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t’s all too easy these days to sink into a vortex of sadness, anger and depression over the state of the world. Many people don’t look at the news or social media anymore, or take breaks to get away from it (not a bad idea!). Negativity and anger are pervasive, a little scary and can be dangerous. According to a study published in the PLoS One (Oct 16, 2013), negative thinking and self-blame can be the main predictor of many mental health problems. We need constant reminders: that we have a choice; to focus on the positive aspects of life; to be for Truth, Beauty and Light. We’re not talking hippy-dippy, head-in-the-clouds denial. And it’s not about avoiding the hard work or emotions that are part of the human experience; it’s about choosing to find the positive when our monkey minds are throwing up negative, paranoid, or judgmental thoughts. What a fabulous gift to your loved ones - to SEE the best, most beautiful aspects of them most of the time! This is the inspiration we found in Simplified Parenting (p16), to give the gift of unconditional love and acceptance – not just to our kids but for EVERYONE! We just can’t imagine anyone that can’t use a little encouragement, quality time, or tangible expressions of love! “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.” - Eckhart Tolle The most successful miners in Colorado kept their focus on the gold they were seeking, not the dirt they were moving out of the way. Try the rubber band test for a day. Snap it when you notice you are having a negative thought. Get your friends and family to play along and talk to each other about the outcomes. It might take some time to unravel your negative thinking habits, and you’ll begin to notice that much of the world focuses on the negative. It starts to feel sticky and wrong to be around people who can’t seem to understand they have great stuff in their lives as well. The “Masters” know that thought is creative; fear attracts like energy; and Love is all there is! They also choose Love in every moment, every instance, every circumstance. Since attitude is a choice, they choose Joy, Love, Acceptance, Blessings, and Gratitude. Today, we choose to focus our mind on that which makes our heart sing with joy, love, acceptance, blessings, and gratitude.

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oAnne Palladino announces a new location for her reiki, vibrational healing and intuitive reading practice at 2055 S. Oneida St., Suite 330, Denver. Since 2002 JoAnne has been extending her divinely guided gifts as a Reiki Master-Teacher, Intuitive and a seasoned Health facilitator who channels the high frequency of Light Language to influence the ascension of the collective. You can experience this loving support through personal transformation sessions either one-on-one or in a group setting. JoAnne offers $30 off an initial healing for first-time clients, or join her for $20 group healings from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 14th at First Spiritual Science Church of Denver, 3375 S. Dahlia St., Denver; Thursday August 23rd at Discover Your Spiritual Gifts, 5808 S. Rapp St., Suite 275 in Littleton; Wednesday August 29th in her new location. Dates and locations vary each month; check calendar for details. Reserve your space or schedule your appointment with JoAnne at 303-263-0679 or See ad page 31.

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hannon Hughes of Fun-Freedom-Oneness announces a fall camping-style retreat on 100+ acres of beautiful private land surrounded by national forest October 6-7 near Estes Park. “Join us as we explore the deeper realms of ‘who you really are’ through messages from our spirit guides and group journey work. We will grow beyond what we think is possible for ourselves and embrace an identity of oneness with the natural world and our Higher Selves. Oneness with spirit will carry you forward to new heights, new pleasures, and new freedoms!” says Hughes. The weekend includes: sharing messages from nonphysical partners about your true nature and what else is possible; bringing light to and releasing core wounds that interfere with expressing your true nature; identifying your guides and strengthening your oneness with Spirit; and connecting with the natural world as a means to connect with yourself, your guides and purpose. $275. See ad page 29.

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earn about Breema at the “All Possibilities are in This Moment” workshop August 12 at the Boulder Shambhala Center, 1345 Spruce St. Instructors include Jon Schreiber, D.C., the director of the Breema Center and Breema Clinic in Oakland CA; Alexandra Johnson; Kevin Johnson; Jamie Lam; and Laura Rawson. According to the organizers, Breema supports harmony between body, mind, and feelings, and a deeper connection to the world around you. Breema is based on a profound understanding of the underlying unity of all life, expressed through the Nine Principles of Harmony. Breema bodywork and Self-Breema exercises, practiced with these Principles, use natural movements that are both nurturing and vitalizing. Beginners welcome. 6 hours CE available. Full day: $100/$125 paid after 7/30; half day $60/$75 paid after 7/30. For more information contact the Breema Center 510-428-0937 or See ad page 23.

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Turmeric Helps Heal Skin Ailments Turmeric, with its renowned anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, seems to improve a number of skin conditions when taken topically or orally, concludes a review of clinical studies published in Phytotherapy. Researchers at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, and the University of California, Sacramento, selected the 10 strongest clinical studies on turmeric out of 234 published. They concluded that this spice, with its active ingredient curcumin, was effective in treating acne, oral lichen planus (mouth inflammation), pruritus (itchy skin), psoriasis, radiodermatitis (a side effect of radiation treatment), diabetic microangiopathy (bleeding of small blood vessels) and diabetic edema (swelling). Studies on other skin conditions were either inconsistent or ineffective, the report concluded.


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Qigong Movement is the most widely known aspect of the Qigong self-care practice. QM’s foremost intention is longevity, enlightenment and oneness with life and its complete expression. It involves moving qigong forms to restore the intricate balance of yin and yang in our chi. These forms are mostly simple and easy to remember and repeat. While some promote more yin development and others more yang, all of these moving postures are gentle and meditative in nature and are easily adapted to address the needs of any age and any health and performance objective. These moving postures, deliberate breathing techniques, mindful intentions and grounding are able to purify our blood, optimize circulation, and restore harmony in our thoughts and emotions. Feeling your chi grow and flow within every aspect of your breath and being is a phenomenally refreshing experience. Imagine thriving in robust health, energy, creativity and joy every minute, every day! Debra Lin Allen of Chi Wellness can be reached at 720-427-0406 or See ad page 10.

Take Magnesium to Metabolize Vitamin D Vitamin D can’t be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels. Thus, it remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans on nutrient-poor diets, reports a research review in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. “Without magnesium, vitamin D is not really useful or safe,” says study co-author Mohammed S. Razzaque, Ph.D., a professor of pathology at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Erie, Pennsylvania. As a consequence, taking vitamin D supplements can increase a person’s calcium and phosphate levels, even if they remain vitamin D deficient, he explains; and that can lead to vascular calcification if their magnesium levels aren’t sufficient. The magnesium factor may explain why vitamin D supplementation doesn’t necessarily help vitamin D deficiency-related disorders such as skeletal deformities, cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndrome. Natural sources of magnesium include almonds, cashews and other nuts, bananas, beans, broccoli, brown rice, egg yolks, fish oil, green vegetables, mushrooms, oatmeal, soybeans, sweet corn, tofu, whole grains, and pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and flax seeds.

Self-Care in Action According to the American Psychological Association, nearly half of Americans reported stress-related insomnia and about a third reported feeling anxious, irritable or fatigued. As stress becomes more a part of life, so must self-care. The Oxford Dictionary defines self-care as “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.” We can break self-care down into three types of actions: Self-care is what you do. Take an active role by doing things that support you. Not as a one-shot deal, but as a cultivated, practical, daily practice. Listen to your rhythms to rest when tired, play when playful, and explore when curious.  Self-care is also what you don’t do. Protect your well-being by reducing or eliminating the thoughts, feeling and actions that don’t serve you. Don’t buy sweets that will tempt you; take a mini-vacation from social media if it is causing frustration, exhaustion or despair. Self-care is what you let others do. This could mean letting others do for themselves rather than doing for them or letting others do for you. There is a common struggle with confusing self-care for selfishness. They are not the same. When you take care of yourself in this way, others are also strengthened rather than diminished. Letting your daughter arrange her own ride or letting your partner prepare your meal can be affirming for all. Renee Ellis MA LPCC RMT of Live Your Knowing Counseling & Classes can be reached at 720-984-9575 or See ad page 30.

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hanks to Carol Allen Anfinsen’s grandfather, a former biologist and teacher; her uncle, a former professor of entomology at the University of California, Berkeley; and father, a fly fisherman of great renown, she has always been an environmentalist and lover of nature’s remarkable handiwork. Anfinsen believes that spirit, voice and emotion resonate within all living things and even inanimate objects. While painting, she envisions each entity speaking out to her and sometimes exaggerates color and movement so that others can share what her own inner life sees and feels. Portraits are a favorite of the artist. “The slightest crinkle in a nose or twinkle in an eye can tell volumes about a person’s personality,” she says. “Faces are as varied as the flowers in springtime; as deep as the roots of a tree or the depths of an ocean.” This sense of spiritual wonder permeates each of Anfinsen’s works. “I believe art should uplift, inspire, educate and challenge the viewer’s mind, heart and soul,” she advises. “I hope viewers will experience awe and joy when they look at my paintings.” View the artist’s portfolio at and visit her blog at August 2018


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Picking Up Litter While Jogging Becomes a Winning Trend

Sweden’s latest fitness craze, plogging, is a mashup of jogging and the Swedish plocka upp, meaning pick up, in this case, litter. There are plogging groups in Scandinavia, Germany and other parts of Europe. According to the Swedish fitness app Lifesum, which makes it possible for users to track plogging activity, a half-hour of jogging while picking up trash will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with 235 via jogging alone. A brisk walk expends about 120 calories. The Washington Post reports that in the U.S., it’s just starting to catch on among exercisers fed up with rubbish along their routes. They carry trash bags and pluck litter and recyclables off sidewalks and bushes wearing gardening gloves for safety. The environmental organization Keep America Beautiful recently started promoting plogging to encourage trash-free communities, putting out the #plogging message to its 600 affiliates. Spokesman Mike Rosen reports that response has been surprisingly robust.

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March 20 is normally close to the coldest season at the North Pole, but an extraordinary thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this year. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an intense pulse of heat through the Greenland Sea. Temperatures may have soared as high as 35 degrees, reports the U.S. Global Forecast System model. Such extreme warm intrusions in the Arctic, once rare, are becoming routine, research has shown. A study published in Geophysical Research Letters in July 2017 found that since 1980, these events are becoming more frequent, longerlasting and more intense. Study author Robert Graham, from the Norwegian Polar Institute, says, “Previously, this was not common. It happened in four years between 1980 and 2010, but has now occurred in four out of the last five winters.” The events are related to the decline of winter sea ice in the Arctic, with last January’s the lowest on record.

Researchers Raise Red Flags A research paper, World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice, published in the journal Bioscience about the fate of humanity, has received more than 20,000 signatures and endorsements from scientists in 184 countries. Meanwhile, if humans don’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically and maintain carbon sinks like forests within 10 years, the impact on our climate will be catastrophic, according to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Researchers there have developed a model that they believe could do the trick; it calls for fossil fuel consumption to be reduced to less than 25 percent of the global energy supply by 2100, a drastic cut from the 95 percent being used now. Deforestation also must be cut significantly to lead to a 42 percent decrease in cumulative emissions. The target is in line with the Paris agreement on climate change, which 194 countries have signed, but not the United States.

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Cannabis 101: Exploring THC & CBD By Hannah Thomas


he use of the cannabis plant has grown in popularity with the recent changes in law to legalize medical and recreational consumption. However, these two uses for cannabis derive from completely different extractions of the plant’s chemical compounds called cannabinoids: Tetrahydrocannabinoid (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). For recreational use, cannabis is often genetically bred and cultivated to create higher concentrations of THC, found

throughout the plant in the seeds, stalks, and flowers. THC affects the body by overactivating the endogenous cannabinoid system (known as the endocannabinoid system), which can affect the user several ways, including giving a euphoric “high.” CBD is extracted from the stems of hemp, which is a variety of the cannabis plant containing less than 0.3 % THC. Since hemp has only trace amounts of THC, it’s ideal for extracting CBD oil. One extraction method is to use CO2.

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Carbon dioxide is used in a machine that controls the temperature and pressure of the environment, allowing the materials to separate, leaving a clean oil. An excellent example of high-quality CO2 extraction is done by Hempworx in Kentucky (see ad page 23). CBD does not operate like THC, negating the effects of THC such as paranoia, short-term memory loss, and anxiety. CBD and THC operate by imitating the endocannabinoid system, altering the neurotransmitters released to the brain. THC binds with one of the cannabinoid receptors (CB1), while CBD exerts an anti-inflammatory effect while inhibiting THC by blocking the CB1 receptors to eliminate the “high.” CBD oil and medical marijuana are becoming more common prescriptions for illnesses; numerous studies have found it effective for cancer, sleep and digestive disorders, chronic pain, and PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) because they help keep the body in balance, limit pain, and help control inflammation. For example, CBD oil helps people with PTSD by regulating the fear memory and reducing the person’s reaction to the fear developed from PTSD. The oil also helps the user go to sleep at night, and reduces anxiety. While research continues to fully understand all the health benefits of CBD, the federal government’s view of cannabis as highly addictive and lacking medicinal value is becoming more and more outdated. Next month, we’ll explore the difference between hemp and marijuana. Hannah Thomas is an intern with Mile High Natural Awakenings, studying English Writing at University of Colorado Denver.

Principles for Harmony in Daily Life


By Alexandra Johnson, MD s a family physician and a mother of five, I’m active from morning until night and rely on simple, practical tools to recharge and rebalance in my personal and professional life. I often turn to the universal principles of Breema for support. Breema bodywork (practiced with a partner) and SelfBreema exercises (practiced on oneself) help us discover bodymind connection and a natural way of moving, thinking, and feeling. Breema’s Nine Principles of Harmony — No Judgment, Single Moment/Single Activity, No Force, Mutual Support, and Full Participation — foster an open-minded and open-hearted posture towards life. The Principles are eminently practical because we can use them in the midst of daily life. For example, if you were standing in a slow-moving checkout line and your child was getting fussy, your body might be tense, your feelings reactive, and your mind filled with negative thoughts about the clerk, your child and even yourself. Remembering Single Moment/Single Activity, you could bring the attention of your mind to experience your feet on the ground, your body having weight and breathing, moment by moment. Staying with this, your thoughts could slow down and become less compelling, your feelings could calm down, and your body could release tension, so instead of feeling drained by the situation, you could experience a tangible increase in energy and availability. Remembering No Judgment, you could recognize that your criticism adds to your suffering, and choose to see things as they are, rather than as you wish they were. By shifting the aim from ‘fixing’ yourself or others to bringing yourself into balance, an atmosphere of acceptance is created in which you could acknowledge that you and your child have a right to be frustrated, and the clerk is doing the best they can. Having mind, body, and feelings working in harmony and with acceptance also fosters Full Participation—being connected to yourself while connecting to others—and Mutual Support—recognizing our interconnectedness, with well- wishing. Then you could speak calmly to your child and smile at the clerk as you check out, which would also help you stay balanced. By bringing these Principles to their everyday activities, parents and caregivers can learn to support themselves and others simply, effectively, and naturally. Alexandra Johnson, MD, is a staff instructor at the Breema Center and has an Integrative Medical Clinic in Oakland, CA. She along with Jon Schreiber, Director of the Breema Center, will be presenting Breema at the Shambhala Center in Boulder on Aug 12. See ad page 23.

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trical charges build stronger. Graceful hand motions move the Qi and blood in profound ways while the person is very relaxed. Qigong’s relaxation response allows for greater microcirculation in the frontal lobes of the brain. Qigong practice can improve intelligence and even deepen one’s connection with God, the source of life.

You coined the phrase, “Press on Qi!” Why is this emphasized so often in your healing forms? Press on Qi is describing subtle movement on the edge of your magnetic field. When a person practices Qigong and learns to press on the energy field it immediately strengthens blood circulation, digestion, metabolism and improves important body functions. I trademarked the term, ‘Press on Qi’ as our way of expressing this idea unique to our Qigong style.

How did your father working in the medical field impact you growing up?

What was the driving force for you to absorb so much from the most respected masters of Qigong?

As a senior pharmacist in a hospital, my dad knows pharmaceuticals have side effects and believes in preventing disease using food as medicine. My choice to enter the wellness field was influenced by my dad and his emphasis on a scientific approach. I have a healthy skepticism in all matters of healthcare and I still believe Western medicine has its place when combined with effective food and breathing practices.

I did a lot of research and found a Qigong master, Paul Dong, who wrote a book entitled Empty Force. I flew him from China to Florida in 2001, because he claimed to have practiced Qigong every day for over 20 years. We arranged a seminar and I gathered a hundred people to hear Paul share his forms, which were light years ahead of any Qigong I learned previously. His presence activated my Qi and I practiced more because of coming in direct contact with him.

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Reflexology and an intensive education in Food-Healing with using specific foods to reverse disease. Qi Revolution is balanced in presentation and practice.

In your Qi Strength Training you focus on balance, strength and flexibility. What else is significant in this practice for longevity? Most important is to slow down breathing in Qigong Strength Training, but most athletes increase respiration when using force. To demonstrate this skill, I performed 750 pushups with students counting and making sure I went up and down all the way. Qi Breathing allows for our ATP to replenish faster so that muscle contractions can occur sooner. This also dilates arteries and increases production of Nitric oxide to lower blood pressure during strenuous practice.

If there was one take away at the end of the Qi Revolution, what would you wish for each person to embody? The most important embodiment I’d like people to walk away with is that we can breathe through life’s challenges and allow God’s Healing Qi to bring strength and guidance. Attendees will personally experience a higher energy from the Qigong. For the last 15 years, people write thanking us for the powerful breathing exercises at crucial life challenge points. Qigong helps people process stress, but most of all it brings us into a higher state of wellbeing. Qi Revolution takes place September 1-3 at the Denver Hyatt Tech Center. Three-day seminar is $149. For details, 800-298-8970. See ad page 32.

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Step out of routines, broaden horizons and bust through comfort zones. Bumps and bruises may occur, but bravery is rewarded. Miracles are not beyond our grasp, but we may need to extend our reach in ways we’ve never done before.


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ccording to a Pew Forum study, nearly 80 percent of Americans believe in miracles. When we think we can’t handle burdensome difficulties on our own, we often seek help from a higher power, pleading: Cure me or my loved one of this illness. Aid me in providing for myself and my family. Bring me someone to love. Help me resolve this intensely painful situation. Protect loved ones from the harm they’re subjecting themselves to. If we want miracles to unfold in our lives, we must actively participate in their manifestation. Here are five ways to manifest more miracles in our lives.


Be Grateful for Everything

Gratitude deserves its positive buzz.

When we’re grateful, our energy changes and our light shines. Our perspective shifts from scarcity to abundance. We bring forth divine blessings by being tuned into the giving nature of the creator of all. When we live in a state of gratitude, good people, opportunities and blessings arrive.


Stop Using Excuses to Do Nothing

When we take a positive step in our lives—it can be anything—a way forward will often appear that may be unrelated to the blessing we receive. For example, clearing out clutter may clarify a career move. Taking a course to build a new skill may introduce us to a new friend. In beginning a new exercise routine, we may discover self-confidence in other areas of life.


Trust Intuition

When we listen to our intellect instead of our inner heart-and-soul guidance system, we get turned around and off course. We all have an inner knowing that can help us get where we want to go. Divine wisdom always trumps the human mind. When we tune into it and trust what it’s telling us, we invite miracles into our lives. We all have the power to participate in creating miracles for ourselves and others by bringing to fruition what did not seem remotely possible. It’s easy to start by practicing these five miracle-creating strategies. J. Marie Novak is an author, life transformation mentor and founder of the Believe and Create online community. Learn how to believe in and create the life you were born to live at

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Parents wishing to simplify child-raising seek less stress and more fun; less scheduling and more casual time; less “shoulds” and more “want-tos” less second-guessing and more confidence.


or a happier family life, experts encourage parents to stay true to their own values, strengths and sense of family purpose, focusing on the wonders of their children instead of endless daily tasks. It begins with each child feeling loved.

Learn Love Languages

For Gary Chapman, Ph. D., author of The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively, understanding each child’s particular needs for touch, affirming words, quality time, gifts or acts of service is foundational to parenting success. “Other than security, a child’s deepest need is to feel loved,” says Chapman, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “If their love tank is full, children grow up emotionally healthy. Knowing a child’s preferred language helps parents effectively communicate their feelings. The question is not, ‘Do you love your children?’ It’s, ‘Do your children feel loved?’” As Chapman arrives home, his son rushes to hug him, grinning while his dad tousles his hair. Chapman’s daughter often calls out, “Dad, come into my room. I want to show you something.” This is how 16

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he communicates with each child in their primary love language. Parents learn their children’s preferred communication style by observing their behavior, noticing how they express love and listening to them. They can also offer options and track results. For example: n Would you like to take the dog to the park (quality time) or for me to help you study for a test (acts of service)? n Would you like to wrestle (touch) or shop for your new shoes (gift)? “Ideally, we offer heavy doses of the child’s primary language and sprinkle in the others,” says Chapman. “Children who feel loved respond better to suggestions and discipline. They also learn how to express their feelings.”

Avoid Unreal Idealizing

Some parents carry a mental snapshot of their ideal child, perhaps envisioning a kid that is into sports or even-tempered or academically gifted. Often, that picture is very different from the actual child. The first step to truly accepting the child is to allow ourselves to feel whatever authentic feelings pop up. The parent might think, “I

love my son, but am struggling; I adore sports and may never get to share that with him.” “Give yourself time to process disappointment,” advises Susan Stiffelman, a Los Angeles marriage and family therapist, mother of one and author of Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected. “Then identify the things you love about your kids and share those with them.” As just one example, we might convey that we love the sound of their voice and how gentle they are with the baby. “Appreciating our children as they are is one way to keep our hearts open,” says Stiffelman.

Focus on the Good

When Barbara Unell, a parent educator and author of Discipline With Love and Limits: Calm, Practical Solutions to the 43 Most Common Childhood Behavior Problems, birthed twins, she was initially daunted by the work of caring for them. Then she began simplifying by focusing on the “wow” factors. “Being a parent speaks to the core of our humanity. Experiencing the growth and development of a human being is miraculous. I started looking at parenting through that lens,” says Unell, who lives in the Leawood, Kansas, area. Asha Dornfest, of Portland, Oregon, a podcaster, co-author of Minimalist Parent-

ing: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less and mother of two, relates, “I paid more attention to my values and my family’s unique needs and was less influenced by parenting experts, social pressures and well-meaning peers.” Dornfest explored her own values by asking, “What did I learn from my parents?” and, “How do I want my family to be different?” She also practiced trusting her intuition. “Even when I’m not certain I’m right, I know I love my children, I’m doing my best, and I’ll make adjustments if necessary,” she says.


Create Rhythm and Rituals

Rhythmic activities ease the anxiety of family transitions and furnish warm solidarity, consistency and connectedness. “Increasing the predictability of meals, bedtime and other rituals also improves family life,” says Davina Muse, a mental health counselor and mother of two from Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Muse serves as training director for Simplicity Parenting, a program based on Kim John Payne’s book Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids that offers a connective ritual families can merge with mealtimes. Each person describes a “rose” (one good thing from the day) or a “thorn” (one challenging thing) and a “bud” (one thing they’re anticipating). Such sharing builds a family connection and helps kids discuss difficult issues, notes Muse. Also, “Describing the bud lifts everyone’s mood.” Every Friday evening, the Dornfests share a Sabbath dinner, a lowkey way for them to gather and talk. “This ritual adds a rhythm to our week and anchors us,” says Dornfest.

Elect De-Stress Over Distress

Everyone can sometimes become over-scheduled and overwhelmed; a balance between scheduled

time and downtime is necessary to well-being. In her daily check-in, Dornfest confers with herself and her husband, inquiring, “How are things going? Are they too hectic? Is our schedule energizing or draining?” She advises, “When I feel like I’m riding a runaway train, I slow down. There seem to be so many ‘shoulds’ in parenting; we instead need to discover what our family loves.” Before enlisting a child for an activity, Dornfest suggests we ask why it’s important: Are you making up for your own missed opportunities as a child? Are you worried your child will miss out? Do you equate these lessons with being a good and caring parent? Parenting is more than checking off lists and tasks. It’s about being connected with children. Build in playtime, roughhousing, chase each other around the yard, toss balloons or balls together, blow bubbles and welcome opportunities for laughter.

Soothing Quiet Time

Children that act out or withdraw may not have enough downtime. Take the kids outside to play. “Nature is very soothing,” says Muse. “Climbing trees, searching for rocks and pine cones, playing with dirt, sticks, water and leaves all offer healing down time.” To escape from worries and distractions, Stiffelman suggests three or four minutes of meditation or simply designated quiet time. For little ones, lay a stuffed teddy bear on the child’s tummy and have them notice how the animal is moving. A parent and child can also be aware of the sounds they are hearing, plus incorporate a little mindful breathing into the bedtime ritual.

Know the Power of Space

Most parents think their children would go crazy if half their toys and books were removed, but this isn’t true. “My trainers and I have worked with thousands of parents on decluttering, and the results have been powerful,” says Muse. The Simplicity

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ncorporating love throughout the day keeps a child’s tank full. Consider these tips from love languages expert Gary Chapman.

Physical Touch – Get Close ¤ Greet the child with a hug ¤ Stroke their hair while they talk about a challenging day ¤ Snuggle while watching TV

Affirmations – Encouraging Words ¤ Put a positive note in the child’s lunch box ¤ Appreciate something the child did or said ¤ Create an encouragement jar, with praising words to use as needed

Quality Time – Periods of Undivided Attention ¤ Ask a specific question about their day that elicits discussion ¤ Schedule a date with each child ¤ Create something together, like a photo album

Gifts – Tangible Expressions of Love ¤ Make a special meal or dessert; maybe do it together ¤ Have some small gifts the child can choose from as rewards for positive actions ¤ Seek natural gifts, like a special feather, stone or flower

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Parenting approach encourages parents to discard broken toys, give away anything no longer being played with and attractively store current playthings. She observes, “As you decrease the quantity of toys and clutter, you increase the child’s attention and capacity for deep play.”


Build Resilience

Simplifying parenting means releasing the notion that children must be happy, wellbehaved and delighted with life and their parents at all times. Unell used the daily multitasking challenges with her twins as exercises in developing resilience and modeling these skills for them. If children spill milk, the parent comments, “No big deal. We all spill things.” When there’s a minor accident, “Let’s just get towels and clean it up.” A resilient attitude is, “Something goes wrong, we fix it.” It’s also about being flexible and coping with disappointment. “To build resilience, parents need to feel comfortable in the presence of an unhappy child,” says Stiffelman. “If parents don’t allow children to be disappointed, kids can become rigid, lack confidence and struggle with unreasonable expectations.” During meltdowns or disappointments, she recommends sitting quietly, listening, and then empathizing and helping put the children’s feelings into words. “This is not the time to lecture or advise,” she says. “Upset children can’t really listen.” Yet, they can be heard—a key way to help them mature. Parents that learn to simplify happily discover that their children feel calmer and more loved, socially and emotionally adept, and resilient. Concepts focused on creating connections, rather than parenting perfection, are easy to weave into everyday life. Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor, dementia advocate, parent and grandmother. She’s also the author of Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together (

True Happy Meals

When there’s a little time and energy, use these ideas to connect.

¤ Start by smiling upon seeing the kids. ¤ Throw together an impromptu picnic and eat on the living room floor, in the yard or at the park. ¤ Ask the kids to read aloud while parents cook. ¤ Balance a soft item on a spoon held between the teeth and stage a fun race. ¤ While cooking, keep kids busy preparing a restaurant-style menu, a place setting with utensils wrapped in paper napkins and a way to take orders. ¤ Put on aprons and whip up homemade pizza, cupcakes or something unusual, like BLT pancake sandwiches. ¤ Buy write-on, wipe-off place mats and have kids doodle while they wait to eat. ¤ Dress up for dinner. Wear old Halloween costumes, put clothes on backwards or eat in pajamas. ¤ Share thanks. Everyone shares one thing they are grateful for. Source: Adapted from 101 Fun Things To Do With Kids To Enjoy Everyday Family Life, by Sumitha Bhandarkar


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Our Brain on Stress


How to Stay Calm and Cool by Lisa Marshall


hether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any other time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is “the lowest point in the nation’s history” and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation’s future (including its health care, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress. “We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” notes Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., the association’s CEO. All that stress is having a powerful impact on health, with as many as 80 per-

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ~Hans Selye cent of visits to primary care physicians characterized as stress-related, according to the American Medical Association. Workplace stress accounts for 120,000 deaths a year—more than influenza, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease combined—according to a 2015 Stanford University study. Yet, empowering news has emerged amid this epidemic of anxiety-related illness. Research shows that by eating right, exercising and changing our mindset about stress itself, we can buffer our bodies from many health hazards. “Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid the things that stress you out. But you can control how you respond to stress

Whether it’s an urgent email from the boss or a rude motorist driving unsafely, tense situations elicit a physiological response remarkably similar to what might occur if we were chased by a lion. Deep inside an almond-shaped region of the brain called the amygdala, an alarm goes off, signaling the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that boost heart rate, usher extra blood to muscles, hasten breathing and spike blood sugar to provide more fuel for the brain to react. Evolutionarily, this response was key to early human survival, providing the energy boost needed to flee predators. Even today, it has its upside, says Greenberg. “In the short term, stress can be exciting and even beneficial, revving you up so you can put your passion and energy into something.” But chronic excess can lead to high blood pressure and blood sugar, inflammation, cognitive problems and a hairtrigger response to stress, in which our body overreacts even to mild annoyances. It can also, research suggests, accelerate aging by eroding the protective caps on our chromosomes, called telomeres. “Think of the stress response as an elastic band,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, a Hong Kong physician and author of the new book Stress Proof: The Scientific Solution to Protect Your Brain and Body — and Be More Resilient Every Day. “If you pull it and it snaps back immediately, that’s fine. But if you pull it too intensely or too frequently, it doesn’t snap back, and there are lots of downstream consequences.”

Stress-Proofing Our Body

Eating right can better protect our bodies, says New York City Registered Dietitian Malina Malkani. She recommends loading up on nutrient-dense, high-fiber foods like leafy greens, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds during stressful times, because they can slow our rate of digestion and minimize unhealthy dips and spikes in blood sugar. August 2018


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e can take charge and do even more things to keep stress at bay in the first place, says Christine Carter, Ph.D., a University of California, Berkeley, sociologist and author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less. “I’m all about prevention,” she says. “There are many ways to set up your life to be less stressful.”


Multitask less, monotask more:

“The brain was not evolved to multitask and it can be stressful when we try to do so,” says Carter, referencing a Stanford University study. “At the end of the day, we end up feeling fried.” She recommends setting up a “fortress against interruption” for an hour or two each day when we feel most alert. Put the phone on mute, don noisecanceling headphones and ask coworkers or family members to not interrupt your focus on an important priority.


Don’t be a chronic media checker: Eighty-six percent of

Americans say they constantly or often check their email, texts or social media accounts, according to the latest Stress in America Survey. Half of U.S. workers say they respond to every email within a half-hour. Carter recommends instead scheduling a block of time at the beginning and end of each day for the task. During weekends and evenings, disable email and social media notifications. Research shows the more often we check, the more stressed we are. One recent study of British office workers found that checking email almost immediately boosts heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels, while refraining causes the stress response to subside.


Limit choices: Making decisions can

be stressful, and we are all faced with an increasing number of them every day. To limit a personal decision-making load, get boring. Devise a meal plan that doesn’t vary from week to week (unless it’s a happy creative outlet). Stock the wardrobe with favorite styles of shirts and shoes in different


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colors. Select and stick with one brand of natural toothpaste or granola.


Don’t overthink things: Ruminating on past events and relationship problems can be a great source of stress in the present moment. If there’s nothing that can be done about it, stop thinking about it. Literally visualize a stop sign when the thought bubbles up.


Daydream: Idle times, like standing

in line, sitting in traffic or showering can allow our brain to rest and recover from hassles. Embrace such opportunities and don’t clutter them up with technology; leave the phone and radio off.


Meditate: Invest 10 minutes daily to sit still, focus on breathing, visualize an image or stare at an object and try to keep thoughts from drifting. Brain imaging studies published in the Brain Research Bulletin show that “Through [such] meditation, it’s possible to rewire your brain to create a new, stronger circuit that keeps your emotional reactivity under control,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, who has published a book on the topic.


Heighten spirituality: Whether it’s regularly attending religious services, yoga meditation sessions or quiet walks in the woods, a spiritual practice can be a powerfully effective means of coping with stress and mitigating its health impacts. Duke University research shows that people regularly engaged in a spiritual practice are more likely to survive heart surgery, recover better from stroke, have shorter hospital stays and become depressed and stressed less often. “Spirituality connects you to the broader world, which in turn enables you to stop trying to control things all by yourself,” explains Dr. Roberta Lee, an integrative physician, in her book The SuperStress Solution. “When you feel part of a greater whole, it’s easy to understand that you aren’t responsible for everything that happens in life.”

Beneficial, bacteria-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are other foundational foods for stressresilience, says Storoni, because they can dampen bodily inflammation that arises from chronic tension. They can also replenish bacterial strains like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria which, according to studies of college students, tend to decrease when we feel pushed beyond our limits to handle what’s coming at us. One 2016 study of 171 volunteers, published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that those that ate yogurt containing lactobacillus plantarum daily for two months had fewer markers of stress in their blood. Another study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 found that when 132 adults drank a probiotic-infused milk drink daily for three weeks and were then subjected to an anxiety-prone situation, their brains reacted more calmly than those of a control group. “Probably the most important thing you can do to make your body stressresilient is to maintain a healthy ecosystem of bacteria in your gut,” advises Malkani, who recommends exchanging dessert for low-sugar yogurt every day and taking probiotic supplements as well as steering clear of sweetened beverages and refined carbohydrates. The spice turmeric is also a good stress-buster due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help normalize blood sugar, Storoni notes. Despite our natural craving for comfort food, it’s a good idea to go easy on saturated fats in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic situation, because stress slows fat metabolism. In one recent study, Ohio State University researchers asked 58 women about their previous day’s stressors, and then fed them the fat-loaded equivalent of a double cheeseburger and fries; the stressedout women burned 104 fewer calories. “If a woman had a stressful day at work every day and ate a meal like this, she could easily gain seven to 11 pounds in a year,” says study author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the university’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine.

Exercise, too, can help combat stressrelated illness. But Storoni attests that not all exercise is created equal. One recent study in the Journal of Physiology found that in animals daily moderate exercise (the equivalent of a light jog) can boost levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a critical brain protein diminished by stress and sleep deprivation, significantly more than weight training or intense exercise. On the flip side, excess strenuous exercise (laps around the track or an intense gym workout) can boost inflammation, whither brain cells, and aggravate the physical impacts of stress, says Storoni. “If you want to exercise to relieve the stress you just experienced, keep it at low intensity,” counsels Storoni. If possible, work out in the morning, as it can boost melatonin levels at night, helping you get to sleep faster, she notes.

Stress-Proofing Our Mindset

While diet and exercise can buffer our body from the impacts of chronic stress, a shift in mindset can keep it from becoming chronic in the first place, says Greenberg.“The goal is not to eliminate stress, but to put it in its place—to use its energizing and motivating aspects to take care of what needs to be done, and then relax,” and stop paying attention to it. This, she says, requires being mindful of what’s happening in the present moment. “When you feel your heart racing at the sight of another urgent demand at home or work, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and tune into what’s happening in your body,” advises Greenberg. She notes that when the highly reactive amygdala “hijacks the brain”, we often say and do things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. Waiting just a moment (like counting to 10) allows the more rational part of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) to kick in. “It allows you to go from panic to, ‘I’ve got this.’” Greenberg observes that we often feel most stressed when we feel out of control. When faced with a daunting task, it may help to make a list of the things we have control over and a list of the things we can’t control—then make a plan to act on the manageable one and let the others go.

“Mindfulness is also about keeping our self-judging and ruminating mind at bay, which may keep repeating, ‘I’m not doing enough,’” she says. “Realize that you do not have to listen to every thought that comes into your head. Ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing for me to focus on right now?’” Greenberg also says it’s important to aim to broaden and brighten our view in tough times, explaining, “Feeling stress biases your brain to think in terms of avoiding threat and loss, rather than what you can gain or learn from the situation.” Start by jotting down three ways this challenging situation


may be beneficial in the long run; also make a list of things and people we are grateful for, she suggests. “Practicing gratitude helps you realize that you have a choice about what to focus your attention on and you don’t have to let stressors take all the joy out of life,” according to Greenberg. As an added bonus, “You’re less likely to take your stress out on loved ones when you think about what they mean to you and how they have helped you,” she says. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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at a healthy diet; food is fuel and we must feed our bodies the right foods to combat stress. Sleep; when you sleep, your body recharges itself and helps with mental clarity. Exercise; get your body moving in any way you can to get the positive endorphins flowing. Unwind and relax in whatever way works for you. Connect with others; our relationships with others is pivotal and offers great health benefits in our lives. from Sheree Michelle with Savvy Wellness. See ad page 7. One of my favorite tips to dial down stress is to cloud watch.  During a busy day I take a few minutes to step outside and look up at the sky for a bit, noticing the shapes and textures of the clouds. Doing this takes me back to the breezy summer days of childhood and the luscious freedom of laying in the grass contemplating the clouds.  It’s a fantastic and creative break from the stresses of everyday adult life. from Renee Ellis MA LPCC RMT is with Live Your Knowing. See ad page 30. Meditation is a powerful tool for decreasing stress and improving your quality of life. Think of meditation as mental exercise that helps you strengthen your cognitive abilities and allows you to settle into a healing state called the relaxation response. Meditation and associated actions such as deep breathing through the nose, opening the chest, rolling the shoulders down the back, and turning the palms up are all neurological triggers for the relaxation response. from Elaine Brogan with Daybreak Holistic Nutrition. See ad page 31. A Tantric Way to Dial Down Stress: Do some smiling and stretching to ease the body; Lie down on a couch or mat and close your eyes; Visualize you are sitting in a room full of light. Give that light the color that represents love for you; Imagine every cell of your body soaking up the color of love; Rise up relaxed! from Judith Anne Condon with Journeys to Tantric Bliss. See ad page 29. For many empaths, stress is typically set off by too much incoming stimuli: over-full calendar, too much computer time, and too many people in my energy field. Dial it down by: turning everything off and go sit in nature; paring down that gotta-do list. What’s REALLY important?; and grounding. Visualizing energetic clutter exiting through my feet on a daily basis clears my energy field of stress and creates a greater connection to my inner knowing. from Chantal Fidanza with See ad page 31. Inhale Bergamot essential oil throughout the day.  Not only does it soothe and relax, it boosts your immune system, supports your emotions.  The amazing smell is icing on the cake! from Evie Yang with Aromatherapist Evie. See ad page 7. August 2018


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e have become a nation of couch potatoes. The average American takes only 5,900 steps a day, somewhat better than the sedentary Brits that average less than 4,000. The notion that overall we need to take 10,000 steps a day to be physically fit started with manpo-kei, a 1960s Japanese marketing tool to sell pedometers. While the 10,000 steps concept lacks specific supporting science, it’s widely acknowledged that we are healthier the more that we move. Affixing a target number to it helped spread the notion of the benefits of walking, says Catrine Tudor-Locke, Ph.D., a walking behavior researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Tudor-Locke is a proponent of the walking goal, although she readily admits the real objective is to get people moving more. “Any opportunity to walk more, more frequently and farther, wherever that is—it all adds up,” she says.

For those already physically fit and physically active, 10,000 steps is a no-brainer. However, it’s never too late to start for those with exercise programs that have been supplanted by a too-busy-toworkout lifestyle. There’s probably no easier exercise than walking, says Dr. Melina Jampolis, the Los Angeles author of The Doctor on Demand Diet. “Walking is the number one exercise I recommend to most of my patients, because it is exceptionally easy to do, requires only a supportive pair of quality sneakers and has tremendous mental and physical benefits that increase just by getting outside in the fresh air.” The biggest bang for the increased effort is the first 3,000 to 4,000 steps between the sedentary baseline and 10,000 steps, Tudor-Locke explains. “Still, 10,000 steps is the magic number for the average American,” says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. “That specific number of steps seems to help break down insulin resistance, an underlying cause of Type 2 diabetes. We’re not exactly sure how this happens, but we know that this amount of exercise takes the glucose from the blood where it is a hazard to the cells, so that it becomes less hazardous.”

Exponential Health Benefits Many more well-documented health benefits of a walking program include: 4 increased heart health 4 lower blood pressure 4 stronger muscles 4 improved balance 4 weight control

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Several studies from places like Harvard Medical School’s affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital also show that a brisk walking program nearly cut in half the risk of early death in breast cancer patients. Most exercise experts note that a walking pace that leaves the walker only slightly out of breath reaps the greatest rewards. “One hundred steps a minute is a good cadence,” advises Tudor-Locke.


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Making 10,000 Steps Possible

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly, or 30 minutes five days a week, for virtually everyone. Many experts don’t believe it’s necessary to move for 30 minutes straight. Ten-minute increments work fine; so a quick morning walk around the block, another outing during the lunch hour and a refreshing walk with the dog after work can do the trick. Some evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion suggests that varying walking speed is even more effective in overcoming insulin resistance and burning calories.

Counting Up Roizen recommends wearing a pedometer or using a free iPhone app (no need for a fitness band), mainly to keep up awareness of our daily step count. There’s no age when we don’t need to walk anymore. If a consistent 10,000 steps does wonders for health, some ask if more would be better. “Ten thousand is the answer for health and longevity, but 12,000 or more makes a difference for fitness and calorie burning, so go for it!” Roizen says. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

Breathwalking Adds Benefits


reathwalking, a particular combination of breathing and walking, improves several brain functions, according to research conducted by the Kundalini Research Institute and the University of Arizona. Breathwalking, compared to normal walking, increases executive function by as much as 80 percent and improves cognitive function, judgment and mental focus. Other findings by the institute are that breathwalking improves vision, including depth of field and clarity of detail, as well as muscle balance and heart function.

How to Do It Wave breath: Inhale steadily through the nose to the count of four while taking four steps, exhale through the mouth to a count of four while taking another four steps. Stair breath: Make four distinct inhalations through the nose to a count of four while taking four steps; and then exhale through the mouth in four sharp exhalations while taking another four steps. Dr. Jim Nicolai, who is affiliated with the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson, has created a helpful instructional video at



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Herbal Baths, Flower Remedies and Plant Brushings–10am-2pm. Use plants to heal emotionally and spiritually, ethnobotany, spiritual properties of plants, and what herbs to grow for a healing garden. $45-$49. Aperitifs & Digestives: Herbal Concoctions for Cocktail Parties–3-5pm. Learn recipes for herbal drink concoctions inspired by the aromatics of the mountain woods. $45-$49.

SAT AUG 4 Boulder YogaHike™ –9-10:30am. Arrive at 8:45. Meet at Centennial Trailhead, Sunshine Canyon. 30 min hike; 1 hr yoga. More info: Andrea Martin, Selah | Holistic Wellness, 720-739-0422 or Summer Zen Golf Afternoons–3-wrkshp series taught by PGA professional Perry Holmes. Find power and distance; relaxing into golf swing heightens awareness of the subtlest subconscious tensions and mind chatter in health, work, relationships and other life aspects. $200. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406,

MON AUG 6 Self Healing 101–Learn how to meditate and heal yourself with easy to use visualization techniques. Check out this first class for FREE. In-person & over-the-phone!

TUES AUG 7 Herbal Pantry–6-8:30 pm. Preserve your harvest in vinegars, butters, salts, seasoning blends and more. $39-$44.

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Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading for first-time clients. In person or phone. 700 E 9th Ave., #9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master-Teacher, Channel, & Intuitive. 303-263-0679


South Lakewood Dental, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, #11, Lakewood. Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 303-988-4338


Create a nourished life and transform your health through one-on-one coaching, personalized nutrition plans, and expert guidance. Daybreak Holistic Nutrition, Elaine Brogan, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (INHC), 720-256-1336 or

TUES AUG 14 Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. First Spiritual Science Church of Denver, 3375 S. Dahlia, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or The Women’s Way to Health, Wealth, and Happiness Meetup–7-9pm. “Building Wealth by the Numbers”. Join Kathy Mason and Tryna Cooper for informative presentations and discussions on heart-based business and conscious, healthy lifestyles. Available live stream on Zoom. Donation. Contact Tryna at 303-550-4223 or Kathy at 720-938-2536 for call in information. Backcountry Cooking–1-4 pm. Make a fantastic meal outside! Get back to the cooking basics, incl equipment and techniques. $40-$45. Cherokee Ranch and Castle.

WED AUG 15 Introduction to Meditation & Energywork–6:309pm. Learn and practice grounding techniques using an active meditation method and energy tools that will enhance the way you experience yourself and others. $39. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Ste 103, Denver. Info or





Learn how to Connect with your Intuition–1:153:15pm. Your natural, intuitive ability is your greatest asset in navigating your days, your relationships and your life. $20. Yoga of the Mind, 8 East 1st Ave, Ste 103, Denver. Info

WED AUG 8 The (In)famous Tantric Energy Orgasm–7-9:30pm. Put a bounce in your step, energize and relax your body, and balance your chakras. $35; bring friend for free. Osho Leela, 1025 Rosewood Ave. #106, Boulder. Info

FRI AUG 10 Tending to Your Inner Garden: Herbs, Foods, and Practices to Support Gut Health–3-5pm. Build and maintain a healthy gut. Learn how a healthy gut impacts emotional, physical, and energetic well-being. $33-$46. Rebuilding a Healthy Back Retreat–10am-5pm Fri-Sun. Experience Yamuna Body Rolling, Inversion Therapy, Muscle Testing, Spinal Affirmations & more to naturally save yourself from back pain & discomfort! $360/single; $560/couple. In Conifer. Taste of Tarot–Dust off your beautiful Tarot Cards and learn how to use my reading mat. Give and receive insightful Tarot card readings. $20. 431 Delaware St, Denver. Info, 303-564-9884 or $15 Trance Medium Healings–Receive a channeled healing from our post graduate students. Come with a healing intention and release pain, mental blocks, and spiritual imbalances. Offered in-person & over-thephone. Schedule online.

SAT AUG 11 $25 Pet Readings–11am. Improve your relationship with your companion animal! Clarify relational dynamics and negotiate issues. All species welcome. Offered over-the-phone on 2nd & 4th Sats. Schedule online.

Guided Meditation Walk: The Three Moments–7-8 pm. The Third Moment Method is a practical tool that embodies the essence of Buddhist practice; walk in the Gardens utilizing the method. $15-$18. Lavender-Lemon-Peppermint “Summer Fun” Inhaler Party–5-7pm. Enjoy outdoors worry free! Fast, easy to make, pocket size. Promotes easy breathing, supports dripping and plugged up nose, boosts immune system. Other dates/times offered. $20 incl drinks/snacks. Littleton.  RSVP Evie Yang  858-9222964 or

FRI AUG 17 Sacred Drumming Circle, Sound Celebration & Meditation–7-9pm. Fill yourself with appreciation and celebration using sound, breath and mindfulness in the energy of the circle. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

SAT AUG 18 Citrus Rosemary Sugar Scrub Party–3-5pm. Summer Skin Glow-finally-after creating this! Get secret recipe and make with your friends. Bonus: Invaluable tips on essential oils from a Certified Aromatherapist. Other dates/ times offered. $20 incl drinks/snacks. Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858-922-2964 or 

TUES AUG 21 Womb Cleanse: Learning the Ancient Art of Purifying Our Wombs–Tues-Wed. Learn how to use the power of the Divine Feminine to heal, protect, and cleanse your sacred womb, reach better health, inner harmony, and an incredible level of energy and prosperity in your life. Boulder and Cheyenne.

WED AUG 22 What is Tantric Love–7-9:30pm. Couples and singles welcome. Immerse in the community through dance, sharing, and tantric instruction. $35, bring a friend for free. Osho Leela, 1025 Rosewood Ave. #106, Boulder. Info

THURS AUG 23 Lavender-Lemon-Peppermint “Summer Fun” Inhaler Party–5-7pm. Enjoy outdoors worry free! Fast, easy to make, convenient (pocket size). Promotes easy breathing, supports dripping and plugged up nose, boosts immune system. Other dates/times offered. $20 incl drinks/snacks. Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858-922-2964 or Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. Discover Your Spiritual Gifts, 5808 S Rapp St, Ste 275, Littleton. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

FRI AUG 24 Shamanic Women’s Retreat–Fri-Sun. Awakening and healing on Spiritual, emotional, and physical levels. Lead by two amazing Siberian Shamans, Diana Suemi and Shakuntali - first time in Colorado! 13484 W. Virginia Dr, Boulder. $15 Trance Medium Healings–Receive a channeled healing from our post graduate students. Come with a healing intention and release pain, mental blocks, and spiritual imbalances. Offered in-person & over-thephone. Schedule online.

SAT AUG 25 Holistic Healing and Psychic/Intuitive Fair–11am5pm. Variety of complimentary healing modalities such as massage, shamanic, reiki, sound healing, healing touch, and more. Readers include angel, tarot, intuitive, astrological and vendors incl crystals, jewelry, oils, arts, and more. $20/20 min or as offered. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-7316695. Infused Botanical Body Butters–12:30-2 pm. Extract the amazing properties of fresh and dried plant materials, flowers, and herbs. Turn them into healing and soothing body butters. $43-$48. Chatfield Farms. Citrus Rosemary Sugar Scrub Party–3-5pm. Summer Skin Glow-finally-after creating this! Get secret recipe and make with your friends. Bonus: Invaluable tips on essential oils from a Certified Aromatherapist. Other dates/times offered. $20 incl drinks/snacks. Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858-9222964 or

MON AUG 27 We Are Change Open Mic Night–6-10pm. Uniting our local grassroots activist community for an evening of food, music, interviews, headliners, poetry and dancing. This is Powerful!

WED AUG 29 Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. 2055 South Oneida St., Ste 330, Denver. RSVP 303-2630679 or

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BREEMA® WORKSHOP IN BOULDER AUGUST 12, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Breema supports harmony between body, mind, and feelings, and a deeper connection to the world around you. It is based on a profound understanding of the underlying unity of all life, expressed through the Nine Principles of Harmony. Breema bodywork and Self-Breema exercises use natural movements that are both nurturing and vitalizing. Beginners welcome. Full day: $100/$125 paid after 7/30; half day $60/$75 paid after 7/30. 6 hours CE available. Boulder Shambhala Center, 1345 Spruce St. Info Breema Center 510-428-0937 or


Top experts, researchers & chefs talk about the preventive and healing power of plant-based nutrition, and creating and maintaining a state of optimal health along with identifying tangible steps that anyone can take to live a healthy lifestyle. Learn about the science behind plant-based nutrition; the impact on chronic disease prevention and reversal; Tips, tools, and strategies to create and maintain a healthier lifestyle; Cooking demos for healthy plant-based meals; and much more. Guest Speakers include: Chef AJ; Andrew Freeman, MD; and John Pierre. PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave, Parker. Questions Jerry Casados or 303-944-4172.


AUG 18 10am – 5pm; AUG 19, 11am – 4pm Attendees can enjoy a fun-filled and educational day with their best pet friend. Enjoy a day of live entertainment, education, adoptions, contests and live demonstrations. Pets are welcome as long as they’re on a fixed lead and have proof of age-appropriate rabies vaccines. NEW LOCATION: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St, Denver.


Explore alternative choices for taking care of your body, mind, spirit & our environment. Bring a canned food donation & receive $1 off admission. FREE Parking! FREE Lectures!! $7/day, $12/weekend; children 12 & under FREE. Tickets at the door. The Ranch / Larimer County Fairgrounds - South Hall, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland. For more info, see or contact Carol at 970-472-0200 or


Fall camping-style retreat on 100+ acres of beautiful private land surrounded by national forest. Through messages from our spirit guides and group journey work, we will grow beyond what we think is possible for ourselves and embrace an identity of oneness with the natural world and our Higher Selves. Oneness with spirit will carry you forward to new heights, new pleasures, and new freedoms! Join us as we explore the deeper realms of “who you really are.” $275. Registration now open:

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that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101

daily Free Healing Therapy for Individuals with Cancer– Reiki and Healing Touch support relaxation and balance on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Sign up for free sessions at one of our partner locations, or in-home for those too sick to travel, at Intuitive Healing Sessions for Empaths–By appt. Learn to channel your unique gift of sensitivity so that it will support you for health, flow, empowerment. 2.5 hr session, $350. In person or phone. Santa Fe, NM. Your Divine Light, 505-438-1074.

$30 Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm Performed by grad students. Enjoy an advanced skill set and ask questions about relationships, career, health, and more! Schedule at Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga–8-9am. Bring your yoga mats and water; move through challenging postures among the beautiful flora. $10-$12 Free Energy Healing–11am-7pm. Also on Wed, Thurs & Sat. Start healing your anxiety, trauma, mental diseases and more. Free for first time clients. 1800 Crossroads Garden 30th St, Ste 309, Boulder.


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

mondays 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

tuesdays Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation

Energy Healings/Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. $5/healing. Free for first timers. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or

thursdays Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga–8-9am. Bring your yoga mats and water. For $10-$12 move through challenging postures among the beautiful flora. $60 Home & Business Healings–7-8:30pm. Got ghosts? Sleepless nights? Consistent household/business conflict? These are great in times of transition! In Boulder or phone. Schedule

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$30 Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm. Performed by grad students. Enjoy an advanced skill set and ask questions about relationships, career, health, and more! Schedule FREE Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In betw/ 6-7pm. Receive 10 min cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great.

fridays Free Healing & Meditative Services–6-7pm. Celebrate being yourself, living life, and cultivating community. Enjoy weekly themes such as Chakra Balancing Singing Bowls, Channeled Angel Healings, Singing & Storytelling, and Meditative & Shamanic Journeys.

saturdays Citrus Rosemary Sugar Scrub Party–3-5pm. Summer Glow Skin! Get the secret recipe and make it with your friends. Invaluable essential oil tips from Certified Aromatherapist Evie Yang. Other dates/times offered. $20 incl drinks/snacks. Littleton. RSVP 858922-2964 or Qigong Movement–1-2:30pm. Fun group experience increases flexibility, strength, endurance, mental focus and calm. Suitable for folks healing & athletes seeking internal fortitude. $20/drop-in; $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406,

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looking ahead CONTACT FOR DATES/TIMES Heart-Centered Goal Setting Group–We will create clarity, accountability, support and inspiration to help you make the most out of 2018! $80 incl materials/refreshments.  East Denver location. Info/registration Renee Ellis 720-984-9575 or

SAT, SEPT 1 Boulder YogaHike™ –9-10:30am. Arrive at 8:45. Meet at Settler’s Park Trailhead (Pearl & Canyon). 30 min hike; 1 hr yoga. More info: Andrea Martin, Selah | Holistic Wellness, 720-739-0422 or

TUES, SEPT 11 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction–6-8:30 pm. 8 wkly classes, 1 day silent retreat. MBSR studies reveal its power to reduce medical symptoms and psychological stress while enhancing the health and well-being of program participants. $300-$350.

SEPT 15-16 36th annual Fall Holistic Fair–10am-5pm. Explore alternatives to caring for your body, mind, spirit and environment. Children 12 and under FREE. FREE Parking! FREE Lectures! $7/day; $12/weekend. The Ranch/Larimer County Fairgrounds, South Hall, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland. Carol 970-472-0200 or Advanced Animal Reiki Certification–Experience the world from the animal’s perspective. Attendees will learn Reiki practices, emotions, physiology, and psychology. Animal lovers, incl rescue personnel, holistic practitioners and owners will find useful. In Lakewood. Reg req’d at

SEPT 28-29 Autumn 5 Virtues Qigong Self-Care Retreat– Qigong exercises and practices integrate 5 essential natural laws into daily living for emotional balance and soulful harmony, essential keys to healing from illness/injury, nourishing health, unending vigor and empowering joyful, conscious self-expression. No exp needed. $350. 720-4270406,

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Oneness with Spirit Retreat–A Fall camping-style retreat near Loveland aimed for us to grow beyond what we think is possible for ourselves and embrace an identity of oneness with the natural world and our Higher Selves.

OCT 13-14 Master Animal Reiki Certification–Experience the world from the animal’s perspective. Attendees will learn Reiki practices, emotions, physiology, and psychology. Animal lovers, incl rescue personnel, holistic practitioners and owners will find useful. In Lakewood. Reg req’d at

TUES, OCT 23 Begin Your Qigong Lifestyle–6-8 pm, 9 wkly classes. Build a heart-centered, intentional practice in the wholeness of proper qigong self-care, inner alchemy and chi nutrition. Eliminate stress’s harmful impact on health, reverse aging and thrive in vibrant health and joy! Prereq for Professional Medical Qigong Practitioner training. $495. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406,

DEC 8-22 India Travel Abroad–A group travel experience that merges social consciousness with spiritual practice. Learn about women’s issues, caste, health, and village life; Receive individualized messages from your spirit guides about your own place and purpose in our global community.

JAN 5, 2019 Become an Intuitive Practitioner–18 Saturday Teleclasses, 12-2pm + 3-day on-site training May 24-26. Deeply transformational training perfect for anyone who wishes to start their own intuitive practice as well as empaths seeking support. Limited spaces, Early bird discounts. Santa Fe, NM. Your Divine Light, 505-4381074.

SEPT 24-27 Selah® Tantric Healing Arts Training–Authentic Tantra Training to anyone intrigued by the Tantric Healing Arts. Enhance understanding & application of Tantra as well and/or pursue professional Tantric practice. Non–sexual. Tantric philosophy, technique, and our progressive session framework. No exp nec. $1000 (chk for waivers). Selah | Holistic Wellness 2346 Broadway, Boulder. Info or 720-739-0422.

Looking for a way to bring in extra money but don’t want to get “another job”? Need something flexible to fit it into your life? What if you could transform your health and your wealth in the next 90 days by partnering with us? What if you could work a handful of hours each week and bring in a nice side income? We are looking for people who want the above and want to make a difference in the world while having FUN! WHAT IF YOU COULD? Please call for more info @ 303.903.8248

HEALTHY PRODUCTS/SERVICES NEW CLIENT MASSAGE SPECIAL $40/ HOUR! Relax & rejuvenate! Swedish & sports massage. Wheat Ridge location 16 years exp. Mon-Sat Call Angie 303-475-6937 Remove Toxic Amalgam (Silver) Fillings: Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offers mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL, Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood, 303-988-4338. $30 Off Initial Healing Session: Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading. In person or phone. 700 E. Ninth Ave., Suite 9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master-Teacher, Channel & Intuitive. 303263-0679 or Shen-u is a customized healing practice and teaching designed to empower YOU to access your own unique healing abilities. Please visit for more information

JOBS AVAILABLE Earn Extra Spending $$ as a Distribution Driver for GOLDEN/ARVADA Area: Natural Awakenings is looking for a reliable, conscientious, honest delivery driver with a good driving record and car, who lives in the area. Must have own insurance; basic ability to work with Excel/email; be available for a day or three between the 25th-1st; ability to take on side jobs for extra $$ on same route. No phone calls please. Email with your qualifications.

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yourlocalresources NO-PAIN OPTIMAL ALIGNMENT NEUROENERGETIC RELEASE™ (NER) Donald W. Kipp, Founder 303-697-4923 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 2.

PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Dr. Katia Meier 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 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 2.



SUNRISE REIKI COLORADO Jeff Baird, Unlimited Reiki Master/Teacher Based in Evergreen In-Person & Remote Healings 720-250-8107


Reiki heals both humans and animals physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Baird’s “touch free” and gentle leading approach changes lives as his loyal customers rediscover their wellness. Jeff has helped people and animals heal from Cancer, Fibromyalgia, PTSD, Insomnia, Migraines, Depression, Retinitis Pigmentosa, broken bones, sprains, spinal issues, allergies, nightmares, flu, chronic pain, dental issues, panic attacks, kidney stones, diabetes and more. He has helped individuals and teams achieve their professional as well as their personal goals for over 30 years. Got Pain? Get Reiki!

I am dedicated to Conscious Relationship & Tantra. Tantra. It’s a path of meditation…what sets it apart from other ‘paths’ is that it looks to the wisdom of the body & the senses as a means to becoming more present & alive in every aspect of our lives. Our bodies have a deep wisdom that modern life often ignores. Sessions include bioenergetics, breathe practices, meditation & more. There is no nudity or sexual contact. Individuals & couples may explore issues such as Tantric Lovemaking & Spirituality; Tools for Initiating & Deepening Intimacy; Support in the Awakening Process; Men, WomeN’s & Teens Empowerment.


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Andrea Martin, CYT, Certified Intuitive Dao Tantric Healing Artist, Conscious Lifestyle/Relationship Coach

2346 Broadway, Boulder 720-739-0422 / Complement your body’s natural ability to self-heal, balance, and evolve with Selah, a Tantric Healing Arts, Yoga, and Conscious Lifestyle & Relationship Coaching practice. Tantric Bodywork for individuals & couples combines sensory massage, energy circulation, breathwork, engagement techniques, and mild yoga postures to re-sensitize your being. Conscious Coaching guides you into deeper congruence with your authentic self. YogaHikes™ invite you to hike into your practice on epic trails. Allow us to guide you into the modality that will best serve you. See ad page 3.

FUN-FREEDOM-ONENESS Shannon Elisabeth 970-818-8346 An adventure of a lifetime in rural and urban India, exploring ourselves through reflections from our global community. Our journey is about social consciousness, compassion, inspiration, and awe for the complexity and beauty of life everywhere. This is not a yoga or meditation retreat. Through this unique cultural immersion, we connect with the physical and spiritual worlds like never before. Learn more about traveling with us to India December 2018!

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. ~Jane D. Hull

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Sheree Michelle 9370 S Colorado Blvd., Highlands Ranch 303-471-9355 / Lymphatic Drainage Therapy will boost your immune system and assist in detoxification. Perfect support for injuries, surgeries, and swelling to decrease inflammation. We use a vibrational, frequency, energy and sound device with probes. Are you sensitive to foods, pets, pollens, or chemicals? Try Electrodermal Biofeedback!! It can help restore balance back to the body. Get Your Complete Health Picture! All Initial Services Only $79. See ad page 7.

AUTOMOTIVE CARE Two Locations! 15455 E Hinsdale Dr., Centennial 303-617-0152 /

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303-801-1959 / 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.


JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 7502 West 80th Ave., Ste 170 (Lower Level PSCU Building), Arvada 303-731-6695 or 303-469-0306 / 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 12.

COUNSELING Psychotherapy, Intuitive-Focused Counseling, Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing, Classes 1211 S Parker Road, Suite 103, Denver 720-984-9575/ Experience the benefits of traditional counseling while openly and actively acknowledging the role of intuition and the soul’s journey in achieving wellbeing. Live Your Knowing Counseling helps you gracefully bring wisdom to life through a unique blend of traditional psychotherapy, intuitive wisdom, past life reconnecting, and energy balancing. Move through grief, relationship challenges, depression, anxiety and self-doubt. Discover your path and purpose, reveal your unique wisdom, and experience sensitivity as strength. Gain clarity, confidence and a more joyful life. Get started today with a phone or in-person complimentary consultation.


CHI WELLNESS, THE CENTER OF QIGONG Debra Lin Allen, Founder/Director 720-427-0406 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. Your prosperous life awaits you, call today! See ad page 10. Denver Mile High Edition

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Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood 303-988-4338/ Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offering mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Holistic-minded individuals should consider the safe removal and handling of any silver fillings. We offer a bio-compatibility test to decide which replacement material is best for you. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad page 15.

VIBRANCE DENTISTRY Dr. Cate Vieregger 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 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-of-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. See ad page 18.


Anita Destino 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood 720-413-7303 / 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. $5 per person. Free to first time visitors. See ad, page 6.

ENERGY MEDICINE/ PSYCHOLOGY HEALING CHANGE Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT 679 W Littleton Blvd. #205, Littleton 303-668-0299 / Individual sessions using a combination of different techniques such as Eden Energy Medicine (EEM), Hypnotherapy, EFT (meridian tapping), and Matrix Reimprinting will facilitate deep healing at the physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual levels of your being to create that permanent change in your life. You will leave the sessions with tools that you can use at home to continue the healing work and progress towards a better you. Ongoing classes in EEM for increased Joy, Health and Vitality! Free 20-minute phone or Skype consultation.

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7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 7502 West 80th Ave., Ste 170 (Lower Level PSCU Building), Arvada 303-731-6695 or 303-469-0306 / 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 12.


Katia Meier, MD 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 / 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 2.

FENG SHUI CHI WELLNESS, THE CENTER OF QIGONG Debra Lin Allen, Founder/Director 720-427-0406/ Organizing your home and workplace to optimize the flow of chi in your surroundings not only assures prosperity in your finances and career but also greatly improves your personal health and longevity, graces your relationships with harmony, sparks creativity and grows inner peace and joy. Qigong treatment to clear energetic obstructions and direct focus in your natural strengths toward positive life transformations. Healthy environmental chi promotes a healthier you! See ad page 10.

HEALING JOANNE PALLADINO Intuitive – Channel – Reiki Master-Teacher 2055 S. Oneida St., Suite 330, Denver 303-263-0679 / NEW CLIENT Specials; FREE Activations to Awaken.Your session will touch all aspects of your being. 1. A meaningful intuitive reading helps expand perspectives; 2. Shmaya, a channeled vibrational light language, attunes you to a love frequency; 3. Reiki healing to dissolve energetic blockages; 4. Life changing guidance that will shift ‘old patterns’ that no longer serve you. In-person or by phone.

HEALTH COACHING DAYBREAK HOLISTIC NUTRITION Elaine Brogan, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (INHC) / 720-256-1336

Create a nourished life and transform your health through one-onone coaching, personalized nutrition plans, and expert guidance. Feel balanced, beautiful, and empowered to take on your wellness goals. Achieve and maintain your ideal weight, discover the ideal foods for your body type, learn healing, seasonal recipes and remedies, and naturally improve your energy and mood. 3-6 month plans are designed for your unique needs. Call or see website to set up your free 1 hour consultation today.

HOLISTIC NURSING HOLISTIC HEAVEN Kerry Hardy, RN, HNB-BC, RMT, CCH 5277 Manhattan Circle, Ste 250, Boulder 203-895-5134/ Looking for balance between traditional medicine and the holistic environment? Offering energy healings, health consultations and medical intuitive sessions to promote peace, love and healing to the mind, body and spirit. Kerry is a Board Certified Holistic Nurse, Reiki Master, Intuitive, Certified Holistic Cancer Educator, doTERRA Essential Oils Wellness Advocate, & Juice Plus+ Consultant. Specializing with clients & their families dealing with cancer, chronic pain or disease, emotional trauma or the transition & loss of a loved one. Visits in office, Skype, or house calls made in local area.

INTEGRATIVE CARE CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in AntiAging Medicine and specialty trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICAN or see ad page 2.


Chantal Fidanza - Santa Fe, NM 505-438-1074 / Offering Intuitive Guide Certification, Tele-courses, Intuitive Healing Sessions, and Empath Support (both with and without equines) at my peaceful, mountain-view setting, or via phone. Everything I teach I continue to walk on my own path and offer with the intention of empowering others to merge with their divine light and to trust their own guidance and inner wisdom. Special support for empaths, those particularly sensitive to energy. Discounted Session Packages for ongoing support available.

MESSAGES FROM SPIRIT ELISA MALANGONE 720-372-3927 / Searching for passion and insight to your life purpose? Connect to your unique insight and higher soul perspective for guidance concerning healing from grief and loss, health, career, relationships, finances, and other matters of the heart. Elisa combines authentic mediumship abilities and intuitive coaching by connecting to spiritual guidance to assist you in tapping into your higher wisdom and best self. Live, phone or virtual readings & events. Call or see website for more details. See ad, page 12.

Well done is better than well said. ~Benjamin Franklin

August 2018



Experience REAL QIGONG



3-Days AMAZING Qigong and Food Healing $149

Day 1 SATURDAY Intro: History of Qigong Traditional Chinese Medice



Food-Healing: Smoothies,

Qigong Strength Training:

Qigong Level-2 Form:

Wuji Level-3 Freestyle:

Make Fresh Red Pepper Paste Sample Taste Top Healing Food

Empty Force: Magnetic Favorite to Increase Energy Improves Standing Posture

Wider Stances Deeper Qi

Breath Empowerment:

Walking Qigong: Carry

Gives a Profound Euphoria Oxygenates Body to Core

Energy Wherever You Go Improves Focusing Ability

Food-Healing: Radicals,

Tui Na Massage: Pressure

Foods for Cancer, Heart, Eyes, Diabetes, Brain and more

Qigong Level-1 Form:

Routine Decreases Stress, Improves Circulation in a Connected Group Atmosphere

Applied Points for Pain Relief

9-Breath Method:

Our Most Powerful Breathing Helps Instantaneously Dissolve Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Improves Oxygen Metabolism


Powerful Fitness without Injury Use Qigong in Your Workout

Uses Tai Chi like Movements Creatively in Your Sequence

Mastering Five Elements:

Psychology Self Improvement See Your Strong/Weak Elements

Foot Reflexology:

Pulsing Massage for Pain Relief

Advanced 9-Breath: Brings Qi to Pituitary Gland Helps Cognitive Performance Energizes in a Moments Notice

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August 2018 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving the Front Range from Aurora to Evergreen - from Castle Rock to...

August 2018 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving the Front Range from Aurora to Evergreen - from Castle Rock to...