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

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Gabrielle Bernstein on Creating More Happiness by April Thompson

15 SUN SALUTATIONS Sunrise Ranch’s David Karchere on spirituality and creativity By Elizabeth Fritzler

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Love in Action Can Change the World by Judith Fertig

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LOCAL: Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue (mishamayfoundation.org) Realities for Children Boulder County (rfcbc.org) Literacy and Hope (literacyandhope.com) Choki (choki.org) Cannabis Patient Network Institute (cpni.org) Right to Know Colorado (righttoknowcolorado.org) No Kill Colorado (nokillcolorado.org) Sunrise Ranch (sunriseranch.org) Unity Spiritual Communities (unityofcolorado.org) Colorado Environmental Film Festival (ceff.net)

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HELP THE ENVIRONMENT: The gift of trees from American Forest (americanforests.org) HELP OTHERS: Give a goat! Oxfamamericaunwrapped.org We wish you a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!

ON THE COVER: David Karchere, spiritual leader of Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, is photographed at the Ranch by Kristy Rowe of Moodeus Photography. See article page 15.


newsbriefs Unity of Colorado offers Free Gratitude Journal

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nity of Colorado, an association of 14 Unity communities in Colorado, has launched its new interactive website with a free Holiday Gratitude Journal for visitors to download. “Few spiritual practices make an immediate difference in our lives,” says Rev David Ridge of Living Water Spiritual Community (a Unity community member). “Being thankful is one of them. And taking the next step to remind ourselves of all the things for which we are thankful is a powerful way to plant that thankfulness thought deep in our consciousness.” The new site, UnityofColorado.org, directs visitors to the 14 Unity communities in Colorado while providing a common calendar of events for the Denver-Boulder metro area. Unity’s famous Daily Word, the daily inspiration magazine, can also be read on the site. Two free downloads will greet visitors to the site, a one-month Holiday Gratitude Journal spanning the 32 days from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and a “perpetual” one-year journal are both offered under the tab “Our Gifts to You.” These documents provide a framework to get into the practice of being thankful every day. According to Psychology Today, “Studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so. In addition, grateful thinking—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased levels of energy, optimism, and empathy.” See ad page 10.

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retchen Muehlnickel, MNT and Cynthia Dalton, MNT have joined Dr. Katia Meier and the Clear Sky Medical team in Centennial. Both received their Master Nutrition Therapy degrees from the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver. Muehlnickel spent 10 years doing research and product development in the Gretchen Muehlnickel, MNT food industry before pursuing her true passion of nutrition counseling. Her experience in childhood and family nutrition ideally suit her to specialize in conditions related to women’s health, children’s health, food allergies, blood sugar imbalances, weight loss, autoimmune conditions and digestive disorders. Dalton is board-certified in Holistic Nutrition; trained at the Medical Academy Cynthia Dalton, MNT for Pediatric Special Needs; and is certified in the Neuro-Endocrine-Immune System. Her passion arose after adopting her special-needs son at the age of eight. After medications failed, she turned to nutrition and targeted amino acid therapy to balance his brain chemistry and calm his behaviors. Today, he is stable and enrolled in a college engineering program. Dalton is skilled in: identifying food sensitivities; brain chemistry balancing for focus; assessing metabolic abnormalities; and addressing AD(H)D, Depression, mood disorders, OCD, sensory processing disorders, and Autism spectrum disorders. Clear Sky Medical, 9085 E Mineral Circle #260, Centennial. 303-790-7860. See ad page 2.

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ary’s Medicinals and its 501(c)(3) foundation, Mary’s Foundation for Caring, is a 4-Star Sponsor of Operation Grow4Vets, a national, nonpartisan organization focused on providing Veterans with unique products, programs and services to assist them in living with injuries sustained while protecting our freedom. According to Lynn Honderd, director of operations for Mary’s Medicinals, “There is virtually universal agreement that our Veterans deserve to have any and all treatment options available to them, and cannabis has been shown to be a powerful remedy for many ailments.” The common goal is to help reduce the staggering number of Veterans who die each day from suicide and prescription drug overdose. Medical marijuana has allowed thousands of Veterans to either decrease, or completely discontinue the use of dangerous prescription medications for conditions such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. Roger B. Martin, executive director of Operation Grow4Vets, said “We are honored to team with companies such as Mary’s Medicinals that care about providing the men and women that served our country with safe, natural medicine. With innovations such as Mary’s transdermal delivery methods, Veterans can obtain lasting, safe relief without the side effects of many traditional pharmaceutical medicines.” Mary’s Medicinals is a nutraceutical company innovating at the intersection of engineering and horticulture. They’re focused on transforming how people view and utilize cannabis, developing products that isolate the benefits of cannabis and other vital plant extracts for optimum patient care. Mary’s products are currently available in Washington and Colorado. Visit marysmedicinals.com or see ad page 21.

atural Awakenings Annual Healthy Living Directory covering Denver, Boulder and the surrounding nine counties will hit the streets in January. This special annual directory of Natural Awakenings magazine will serve as a handy reference guide for 50,000+ readers to keep at their fingertips all year long when searching for the products and services they want to live a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. The Directory is printed and distributed in January with heavier paper and a nice glossy cover. It is then redistributed every month alongside the normal magazine February – December. The Directory will include alphabetical listings for easyto-find practitioners, calendar, ads, business profiles, Timeless Tips articles and more! Natural Awakenings is ranked higher than TV, Internet, or Radio for health information because it offers refreshing and educational articles on natural health and green living with a strong local bias. Natural Awakenings also provides the resources that support Health, Fitness, Sustainable Living, Personal Growth and Creative Expression. This Directory is a must for businesses that offer healthy products and/or sustainable services. Don’t miss out on this important issue! Natural Living Directory prices: $99.00 for your first category listing; a second listing for $75 and a third for $49.50. Invite your friends and share the discount! Due date is December 10th. Call 303-770-1981 or see MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com/directory.html for details, examples and to reserve your space in the Healthy Living Directory.

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ourney Within founder Anita Destino is offering a variety of guided meditations and meditation classes to help you start transitioning to a new year. According to Destino, “These classes teach easy meditation techniques to assist you in releasing tension, stress or anxiety while staying grounded, focused, and creating energetic boundaries and protection.” Journey Within will be offering several different 1-hour guided meditations in December. These are a great way to try meditation, restart your meditation practice or experience new mediation techniques. Starting January they offer a 5-week Basic Meditation classes that gives students the framework to access and use their own intuitive guidance system. Destino also says, “I know how much meditation has changed my life. And I love teaching others how to make a difference in their lives too. I am passionate about my work; I believe in my healing techniques and have made a difference in many people’s lives over the years.” Journey Within is a safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, who want to focus on spiritual growth and develop their own intuition. Journey Within is located inside Irongate Executive plaza, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd, Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or see listing page 28. Check calendars for various classes.

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ach quarter, Nova Carlton, owner and founder of The Studio Nova, donates video production services to a non-profit entity. These services might include shooting footage of an annual event hosted by the non-profits, video editing or recording testimonials on their behalf. This quarter’s benefactor is SOAR Youth & Adult Choir. SOAR brings awareness to the plight of foster children and at-risk youth, and offers an opportunity for those children to be exposed to the creative arts while interacting with supportive adults. In addition to the quarterly donations, The Studio Nova has committed to recording the progress of the Extraordinary Living Project for a full year. This is a grassroots program designed to help African-American women overcome obesity through a holistic approach. To submit your non-profits for consideration of services, contact The Studio Nova directly. Contact Nova Carlton 702-485-2311 or see ad page 13.

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briefbriefs Mary Beth Kennedy is expanding her practice to include Individual life coaching. Private or semi-private mentoring, coaching, practice building and Credentialing in Reconnective Healing & the Reconnection. See listing page 28. Harmonic Way is a musical CD featuring Dean Evenson & Scott Huckabay for a soundscape perfect for massage, yoga or deep relaxation. The artists use major harmonics, viola, flute, harp, keyboards and guitar effects that resonate with the vibrating frequencies of Tibetan singing bowls. Available at Soundings.com. Rebecca J Salon, Parker’s First Organic Salon, offers 20% off to all new clients. See listing page 19.

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onstipation, a common health concern, may cause more than just discomfort. Chronic constipation can lead to problems with the epithelial lining of the intestines that secrete and absorb nutrients, and even to colon cancer, according to a 2012 study conducted by the American College of Gastroenterology. Passing overly-dense fecal waste can also aggravate hemorrhoids. According to Steven Frank, founder of Nature’s Rite, an herbal remedies company, two key nutrients can contribute to a solution. For most people, ingesting 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C per day through food sources and/or supplementation is sufficient to soften stools. In addition to oranges and a variety of citrus, good sources of vitamin C include strawberries, chili peppers, red and green bell peppers, kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli. Still, many need something more to accomplish the goal. Magnesium, critical in supporting muscle movement as well as heart health, may aid with peristalsis, the involuntary contractions of the intestines and colon that move fecal matter along. Magnesium also helps with the production of lubricating mucus. Magnesium food sources include beans and nuts, fish, avocados, bananas, yogurt, dark leafy greens and dark chocolate. A daily dose of 500 milligrams of magnesium is usually sufficient for good health and regularity. For more information, call 888-465-4404 or visit NaturesRiteRemedies.com. See ad, page 24.

Knotweed and Hawthorn Outperform Lovastatin in Trial

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hinese researchers recently discovered that two herbal extracts may treat atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries, as well as or more effectively than the pharmaceutical drug Lovastatin. Sixty-four patients with atherosclerosis of the carotid artery were studied. For six months, half the patients received 20 milligrams of Lovastatin per day, while the other half took an herbal extract combination of Japanese knotweed and hawthorn. After six months, tests showed artery plaque thickness and inflammation were significantly lessened among both groups. However, the herbal extract-treated group showed a greater reduction of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels, a marker of risk for cardiovascular disease. Relatively high levels of hs-CRP in otherwise healthy individuals are predictive of heart health crises even when cholesterol levels are within an acceptable range. People with lower values have less of a risk.

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eeth bend, flex, expand and contract, and absorb stress and pressure – if they didn’t, they would fracture to pieces. Crowns do not bend, flex, or expand and contract like a tooth – they are rigid. When a rigid crown is fitted on a “flexible” tooth, decay, infection and/or abscess, pain, root canals, extraction, possible implant replacement are the possible results. To be fair, a percentage of crowns are successful, but there is a better way to restore significantly damaged teeth and get a more predictably successful long term result. If you’ve had a crown, you know that the tooth is ground down to a fraction of its original size to allow room for a crown to be made to cover it. There’s the problem – most of the protective structure of the tooth (in many cases healthy structure) is removed! This is big trauma for the tooth and what is left is expected to support the crown and last for years – good luck! Enter biomimetics [Bio(nature)+Mi metic(mimicking)=mimicking nature] where only the damaged portion of the tooth is removed (decay, fractures) and any remaining old fillings / restorations. Then, using non-metal, life-like materials, the tooth is “rebuilt” layer by layer just like the real tooth. So, it can bend, flex, expand and contract while absorbing stress and pressure as it was naturally designed to do! The tooth is completely sealed from the inside out so nothing can get inside to cause more decay or infection. This is all done in one appointment – no temporaries and no coming back to fit the crown! Is this really possible – yes! Scott Stewart, DDS is owner of South Lakewood Dental, 303-988-4338. See ad page 7.


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Awakening Humanity One Life at a Time

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his is December and holiday lights are all around us, but what lights you up inside? Many of us lead incredibly busy lives, going in so many directions every day, with family, partners, children, aging parents, pets, job and career, that we often forget to take moments for ourselves. We forget who we really are, lost in the shuffle and mayhem of paying the bills and meeting everyone else’s needs, our own light grows dim. If you’ve lost that ‘inner sparkle’, begin by taking a minute each day to close your eyes and look inside. Remember what makes you smile or laugh out loud. Tune in to your body and notice what happens when you think about those times – pleasant memories can change your physiology. What can you do for yourself this month that will make you smile, and your internal light shine a little brighter? Call an old friend and schedule coffee or lunch? Go to the gym once a week? Get outside and walk and smell the fresh air? Schedule a massage or a session with a healing practitioner to relax? Go to bed 20 minutes earlier and read? Listen to your favorite music while you are preparing dinner? Get a pedicure? Call an old friend that you can laugh with? By taking better care of ourselves, we make it easier to take better care of everything and everyone whose lives we touch. Re-awakening to our true selves allow us to be more open with others. You are powerful beyond measure and your light can impact the World. Mary Beth Kennedy of The Reconnection can be reached at 303-589-8006 or marybeth@marybethkennedy.com. See listing page 28.

Mistletoe Extract Benefits Pancreatic Cancer Patients

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study published in the European Journal of Cancer revealed that a mistletoe extract may lengthen life for patients with severe pancreatic cancer. German researchers tested 220 patients with advanced stage pancreatic cancer, an aggressive, often fatal disease. The patients were divided into two groups; one was given up to 10 milligrams of Viscum album (European mistletoe) three times a week for up to 12 months. Both groups received supportive care throughout the study period. The average length of survival for those taking the mistletoe extract, 4.8 months, was nearly twice that of the other group, 2.7 months; a survival period typically dates from the original diagnosis. Within a group considered to have a good prognosis, the survival period for those that consumed the extract, averaging 6.6 months, was more than double that of the no-extract group, which averaged 3.2 months.

CELL PHONES AND ROUTER MICROWAVES STRESS PLANTS

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vidence of the effects of wireless technologies on human health continues to be controversial, with agreement on results remaining elusive. Now a new study published in the Journal of Plant Physiology found that humangenerated microwave pollution can potentially be stressful to plants. Researchers from Romania’s Estonian University of Life Sciences tested three common garden plants—parsley, celery and dill weed. They exposed each to the types of microwave radiation equivalent to those produced by cell phones and wireless routers. Then these radiation-exposed plants were compared with identical plants not exposed to the radiation. The scientists noted that the irradiated plants had thinner cell walls; smaller chloroplasts (cellular sites of photosynthesis); smaller cell mitochondria (centers of energy production); and greater emission of volatile compounds, particularly monoterpenes and green leaf volatiles, which are protective, life-promoting components of the plants’ essential oils. The effects were stronger for the type of radiation produced by wireless routers. While essential oil production overall was increased by the frequency of the microwaves produced by cell phones, it was decreased by the frequency emitted by the routers.

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Understanding Transdermal Applications of Cannabis Humans have been using cannabis for 10,000 years. Over the course of that time, there have only been incremental advances in how the plant is used. Now, there is a new pharmaceutical-grade way for patients to dose without smoking or eating, with the development of transdermal cannabis products. According to Denver-based Mary’s Medicinals, transdermal patches allow for an accurate dose of cannabis medicine to be delivered directly to the bloodstream. The effects are felt rapidly, usually within 15 minutes and last up to 12 hours. This unique pharmaceutical-grade transdermal delivery allows for optimal bioavailability that avoids first pass metabolism in the liver, where up to 80% of the original dose is rendered useless. “Mary’s low dose products can be up to 10x more effective than other infused offerings. Many patients want an alternative pain medication that offers the benefits of cannabis, but doesn’t alter their mental capacity or ability to function,” said Nicole Smith, founder and CEO of Mary’s Medicinals. “That is why 70% of the products we make are non-psychotropic. We have patients from two to 92, and they all have different needs, but have one thing in common -- they don’t want to be ‘high’.” Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa) is the pre-cursor to THC which exists in the plants raw, unprocessed forms. It acts as a cannabinoid receptor antagonist and exhibits anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and anti-cancer properties. Patients use this form of THC to subdue muscle spasms, relieve lupus/arthritis, and combat cancer. “We manufacture patches with 10 and 20 mg doses,” said Smith. “They contain carrier agents comprised of omega fatty acids and terpenes that allow the cannabinoid profile in each product to cross the blood brain barrier. It is the most effective, accurate way for patients to consume cannabis. With more than 80 medically beneficial cannabinoids in cannabis, it can take a bit of research and trial and error for some patients to find the ideal combination of products and dosages to maximize relief. It is about finding the perfect intersection between horticulture and technology.” Learn more about Mary’s Medicinals at MarysMedicinals.com. See ad page 21.

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he rich, complex, lively qualities achieved from using natural dyes are difficult to duplicate with synthetic dyes. In antique rugs, the term “abrash” is used to describe the unique and imperfect variations of color in a rug. Handspun wool—not uniform in thickness—absorbs dye at different rates, and the shades of natural dyes can vary and be somewhat unpredictable. As a result, each naturally dyed rug is unique. An amazing spectrum of colors can be achieved from about a dozen different dye substances. Indigo, madder, cutch, lac, walnut and pomegranate are examples of natural dyes used in rugs. The use of natural dyes does not negatively impact the environment and waterways as chemical dyes can, nor do they have a harmful effect on the weavers and dyers. Throughout history, people have been using leaves, seeds, roots and insects to color fabric using materials from local sources. Perhaps that’s why the colors from nature seem so harmonious and familiar. Suzanne Engert of Garuda Woven Art can be reached at garudawovenart@comcast.net or 303-442-2096. See ad page 12.


globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Cultural Roots Status of Religious Diversity in the U.S. The United States is often described as a religiously free and diverse country, but a new Pew Research Center study reveals that 95 percent of the populace identifies itself as either Christian or unaffiliated (atheist, agnostic or having no particular religion). This ranks the U.S. 68 out of 232 countries and territories in the Pew Religious Diversity Index. Singapore is the world’s most religiously diverse country, followed by Taiwan and Vietnam. The study treats Christian denominations as members of the same religion, which if counted separately, would increase the ranking. But Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism all have internal diversity, as well, and are considered as single religions in the study. There’s an important distinction between religious diversity and religious freedom, which the report does not measure. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to free exercise of religion, which is not always the case in other countries.

If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. ~Bob Hope

Source: PewResearch.org

I long to see you so that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift. ~St. Paul

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globalbriefs Planet Power Scientists May Harvest Energy from Earth’s Infrared Emissions Physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are developing a device described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that would harvest energy from Earth’s infrared emissions into outer space. The power is modest, but tangible. Steven J. Byrnes, a postdoctoral fellow at SEAS, points out, “The device could be coupled with a solar cell, for example, to obtain extra power at night without extra installation costs.” Heated by the sun, our planet is very warm compared to the frigid depths of space. Thanks to recent technological advances such as plasmonics and nanofabrication, and new materials like graphene, the researchers say this heat imbalance could soon be transformed into direct current (DC) power, taking advantage of an untapped, virtually limitless energy source. Source: ScienceDaily.com

Feeding Hope Recognizing Restaurants that Support the Homeless Food Recovery Certified is a new program that rewards restaurants that donate their extra food to those in need with a sticker on their front door. It’s a project of The Food Recovery Network, a national system of college students that takes cafeteria leftovers to homeless people. Founder Ben Simon started the group in 2011 at the University of Maryland, and the network has saved more than 320,000 pounds of food from the dump in its first three years. If a restaurant donates unsold food to the hungry at least once a month, it can apply for the certification. Then Food Recovery Certified verifies with local nonprofits that the donations actually occur before awarding its approval. Simon states, “Every food business should be donating its extra food.” For more information, visit FoodRecoveryCertified.org. Add warmth and character to your home with a beautiful, non-toxic rug

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Bamboo Bamboozle ‘Green’ Clothing Made with Toxic Chemicals Bamboo is rapidly renewable and requires few pesticides to grow. However, bamboo fabric manufacturing is a chemically intensive process that doesn’t provide clear and legitimate product labeling. Misleadingly using the terms eco-friendly and green becomes greenwashing when applied to items such as bamboo clothing. As the Fair Trade Commission describes the overall process, “Most bamboo textile products, if not all, are actually rayon, which typically is made using environmentally toxic chemicals. While different plants, including bamboo, can be used as a source material to create rayon, there’s no trace of the original plant in the finished rayon product.” This example points out the public vigilance required to secure more sustainable, environmentally friendly products. Third-party verification of all claims is recommended. Products made of the bamboo stalk itself, such as poles for furniture or planks for flooring, remain true to their naturally sustainable source. Source: Tinyurl.com/OrganicBambooFraud


ecotip Tweet Treats Trim a Tree, Feed the Birds From December 14 through January 5, citizen scientists of all ages will participate in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count (Tinyurl.com/AudubonChristmas Count), the country’s longest-running wildlife census. Audubon and other organizations use the data collected by volunteers to monitor population trends and guide conservation efforts. Whether or not families plan to help Audubon volunteers keep track of feathered visitors, they might consider providing backyard birds with gifts of food during the winter, when natural food sources can be scarce. Adorning outdoor trees with edible decorations can also help brighten landscapes, reduce kitchen scraps, creatively involve children in nature and make yards more bird-friendly.

Salvage citrus rinds for feeders. Poke holes along the edge of hollowed halves of grapefruit and orange peels and run twine through them so they can hang from a branch. Fill with bird seed or suet. Create ornaments from bread heels or stale loaves. After cutting out shapes with a cookie cutter, spread them with unsalted nut butter and cover with birdseed. Bagels, rice cakes and pinecones can be frosted and sprinkled in the same way. Avoid using anything moldy. For more colorful ornaments, hang orange and apple slices. Drape edible garland around tree branches. Thread unsalted popcorn (stale popcorn strings more easily), fresh cranberries, citrus slices, unshelled peanuts, dried apples or grapes into a garland. Use natural string, wool or raffia for hanging decorations. Wild Birds Unlimited suggests selecting these materials so they can be used by birds as nesting materials in the spring. Collect seed heads and berries to tuck among the branches. According to the National Wildlife Federation, good food sources include seed heads from flowers such as goldenrod, sunflower, coneflower, sumac and mullein; seed heads from grasses such as millet, wheat, foxtail and switchgrass; and berries on sprigs of holly, juniper, cedar, hawthorn and mountain ash. Make sure decorations are hung on a tree or shrub near a window so the whole family can enjoy watching the wildlife they attract.

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Opening Up to Miracles Gabrielle Bernstein on Creating More Happiness by April Thompson

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otivational speaker and bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein knows the gravitational pull of addiction firsthand. Although introduced to spiritual practices from an early age, she turned away from that upbringing in her 20s, pulled instead into a vortex of drugs, alcohol and unhealthy relationships while running a public relations firm promoting Manhattan nightclubs. After hitting rock bottom at age 25, Bernstein made the unwavering decision to seek spiritual help and change her life. The entrepreneurial young woman found her groove as a spiritual teacher, introducing millions to new ways of thinking and living through her books, lectures, blogs and videos. Her no-nonsense approach to spirituality and knack for making practices like meditation and prayer accessible to beginners and cynics have attracted a new generation of seekers. Bernstein’s latest book, Miracles Now:108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose, offers simple, yet powerful tips to short-circuit unhealthy thought patterns and take a shortcut to transformational change.

such unhealthy behaviors to the grave; what makes the difference? Often when we get caught in unhealthy behavior, we aren’t willing to ask for help. I think the reason I was able to leave those behaviors behind and create a new path was my willingness to live a different way. I was able to witness my life and see that it wasn’t working. It’s an ongoing process; I’ve been on my current path of turning to spiritual principles for many years, but I’m still constantly working to apply them throughout my moment-tomoment experiences.

Why do you reframe a miracle as simply a shift in perception? Shifting your perception and choosing again is a core principle from A Course in Miracles, a metaphysical text that I study and teach from. When you choose to reorganize your belief system and align it with a loving, forgiving perspective, rather than a fear-based reality, that’s when miracles can happen.

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How does meditation help create radical change? I think meditation is a key tool for health, happiness and well-being. It can help reorganize the nervous system, lower stress levels, calm the mind and recalibrate energy. It can help us experience more synchronicity in our lives and a greater sense of interconnectedness, as well. MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com

What do you struggle with the most and what personal miracle are you still trying to realize? I’m in constant conversation with myself over my thoughts and beliefs about judgment and separation. People are programmed by society to believe we are separate and to judge ourselves and others. My practice suggests a reinterpretation of that general belief system in order to perceive things differently. I also try to forgive limiting thoughts I was holding onto; for example, judging myself for not performing well at a lecture. Talking too much in conversations is a big challenge for me. A practice in my Miracles Now book called WAIT, for “Why am I talking?” reminds me to notice when I’m saying too much, commenting unnecessarily or not supporting the greater good.

How do you think about money, and has that proven helpful in broader terms? I believe that we have the power to attract healthier relationships in our financial circumstances in the same way that we have the power to attract healthier relationships with people in our lives. Some people think that you can’t both be spiritual and secure financial abundance; I think that’s nonsense. When you start to reorganize your beliefs around your self-worth and capacity to earn, and open up to your intuitive voice and the creative possibilities for earning, then your financial situation can change dramatically. I have lived that principle fully. I was brought up in a poverty mindset, but with a shift in perception, I was able to release my fears of financial insecurity.

Do you have a go-to practice that you reach for first when faced with a difficult situation? When I’m faced with a complicated situation or feeling powerless, I say a prayer in stillness. Such a practice asks through prayer and listens through meditation. It’s in that stillness that I can hear the voice of intuition and the voice of forgiveness, and love can come forward. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.


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SUN SALUTATIONS Sunrise Ranch’s David Karchere on spirituality, creativity, and his upcoming book, Becoming a Sun

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s the spiritual director of Loveland’s Sunrise Ranch and Emissaries of Divine Light, David Karchere has always been passionate about promoting positive change. Growing up in the ‘60s, he was heavily involved in the anti-Vietnam War movement. As a teenager, he led a 1,200-student march to speak at an anti-war rally in Connecticut. His love for public speaking grew from that experience, but, over the next 25 years, his tone began to change. “I came to understand that the problems in the world at large were also in me,” Karchere says. “The answers to those problems are also in me, and in all of humanity.” In 1994, he realized he was becoming a spiritual teacher, too. It signaled a major turning point in his life and his perspective. Karchere is a sincere believer in primal spirituality. His 19-month-old grandson inspired this view – innocent, pure, and free from social or emotional worries. Returning to this kind of existence, Karchere says, is key to a life of fulfillment and happiness.

Primal spirituality sparked the idea for Karchere’s book, Becoming a Sun. As the title suggests, Becoming a Sun seeks to help people get back in touch with their inner sun and reawaken to their identities as beings of love and light. The book draws parallels between the biblical seven days of creation and seven spiritual virtues: blessing, understanding, taking action, fulfilling mission, enlightened thought, courage and grace. Karchere sees the virtues as key players in life’s patterns of creation. Comprised of short essays and poetry, Becoming a Sun is more of a nightstand addition; Karchere suggests his readers cover one chapter or poem daily. The messages in Becoming a Sun span far beyond the book’s pages. Karchere facilitates several workshops a year at Sunrise Ranch, a retreat center, intentional community, and Karchere’s home since 2000. His workshops encompass many of the same ideas presented in the book and include practical techniques for attendees to rediscover their innate spirituality.

One such workshop is Change: Navigating Life Transitions, held in December and March at Sunrise Ranch. Karchere co-facilitates the workshop with Andrea Isaacs, a leader in psychology and Enneagram personality type research. The workshop targets those in the middle of major life changes, presenting tools and exercises to help people move gracefully through their challenges with themes such as personal empowerment, fulfillment and joy. Additionally, visit Sunriseranch. leadpages.net/gift for exclusive access to Karchere’s free webinar, “New Year, New Life,” on January 8. While Becoming a Sun is expected to be published soon, Karchere offers this excerpt: “Your world needs your light. Your wisdom. Your intelligence. Your vision. You have the ability to light up your world so that the people in it can see…Your world and the people in it need your light even more than they need your warmth. Your light is the eternal, shining truth you know in your bones. Never imposed, but made freely available wherever you are. Let your world see because of the light of the sun through you.” Elizabeth Fritzler writes for Sunrise Ranch in Loveland. She can be reached at elizabeth.fritzler@gmail.com. Learn more at DavidKarchere.com

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Sacred Activism Love in Action Can Change the World by Judith Fertig

England’s Oxford University and in the religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity, he now resides in Melbourne, Arkansas, where he’s founder and director of the Institute for Sacred Activism. The goal of his international travel is to bring concerned people together to proactively face global crises. Says Harvey, “Sacred activism is a fusion of two of the most powerful fires of the human psyche—the mystic’s passion for God and the activist’s passion for justice.”

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talked it over with my neighbor and we agreed to let them grow. This year, we had more monarchs than ever.” These two women might not realize it, but they had engaged in spiritual activism. They became aware of a problem, approached it with compassion, learned about the issue, realized life’s interdependence and committed themselves to positive action for a result that is good for all. It’s a process that Andrew Harvey first described in a 2005 talk he gave at the Santuario de Guadalupe, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that’s also reflected in his book, The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism. Born in India, educated at MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com

The Awakening – Progressing from concerned citizen to spiritual activist is a gradual process. It may begin with an issue to which one feels called. “Our life in the world is a continual call and response,” observes Kabir Helminski, of Santa Cruz, California. He authors and translates books on the Muslim Sufi tradition, which tends to have an open relationship with other religions, and is a core faculty member of the Spiritual Paths Institute, which encourages seekers to find the sacred traditions that speak to them. “Sometimes events are a waking dream calling for interpretation, and sometimes the heart is directly addressed from within,” says Helminski. Compassion – Once an event moves us, prayer can be a pathway that opens our hearts to compassion, according to Jagadish Dass, of Granada Hills, California. The healer and teacher wrote The Prayer Project: The 3-Minute, 3 Times a Day Solution for World Change, which encourages involvement with something bigger than ourselves. Dass maintains that praying for three minutes, three times a day, will help us transmute into expressing a quiet power. “As we take responsibility for our lives, a transformation occurs within,” he says. We begin to inspire others to also take up the cause of working for change and bringing more peace, joy and love to the world. Likewise, Harvey urges each of us to make a real commitment to daily spiritual practice on the road to spiritual activism. He suggests, “Start with a short prayer that aligns you with the pure deep love that is longing to


“When you put spirit and activism together, you realize that all actions are connected to spirit. It makes you think about your duty in every instance—from how you treat people throughout your day to how you treat the environment. It becomes a satisfying way of living.” ~ Carla Goldstein use you as its instrument in the world.” Options include prayers from many of the world’s spiritual traditions shared in Dass’ book; a free download is provided at StewardshipOfTheSoul.com. Interconnectedness – Just as everything in the universe is connected by the simple act of being, like-minded people can connect to do good in the world. Sacred activists pursuing their own spiritual paths need to work with others, according to Harvey. “They form empowering and encouraging networks of grace—beings of like heart, brought together by passion, skill and serendipity to pool energies, triumphs, griefs, hopes and resources of all kinds. When people of like mind and heart gather together, sometimes miraculously powerful synergy can result.” Harvey has found that groups of six to 12 people become the most efficient and productive, whether joined together through a profession (such as physicians on medical missions), a passion for animal rights or the environment, or a strong sense of social justice. Knowledge – Knowledge, both inward- and outward-seeking, is another key to doing good for all. Carla Goldstein, JD, chief external affairs officer at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, in Rhinebeck, New York, and cofounder of its Women’s Leadership Center, used her interest in women’s empowerment issues as a springboard to spiritual activism.

“For the first 20 years of my professional life, I focused on public policy and politics,” she says. “But something was missing in the rhetoric of taking care of each other.” Practicing yoga and meditation and receiving support during a personal health crisis prompted what she terms “an awakening understanding of a gap between personal change and systems change.” Goldstein came to question her own “rugged individualism” versus the interconnectedness she felt when people took care of her. “Can we actually move towards integrating these two ideals?” she asked herself. Knowledge about issues is readily available from experts and organizations that experts recommend; she observes, “The big question is: What is needed for us to be of help?” Sometimes listening and understanding can be powerful. Under the auspices of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, Goldstein invited women on both sides of the reproductive rights issue to meet in 2005. They had been part of the Public Conversations Project in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Massachusetts, begun after medical staff members were killed and wounded at an area women’s health clinic providing abortions in 1994. “Women from the divided community initially came together to tell their stories,” Goldstein relates. “Over time, they developed a deep love for each other. Nobody changed their positions,

but they did change how they interacted with one another.” They experienced a shift from emotional and verbal turbulence to, if not agreement, feelings of peace and understanding. Since then, the project has grown to facilitate such conversations in 38 states and 15 countries (PublicConversations.org). Positive Action – While many thorny issues take long-term, dedicated efforts to be resolved, others only need smaller individual or collaborative actions for positive outcomes. For Mark Nepo, a New York City poet, philosopher and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening, kindness is the force behind positive action, no matter how modest at first. “Kindness reveals kinship. It gives us connection to everything greater than us and everything else that is kind in the universe,” he says. “I think it’s powerfully effective, yet it’s such a small thing.” Nepo is active in Bread for the Journey, an international nonprofit that encourages community grassroots philanthropic projects that generate microgrants. One involved a small town in northern New Mexico that sought to improve the lives of local teenagers when the town’s elders wanted to open a youth center as a positive alternative to the drug scene. Just before the center was scheduled to open, the project ran out of money for required floodlights, so Bread for the Journey funded them and the center opened. “Within a few years, the whole culture shifted,” reports Nepo. This small contribution made a big difference to the whole community. Once awakened and nurtured, spiritual activism can become an omnipresent part of our lives. Says Goldstein, “When you put spirit and activism together, you realize that all actions are connected to spirit. It makes you think about your duty in every instance—from how you treat people throughout your day to how you treat the environment. It becomes a satisfying way of living.” Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS.

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hen clients walk into New York City’s Swing Salon, they may be surprised by what they don’t smell—the range of chemicals usually wafting around hair salons. That’s because the owners have decided to use only natural and organic products. While many people may assume that all salon hair and body treatments are regulated and safe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no authority to require companies to test cosmetic products for safety, due to loopholes in the Toxic Substances Control Act. So, people are being exposed to dangerous toxins through salon products like nail polish, hair color processors and hair straighteners. Be aware that while labels of overthe-counter body care products are required by law to list ingredients, with the exception of the chemical soup often hidden under the term “fragrance”, the loophole for salon products is large. Jamie Silberberger, with the Women’s Voices for the Earth’s National Healthy Nail & Beauty Salon Alliance, reports, “Products sold for professional use in spas and salons are not required to be labeled with ingredients.” Fortunately, healthy alternatives are available, either by patronizing a green salon or using natural beauty treatments at home. MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com

Hair Straighteners One salon treatment—Brazilian Blowout hair straightening—can continue to expose customers and salon workers to toxic fumes even months after application. It’s among the conventional straightening products that contain formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. “Exposure to formaldehyde doesn’t end with the treatment—the fumes are reactivated every time heat is applied to the hair,” says Jennifer Arce, a San Diego, California, salon worker who became sick after applying a single Brazilian Blowout treatment. “So, when a client who’s had a Brazilian Blowout done elsewhere comes into the salon to get a haircut or color and has her hair blowdried, flat-ironed, curled or processed under the hood dryer, the fumes that come out of her hair make me and several of my coworkers sick all over again.” Solution: Avoid chemical hair-straightening treatments. Sign on to the Women’s Voice for the Earth letter campaign petitioning the FDA to remove Brazilian Blowout from U.S. shelves by visiting Tinyurl.com/BanBrazilianBlowout.

Hair Dyes and Extensions About two-thirds of conventional hair dyes in the U.S. contain para-phenylenediamine (PPD), a chemical banned for use in such products in Germany, France


and Sweden. Exposure to PPD can cause allergic reactions ranging from skin irritation to death by anaphylactic shock, which happened to a teenager in 2010. When Spain’s University of Santiago de Compostela researchers conducted a metastudy examining the risk of cancer among hairdressers and related workers, all reported that employees had a higher risk of cancer than the general population. Hair extensions also warrant attention. Many adhesives used on extensions may contain 1,4 dioxane, listed as a probable carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and styrene, a neurotoxin and suspected endocrine disruptor. Solution: Look for a clean, green salon that uses natural hair color treatments free from synthetic chemicals, ammonia or PPD. Individuals can also order nontoxic organic color kits direct from EcoColors.net.

Nail Polish When getting a manicure or pedicure, beware of the toxic trio of dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene. Used to help nail products hold color, they’re linked to reproductive and development problems, plus dizziness and eye and lung irritation, according to the Environmental Working Group. Facing pressure from consumer groups and salon workers, some polish

companies are now producing so-called “nontoxic” nail polish, although their labels aren’t verifiable. California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control recently tested 25 nail polishes sold to salons, 12 of which claimed to be toluene-free, including seven said to be free of the toxic trio. The researchers found toluene in 10 of those, and one or more of the three ingredients in five out of the seven. Solution: Customers should bring their own safe nail polish and only patronize well-ventilated salons.

Find a Green Salon Many conventional body products like shampoos and massage oils contain a litany of ingredients that add to our chemical exposure. Ask questions to ensure all of a salon’s products are nontoxic or as low in toxicity as possible. For example, a large network of independently owned “concept salons” across America are connected with the Aveda Corporation (Aveda.com), a national leader in developing hair and body products that are free from the most dangerous ingredients. More than 90 percent of Aveda’s essential oils and 89 percent of its raw herbal ingredients are certified organic.

Also look for members of the Green Spa Network, a nationwide coalition of spas that pledge to be energy efficient and sustainable in all of their practices (GreenSpaNetwork.org). If a green salon hasn’t yet arrived locally, bring nontoxic products for appointments and ask the stylist to use them. Visit the Skin Deep Database at ewg.org/skindeep to find the least-toxic products for at-home use. Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist is a freelance writer in Tucson, Arizona.

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he holiday season is ripe with an array of spiritual, cultural and family rituals. We celebrate, reflect, give gifts and, of course, feast. Fortunately, the media also teems with tips on how to avoid high-calorie holiday goodies, says Dr. Michelle May, author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. For our diet-driven culture to resolve its struggle with food, she says we must learn to honor its intrinsic value. Ritualized eating can help; a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that engaging in food rituals evokes mindfulness that enhances the enjoyment of eating.

Pause Hunger, the body’s fuel gauge, manifests in physical symptoms like a growling stomach or low blood sugar, says May, citing a useful analogy. “You wouldn’t drive around and pull into every gas station you see; you’d check your fuel gauge first. Before filling up with food, pause and check your fuel gauge. Am I actually hungry, or is this desire coming from something else?” May suggests practicing FEAST-ing: First, focus on physical sensations, thoughts and emotions; perhaps we’re thirsty, rather than hungry, rationalizing that holiday foods are special, or feeling stressed or lonely. Next, explore why the feelings or thoughts are present, and then accept them without judgment. Strategize ways of satisfying the need and take a small step toward change.

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Canada, suggests creating a food diary of traditions to reinforce a connection with the past and support a holiday food legacy for the future. Ask grandparents about their childhood culinary memories, peruse family recipe books or discover new dishes that honor everyone’s ethnic heritage. Then create an heirloom holiday cookbook with handwritten recipes arranged alongside favorite photos and stories.

Savor Complex preparations for a major holiday can provoke anxiety and impatience, and likewise, feelings of longing or disappointment when it’s over. Sarah Ban Breathnach, bestselling author of Simple Abundance and Peace and Plenty, recommends allowing Christmastide to unfold at its own pace and celebrating all of December with a homemade Advent calendar. Craft a tree-shaped tower of tiny boxes or a garland of burlap mini-bags clipped with clothespins. Place an almond covered in organic dark chocolate in each container and use the treat as a daily mini-meditation. “Drop into the present moment, fully savor the luxurious, small bite and experience the pleasure of eating,” suggests May. Consider it symbolic of the season’s sweetness.

Connect “Food connects us with one another, our heritage and our culture,” says May. Heather Evans, Ph.D., a Queen’s University professor and a holiday culinary history expert in Ontario, MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com

According to pagan philosophy, sharing seasonal food with loved ones during the winter solstice on December 21 symbolizes the shared trust that warmth and sunlight will return. Eating warm foods provides physical comfort and eating seasonally and locally connects us to the Earth, observes May. Sync body and spirit with the season by stewing root vegetables, baking breads, sipping hot cider and tea, and nibbling on nuts and dried fruits. “The repetition of predictable foods is reassuring,” remarks Evans, and it celebrates nature’s transitions.

Play Stir-Up Sunday is a Victorian amusement filled with fun, mystery and mindfulness, says Ban Breathnach. Some December Sunday, have each family member help stir the batter of a special Christmas cake while stating a personal new year’s intention. Drop a clean coin, bean or trinket into the mix and bake. Serve it with a sprig of holly on Christmas Day, and the person with the piece containing the lucky charm will be rewarded with a prosperous, wholesome and positive new year, according to tradition. Evans remarks, “This is a wonderful ritual for nurturing the health and spirit of the family.”

Give Boxing Day offers something far more meaningful to celebrate than postholiday sales. Originating as a tradition that thrived during the 19th century, “December 26 was a chance for landowners and homeowners to give back to household staff and local tradespeople,” says Evans. “It’s a tradition worth reviving to pause, reflect on our own good fortune and contribute to others’ comfort.”


Consider serving a meal at a local soup kitchen, collecting items for a food drive or offering a box of healthy culinary treats to community stewards at a fire station, post office or library. On Christmas Day, says Ban Breathnach, “Our kids have the world lying at their feet.� Boxing Day, she says, provides a natural transition to reach out in charity. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at DiscoveringHomemaking.com.

    

A Revitalizing Ritual for the New Year Start the new year with a tabula rasa (clean slate) by hosting a New Year’s Eve Good Riddance Tea Party. Gather family and friends over warm ginger tea, spiced apple cider, hot chocolate and festive finger foods. Guests write down on slips of paper any mistakes, disappointments, regrets, hurts or failings they wish to be forgiven or forgotten. One by one, put them into a crackling fireplace or bonfire to symbolize surrendering of the past. “This ties the heart strings in a comforting bow,� comments author Sarah Ban Breathnach. Then, inscribe fresh intentions for the year to come and tuck them away in a special place. “This is the most mystical part, because so many prayers get answered,� Ban Breathnach says. Lastly, toast the new year with optimism and joy.

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hile some people find repetitious workouts boring, others like doing predictable routines at regular locations. Ensuring that our fitness regimen jives with our “fitness personality� is integral to making exercise a consistent part of our lifestyle, a concept that has traction among exercise experts. Jonathan Niednagel, founder and director of The Brain Type Institute, in Mountain Home, Arkansas, and an athletic consultant for professional teams, explains in his book, Your Key to Sports Success, that understanding our inborn brain type can help us to determine which sport is best suited to motivate us. In Suzanne Brue’s book, The 8 Colors of Fitness, she applies principles from the Myers-Briggs personality inventory to help readers develop a personalized exercise program.

       

Susan Davis-Ali, Ph.D., in St. Paul, Minnesota, a professional coach for working women, created a Fitness Interest Profile survey for the Life Time Fitness health club chain. She points to research that suggests people that engage in activities appropriate for their personalities enjoy their workouts more and are likely to stay with them longer. Identifying our fitness personality can help us find a program that suits our rhythms and interests. Based on composites from growing research, here are six categories that assess and capture the way we may feel about exercise; more than one can apply to any individual. Disciplined and driven. This is an image to which many of us may aspire, even though not everyone fits the mold. These exercisers are self-motivated and goal-oriented. Commitment and consistency go hand-in-hand. They like to use devices to track progress, maintain a training log and/or work with a personal trainer in systematic workouts geared to measure improvement. Disciplined types are often early risers; starting the day with regular exercise is second nature. Compatible fitness regimens include cardio workouts, interval and weight training, running, swimming and martial arts. Relishes routine. While these folks are disciplined and driven in some ways, they tend to be more relaxed about regimens. The key to success here is consistency. They like order and familiarity in exercise settings and practice and may enjoy reading or watching a screen during workouts. Whatever the preferred approach, whether it’s a favorite training video, Wii Fit video game, favorite teacher or memorized Pilates moves, these exercisers like to stick with it, even

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working out at the same time every day—often first thing in the morning or after work—finding that regularity can be habit-forming. Conscious contemplative. Reflective individuals enjoy quiet, solo activities like long-distance running, biking, hiking and swimming, that allow opportunities to look inward, often without thinking too much about the physical details. Exercise offers a chance to clear the mind and renew the spirit while strengthening the body. These types naturally gravitate to outdoor pursuits, but some indoor practices may also suit them, like yoga, Pilates, tai chi or even karate, which incorporate a strong mind-body component. Workouts are often soothing, rather than intense. Plays well with others. For many people, exercise is best enjoyed with others, combining the social and fitness benefits of both. Connections and camaraderie get them off the couch, revved up and ready to go. Whether it’s a committed group of friends chatting during water aerobics or a high-powered cardio class that compares notes, motivation comes primarily from the presence—and accountability factor—of others. A lunch-hour class at a nearby studio or gym may be a fun break in the workday. On weekends, consider golf, tennis, dance or a local recreation team. Compulsive competitor. While the communal aspect is appealing, the greater gratification for this type comes through the thrill and challenge of com-

petition. Trying to win is the great motivator, unlike driven and disciplined types that are happy to push through to their personal best. Team sports are a natural outlet, including soccer, rugby, lacrosse, basketball or swimming, plus disc golf, tennis or racquetball matches and running events. Avid for adventure. It’s tough for any formal exercise program to keep the attention of adventurers. They crave freshness and spontaneity in fitness venues, activities that engage their interest and animate enthusiasm. It’s crucial for adventurous types to mix things up and not rely on any one exercise practice. Outdoor endeavors such as snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, inline skating or mountain biking have appeal. They may gravitate to the variables of Nia, Zumba’s high-energy Latin dance groove, kickboxing, exercise balls or hot yoga. A midday exercise escape can break the work routine. Their key to keeping active is to keep things stimulating. Wendy Worrall Redal blogs at Gaiam Life (Life.Gaiam.com), from which this was adapted.

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TUESDAY DEC 2 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45 pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave. Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@yogaofthemind.com Feeling stressed by the Holidays?–6-7pm. Learn about Higher Brain Living, see stress being released from the body in a live demo. Higher Brain Living University Hills, 2696 S. Colorado Blvd Ste 440 CHASE Bank Bldg, Denver. Lucy 720339-3990 or Lucy@higherbrainlivingUHills.com Oneness Blessing Deeksha and Meditation Northwest Denver/Arvada–7-9pm. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com Denver Meditation and Metaphysics Meetup Group w/Tami Harms–7-9pm. Also 12/16. Different presenters bring a personal approach to metaphysics w/correlating meditation. Suggested $5. Meetup.com/Meditation-AndMetaphysics-Denver. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com

WEDNESDAY DEC 3 Pendulum Dowsing for Doubters–6:30-8:30pm. Wed nights, December 3, 10, 17; January 3, 14, 21,

28. Working with Master Dowser Karen Rice King! $333 also incl Richard Webster’s latest book! Boulder, 22nd & Pearl.RSVP; space limited. Karen 303-6650175 or Karen@karenriceking.com. 5 Rhythms Inspired Community Dance–6:307:30pm. Also 12/17. Dance freely to great music held in 5 rhythms: flow, staccato, chaos, lyrical, stillness. Suggested first class $6; drop-in $12. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer. info@taspens.com or 303-816-0429

FRIDAY DEC 5 Santa Paws @ the Care Society–Noon-5pm &Sat 9am-4:30pm. Bake sale, raffle, and holiday bazaar. All proceeds benefit our no kill shelter cats. Donations welcome. Cat Care Society 5787 W. Sixth Ave Lakewood 303-239-9680 Catcaresociety.org

SUNDAY DEC 7 Reiki Level 1–12:30-1:30pm. Learn the basics of the chakras, how to protect your energetic system if you are empathic, and how to let go of ego! $180. No pre-reqs! Body Mind Energy Center 1221 S. Clarkson St. #205 Denver. Reece 720-276-6118 pompilatesdenver@gmail.com Non-Denominational Spiritual Service–1:30pm. Meditation and a spiritual message on 1st Sunday ea month. Free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe St, Denver. 303-2829439 or InnerConnection.org.

Change: Navigating Life Transitions–thru 5/6. Make sense of life transitions in this course by opening a gateway to the next you. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. RSVP Sunriseranch. org/change-navigating-life-transitions-winter-2014.

Give the Gift of Health w/Qigong–10-11:30am. Learn basic qigong to increase wellness, and remain calm this season. All levels welcome. Limited to 7. $20. People House 3035 W. 25th Ave Denver. Julie 720-395-3524 or heartcenteredhealing@hotmail.com

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First Saturday Wellness Fair–10am-4pm. Healthy food, drinks & mini sessions. Facials, Crystal Bed Sessions, Body & Animal Talk, Herbal Consults, Ion Detox, Sound Healing & more. Enter to win FREE Products & Sessions! Call now to reserve free admission. All sessions $1/min! Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer. 303816-0429 or info@taspens.com

Enlighten Your Holidays with Playful Creation– 2-5pm.Leave with clear intentions, an uplifted spirit and a homemade creation! Materials provided. Suggested $35. Unity Longmont Spiritual Center, 1351 Lincoln St., Longmont. RSVP req’d by 12/3 to davamoney@gmail. com or 720-438-8777. UnityLongmont.org

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Holiday Herbal Gifts–11:30am-1:30pm. Make a fun variety of DIY, herb-themed gifts incl infused vodkas, herb and grain back/neck pillows and men’s aftershave. $53/member; $58/nonmember. Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St Denver. RSVP 720-865-3580 or Registrar@botanicgardens.org

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TUESDAY DEC 9 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@ yogaofthemind.com.

savethedate THE STUDIO NOVA HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Sunday, December 14th from 2-5pm Free Event at The Studio Nova! Join us in our holiday celebration. Tour the studio; check out our upcoming classes & events for body, mind and spirit; bring your friends to create a “Happy Holidays” message in the Video Booth or claim a chair massage. We’re hanging the disco ball and you know what that means! 6464 W. 14th Ave, Lakewood, 303-747-7871, TheStudioNova.com

FREE Trust Your Intuition class–7:15-8:30 pm. Get ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? Learn how to easily hear your intuition. David 303-668-2358, davids@yogaofthemind.com

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Be Grounded & Centered–6:30-9 pm. Eliminate worry and stress for people with “busy minds” and if you work in an intense people professions. $33. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, #103, Denver. David Stevens, 303-668-2358, davids@yogaofthemind.com. Holiday Meetup for Soulful Couples and Singles– 7-9pm. Make this a special night out with your partner or friends. $15 incl dinner/drinks. BEACONS Community, 2630 E 3rd Ave. Denver. Jim and Ruth Sharon 303-796-7004, ruthsharon@energyforlife.us

THURSDAY DEC 11 Guided Meditation; You Are Special!–78pm. Look at and eliminate root causes for anxieties or uncertainties; learn techniques to continue the healing process. Pre-pay $10, $12 door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita 720-413-7303, journeywithin@hotmail.com

FRIDAY DEC 12 Trance Medium Healing Clinic–Appts begin 7:05 pm. Healings facilitate re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Involves channeling, energy readings, and intense clearing. Bring questions. $20/25mins. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. Schedule 303-282-9439 Community Drum Circle–7-9pm. Bring food to share and drums, rattles, flutes and other instruments for an evening of Loving Shamanic Sound and Vibrational Expansion. Suggested $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com. Guided Chakra Clearing Sound Healing Meditation–6:30-7:30pm. Also 12/26. Journey into deep superconscious states through the experience of powerful vibrations. Suggested $11. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer. RSVP Ananda@taspens.com, 720-207-7100 Healing Chant Retreat at Sunrise Ranch–thru 12/13. Learn to use your voice to deepen your spiritual communion and develop your understanding and practice of sacred chant. Led by David Karchere. $197 (meals incl; accomm xtra). RSVP Sunriseranch.org/healing-chant

SAVE THE DATES!!! Offering empowering options for living in a new conscious world! Coming to the National Western Complex in Denver, two days of exhibitors, vendors, and speakers featuring Free Energy, Alternative/Complimentary Health, Healthy Food & Gardening, Wealth Building, Sustainability and Conscious/Creative Living. For more info contact Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. www.J4CL.com or go to www.evolveexpo.com

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Yoga & Pilates Classes–9:30am. Stretch your spirit with us! All classes at Shanti Studio donation based! Suggested 1st class: $6; drop-in $12. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer. info@taspens.com or 303-816-0429

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 Service in the Dome–11am-12:15pm. Followed by an Attunement circle and lunch in the Pavilion dining room. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. More info SunriseRanch.org. Meditations for a Happy Life–10:30-Noon; every Wed 7-8:30pm. Learn how to apply Buddhist meditation to develop inner peace and harmony. $10; $8 students/military/ seniors. Kadampa Meditation Center, 1081 Marion St., Denver. 303-813 9551, info@meditationincolorado.org

tuesdays Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave. 80203. David 303-668-2358, davids@yogaofthemind.com 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 720-494-0368

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Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–6pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101

Aura Photos/Interpretation–Noon-4pm.Each aura is unique to an individual and reflects what is happening for them on a mental, emotional, and spiritual level. $20 Body Mind Energy Center 1221 S Clarkson St. #205 Denver. Reece 720-276-6118, pompilatesdenver@gmail.com

Pilates Foundation Mat Class–Noon-1pm. Intro to basic Pilates principals, proper breathing from core, correct posture/alignment, initiate the deep abdominal muscles. $15 drop in/pkgs avail. Body Mind Energy Center 1221 S. Clarkson St. #205 Denver. RSVP Marisa pompilatesdenver@gmail.com, 303-525-7491

Living from the Heart Study Group–6:308:30pm.Living from the heart changed my life! Led by two spiritual luminaries who experienced a profound spiritual awakening, the study group is a discourse on how living from the heart can unfold your own inner awareness of “who I am” and the deeper the meaning of life. Love offering. The Center for Living from the Heart meeting room, Denver. Call Val at 303-339-0807 or visit www.meetup.com/ Living-From-The-Heart-Study-Group/ Power Hatha Flow with Meditation–5:30-6:45pm. Brian Jensen guides you through an intermed/adv Vinyasa flow w/meditation.$15 drop in/pkgs avail. Body Mind Energy Center 1221 S. Clarkson St. #205 Denver. RSVP Marisa pompilatesdenver@ gmail.com, 303-525-7491 Free Energy Healings; Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is like an “energy car wash” that releases negative energy to create the life you desire. Free. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita 720-413-7303

thursdays Gentle Bhakti Flow Yoga–9:30-11am. Lecture, mantra, asana & meditation. Group chanting. Ends w/45 min gentle vinyasa. Suggested 1st class: $6; drop-in $12. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer. info@taspens.com or 303-816-0429 Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In between 6-7pm. Receive a 10 minute cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. FREE. BoulderPsychicInstitute.org. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920. Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. FREE. BoulderPsychicInstitute.org 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920.

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SUNDAY DEC 14 FREE Trust Your Intuition Class–1:30-3pm. Ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? Learn how to easily hear your intuition. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. First Ave, #103, Denver. David 303-668-2358 or davids@yogaofthemind.com Free Energy Clearings–Noon-1:15 pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358 or davids@yogaofthemind.com

MONDAY DEC 15 Channeled Healing w/Archangel Michael– 7-8pm.Ask Archangel Michael to help with physical healings, direction in life purpose, courage, strength and protection. Pre-pay $10, $12 Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita 720-4137303, journeywithin@hotmail.com Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert–7-8:30pm. Also 12/16 & 17.Celebrate the season to help you relax and get away from all of the holiday stress. $12/ members; $15/nonmembers Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St Denver. Registrar@botanicgardens.org, 720-865-3580

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Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45 pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1 st Ave. Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358, davids@yogaofthemind.com

THURSDAY DEC 18 Guided Meditation; Honoring the Light Within You–7-8pm. Release unhealthy habits, stagnant energies, and old baggage that are no longer beneficial to us. Voice interpreted in ASL. Pre-pay $10, $12 Door Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita 720-4137303, journeywithin@hotmail.com

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New Moon Gathering–Drumming/Journey Circle meets 3rd Thurs eve ea month, Lafayette. Join the Meetup group, SPIRIT EARTH MEDICINE WHEEL for announcements about this circle and any shamanic trainings. Karen@karenriceking.com or 303-665-0175.

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Winter Solstice Healthy Habits and Herbs for the Holidays–1-3pm. Make this season one of self-love and herbal indulgences with this healthy hands-on workshop. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd #F-1, Boulder. $10. RSVP Kodiak.ambrosia@gmail.com

TUESDAY DEC 23 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45 pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave. Denver. David 303-668-2358, davids@yogaofthemind.com

WEDNESDAY DEC 24 Candlelighting Service–7pm. An inspiringly beautiful service combining the Christmas story with practical and applicable messages it has for our lives today. Glorious Christmas music. Love offering. Unity of Littleton, 7899 S Lincoln Ct, Littleton. Unitylittleton. org or 303-798-2295 A Metaphysical Christmas–5pm. A deeper meaning of the Christmas story emerges when the timeless, metaphysical symbolism is applied to traditional Christmas scripture w/ carols and candle lighting. Love Offering. Living Water Spiritual Community, 7401 W. 59th Ave, Arvada. David Ridge, 720-9353999, Livingwaterunity@comcast.net , Livingwaterunity.org, Facebook.com/Living.Water.Spiritual. Community Christmas Eve Candlelighting Service–6:30pm. Traditional Christmas Candelighting service. Love offering. Unity on the Avenue, 4670 E. 17th Ave Pkwy, Denver. Unityontheavenue.org, Unityontheavenue@gmail.com.

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SUNDAY DEC 28 Guided Meditation; Creating Your New Year–1-2 pm. Let go of 2014 as well as taking the time to set your intentions YOU desire for your 2015. Pre-pay $10, $12 Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita 720-413-7303, journeywithin@hotmail.com

MONDAY DEC 29 Meditation and Intention-setting Workshop–6:308pm. Close the book on 2014 and create your year ahead. Learn energy management tools to take with you and use anytime. $45. Harmony Yoga, 560 S Holly St, #15, Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org. Guided Meditation; Creating Your New Year–7-8 pm. Let go of 2014 as well as taking the time to set your intentions YOU desire for your 2015. Pre-pay $10, $12 Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita 720-413-7303, journeywithin@hotmail.com

TUESDAY DEC 30 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@yogaofthemind.com

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looking ahead 2014 JANUARY 6 A Basic Meditation 5-Weeks–7-9pm Tuesdays. Meet your Guardian Angel or Spirit Guide. Let go of negativity and make room for the positive. Early $165, Reg $180. Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita 720-413-7303, journeywithin@hotmail.com

JANUARY 7 A Simpler Way to Reading the Tarot–7-9pm. 4 wks. Learn to use the reading mat, review suites and court cards. Tarot reading mat incl. Bring own tarot cards or purchase a Rider Waite deck. $130. RSVP Rochelle 303-549-6502, rochellef@yogaofthemind.com

JANUARY 8 FREE Intro to Transformational Meditation course–7-9 pm. Also on 1/11 1:30-3 pm. Create and manifest in your inner world to produce powerful results in the outer world. Meditation course starts 1/15, 5 wks, 7-8:30pm, $150. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E First Ave, Denver. RSVP David 303-668-2358.

JANUARY 21 Attunement Training at Sunrise Ranch–thru 1/24 Learn an energy medicine practice that assists people to access the healing power within. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. RSVP Sunriseranch.org/attunement

JANUARY 26 Become the Healer & Intuitive you were Born to Be–7-9pm; 9 wks. Group meditation to explore and develop your healing and intuitive abilities. $222. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. First Ave, #103, Denver. David 303-668-2358.

JANUARY 28 Herbs and Hospice: Easing the End of Life Transition with Plant Medicine–6-8pm. Learn palliative herbal preparations, flower essences, aromatherapy, and historically sacred herbs in burial. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont Rd #F-1 Boulder. $20. RSVP jennrebobrien@gmail.com

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GET INVOLVED Sleep Study: Karen Rice King, Master Dowser, is conducting a scientific sleep study to determine whether Earth Acupuncture can reduce the stress that causes sleep disturbances. Just as medical acupuncture balances your body’s meridians, Earth Acupuncture balances your property and home. To find out if you qualify to participate in this study, contact Karen@karenriceking.com or call 303-665-0175.

HEALTHY PRODUCTS/SERVICES Fight Infectious Diseases Naturally: Fight today’s infectious diseases with therapeutic essential oils known for their anti-viral/bacterial properties. The Home Defense Kit contains 10 different oils. www.trygodesana.com or 504-475-3754. 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. Donation-Based Wellness Coach: Julia Boin uses a restorative mind-body approach in wellness to help you discover sustainable long-term solutions to your health & weight loss. www.nourishessentialwellness.com or 719-459-9276 Energy-Based Chiropractor: Dr Rob Smigelski, DC, focuses on the mindbody-spirit connection and specializes in helping patients with autoimmune and brain-based difficulties. Symptoms of these difficulties can include brain fog, memory loss, low energy, insomnia, chronic pain and poor concentration. No painful popping/cracking; health and holistic wellness from an integrated approach. Lafayette and Denver. 720-381-8561 or drsmigelski@gmail.com.

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communityresourceguide BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY ROOTS MEDICAL with TRACY WOLFE Family Nurse Practitioner 8801 E Hampden Ave, Ste 110, Denver info@rootsmedical.net / 303-481-8079 Women – tired of hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, and mood swings? Men – are you suffering from lack of energy, belly fat, loss of muscle mass, and mood changes? Hormones become imbalanced in men and women with age. Bio-identical hormones, which have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced in the body, have actually been shown to have a protective effect against some diseases. Call us today to get back to feeling like your younger self! See ad page 15.

CONSCIOUS EVENTS AND SPEAKERS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 J4CL.com Discover and develop a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL) 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. J4CL invites you to co-create opportunities, collaboration and communities for individuals and businesses to reach their full, highest potential, while experiencing love, joy and transformation. See ad page 12.

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December Spotlight STUDIO Z DENTAL Tom Zyvoloski DDS Aesthetic Excellence and Holistic Family Care 818 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 100, Louisville 303-666-7110 StudioZDental.com If you’re the type of person who cares enough about your body to shop for organic produce, why not give the same thought to your dental health? At Studio Z Dental, we use only the safest, most natural products with each of our clients. Curious about mercury safe dentistry? Check out our videos at www.studiozdental.com/videos.

SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL Scott Stewart, DDS & Certified Naturopathic Dentist 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood 303-988-4338 LakewoodLaserDentist.com Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offering mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Numerous studies have found amalgam (50% mercury) to be a substantial source of exposure to mercury vapor, which has potentially hazardous side effects to your health. 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. Call today for a radical improvement in your health. See ad page 7.

VIBRANCE DENTISTRY with DR. CATE VIEREGGER 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 VibranceDentistry.com Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. At Vibrance Dentistry, we believe that oral healthcare should be a pleasant and relaxing experience. 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 19.

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ENERGY HEALING/ MEDITATION JOURNEY WITHIN with ANITA DESTINO Inside Irongate Execute Plaza, Belmar area 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood 720-413-7303 AnitaDestino.com A safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, Journey Within helps you focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. Give to yourself with Free Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for a Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone. Reconnective Healing with Mary Beth Kennedy. Transform your body, mind and soul! See full listing under Consciousness Shift.

FAMILY PRACTICE ROOTS MEDICAL with TRACY WOLFE Family Nurse Practitioner 8801 E Hampden Ave, Ste 110, Denver info@rootsmedical.net / 303-481-8079 If you are looking for a personalized healthcare program that uses a combination of holistic and traditional care, you will love Tracy Wolfe. She is approachable and trustworthy and helps to educate you to take charge of your health by identifying lifestyle factors that are helping and hurting you. Then you both devise a plan based on those findings and you decide what works for you. See ad page 15.

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