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aith and Fear can both be called ‘belief in the unseen.’ One fills us with peace and serenity, while the other fills us with dread. They are like two sides of the same ‘coin’ of belief. One springs from a place of eternal love and hope, the other from insecurity and ego. The only difference is your choice in the moment as neither may have a ‘conventional-reality’ basis.
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FAITH: strong or unshakeable belief in something, especially without proof or evidence. FEAR: a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined
Fear certainly has its place. Like coming upon a pair of rutting elk on a trail…1200 pounds of testosterone-fueled muscle behind dozens of sharp, bony points. A healthy fear of dismemberment spurs a hasty retreat the other way. Unfortunately, we can’t just beat a hasty retreat from a stack of bills! Living in fear of “what might happen if” keeps us stuck in the problem. Fearful, anxious, contracted, shut down. I remember some of the best advice I received when I was new to mountain biking. “Don’t focus on the obstacle; rather look where you WANT to go.” Sure enough, when I pick my line and focus ahead of the obstacle, I find myself past the rocks not even sure of HOW I got through. If Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains; Fear puts mountains in our way! It’s the perfect time of year to consider what our faith means to us, and to set our intentions for 2012. Natural Awakenings is here to help! Our pages are full of information and resources to support you in making a different choice. The Calendar is full of prayer, meditation and consciousness groups to help you explore your faith and beliefs. In the Resource Guide you will find many professionals who are passionate about helping you overcome mental obstacles. Perhaps your physical health is affecting your mental, emotional or spiritual condition. Now may be the time to test for food allergies or to get that thyroid function optimized. If Faith and Fear are almost the same thing, why not believe in the most beautiful, exciting, inspiring possibilities?! The very nature of Divine Intelligence desperately wants to fill you with more Love and Abundance than you can even imagine…if you’ll let it. It ain’t always easy, but it is that simple. `Best Wishes for the happiest of holiday seasons, abundance and prosperity, good health and love to you all. And thank you for another fabulous year.
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A Birthday Well Celebrated at Devil’s Thumb Ranch By Terry Chriswell, Publisher
In the Spirit of the Season – May We Walk as One by Jody Bergsma Jody Bergsma began creating art at age 3, when her mother suggested that she draw her nightmares to vanquish her fears. Monsters illustrated with pink and green crayons were not so scary, and the budding young artist became hooked. By her mid-teens, Bergsma was selling her fanciful works and she went on to become an award-winning illustrator. In her whimsical, elfin watercolors and detailed, dramatic images of wildlife, the artist often uses aboriginal, native and geometric designs and symbols derived from the beautiful patterns of ancient cultures. By respectfully working with these images, she reintegrates them into our modern ethos. “I propose that all humankind shares a common reality just beyond the range of normal sight,” remarks Bergsma, whose watercolor technique is selftaught. “Each person’s physical adventure is unique, but the abstract language of feelings and realization of existence is our shared experience. “Art is a tradition that helps define who we are and brings us a vision of who we can become,” Bergsma continues. “My painting is my expression and request for a more beautiful, peaceful and harmonious world.” View the artist’s portfolio at Bergsma.com.
ast year, while I was working on my birthday, I vowed “Never again!” I felt I had cheated myself of a day of celebration and promised myself, in 2011, I would do something special. I wish I had the space to tell you all the wonderful things about Devil’s Thumb Ranch in more detail: 6,000 acres of award-winning, environmentally friendly year-round ranch resort, spa, corporate retreat and wedding/honeymoon destination offering rustically elegant accommodations, sustainably-focused dining and an array of winter and summer outdoor recreation (cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dog-friendly/ skijoring trails, night skiing, guided ski and snowshoe tours, sleigh rides, outdoor ice-skating, sledding, hockey, outdoor hot tub, fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hay rides, swimming in heated indoor access/ outdoor pool, mountain bike tours, nature and bird walks). Fifteen minutes to Winter Park and even more activities, although I can’t understand why you would need more! I’d love to go back and experience everything they have to offer and I wish I had brought someone because I kept wanting to turn around and say, “Check this out!” There is a lot of attention to detail here, great knickknacks all around; the room was lush, with robes in the closet and a huge bathtub where I soaked until I was as relaxed as overcooked broccoli. I had a fabulous massage in the spa, and took one of the best yoga classes ever. Great fly fishing class, even if I did catch some grass instead of fish! Excellent cooking class, even usable for me, which would be the cooking prowess of a 5-year-old.
I must say, one of my favorite things was the food. I ate myself silly. Chef Evan Treadwell is relatively new, and has brought a whole new level of “yuuuum.” You know the times you don’t want to eat another drop, but it is so delicious you just have to indulge? Yes, that good. Ohhhh, the pumpkin seed brittle….the pistachiocrusted red abalone…my mouth is watering! Let’s not forget the Food and Beverage Manager, Dale Mingo, Mr. Knowledgeable, who presented a wine with every course. I’m not a wine drinker, but these wines were so good, I am now. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the level of sustainable and reused material they use every day, and in building the property. Organic food, reclaimed wood, geothermal heat, lowflow plumbing, even fireplaces built from landslide rock. Awards, awards, and more awards – you can see them hung up around the property. Do yourself a favor; play hooky next year, grab a few friends and head off for some time at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Ahhh, that’s the way to spend a birthday! P.O. Box 750, 3530 County Road 83, Tabernash, CO 80478. 800-933-4339 or 970-726-5632. devilsthumbranch.com.
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lorida-based Essential Safe Products (ESP) recently launched LiveESP.com where consumers can learn about food-safe, non-toxic kitchen and purchase them from reputable companies. “There’s no better place than in the kitchen to start going non-toxic,” says company President Hannah Masimore. “Why buy organic and healthy foods if you cook and eat with toxic products?” LiveESP.com features brands that sell food-safe and chemical-free cookware, bakeware, storage containers, kitchen utensils and gadgets as well as on-the-go convenience items. Masimore explains that all products that qualify for the website are free of BPA, phthalates, PFCs and other harmful chemicals. The site provides helpful information and tips about such hazards and how to avoid them. It also includes background stories and credentials of participating companies to illustrate what people should look for in makers of kitchenware supplies. For more information, call 954-626-2122 or visit LiveESP.com. See ad, page 13.
Conscious Holiday Fun and Celebration
ourneys For Conscious Living (J4CL) in Arvada announces several opportunities for the community to gather for fun, gift buying, and celebration through the holiday season. Saturday, December 10 is the Holiday Gift, Holistic Healing and Psychic Fair from 11am-5:30pm. Holiday gifts include crystals, jewelry, oils, and clothing, as well as, a variety of complimentary healing modalities. Palmistry, tarot, intuitive, and astrological readings also offered. Following the fair, a full moon ceremony with drum, dance, and celebration occurs from 7-9pm. A Winter Solstice Ceremony and Sound Celebration will be held on December 22 from 7 to 9pm. “The sound celebration will feature Aurelia and Al Taylor playing Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls, Gary Fishman playing Gongs and Didgeridoo, Tryna Cooper playing Crystal Singing Bowls and Native Drums, and myself playing Native Flute,” said Larry Cooper, partner at J4CL. “We invite everyone to share some holiday magic in ceremony, celebration and sound.” Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Building A, Suite 100, Arvada. 731-6695 or www.J4CL.com. See ad page 6.
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Solar Power Becomes More Affordable
olden, CO-based Golden Solar announces a lease option to help you go green for less. According to Don Parker, co-owner of Golden Solar, you can now lease a solar electric system for the same, or even a bit less, than the savings off a monthly electric bill. Don Parker, co-owner of Golden Solar, said his company offers both purchased and leased systems. “A third way to get a solar electric system is to lease and pay up front,” said Parker. Called a “full-advanced purchase” lease, it has all the benefits of owning while having somebody else be responsible for maintenance over the 20-year lease. Savings in the 7-10% range on your electric bill are the norm and there are still rebates available that are ending in 2012. Golden Solar is a locally-owned business specializing in the design and installation of solar electric systems for homes and businesses. 303-955-6332. 614 10th St., Golden. GoldenSolar.net. See ad page 23.
Mind Body Relaxation Gift Idea
eer Creek Counseling and Sante Therapeutic Massage are partnering to offer a complete Mind Body Relaxation package for the holidays for you or as a gift certificate for someone you really love. The combination of massage, meditation, mindfulness and hypnotherapy will help you stay relaxed throughout the busy holiday season. Normally $160, the package is priced at $69 and includes a 60-minute massage (your choice of Neuromuscular, Deep Tissues, Swedish, Reflexology, TMJ-Headache pain relief, Sports/Acu-Stretch, Aromatherapy or Hot Stone) and a 50-minute session of guided meditation, guided relaxation, or hypnotherapy. Available through December 31 for use any time until February 29, 2012. To purchase 720-663-7702 or online at DeerCreekCounseing.com. See listing page 26.
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ring your new toys to LifeSource Health Partners and receive a certificate for a complimentary 30-minute massage for you and one for a friend. The toys benefit The Action Center 2011 Santa Shop (formerly The Jeffco Action Center) for boys and girls from 8-12 years old. Buddy up with a friend and donate an electronic toy. Toys must be new and in original package or with original tag. Also needed: wrapping paper, tape and ribbon. Toys must be received by DECEMBER 8. Certificates are good to use until February 14. 65 S. Wadsworth, Lakewood. Hours: M-F 9am to 5:30p.m. LifeSource Health Partners. 303-934-3600. www.LifeSourceHP.com. See ad page 19.
‘Colorado Gives Day’ December 6
ast year, the generosity of Coloradans meant $8.7 million was donated to their favorite local charities through GivingFirst.org on Colorado Gives Day. This year, the Misha May Foundation is putting out a call for generous spirits to help them raise money for at risk dogs and cats, and participate in Colorado Gives Day, which starts at 12am on Tuesday, December 6. You must give online through GivingFirst.org or via phone at 303-239-0382. Affirm your abundance by giving to those in need. The Misha May Foundation is a grass-roots 501(c)3 non profit organization that relies on donations to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome dogs and cats that may otherwise be euthanized. Givingfirst.org/mishamayfoundation. MishaMayFoundation.org.
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ZINC FIGHTS COLDS
new study confirms that zinc can, indeed, help reduce the severity and duration of the common cold, and high doses—at least 75 milligrams per day—work best. Depending upon the total dosage and composition of the lozenges, zinc may shorten the duration of a common cold episode by up to 40 percent, according to University of Helsinki research. Source: Open Respiratory Medicine Journal
NUTTY HELP FOR DIABETES
ew research from St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto reports that consuming two ounces of nuts daily as a replacement for carbohydrates (muffins were used in the study) is effective in glycemic and serum lipid control for people with Type 2 diabetes. The researchers concluded that all nuts—whether mixed, unsalted, raw or dry-roasted—offer benefits for control of both blood glucose and blood lipids and could be consumed as part of a strategy to improve diabetes control without weight gain. Source: Diabetes Care
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new study conducted by the Group Health Research Institute of Seattle suggests that massage therapy may be better than conventional medicine alone for easing lower back pain. Researchers recruited 401 patients with chronic back pain and found that those receiving a series of either relaxation or structural massage spent fewer days in bed and were more active than those receiving “usual medical care,” ranging from painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxants to physical therapy. Lead study author Daniel Cherkin, director of the institute, concluded: “If you’re having continuing problems with back pain, even after trying usual medical care, massage may be a good thing to do. I think the results are pretty strong.” Funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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hosphates are commonly found in microwavable meals, soft drinks and other processed and prepackaged foods. Now, researchers at the University of Sheffield, UK, have demonstrated a connection between the high intake of phosphates and atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, a leading cause of heart disease. The research shows that cholesterol deposits in the walls of arteries increase following a higher phosphate diet. This leads to narrowing of the arteries, the cause of most heart attacks and strokes.
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ecotip Toyland Tips Choose Greener, Safer Playthings Millions of children’s toys have been recalled in recent years to head off hazards from lead content, possible choking and other personal safety issues, thanks to supervision by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. But none are monitored for their environmental impact, which opens another can of worms. Action figures and dolls are often made from PVC, the worst polluting plastic, and their packaging often quadruples the size of a toy’s environmental footprint, typically ending up in a landfill. Teddy bears are often stuffed with synthetic, petroleum-based fillers and pesticide-heavy cotton. Other toys, including stuffed animals, are sprayed with brominated fire retardants; the kind that turn up in breast milk. Even some wooden toys may be coated with varnishes and paints that are high in air-polluting volatile organic compounds (VOC). To combat this troubling trend, look for all-natural stuffed animals made with organic fibers, wool batting, recycled sweaters or even tofu; search out toys that have shifted to PVC- and phthalate-free plastics; and use beeswax instead of synthetic clay and colored play dough for craft projects. It’s best to purchase toys from local manufacturers that can certify they follow U.S. environmental, health and safety regulations and use minimal packaging. Favor wooden toys that are finished with nontoxic, natural oil or beeswax or not finished at all. Sources include local guild shops, craft stores and galleries that carry handcrafted toys made by artisans in the community, using proper safety criteria. Idea sources: ChasingGreen.org (Tinyurl.com/3hxd2ea);TofuBear.com
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REJUVENATION, HEALTH AND WELLNESS Health, wellness and beauty at any age are no coincidence; they are achieved by helping the body defend itself from toxic elements in the environment and by rejuvenation of natural bodily functions. Today, we do not have to accept the decline that is commonly associated with aging. The cornerstone of health and staying young is replenishing and rejuvenating our bodies naturally as we age. Bio-identical restoration therapies for thyroid and hormones can replenish and rejuvenate a body which has been subject to declining hormone levels, and therefore deterioration and dysfunction. Restoring declining nutrient levels and stimulating natural collagen production of the skin through injections is also a way to preserve and enhance beauty naturally from the inside out. Dr Meier is an expert when it comes to natural health, wellbeing and beauty; she has helped many of her patients achieve better health and rejuvenation over the many years of her practice through bio-identical hormone and thyroid therapies and other cutting-edge, natural health and beauty-enhancing therapies. Come and learn what Bio-identical Hormones and thyroid optimization can do for you!
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Cooperation is Key to Social Harmony Bullies seem to be made, not born. A study from the University of California, Berkeley, concludes that a cooperative school experience, versus a competitive one, can play a major positive role in the socialization of students. Researchers canvassed 217 students in grades three through five, measuring how much they liked to cooperate or compete with their peers, and how often they acted with aggression or kindness toward them. The youngsters also estimated how often their teachers put them in small groups to complete assignments together, a classroom strategy known as “cooperative learning,” because the students have to collaborate with one another to get their work done. Students that engaged in more frequent cooperative learning were more likely to say they enjoyed cooperating with others and reported exhibiting kind, helpful, pro-social behaviors. In contrast, students that said they preferred to compete were significantly more likely to act aggressively toward their peers and try to do them harm. The results suggest that cooperation begets cooperation. The researchers further concluded that cooperative experiences promote the development of the personality trait of cooperation. Based on their results, the researchers advocate more cooperative learning in classrooms as a way to promote positive behaviors and combat bullying, or harm-intentioned aggression. Source: Greater Good Science Center
Breaking Out of Depression By Debera Jensen
innie-the Pooh’s friend Eeyore may well be the first example of depression that we encounter at a young age. His outlook was nearly always gloomy. While A. A. Milne’s descriptions of Eeyore’s mood may have been intended as humor, most people know that depression isn’t funny. There are many descriptions of depression and most of them include such terms as sadness, a sense of loss, recurring anger, difficulty in concentrating, having no energy, hopelessness or a feeling of worthlessness. Everyone experiences some of these feelings from time to time, but if the mood persists for several days or weeks and interferes with daily activities, that’s when it is viewed as clinical depression. What causes depression? No one knows for sure. It may be due to
chemical changes in the brain which, in turn, may be triggered by any number of things such as breakup of a relationship, loss of a job, illness or social isolation, or surprisingly, even a chance remark. One of the more intriguing comments we’ve come across is from psychotherapist Dr. Albert Ellis, who said, “You largely construct your depression.” Consider these examples of how depression could be constructed: when you were two years old, your mom said you couldn’t have that toy you wanted. Perhaps you were particularly vulnerable that day, so your subconscious made a mindset or rule that permeates your adult life: you can’t have what you want. Or what if, more recently, you heard someone say that you’re defeated before you get started in this economy, so you conclude that
you have to work longer and harder and you make a rule that you can just forget about enjoying anything? In our past, and every day, we are exposed to the “cognitive debris” that such well-intended but harmful remarks can create. Many times, you can work through these remarks and let them go. Often, you don’t even know what is creating the depression, and worse, you don’t know how to release it from your mind. “Deconstructing” your depression can be a painless process using cognitive therapy and personal coaching. If you find that everyday depression busters like getting more sunlight, exercise, sleep and positive thinking are not helping enough, consider an “outside the box” session with thought field therapy, neuro-linguistic programming or any of several other available modalities that tap into your subconscious and release those negative thoughts and feelings that are holding back your best life. Debera Jensen is the Director of The Fast Focusing Center and offer classes in December on Deconstructing your Depression. See ad page 18.
many of the qualities that adults work to cultivate through spiritual development. For example, children are naturally mindful. They constantly live fully in the present, and the world is always a fantastically real and interesting place to them. As child psychologist Professor Alison Gopnik, of the University of California, Berkeley, puts it, “Babies and young children are actually more conscious and more vividly aware of their external world and internal life than adults are.” They have what she calls an, “…infinite capacity for wonder,” that adults only experience at their highest moments. “Travel, meditation and romantic poetry can give us a first-person taste of infant experience,” as can experiencing beauty, she says. This illustrates one of the most positive effects of having children: They help us to become children again ourselves. In Taoism, the ideal is to be as spontaneous and curious as a child, exhibiting their openness to experience. On the physical plane, Taoist practices like Tai chi and qigong aim to help the body become as supple and flexible as a child’s.
The Parent Path How Children Enrich Our Spiritual Life by Steve Taylor
irty nappies, wakeup calls in the middle of the night, a house full of screams and squeals, food splattered on walls, a chaos of toys everywhere, no more late nights out, no time to read books, take classes or attend retreats—what could be spiritual about bringing up children? Isn’t spiritual development just one of the many things we sacrifice when we have kids? Many spiritual traditions based on meditation, prayer and solitude maintain that nothing should divert us from our spiritual practices—least of all a family, which takes up so much time and energy. In India, one tradition holds that spiritual development belongs to a later stage of life, roughly after age 50. It is only
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once we have lived through a householder stage, bringing up and providing for our children and living a worldly life, that we can turn our attention to the inner world. After our children have reached adulthood, we have the privilege of meditating regularly, and living more quietly and simply. Many parents, however, find that— far from hindering it—bringing up children actively advances their spiritual development. Seen in the right way, parenthood can be a spiritual path, bringing a heightened sense of love, wonder and appreciation.
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Beyond Selfishness All the world’s spiritual traditions tell us how important it is to transcend our own selfishness; to stop seeing ourselves as the center of the universe and trying so hard to satisfy our own desires. They advise us to help and serve others, so that we can move beyond our separate ego and connect to a transcendent power. The eightfold path of Buddhism aims to cultivate this selfless state and ideally, the path of parenthood can, as well. It’s impossible to be a good parent without being prepared to put your children first. Much of parenthood is about selfsacrifice. Gopnik remarks: “Imagine a novel in which a woman took in a stranger who was unable to walk or talk or even eat by himself. She fell completely in love with him at first sight, fed and clothed and washed him, gradually helped him to become competent and independent, and spent more than half her income on him… You couldn’t bear the sappiness of it. But that is just about every
mother’s story. Caring for children is a fast and efficient way to experience at least a little saintliness.” The poet William Wordsworth described how children see the world as “…appareled in celestial light [having] the glory and freshness of a dream.” Yet, as adults, this vision, “…fades into the light of common day.” Having children of our own helps us to reawaken some of the celestial light within.
Perhaps this is what Jesus meant too, when he told his disciples, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” This makes sense if we think of the kingdom of heaven not as a future, far-off place, but as a state of consciousness, here and now. Heaven is the state of wonder and natural well-being where children dwell
and in their company, we naturally reenter the kingdom. Steve Taylor, a UK university lecturer and researcher, is the author of Waking from Sleep, described by Eckhart Tolle as, “One of the best books on spiritual awakening I have come across.” His new book is Out of the Darkness – from Turmoil to Transformation. Visit StevenMTaylor.com.
How to Treat Parenthood as a Spiritual Path Don’t be tempted to rush your children; try not to be impatient at their slowness. Walk at their pace and be mindful with them. Consciously cultivate a fresh, intense, childlike vision. Imagine how the world looks through their eyes. Let youngsters teach you the marvels of the world around you. Be as open and curious as they are, not taking anything you know for granted. Give yourself wholly to play with kids, allowing yourself to step outside your mental world of worries and responsibilities.
How to Support Your Inner Child’s Natural Spirituality Don’t be irritated when children ask, “Why?” Encourage their sense of wonder. Try not to be irritated by youthful exuberance and excitement. Try to limit the amount of time kids watch TV or play computer games. Encourage children to use their own creativity by inventing games, drawing or painting. Schedule periods of quiet relaxation and meditation, which enable them to feel more at home within their own being. Source: Waking From Sleep, by Steve Taylor natural awakenings
DO GOOD, FEEL GOOD
often overlooked ingredient to a prescription for better health? Perhaps, says Post, author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times. “This is a young science, but what we have begun to discover is that there is something going on, physiologically, in this process of helping others that seems to make people feel happier and report greater health.”
Helping Hands Live Longer
The Helping – Health – Happiness Connection by Lisa Marshall
rowing up on Long Island, New York, young Stephen Post often received an unusual prescription from his mother when he was feeling grouchy or under the weather. “She’d say, ‘Why don’t you go out and help someone?’” he recalls. “I’d go out and help Mr. Muller rake leaves or help old Bobby Lawrence fix his boat. Then, I’d come back feeling better, and feeling better about life.” Decades later, Post—a professor of preventive medicine at New York’s Stony Brook University—is among a growing contingent of researchers exploring just how such acts of generosity and the feelings (empathy, compassion, altruism) that prompt
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them may actually improve our mental and physical health. Recent studies have shown that people that volunteer live longer, suffer less chronic pain, have bolstered immune systems, are more likely to recover from addiction, and experience an in-the-moment sense of calm akin to that which people experience during and after exercise. Scientists have yet to fully understand what the physiological underpinnings are of such health benefits, but early studies credit a cascade of neurobiological changes that occur as we reach out to help a loved one, or (in some cases) even cut a check to a stranger in need. Could generosity be the missing, MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com
We’ve all felt it: That blush of innerwarmth we get after we bring a plate of healthful, steaming food to a sick relative, volunteer to read to kids at a local preschool or help sort donations for a shelter. According to a 2010 survey of 4,500 Americans by United Healthcare, 68 percent of those that volunteered in the previous year reported that doing it made them feel physically healthier; 73 percent noted that it lowered their stress levels. Meanwhile, 29 percent of volunteers that suffered from a chronic illness claimed that giving of their time helped them to better manage the illness. Other studies, by researchers at Boston College, found that when chronic pain sufferers volunteered to help others with similar conditions, they saw their own pain and depression levels decrease. At least seven studies have shown that people that regularly volunteer or give of themselves live longer—especially if they do it for genuinely altruistic reasons. Cami Walker, 38, of Denver, has experienced firsthand the physical benefits of being generous. After one sleepless night, lying awake and, “feeling sorry for myself,” due to a flare-up of her multiple sclerosis, she decided to take the advice of a spiritual teacher that suggested she, “Give something away each day for 29 days.” On day one, she called a sick friend to offer her support. On day two, she dropped $5 in a hat for some street performers. Another day, she treated a friend to a foot massage.
By day 14, she recalls, “My body was stronger and I was able to stop walking with my cane. After months of being too sick to work, I was able to go back part-time.” Walker subsequently wrote the bestselling 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life. It has inspired a global giving movement, with participants blogging about their experiences at 29Gifts.org. As she recently explained to The New York Times, “It’s about stepping outside of your own story long enough to make a connection with someone else.”
The Helper’s High University of Michigan researcher Sara Konrath, Ph.D., has found that people engaging in acts that benefit others tend to have more calming hormones like oxytocin and progesterone coursing through their bodies. If presented with a tough situation later, they are likely to react with a muted stress response, churning out fewer harmful stress hormones, such as cortisol and norepinephrine, and maintaining a calmer heart rate. Konrath is studying whether altruistic thoughts and behavior might also be associated with an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. “Just thinking about giving seems to have a beneficial physiological impact,” says Post. For instance, a late 20th-century study by then Harvard Psychologist David McClelland found that when people watched a film about Mother Teresa’s work with orphans in Calcutta, levels of immunoglobulin A (a marker of immune strength) shot up. A more recent study found that people had higher levels of oxytocin in their blood after they had watched a moving film about an ill 4-year-old boy. Some research further suggests that the act of giving may release natural opiates, such as endorphins, into our system. One landmark analysis
of 1,700 people published in Psychology Today found that more than 68 percent experienced a “helper’s high” when physically helping another person, and 13 percent reported a decrease in aches and pains afterward. It’s a concept that’s been documented many times since. Meanwhile, new brain-imaging research has shown that acts of giving (including making a charitable donation) stimulate “reward centers” in the brain. This includes the mesolimbic pathway by which natural dopamine is released, leaving us feeling euphoric. On the flip side, “We found that people that are high in narcissism and low in empathy have higher cortisol levels,” advises Konrath. “They walk around with high stress reactivity, which is really hard on the body.” One other clear example of the health benefits of helping lies in the field of addiction research. Recent studies by Maria Pagano, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, found that recovering addicts that volunteer to help other addicts stay sober are twice as likely to remain so themselves. That’s because narcissism and self-absorption are often at the root of addiction, and generosity is an antidote to narcissism, Pagano says. “The founders of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) figured it out,” Pagano continues, noting that a primary focus is on serving others. “They figured out that this selfish root is there before the illness develops, and is sustained unless you treat it. This is treatment; it is a way of continually weeding out the narcissism that made you sick.”
at Stony Brook, is the daughter of an evolutionary psychologist and a pioneer in the study of altruism’s neurobiological roots. In sharp contrast to what she describes as the long-held “self-interested” assumption about human nature (that we help others only to help ourselves), she suggests that humans are biologically wired to be empathetic and generous. “It makes more sense from an evolutionary perspective for us to suppress self-interest,” for the benefit of the whole sometimes, she says. New research from the University of Washington suggests that babies as young as 15 months old exhibit fairness and empathy. So, why don’t we always stop to help? Our anxious, busy, modernday lives get in the way, suggests Brown. “It could be that our natural, default state is to help when we see need, but what prevents that is our stress response.” That is, stress often gets in the way: Maybe we pass a stranded motorist on the road, but drive on by because we’re on a timetable. Perhaps our instinct is to offer a helping hand to a homeless person, but we fear that more will be asked of us than we are prepared to give. We wish to bring a meal to a dying relative, but are apprehensive about what to say when we visit. Brown’s recent federally funded studies show that at least some of the calming hormones and quietness of heart often seen in habitual givers may actually precede and enable their acts of selflessness by interrupting their potential stress response before it stalls their helping hand. “I am suggesting that when you see helping going on, something beneficial has already happened to the giver’s body,” says Brown. When givers perceive a need, instead of fretting and fleeing, they calmly stop to help. In the end, everyone walks away feeling a little more generous.
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Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.
Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., an associate professor of preventive medicine
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ocus on someone else for a change, whether it’s looking a store clerk in the eye or refraining from shouting at a referee at a sporting event. “People can become more empathetic if they just practice taking someone else’s perspective,” says University of Michigan researcher Sara Konrath. “When encountering a homeless person, for example, our inclination may be to not go there psychologically, because it is painful to imagine. Allow yourself to try.”
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Don’t reserve your generosity for people you know. Do something nice for someone you don’t know or will never meet. Be consistent. “Don’t think you can be kind in one domain and dastardly in another,” says Post. Do something that you feel called upon to do, or that you are good at. Slow down, take a deep breath and look around. Need abounds. Stop to help a stranger in some small way, even if you are in a hurry. Don’t help just to get healthy, impress your friends or get a tax deduction. “Motivation matters,” says Konrath. “If you are volunteering just for self-interested reasons, research shows you aren’t going to live any longer than someone who doesn’t volunteer at all.” Volunteer for a cause you really believe in, or help a person you truly care about.
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ake the most of being a host with party foods sure to wow guests. Combining classic concepts with tasty twists will satisfy any gourmet in search of a fabulous holiday buffet. Whether you are a year-round or seasonal party planner, these crowdpleasing appetizers will make you the toast of the celebration circuit.
Butternut Squash Spread with Baked Spelt Crisps A festive, flavorful spread perks up any table, and this one commands attention with its gorgeous golden color. Butternut squash is loaded with antioxidant vitamins A and C, carotenoid antioxidants, potassium and manganese. Plus, it is simple to make and serve. For an
innovative use of leftovers, add 1 cup of vegetable broth or stock to 1 cup of the prepared recipe, mix well and warm up for a satisfying serving of smooth soup. Yields: about 4 cups (dairy-free) 1 medium butternut squash (about 6 cups of cubes) 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, finely minced 1 tsp maple syrup (optional) 1 tsp finely grated ginger 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1 tsp dried thyme leaves) 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped finely (or Â˝ tsp dried rosemary) Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Peel squash, cut in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds with a spoon. Cut into 1-inch cubes. Place in a medium-large saucepan and cover with filtered water plus 2 inches. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer for 6-9 minutes or until tender and easily pierced with a fork. Drain liquid and let cool until comfortable to handle. Reserve the liquid for other uses such as making a vegetable stock or watering houseplants. Place cooked squash in a food processor with olive oil, garlic, ginger, thyme, rose-
mary, a scant teaspoon of sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Blend until very smooth. Season further to taste with sea salt and pepper as needed. Serve with crisps, crackers, whole-grain bread or crudité vegetables. Store any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
in a bag, plus the oil is of a high quality. Spelt (an ancient variety of wheat) contains more nutrients and less gluten than standard wheat. Look for whole wheat spelt tortillas for optimum flavor, fiber and nutrition. Yields: about 3 dozen crisps 4 spelt tortillas (9-inch), preferably made from whole wheat spelt Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Baked Spelt Crisps Easy, homemade crisps are delightfully crunchy and contain less oil than nearly anything available for purchase
Using a mister or pastry brush, mist or brush both sides of each tortilla with olive oil. Stack the tortillas and cut the stack into 8 wedges. Arrange resulting triangles in a single layer on baking sheets and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake for 6-7 minutes, or until crisp and turning golden. Watch carefully after 5 minutes to avoid burning. Let cool before serving; they get crispier as they cool.
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Sweet Potato Wrapper 2 sweet potatoes, peeled 2 tsp olive oil Pinch of sea salt Several fresh basil leaves, torn in half (to roll inside)
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Peel the sweet potato and cut the ends off.
Place haricot verts or sliced green beans in a small saucepan.
Slice thinly, lengthwise. If the potato is long, first cut it in half across the middle.
Mix together tamari or soy sauce, umeboshi plum vinegar and agave nectar or maple syrup and drizzle over the vegetables.
Lay pieces flat on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes until soft. Allow to cool and gently rub with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt. If wrappers must stand for any length of time, cover after cooled.
Haricot Verts or Green Beans 30 haricot verts or 18 green beans, cut in half and sliced lengthwise 2 tsp tamari or soy sauce 1 tsp umeboshi plum vinegar ½ tsp agave nectar or maple syrup Enough filtered water just to cover the veggies in a small saucepan Haricot verts are thin enough to leave whole. If using green beans, slice in half lengthwise. If green beans are extra-long, cut them in
Add just enough filtered water to cover the beans. Bring to a gentle simmer uncovered over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 5-10 minutes, or just until tender. Do not disturb the veggies by stirring while they cook; they should remain firm. When tender, remove from the liquid with tongs and set aside in a bowl. Continue cooking the liquid, stirring occasionally until it is reduced and the resulting marinade becomes syrupy. Pour over haricot verts or green beans and toss to coat. Let stand while preparing the remainder of the dish.
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Edible items are always a hit. Consider making something yummy that can be given to everyone on the list. Herbed olive oil, spiced nuts and homemade jams are favorites.
is the season, and a U.S. poll by Harris Interactive reveals that a majority of the stress 90 percent of us feel about the holidays is related to gift-giving. So, solving this problem will set us well on our way to a joyeux noël. The same study found that given a choice, most of us prefer investing in good family relationships instead of more material things, anyway. Natural Awakenings has uncovered four ways that we can make the holidays less hectic and more relaxing and meaningful. First, says Barbara Kilikevich, author of A Mindful Christmas–How to Create a Meaningful, Peaceful Holiday, we have to stop buying into the notion that more is better and that extravagant, expen-
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organization that challenges a “more is better” definition of the good life, suggests giving of oneself—providing gifts of time or experiences that will be long remembered. Invite loved ones to an outing to the zoo, a sporting event or an indoor/outdoor picnic. Give a friend her dream, based on an expressed interest and careful research. Sign her up for a class in cooking, sewing, photography or dancing—classes abound in most cities. Purchase a gift certificate for a local massage, acupuncture session or other soothing therapy as a way to unwind during or after the holiday season. Support the local art scene by giving tickets to a community theater or a museum membership.
Previously Enjoyed Gifts Not every gift needs to be brandnew. Browse vintage and antique
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With a little planning and a lot of love and care, we can fill the whole holiday season with less stuff and more satisfying joy.
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MASSAGE & COACHING STRESS CONSULTATION, MASSAGE & VITALITY ENHANCEMENT COACHING WITH VELINA LUJAN, MA, CMT Certified Holistic Stress Manager Certified QiGong Healer & Gerontology Naropa & Esalen Offices in Boulder & Golden 303-717-7709 www.YourStressManager.com Overwhelmed by the magnitude of your responsibilities? Need more peace, energy and vitality while pursuing your vision? Come alive as you free yourself of the stressors that have gotten in the way of your life’s work. Velina supports you in managing stress more effectively through practical, time efficient and highly effective methods. She motivates, inspires and gently yet powerfully supports you on your journey with unique skills, training and background. With a passion to inspire and motivate you to realize your highest self, she touches hearts and minds, bringing healing and hope. Bodywork is a nurturing complement, helping to break through the body armor and drop into the deeper issues that lie beneath the surface. Call now for your FREE introductory 15-minute consultation. 303-717-7709.
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SANCTUARY INNER CONNECTION INSTITUTE CHURCH OF INFINITE SPIRIT 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213 Denver 303-282-9439 Innerconnection.org A non-denominational, spiritual sanctuary offering clairvoyant reading and healing services, meditation classes, psychic development programs, ministerial services, and ordination programs. Locations in Denver and Wheat Ridge. We support you in creating the life you desire, and show you how through easy, effective techniques. Free aura clearing and chakra balancing in Wheat Ridge every Thursday 6:30 - 7:30pm. Free open channel clinic in Denver on the 2nd Fridays of the month at 7pm. Everyone is welcome! Call for more information. 303-282-9439. See ad page 10.
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Interested in a spiritual path based on meditation, ethical living, service to others and love for all creation? Interested in awakening to the possibilities of your higher self? Sant Mat is a practical spiritual path based on meditation on the inner Light and Sound, ethical values, service to others and love for all creation. Its goal is to enable the soul to return and merge into its source. Free. Consulate Healing Center, 750 E 9th St, Denver. Given by representatives of Sant Baljit Singh. Info 303-921-2765 or Santmat.net.
DECEMBER 1, THURSDAY
This workshop will review the 2 main types of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid. We will also discuss the basic tissue changes that occur with each and review the neurological and physiological aspects of arthritis. Each participant will have the opportunity to complete a personal “stress and arthritis” survey to identify areas of health that are being affected. Participants will gain a better understanding of the causes of arthritis and will be offered non-drug treatment solutions. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP required; call 303-934-3600. LifeSourceHP.com.
Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–12pm. Also on the 15th. Lecture covers the brain function of a child that struggles with academics, socialization and behavior. Discusson on to help your child overcome these issues without medications! Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. RSVP 303-278-1780 or Golden@BrainBalanceCenters.com. Holiday Gift Shopping & Open House - 3:308:30 PM. Drop by any time & enjoy a hot beverage and snack; peruse the gift merchandise, most priced below retail. Help support the Center AND recipients will appreciate the unique gifts.. Rev. DebraRae, Sacred Spaces, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200, SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com
DECEMBER 3, SATURDAY Pranahuti Aided Meditation–9:30am-5pm. Two-day class. Pranahuti Aided Meditation is a unique method of Raja Yoga. Discover inner peace, happiness, control of Mind, Enlightenment, and Balanced Existence. 4 Meditation sessions, Control of Mind & Concentration, Yogic/Thought Transmission, Way of Living, Stages of Enlightenment. Free. Denver PAM Meditation Center Littleton. Sriramchandra.org. A Beauty break for Mrs. Claus–10am-Noon. Come enjoy holiday smoothies, a relaxing facial, and learn how to keep your health and energy level during the busy holiday season! Free. RSVP Heather 303-753-2665. Holiday Craft and Boutique Show–9am-5pm. Avoid the holiday rush and enjoy one-stop shopping for your gift giving amongst the merry Mile Hi spirit. Choose from hand crafted and beautifully designed items. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or milehichurch.org. Creating Healthy Holidays with Rev. Cynthia James–10am-1pm. You will design a holiday that fills your heart with harmony and nourishes your soul. Take inventory of your life and what you no longer need, and learn radical self-care. $25. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or milehichurch.org.
DECEMBER 4, SUNDAY Non-Denominational Church Service–11am. Doors open 10:40-11am. Celebrate the journey of life with meditation and an informative spiritual message. Followed by a free aura healing - chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Church of Infinite Spirit / Inner Connection Institute 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org.
NATURAL APPROACHES TO PREVENTING AND HANDLING ARTHRITIC PAIN • Tuesday, December 13, 7-8:15 pm
FIT FEET CLINIC • Sat., December 17, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Our core is the anchor point for healthy movement patterns and our feet are the first place we reconcile the forces of gravity. If the feet are inflexible and unstable they will be ineffective at transferring the right messages up the rest of the body so you can be active without pain… for as long as you move! Learn basic mechanics and exercises so you can be aware of how to shift yours to have fit feet! Annette Bray, CSCS, Yoga Instructor, Vida Yoga Studio, 2749 Iris Ave, Boulder. 720-470-1771. www.annettebray.com
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING AT BELLA YOGA Beginning January 2012 Do you have a passion for Yoga? Do you have the desire to bring your practice to a whole other level and become a registered Yoga Teacher?? If this is something you have been thinking about for long time, now is the time to make that desire a reality. Bella Yoga is now accepting applicants for its 1st Yoga Teacher Training which will begin in January 2012!!! Reserve your spot today by sending an email to Michelle@BellaYogaInc.com if you are interested. Go to BellaYogaInc.com for info.
600 HOUR CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPY PROGRAM SPRING SEMESTER • Saturday, January 7, 9am start
A unique 600-hour Certified Massage Therapist program (Five Months) that includes the best in Thai Yoga Massage techniques fused with the best in Western Massage and Bodywork techniques. Our 600-hour CMT program includes 300 hours of In-Class training, 150 Hours of Distance Education/correspondence classes, as well as 150 Practicum/Mentorship hours. $5800. Denver Integrative Massage School, 2414 w 32nd Ave, Denver. Info 720-316-8888 or email@example.com .www.dimassageschool.com.
BECOME A CERTIFIED MASTER HERBALIST! COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING BEGINS FEBRUARY 2012 Gain skills and expertise needed for clinical practice in our 17-month, 450 hour, casebased program. Weekend classes on theory, medicine making, herb walks, student clinic. Just for Health School of Reflexology and Healing Arts, Englewood. State Approved. Rachel Lord or Luke Terry, 303-320-4367 or Health.firstname.lastname@example.org. JustforHealth.net.
BECOME A CERTIFIED REFLEXOLOGIST! TRAINING BEGINS FEBRUARY, 2012 Comprehensive 305 hour, weekend classes. “Professional Foot, Hand and Ear Reflexology” prepares for rewarding career as a clinician who can make a difference. Just for Health School of Reflexology and Healing Arts, Englewood. State Approved and ARCB CE Provider. Rachel Lord or Luke Terry, 303-320-4367 or Health.on.all. email@example.com. JustforHealth.net.
Living Life with Grace–10:30-11:30am. Understand how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. Enjoy readings from the ECK works, HU Song, quiet contemplation, music, stories, and connection with others after the service. Children’s classes concurrent. Free. Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley 1800 30th St. Ste 208 Boulder. 303-443-1610 or Eck-Colorado.org. Drum Circle–5:30-7:30pm. Chanting 5:30 - 6:00 p.m., drumming 6:00 - 7:30 pm. No experience necessary. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or milehichurch.org. Spiritual Gathering & Healing Clinic – 11am-12pm. Safe and sacred space for Sunday service, aura healing clinic (donations accepted), music, refreshments and community, lunch at Mimi’s Café (1st Sunday) immediately following. Messages: What is Spirituality? (12/4) & God’s Spotlight (12/18) Church offertory + Donations for Healings. Rev. DebraRae, Sacred Spaces, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200, SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com
DECEMBER 7, WEDNESDAY Monthly Free Healing Energy Clinic in Denver–5:457pm. An energy clearing is like a psychic massage. Unneeded energy is cleared, incl blocks to growth and flow; clarity and contentment restored. Evening clinics first Wednesday. Donations welcome. Inner Connection Institute Denver location: 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213 Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org. Get Happy Get Results! Playgroup–7-8:30pm. Align with your higher self, consciously feel good and allow wonder into your life. First 30 minutes teach basic principles; last 60 put them into practice. $15. Metaphysical Research Society 1001 E 7th Ave., Denver. Barbara Hagerman 303-667-2223 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Lisa Anne Marshall lisaghgh@live. com; GetHappyGetHappier.com. CCC: Consciousness Conversations & Contemplations – 6:45-10pm. Monthly meetings share a common desire to raise the consciousness of our planet. Raise awareness and consciousness through presentations, discussion, interaction, and networking. First Wednesday of the Month. Love offering/donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com. Family Christmas Service and Chili Dinner–5-6:30pm. Prior to the Wednesday night service, Family Christmas, enjoy vegetarian or traditional chili or PB&J sandwiches for the kids. $5 - adult, children 4-10 - $3, 3 and under complimentary. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or MileHiChurch.org.
DECEMBER 8, THURSDAY Nutritional Cleansing Presentation & Tasting–78:30pm. Also held on the 20th. Learn about this new cleansing and fat-burning system that is natural, safe and effective. Average weight loss of 9-12 pounds in just nine days. Includes a product tasting. Free. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP 303-934-3600 or LifeSourceHP.com Drum Circle with Shaman Rick Strong Feather and John Thunderheart Robinson –7-9pm. Drum Circle, Dige Players, Flutes, Shamanic Healing, Sound Healing, and Messages from the StrongFeather and The ThunderHeart. Second Thursday of the Month. Love offering/donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com. Introduction to SoulCollage® Workshop - 5-8p.m. SoulCollage begins as simple creative fun, but suddenly may surprise and awaken you. Multi-leveled enjoyable and profound creative practice. Self-insight for your personal self, sense of community and support. Sugg donation $10-20. People House, 3035
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West 25th Avenue, Denver. Nina Alenko Danhorn MS, NCC, Registered Psychotherapist, SoulCollage Facilitator, 720-924-1595. Laskacounseling@gmail. com. Laskacounseling.weebly.com.
DECEMBER 9, FRIDAY Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Doors lock 6:55 pm. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish, Free. Followed by Healings $10. This dynamic process facilitates realignment of the spiritual body. Channeling, energy readings, and intense individual clearings. Inner Connection Institute 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org. Health for the Holidays–Noon-1:30pm. Come learn how to maximize your health with the stress and sweet treats of the season! Take home tips on how to get more whole, raw fruits, veggies & berries into your DAILY diet! Free. RSVP Heather 303-753-2665.
DECEMBER 10, SATURDAY Healthy Foods Series-Creating Your Own Holiday Food Gifts–2-4pm. Deborah Fox, Reiki Master and Naturopath will help you create personal food gifts for friends using simple, easy to assemble recipes. She has practiced Ayurveda for nearly 15 years. $20. Dancing the Soul, 950-C Jersey St., Denver. 303-502-4586 or www.dancingthesoul.com. Deconstructing Depression – 2pm. This workshop teaches you how to deal with several types of depression: situational, past trauma, etc. Learn how to deconstruct depression in our workshop and experience relief right away! $15/pp. The Fast Focusing Center, 303-708-8817 or FastFocusingCenter.com. Holiday Gift & Holistic Healing/Psychic/Vendor Fair – 11am-5:30pm. Exciting fair with holiday gifts and complimentary healing modalities including massage, shamanic, foot baths, reiki, cord cutting, healing touch, oils, crystal bowls, and bars. Palmistry, tarot, intuitive, astrological and vendors. $20/20 minutes or per healer/reader/vendor. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com. Full Moon Ceremony – 7pm-9pm. NEW AT J4CL! Full Moon Ceremony with drumming, dance, ceremonies, teachings, and networking. Bring a snack to share and a love offering for the center. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.
DECEMBER 13, TUESDAY Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert–7-8:30pm. Also held the 14th. Tibetan singing bowls have been used for thousands of years as instruments of healing. Relax, close your eyes and drift into a healing altered state. $12 member; $15 non-member. Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St., Denver. Registrar 720-865-3580 or email@example.com. Natural Approaches to Preventing and Handling Arthritic Pain–7-8:15pm. This workshop reviews two types of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid, discusses the basic tissue changes that occur with each and reviews the neurological and physiological aspects of arthritis. Free. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP 303-934-3600 or LifeSourceHP.com. Are You Weighting for Freedom from Holiday Emotional Eating? - 5:30-7:30pm. Mindfulness-based workshop for women to release stress and anxiety about food around the holidays. Kate Daigle, MA, NCC, a body image specialist, uses body-centered psychotherapy. $30. 709 Clarkson St. Denver. RSVP Kate Daigle 720-340-1443 or firstname.lastname@example.org. KateDaigleCounseling.com. The Master Jesus: God’s Greatest Gift Mystic with Spiritual Master and Author Father Peter
Bowes - 7:30pm. Jesus said, “I am closer than hands and feet.” Even today, He is not distant in some moment of historical time. He is real. Begin to grow a life-transforming relationship with Jesus. $25 (Friend free).The Center of Light, 2300 Forest St, Denver. 720-308-9944, Denver@CentersOfLight.org. askfatherpeter.com or Denver.CentersOfLight.org
DECEMBER 14, WEDNESDAY What Does It Mean to Be a Disciple? with Mystic, Spiritual Master and Author Father Peter Bowes - 7:30pm. A disciple is one who disciplines oneself according to a certain way. Learn what it takes to be a true spiritual disciple. $25. (Friend free).The Center of Light, 2300 Forest St, Denver. 720-308-9944, Denver@CentersOfLight.org. askfatherpeter.com or Denver.CentersOfLight.org
DECEMBER 15, THURSDAY Angel Healing Clinic-Connecting to the Divine–7:157:45pm. Instructors will communicate messages from the Angels and assist in healing. Individual Healing Sessions 15 minutes $25 at 8pm by appt. Take your healing to the next level in these life changing, personalized sessions! $10/Group healing $25/individual healing. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Founder of Journey Within 720-413-7303, email@example.com or AnitaDestino.com. Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–6pm. See description December 1. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. RSVP 303-278-1780 or Golden@BrainBalanceCenters.com. Self-Care Through SoulCollage–5-8pm. Enjoy the gifts of the incredible SoulCollage process-mindfulness and expression. Reward yourself, unleash your inner child, reconnect with your intuition and tap into your creativity. $20. People House 3035 W 25th Ave., Denver. RSVP Laska Counseling 720-924-1595 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound with Ann Hines & Donna Baldwin –7-9pm. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain of each receiving individual. It is not a teaching or concept, but rather an experience or process that supports all paths or beliefs. Love Offering/$20 suggested Donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com. The Life of a Lighted Being with Mystic, Spiritual Master and Author Father Peter Bowes - 7:30pm. The life of a lighted being consists of connecting with God first, before all else, then radiating that light and love throughout the day in everything you do. $25. (Friend free).The Center of Light, 2300 Forest St, Denver. 720-308-9944, Denver@CentersOfLight.org. Askfatherpeter.com or Denver.CentersOfLight.org
DECEMBER 18, SUNDAY Ayurvedic Cooking for the Kapha Season–9am1:30pm. Learn the qualities of Kapha and how to balance the body by making smart food combination choices. Learn to prepare staples of an Indian meal and dishes made specifically to pacify Kapha. $81 incl freshlyprepared lunch. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd., Denver. Hansa 303-432-8099, email@example.com or PYAMandala.com. Renew and Restore for the Holidays with Margie Krest–1:30-3:30pm. Margie will use stories and poems to guide you to a state of deep relaxation that leaves you time for reflection and stillness. Relax and refocus for the holiday season! $20. Dancing the Soul 950-C Jersey St., Denver. 303-502-4586 or DancingTheSoul.com.
Community HU Song–10:30-11am. Join us in Denver or Boulder for monthly non-denominational Community HU song, an ancient name for God sung for spiritual upliftment. Free. ECKANKAR Center of Denver/ Boulder Valley 5800 E. Evans Ave., Denver and 1800 30th St., Ste 208 Boulder. Denver 303-756-9287 or Boulder phone 303-443-1610 or Eck-Colorado.org.
DECEMBER 20, TUESDAY
Emergence into the Light Winter Solstice Service– Celebrate the ancient gift of solstice amidst Celtic sounds, beating drums and firelight. Kindred Spirits, Doug Goodfeather, Didgeridooist Michael Stanwood, guitarist Paul Landsittel, Sara Rain, Men’s Growth Circle drumming, and Thom Lich. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or MileHiChurch.org.
Spiritual Gathering & Healing Clinic – 11am12pm. See description 12/4. Rev. DebraRae, Sacred Spaces, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200, SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com
2011 JANUARY 4, WEDNESDAY CCC: Consciousness Conversations & Contemplations – 6:45-10pm. See description Dec 7. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.
JANUARY 7, SATURDAY Create Your Vision–9am-1pm. A vision board is a physical picture of your desired reality; envision your goals and create an object that symbolizes your future life. Take home a poster-board; a visual representation of the life of your dreams. $79. South Fellowship Church 6560 S Broadway Littleton. Deb Roffe 303-550-5923, firstname.lastname@example.org or SummitLifeCoaching.net.
JANUARY 8, SUNDAY Journey to the Soul, Channeled Journaling Workshop and Concert with Diane Dandeneau– 1:30-5pm. Connect with your soul through music, guided meditation and channeling instruction. Become inspired as you explore, discover and capture the words that live deep in your soul, providing you pure guidance and wisdom from within. Unity Boulder, 2855 Folsom Street, Boulder. RSVP Diane Dandeneau 303-823-0394. Dianedandeneau.com.
JANUARY 10, TUESDAY Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–12pm. A research-based learning center with 15 years of experience successfully reconnecting thousands of children, freeing them from the effects of ADHD, Dyslexia, Asperger’s and other neurological disorders. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center 1211 Avery St., Golden. RSVP 303-278-1780 or Golden@BrainBalanceCenters.com.
JANUARY 12, THURSDAY Drum Circle with Shaman Rick Strong Feather and John Thunderheart Robinson –7-9pm. See description Dec 8. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.
JANUARY 17, TUESDAY Dog Trainer Apprentice Class–7:30-9:30PM. Become a dog trainer utilizing behavior science, ho-
Nutritional Cleansing Presentation & Tasting–78:30pm. See description Dec 8. Free. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP 303-934-3600 or LifeSourceHP.com
DECEMBER 21, WEDNESDAY
Winter Solstice Ceremony and Sound Celebration -– 7-9pm. Ceremony, celebration and sound. Featuring Aurelia and Al Taylor (Crystal Singing Bowls), Gary Fishman (Gongs and Didgeridoo), Tryna Cooper (Crystal Singing Bowls), Larry Cooper (Native Flute), drumming and more. Info Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-7316695. J4CL.com.
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DECEMBER 22, THURSDAY Guided Meditation-Discovering Your Own Divinity–78pm. Jennifer Moses facilitates this loving meditation to clear blocking energies. Our humanity is essential but also knowing, seeing, and feeling our very own divinity is healing and life affirming. $10. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Founder of Journey Within 720-413-7303, email@example.com or AnitaDestino.com.
listic approaches and positive reinforcement techniques tailored to each dog, pet parent and specific situation. Doggie Pause Daycare 3242 S Acoma St, Englewood. Apply MishaMayFoundation@Gmail. com for application. MishaMayFoundation.org. Understanding Dogs Training and Behavior Class–7:30-9pm. Six Tuesdays. Receive an evaluation, treatment plan and coaching experience with your dog who attends one week. The approach is holistic, with positive reinforcement techniques tailored to each dog and situation. Doggie Pause Dog Daycare 3242 S Acoma St., Englewood. firstname.lastname@example.org. MishaMayFoundation.org.
JANUARY 18, WEDNESDAY Understanding Dogs Training and Behavior Class–7-8:30pm. Six Wednesdays. See description Jan 17. Village of Five Parks Depot 13810 W 85th Dr., Arvada. email@example.com. MishaMayFoundation.org. Dog Trainer Apprentice Class–7-9pm. See description Jan 17. Village of Five Parks Depot, 13810 W 85th Drive, Arvada. Apply MishaMayFoundation@Gmail.com for application. MishaMayFoundation.org.
JANUARY 19, THURSDAY Understanding Dogs Training and Behavior Class–7:30-9pm. Six Thursdays. See description January 17. Pet Station 2300 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver. firstname.lastname@example.org. MishaMayFoundation.org. Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound with Ann Hines & Donna Baldwin –7-9pm. See description Dec 15. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25 Heal The Healers -– 7-9pm. See description Dec 28. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.
JANUARY 26, THURSDAY Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–12pm. See description Jan 10. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. RSVP 303-278-1780 or Golden@ BrainBalanceCenters.com.
Christmas Candlelight Services–2,5,8pm. Broadway star Tamra Hayden, Acoustic Eidolon, the Mile Hi Choir and Mile Hi Music Ministry. Enjoy an inspirational Christmas message, a rich variety of musical selections, a traditional lighting of candles and an open-hearted congregation. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or MileHiChurch.org. New Moon Goddess Circle – 7pm-9pm. NEW AT J4CL! New Moon Goddess Circle with drumming, dance, ceremonies, teachings, and networking. Bring a snack to share and a love offering for the center. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.
DECEMBER 24, SATURDAY Christmas Candlelight Services–See description December 23. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or milehichurch.org.
DECEMBER 25, SUNDAY
DECEMBER 27, TUESDAY Guided Meditation-Creating Your New Year–7-8pm. Reflect on, learn from, and work with the Angels to let go of 2011 and take the time to manifest the 2012 You desire. Give yourself the gift of a guided meditation with Anita Destino! $10. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Founder of Journey Within 720-413-7303, email@example.com or AnitaDestino.com.
DECEMBER 28, WEDNESDAY Heal The Healers -– 7-9pm. Healers both give and receive. Share your gifts and get your time of healing on the table. All healers are invited. Bring your energy, tools, and a snack to share. Fourth Wednesday of the Month. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-7316695. J4CL.com.
DECEMBER 30, FRIDAY World Peace Cooperative–Usher in 2012 with music, poetry, oneness blessings, and prayer from different religions and cultures. Twelve hours for peace includes opening ceremony at 6pm December 30, 12-hour labyrinth and World Peace Cooperative Service at 5am., December 31. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or MileHiChurch.org.
DECEMBER 31, SATURDAY Nurture and Renew for 2012–10:30am-3pm. A gathering opportunity. Asana, conscious eating experience, kirtan, meditation and satsanga as 2011 comes to fruition. Hansa will prepare and provide the meal for the conscious eating experience. $54. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala 3333 Federal Blvd., Denver. Hansa 303-432-8099, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.pyamandala.com.
Happy New Year!!!
daily Blossoms of Light–5:30-9:30pm. Open 12/2 thru 1/1. Over a million lights highlight the Garden’s winter beauty. Romantic kissing spots, Holospex glasses, hot drinks and snacks. $9.50 Adults; $7.50 Adult Member, Student, Senior (65+); $6.50 Child (ages 3-12); $4.50 Child Member. Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St., Denver. Registrar 720-865-3580 or email@example.com.
monday Community Thai Yoga Massage Student Clinic–11:30am-8:30pm. Student sessions available to the public! In Thailand you still find traditional, community massage setting. Our sessions combine Thai yoga massage with Asian and Western massage techniques. 60 min-$21, 90 min $28. Denver Integrative Massage School 2414 W. 32nd Ave., Denver. Appt req’d 720-316-8888, firstname.lastname@example.org or DenverIntegrativeMassageSchool.com. Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga w/EmySol – 6:30pm. Exhilarating and complete Yoga practice.Ujjayi breath flows thru each pose. Ends with savasana (deep relaxation) and short meditation for blissful experience. Instructor: EmySol -Ananda Shakti Ma. Call for pricing. No exp. req’d. 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.
tuesday Community Thai Yoga Massage Student Clinic–11:30am-8:30p. See description Mon. Low-Cost Community Clinic– Tues/Thurs by appt. We offer Stress Management Consultation, Coaching, Self-Healing Instruction and Bodywork. After a comprehensive assessment of your stressors and their root causes, we offer consultation, coaching and resources to manage them. $45 or sliding scale. Stress Management Services, 5600 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Velina 303-717-7709 or email@example.com.
wednesday Weekly Free Healing Energy Clinic in Denver–12:15-1pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic massage. During a healing, unneeded energy is cleared and clarity and contentment are restored.. Daytime clinics every Wednesday. Donations welcome. Inner Connection Institute Denver 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213 Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org. Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like an “energy car wash.” During a healing, we release negative energy that is blocking you from growth and stopping you from creating the life you desire. Donations welcome. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Founder of Journey Within 720-413-7303, firstname.lastname@example.org or AnitaDestino.com. Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga w/EmySol – 6:30pm. See description Mon. 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.
thursday Modern Day Meditation–7:30-10pm. This meditation uses various music and guides people to a more calm and open state, to think clearly about solutions for daily life changes and find a deeper spiritual connection within. Free. Colorado Health and Wellness Center 126 W 5th Ave., Denver. Diane 303-524-4040 or email@example.com. Weekly Free Healing Energy Clinic in Wheat Ridge–6:30-7:30pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic massage. During a healing, unneeded energy is cleared and clarity and contentment are restored. Donations welcome. Student readings after clinic-$25 –call for appt. Inner Connection Institute North Side location: 4325 Harlan St., Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or InnerConnection.org. Low-Cost Community Clinic–Tues/Thurs by appt. See descrip Tues. $45 or sliding scale. Stress Management Services, 5600 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Call Velina at 303-717-7709 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Community Thai Yoga Massage Student Clinic–11:30am-8:30p. See description Mon.
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