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GRACE Finding the Sacred In Daily Living





Ending the Confusion DECEMBER 2010

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GRACE Finding the Sacred

In Daily Living by Lisa Marshall





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onk if you think the geese on the cover are funny! You may have noticed that since we came to Natural Awakenings, we have published covers with photography, and here we are, breaking our tradition! Why, you ask? Well, we laughed out loud at those geese with antlers! We hope you did too. We liked that, for that moment, and whenever we saw them after, we laughed and lightened up. It gave us a moment to think about how we sometimes take life, jobs, holidays, family obligations and ourselves quite seriously. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of perspective. Reality is merely an illusion , albeit a very persistent one. ~ Albert Einstein The holiday season – and the New Year – is full of opportunity. Maybe this year we can finally laugh at that aunt who still pinches our cheeks even though we’re way past that age, or become the casual observer to the constantly complaining brother-in-law, rather than become irritated and heading straight for a cocktail ( or in Terry’s case, a bag of Cheetos). We get to look at our expectations about how the holidays should appear, and perhaps accept how they do appear. Spending time with family – or spending time alone for the first time – allows us to look at who we are today, if we can stay present and conscious about our reactions. It is the opportunity for us to change the way we think, speak and act, based on who we are today, not our past experiences, good or bad. Doug notes, “As a child in the 70’s, my parents drilled Werner Erhardt into my head. ‘Be Here Now,’ they liked to tell me, especially because they wouldn’t allow us to go the bathroom at the seminar. Behind the quotes and simplistic phrases, there is still limitless meaning. So, I try to remember that every moment is perfect, just the way it is.” Everything is material for the seed of happiness, if you look into it with inquisitiveness and curiosity. The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment. There always is the potential to create an environment of blame – or one that is conducive to loving-kindness. ~ Pema Chodron The idea that every moment is perfect, that you create your environment, feels lighter, doesn’t it? What if we could make this year’s resolution to find the sunshine in every cloud, watch more of “America’s Funniest Videos” and move toward happiness-creating, light-hearted, present-filled moments? We’d not only be helping ourselves, but everyone around us. Is this easy? No. Is it do-able? Yes. I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. ~Woody Allen Here’s hoping your holidays and the New Year is filled with laughter and love, making memories of happiness and promise, geese in costume and a little milk coming out of your nose.



Hormone Myth Busters: Ending the Hormone Confusion


By Katia I. Meier, MD

n the October issue of Natural Awakenings, the article “Better Breast Health: Make Prevention a Daily Habit” by Beth Davis was published on pages 20-21. In the article, Ms. Davis wrote “Of course, not using PHT (postmenopausal hormone therapy) to start with is a way to avoid raising this [breast cancer] particular risk,” citing the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle as her source of information. Hormones have become a hot topic due to all the confusion caused by misinformation from all sides. The bulk of this stems from the Medias’ indiscriminate terminology in regards to hormones, due to a lack of understanding about the difference between synthetic and natural hormones. It is not a surprise that people have been confused regarding hormones when the reporting media frequently does not know how to distinguish between these crucial differences. Should not everyone make sure they know the facts when reporting on such important matters? Natural hormones are unable to be patented and therefore are actually actively lobbied against by big Pharma, who wants to sell their patentable substitutes instead. This leads to mainstream medicine’s ignorance about this useful healthpromoting tool for so many decades. Thanks to patients demanding more healthy alternatives in medicine, the benefits of natural hormone replacement therapy has finally become more widely known and accepted.

Myth 1#: Hormones Cause Cancer A large body of evidence refutes this myth; there are several studies using Bio-Identical hormones, one with 20,000 women, and the biggest to date, with 100,000 women, published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 2007 did not show any increased risk for cancer. There are about 60 studies demonstrating safety and actual decrease of cancer in women taking natural hormones. Media coverage of the Women’s Health Initiative in 2010 was misleading. The study used sythetic hormones which do not exist in nature and are toxic, and horse-derived hormones which are also not the best option for a human body. The study did not use Bio-Identical hormones. Horse hormones are still better than no hormones, as found in the estrogen-only arm of the WHI study; it showed a reduction in diabetes, heart disease, hip fractures and colon cancer. The increase in cancer in this study was caused by the synthetic progesterone used, called medroxyprogesteroneactetate (MPA). No one should be taking synthetic progesterone; only natural progesterone. Natural progesterone was able to reduce the risk of breast cancer. As published in the American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2005, natural progesterone produces a cancer resistant protein and inhibits cancer growth via “up regulation” of the Kinase Inhibitor Gene. Natural progesterone has been shown to be more effective in tumor reduction than Tamoxifen (a common breast cancer drug), as reported in a Japanese study published in the Journal of Cancer Research in 1985. New England Journal of Medicine, 2004, published an evaluation of 12 studies in regards to testosterone and prostate cancer; there was no correlation found for increase in cancer risk. It is a scientific fact that Bio-identical / natural hormones are doing the opposite of what is found in tests using synthetic hormones concerning health, and Bio-identical hormones do have multiple beneficial effects in the human body. Myth 2#: Hormones should only be taken on a short term basis Natural hormones have several very significant benefits to your overall health both now and in your future. In fact, BHRT (BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy)

Different Christmas by Will Bullas Combining award-winning artistic skills with a humorous point of view, Will Bullas makes fine art fun. The birds and animals that populate his enchanting watercolors are full of personality, reflecting the artist’s ebullient sense of sparkle and mischief. Bullas has been drawing since he was a youth, and his first professional pieces were pencil portraits of fellow soldiers in Vietnam sent to loved ones back home. Returning from military duty, he enrolled in the Brooks Institute of Fine Art, in Santa Barbara, California, and graduated with a degree in oil painting. Today, Bullas’ work graces a wide range of popular products, including high-fashion T-shirts, note cards and coffee mugs. His books, A Fool and His Bunny and A Fool Moon, include introductions by fans Clint Eastwood and Doris Day. A member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society, Bullas is renowned for the zany one-liners that often title his works. “I find that laughter always tips the scales,” he advises. “When you combine an image with one of the countless sayings or bits of jargon we are always using, you end up with a pretty funny package.” View the artist’s portfolio at

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is one of the major cornerstones of preventive medicine! Hospital Practice, published in 1999, noted that natural hormone users had an overall 50% decrease in illness and death. Natural estrogen has been shown to reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s and neuron degeneration by over 50%, published in New England Journal of Medicine (JAMA), 2002. Estrogen was shown to produce a reduction in heart disease by up to 90% published in JAMA in 2000, depending on how early the patient started their natural hormone therapy; the sooner the better! Heart disease is still the number one killer for both men and women in the US! Estrogen also reduces colorectal cancer, cataracts, macular degeneration, and prevents tooth loss. Progesterone has been shown to raise HDL “good cholesterol” and reduces plaque in arteries together with estrogen, whereas synthetic Hormones do just the opposite. Testosterone has been shown to increase muscle mass, bone mass, reduce body fat, and therefore decrease the incidence of diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. All hormones are shown to reduce depression, promote a sense of wellbeing, promote memory and cognition, improve energy and libido, reduce insomnia, and accelerated aging. Why wouldn’t everyone want to have all these health benefits for as long as possible? Myth 3#: Hormones make you fat Fact is, studies have repeatedly shown that DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), estrogen and testosterone reduce central obesity, reduce abdominal fat, improve lean muscle mass and body composition, which automatically reduces the risk for obesity and diabetes. Published in Obesity Review in 2004, estrogen was shown to reduce obesity.

DHEA protects against Metabolic Syndrome by reducing fat and decreasing insulin resistance, published in JAMA, 2004. People who are well balanced on natural hormones have an amazing reduction in weight and improvement in body shape. The female body becomes more attractive with estrogen and the male body with testosterone. One of my patients has lost 3 dress sizes without doing anything else but switching from synthetic hormones (the birth control pill) to natural hormones! She loved to show all her friends her loose dress which used to fit very snugly. She is extremely grateful for her newfound youthful shape! Transient water retention may be possible for a small number of people who have been devoid of hormones for a longer period of time and then start hormone replacement therapy; this may possibly take a couple of months to resolve on its own. Functional, preventive and pro-active medicine is the medicine of the 21st century! They bring together the various fields of medicine for the single goal of promoting optimal health and wellness with both the immediate and long term goals in mind. Bio-Identical Hormones have been one of the major tools used for decades to achieve this goal and should not be missed by anyone. May this article help you to make more informed decisions about your health and therefore take control of your future; there is no reason to miss out on all the great benefits from natural hormone therapy. For more information please call Clear Sky Medical, PC at (303)790-7860.

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newsbriefs Explore Your Intuition with a Free Preview Night


oga of the Mind is presenting a free preview night for their Explore Your Intuition workshop on January 17, 7:00-8:30pm at their center in Denver. During the free Preview Night, you will learn about exploring your intuition, how to find the confidence to follow it, exercises and a meditation to tap into Source. The evening offers a hint of what you can expect in the 8-week Explore Your Intuition workshop, which starts January 24, Mondays from 7-9pm. The course can help in all areas of life, from professional and personal decisions, daily thinking, building confidence and trust and helping you appreciate your inner guidance system, which we often ignore. Yoga of the Mind is offering a special discount for the Explore Your Intuition workshop of $99 if you sign up in 2010. In 2011, the discount will be $150 if you sign up before or at Free Preview Night (regularly $240). More information and details available by calling David Stevens at 303-668-2358 or 8 E. First Ave, #103, Denver. See listing page 24.

December Beauty Highlights at Clear Sky Medical


atia I. Meier, MD of Clear Sky Medical, is offering special values on several products and services in December to help you finish out the year (or give a beauty gift to someone you love) and start the New Year looking your best. The special values include Radiesse - buy one get one free, a wrinkle & line filler that also stimulates your natural collagen (save $650+); receive a free medical micro-peel with purchase of Sculptra - a non-filler injectable that stimulates collagen over time (save $130); $50 rebate on Dysport - works like Botox, no minimum units required; and Latisse – the only FDA approved treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker, and darker, now $99 (normally $120). Dr. Meier always offers a complimentary consultation for all injectable services and the Clear Sky Para-Medical Aesthetician offers a complimentary skin consultation as well. For more information you can contact Clear Sky Medical, PC at 303-790-7860. See ad page 16. New Feature in Natural Awakenings: WEB ALERT! There is so much we can’t fit every month and we want to give you more info, so we’re putting these Web Alerts around the magazine to let you know there’s more on

New Business Supports Aspiring Writers and Authors


ocal self-publishing experts Lisa Shultz and Andrea Costantine have started Self-Publishing Experts, LLC, a business that was born from the inquiries of aspiring writers as to how to publish their own books. Self-Publishing Experts, LLC., offers book mentoring, content edits and review, accountability, ghostwriting, and consulting services. They will begin monthly workshops and tele-seminars starting in January 2011. “Statistics show that 81% of the population claim to have the desire to write a book, yet many of never do any writing. As a part of the community, without even realizing it, we were stepping into a new role of supporting writers to help them get their book out into the world,” says Andrea Costantine. “We see ourselves as a resource center for the new author, we want to provide a place that people can come for advice on self-publishing, get the answers they need, and avoid costly mistakes,” says Lisa Shultz. Andrea Costantine & Lisa Shultz’ book How to Bring Your Book to Life This Year: An Exploratory Guidebook on Writing and Self-Publishing may be ordered through or Visit for more information on services and offerings.

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ourneys For Conscious Living (J4CL) in Arvada/ Northwest Denver announces the addition of more monthly community events, as well as the addition of another larger meeting space available for community rental and use. Additional events include “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching” on the first Sunday of the month, Drum Circle and Sacred Sound on the second Thursday of the month, Spiritual Movie Night on the second Friday of the month, Kirtan on the third Monday of the month, and Oneness Blessing/Deeksha on Monday afternoons. These new monthly events complement on-going events such as Consciousness Conversation and Contemplations (CCC) on the first Wednesday of the month, Oneness Blessing/Deeksha on the third Thursday of the month, and other courses, classes, and gatherings. Journeys For Conscious Living has also added another larger meeting space. Robby Robbins, J4CL partner, said, “With the high demand for the large gathering space, J4CL has added another space, complete with stage and sound availability, which will easily seat medium size gatherings of up to 60 people, in order to better serve the needs of the conscious community.” In addition to the new space, J4CL also has the large meeting space which seats over 100 people, another meeting space that will seat 40 people, and 4 practitioner rooms available for hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and special event rental. Journeys For Conscious Living is located at 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Building A, Suite 100 in Arvada. For event or rental information contact Journeys For Conscious Living at 303-731-6695 or See listing page 23.

Oneness Community Offers Special “Blessing” Weekend




he Journey to Oneness community has organized a special “Weekend of Awakening with Deeksha” on December 3-5 in Arvada. Deeksha or diksha is Sanskrit for blessing or benediction. It is the transfer of intelligent sacred energy - Divine Grace – and heals relationships, quiets the constant chatter of the mind, opens the door to higher states of awareness and initiates a process of permanent awakening into Oneness. All that remains is causeless love, joy and peace in the present moment. This dynamic weekend will allow you to enjoy special musical guests and speakers, including Patrick Wise, explore ancient practices to awaken kundalini and energy centers, experience ancient teachings that catalyze awakening and the opening of the heart, participate in a live webcast with Sri Bhagavan from the Oneness Temple in India, explore the Sacred Space/Dark Room process and join a special Skype call with Doug Bentley, Oneness Guide at Oneness University. “Oneness is non denominational, all are welcome here”, says Susanne Kind, one of the organizers. According to Kind, Oneness practitioners seek to tap into that wellspring of joy that already exists within, to achieve responsive state of calm. The goal of Oneness is to access higher states of consciousness, enhance your personal relationship with your vision of the Divine and deepen your state of Oneness. “Not only will we all enjoy music, dancing, meditation and togetherness, but many will become certified Deeksha/Blessing givers over this weekend”, says Kind. The event takes place at the Journey for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Arvada. Friday, Dec. 3, 7 pm – 10 pm, Sat 10 am – 11:30 pm and Sun 10 am – 7 pm. Cost varies, call 303-343-0242 or register at JourneyToOneness. See ad page 20.

17th Annual Judaica Show Now Open Thru January 9


oulder Arts & Crafts Gallery, an artist cooperative since 1971, celebrates the Jewish Holidays with all things colorful at the 17 th annual Judaica Show, 1421 Pearl Street Mall in Boulder through January 9. The show features stunning mosaics to adorn the wall, mosaic spirit houses for a special spot; menorahs—some created with whimsical glee; glittery jewelry; hand-colored prints for your walls, polished glass mezuzahs, dreidles of all sorts, and festival ware to reflect your holiday spirit. Reading & crafts are highlighted at the Holiday Reception on Sunday, Dec 5, from 4-6 pm. Bring the kids, 5 and older, to make a laminated bookmark. Light refreshments offered. As a Fundraiser for the Allied Jewish Federation of CO, a portion of all proceeds from sales will be donated. For more information, call 303-443-3683 or visit

Local Author Releases Latest Book

“Angel and Animal Guides for Healing, Hope and Inspiration,� the latest book by local Angel Intuitive Catherine Morgan, came about as a unique collaboration with her nine-year-old son, who said one day, “Mom, why don’t you put angels and animals together in a deck?� Catherine uses oracle decks for guidance both at home and with her clients, and thought he had a great idea. He told her which angel went with which animal, and what the animal’s gift was.  When she was given the vision for each image, her illustrator Deborah Gotto translated. “It’s the first oracle book to combine angels and animals,� said Morgan. The book contains 300 detailed messages of hope, healing and inspiration as well as 20 full-color images. The new book is

available at Spiritwise bookstore in Littleton, Collage bookstore in Morrison, or Catherine Morgan will be appearing at Collage Bookstore in Morrison on December 15 for a talk and book signing. RSVP 720-290-4902. See ad page 8.

Men’s Shopping Nights at Outdoor Divas in Denver and Boulder


utdoor Divas, a specialty retailer addressing the needs of active women, will be hosting a special “Mens’ Shopping� night at their Denver and Boulder locations in December Tuesday, December 14 from 5-7 p.m. at 2717 East Third Ave. Denver, and Wednesday, December 15 from 5-7 p.m. at 1133 Pearl Street in Boulder. In an effort to help men shop for the active women in their lives, Outdoor Divas will be serving pizza and Oskar Blues beer for men as well as offering gift-wrapping help and expert advice. Women are encouraged to email their “wish list� to Events@ and should include their guys’ email so that a reminder can be sent. “We strive to inspire, educate and outfit active women. We believe that proper education, apparel and equipment will enhance women’s experience in any outdoor activity.� said Marily Macdonald of Outdoor Divas. For more information, call 303-449-3482 or visit

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Study Ranks Greenest States The National Marketing Institute’s in-depth query of 3,000 consumers from varied demographic groups in the 25 largest U.S. states (by population), reveals where demand is greatest for everything green. Leading states, while not without flaws, are known for pioneering new environmental policies, having avid enthusiasts of outdoor activities and driving the market for green products. Research questions focused on the proportion of consumers who have purchased carbon offsets, organic foods, renewable power and hybrid vehicles and those who compost, reuse grocery bags and donate money to environmental groups. Based on the prevalence of these characteristics, the top 10 greenest states are Washington, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, California, Maryland, New Jersey, Minnesota, Michigan and Missouri. They are followed by Florida, Alabama, Wisconsin, Arizona and Texas.

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Sustainable Toys are In With Walmart, the biggest toy seller, now stocking its store shelves with more toys made from natural or recycled materials, industry analysts expect other big retailers to follow. Reyne Rice, a trend specialist for the Toy Industry Association, told Reuters that about 25 percent of retail buyers at last year’s American International Toy Fair wanted to see and consider more eco-friendly products. Thus, the Toy Fair earlier this year featured a green pavilion, exclusively showcasing such toys for the first time. It’s a step toward propelling green toy sales toward an anticipated $1 billion market in the next five years, representing some 5 percent of overall toy sales. While sustainable toys tend to cost a bit more than traditional ones, many are priced at less than $25 retail. Meanwhile, even though many major manufacturers aren’t yet on board, several are making moves to green and reduce the amount of packaging they use.

President Obama has announced the installation of solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the roof of his White House residence as part of a Department of Energy demonstration project. Interestingly, the move comes after Founder Bill McKibben carted solar panels to Washington, D.C., in October, as part of his grassroots movement’s 10/10/10 Global Work Party on curbing climate change. The Washington Post reports that the panels were some of the same ones that were donated to Unity College in the 1990s after President Reagan had them removed from the White House and let federal renewable energy subsidies expire. President Carter had the original solar equipment installed in 1979, saying “A generation from now, this solar heater [behind me] can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken, or it can be just a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people.” Remarks McKibben: “If it has anything like the effect of the White House garden, it could be a trigger for a wave of solar installations across the country and around the world.”

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ith cold and flu season approaching, now is the time to strengthen and support the immune system. Ayurveda, literally the “science of life,� helps the immune system by using the language of nature to describe the intricacies of health and disease. It utilizes treatments that include herbs, foods, lifestyle adjustments, massage, cleansing techniques, yoga, and other natural processes work to restore the body to its innate, healthy balance. The first way to bolstering the immune system is by minimizing consumption of refined sugar, bagged snack foods and white flour while increasing intake of fruits and vegetables. Since the body heals while it sleeps, we strive to improve length and quality of sleep. Fresh air, sunlight and exercise are also important. Yoga Sun Salutations support immunity in fall and winter, as do yoga breath practices involving full, deep belly breathing. Ayurveda also focuses on a healthy digestive system for strong immunity. Drink cumin, coriander and fennel seed tea to strengthen your digestive fire, using a teaspoon of the combined seeds, boiling until seeds sink and straining. Trinity Tea, consisting of ginger, turmeric and the Ayurvedic herb Tulsi, is a useful home remedy beverage supports digestive fire and is warming and has antiviral properties. Four parts Tulsi, two parts ginger and one part turmeric, add honey and you have a tasty, morning drink. Ayurveda, the “Mother of all Medicine�, works at the deepest levels of life. It is the ancient, Indian art of physical, mental, and emotional healing based on balances innate and unique to each individual. Seek an experienced practitioner with whom you are comfortable who can individualize a holistic approach that suits your needs. Visit Alakanada Ma and Alandi Ayurveda Clinic at 2457 20th Street, Boulder. 303-786-7437; or Shanti Medina at See ad page 8.

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favorite holiday spice might soon be recognized as a natural medicine. An investigative study led by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) chemist suggests that a water soluble extract of natural cinnamon, which contains antioxidant compounds, could help reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and heart disease. More research is needed.

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The “Hidden� Link Between Your Teeth and Your Thyroid by Ian Hollaman


or an individual diagnosed with a Thyroid disorder, the symptoms can be troubling: heart palpitations, difficulty losing weight, constipation, depression, night sweats, insomnia, feel cold, tired / sluggish (fatigue), brain fog, night sweats.  Medical doctors commonly treat patients with synthetic thyroid prescriptions, but there is more that can be done. A majority of thyroid cases are autoimmune, and mercury contained within our dental fillings can stimulate the body to attack itself. Mercury is a toxic metal, yet it is still common in dental amalgams. Although few doctors associate dental fillings with a patient’s thyroid condition, a study in the December 2006 Journal of Neuroendocrinology showed that thyroid antibodies decreased with the removal of mercury-containing, dental amalgams in patients with mercury hypersensitivity. This decreased the immune attack against the thyroid and consequently resulted in successful treatment of the thyroid condition. Patients concerned about their thyroid should be under an expert’s care, preferably one who understands to treat the patient holistically. There are precautions to take that can prevent escaping mercury from negatively impact one’s health, and removal is not the safest answer for everyone. Thyroid health is dependent on many factors, but your teeth may be one of them! Dr. Ian Hollaman is the director of Red Tail Wellness Centers, 3393 Iris Ave. Ste 105, in Boulder. 303-882-8447. See ad page 2.

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Finding the Sacred in Daily Living by Lisa Marshall


sunrise jog, a home-cooked meal with a friend, the smell of moist soil in a freshly tilled garden, a smile from a stranger on the subway… Most would agree that such Earthly experiences can give us something to look forward to or add a spark to an otherwise ordinary day. But to an increasing number of people these experiences are nothing short of spiritual opportunities—a chance to tap into the Divine, beyond the walls of any synagogue or cathedral. “For a long time, there was an idea that there was only one way to do ministry, and that was within the church walls,” says Barbara Brown Taylor, author of An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith. “But there is an explosion of spirit going on right now, and people are experimenting with other ways to serve and seek that go way beyond that definition.” Taylor, an Episcopal minister, left a 15-year stint as a parish preacher for life as an organic farmer and professor of spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary, in Decatur, Georgia. She is among a host of faith leaders who have moved beyond the confines of the altar to shine a light on the sacred nature of the outdoors, physical activity, food, gardening and even mundane workaday tasks. The proliferation of such unconventional sacred practices comes at a time when the number of Americans who identify with one religion is dwindling, while those who consider

themselves “spiritual, but not religious” is at an all-time high. According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, the number of adults who say they are not affiliated with any particular faith has grown to 16.1 percent, twice what it was 20 years ago. Among adults under age 30, onequarter say they are unaffiliated. Meanwhile, 92 percent of Americans believe in God or a “universal spirit,” threequarters pray and two in five meditate. With the recent publication of such atheist tomes as Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, and the meteoric rise of conservative Christian personalities like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, those on either end of the spiritual spectrum have taken center stage in an increasingly divisive dialogue in recent years. Meanwhile, former Episcopal priest J. Pittman McGehee points out that the more moderate seekers have been quietly creating a modern-day alternative all their own. “There is a 21st -century spirituality out there that is neither fundamentalist nor atheist,” observes Pittman, a University of Houston psychology professor and co-author of The Invisible Church: Finding Spirituality Where You Are. “People are looking for the extraordinary in the ordinary, the miraculous in the mundane, and the sacred camouflaged in the profane.”

Raised in a devoutly Jewish family and ordained at the prestigious Hebrew Union College, Jamie Korngold was following a fairly typical rabbinical path in the 1990s. She presided over Saturday services at an ornate synagogue in Calgary, where she lead a large congregation in songs, chants and readings. Still, she often found herself thinking about the people who weren’t there. “No matter how great my sermons were, I knew I wasn’t going to reach beyond the pulpit,” she recalls, noting that 70 percent of Jews are not affiliated with a traditional congregation. “I needed to meet the people where they are.” Today, she has no synagogue at all. Instead, through her rapidly growing Boulder, Colorado-based Adventure Rabbi program, she leads brief Shabbat services at a mountaintop warming house at the Copper Mountain ski resort, before spending “a holy day” carving turns on powder-filled slopes with her congregants. For the Jewish New Year, she leads them on a hike to a mountain top, where they unroll a giant Torah and toss snow into a rushing stream to bid farewell to past mistakes and welcome new beginnings. At Passover, they—like their Biblical ancestors—gather in the desert, where she tells the story of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt during their hike to a striking red-rock arch in Moab, Utah. “It was an experience like none that I had ever had,” says Lori Ropa, 45, a lifelong Jew who attended an Adventure Rabbi Rosh Hashanah retreat with her husband, a Christian. “The opportunity to have a peaceful connection with God and with myself amidst all of that beauty really creates an intense experience for me,” says Ropa, who now attends Korngold’s services regularly. “I go because I want to be there, not because I feel I need to.” Korngold’s God in the Wilderness: Rediscovering the Spirituality of the Great Outdoors, includes a reminder that Moses had to hike across the desert and climb a mountain to receive the Ten Commandments. “The physical exertion of the desert climb, coupled with the stark desert beau-

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The Sacred Track For 58-year-old Warren Kay, Ph.D., a track coach and religious studies professor at Merrimack College, in Boston, the act of running represents a moveable sanctuary where mental clutter falls away and time seems to bend to allow him to connect with himself and his higher power. Kay, author of Running: The Sacred Art, believes that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Running is the new yoga,â&#x20AC;? and notes that spiritual traditions have embraced running as a sacred vessel for centuries. In the village of Mount Hiei, Japan, members of a small Buddhist sect, known as the Marathon Monks, engage in a grueling, seven-year challenge in which seekers run as many as 50 miles a day in 100-day blocks in pursuit of enlightenment. In Tibet, the Lung-gom-pa runners use multi-day running journeys as their meditative practice. In Copper Canyon, Mexico, 50-mile barefoot races across the rugged desert comprise an integral part of the Tarahumara Indiansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; spiritual fabric. For Kayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sought-after class, The Spirituality of Running, students read scripture from the religious tradition of their choice, and then go for a run, using the time to reflect on what they read. Or, they run first, and then come back to journal their thoughts. Across the country, at the Shambhala Mountain Center, in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, 51-year-old Marty Kibiloski, an Ironman veteran, combines Buddhist teachings with trail runs during a three-day running meditation retreat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we are trying to show is that you can overlay the practice of meditation onto so many aspects of your life, not just sitting on a cushion,â&#x20AC;? says Kibiloski. He once lived what he called, â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś a high achievement, low satisfaction life,â&#x20AC;? as a competitive marathoner, but has evolved

a less competitive, more thoughtful pace in both his running and personal life. Whether running for miles or walking from the car to the grocery store, simply focusing on your cadence and your breath and being mindful of where your thoughts take you can illuminate great things, he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once you start really paying attention, you will be amazed at all that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been missing.â&#x20AC;?

Delicious and Divine L. Shannon Jung, a professor at Saint Paul School of Theology, in Kansas City, Missouri, says he sees the burgeoning local food movement and surge in backyard gardening as welcome signs that people are rediscovering the heavenly roots of Earthly bounty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are rediscovering food as a link between us and God,â&#x20AC;? he says, adding that many of his students have gone on to start congregational community gardening programs in churchyards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you watch a tiny green bud of spinach break through the surface of the soil, it really reminds you of our dependence upon things far beyond us.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, in Liverpool, England, members of the Somewhere Else â&#x20AC;&#x153;bread churchâ&#x20AC;? meet twice a week to bake bread and talk about life as they wait for it to rise, the comforting smell filling the kitchen. Half of the bread, the staff of life, feeds the homeless. To McGehee, the mere act of eating can be a reminder of what a divine wonder our own body is, as it stimulates every sense: the smell of an orange, the sound as we bite into it and its texture on our tongue. But when a meal is prepared lovingly and shared with a friend, it becomes even more sacred. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you buy a sandwich at the drive-up, you are probably just fueling your body,â&#x20AC;? he comments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But

if you invite someone you care about to sit down with you for a sandwich, it can become a transcendent experience.â&#x20AC;?

Attend to Community Taylor, whose acclaimed book, Leaving Church, recounts her parting with parish ministry in 1996, finds that some of her greatest moments of spiritual connectedness now come while digging her hands into the soil to find potatoes, bringing water to her chickens or sowing seeds. But she still believes that the traditional, walled church plays an important role, in that it brings us together physically. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My worry is that in a culture that is individualistic and busy, if we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t careful, we might end up alone, with no one to talk to about the things that matter most to us,â&#x20AC;? says Taylor. She encourages everyone to make time for communityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether it is at church on Sunday, a running group, book club or something elseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;wherever oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spiritual life resides. Most importantly, adds Korngold, pay attention to the moment: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The point that is often overlooked in the story of Moses and the burning bush is that he was busy tending his father-inlawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flock, when he saw a bush out of the corner of his eye that was burning, but not consumed by flame. It was only when he stopped what he was doing, turned aside and paid attention that God spoke to him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If that were to have happened today, Mosesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cell phone probably would have gone off and he may have missed it altogether.â&#x20AC;? Lisa Marshall is a freelance writer and mother of four whose spiritual life resides along the running trails of Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mountains. Connect at

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EAT ORGANIC THIS HOLIDAY SEASON Eating organic has become a vital lifesaving choice. These days, no one can afford not to! We live in the age where GMOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Genetically Modified Organisms) are smuggled into our foods without our knowledge and consent. A plethora of chemicals used as pesticides and herbicides are on and in our foods, and artificial fertilization makes soil devoid of nutrients. The important difference of Organic foods is that they are grown on naturally fertilized nutrient rich soil, from natural, non-genetically altered seeds, without chemicals. A crop can only be as good as the soil it grows in and the seed it comes from. Nutrient rich soil and healthy seeds make nutrient rich, healthy (and tasty) foods. It has been said that food is the purest form of medicine. However, if the food we ingest is polluted and devoid of nutrients, it no longer is the medicine it was intended to be! The quality of the meat we consume is only as good as the living conditions in which these animals were raised. It is important to use organic, pasture fed animal products, since meat from these animals is not exposed to the pesticides in the feed and is not subject to artificial growth hormones,(by the way, banned most anywhere else in the world due to its toxicity). Inhumane raising conditions methods make these animals sick from pathologic bacteria, for which they then need to take antibiotics to not make their meat fatal for its consumers. The industry responds with â&#x20AC;&#x153;washingâ&#x20AC;? meat with yet another toxic chemical or pasteurization of milk instead of changing living conditions for these animals. Clean, healthy animals produce healthy, safe, nutrient rich products, and there is no need for pasteurization, and chemical treatment of its products. We owe it to our children, ourselves and the future of our world to make this crucial change of our daily eating habits. Make this holiday special for everyone: use meat from a happy, healthy pasture fed animal for your holiday meals. Not only are you doing something for the more humane raising of our food supply, but you reap immense benefits for you and your loved ones health. We wish you a very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season and for more nutritional tips and articles call Clear Sky Medical 303-790-7860.




by Swami Beyondananda


Be a FUNdamentalistâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;make sure the Fun always comes before the Mental. Realize that life is a situation comedy that will never be canceled. A laugh track has been provided, and the reason we are put in the material world is to get more material. Have a good â&#x20AC;&#x153;laughsitiveâ&#x20AC;? twice a day to ensure regularhilarity.


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The most powerful tool on the planet today is Tell-a-Vision, in which I tell a vision to you and you tell a vision to me. That way, if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the programming weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting, we can change the channel.


Life is like photographyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you use the negative to develop. No matter what adversity you face, be reassured: The Universe has us surrounded. Might as well surrender.





Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true that as we go through life thinking heavy thoughts, thought particles tend to get caught between the ears and cause a condition called â&#x20AC;&#x153;truth decay.â&#x20AC;? So use mental floss twice a day, and when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tempted to practice â&#x20AC;&#x153;tantrum yoga,â&#x20AC;? remember what we teach

in the Swami’s Absurdiveness Training Class: Don’t get even, get odd.


If we want world peace, we must let go of our attachments and truly live like nomads. That’s where I no mad at you and you no mad at me. That way, there’ll surely be nomadness on the planet. Peace begins with each of us. A little peace here, a little peace there, and pretty soon all the peaces will fit together to make one big peace everywhere.


I know great Earth changes have been predicted for the future, so if you’re looking to avoid earthquakes, my advice is simple: When you find a fault, don’t dwell on it.


There’s no need to change the world—all we have to do is toilet train the world and we’ll never have to change it again.


If you’re looking for the key to the Universe, I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The bad news: There is no key to the Universe. The good news: It was never locked.


Finally, everything I’ve told you is channeled. That way, if you don’t like it, it’s not my fault. But remember… Enlightenment is not a bureaucracy, so you don’t have to go through channels. Swami Beyondananda is the alter ego of writer and humorist Steve Bhaerman. Find him online at

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Grieving During the Holidays by David Kessler


rief at the loss of a loved one is an emotionally painful and debilitating condition at any time of the year, as the mind struggles to make sense out of what may seem like the destruction of our internal compass. Time may eventually help heal our wounds, but meanwhile, life goes on as usual for the rest of the world, and that includes holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah and New Year’s are the biggest and usually most challenging of all to endure, let alone enjoy. It is possible to get through the holidays on your own terms. Rather than avoiding the feelings of grief, lean into them, because it is not the grief you want to avoid, but the pain. Grief is the pathway out of the pain of internal feelings, and mourning is its external expression.

Have a strategy Have a Plan A and Plan B – Plan A is where you go for the Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner with family and friends. Then, if it doesn’t feel right, have your plan B ready: maybe a movie you and your loved one enjoyed together or a photo album to look through or a special place you went to together. Many people find that when they have Plan B in place, just knowing it is there is enough. You can even cancel the holiday altogether. If you find yourself just going through the motions and feeling nothing, cancel them. Take a year off. The same holidays will come around again and your family and friends will understand. Most of all, do not feel guilty about “spoiling” anyone else’s merriment. Times of crisis like these can often serve to bring the true message of the holiday home to everyone. Even without grief, our friends and relatives often have strong opinions about how our holidays should look and what we should and shouldn’t do.

Externalize your loss Just as there are rituals that have served mankind throughout the ages, we can create our own personal rites to see us past our grief. n Dedicate a prayer at the holiday

dinner to them.

n Light a candle. n Chat or create an online tribute to

their memory.

n Share a favorite shared story. n Ask others to relate a funny


n Remember them in prayer at your

place of worship.

For some, staying involved with the holidays is a symbol of continuing life. Let the holiday routine provide a framework for surviving these tough times. Try experiencing the holidays in a new way. Grief has a unique way of giving us the permission to really evaluate what parts of the holidays we enjoy and what parts we don’t. There is no right or wrong way to handle the holidays in grief. You have to decide what is right for you and do it. You have every right to change your mind, even more than once. Friends and family members may not have a clue how to help you through the holidays and neither may you. It is very natural to feel like you may never enjoy the holidays again. It is true that they never will be the same as they were, but in time, most people are able to find meaning again in the traditions as a new form of the holiday spirit grows inside of them. Holidays can be sad, but we may catch ourselves doing alright, and even experience laughter. There are all kinds of sadness, but grief is a rite of passage. David Kessler is the author of Visions, Trips and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die and On Grief and Grieving with Elisabeth Kübler Ross. For more info visit

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t this year’s 2010 Global Pet Expo, buyers attending the annual pet industry gathering were abuzz about a new exhibit area called Natural Pets. “Natural products are expanding the industry. When you have a new trend for humans, this appeals to the pet industry, as well,” observes Steven King, president of the Pet Industry Distributors Association. Just this year, Americans will have spent an estimated $47 billion on pet products and services, according to the American Pet Products Association. Categories include food, pet supplies, over-the-counter medicines and vet care services and products, many of them incorporating natural materials. The industry reports that, on average, pet owners annually spend $40 per dog and $19 per cat on toys alone. One more fur-raising fact: American Pet Association statistics reveal that of the nation’s 140 million household cats and dogs, 31 million dogs and 39 million cats will have presents waiting for them under the tree on Christmas morning. Also, people will celebrate the birthdays of as many as 13.5 million cats and 9.8 million dogs with parties and pet gifts. We can choose organic and natural products for the same reasons we would go natural in buying decisions for human family members. Concerned citizens are demanding greater use of nontoxic, pesticide- and chemical-free materials that are better for the health of people, pets and the planet. What is a politically correct, Earth-conscious shopper to do? As Patricia Castaneda, owner of Pet’s Life Naturally, in Palmetto, Florida, advises: “Don’t give anything to your pet that you would not put in the mouth of a small child.” That means no dyes or toys that have small parts to swallow or that are made of toxic materials. Pets can be sensitive to fabrics that come in contact with their skin, just like humans are, creating painful and costly allergic reactions. She admonishes, “Your animals count on you to protect them.”

Feline Prowess The Humane Society of America believes that wise use of toys, combined with regular playtime, contributes to the health and happiness of cats of all ages. Play satisfies their instinctual hunting drive, develops mental and physical agility and provides bonding time with their humans. The society recommends cat toys that offer variety: one to carry, one to wrestle with, one to roll and one to “baby.”


What is right for your cat? Pet store professionals know which products customers purchase and enjoy. As Castaneda remarks, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cats are so creative and independent they can have fun with ping-pong balls, cardboard toilet paper rolls and plastic shower rings. Just make sure that what they play with cannot be eaten or harm them.â&#x20AC;? Of course, the whole family can enjoy creating original cat toys using a bit of imagination, along with organic cotton, natural ingredients and a needle and thread. Just follow the same rules of thumb for homemade playthings to keep the animals safe.

Canine Wisdom Dogs need toys to fight boredom when left alone for any length of time, according to the Humane Society. They also recommend four types of toys for dogs: at least one to carry, one to shake, one to roll and one to â&#x20AC;&#x153;baby,â&#x20AC;? for play and to release stress. Many dog toys should be interactive, to increase time with people. By focusing on a specific taskâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;such as repeatedly returning a ball or playing hide-and-seek with treats or toysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;dogs can take advantage of the opportunity to expend pent-up mental and physical energy. Healthy and organic presents for pets are now widely available in neighborhood natural pet stores, as well as online. At such shops, people and pets can check out the choices firsthand and seek advice from the staff. If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a toss-up between products, ask if a portion of the product sales goes to benefit animal causes, making it a gift that gives again. That could be the tiebreaker. Gail Condrick is a freelance writer based in Sarasota, FL. Reach her at

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Natural Awakenings and The Misha May Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in A Moment for Mutts November 14. The fundraiser, attended by over 100 people, was a huge success, with donations totaling over $7000, the largest in The Misha May Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. The generosity of everyone who was involved was significant, especially in these economic times. Donations for the veterinarian and boarding debt alone helped to cut an almost $5000 debt in half. Attendees, donors, volunteers and sponsors have helped The Misha May Foundation continue their mission of helping to rescue animals that might otherwise be euthanized. If you missed the event, stayed tuned for Misha Mayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mutt Memories Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Affair coming in February! See or for more details soon.

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f we resist the urge to charge over to the nearest big-box store to load up on the latest plastic marketing ploys, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll likely find more satisfaction in picking toys that will create less of an environmental impactâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and more of a personal one. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to look for the following five eco-friendly attributes. SOLAR POWERED. Nearly any toy with batteries and a motor can operate with simple sun power instead. Solar versions of traditional toys range from racing cars and quivering grasshoppers to bullet

trains that kids build from snap-together parts (Google by type of toy). Solarpowered toys teach kids the benefits of renewable energy, which unlike those with batteries, require no additional cost and produce no battery waste. BUILT TO LAST. Many toys today are flimsy, cheaply made and even downright toxic. The organization behind HealthyStuff. org tests thousands of products each year to help families steer clear of the worst toxins in many common toysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury. High-quality toys donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to come from a toy store. Check out yard and tag sales, as well as local craft fairs, for well-constructed toys, from rocking horses and toy chests to bikes, dollhouses and kid collectibles. Or look for new toys made from sustainable materials, like the handmade hardwood sleds, toboggans and wagons made by Mountain Boy Sledworks. DO-IT-YOURSELF. Craft kits allow a child to make a toy that incorporates his or her own creative vision, all the better when the parts are made of sustainable

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materials. Artterro offers a collection of eco-friendly craft kits, from jewelry and dolls to garden art and bubble wands. Materials include post-consumer waste paper from India; hand-dyed fabrics, wool felt and glass and wooden beads. The San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design sells a bird cafe that encourages kids to explore nature in their backyards once the craft is complete. Any of these is easily found online, searching by name. Of course, making our own craft kits can be as easy as cutting spare fabric, adding buttons, beads and other found mementos. Assemble all the pieces in a fun container and let kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; imaginations fly. ALTERNATIVES TO PLASTIC. Plastic toys are everywhere, and when it comes to softer plastic toys like rubber duckies, teethers and bath books, they may actually pose a health hazard to growing kids. Such toys often contain phthalates, chemicals that studies like those from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Environmental Working Group have linked to behavioral problems, aggression and autism. Look for wooden versions of classic toys insteadâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; from stacking blocks and puzzles to push toys. If they are painted, verify that it was with nontoxic, water-based paint. represents several designers who specialize in heirloomquality wooden toys, like Woodmouse animal figures, Just Hatched fruits and veggies and Stump Pond Woodworks creations that spin, dance and tumble through the playroom. RECYCLED CONTENT. One of the best ways to ensure weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re choosing a â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? gift is to find out if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made from recycled content. For the teen set, recycled options help them make a statement, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a belt accessorized with bottle caps, a purse made of license plates or a bag made from former billboards. TerraCycle even makes mini-boom boxes and speakers out of former M&Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Skittles and Starburst candy wrappers ( Light, portable and super-colorful, they supply a natural complement to any iPod or MP3-player gift this holiday season. For more ideas, visit and search Green Toys.


Exceptional Endings Really Good Raw Desserts

Over indulging in sweets during the winter festivities can produce unwanted weight gain and a general feeling of sluggishnessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; a not-so-wonderful gift for anyone. But adding a raw food dessert to our holiday repertoire could introduce a new, healthier tradition to holiday occasions thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s welcomed by everyone.

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raw dessert no longer means only a simple piece of fruit or a handful of nuts. While a traditional holiday story conjures sleeping children with â&#x20AC;&#x153;visions of sugarplumsâ&#x20AC;? dancing in their heads, the dreams of raw dessert chefs more likely spring from Medjool dates, cacao nibs and exotic fruits. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because raw desserts are made from uncooked, minimally processed and generally plant-based foods. Raw foods aficionados say they are usually first attracted to this type of food preparation because the recipes do not contain wheat, refined sugar, eggs or dairy products, which eliminates the need to work around food sensitivities. Plus, they feel better after theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve eaten a raw foods dessert, which might feature nuts, fresh and dried fruits, agave nectar and/or chocolate. When these raw foods are ground or purĂŠed in a food processor or blender, they contribute mightily to dessert crusts, fillings, sauces and frostings to grace tarts, cakes, cookies, puddings and ice creamsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all of which can be made without cooking. Sometimes, dessert recipes call for using a dehydrator, a simple appliance that dries foods slowly at around 112° to 118° F, to avoid the enzyme changes that occur when foods are cooked at higher temperatures. The dehydrator yields a characteristic that raw foods enthusiast Nathalie Lussier describes as â&#x20AC;&#x153;...a warm, chewy, comfort food feeling, so that you can make cookies that come out slightly warm from the dehydrator.â&#x20AC;? With raw desserts, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You really can have your cake and eat it too, because the recipes are packed with nutrients and fiber,â&#x20AC;? advises raw desserts chef Heather Pace, the author of four raw dessert e-books, including Just Desserts and Raw Party Parfait. Most raw foods desserts, like most exceptional sweets, involve several steps to make each part. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While at first glance, a raw dessert might appear to be complicated and time-consuming,â&#x20AC;? notes Pace, â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really very simple. Each component can be thrown together quickly and easily and can be made ahead.â&#x20AC;? The benefits of raw desserts extend beyond the simply nutritional, affirm devoted adherents. Rose Lee Calabro, author of Living in the Raw and Living in the Raw Desserts, had experienced a host of personal health issues that virtually disappeared when she began to eat a mainly raw foods diet a decade ago. But more than that, she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eating raw foods has contributed to a career change and a dramatic shift in my life.â&#x20AC;?

According to eco-lifestylist and raw foods author Ani Phyo, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eating more organic, fresh, whole foods helps us maintain an ideal weight, lowers cholesterol, boosts the immune system and helps us look and feel our best.â&#x20AC;? But for her, as well, raw foods are more than a diet. She remarks, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It affects the way I live and interact with planet Earth and all other living beings.â&#x20AC;? Phyo is the author of Aniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Raw Food Essentials, Aniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Raw Food Desserts and Aniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Raw Food Kitchen. Lussier agrees all the way around. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe raw foods can heal you on a physical, emotional and spiritual level,â&#x20AC;? she comments, because like many others, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve personally experienced it myself.â&#x20AC;? Judith Fertig is a freelance writer in Overland Park, KS; for more information visit

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s the holidays are upon us, stress levels are high. There is more to do than there is time in the day! Managing your stress effectively is especially important now, more than ever. Most recent statistics from the American Institute of Stress show that 80% of all doctor’s visits are the result of stress. Here are some helpful tips and exercises to keep you out of the doctor’s office and maintaining the joy of the holidays. Basic self-care is crucial. This is probably not new to anyone, however, it is sometimes good to have reminders, as stress will often keep us from the most basic of needs: • Get plenty of sleep • Eat a healthy balanced diet (dark leafy greens with every meal!) • Get that heart rate up 20 minutes a day (walk, hike, yoga, work-out at the gym) • Accept help when you need it (and don’t be afraid to ask…it takes a village) • Supplement your diet as needed with vitamins, minerals, herbs and greens.

Here are a few effective, simple strategies that can help manage stress as it arises. However, first you have to know when you are becoming stressed. If you find yourself becoming irritable, quick to snap at your loved ones or get frustrated easily, this is a tell-tale sign. It can also appear in the body, such as headaches, fatigue and sleepless nights. • Laugh often! Listen to your favorite comedian in the car and watch a funny show on TV. Or just start laughing outloud until the laughter is no longer forced. Laughing yoga is a regular practice in the East and is surprisingly effective. • Positive Thinking. It’s very easy to get caught up in negative thoughts when they are all around you. Write down 10 things that went RIGHT today and keep that list to refer to whenever you find yourself focusing on the negative. Keep adding to your list and think of this as your First-Aid Kit to Stress Management. Refer to is as often as needed. • Take 5 minutes a day to just RELAX…Take a moment to write down what is pleasing to your senses. Sight, Sound, Taste, Touch, and Smell. (i.e. the smell of baking bread, the taste of chocolate, or the sound of laughing children) Make that your meditation as you make your list and ponder these lovely images. • Give yourself a massage. Stop and check in with your body. Where do you feel tension or stress? If you can reach it, you can massage it! You will be amazed at how helpful just 5 minutes will be. Head, face, ears, neck and feet are easy to reach and powerful acupressure areas. Taking 5 to 10 minutes in the morning and evening can make all the difference in the world. And don’t try to do it all in one day. Pick one basic self-care and exercise per day. As you practice these exercises and make an earnest attempt to take basic care of yourself, it will become habit. Wishing you a peaceful, joy-filled holiday season to you and yours. Velina Lujan is Certified Holistic Stress Management Instructor and owner of Stress Management Services ~ Massage & Wellness Center in Boulder. See ad page 2.



Latin root word meaning “faith.” Often, somewhere along the journey from childhood to adulthood, faith in one’s abilities, potential and performance wanes and in many cases, disappears. Self-confidence erosion can be blamed on a many culprits: upbringing, culture, media, marketing and society. For instance, the prevalence of youth, beauty and thinness in our society seems to doom every woman to “failure.” Magazines feature models airbrushed to perfection and photoshopped to flawlessness. Women may recognize the absurdity of this “standard,” but instinctively strive to emulate the impossible. Research indicates that women in particular have difficulty developing and maintaining self-confidence. Self-confidence affects decision-making abilities. Low selfconfidence can make a woman feel anxious, discouraged and afraid. She may act passively and avoid new things or challenges. When confidence ebbs, it’s not uncommon to feel depressed, tense and unhappy. You can help yourself to improve your self-confidence by making it a priority in your life – follow a few simple ideas below and delve deeper as needed. You can get to a happier, confident you! Here are some of techniques that you might not have heard of: • Neuro-lingustics is a system of achieving heightened awareness and change in one’s thoughts and communications. These are accomplished through instruction by the facilitator who collects information not only from the words spoken by the client but also from gestures, facial expressions and tone of voice. • Thought Field Therapy is a system of interrupting negative thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors through a process of tapping points on acupuncture meridians so that the client may learn the behavioral differences and select a new behavior. • Neurofeedback is a system of measuring brain wave activity and displaying it in real time on a monitor display for the client. When the brain activity reaches the targeted frequency range, the program delivers both audible and visible positive feedback to support training and learning new brain frequency balance. The goals in each of these modalities are enhanced awareness, balance and confidence. Fast Focusing Center offers free introductory classes in Improving Self-Confidence, as well as classes in Gaining Boundless Energy and Eliminating Negative Money Perceptions. Call 303-708-8817 for more information. 88 Inverness Circle East, H-107, Centennial. See ad page 12. “Fast Focusing Center’s Confidence Class is the best two-hour investment of time I’ve ever made. A series of life changes caused me to not “be myself” anymore, so I thought I would give this class a try. I left the class feeling like the assertive person I used to be. I have not hesitated to recommend this class to my family and friends.” - L.M., Denver



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Katia I. Meier, M.D. 10103 Ridge Gate Parkway Aspen Building, Suite 221 Lone Tree, CO 80124 303-790-7860 Family practice physician specializing in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Neurotransmitter balancing, comprehensive Nutritional analysis and therapy, Homeopathy, Herbalogy, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss and Cosmetic procedures. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Call for more information today. See ad, page 16.


Alakanand Ma, M.B. 2457 20th Street, Boulder, CO 80304 303-786-7437 Alakananda Ma reaches into the heart of Ayurveda. A British medical doctor and spiritual renunciant, she has dedicated her life to serving others and relieving suffering. An appointment with her is an opportunity for deep physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformation. She has been studying Ayurveda since meeting Dr Vasant Lad in India in 1980 and practicing in Boulder since 1989. She is a board member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and along with her dedicated team of graduate students, offers a full service experience including vital signs, diet and lifestyle counseling, onsite pancha karma and an in-house pharmacy. Sliding scale accepted. See ad, page 8.

MASSAGE AND MORE Stress Management Services ~ Massage & Wellness Center Velina Lujan, MA, CMT Certified Holistic Stress Management Instructor Fairway’s Offices 5600 Arapahoe Avenue Suite 203 Boulder, CO 80303 303-717-7709 $49 Introductory Special for new clients. Our team of expert practitioners offer therapeutic massage, holistic bodywork of many modalities, informational presentations, energy work, cosmetology, stress management consultation and coaching, massage for elderly and ill, guided imagery, hypnotherapy, certified nutritional consultation, herbalist, psychic readers, and much more! Stress Management Services also offers a low-cost Community Massage & Wellness Clinic to make holistic care accessible to all who are in need. Held on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month from 9-7 by appointment only. See calendar.

HEALING SPACE Natalie Gentry, CMT 121 S Madison St, Ste D, Denver 80209 303-325-4150 Nurture your body, mind and spirit and rediscover your self through the healing power of touch, movement and breath. Healing Space offers relaxing and deep tissue massage, Maya Abdominal/ Uterine Massage, Prenatal/Post Partum Massage, Spiritual Plant Healing, Nia classes, and Transformational Breath facilitation. Schedule your appointment today. See ad, page 27.

MEDITATION / INTUITION YOGA OF THE MIND 8 E. 1st Ave., Suite 103 Denver, CO 80204 303-668-2358 Discover ways to tap into your intuition and release stress and fear with Yoga of the Mind. Powerful meditation CD available now will teach you how to quickly let go of anxiety. Learn methods to use daily; take it with you wherever you go. Great as a gift. YOTM also offers a Free Preview Night to Explore Your Intuition class 7-9pm, January 17. Learn how to find the confidence to follow your own intuition and tap into Source. Eight-week course starts 1/24 Mondays 7-9pm. $99 if you sign up in 2010. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. First Ave, Denver. 303-668-2358. CD and more information available

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SANCTUARY INNER CONNECTION INSTITUTE CHURCH OF INFINITE SPIRIT 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213 Denver, CO 80222 303-282-9439

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 Lakewood. We support you in creating the life you desire, and show you how through easy, effective techniques. Free aura clearing and chakra balancing in Lakewood every Wednesday. Free open channel clinic Fridays in Denver. Everyone is welcome! Call for more information. Denver 303-282-9439. Lakewood 720-413-7303. See ad, page 9.

SCHOOLS ROCKY MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF ANIMAL ACUPRESSURE AND MASSAGE Locations, dates and classes available on website 866-903-6463

The Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage (RMSAAM) offers rewarding and challenging educational programs suitable for Massage Therapists and animal lovers alike. Time is divided into classroom and lab portions allowing students to apply knowledge in a hands-on setting with dogs and horses. RMSAAM also offers courses in Equine Massage, Large and Small Animal Acupressure, Reiki Animal Practitioner, Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Animals and other special workshops. Tuition assistance available. NCBTMB Approved Provider #451073-09. Register 866-903-6462 or See ad, page 19.

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SPECIALS THROUGHOUT DECEMBER Clear Sky Medical – Radiesse: Buy one, get one free wrinkle & line filler that also stimulates your natural collagen (save $650+); Sculptra – Free medical micro-peel with Sculptra non-filler injectable that stimulates collagen over time ($130 savings!); Dysport: $50 rebate (works like Botox), no minimum units required; Latisse: now $99, (normally $120) -the only FDA approved treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker, and darker. Complimentary consultation with Dr. Meier for all injectable services and complimentary skin consultation with Para-Medical Aesthetician. Contact Clear Sky Medical, PC at 303-790-7860.

NOW FORMING ENERGETIC BOUNDARIES CLASS for Nov/ Dec/Jan. Six week or two-day class, $150 payable in three installments. Learn how to manage energy— yours and others—with simple, fun and powerfully effective energetic tools; learn how to create “mockups;” meet/work with your Healing Master. This class is a pre-requisite for all other classes taught at Sacred Spaces. Contact Rev. DebraRae, Sacred Spaces Center, 303-365-0200, AngelChanneler@

EVERY DAY Blossoms of Light: Lighting Up the City – Nightly, Dec. 3- Jan. 2. 5:30-9:30pm. One million colorful lights draped in elegant designs will illuminate the plants and hardscape features throughout the Gardens. Seasonal entertainment will be provided; seasonal plants on display. Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street. Details Trail of Lights: Lighting Up the Country – Wed-Sun evenings, Dec. 3 – Jan. 2. 5:30-9:30pm. One million colorful lights draped in elegant designs that illuminate the plants and hardscape features on a charming

country forest path. Tour the restored 1880s homestead that will be decorated in a charming Colorado country Christmas motif. Guests can also enjoy warm drinks to ward off the chill during the walk through the Gardens’ trail. Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. Details

Wednesday, December 1 CCC: Consciousness Conversations & Contemplations Holiday Gathering – 6:45-10pm. CCC hosts monthly meetings to share a common desire to raise the consciousness of our planet. We raise awareness and consciousness through presentations, discussion, interaction, and networking. We explore integration of enlightened living in our personal and professional lives. First Wednesday of the Month. Love offering/donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Interfaith Service – 7pm. It will be a rich evening of universal oneness that will touch your heart. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or

Thursday, December 2 Student Space – 7-8:30pm. Got tools (completed Energetic Boundaries class)? Guided by Rev.DebraRae, you’ll create use your tools to create “your space,” run “your energy,” work energetic dynamics, create mock-ups and trade healings ($20). Twice monthly (1 st & 3 rd Thurs.) Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. Prevention Plus Lecture – 6:30-8:30pm. Dr. Frank Eggleston DDS and Dr. Mitra Ray Ph.D. Sheraton Denver West Hotel. Free. Call Heather to reserve your spot today. 303-753-2665. Letting Go – 7-9pm. Lani Renee is new to Colorado, and is offering 13 free classes to introduce herself. This class is on the need and power of letting go which most humans have a really hard time doing. Come learn how to master this process physically,

emotionally, mentally, and spiritually! Free RSVP 303-467-0633. Journeys for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada.

Friday, December 3 Free Days at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield – Details at How to Sell in a Tough Economy – 8:30-10:30am. Learn how to sell more effectively without looking like a salesperson. Free. 3600 S Beeler, Ste 200, Denver. RSVP 303-741-5200. First Friday Reception – 6-8pm. Make custom gift tags with artists Cha Cha, Tuke & Vivian. It’s fun, it’s free, & all materials are provided. Free. 1421 Pearl Street Mall, Boulder. 303-443-3683 or Journey to Oneness, A Weekend of Awakening – 7pm. Dec 3-5. Experience deep states of peace and healing of relationships through ancient processes, Deeksha, breathe and movement to bring you to higher states of consciousness; deepening your connection to all that is and a state of Oneness. Participants will be initiated as Oneness Blessers. Donation for Friday $20; Sat & Sun $108; Deeksha givers $49. Journey for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Arvada. 303-343-0242. Low-Cost Community Massage & Wellness Clinic - 9am- 7pm; 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Stress Management Services is offering their expert care to all who are in need at an affordable rate starting at $45/50 minute session and sliding down according to financial need. App’t req’d. Call  303-717-7709  for info and how to qualify. Details

Saturday, December 4 3rd Annual Holiday Photos for Pets and Kids at Englewood Petco – 11am-5pm. 551 W. Hampden Ave. Check details at Events.

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Animal Communicator Pam Baca – By appt. Animal Communication is a way of connecting with your animals through your love and intuition of a communication professional. Pam is available to assist you with tapping into that universal language of all species. $20. Hero’s Pets, 8087 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-816-4800 or Chakras Workshop – 1:30 - 5:30pm. Learn the properties of the main chakras and how they impact your physical and emotional bodies. Connect with and feel the energy of the chakras. Learn how to ground and shift energy in daily experiences. Discover how to bring peace and clarity to your mind through chakra balancing. Learn which yoga poses open specific chakras. Find out and experience how the energy of your body has an immediate impact on your life and those around you. $45. Register at in advance. Harmony Yoga, 560 S. Holly Street, Denver. Holiday Psychic Fair and Sale – 10am – 5:30pm. Tarot, Pendulum, Spirit Guides, I Ching, Angels, Tea Leaf Reading and more! Gain insight and the answers to your questions with some of Denver’s most talented Psychics, Readers and Intuitives. Chair Massage, Reiki and Chakra Balancing available. Dianna Padgett, Fredda Laurel, Gina Nigro, Nancy Batty, Jackie Weller will be reading and Leslie Michelle will be offering Massage. And, to get your holiday gift shopping off to a happy start, everything in the store will be 10% off! Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8672. Integral Yoga Classes – 9-10:30am. Spiritually based gentle, semi-private yoga classes with instruction by April Gauri, certified Integral Yoga instructor. Appropriate for all ages and abilities. Free. Metaphysical Research Society, 1001 7th Ave, Denver. 303-915-9542 or Sustainable Greenhouse Design – 9am-1pm. Learn to create a greenhouse that needs no supplemental heating year round. $59. Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. 303-865-3580. Holiday Craft and Boutique Show – 9am-5pm. Avoid the holiday rush and enjoy one-stop shopping for your gift giving amongst the joyous Mile Hi spirit. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or Integral Yoga Classes – 11-12:30am. See 9am Dec 4 for details. Free. Metaphysical Research Society, 1001 7th Ave, Denver. 303-915-9542 or

Sunday, December 5 Non-Denominational Church Service – 11am. Celebrate the journey of life with meditation and an informative spiritual message on the first Sunday of every month. Service is followed by a free aura healing - chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Margaret Johnson, Officiating Minister. Church of Infinite Spirit / Inner Connection Institute; 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213, Denver; 303-282-9439. Doors open from 10:40-11am. Judaica Show Reception & Kid’s Craft Event – 4-6pm. 16th Annual Judaica Show Reception with local artists, festive snacks & kid’s crafting. We will serve home-made Hannukah cookies & make laminated bookmarks with children 5 yrs & older. Come in & browse our Ritual ware, jewelry, holiday prints & paintings to make the

holidays your own. Free. 1421 Pearl Street Mall, Boulder. 303-443-3683 or Spiritual Gathering, Aura Healing Clinic & Lunch at Mimi’s Café – 11am-12:30pm. A spiritual gathering of blessings, love, healing, empowerment and community. Church is followed by an aura healing clinic, refreshments and community. Rev DebraRae, Officiating Minister. Donations accepted. Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St., Aurora, 303-365-0200. Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis to Access the Psychic Sense – 11am-3pm. Prerequisite: Develop Your Psychic Sense 101. Prereq for future classes in Psychic Development Program. Basic function of using psychic sense ability to enter into trance state. Learn how to use self-hypnosis to enter a light trance so you can better access your psychic sense. Experience several hypnosis sessions to give yourself permission to be psychic, to clear blocks to your psychic sense, and to open and expand your psychic abilities. $45. Class size limited. Register in advance with Karen Fox 303-942-0646. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8672. Dance Like Nobody’s Watching – 7-9pm. Free Flow, Ecstatic, Trance Dance and whatever works for YOU. Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine Mixer with Music, Dance, Food and more! First Sunday of the Month. Love offering/donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Eckankar Worship Service – 10:30-11:30am. Love Drives Soul On helps us understand how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. The service begins with a short reading from the ECK works, followed by a HU Song and time for quiet contemplation. It includes music, stories, and an opportunity to connect with others after the service. Children’s classes are offered during the Worship Service. Free. 1800 30th St, Ste 208, Boulder. 303-443-1610 or

Monday, December 6 Confidence Class – 6-7pm. Have you ever said, “If I only had the confidence, I would…”? We are offering an introductory session where you will learn techniques to build your competence and increase your confidence. $15/session or $12 ea/multiple sessions. Class space limited, RSVP req’d. Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle East, Suite H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817. Denver Dumb Friends League Lulu Mobile, Subsidized Spay/Neuter for Cats – 7am. First come, first serve, so arrive early. Rabies and Distemper Vaccinations as well as ear cleaning and nail trimming is included. Blood work is not – and must be done at your vet in advance. Do not feed or water your pet for 12 hrs prior to surgery. $25. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-751-5772 x7276. Karmic Clearings – 6:30-7:30pm. It’s common to carry unnecessary Karma for many lifetimes which can cause your energy to be blocked or to experience repetitive patterns in your life. $10. Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-413-7303.

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Wednesday, December 8 Money/Business Class – 6-8pm. Do your negative thoughts about money prevent you from having enough? Do you think money is “the root to all evil” (and other negatives you have heard or read)? Learn techniques for getting those negative thoughts out of your way. $30/session or $21 ea/multiple sessions. Class space limited ; RSVP req’d. Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle East, Suite H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817. Wellness Workshop – 10am. Interested in preventing illness and disease? Come learn how little changes can produce big results. Free. Littleton. Call Heather to reserve your spot today. 303-753-2665. Fast Natural Weight Loss and Pain Management – 7:00 pm. Holistic Bed and Breakfast is hosting an OnlineTV workshop teaching natural ways to Health and Vitality and lose weight naturally. Free. For more information visit or call 888-476-7774.

Thursday, December 9 Open Door Reading Space – 7-8:30pm. In a group setting, Rev. DebraRae will offer medium communication from loved ones with whom you would like to communication. You may ask questions and offer communication to them as well. $20. Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. Healing with Light – 7-9pm. Lani Renee is new to Colorado, and offering 13 free classes to introduce herself. This class is on The Light, what it is, where it comes from, and it’s purpose here on Earth. Lani will guide us in how to receive the light and its power to heal us all! Join us, and also experience a powerful guided meditation. Free. RSVP 303-467-0633. Journeys for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada. Drum Circle with Shaman Rick Strong Feather and John Thunderheart Robinson – 7-9pm. Join the community for Drum Circle, Dige Players, Flutes, Shamanic Healing, Sound Healing, and Messages from the StrongFeather and The ThunderHeart. Normally done in the Garden of the Gods. We hold a City Circle! Second Thursday of the Month. Love offering/donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Holiday Networking Luncheon – 11am-1pm. Join the APW for another great Networking Luncheon. Enjoy a wonderful meal, great company, a special


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Crossing the Bridge from Burnout to Bliss: An indepth workshop that will transform your current burden to bliss – 5:30-8:30pm. 6 steps to creating a blissful life and avoiding the holiday blues. Learn about burnout and how you can eliminate it from your life. This in-depth workshop is an opportunity to learn various coaching tools that will transform your current burden into bliss. This fun and interactive workshop offers easy to implement steps and tools that will drastically change your life. $45. Bring a friend and get half off. 1092 S Gaylord St, Denver.


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treat and great door prizes. Members $45; NonMembers $55. Pre-registration req’d by 5pm Dec 6th. ExecDir@ Amber Bath Products Demo – 1-4pm. Meet Elizabeth White, local creator of Amber Bath soaps & lotions. She will demo her products & show you how they are created. Free. 1421 Pearl Street Mall, Boulder. 303-443-3683 or Celtic Herbs, Tradition and Handmade Gift-giving for the Winter Solstice – 6-9pm. Discover herbs and time-honored ways that our Celtic ancestors celebrated the return of the light at Winter Solstice. $44. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. 303-865-3580 or Botanic

Friday, December 10 Spiritual Alchemy Free Preview Night – 6:30pm. Learn more about the two day life changing workshop being offered by Lani Renee Dec 11-12. For anyone ready to alchemically transform through the handing down of 3000 yr. old sacred teachings. RSVP Journeys for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada. 303-467-0633. Spiritual Movie Night – 7-9pm. The latest spiritual movies picked by Kay Ford Johnsen to share with our community. Check website for film listing. Second Friday of the Month. $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. EFT Practice Group – 6-7:30pm. Clear your holiday stress so you can fully enjoy your festivities. Monthly practice/support group for people with basic understanding of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Free. Downtown Littleton. 303-955-7532 or Honoring the Season – 6-8:30pm. Join us for asana, mudra, and mantra to open our hearts to receive the essence of the holiday-Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa-this time of the Winter Solstice. $20. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala Training Center, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. 303-432-8099. Modern-Day Meditation – 7:15-9pm. This meditation guides people to a more open and calm state, so they can think clearly about solutions for daily life changes and find deeper spiritual connection within. $10 donation; First class free. Colorado Health and Wellness Center, 126 W 5th Ave, Denver. 800-338-3788 or

Saturday, December 11 Integral Yoga Classes – 9-10:30am and 11-12:30pm. Dec 4 for details. Free. Metaphysical Research Society, 1001 7th Ave, Denver. 303-915-9542 or 5th Annual Holiday Photos for Pets and Kids at Murdochs – 12154 N. Dumont Way, Littleton. Check details at Message Circle with Rev Charles Cox – 1- 3pm. Message Circles are an old Spiritualist tradition where people gather to get messages from Spirit through the minister/ medium. As a Spiritualist Minister Charles Cox has done many Message Circles over 30 years. Seating is limited 10 people and advance purchase recommended, first come

first serve basis. Tickets and select “Message Circle at Isis”. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8672. Spiritual Alchemy – 9am-9pm, Sat and Sun. A two day life changing opportunity for anyone ready to alchemically transform through the handing down of 3000 yr. old sacred teachings. Lani Renee who is new to Colorado is offering a first time special. $300. RSVP Journeys for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada. 303-467-0633. Certified Canine Massage – 11am-4pm. Jodi Loomis, CSMT, ESMT. Agility dogs, show dogs, service dogs, those stressed from boarding, daycare or anxiety can benefit from massage that can naturally decrease stiffness, stress, fatigue & toxins in the bloodstream. Small Dogs $45; Large Dogs $55. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. Experience the Healing Method of Qigong – 12-2:30pm. Experience a powerful and affordable opportunity to relax, unwind and experience Qigong Energy Healing this holiday season. Buy one session $35, get one free (buy by Dec 31; good through Mar). People House, 3035 W 25th Ave, Denver. 720-887-3532.

Sunday, December 12 Ophelia’s Oracle Event and Booksigning – 11:30am1:30pm. What if you knew that you could make a difference in a girl’s life? (Or in your own?) Ophelia’s Oracle: Discovering the Happy, Healthy, Self-Aware and Confident Girl in the Mirror provides a fictional story that girls love and confidence-building activities that adults appreciate. Authors will share about the book, and personalize copies. Ophelia’s Oracle provides a confidence-building base for girls and women; a heart-felt sharing which transcends space and time. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8672. Brazilian Crystal Healing Meditation with Jennifer Davies – 2-4pm.Afternoon of meditation with the spiritual entities of world renowned Brazilian Healer, John of God. You will be guided through breath and visualization to reach a state of deep relaxation. Amazing things can happen including sensations, visions, or gifts of clarity and inspiration. RSVP/Questions Jen 720 629 4211. $20. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8672. Oneness Blessing – 5:30-6:30pm. The blessing can accelerate spiritual growth and deepening. It assists the recipient in a more heartfelt experience of Oneness and the Divine. Free. Donations accepted. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851.

Monday, December 13 Secrets of Boundless Energy Class – 6-7pm. Learn breathing techniques and energy stimulation techniques to keep you going long after others are done. $15 per session or $12 with multiple sessions. Class space is limited and RSVP req’d. Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle East, Suite H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817.

Wooden Spoon Carving Demo – 1-4pm. Kent Young has been carving spoons for many years. His simple technique carving hardwoods creates a spoon that is functional & full of style. Buy just one or a small set as a gift. Free. 1421 Pearl Street Mall, Boulder. 303-443-3683 or

Wednesday, December 15 Money/Business Class – 6-8pm. Do your negative thoughts about money prevent you from having enough? Do you think money is “the root to all evil” (and other negatives you have heard or read)? Learn techniques for getting those negative thoughts out of your way. $30 per session or $15 with multiple sessions. Class space limited; RSVP req’d. Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle East, Suite H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817. Free Weight Loss Seminar - 7-9pm. Want to know how I lost 50 pounds in 40 days? OnlineTV workshop Holiday Celebration with Healthy food, learn how to enjoy live food and learn about the lifestyle. Info/RSVP 888-476-7774. Goddess Circle - 7-9pm. A perfect way to celebrate the divine feminine in this gathering for women. Please wear a skirt or dress and come join us as we honor the beauty, and potential we all have as goddesses. Lani Renee creates a beautiful, magical, and sacred circle that will empower us in being strong as women! Bring your girlfriends, mothers and daughters, and experience divine love. $20. RSVP Journeys for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada. 303-67-0633. Holiday Benefit Concert w/Denver Municipal Band – 7pm. Concert to benefit the FISH Foodbank. Free w/donation. 3 Community Park Rd, Broomfield. 720-877-2371 or Heavenly Peace Service – 7pm. Come for a quiet and heartfelt service for some restorative thoughts, beautiful poetry and music of the season. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or

Thursday, December 16 Oneness Blessing – 5:30-6:30pm. The blessing can accelerate spiritual growth and deepening. It assists the recipient in a more heartfelt experience of Oneness and the Divine. Free. Donations accepted. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851. Student Space – 7-8:30pm. Got tools (completed Energetic Boundaries class)? Guided by Rev.DebraRae, you’ll create use your tools to create “your space,” run “your energy,” work energetic dynamics, create mockups and trade healings ($20). Twice monthly (1st & 3rd Thurs.) Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. Reconnection - 7-9pm. Learn to reconnect to Source and true purpose of humanity. Experience a powerful guided meditation that will reunite the souls of Man. Lani Renee is new to Colorado, and is offering 13 free classes to introduce herself. Free. RSVP Journeys for

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Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada. 303-467-0633. Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound with Ann Hines & Donna Baldwin – 7-9pm. Come for a Oneness Deeksha experience with live Sacred Sound from crystal bowls and native American flute. 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.

Friday, December 17 Modern-Day Meditation – 7:15-9pm. See Dec 10th for details. $10 donation; First class free. Colorado Health and Wellness Center, 126 W 5th Ave, Denver. 800-338-3788 or Wellness Workshop – 1pm. Interested in preventing illness and disease? Come learn how little changes can produce big results! Free. Littleton. Call Heather to reserve your spot today. 303-753-2665. Low-Cost Community Massage & Wellness Clinic - 9am-7pm; 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Stress Management Services is offering their expert care to all who are in need at an affordable rate starting at $45/50 minute session and sliding down according to financial need. App’t req’d. Call 303-717-7709 for info and how to qualify. Details

Saturday, December 18 Family Christmas Chili Dinner – 5-6:30pm. Prior to the annual Family Christmas service, take your family to dinner. Enjoy vegetarian or traditional chili as well as PB&J sandwiches for the kids. $5/adult; $3/Child 4-10yrs; Free/3 and under. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or Spiritual Gathering & Aura Healing Clinic – 11am12:30pm. A spiritual gathering of blessings, love, healing, empowerment and community. Church is followed by an aura healing clinic, refreshments and community. Rev DebraRae, Officiating Minister. Donations accepted. Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St., Aurora, 303-365-0200. Integral Yoga Classes – 9-10:30am. Dec 4 for details. Free. Metaphysical Research Society, 1001 7th Ave, Denver. 303-915-9542 or Community HU Song – 10:30-11am. HU Chant (or HU Song), a gathering to sing the ancient love song to God. It is the spiritual upliftment of those who come and is not directed to any other purpose. It is offered to the entire community, regardless of the faith of the participant. The event is not a presentation but rather to share the experience of the HU. Light refreshments and fellowship will conclude the event. Free. 1800 30th St, Ste 208, Boulder. 303-443-1610 or Integral Yoga Classes – 11-12:30am. Dec 4 for details. Free. Metaphysical Research Society, 1001 7th Ave, Denver. 303-915-9542 or Winter Solstice Service – 7pm. Celebrate the ancient gift of solstice amidst the sounds of Celtic music with Kindred Spirits Celtic group and Didgeridoo artist Michael Stanwood. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or

Michelle Davidson, Vocals; Steve Bross, Tabla; Rick Franz, Guitar. Info Tom 303-435-3152. Third Monday of the Month. Love Offerings/Suggested Donation $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

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Guided Meditation: Letting Go of “Perfect” – Gentle meditation works on clearing and healing energies around perfection. The holidays seem to bring out this energy ten-fold! We get so caught up in searching for the “perfect” gift that we tend to forget the enjoyment of the season. Heal yourself from worry, frustration, stress and other energies and play with creating the holidays how you desire them to be. $10. Facilitated by Jennifer Moses. Presented by Inner Connection Institute; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Boulevard, Lakewood. Space is limited. RSVP 720-413-7303.

Learn How To Release Pounds and Pain Before the New Year - 6-9pm. Natural Weight and Pain Management. Learn how to do it at home! Learn natural methods, no pills, diets or crazy schedules. Tired of looking at your families unhealthy eating habits? Come learn with us the secrets of eternal beauty and health. $30. Info/ RSVP 888-476-7774.

Thursday, December 23 Christmas Candlelight Services – 5pm & 8pm. Enjoy the inspirational Christmas message, the rich variety of musical selections from Acoustic Eidolon, the traditional lighting of candles and an open-hearted congregation. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851. Finding Your Life Purpose - 7-9pm. Learn Find your life purpose! Lani Renee will use Astrology, Numerology, the Archetypes, and your Spiritual DNA to help you determine yours. Experience a powerful guided meditation that will introduce you to this New Self. Lani Renee is new to Colorado, and is offering 13 free classes to introduce herself. Free. RSVP Journeys for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada. 303-467-0633.

Christmas Candlelight Services – 2pm, 5pm & 8pm. See Dec. 23rd for Details. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851.

Tuesday, December 28 Learn How To Release Pounds and Pain Before the New Year - 6-9pm. Natural Weight and Pain Management. Learn how to do it at home! Learn natural methods, no pills, diets or crazy schedules. Tired of looking at your families unhealthy eating habits? Come learn with us the secrets of eternal beauty and health. $30. Info/ RSVP 888-476-7774. Guided Meditation: Creating Your Year – 7-8pm. Explore the vibration and power of creating your new year. Let go of the past and make room for the new. $10. Facilitated by Anita Destino. Presented by Inner Connection Institute; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Boulevard, Lakewood. Space is limited. RSVP 720-413-7303.

Thursday, December 30 World Peace Cooperative – 6pm. Saturday into Sunday. 12 hours for peace consisting of an opening ceremony,


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200hr Integrative Yoga Therapy(IYT): Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training–10 full weekends. The 200hr Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Program is for those who want to teach Yoga as a healing art. Held locally in Littleton, Colorado, you will learn to teach Yoga for a wide range of complementary settings including health care as well as Yoga classes for the general public. This program is open to anyone with a basic foundation in Yoga and is especially suitable for body-workers, health care professionals and all therapists. Nancy Levenson of NamasteWorks Yoga & Wellness is an IYT Affiliated Teacher Trainer and this program will prepare you for the 500hr Professional Yoga Therapist certification training program. See details on website. 5860 S Curtice St, Littleton. 303-725-1434 or



(JAN 6-9, FEB 25-27, MAR 11-13, APR 14-17, MAY 20-22) The Aquarian Teacher - KRI Level 1 Teacher Training in Boulder for five weekends. Learn the Ancient Science of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bajan with teachers from Golden Bridge. Challenge yourself, confront selfimposed limits, gain knowledge and confidence to build a more peaceful and creative life.

Monday, December 20

SAVE THE DATE Throughout 2011

Denver Dumb Friends League Lulu Mobile, Subsidized Spay/Neuter for Dogs – 7am. First come, first serve, so arrive early. Rabies and Distemper Vaccinations as well as ear cleaning and nail trimming is included. Blood work is not – and must be done at your vet in advance. Do not feed or water your pet for 12 hrs prior to surgery. $50. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-751-5772 x7276. Kirtan with Tom Fuhrmann – 7:30-9:30pm. Join Tom Fuhrmann’s Littleton Kirtan Gang for an evening of Kirtan. Musicians include Tom Fuhrmann, Harmonium;

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Yoga Impact is offering a Yoga Alliance registered 240hr Yoga Teacher Certification This yoga training includes asana, anatomy, mediation, pranayama, philosophy,and, adapting yoga for non traditional settings and the business of yoga. $2600, Yoga Impact and Vida Yoga Studio, 2749 Iris Ave., Boulder. 720-432-9642. Yoga Impact is a 501(c)3 that focuses on bring yoga to underserved populations

12-hour labyrinth, Taize©-Inspired Service beginning at 7pm and World Peace Cooperative Service at 5am on Friday 12/31. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. Angels vs. Demons - 9-7pm. Topic is today’s reality of what is happening to the Human Race! Lani Renee will enlighten you on the truth of both of these beings, and how

LOOKING AHEAD 2011 SATURDAY, JANUARY 1 Yoga to Welcome the New Year – 9am-12:30pm. Two yoga classes: one at 9 am for early risers, the other at 11 am for those sleeping in-all levels and capabilities welcome. $15/each; class pkgs apply. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala Training Center, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. 303-432-8099.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5 Candlelight Slow Flow Yoga Series – 5:15-6:15pm. Make your New Year’s resolution now to join us for our 6 week yoga series. Get a great workout, alleviate the tension of the day and prepare for a good night’s rest with our Candlelight Slow Flow series. Preregistration required. $90/six week series; $75 if registered by Dec 10. 18425 Pony Express Dr, Parker. 303-229-4155 or

THURSDAY, JANUARY 6 Yoga Fusion Series – 10-11am. A six week yoga series that joins mind, body and breath in an fun, rich and dynamic experience. Preregistration is required. $90/6wk series; $75 if registered by Dec 12. 18425 Pony Express Dr, Parker. 303-229-4155 or Gentle Yoga Series – 5:15- 6:15pm. Join us for our 6 week Gentle Yoga series. The classes are slow paced and focus on improving flexibility, increasing range of motion and cultivating a sense of ease and comfort in the body. Preregistration is required. $90/six week series; $75 if registered by Dec 10. 18425 Pony Express Dr, Parker. 303-229-4155 or

SUNDAY, JANUARY 9 Fundamentals of Yoga Workshop – 1-2:30pm. Make your New Year’s resolution to join us for our 3 week Fundamentals of Yoga workshop. This workshop teaches yoga basics from the ground up. Mainly a physical practice, but also touches on styles, philosophies, breathwork and meditation. Preregistration required. $90/3 wk series; $75 if registered by Dec 10. 18425 Pony Express Dr, Parker. 303-229-4155.


one is eliminating God and destroying the power of Love here on Earth. Experience a powerful guided meditation that will connect you to the Four Holy Archangels: Raphael, Michael, Gabriel, and Uriel. Free. Lani Renee is new to Colorado, and is offering 13 free classes to introduce herself. RSVP Journeys for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada. 303-467-0633.

Thursdays and one weekend per month for 6 months. Contact us for more information. $2070. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala Training Center, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. 303-432-8099.

MONDAY, JANUARY 17 Free Preview Night Explore Your Intuition Course – 7-9pm. Learn about exploring your intuition, how to find the confidence to follow it and a powerful meditation to tap into Source. Eight-week course starts 1/24 every Mon 7-9pm. Discounted course $150 (reg $240) if you sign up at Free Preview Night. $99 if you sign up in 2010. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. First Ave, Denver. 303-668-2358. California Pizza Kitchen for The Misha May Foundation – 11am-10pm. CPK will donate 20% of your meal to The Misha May Foundation, a dog and cat rescue. You must present a flyer available to print at Participating Location: 3000 East First Ave, Denver, next to Neiman Marcus.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20 Canine Massage Level 1 – 9am-5pm. Into to anatomy & physiology, strokes and techniques. Combination pre-course work, classroom study and hands-on. $1150/class. Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, 701 Park St, Castle Rock. 303-669-4227 or

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22 Foundations of Ayurveda – This introductory program is 132 hours and is presented in a weekend format (approximately ten weekends plus three cooking classes, time to be scheduled in conjunction with the students). The classes build one upon the other, allowing the knowledge to unfold into a profound comprehension of Ayurveda. $2886. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala Training Center, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. 303-432-8099.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25 Canine Massage Level 2 – 9am-5pm. In depth study of anatomy & organs. Intro to Kinesiology, building your practice and much more. Combination of precourse work, classroom study and hands-on. $1300/ class. Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, 701 N Park St, Castle Rock. 303-669-4227 or

The Joyful Warrior: Yoga for Depression – 5:30-7pm. Thru Feb 16. A yoga series for those with depression, seasonal disorder or just wanting more joy. This program uses a range of yoga therapy tools to give students both information and tools to improve their symptoms and start on a path of wellness. Six weeks, 90 minutes/ week. Students will use a range of yoga therapy tools in a safe, confidential and caring environment where they can connect with other individuals. $99/six week series. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness 5860 S Curtice St, Littleton. 303-725-1434.

Canine Massage Level 3 – 9am-5pm. Advanced massage techniques, geriatric and quality of life study. Massage techniques to assist the immune system, reduce pain & inflammation. Range of motion & lymphatic drainage. $1400/class. Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, 701 N Park St, Castle Rock. 303-669-4227 or


Wednesday, February 2

Advanced PranaYoga Teacher Training Program: Cakra, Tantra and Esoteric Anatomy Module – 11:30am-2pm. The understanding of cakras has been interpreted backwards-come and find out why. Meets

Canine Massage Level 2 – 9am-5pm. In depth study of anatomy & organs. Intro to Kinesiology, building your practice and much more. Combination of pre-course work, classroom study and


Friday, December 31 Nurture Yourself into the New Year – 2-5pm. A time of self-nurturing, yoga and introspection as we transition into 2011. $25. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala Training Center, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. 303-432-8099.

hands-on. $1300/class. 701 N Park St, Castle Rock. 303-669-4227 or

Sat – SUN, FEBRUARY 12-13 The Journey Intensive Weekend – Learn how to get to the root cause of practically any longstanding issue, creating both physical and emotional healing. The Journey process, a step-by- step roadmap to healing, has transformed the lives of tens of thousands around the world. Gain Clarity, Focus, Health, Wealth, Creativity, Passion and Purpose. $395. Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Convention Center, 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver. 973-680-0271. Details and registration at

Friday, February 18 Canine Massage Level 1 – 9am-5pm. Intro to anatomy & physiology, strokes and techniques. Combination pre-course work, classroom study and hands-on. $1150/class. 701 N Park St, Castle Rock. 303-669-4227 or

Sunday, February 27 Canine Massage Level 3 – 9am-5pm. Advanced massage techniques, geriatric and quality of life study. Massage techniques to assist the immune system, reduce pain & inflammation. Range of motion & lymphatic drainage. $1400/class. 701 N Park St, Castle Rock. 303-669-4227 or

Tuesday, March 8 Canine Massage Level 1 – 9am-5pm. Intro to anatomy & physiology, strokes and techniques. Combination pre-course work, classroom study and hands-on. $1150/class. 701 N Park St, Castle Rock. 303-669-4227 or

Wednesday, March 9 Acupressure Level 1: Small Animals – 9am-5pm. TCM, Acupressure points, pressure manipulation, Yin & Yan and much more. $1200/class. 5151 WCR 18, Pelosa Farm, Longmont. 303-669-4227 or

Monday, March 14 Canine Massage Level 2 – 9am-5pm. In depth study of anatomy & organs. Intro to Kinesiology, building your practice and much more. Combination of precourse work, classroom study and hands-on. $1300/ class. 701 N Park St, Castle Rock. 303-669-4227 or

Saturday, March 19 Canine Massage Level 3 – 9am-5pm. Advanced massage techniques, geriatric and quality of life study. Massage techniques to assist the immune system, reduce pain & inflammation. Range of motion & lymphatic drainage. $1400/class. 701 N Park St, Castle Rock. 303-669-4227 or

December 2010


ongoingevents sunday Canine Nail Trimmings – 12-5pm. Schedule an appointment or get more information, call or e-mail Hero’s Pets. Regular trim $5. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-972-1926 or Healing Circle: Journey Toward Self – 7-8pm. Designed to deepen your personal meditation or healing through the practice of expanded awareness. Includes time for personal healing to deepen the connection with your higher-self. $8. Samadhi Center for Yoga and Meditation, 639 E 19th Ave, Denver. 303-860-9642.

tuesday Gain Energy and Clarity with an Aura Clearing – 5:30-7pm. You will leave feeling better, refreshed and more open to creating the opportunities that life offers. Relieve stress, pain, gain clarity, and increase creativity during a 15-minute rebalance. Register to win a 30 min reading. Yoga of the Mind, 8 East First Ave, #103, Denver. 303-668-2358.

wednesday Canine Nail Trimmings – 12-4pm. To schedule an appointment or get more information, call or e-mail Hero’s Pets. Regular trim $5. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-972-1926 or Reiki for Animals – 1:30-3:30pm. Through a gentle “hands-on” process, your companion animal will experience relief and release from Stress, pain reduction and relief from Arthritis, and a boost and balance in Healing. This type of treatment is focused on healing you and your pet as a pair. Pets often take on their owner’s health ailments so sharing a Reiki treatment is

classifieds JOBS AVAILABLE Small firm with contemplative practice focus seeks FT Executive Personal Assistant for high wealth client. Duties include scheduling, travel arrangements, and correspondence. Ideal candidate will have 5+ years experience. Salary + benefits. Full description at Send resume to Looking for a way you can bring in extra $$? Looking for a way for your family to be healthier? We are looking for people who have a heart for helping children, enjoy educating others, and who want to truly make a difference in this world. We are a wellness company, changing the health picture of children all around the world. 40 yrs experience. DEBT FREE, and we are looking for moms like you! Experience is not necessary, just a positive, teachable attitude.Pay is good, hours are set by YOU, and


a safe and effective method to maintain and assist in the treatment of problems. $30/30 minutes. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-972-1926 or

ship, Spirituality and prosperity. Bring plenty of business cards.$5 donation. Mile Hi Church, 9079 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. Info and speaking opps.

Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing – 6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. During a healing, energy one does not need to be carrying is cleared out of one’s space, including energies that block growth and flow. Donations accepted. Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-413-7303 or

Affordable and Relaxing Chair Massage – 9-11am. Perfect for immediate stress relief and relaxation. When your body is relaxed, your spirit can soar. $5/10 min/$10/20 min. Buzz Coffee, 1139 Francis St, Longmont. 720-284-8710.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga w/EmySol – 6:30pm. Exhilarating and complete Yoga practice. Uses Ujjayi breath to flow from one asana (pose) to another to energize metabolic rate to burn fat and build a firm toned healthy body. Increases stamina and develop great strength and flexibility. Stimulates and tones the internal organs and improves circulation, alleviate stress allowing balance to the body, mind and spirit. Ends with deep relaxation/short meditation. Instructor: EmySol -Ananda Shakti Ma. Call for pricing. No exp. req’d. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

thursday Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing – 6:30-7:30pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. During a healing, energy one does not need to be carrying is cleared, including blocks to growth and flow. Clarity and contentment are restored. Donations appreciated, but not required. Inner Connection Institute; 4325 Harlan St, Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797; BHS-Business Honoring Spirituality Networking – 7-9am. Our mission is to unite business professionals in a Spiritual surrounding, allowing for limitless individual and group development of Spiritual and professional possibilities. With a network of various businesses and services, we open our lives to more knowledge, abundance, friend-

rewards are endless. Please contact Heather for more information. Do you live a healthy lifestyle and steer toward greener options as a consumer? Mile High Natural Awakenings is looking for someone who understands and lives a greener, healthier life, who can communicate and interact professionally, to create relationships and marketing plans for advertising clients who would be a good fit for our growing Natural Awakenings magazine. Great pay; commission only. Contact Doug at 303-770-1981 or Do you love animals and/or make sure your pet(s) live a healthier life? Mile High Natural Awakenings Pet is looking for someone who understands and creates a greener, healthier life for themselves and their pet, who can communicate and interact professionally, to create relationships and marketing plans for advertising clients who would be a good fit for our Mile High Natural Awakening Pet magazine begin-

F re e Au r a & C h a k r a H e a l i n g s – 6 - 7 p m . Negative energy will be removed from your body and replaced with your own positive energy. You will feel great and be ready to take your next steps. Free. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920. Psychic Readings – 7-8:30pm. Learn about your soul essence, your past lives, and the colors of your aura. Free. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920.

friday Low-Cost Community Massage & Wellness Clinic – 9am- 7pm; 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Stress Management Services is offering their expert care to all who are in need at an affordable rate starting at $45/50 minute session and sliding down according to financial need. App’t req’d. Call 303-717-7709 for info and how to qualify. Details Trance Medium Healing Clinic – 7pm. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish; Free. Trance medium healing is a dynamic process facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. This clinic involves channeling, energy readings, and intense individual clearings. Healings following the Open Channel; $10. Please plan some time for yourself after healing. Arrive a little early. Building doors auto-lock at 6:55pm. No RSVP req’d. Presented by Inner Connection Institute, 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213, Denver. 303-282-9439.

ning quarterly publication in March (and within Mile High Natural Awakenings pet pages). Great pay; commission only. Contact Terry at 303-770-1981 or

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