy. She is trained in Synergetic Play Therapy for Children, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Mind-Body Connection, Dolphin Energy Healings, and mental causes for physical illnesses. She works with all diagnoses. “I focus on getting unstuck rather than analyzing the problems.”

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