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he universe is based on love, but if we have no love in ourselves, the universe will be shut off from us. We will spend our lives triumphantly declaring that the spiritual world doesn’t exist because we have failed to awaken the love in ourselves that alone will render this most obvious of facts visible to us. You cannot come to truth dishonestly. You cannot come to it telling lies to yourself, or to others. You cannot come bringing only a superficial sliver of yourself, while your larger, deeper self is left behind. If you want to see all of heaven, you have to bring all of yourself, or else just stay home.” – Eben Alexander, “Map of Heaven” It’s no secret that we are experiencing unprecedented political and social upheaval. There is anger, opposition, blame, judgement. Sore winners and sore losers. A time of recessive Grace. Maybe, in the face of all this suffering, it’s time to remember, reconnect and REJOICE with that which extends Love and Joy!

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ile High Natural Awakenings is now accepting advertising for the 5th Annual January Healthy Living Directory issue. The Directory includes products, services and practitioners of nearly every modality as well as informative articles and special events for 2017. It is distributed as the January issue, and then complements the regular monthly themed issues during the year. It is available at over 1000 locations between Parker and Longmont, as well as online. Final deadline is December 10th. Easy forms are available online, and pricing has not changed; only $99 for a listing which includes photo, contact information and 75 words about how you can benefit Mile High Natural Awakenings readers. Various rates apply for larger display ads; editorial space offered for advertisers only. For more information, rates and lively conversation, please call 303-770-1981 or email “Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have” By Roger Housden

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or nine years, Paula Robbins has focused primarily on transpersonal hypnotherapy with a full line of guided meditations and self-hypnosis recordings. She is now adding essential oils and nutritional coaching to her practice. Paula works with emotional difficulties such as trauma, depression, anxiety, obesity and addiction with techniques such as Cellular Release Therapy, Regression Therapy, Spirit Releasement, Etheric Plane Communication and distant/remote healing. “With the focus on emotional and spiritual wellbeing requiring a balance of physical and mental vitality, I’ve gained a great deal of knowledge about the balance of body, mind and spirit health and the critical nature of supporting all three for the purpose of truly living your ideal life,” she says. “With these added products and services, clients can find a wealth of support that they can put to practice in their everyday lives, so they can escalate their healing in an impactful and realist way that suites their lifestyle, future and helps them to serve others by example!” For more information contact Paula at 303-921-1473 or See listing page 32. See ad page 15.

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rangiosa Farms and Colorado Hemp Honey are proud to announce their newest healing infusion flavor “Ginger Snap.” As beekeepers in Parker, Frangiosa Farms combines their own raw honey with organic essential oils of Ginger and full spectrum, cannabinoid rich hemp extracts. Ginger is known for helping with nausea, muscle soreness and calming. Colorado Hemp Honey is available in 12oz jars and 10pack “Chill Sticks” with Ginger Snap as well as Mandarin Magic, Lemon Aid and Natural. Founded in 2008 by Nick French, the company’s mission is to save bees, help Veterans and provide people with an alternative to over-the-counter sleep and anxiety aids or opiates for pain. They partner with Veterans to Farmers, an organization helping returning Veterans to Colorado to learn organic farming practices. Frangiosa Farms also conducts seminars and backyard beekeeping classes to educate on the plight of the bee population. Free shipping on orders over $50. For more information, contact Nick French at or 303-506-9936. See ad page 15.


n 2009, Roger Housden was detained by the Iranian Intelligence Service under suspicion of being a spy. He was actually researching a book. After two days of interrogation, he realized he was helpless, and had to give up and allow whatever was going to happen, happen. I won’t spoil the surprise; suffice to say Housden’s identity shift was both humbling and profound. Housden’s new book “Dropping the Struggle” is an interesting and wellwritten read which explains that one of the most important skills you can use to elevate your life to a new level is non-resistance. We cause our own pain when we resist the truth of what is. The book addresses the most common ways we struggle - to be special, for a perfect life, for love, meaning and purpose, with time and change and to know – and how to stop so that we may find peace within. Populated with really great quotes and poems, along with Housden’s insights and experiences, makes it a great source for reflection. “Struggle will never get us the things we want most – love; meaning; presence; freedom from anxiety over the past and future; contentment with ourselves exactly as we are, imperfections and all; the acceptance of our mortality because these things lie outside the ego’s domain,” writes Housden. “For these, we need another way. That way begins and ends in surrender, in letting go of our resistance to life as it presents itself.”

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rom December 14th to the 19th, Ladamira, a ninth generation Siberian shaman and spiritual healer, will visit various wellness centers, yoga studios and spiritual centers in Denver and Boulder. During her visit, Ladamira will offer free talks, energy protection workshops, displays of super abilities, trance dances, connection with family lineage and a New Year’s blessing hike and ritual. Siberia is the birthplace of an ancient form of healing known as Siberian Shamanism. Many researchers believe that this form of shamanism is among the first on the planet. Siberian shamanism connects audiences to the natural harmony in their world, their bodies and spirit with techniques that include music, drumming, singing, ceremonies and experiences in nature. For 20 years, Ladamira has practiced her craft of connecting female wisdom with shamanic traditions to provide transformative spiritual healing. She combines intuition with inherited knowledge of ancient shamanic practices and way of life to help empower people to lead a more wholehearted life. Connect with Ladamira by checking the details of her visits in the Calendar Listings or call Beth at 808-208-3404.


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oin Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D., RYT (E-500) Jan 20-22 at the Colorado School for Clinical Herbalism in Boulder for a three-day introductory workshop on fundamental principles and treatment options in Ayurveda. Topics include: Ayurvedic definitions of health, causes and symptoms of imbalances, development of disease, assessment of constitution (prakriti) and imbalances (vikrti) including symptomology, pulse, and tongue diagnosis. A beginning understanding of the basic healing modalities of the Ayurvedic medicine toolkit will be presented, including: lifestyle, diet, therapeutic Yoga, panchakarma, and properties and uses of 30 Ayurvedic herbs. Dr. Buhrman is a National Ayurvedic Medical Association-recognized Ayurvedic Medicine practitioner and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists who has been in private practice since 1986. She says, “Ayurvedic ideas of the human body and its health provided the basis for the Yoga system known as Hatha Yoga.” The full text of Dr Buhrman’s article “Using Yoga for Healing: The Ayurvedic Basis of Hatha Yoga Practices” can be found online at, or Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Ste F-1, Boulder. For more information, contact Dr Buhrman at 303-443-6923 or call CSCH at 720-406-8609 to register. See ad page 11.

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ed Tail Wellness Center in Boulder now offers Neurofeedback, an alternative and therapeutic approach to manage symptoms of stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression, PTSD, Sensory Integration disorder, ADHD and concussion. “Neurofeedback is a brain-based training which can modify brainwave patterns and restore them to their natural balanced state offering life-changing relief,” says Dr Ian Hollaman. “Where medications only manage the symptoms, the goal of neurofeedback is to address the underlying cause and restore normal brain wave functions safely and naturally. After brain training, patients often report positive changes in mood, patience, motivation, sleep, stress levels and stability.” To schedule your consultation, call 303-882-8447. Red Tail Wellness Centers, 4520 N Broadway C, Boulder. See ad pages 3 and 15.

healthbriefs Fracking Linked to Asthma Attacks


esearchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health have found that individuals living close to a natural gas hydraulic fracking site have a significantly higher occurrence of asthma attacks. The study examined health records from the Geisinger Health System, a healthcare provider in Pennsylvania, where the fracking industry has experienced incredible growth of more than 9.000 natural gas wells in the past decade. The records of more than 35,000 Geisinger asthma patients between the ages of 5 and 90 were studied between 2005 and 2012. Patients that reported attacks were mapped and studied in relation to the fracking well locations, and the results compared with other patients not reporting attacks in the same year. The researchers discovered that those that lived in close proximity to multiple or larger active natural gas wells were 1.5 to four times more likely to experience asthma attacks. Brian S. Schwartz, a medical doctor and a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Services at the Bloomberg School, in Baltimore, Maryland, was the senior author of the study. He states, “We are concerned with the growing number of studies that have observed health effects associated with this industry. We believe it’s time to take a more cautious approach to [fracking] well development with an eye on environmental and public health impacts.”



Bright Lights Encourage Healthy Eating


esearch published in the Journal of Marketing Research links bright light to healthier food choices. The study observed 160 diners at four separate metropolitan locations of a chain dinner restaurant between 6 and 8 p.m. Two of the restaurants used bright lighting (250 lux luminance) and the other two locations had dim lighting (25 lux luminance). The researchers found that diners at the well-lit locations were more likely to choose healthy options such as baked or grilled fish and chicken than the patrons at the dimly lit restaurants. These results were replicated in a laboratory test of 700 college students where scientists attributed students’ healthier choices to the alert feelings that being in a bright room elicits.


study in the journal Pediatrics, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, has found that the common childhood habits of thumb sucking and nail biting can reduce the risk of adolescent and adult allergies. Researchers followed more than 1,000 individuals from 5 through 32 years old, monitoring these two habits at ages 5, 7, 9 and 11. The subjects were tested for allergies at 13 using a skin-prick test and again at 32. Of all participants, 31 percent were frequent thumb suckers and nail biters, and those children had a lower incidence of allergic reactions than the others. These results support a hygiene hypothesis suggesting that early exposure to microbial organisms reduces the risk of developing allergies.


he bridge between the physical body and the spiritual realms is traditionally held to be the seventh chakra at the top of the head. This “thousand-petal lotus” crowns the body’s energy system in yoga and other energy medicine teachings. Just like the physical body, the crown chakra picks up dirt, carries old injuries, can be constricted, and needs cleaning and strengthening (this is true for the other chakras as well). Here are seven ways to uplift your crown chakra this holiday season and feel a greater connection to the Divine. 1. Picture your crown chakra as clear, clean and bright. 2. Imagine a bright light above your head shining down, cleansing and filling it.

3. Draw a picture of it. Notice how the picture makes you feel. Then draw another one.


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4. Protect your crown chakra in crowds, especially at parties. Imagine putting a gold protective layer over it. 5. Comb it out with your fingertips. 6. Meditate. 7. Walk in nature and appreciate its majesty. Catherine Morgan, angel intuitive, can be reached at 720-290-4902 or See listing page 31.

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

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Missouri Debuts Energy-Generating Pavers Missouri is rolling out a set of energy-generating photovoltaic pavers along a section of the iconic Route 66 highway in a sidewalk pilot project— the first on a public right of way—in the U.S. The street pavers were developed by Solar Roadways, a company created by inventors Scott and Julie Brusaw, which raised more than $2.2 million in crowdfunding in 2014 to bring their technology to market. The Brusaws claim that replacing all of America’s roads and parking lots with their solar pavers would generate more than three times what the country consumed in electricity in 2009. The Missouri Department of Transportation considered their own crowdfunding campaign to support their energy experiment; plans called for the hexagonal solar panels to be fully installed and operational by the end of this year. Source: NBC

America Outdone Venezuela has passed a law that imposes some of the world’s toughest regulations on genetically modified organisms (GMO) and patenting of seeds in order to consolidate national food sovereignty, regulate the production of hybrid seed, reject the production, distribution and import of GMO seeds and ban transgenic seed research. Canada’s Centre for Research on Globalization describes it as one of the most progressive seed laws in the world. The country intends to establish a national seed system to implement the new law. The group will monitor and sanction any agricultural violations, with a focus on the protection of traditional seeds. Source:

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Humans an Endangered Species The UK-based nonprofit Global Challenges Foundation’s annual report on global catastrophic risk ( GlobalExtinctionReport) has found that the risk of human extinction is higher than we might expect. The Stern Review (, the British premier government report on the economics of climate change, estimates a 0.1 percent risk of human extinction every year. “We don’t expect any of the events that we describe to happen in any specific 10-year period. They might— but on balance, they probably won’t,” says Sebastian Farquhar, director of the Global Priorities Project. United Nations-approved climate models estimate that temperatures might rise six to 10 degrees Celsius, which pushes the probability of extinction beyond 3 percent, even with a considerable decrease in carbon emissions. Nuclear war, natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, genetic engineering gone awry and pandemic plagues figure in too, but the biggest threat might be the ever-increasing human population. According to a paper published in the journal Nature by Elizabeth Hadly, a professor of environmental biology at Stanford University, such growth has followed the trajectory of a typical invasive species and suggests there may be a looming global population downturn. Still, humans are capable of exponentially growing their population several times over through the invention of new technologies and cultural shifts, regardless of Earth’s natural carrying capacity.

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The study Greening of the Earth and its Drivers, published by an international team in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows significant greening of a quarter to one-half of the Earth’s vegetated lands based on satellite data from the past 33 years. This represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees that produce sugars using sunlight energy to mix atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2 ) with water and nutrients from the soil. These sugars are the source of food, fiber and fuel for life on Earth. More sugars are produced when there is more of this greenhouse gas in the air in a process called CO2 fertilization. About 85 percent of the Earth’s land is free of ice and covered by vegetation, currently encompassing 32 percent of the planet’s total surface area. Lead author Dr. Zaichun Zhu, a researcher from Peking University, in China, states, “The greening over the past 33 years reported in this study is equivalent to adding a green continent about two times the size of mainland USA, and has the ability to fundamentally change the cycling of water and carbon in the climate system.” The effect may serve as a carbon sink to help counter climate change.

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ecotip Eco-Toy Story Safe, Fun Gifts for Kids During the holiday gift buying season, it’s good to recall the days of old-fashioned toys. Simple, wooden toys made with non-toxic paints are far safer than those sprayed with varnishes and paints containing lead and volatile organic compounds. Plastics can emit unhealthy chemicals used during manufacturing, which also produces environmental pollution. Pieces can break off, possibly injuring soft skin, or be consumed by toddlers with dangerous results. A recent report by Environment California, a research and policy center, found that products designed for babies and young children, such as soft plastic teethers, bath accessories and others, contain phthalates. Many toys require batteries containing heavy metals like mercury and cadmium. recommends eco-conscious makers of toys available at, including organic cotton stuffed animals;, featuring sustainably harvested cherry wood rattles and organic Egyptian cotton animals; and, with play meal cookware and serving pieces made from bioplastic, consisting of a corn and starch resin. Here are other factors to consider. Educational toys can “enhance language, conceptual understanding and numerical and spatial cognition,” according to a study in the journal Mind, Brain and Education. Six-to-8-year-olds can gain an appreciation for archaeology playing with Smithsonian toys available at Barnes & Noble and sells wood puzzles, solar-powered robots and board games from the Golden Gate National Park Conservancy. The Discovery Channel Store has safe toys and books for kids. Follow age guidelines in choosing gifts, advises Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Toy Industry Association. “Age-grading has nothing to do with how smart a child is—it’s based on the developmental skills and abilities at a given age and the specific features of a toy.” Practice conservation while saving money by canvassing thrift and consignment shops for classic card and board games.


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Self Forgiveness The Secret Key to Outrageous Abundance By Randy Ferguson


e all mess up on a regular basis. And from time to time, we mess up big. It’s the human condition. When this happens, the most common reaction is to beat one’s self up. We hit ourselves over the head with shame, decimating any sense of self-esteem which in turn, makes us even less capable. “Dang! How could I have been so stupid?! What’s the matter with me?!” Does this sound familiar?

When this pattern persists over time, we tend to pull way back on our participation and life becomes about just getting by. It’s like driving a Ferrari all day at 25 mph - NOT what the vehicle is built for! And here’s the really big insight. To the extent we have not forgiven ourselves for past blunders, we actually limit the good we receive. On the deepest level, we feel that we don’t deserve the phenomenal wealth

God has in store for us and we find a thousand ways to sabotage ourselves. I recall a time when I forgot to show up for a speaking engagement. Completely spaced it out. The instant I realized what I’d done…that there was a whole room of people waiting for me to walk in the door…and I didn’t even show up…I felt downright nauseous. But I put the LCA Tool of self-forgiveness to work. I made the calls to clean up my error, rescheduled the event, and was later able to serve people even more deeply…because of my mistake. Consider that most people want life to be comfortable, even if they aren’t fulfilled. God, however, is committed to our evolution whether or not it’s comfortable. This means we are brought one lesson after another to teach us how to be better human beings – whether we want them or not. Does this resonate for you? So, in the big picture, if you’ve made big mistakes…gone through a divorce…failed in a business… lost a best friend…YOU’RE RIGHT ON COURSE! You are following the cosmic plan! The goal isn’t a mistake-free life. The goal is to squeeze each mistake for every bit of wisdom you can glean from it. This opens the door for a new pattern of forgiveness. Go for it > Make mistakes > Forgive > Learn and apply > Evolve > Rinse and repeat! Each mistake, no matter how big, was made from a place of current awareness. In other words, it’s really true that you did the very best you could from a limited level of wisdom. (If you were wiser and more aware, you wouldn’t have made the mistake, right?) The people making the biggest mistakes in life are the people who are really going for it. Consider the possibility that we live in a Universe designed to give back to us according to what we put out there. So when our life is about forgiveness, the Universe is for-giving back to us. To schedule a life-changing 90-minute free Breakthrough Session with Randy Ferguson of the Love, Courage and Achievement Project, call 303-989-2605 or See ad page 10.

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atigue due to physical or mental exertion is common in those beleaguered by stress, poor eating habits and insomnia, struggling to balance the needs of family and career and too often using caffeine and other stimulants to artificially rebound energy. James L. Wilson, Ph.D., a doctor of chiropractic and naturopathy, educates medical professionals about an even more serious health issue he identifies as “adrenal fatigue”; it’s characterized by belowoptimal adrenal function induced by an overload of such stressors. Our two walnut-sized adrenal glands, one atop each kidney, produce vital hormones that help control heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and many other functions, including how the body deals with stress.

Identifying the Core Issue In his book, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, Wilson


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sheds light on the scope of the problem. “The fact that adrenal fatigue is unrecognized by conventional medicine has left millions of people suffering from an untreated problem that interferes with their ability to function normally and capacity to enjoy life. For those whose adrenal glands are ‘running on empty’, even something as basic as happiness seems almost out of reach,” comments Wilson, who resides in Tucson, Arizona. Individuals suffering from adrenal fatigue are most concerned about their low moods, energy, mental acuity and libido, for which conventional medicine typically prescribes antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs. These medications do nothing to revive adrenal functioning. This faulty condition also affects weight gain and a propensity toward the development of some diseases, including fibromyalgia. “Your resiliency, energy, endurance and very life

depend on the proper functioning of the adrenals,” Wilson says. We’ve inherited our sympathetic nervous system and its stress response of fight-or-flight from our prehistoric ancestors. It hasn’t evolved to differentiate between an acute threat to survival and the chronic threats from looming deadlines, financial pressures and other modern-day worries. “The adrenal stress response to physical danger or any perceived psychological threat is identical—the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine responsible for cascading physiological reactions,” explains Dr. Vijay Jain, who treats fatigue from an integrative perspective at his Mind Body Wellness Center, in Palm Coast, Florida.

Suggested Treatments Adrenal fatigue is mainly a self-induced health problem that doesn’t just appear. It results from an accumulation of ongoing choices that we can change. For some people fatigue is the result of being overactive and burning the candle at both ends. For others fatigue is the outcome of a sedentary lifestyle with insufficient movement and eating the wrong foods for them. Jain recommends getting more sleep with regular bedtimes and practices such as yoga nidra meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing.) “Depending on a patient’s constitution I advise some to slow down and burn 50 percent less of their candle, while I tell others to increase their physical activity and improve their diet.”


Acupuncture treatments are also helpful, along with a regimen of adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, schisandra and ashwagandha, according to Jain. In Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally, author Andrea Beaman writes about how she recovered naturally from adrenal fatigue. To restore energy and vitality to the body, she further recommends the healing practices of hatha yoga, qigong and tai chi. “These modalities build energy, whereas power yoga, and cardiovascular exercises drain energy in fatigued individuals,” advises Beaman. She notes that it can take six months to two years to restore desired energy levels. Beaman counsels individuals with behavioral characteristics that make it more challenging to burn less of their candle. She grabs their attention with the critical nature of their situation. “‘You are in and out of life in a blink. If you’re exhausted at age 48, how are you going to live a vibrant, happy and exuberant life right up to the finish line?’ That generally works,” she says. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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ccording to Ayurveda, Adrenal Fati gue is seen as low in Prana, Tejas and Ojas which are subtle vital essence s of the Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas. Following the daily lifestyle of an Ayu rvedic routine can help us stay in that rhyt hm which will prevent adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue sufferers are deplete d in certain vitamins, minerals, esse ntial compounds and hormones that our body needs to function efficiently. Taking supplements with adaptogenic herb s can help with this deficiency whi le practicing Yoga, pranayama, meditation, diet and behavioral modification in our daily life. Ayurvedic Adaptogens, Ashwagand ha, Shatavari and Yastimadhu have been used for 4000 years. Ashwaganda is both food and tonic for improvi ng energy, memory, and learning; lowering cort isol levels, repairing damaged tissu es and reducing inflammation and oxidativ e stress in the body. Shatavari, que en of herbs, a powerful rejuvenating tonic for women. It is nourishing and calm ing, as well as hormone balancing in menopausal women. Yastimadhu root stimulates hormone production, maintains energy leve ls, and helps cortisol to circulate long er in the body. Chyawanprash is a rejuvenatin g jam that contains 20-40 herbs and spices of which 80% contains Gooseberry or Amla, the richest natural source of Vit. C. It boosts the immune system and protects the body from infections. It is a superb anti-oxidant and free radical scaveng er. Be patient, depending on how dee ply affected your adrenals are, it can take several months to see significant resu lts. Building Ojas, Tejas and Prana take s time. Dr Sujatha Reddy, BAMS MSEd LPC DCC is with Heartland Wellness in Lakewood. See listing page 30.

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WORKPLACE WISDOM Mindfulness in Corporate Life by April Thompson

Personal and Professional Benefits Jacqueline Gallo, operational excellence manager for Whitcraft Group, a manufacturing plant in Eastford, Connecticut, discovered meditation 12 years ago while seeking solace during


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a traumatic time. Today, Gallo does three short sits a week and occasionally participates in 10-day retreats. Whitcraft doesn’t offer meditation to employees, but Gallo says mindfulness enables her to be available to her staff and solve problems without getting “swept off my feet so easily by all the desires, agendas and emotions confronted at work.” Carroll cautions that it’s not about trying to eliminate our own or others’ emotional agendas or personal biases at work; rather, individuals use mindfulness to become more conscious of and relaxed about them. “Meditation helps develop agility in viewing… to self-regulate, drop fixed mindsets, become self-aware,” explains Carroll, who has coached university presidents, CEOs and nonprofit executives in mindful leadership techniques. “You learn things from a competitor’s perspective or pick up on social cues you may miss if you instead had a fixed lens on a situation.”

Corporate Acceptance While meditation may be on the upswing in the workplace, it was a battle to legitimize it, according to Tara Healey, program director for mindfulness-based learning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC). A longtime meditation practitioner, Healey started the Mind the Moment program a decade ago while serving as an organizational capacity building consultant. Surveys had shown that employees were overwhelmed and dissatisfied, but lacked the skills to rectify their situation.

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he workplace can be filled with stress, egos and distractions that challenge the productive and happy atmosphere we desire. Both employees and employers are adopting mindfulness to help cope and transform both themselves and their work environment. Rooted in Eastern philosophies like Buddhism, most workplace mindfulness programs have stripped the techniques to a secular form more appealing to skeptics or adherents of other religions. The key practice—simply known as “sitting” or meditation— involves focusing our attention on our thoughts, breathing, emotions or bodily sensations for a set time period, while the term mindfulness refers to the ability to be aware of the present moment, whether meditating or in a business meeting. While Fortune 500 companies like Procter & Gamble, Aetna and General Mills have instituted formal mindfulness programs, Michael Carroll, meditation teacher, executive coach and the author of Awake at Work, says that the mindfulness revolution has been largely seeded from the ground up. It’s emerged through people exploring the practices in their personal lives, and then bringing them to work.

“The leadership said, ‘Great, let’s do it, but not tell anyone,’” relates Healey. She notes that meditation, a core component of her multifaceted mindfulness course covering everything from workplace stress to mindful listening, wasn’t accepted in the workplace at that point. Today, 30 percent of her company’s 1,050 employees have completed a six-week class introducing them to the power of mindfulness; some go on to participate in a guided monthly group meditation practice or use company meditation rooms for individual practice. The health services company also offers the course to its member companies throughout New England. To date, more than 12,350 people in 174 companies have participated, encompassing varied fields from higher education and health to finance and technology. A survey of employees showed that initially 99 percent felt it was a good use of their time; another taken six months later found that 87 percent were still using the techniques. HPHC informatics analyst Stephanie Oddleifson, who took the course nearly 10 years ago, says it transformed her way of thinking and behaving in the workplace and furnished a set of practices she uses every day. In times of conflict, “I was so quick to make up stories in my head and jump to conclusions previously,” she says. “Now I’m able to pause before responding and observe

my thoughts without getting caught up in them. I can diffuse tense situations with humor and not take things personally.” Additional research substantiates the anecdotal evidence for meditation’s workplace benefits. In 2015, scientists from Canada’s University of British Columbia and Germany’s Chemnitz University of Technology compiled data from 20-plus neurology studies, finding significant correlations between meditation and areas of the brain related to capacities for self-regulation, introspection and complex thinking. A Rice University study specifically found a positive relationship between workplace mindfulness, job performance and employee retention. While workplace mindfulness programs vary and may incorporate helpful talks, encouraging readings and group discussions, Healey and Carroll both caution that reading or talking about mindfulness or meditation is no substitute for the practice itself, which many find challenging. “You won’t taste the benefits just reading about it,” remarks Healey. “The practice will come into play come showtime.” Connect with April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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magine for a moment living in a productive, collaborative, supportive environment at home, school, or work. An environment without judgment, where kindness and concern dominated behavior, and – as a result – people thrived. Utopia? No, Littleton, Colorado. Robyn Zagoren, District Wellness Coordinator at Littleton Public Schools believes taking “a playful, intuitive approach” works best. Adopting mindfulness in the workplace can be as formal as regular, organized meditation times, or informal and as simple as taking a playful approach to our work lives – like unexpectedly washing a coworker’s car. According to Zagoren, the pressure to do and achieve more is greater than ever in our schools. Zagoren shares that today – with the same number of available hours as in the past - everyone is “more stressed out with a focus on testing, reaching higher expectations, and learning curriculum at an earlier age. We have lost our connection to the moment and are constantly trying to be somewhere else,” says Zagoren, which is one of the reasons she helped implement a mindfulness program for LPS students and staff. Any workplace – no matter the size – can implement mindfulness and other wellness programs (during lunch-n-learns for instance) to empower employees to engage in regular self-care activities. Denise O’Malley is the Founder of Jumpstart2Success corporate wellness program. She can be reached at 303-257-1916 or

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uring jam-packed special occasions like holidays, our drinks should multitask, too. We need festive tipples to refresh us without overdoing it, restore equilibrium if we overeat or drink or revive us when we’re feeling low from a seasonal cold or flu. In addition to traditional offerings that family and friends might expect, why not add a new and improved signature drink to everyone’s repertoire? These feel-good beverages, featuring winter fruits high in vitamin C, anthocyanins, therapeutic herbs and fresh ginger, deliver delicious boosts to help us feel our best.

Refresh The season of hospitality is happily also the season of pomegranates, blood oranges and Meyer lemons (a sweeter, thin-skinned, aromatic variety). These vibrant fruits give a taste of good cheer to anything we can pour, shake, muddle or simmer. Whether we offer fresh-squeezed blood orange juice in the morning, a non-alcoholic cocktail of pomegranate juice and sparkling water, or a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice in a hot toddy or tea, the tart

flavor is a sure pick-me-up. The red color in antioxidant-rich blood oranges and pomegranates indicates the presence of anthocyanins, compounds that might help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as treat eye disorders, according to an article published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. Meyer lemons are a good source of vitamin C, essential for producing collagen needed to support the formation of new bone, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Restore After an evening of over-imbibing, our systems need to reboot. The stomach needs help in processing alcohol, plus we may be dehydrated and feeling a little queasy. Filtered water, coconut water or a sweet, caffeine-free coffee or carbonated beverage of the lemon-lime variety rehydrate, as well as help our digestive system break down and flush out the alcohol. According to Registered Dietitian Aicacia Young, in Austin, Texas, founder of, the simple act of

drinking water before we go to bed can assist in the recovery process. Research published in the Food & Function journal found that lemon-lime soda helps the body metabolize alcohol better by speeding up its ability to process the compound aldehyde dehydrogenase, the main cause of hangover symptoms. For nausea and motion sickness, ginger or peppermint tea can help, according to studies in the American Journal of Physiology and the French Prescrire International.

Revive Sometimes the stress of holiday to-dos, often combined with travel, can lower the resilience of our immune system. When we feel symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, the classic hot toddy can help us feel human again. The alcohol in whiskey is a natural decongestant; plus, it helps get us to sleep. Honey soothes and perky lemon juice gives us hope that we’ll feel better the next day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at

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Krista Tippett on Our Evolving Spirituality Why it Evokes Hope by Randy Kambic


rista Tippett helps us ponder the meaning of life as host and executive producer of On Being, the award-winning weekly radio program and podcast produced in Minneapolis for more than 400 public radio stations. The bestselling author of Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit has been acclaimed for thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. Her latest book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, reflects upon how spirituality intersects with science, technology, health, art and politics. This daughter of a Southern Baptist minister first launched her show, originally titled Speaking of Faith (also the title of her first book), on Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media in 2003. Today, Tippett continues to discuss faith, spirit, inner growth and what it is to be human with leading authors, thought leaders and pioneering change makers. She also hosts online classes and a blog.

How has On Being evolved to reflect existing dimensions of spirituality that have proven surprising? I am fascinated with how spiritual life and religious identity have evolved in the last decade. This part of life is more fluid than it’s ever been in human history. We are the first generation that didn’t inherit religious identity like we do a hometown. We


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craft our spiritual lives and choose our faith, even if it’s the faith of our families. In many that don’t claim a religious affiliation, especially Millennials, I encounter a spiritual curiosity and ethical passion akin to religion at its best. Because seekers dwell both inside and outside of traditions, my life of conversation stretches beyond boundaries in ways I did not expect when I began. I also never imagined that I’d interview physicists, evolutionary biologists and neuroscientists exploring territory previously reserved for theologians and philosophers. Together, they are illuminating the ancient questions related to our place in the cosmos; the nature of human freedom and consciousness; even beauty and the reality of mystery.

Which guests do you feel have resonated the most with listeners and why? A show that seems to have touched more people most deeply is my interview with the Irish poet, philosopher and author John O’Donohue just before he died in his early 50s. He radiated such an unusual combination of qualities: wisdom, tenderness and playfulness; mysticism, theology and a raw Celtic earthiness. He’s someone who could speak of God with great wildness, strangeness—and authority. He inspired with his vision of beauty as a human calling and somehow

ied it for the listener. I meet all kinds of people that keep that show on their playlist and listen again and again. In general, my favorite guest is the most recent person interviewed. At the moment, it’s Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia co-founder, who stunned me with his insistence on kindness as the virtue that’s made this nonprofit’s ethos and accomplishments possible. Another is civil rights veteran Ruby Sales, who wisely works to uplift the human drama of our political/social moment, like the way we must come to be as articulate about what we love as about what outrages us.

How do you see people’s awakening sensibilities influencing local and global issues? I am drawn to the notion that we are in the adolescence of our species. The globe right now is like a map of the teenage brain, prone to recklessness and destruction in places and simultaneously possessing vast potentials for creativity and advances. So many are relentless in telling the story of destruction that it seriously colors how we tell the story of our time. I stand among those shining a light on the abundant beauty, goodness and courage in our world so these become more visible and evident at a global level.

Are you optimistic about the future? I am hopeful about the future. My life of meaningful conversation has led me to re-imagine the meaning of hope. It has nothing to do with wishful thinking, but rests on the lives of beauty and goodness I see everywhere I turn. It’s a choice—a more exacting and courageous choice than cynicism or resignation. The pain and fear alive in the world surface as anger and violence, and some of us are called to be calmers of fear. We must create the world we want our children to inhabit and do so together. Hope isn’t an option on this path; it is one of our primary resources for getting there. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.


Self-Care Tips for the Holidays By Paula Robbins


hen it comes to being a giving soul that wishes to uplift humanity and be of service in the world, self-care is under-practiced. Here are seven simple actions of body, mind and spirit that can be easily implemented to live a fulfilled, giving and balanced life:


Get quiet. Setting the foundation of your day can be the single most life-shifting practice you will ever implement. Take just 2-5 minutes to breathe. A simple guideline is PRAY: Praise – express gratitude; Repent - ask for help forgiving yourself or others; Ask - ask for others to be blessed and that your own thoughts be guided; and Yield - ask that your free will be aligned with Divine will.

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Drink that water! It cleanses, refreshes, gives vitality and oxygen. Don’t sip; guzzle that water like it’s a contest! Drink 8-16 oz upon waking. Add a drop of lemon essential oil. Sleep. In order to live well, your body, mind and spirit all need time to reset, rejuvenate and heal. Get that 7-9 every night! Plan and make it happen. Move! Take even 30 seconds to move the physical energy, stresses, cortisol and adrenaline in your body. Brisk movement like jumping jacks, a quick walk, or dancing in the kitchen, releases healing endorphins - so shake it, baby!

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Get a diffuser. Frankincense uplifts your very being. Try orange, lemon, grapefruit. The list of how various scents can be used to improve mood and health is truly endless.


Get off the grid. If you are like many people, you are addicted to your cell phone! Make it a practice to set it aside to eat meals, walk the dog, make a quick run to the store, and definitely to pray and meditate.

Ask someone how they are. If you just need a break from your world, step into someone else’s. There is no better way to forget what is happening with you than to consider what is happening with others. Connection is the most underrated healer of them all, even for the introverted.

Of course, some of these are reminders. We have to take care of ourselves first. We are simply more able, willing and ready to help others when we are honoring our own bodies, minds and spirits. Paula Robbins is a Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, Metaphysician, Holistic Health Counselor and doTERRA Essential Oils Distributor. She can be reached at 303-921-1473 or See listing page 32.

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FREE 30-MINUTE STRATEGY SESSIONS for cancer wellness, chronic pain/illness, women’s issues, insomnia, stress/weight management. Dr. Sujatha Reddy, BAMS MSEd LPC DCC Professional Counselor, Coach and Ayurvedic practitioner Heartland Wellness, 12157 W Cedar D, Ste 200, Lakewood. 303-325-5617

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SAT DEC 3 Santa Paws Festival–11am-4pm Sat/Sun. Free Holiday bazaar, bake sale, ornament drive, raffle, cat-related items for sale in our Meow Mart store plus photos with Santa Claus. All proceeds benefit the Cat Care Society cats. 5787 W 6th Ave, Lakewood. 303-239-9680 Annual Holiday Faire at Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism–12-4pm Sat/Sun. Herbal Chocolates, Elixirs, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, Body Care Products, Jewelry, Culinary Treats, Mini-Classes & more! FREE. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. 2900 Valmont Rd, Ste. F-1, Boulder. Info 720-406-8609.

SUN DEC 4 Non-Denominational Spiritual Service–1:30pm. Meditation and spiritual message on 1st Sunday ea month. Free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Margaret Johnson, Officiating Minister. Inner Connection Institute at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. 303-282-9439 Free Holiday Open House and Gift Fair–1-3pm. We would love for you to stop by! Meet our Talented Practitioners, Debbie, Lisa, Chelsea and Tricia. We will be offering Gift Certificate specials, Gift Ideas, Fun food and drink. We will be collecting donations for the Arvada Food Bank and Gifts for Teens. A Touch for Wellness, 10050 Ralston Rd Stes 1&2, Arvada (Upper Level of building). Info Debbie Sloan 303-995-9919 or


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$30 OFF INITIAL ASCENSION HEALING 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 or

20% OFF NEW PATIENT EXAM AND X-RAYS South Lakewood Dental, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood. Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 303-988-4338

FREE 50MIN HEALTH HISTORY CONSULTATION Accomplish your goals in a way that’s empowering and exciting. Let’s navigate the world of contradictory nutrition and health advice together. JADE GREEN TNC 303-882-1745,

MON DEC 5 Channeled Healing with Archangel Michael–7-8pm. Archangel Michael helps with physical healings, direction in your life/life’s purpose, courage, strength and protection. Pre-pay $20/$25 door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303,

TUES DEC 6 Laughing All the Way…Thriving (not just surviving) the Holidays–7-9pm. What difference would it make if we could get our joy back? How would it feel if this holiday season was the best ever? Randy Ferguson, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker/Author. Free tickets/ info 303-989-2605 Guided Meditation; Meet your Spirit Guides or Guardian Angels–7-8pm. Work with Guides and Angels to release any addictions or habits that you are ready to change. Pre-pay $15, $20 Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303,

WED DEC 7 Reinvent your Health with Essential Oils–6-7pm. FREE online class; just go to https://xoom.ysj/888131162. Explore the MANY emotional, physical and FUN benefits of using therapeutic grade essential oils! Get a raffle ticket for attending and you could WIN a free bottle of oil! Info/RSVP or 303-921-1473

Community Sacred Drumming Circle– 7-9pm. Share intentions and the sacred vibrations of the Drum Circle. Bring a snack to share and your drums, rattles, flutes and other instruments. $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Herbal Foot Baths and Face Masks– 7-9pm. Indulge in herbal bath teas and masks while discussing tools for stress management. Sliding scale $10-20. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Road, Unit F-1, Boulder. RSVP

SAT DEC 10 Trance Medium Healing Clinic - Healings facilitate re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Involves channeling, energy readings, and intense clearing. Bring questions. 25 min/$20. Appts begin 1pm; schedule 303-282-9439. Inner Connection Institute at Cactus Sport & Spine, 8000 S Lincoln St, Littleton. Free Essential Oils Class–9-11am. Come enjoy some morning coffee, great treats made with essential oils and learn about the many uses, benefits and fun with oils! Paula Robbins, 6500 S Quebec St #300, Centennial. Info/RSVP or 303-921-1473

SUN DEC 11 Transformed: ET Contact-Abduction Panel–1:30-4pm. Hear from our moderated panelists how an ET abducteecontactee experience transforms a person’s life and life direction. Free, open to public. Denver Near Death Studies, 2nd Sun ea month for speakers/presentations on spiritual transformative experiences. City Hall, 6060 S Quebec St., Greenwood Village. Info 720-203-6354

MON DEC 12 Guided Meditation; Healing Your Body–7-8 pm. Rejuvenate your body with a higher vibration. Learn to let go of the aches, pains and limitations. Pre-pay $15, $20/Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720413-7303,

TUES DEC 13 Essential Oils Open House Event–6-8pm. Experience, smell, and play with a ton of essential oils; Learn about the many uses, benefits, try holiday recipes; inexpensive gift ideas! Paula Robbins, 6500 S Quebec St #300, Centennial. Info/RSVP or 303-921-1473 A Guided Meditation with your Guides and Angels–7-8pm. Communicate with Guides and Angels and receive healing from them. Pre-pay $15, $20/ Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303, Full Moon Holiday Sound Celebration & Meditation– 7-9pm. Fill yourself with appreciation, celebration, and release using Sound, Breath, Mindfulness and Meditation in the Energy of the Full Moon. $10 Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

WED DEC 14 Siberian Shamanism Free Talk–6-7:30pm. Learn about and experience Siberian Shamanism. This is your chance to feel the energy Shamans bring with them in a free talk. Private Home, Boulder. Info Brian 720-7675326 for location after registration. Wednesday Morning with the Angels–10-11:30am. Anchoring in Your Divine Life Plan. Small group gathering; listen to angels’ guidance, receive their healing, and take time to share. $20 cash/check. Chateau Office Park, 679 W. Littleton Blvd, #204, Littleton. Facilitated by angel intuitive and creation coach Catherine Morgan, RSVP text 720-290-4902 or

THURS DEC 15 Shamanic Energetic Protection Workshop– 7-9pm. Learn to protect your energy through a combination of lecture, chakra exercises and powerful rituals led by Siberian Shaman Ladamira. $25 pre-reg. Soul Tree Yoga, 1280 Centaur Village Dr #7, Lafayette. 303-665-5244

FRI DEC 16 Shamanic Super Abilities & Dance–7-10:30pm. Witness the super abilities of shamans. Angelic music, incredible talents and gifts on display. Family-friendly event followed by a Trance dance. $40 Integral Center 2805 Broadway Boulder. Info Beth 808-208-3404 Conscious Movie Night “Forks over Knives”– 7-9pm. The Barefoot Health Coach hosts a movie, healthy tips & tricks, Superfood & Super Herb Teas as well as varieties of home-popped popcorn available. Several fun Giveaways like a Yoga session, Health History consultations, & Herbal Remedies. $5/person $8/pair, free for Merkabah Members of the Barefoot Health Coach’s 6 month Program. 1185 Laurenwood Way, Highlands Ranch. Info Jade Green 303-8821745 or

SAT DEC 17 Siberian Energy Protection Workshop–11am1pm. Learn to protect your own energy through a combination of lecture, chakra exercises and powerful rituals led by Siberian Shaman Ladamira. $25 pre-reg. Samadhi Center For Yoga, 1070 Bannock St, Denver. 303-860-9642 Shamanic Union with Family Lineage–2:306:30pm. Immersion into the secret powers of your family; Tap into the family strengths; Overcome obstacles present with the spirits of your family. $35 pre-reg. Integral Center, 2805 Broadway, Boulder. Info Brian 720-767-5326

SUN DEC 18 Shamanic Hike and Ritual for New Year–1-5pm. Ladamira leads a hike to a place of power; how to prepare yourself for the New Year; how to have success in life’s mission. $35 pre-reg. Star House, 3476 Sunshine Canyon Dr, Boulder. Info Brian 720-767-5326

MON DEC 19 Guided Meditation; Clearing Your Chakras–7-8 pm. Experience a deeper healing by letting go of any energetic blocks while you bring in peace, love, harmony. Pre-pay $15, $20 Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303,

TUES DEC 20 Guided Meditation; Letting Go–7-8 pm. Powerful healing with Archangels and your Guides to let go of any hurt or intense emotions attached to incidents from the past that you are holding on to. Pre-pay $15, $20 Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303,

Winter Solstice Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah WED DEC 21 SUN DEC 25

MON DEC 26 Guided Meditation; Healing Your Family Space–7-9 pm. Reconnect with yourselves and your family members, release unhappy memories/resentments, heal relations w/parents, etc. Pre-pay $20, $25 Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303, We Are Change Open Mic Night–6-10pm. Share the power of uniting our local grassroots activist community for an evening of food, music, interviews, headliners, poetry and dancing. Perform your songs and poems! Details Event page on Facebook at We Are Change Colorado

savethedate FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL HERBALISM STARTS MONDAY, JANUARY 2 Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, Boulder’s school of Vitalist herbalism and nutrition, is now enrolling for our popular Fundamentals of Medical Herbalism course which begins January 2nd. Course includes 370 hours of Materia Medica, Herbal Pharmacy, Integrative Physiology, Vitalist Nutrition, Field Botany and Plant I.D., Herbs of Commerce, and Flower Essences. Classes meet Monday & Wednesday evenings, as well as one Saturday/ month, for 8 months. Join us and study with a variety of skilled clinical herbalists and experts in their fields. For more information, contact Lisa Ganora at or 720-722-4372.

THURS DEC 29 Guided Meditation; Creating Your New Year–78pm. Let go of 2016 as well as taking the time to set your intentions YOU desire for your 2017. Pre-pay $15, $20 Door. Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720413-7303,


TUES DEC 27 Guided Meditation; Creating Your New Year–78pm. Let go of 2016 as well as taking the time to set your intentions YOU desire for your 2017. Pre-pay $15, $20 Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720413-7303,

Guided Meditation; Creating Your New Year–121pm. Let go of 2016 as well as taking the time to set your intentions YOU desire for your 2017. Pre-pay $15, $20 Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720413-7303,


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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

tuesdays Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45 pm. 15-min Chakra & Energy Clearing. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. 303-668-2358 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 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 Free Psychic Readings–Tues and Thurs. 7-8:30pm by appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St. 303-530-0920

wednesdays 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

thursdays Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In between 6-7pm. Receive a 10-min cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St. 303-530-0920

fridays Healing & Meditative Church Services–6-7pm. Celebrate living life and cultivating community. Sing, laugh, and reset your energy for the weekend. FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St. 303-530-0920.

looking ahead 2017 Join an Accountability Group in 2017 - Last Thursday of every month (January 26, February 23, March 30, April 27) 6:30-8:30p.m. . This facilitated group will set intentions, brainstorm ideas, share progress, offer feedback and resources, and celebrate wins. Each participant will also receive monthly one-on-one coaching calls for deeper support and accountability. $70/month for 4 months, if you commit before January 1. Let’s accomplish big things in 2017! Contact Dawn Greaney for more information. 303-778-9128 or

JANUARY 3 Learn to Heal with Angels; 5 Weeks–7-9pm Tuesdays. Guided meditations help you heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire. Early $210, Regular $225 Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303,

JAN 13-15 + 7 WKS Love, Courage & Achievement (LCA) Weekend and 7-wk Course–Regain personal power; heal relationships with self and others; Clarify your core issues holding you back; discover solutions for your situation; regain enthusiasm and hope that you haven’t felt in years. Info Randy Ferguson 303-989-2605

JANUARY 20-22 Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine–Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D., RYT(E-500) teaches a 3-day introductory workshop on fundamental principles and treatment options in Ayurveda. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Ste F-1, Boulder. Info Dr Buhrman 303-443-6923 or CSCH 720-406-8609.

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FOR RENT/ PRACTITIONERS WANTED Nicely apportioned office space for practitioners. Full-or part-time available. Meeting/Movement room space also available on first-served basis. Lakewood area. Call 720-519-1548 Private Practitioners Paradise for whole person wellness: Fully-furnished, rent-free office spaces as low as $12/hr and $50 membership. Private office rental spaces as low as $425/month, lease free month to month. Membership includes: Online Scheduling System; Internet; Printer/Scan/Fax; Client Kiosk and Conference room. Sondermind Lakewood. Contact Sujatha Reddy 303-325-5617 or

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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 27.

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yourlocalresources ENERGY HEALING/ MEDITATION JOURNEY WITHIN 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.

ENERGY MEDICINE HEALING CHANGE Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT Littleton office: 679 W Littleton Blvd. #205 Denver office: 1776 S Jackson St. #1004 303-668-0299 / Increase Joy, Health and Vitality with individual sessions and classes in Eden Energy Medicine! EEM creates healing at all of your being by balancing nine different energy systems in your body and energy field. Marie has been a professional therapist for over 26 years and is an empathetic listener as well as caring, non-judgmental and supportive. All sessions are completely confidential, and performed in a safe and trusting environment. Free 30-minute phone or Skype consultation available.

FAMILY PRACTICE/ HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL 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.



JOANNE PALLADINO 303-263-0679 FREE MEDITATIONS! Receive free audio meditations and/or blessings each month when you sign up. Shop handmade, one-of-akind mala beads and bracelets, forgiveness practice beads, sacred essential oils such as “Christ Scent,” “Love” and more. A meaningful intuitive reading helps expand perspective; Shmaya, a channeled vibrational language of light presence, attunes you to a love frequency; Reiki energy healing dissolves blocks. In-person or by phone. In Denver. Info/RSVP

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CENTERED COOKING + DANCE STUDIO Cooking Experience Club, Inc. 1050 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Unit P, Lakewood 720-519-1962 or 561 722-4788 Gain clarity and create the change you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Visit our Cooking + Dance Studio and learn fun creative ways to stay fit through Bollywood and Reggae style dancing. Also, learn how to prepare healthy flavorful meals by incorporating natural herbs and spices from around the world. Visit our website to register for upcoming classes or call or email for our private classes.

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RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTER Dr Ian Hollaman, DC, MSc, IFMCP Certified in Functional Medicine 4520 N. Broadway C, Boulder 303-882-8447 / A new paradigm of healthcare exists using proven principles to listen and understand your health goals. Compassion, concern and knowledge underscore a passion in using the most modern forms of healthcare including Functional Medicine, Nutrition, Functional Neurology, Neurofeedback and Chiropractic. We can help address the root cause of behavioral issues, sensory integration, learning challenges, digestive health and injuries. Free Health Lectures; see website for details. See ad page 3. 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.

MESSAGES FROM SPIRIT MESSAGES FROM THE ANGELS Catherine Morgan 679 W. Littleton Blvd., #204, Littleton 720-290-4902 / It has been my joy to share the angels’ messages for 25 years. They hold the Divine Plan for our life, and they’re ready to share! Come join us for one of our group sessions or sign up for the angels’ free Divine Life Plan meditation on my website. Thank you for the light you bring into the world.

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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.

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December 2016 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving metro Denver and Boulder and the surrounding counties of Arapa...

December 2016 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving metro Denver and Boulder and the surrounding counties of Arapa...