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Being uplifted is the common thread throughout our September issue. Our hope is that something piques your interest to explore more; or to pause and gratefully take in what is. Maybe you’ll be intrigued by what may be possible to make our World a better place, to learn something new or to make a new connection. How many people, like local healer JoAnne Palladino on page 11, can say that yoga has changed their lives? Probably many. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health* notes, “Recent studies in people with chronic low-back pain suggest that a carefully adapted set of yoga poses may help reduce pain and improve function (the ability to walk and move). Studies also suggest that practicing yoga (as well as other forms of regular exercise) might have other health benefits such as reducing heart rate and blood pressure, and may also help relieve anxiety and depression.” And the Association for Psychological Science, in a 2013 article “Learning New Skills Keeps An Aging Mind Sharp”** says, “It seems it is not enough just to get out and do something—it is important to get out and do something that is unfamiliar and mentally challenging, and that provides broad stimulation mentally and socially.” How interesting is it that scientists now know the sound of birds has a therapeutic effect, just like the sounds of rushing water and breezes? We also checked out local life coach and astrologer Nansea Lee’s info about The Mozart Effect on page 17 because we hadn’t heard of it before; the National Institutes of Health published a study by researchers who played Mozart’s piano sonata K448 to rats in utero. “Mozart group completed the maze test significantly more quickly and with fewer errors (P <0.01) than the other three groups; thus, enjoyment and musical appreciation is unlikely to have been the basis of the improvement.” You can even try Jonathan Goldman’s “Chakra Tuner” app on your Smartphone for $2.99.

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Rolf Institute Expands Training Program


he Rolf Institute of Structural Integration is now offering the opportunity to train as a Certified Rolfer in other parts of the country beyond its main campus in Boulder. Beginning early next year, the complete Basic Rolfing Structural Integration training program will also be offered in Atlanta, Georgia; Bellingham, Washington; Brookfield, Wisconsin; Charles Town, West Virginia; and Holderness, New Hampshire. The training, which typically lasts one-and-a-half to two years, is designed for career professionals that are licensed or have extensive training in complementary therapies and wish to become Rolf Institute members upon graduation. Courses are taught in a modular format, meeting at least once a month over extended weekends to accommodate busy schedules and professional commitments. The program allows established practitioners to expand their skills while learning about leading-edge research on the fascial system and how it affects body structure and movement. For more information, including costs and a full schedule, call 303-4495903, ext. 106, email or visit Register online at See ad page 3.

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olistic physician Dr. Katia Meier of Clear Sky Medical, 9085 E. Mineral Circle in Centennial, is presenting a special introductory event September 8 from 4-7p.m. on Ultherapy, the only noninvasive, FDA-approved procedure to lift skin and improve wrinkles on face, neck and décolleté without surgery and scars. “This innovative new treatment can help you achieve a fresher and more youthful look safely in one single treatment by increasing collagen production without downtime,” says Dr. Meier. A 20% discount on the procedure is available as an event night promotion. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Limited spots available; pre-register at 303-790-7860. See ad page 2.


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Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner Training Starts Nov 7


ocky Mountain Ortho-Bionomy Center offers their practitioner training program starting November 7. Sheri Covey, Advanced Instructor, says, “10 weeks spread over 24 months allows you to continue your life and still change your life. Be the first to offer this unique bodywork into your Practice or train to become a Practitioner.” RMOBC is the only complete training program in the country, says Covey, which allows the Practitioner to work with a neurological and structural knowledge for reducing acute pain and accelerating healing. O-B can address a broad spectrum of issues in the body to help restore balance and health. Classroom hours include Advanced Pelvis & Neck; Chapman’s Reflexes; Cranial, Endocrine & Lymphatic; Extremities; Fluids; Neurological; Spine & Shoulders; and Visceral & Organs. Ortho-Bionomy is recognized for exceptional ability to work with chronic pain, trauma, lymphatic, joint and structural issues, head injuries and endocrine disorders. Rocky Mountain Ortho-Bionomy Center is approved by the State of Colorado Occupational Schools. Email with questions. Enroll now to hold your spot in the program. See ad page 18.

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Serenade Shijun Munns “Art is healing and nourishment,” says cover artist Shijun Munns. “A world without art separates us from living our full potential. The creation of art is an expression of love, acceptance and gratitude.” Munns’ art draws in viewers with ethereal images of gardens, animals, mermaids, women and other evocative subjects painted in lush, warm colors. Munns is inspired by the beauty of nature, humanity and the fantasy world of fairy tales. Her cover work, Serenade, evokes the importance of friendship and the joy of music, as well as the peace and good fortune symbolized by the dove. Munns was born and raised in Foshan, China, and is a graduate of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. She has received numerous awards for her artistic achievements in both painting and art instruction. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and art shows across the U.S., China and Hong Kong, while her paintings can be found in private collections throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Munns now lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and pets, where she teaches art classes. View the artist’s portfolio at


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he Nutritional Therapy Association is offering two separate, 9-month, blended online and in-person nutritional therapist certification programs with new venues in Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Boston, New York City, Denver and Toronto. Enrollment continues through September 12 for workshop courses that begin on September 19, while registration for the winter courses will commence October 10 until February 6, 2017, with classes starting February 13. The course, based on the teachings of Dr. Weston A. Price and Dr. Francis Pottenger, instructs students in how to conduct a five-step client consultation process. Highlights include a hands-on functional assessment tool to identify nutritional weaknesses and effectively manage wellness goals. “Since 1997, our mission has been to be the transformative educator of nutritional therapy, reconnecting people to healing foods and vibrant health,” says Executive Director Eric Bowman. “Our values are rooted in the innate ability to heal, respect for bio-individuality, a foundational approach to nutrition and health and unwavering commitment to a nutrient-dense, whole food diet.” For more information, including costs, registration and locations, call 800918-9798, email or visit See ad page 5.

“Easing into Consciousness” Class


oin Kass Thomas and Rattan Deep of Access Consciousness as they introduce a new class called “Easing into Consciousness.” Choose the full 1½-day class Sept 7-8 (6:30-8:30pm & 9:30am-5:30pm) for $280 or just the “evening taster” on September 7 for $75. This event is live in Denver and live-streamed. Access Consciousness Practitioner Mira Claire says, “What if NOW is the time to say goodbye to working hard to achieve an enlightened state of mind? What if it could actually be fun and easy? A lot of people struggle to be present in their own lives, sometimes setting an impossible and even unattainable bar for what consciousness is and what ‘being present’ or ‘being spiritual’ should feel like. Unveil the consciousness that is already present inside of you. This class will expand upon what you already have, and invite you to give up struggling to adapt to someone else’s definition of consciousness.” To RSVP or for information, contact or 303-589-4851. See ad page 14.

Calling All Herbalist Practitioners


isa Ganora, Director of the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism at 2900 Valmont Road in Boulder, will teach a special 30-hour, five-day intensive called Herbal Constituents Intensive for Practitioners. The class takes place October 17-21, meeting 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Friday. According to Lisa, herbalists and holistic health practitioners will explore the art and science of constituents and herbal pharmacy, including therapeutics, safety and toxicology, synergy, solubility and extractions. Learn about the active molecules in medicinal plants and how they contribute to herbal actions and energetics. You will learn hands-on herbal pharmacy with a combination of lecture, PowerPoint illustrations, 3D molecular modeling software, and demonstrations with a variety of herbal products and living plants. $495 for the 30-hour Intensive includes the book Herbal Constituents, notes and materials. Student discounts may be available, please inquire. Contact Lisa Ganora, 720-722-4372 or See ad page 29.


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hyllis Guy of Natural Body Wisdom invites women to join her Saxon Mountain weekend retreat in Georgetown to kick-start your health and wellbeing journey. The weekend includes: Immersing your whole self-mind, body and soul, in a place where you can find peace through movement, dance, nature and nutrition; Learning to have a healthy relationship with yourself, those around you and food; Walking away with new skills to combat stress, having more energy, living life authentically, getting to know both your masculine and feminine side; Easy wholesome meal preparation. Phyllis says, “Re-connect and re-discover your true Self! Do you take care of everyone but yourself? Do you need a kick-start to get you on your journey to realign and reconnect to your health, power and happiness? This retreat is for you if you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed.” The weekend will include Movement and dance; Nutritional guidance; Whole food organic meals; Meditation Journaling, and nature walks and hikes. $997 includes Lodging Friday and Saturday evening; Gourmet Meals; Educational sessions; beautiful Saxon Mountain Retreat in Georgetown. Space is very limited. To RSVP or learn more, contact Phyllis Guy 303-358-2045 or See listing page 30.

John Edward Brings Psychic Talents to Denver


sychic medium John Edward will give a presentation at the Embassy Suites Denver Southeast 7-9 p.m. October 7th. The former host of TV’s Crossing Over with John Edward will begin the evening with an interactive Q&A session. Edward will then “connect” to the other side and provide messages to the audience from family and friends that have crossed over. As a medium, author and lecturer, Edward has helped many people with his uncanny ability to predict future events and communicate with Spirit over the past three decades. He is the country’s foremost psychic medium and author of numerous critically-acclaimed New York Times best-sellers. $150 to $225. 7525 E. Hampden Ave., Denver. For information/tickets, call 800-514-3849 or visit or See ad page 25.

for That! Homeopathy for Yogis and Yoginis


oga and Homeopathy are ideal complementary modalities because they both work on the Vital Force, that unseen force that keeps us in harmony. The combination of deep breathing and asanas (yoga positions) helps to balance the entire being from the inside out. Yoga is especially good for people who struggle with chronic back or joint pain. I have done yoga for over 20 years and, together with Homeopathic remedies, it’s what keeps me in excellent health and gives me lots of energy. My current favorite is Kaiut yoga “invented” by Dr. Francisco Kaiut, a brilliant chiropractor and teacher from Brazil. Here are some of the most helpful remedies for yoga practitioners which I consistently use and recommend to others: ARNICA MONTANA 30C: perfect for muscle soreness. Take it right after a class and repeat as necessary every few hours until the pain abates. RUTA GRAVEOLONS 30C: for SPRAINS & STRAINS. Take it with the ARNICA every 4 hours after the initial injury. Continue both remedies 2-3x a day until the injury is healed.

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enver’s newest premier dance and yoga sanctuary, iBody Studio, is now open with a newly renovated space sporting a custom sprung wood dance floor, state-of- the art sound system, ambient lighting, a refreshment station, and a hip retail shop featuring dancewear, fitness gear, and inspirational items. Says Dana Hood, owner, “You’ll experience a complete transformation from what you thought fitness was and what you’ve done in the past to something fresh and inspirational. The movement modalities we teach are fun and engaging on many levels. At iBODY, you will love that hour (or more!) you give to yourself. It’s a place you’ll come to feel fit, nurtured, embodied and accepted.” 1177 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Denver. For information on classes and workshops, contact Dana at 720-379-4978.

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Eliminate Stress and Overwhelm


hat’s it like living in a state of stress and overwhelm? How does it affect our joy, our sense of hope, our relationships, our health, our productivity and sense of well-being? We’re taught in our culture that overwhelm is a function of our circumstances - our list of have-to’s exceeds our can-do’s and we automatically feel stressed and overwhelmed. This assumption simply isn’t true. No circumstance has the power to do this to you. Recall when you were incredibly stressed and overwhelmed for some time…and then got sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. You got fed up with being fed up. Something inside of you said, “Avoiding my challenges sure isn’t working…it’s just making me sick… LITERALLY! Like it or not, I have the challenges I have, and they aren’t going away just because I hate facing them.” That’s when you shifted internally from running from the bully…to chasing that bully down. You got mad – the “good” anger we see in something called determination. Then you got out of bed and started to kick some butt! You went after the 9-foot monster and the 8½-foot monster just had to wait. Then you went after the 8½-foot monster…knocking off one major challenge after another. The instant you shifted from running from your challenges to going after them, what happened to your experience of overwhelm? Didn’t it diminish? And that shift happened INSIDE of you, not outside of you. Of course this level of determination doesn’t have to be mean or destructive. It actually is most powerful when it’s done with great love. Love, courage and achievement…what a powerful combination! So what have you been running from? And how is it going to feel to take right action in a way that restores your personal dignity and energy? Randy Ferguson of The Love, Courage, and Achievement Project can be reached at 303-989-2605. See ad page 18.

Less Sleep Brings on the Munchies


ecent research from the University of Chicago’s Sleep, Health and Metabolism Center has found that not getting enough sleep increases a cannabinoid chemical in the body that increases appetite. The result is a lack of control in snacking. The researchers tested 14 young adults by comparing the results of four nights of normal sleep with four nights of only four-and-a-half hours of sleep. The researchers found that after reduced sleep, the subjects’ hunger increased significantly and their ability to resist afternoon snacking decreased. This surge in snacking urges also matched significantly increased circulating levels of endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol, which peaked in the afternoon, coinciding with the increase in snack cravings. “We found that sleep restriction boosts a signal that may increase the hedonic aspect of food intake,” concludes lead study author Erin Hanlon, Ph.D., from the University of Chicago Medical Center.


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Astaxanthin Aids Muscle Recovery


study of Serbian soccer players has found that astaxanthin can significantly decrease inflammation and improve the rate of muscle recovery. Astaxanthin supplements are derived from golden microalgae such as Haematococcus pluvialis. Conducted by researchers from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine, the double-blind study tested 40 young athletes for 90 days. The players were recruited from a Serbian soccer club and split into two groups. Half were given four milligrams of astaxanthin per day, while the control group received a placebo. After three months of astaxanthin supplementation, the researchers found that muscle enzymes had decreased, indicating the rate of players’ muscle recovery had improved. They also found decreased neutrophils and C-reactive protein (CRP), both markers for inflammation, signifying a corresponding reduction. In addition, the group taking astaxanthin showed significantly higher levels of secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA), an immunity defense system in the mucosal membranes of the mouth, digestive system, lungs and other regions. Increases indicated a rise in first-defense immunity among these athletes. This same group also showed significantly lower oxidative stress levels, contributing to an improvement in exercise recovery.


Heart Opening Through Yoga Practice


hen I experienced my first spiritual awakening my body became very weak. A practitioner suggested that I explore yoga. I took his advice and this ancient practice changed my life. As I began to practice yoga a few times a week, it became my spiritual practice. I felt my heart explode with vibrant energy. I held the ‘sun energy’ within me that radiated from my body. Yoga is a practice that can support your awakening to move through the old patterns with a deeper understanding of what is unfolding inside of you. Some things to consider in searching for a Yoga practice that is best for you:

1 with a Yoga teacher that supports your 2 Connect goals and intention. your body especially, if you are new to this 3 Honor practice. Go inward when you are practicing. This will 4 deepen the benefits of yoga. with other souls that will support you in a 5 Practice ‘like-minded’ community environment. Check the class schedule to ensure that it will fit 6 your availability. yoga studio space and the staff should make 7 The you feel welcome and safe. is not about competition but rather a practice 8 Yoga that you enjoy and feel drawn to in order to fulfill

Explore the different styles of yoga to see which one resonates with you.

your heartfelt goals and desires. Yoga may start out as an exercise at first but with your inner awareness and personal commitment it can have an effect on your whole being. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master/Teacher, Intuitive and a Channel for Shmaya can be reached at 303-263-0679 or See listing page 30.

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ome say the goal of yoga is divine union or realizing our connection to the spiritual world. One type of yoga which is essential is Karma-yoga or the Yoga of Service. We live in a time when the negative side of the Law of Karma is demonstrating all around us and we seem determined to create more of it. We all must face the consequences of our previous harmful actions, but these can be mitigated by the Law of Service. This is how we evolve and move forward as a planet. Service is also, along with meditation, one of the two most potent ways of self-realization. Transmission Meditation is a group service activity which ‘steps down’ the great spiritual energies that continually stream into our planet. This process, which makes the energies more useful to humanity, is like electrical transformers that step down the power between generators and household outlets. There are more than 600 Transmission Meditation groups in 40 countries meeting on a regular basis, including groups along the Front Range. In a Transmission group you simply let yourself be an instrument, while the energy is put through your chakras (a type of Laya-yoga) by the Masters. You act as a positive, poised, mental channel through which the energy is sent in a highly scientific manner. It is directed by them, by their thought, to where it is most useful and most needed. People find that this meditation helps them in whatever spiritual practice or meditation they are using and in general can be very healing and energizing. Ron Liggett has been practicing Transmission Meditation for 20 years. For more information and locations call 303-819-2100, and See ad page 21, see Ongoing calendar for dates/times of meditation groups.

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esearch from King’s College, in London, shows that dietary vitamin C reduces the development of cataracts that interfere with vision by obscuring the lens of the eye, keeping light from striking the retina. The researchers followed 324 pairs of female twins for 10 years. Food questionnaires were administered to each pair to determine their intake of dietary nutrients. The researchers also examined each of the twins’ eyes for the development of cataracts. The scientists found those that consumed the most foods with vitamin C had fewer cataracts than those that ate foods with less of the vitamin. These findings did not apply to supplemental vitamin C, helping researchers better understand the superior nature of natural vitamin C. Natural vitamin C contains multiple bioflavonoids, rutin and several co-factors, such as factors J, K and P, tyrosinase and ascorbinogen. Senior study author and eye surgeon Dr. Chris Hammond says, “The findings could have significant impact, particularly for the aging population, by suggesting that simple dietary changes such as increased intake of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthier diet could help protect them from cataracts.”

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Lying Labels New Term Disguises High-Fructose Corn Syrup The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) has resorted to creating a new label for high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) by calling it “fructose syrup” or just “fructose” because numerous scientific studies have linked it to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and autism. HFCS is a highly processed chemical sweetener used in many processed foods, including breads, cookies, candy, condiments and soft drinks. It extends the shelf life of products and is often cheaper than sugar, the primary reasons manufacturers use it. Standard HFCS contains from 42 to 55 percent fructose. The new term is being used when foods contain HFCS-90, which has “just” 90 percent fructose. Identifying HFCS-90 as an ingredient bizarrely gives food makers a green light to use statements such as “Contains no high-fructose corn syrup” or “No HFCS” on the product label, thus misleading buyers. Bart Hoebel, a psychology professor at Princeton University, reports, “When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese; every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all gain extra weight.” Source:

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Educators at Charleston County schools, in South Carolina, know that more movement and exercise makes kids better learners, even as the amount of time devoted to physical education (PE) and recess has been declining sharply in the U.S. “If you ask anyone in education if they prefer PE or class instruction, they say instruction every time,” says David Spurlock, coordinator of health, wellness and physical education for the Charleston County school district. “Yet, what we’re trying to show is that more movement equals better grades, behavior and bodies.” Charles Pinckney Elementary School, in Charleston, employs Active Brains, a program that uses 15 stations through which students rotate during the class. Each station has a unique exercise component such as a mini-basketball hoop or an exercise bike, and is focused on a different academic task such as spelling or math flashcards. This is the first classroom in the U.S. equipped with only kinesthetic desks. The program has been in operation for three years and has a waiting list of students excited to try the new approach.

Healing Recipe Cooking May Be the Future of Medicine In 2010, chronic disease accounted for 86 percent of all healthcare spending; four years later, the cost of treating heart disease alone totaled $315.4 billion, including medication and hospital care. At the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University, medical students are learning cooking skills to better advise patients on regaining and maintaining their health through nutrition. By getting them to approach healthful food preparation with ease and awareness, this next generation of doctors is striving to provide building blocks for long-term health management. “When we see healthier eating, we see more disease prevention and fewer hospital stays, which means less money spent on health care,” says Chef Leah Sarrris, program director. Since 2012, 20 medical schools have adopted Tulane’s program, including the University of California-Los Angeles Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of IllinoisChicago and University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, in a partnership with the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts. Students complete eight classes of three hours each, and fourth-year students can choose from seminars that focus on different clinical interests, including nutritional support for those coping with celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies, diabetes or pregnancy. Students also teach free public cooking classes. This integrative understanding of health care may change the way the medical system operates. Source: Yes magazine

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The dangerous practice of fracking (hydraulic fracturing), which combines volumes of toxic chemicals and fresh water to bore for natural gas, has spread to 21 states in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, as well as Colorado, Texas and California. A particularly intensive drilling area is the Marcellus Shale region, a 600-mile-long bedrock layer up to a mile below the Earth’s surface that includes parts of New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Citizens in these and surrounding states are sounding alarms. The PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center is on the battle’s front lines and their efforts can serve as a blueprint and inspiration in trying to curtail fracking and protect the health and safety of people and the planet. The nonprofit has taken issue with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency draft study dated late last year that concluded fracking has no widespread impact on drinking water, demanding that the agency conduct further research. While Pennsylvania’s Department of the Environment tallied 271 cases of water contamination from fracking in 40 counties, the nonprofit Public Herald reports 2,309 overall fracking complaints for 17 of the counties, and concludes that water-related cases are repeatedly understated. Recent research by Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences found, “Companies are fracking directly into shallow freshwater aquifers,” according to Professor of Earth System Science Robert Jackson. “In no [other] industry would you be allowed to inject chemicals into a source of drinking-quality water.” PennEnvironment recently galvanized more than 1,000 state health experts’ demands to Governor Tom Wolf’s administration that include establishing a registry to report impacts from fracking and other natural gas activities; instituting special training for health professionals; removing exemptions for the fracking industry from environmental laws; and requiring that all fracking operations be at least one mile from schools and healthcare facilities. “With every day of inaction, our elected leaders continue to subject their constituents to severe and widespread health impacts,” advises PennEnvironment fracking campaign organizer Allie DiTucci. Maryland poses another looming battleground—it currently prohibits the practice and is drafting new fracking regulations as the gas industry knocks on its door. Meanwhile, communities around the country are voting to ban fracking from their districts. Join local environmental and conservation organizations in protesting against fracking and lobbying local and state officials to regulate and ban it. Primary sources:, InsideClimate News

might just be your own expectations or the limitations you place on yourself and others.


The Path

Are you connected to your intuition? Do you know when something feels right and when something feels wrong? But most importantly, do you listen to those feelings and move forward with decisions accordingly?

By Tonia Crosby


read “Old Path White Clouds” written beautifully by Thich Nhat Hanh for the second time. I recommend this book highly to anyone who is seeking a conscious life. It is the tale of the life of the Buddha and the way in which he walked his Path. It allows the Buddha’s humanity to be revealed and does nothing to shy from the difficulties he faced. It shines a light on being human and does nothing to avoid the darkness, but rather to embrace it. Perhaps the most stunning part of the story is the commitment that Buddha made to the Path, no matter the obstacles. He always walked on; over mountains, through rivers and into territories that meant to kill him. We need not be Buddhists to connect with the importance of this piece – we find it in stories across religious beliefs spanning land and time, from Jesus to Mohammed and beyond. The leaders we follow always continue on their Path, no matter the struggles they face. Choosing our Path each and every day, even if today the Path is under the

covers with pint of ice cream, takes commitment. And if that happens to be your path today, the work is in forgiving and allowing yourself the space to be in bed with Ben & Jerry. The key is allowing for space. Even when we are purposefully on our path, we must allow room for Source to do its work alongside us. Whether you have been following a devoted path for years or have only just begun to consider choosing a conscious path, the value of your journey is no different. If you are drawn to the work of living a more conscious life, no matter your capacity to engage, you are on the Path. You can be nowhere else. Honor yourself for that. Here are questions you can ask yourself to understand where you are and what the purpose of your Path might be:

What level of sacrifice are you able to make for your good and for the good of others? And please consider that sacrifice is about giving something up, and that

Is there room in your life for expansion? Are you overly busy? Do you need space? Is your mind spinning on a regular basis? Do you have the tools to come to center and find calm so that you can see your Path clearly?

Are you focused on the opportunities or the obstacles? Listen to your inner dialogue and be honest with yourself about the focus – but please, try not to judge. Are you talking to yourself and others about all the reasons you cannot? Or are you engaging with all the possibilities available no matter the outcome? Can you gently expand your vision and open your awareness?

What is important to you? What are your priorities? Why? Tonia Crosby is a Certified Life Coach with Sādhaka Wellness in Evergreen. She can be reached at 619-838-3844 or see listing page 30.

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Music as Medicine Music Soothes, Energizes and Heals Us by Kathleen Barnes


s primeval drumbeats echo across an African savannah, the rhythms circle the globe, picked up by the chants and rattles of shamans gracing Amazonian jungles and Siberian tundra. They’re repeated in Gregorian chants filling medieval cathedrals and “om” meditations sounding in Himalayan caves and yoga classes everywhere. They gently echo in the repeated tones of mothers’ lullabies, happy hummings as we go about our day and the melodies of Mozart. Music is the soundtrack of our lives, whether we’re aware of it or not. It exists within, uniting and guiding us, and has helped heal body and spirit since the dawn of humanity. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists recently discovered that the universe itself has a song.

Pioneering Practitioners From the soothing tones of a harp to the jarring screeches of a construction site, the stress-reducing or stress-producing properties of sound are familiar to us all. “Stress is an underlying cause of the vast majority of all illnesses, and sound and music are effective in relieving stress and bringing stillness,” says Jonathan Goldman, an internationally recognized pioneer in harmonics and sound healing and director of the Sound Healers Association in Boulder, Colorado. Through researching his many books, including The 7 Secrets of Sound


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Healing, Goldman is convinced of the profound effect sound has on the human organism. “The simple chanting of the sound ‘om,’ or ‘aum,’ in addition to instilling calmness and relaxation, causes the release of melatonin and nitric oxide. It relaxes blood vessels, releases soothing endorphins, reduces the heart rate and slows breathing,” he explains. “Sound can change our immune function,” wrote the late Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, former director of medical oncology at New York’s Weill-Cornell Medical College for Complementary and Integrative Medicine in his book The Healing Power of Sound. “After either chanting or listening to certain forms of music, your Interleukin-1 level, an index of your immune system, goes up between 12-anda-half and 15 percent. Further, about 20 minutes after listening to meditative-type music, the immunoglobulin levels in the blood are significantly increased. Even the heart rate and blood pressure are lowered. There’s no part of your body not affected. Its effects even show up on a cellular and sub-cellular level.”

Practical Applications Consider some of music’s scientifically validated health benefits: Stress: Singing, whether carrying a tune or not, is a powerful way to combat stress, according to many studies. A recent joint study by German and British researchers published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience confirms that simply listening to soothing music results in significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The more intense the experience is in singing or playing an instrument, the greater the stress reduction. A collaborative study by several Swedish universities showed that group singing caused participants’ heart rates to synchronize, producing relaxation effects similar to that achieved through group meditation. Cancer: Gaynor used music to treat even advanced cancer patients for decades, considering it a “disease of disharmony.” He advocated re-harmonizing the body with sound vibrations that affect virtually every cell, especially enhancing immune function and potentially preventing cancer from spreading. Gaynor primarily used crystal bowls to produce deep relaxation and harmonize dysrhythmic cells in patients, but also confirmed the healing effects of certain vibratory tones of drumming and Tibetan metal gongs. Several studies confirm that listening to any kind of soothing music relieves anxiety in cancer patients; a large study from Philadelphia’s Drexel University confirms that it also relieves pain, lowers blood pressure, improves breathing and minimizes nausea associated with chemotherapy. Depression: Drumming can better counter depression than the prescription drug Prozac, according to a recent study by England’s Royal College of Music. Those that participated in a weekly drumming group experienced

Nature’s Healing Sounds The calming sounds of rushing water and gentle breezes are well known; science is now confirming the therapeutic effects of singing birds. Belgian researchers confirmed that bird song helps drown out the stressful effects of traffic noise, and Korean scientists found it makes people feel less crowded. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology showed that it can even help regulate participants’ circadian rhythms, contributing to restful sleep and overall wellness.

significantly reduced symptoms compared to a control group. Substance Abuse: University of California, Los Angeles, scientists found that drumming was especially helpful for a group of Native Americans struggling with such issues. Smartphone Addiction: Korean research found that music therapy is helpful in overcoming this condition. Immune Dysfunction: The same British study of drumming’s antidepressant effects saw similar improvement in immune function, plus an anti-inflammatory response that continued for at least three months after the study period. Neuroendocrine Disorders: Researchers at Pennsylvania’s Meadville Medical Center Mind-Body Wellness Group found that drumming effectively helped drummers (skilled and unskilled) suffering from neuroendocrine disorders such as pituitary tumors and intestinal issues caused by disconnections between the endocrine gland and nervous systems. They further confirmed that group drumming reduced stress chemicals such as cortisol in the drummers. Muscle Tension Dysphonia: Even tuneless humming sounds like “umhum” can have a measurable therapeutic effect on individuals that have lost their voices due to overuse. Pain: When a group of British citizens suffering from chronic pain joined a choir, a Lancaster University study found they were better able to manage their condition for improved quality of life. Just listening to harp music for 20 minutes decreased anxiety, lowered blood pressure and relieved pain in a group of U.S. heart surgery patients with shortterm pain participating in a University of Central Florida study in Orlando. Alzheimer’s Disease: In addition to reducing the agitation and anxiety frequently accompanying Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at Florida’s University of Miami School of Medicine found that a group of patients that participated in music therapy for four weeks experienced increased levels of the calming brain chemical melatonin.

How It Works “Humming or singing causes longer exhalations than normal, helping to naturally eliminate toxins and acidity,” says Dr. Madan Kataria, of Mumbai,

India, who has spawned 5,000 laughter clubs worldwide. “We started experimenting with the vowel sounds and humming sound. An early unpublished humming study I did in Denmark showed that people that hummed anything for just 10 minutes were able to reduce their systolic blood pressure by 10 to 15 points, their diastolic by four to five points and their pulse rate by 10 beats per minute.” Kataria found that people with breathing problems like asthma and emphysema experienced especially positive effects because it strengthened belly muscles used in breathing. Kataria is also a fan of kirtan—Hindu devotional call-and-response chants often accompanied by ecstatic dancing. “Kirtan takes away self-consciousness or nervousness and anxiety,” he says. Dr. Eben Alexander, who recorded his near-death experience in Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, says the “indescribable” cosmic music he experienced has helped him come to understand the effects of specific sound frequencies on the brain. He now provides audio tools to help bring the brain to a higher state and help it match that higher and more

conscious state. In his medical practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, he often employs music from a patient’s past to help them emerge from a brain injury or coma and even “reconnect pathways in a damaged brain.” Alexander explains that binaural beats and other sound effects combine to create “brain entrainment” and also in theory, “monotonize” it to free awareness and access realms other than the physical. “It’s magical what the right type of music can do to the brain stem to free up our consciousness,” he observes.

No Talent Needed Experts agree that people without musical talent are able to experience the same benefits as virtuosos, based on their degree of engagement with music. Anyone can hum, and most research confirms that benefits are enhanced in creating music rather than merely listening to it. Group singing has become increasingly popular, especially following the hit TV show Glee. Time magazine reported in 2013 that 32.5 million American adults sang in choirs, up about 30 percent from a decade earlier.


ur brain, emotional, mental and physical energetic bodies are affected by sounds. Ancient cultures like the Babylonians used drums and rattles to heal the body. The Egyptian Priests sang the seven vowels corresponding to the seven chakras in order to balance healing energy. According to Don Campbell’s “Music for The Mozart Effect, Heal the Body,” music is healing, and specific notes of the musical scale correspond to our seven chakras. C, 1st chakra, pubic area; D, 2nd chakra, sacral area; E, 3rd chakra, solar plexus; F, 4th chakra, heart; G, 5th chakra, throat; A, 6th chakra , middle of forehead; B, 7th chakra, crown of the head. Many of Mozart’s compositions are known to help balance the body’s energy. Jonathan Goldman has been creating music specifically for balancing the body’s energies for over 20 years. One of his popular CDs is the Chakra Suite. Music is a simple, inexpensive way to help balance ourselves. Put your favorite music on while cleaning the house, when taking a bath, or meditating. Nansea Lee is a professional astrologer and certified life coach. Contact Nansea Lee at See listing page 31. natural awakenings

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In Nigeria, we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm; when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble. ~Babatunde Olatunji, drummer and social activist The choice of musical genre matters. Recent data from Montreal’s McGill University shows that types of music tend to have specific effects; for example, blues slows heart rate and calms an anxious person, rock and punk can boost energy, and reggae can help control anger.

Spirit Moves The spiritual aspects of virtually all types of music cannot be underestimated, says Michael Hove, Ph.D., a cognitive neuroscientist affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Fitchburg State University, in Massachusetts. His research has primarily focused on drumming to induce altered states of consciousness that shamans from diverse cultures use to bring about physical and emotional healing. What Hove calls a “boring and super-predictable” drumbeat of 240 beats a minute induced a deep trance state within minutes in most subjects, and brain scans confirmed that it enabled them to focus intensely and block out distracting sounds within eight minutes. This aligns with Alexander’s view that, “The sound of music is absolutely crucial in launching us into transcendental awareness. For the true, deep seeker, sound and vibration and the memory of music can serve as a powerful engine to help direct us in the spiritual realms.” Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including her latest, Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at


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Relax and Unwind Restorative Yoga Poses Foster Healing by Meredith Montgomery


n classical yoga, teachers often sequence instruction toward reaching a pinnacle pose such as an inversion or arm balance. In restorative yoga, the peak pose is savasana—in which the practitioner fully relaxes while resting flat on their back. Leeann Carey, author of Restorative Yoga Therapy: The Yapana Way to Self-Care and Well-Being, explains, “This passive asana practice turns down the branch of the nervous system that keeps us in fight-or-flight mode and turns up the system allowing us to rest and digest. It feels like a massage for the nervous system and encourages self-inquiry, reflection and change, rather than perfection.” The physical, mental and spiritual benefits are similar to those of active yoga, but because poses are held longer and supported by props such as bolsters, blankets, belts and blocks, “There’s no stress on the tissue and joints. Each pose gifts us with longerlasting benefits, including more time for the mind to unwind,” advises Carey. “Restorative yoga allows both muscles and the brain to recover from fatigue, so we are stronger, sharper and better able to act in the world afterward,” explains Roger Cole, Ph.D., a certified Iyengar yoga teacher in Del Mar, California, and a research scientist studying

the physiology of relaxation, sleep and biological rhythms. He attests that it also serves as preparation for pranayama (mindful yoga breathing) and meditation, which require a clear, well-rested, focused mind. Perfect for beginners and used by longtime practitioners to complement other yoga styles, restorative poses are designed to accurately realign and reshape the body. They also can be therapeutically tailored to support natural healing for issues related to tension, premenstrual syndrome, weak immune functioning, back pain, pregnancy and recovery for athletes. “Poses for healing may require targeted gentle stretching, but prop use will coax the body into desired positions without requiring muscular effort,” says Cole. An early student of B.K.S. Iyengar and familiar with props, San Francisco resident and co-founder of Yoga Journal magazine Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., found herself leading her first class comprised entirely of supported poses during a power blackout at a 1980 workshop. “I didn’t want people walking around in the dark, so I improvised a restorative class and everyone loved it,” she recalls. She revisited the idea several years later when she personally

felt the need for physical, emotional and spiritual restoration. For a year, 90 percent of her practice was supported poses, and the switch helped her so much that it inspired her first book, Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times. She’s since written more books and trained teachers in restorative yoga around the world. As in classical yoga, a restorative sequence should be balanced with asanas (positions) from all pose classifications—backbends, twists, inversions and forward bends. It takes time for the body to comfortably settle deeply into a pose—as long as 15 minutes— therefore, a 90-minute restorative class may include only a handful of asanas. Lasater says, “Most people don’t need more of anything from the culture in which we live. They need much more to learn to be still and at ease.” In today’s yoga world, which seems to emphasize power and action, “Restorative yoga has become imperative to balance activity and ambition with stillness and being,” she continues. Lasater notes that while many classes are reducing savasana to as little as three minutes, students need 20 minutes. Carey clarifies that because this approach focuses on opening and letting go, rather than striving for the biggest stretch, “Sensation-seeking yogis may need to shift their perspective. The biggest challenge is often quieting the mind while the body is still. When a student is uncomfortable because the mind is screaming, it helps to compare it to having tight hamstrings in an active class. We’re not chasing relaxation; just breathe, feel and watch,” she says. “Eventually, everything will let go.” “The more our mind rebels against relaxing, the more we need it,” observes Lasater. Students often turn to yoga as a strategy for feeling whole, and she suggests that one of the best ways to find clarity within is to listen in stillness, one savasana at a time. “It’s a gift to ourself, our family and the world,” she adds. “When we feel rested, we’re more compassionate and ready to serve the greater good.” Meredith Montgomery, a registered yoga teacher, publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (

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by Terry Chriswell

VEGAN LUNCHBOX Plant-Based Choices Provide Midday Boost


fter I read this the first time, I realized it deserved more of my attention. Reading it for the second time, I have the highlighter and pen out, purposefully working through some of Melanie’s “play breaks.” My favorite one instructs you to, “Think about a project you’ve been putting off. Instead of telling yourself ‘I have to get it done’ say to yourself ‘I wonder when I’m going to get to that’ and notice what happens.” Saying I HAVE to get it done feels tight and stressful. Wondering when it will get done feels like its’ accomplishment is inevitable and I am in control – not the project. This book just speaks to me, especially the parts about perfectionism and procrastinating, my biggest stressors in life. But it’s fun and light in the therapy! Which is why, if you are looking for a few laughs and a few a-ha moments to help relieve your stress, Melanie’s book is a great read. Available on and Terry Chriswell is the publisher of Mile High Natural Awakenings, and working on relieving the stress writing her first book brings up. Based in Lakewood as part of the Smithson Clinic team with her husband Gail, Melanie has been my hypnotherapist and counselor.


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e all have good intentions to eat more fruits and vegetables, and it’s easier if we start with just one plant-based meal a day— lunch. Natural Awakenings has enlisted the help of vegan lunchbox experts to help us all enjoy easy-to-make and colorful feasts good for home, office, school and on the road. “Vegan food offers so much variety, especially at lunch,” says Johanna Sophia, of Pine Plains, New York, who recently hosted the online series The Raw Lunchbox Summit. “A vegan lunch gives an extra boost in the middle of the day for more brain power, clarity and energy.” She and her two children operate Johanna’s Raw Foods, which makes vegan fast food such as veggie burger bites and carrot crackers, available at health food stores. Laura Theodore, the vegan chef and recording artist who presents The Jazzy Vegetarian PBS television program, lives and works in the New York City area. After a childhood dominated by bologna sandwiches for lunch, she gradu-

ally changed to vegan dishes. “I began to notice a difference when I ate mostly plants,” she says. “I could do more and think better.” Theodore favors colorful and delicious vegan foods that travel well in a lunchbox with a cold pack, so she can take them to rehearsals or wherever else she goes. She creates her zucchini fettuccine with a vegetable slicer and loves to end a meal with something naturally sweet, like her maple-raisindate truffles. Such experimenting in the kitchen led to her newest cookbook, Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet. Brandi Rollins, Ph.D., a researcher at Penn State, in State College, Pennsylvania, found that switching her lunch habits to plant-based dishes made her feel better. The author of Raw Foods on a Budget determined that one of her favorites is a quick raw vegan pizza. She first marinates ingredients for 20 minutes: three medium mushrooms, thinly sliced, with one-and-a-half tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, one tablespoon of

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.

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PACK A PLANT-BASED LUNCH more chili powder to taste for a festive presentation. Recipe by Laura Theodore, Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a PlantBased Diet Photo by David Kaplan

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olive oil, one minced clove of garlic and a big pinch of Italian herb seasoning. Then she spreads half of a mashed avocado on a four-by-four-inch flax cracker and tops it with the marinated mushrooms, plus chopped tomato, peppers or other favorite options. Rollins advises, “You can pack all of the components individually, and then assemble the pizza at work.” Health Foods Chef Catherine Blake, in Maui, Hawaii, studied with renowned plant-based nutritional scientist T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. She urges her culinary students to ask, “What can I do to sparkle a little bit more tomorrow?” The author of Healthy Recipes for Friends, answers the question in her online presentation, Cooking for Brain Power, at ChefBlakeBrainPower. Blake’s favorite brain-power luncheon booster is a wrap with antioxidant-rich fillings, accompanied by homemade almond milk, sunflower seeds or walnuts for vitamin E and some favorite blue berries or purple grapes. She makes fresh almond milk by grinding raw almonds in a nut grinder, and then adding them plus an equal amount of filtered water to a high-speed blender. After processing and straining out the solids, the resulting nut milk is perfect for smoothies. Changing our diets one meal at a time gives us an opportunity to see if we can feel the difference, as our vegan lunchbox experts have, while we ramp up our taste for healthier eating.

Yields: 4 servings Accented with the tangy taste of fresh lemon juice and a bit of heat from the chili powder, this is an easy, readymade sandwich spread for a lunchbox. 1 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp filtered or spring water, plus more as needed 5 cloves garlic, chopped 2 Tbsp sesame tahini 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ tsp chili powder, plus more for garnish ¼ tsp sea salt

Zucchini Fettuccine with Fresh Tomato Salsa Yields: 4 servings This raw side dish is low in calories, a breeze to prepare and cool fare on a hot summer day. The zucchini strips look and taste a lot like fresh pasta.

Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add a bit more water if needed to achieve desired consistency.

2 medium zucchini 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped 10 to 14 leaves fresh basil, minced 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 /8 to ¼ tsp sea salt Freshly ground pepper to taste

Transfer the hummus to a decorated bowl and sprinkle the top with a pinch

Shave the zucchini lengthwise with a vegetable peeler to make the “noodles”.

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Maple-Raisin-Date Truffles Yields: 10 to 12 truffles These truffles make an inviting healthy dessert or snack to satisfy a sweet tooth. They’ll impress guests at any dinner party. 9 large Medjool dates, pitted 1 /8 cup raisins ¼ cup raw shredded unsweetened dried coconut 1 Tbsp maple syrup 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder


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12 oz acai juice 6 oz almond milk 1 Tbsp soy creamer 1 cup fresh or frozen wild blueberries 1 frozen banana ½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries 1 Tbsp whole ground flaxseed meal (blueberry variety if available; try Trader Joe’s) 1 cup coconut water ice cubes 1 Tbsp macro greens or other vegan, non-GMO greens powder ½ tsp apple cider vinegar 1 to 3 dashes cayenne powder Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Store in two insulated cups and keep chilled until ready to serve.

Line a small baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Place the dates, raisins, coconut and maple syrup in a high-performance blender and process to the consistency of soft dough. Transfer the date mixture to a medium-sized bowl. Using a cookie scoop, spoon out a heaping tablespoon of the date mixture and roll it into a ball. Continue until all the dough is in balls.

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Homemade almond milk is the base and cayenne powder gives it a spicy punch that intensifies the rest of the flavors. Drink one serving for lunch and chill the other for a fast and easy mid-afternoon reviver.

Put the cocoa powder in a small bowl. Roll the truffles in the cocoa until coated and place on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate 1 hour.

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Put them in a large bowl and add the tomatoes, basil, oil and garlic. Toss gently until thoroughly combined.


The Secret of Sublime Living Savoring Perfect Present Moments by Carl Greer


ife has many sublime pleasures: watching the sun rise over the horizon and observing the changing colors of the clouds; laughing with a best friend; or simply feeling the grass, dirt or sand under bare feet. The Japanese have a term, mono no aware, for that sublime moment of perfection just before it fades. Sometimes it translates as sensitivity or awareness of impermanent things. It could, for instance, refer to the beauty of cherry blossoms in full bloom; the cherry trees will blossom again next year, but

we do not always have a chance to see them again. Everyday distractions can cause us to forget to slow down to enjoy moments. The secret to sublime living is to pay close attention to the sweet pleasures of life, no matter how small, and savor them before they pass. There is no way to know which weather-perfect day will be the last before the season shifts. Enjoying such a fleeting, sublime moment may mean discarding the day’s plans, but the delights of life do not always come around again.

How easy it is to let the mind wander and forget to focus on the pleasure of an experience and the joys that life offers. We’re in danger of missing out on sublime living when we constantly prioritize what “has to be done” instead of that which is most valued. Soon, it may seem as if the stories of our lives are being written by someone else. We forget our power to be our own storyteller and to mindfully engage in how we spend every hour. Dissatisfying tales can be replaced when we live according to a new story we write each day, called, “My life is an extraordinary adventure,” or “I relish being with my children,” or “I express love through sharing my music,” or “I am being true to myself, and that enables me to help others heal.” The more we focus on what brings us happiness, revitalization, purpose or meaning, the easier it will be to upgrade priorities and discard any plot lines and events that seem scripted by someone else. We can then make a new commitment to writing and living a more satisfying story for ourselves. We can pause to contemplate our power to be the storyteller and to always remain fully present and conscious of the sublime moments. Carl Greer, Ph.D., Psy.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst and shamanic practitioner. He teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and is on staff at the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being. Connect at


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For significant savings, use ingredients with a lower water footprint. “Be conscientious about food purchases,” advises Gene Baur, president and co-founder of the nonprofit Farm Sanctuary, in Watkins Glen, New York, and Orland and Los Angeles, California. “Choosing plant foods instead of animal products can make a huge difference. Estimates show that one person switching to a vegan diet can save at least 1,000 gallons of water every day.”

Before landing on a plate, an eightounce steak will have necessitated 850 gallons of water, including growing and processing the animal’s food grain. The amount of water needed to produce a quarter-pound hamburger equals that of 30 average showers. “Dietary choices have environmental and ethical impacts,” agrees Michael Schwarz, founder of Hudson Valley Treeline Cheese, in Kingston, New York. “The carbon and water footprints of conventional dairy products are also enormous.” His company’s vegan cheeses are basically cashews, probiotic cultures and salt. Unlike American’s 10 million dairy cows, cashews aren’t injected with growth hormones, don’t emit methane and produce no waste runoff to pollute waterways.

Smarter Storage The Natural Resources Defense Council reports that Americans annually discard more than 35 million tons of uneaten food that costs local governments $1.5 billion annually in clean up and landfill maintenance. Food

waste contributes to climate change through the use of huge quantities of water, fertilizer, land and fuel to process, refrigerate and transport it. Plus, it emits methane gas as it decomposes. Reducing food waste can have a far-reaching impact. Applying simple household tips will help minimize waste: Protect all meat, poultry and fish along with dairy products like yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese from bacteria by storing them in the original packaging until used; seal any leftovers in airtight containers. Wrap hard cheese in foil or waxed paper after opening. Keep fruits and vegetables separate and don’t wash before refrigerating to forestall mold. Activated oxygen, like that used in the small refrigerator appliance BerryBreeze, neutralizes bacteria and mold to keep stored foods fresh longer.

Smarter Cooking Maxwell’s guidance for savvy water use includes: Don’t pre-rinse dishes. Run the dishwasher only when full. Use less soap when washing up and make sure it’s biodegradable. Water-wise experts also offer these cooking tips.

Use a single pot of water to blanch several kinds of vegetables before freezing. Start with the lightest color and end with the darkest, especially odorous veggies like asparagus or Brussels sprouts. “Unless it’s greasy, cooking and drinking water can be reused to nourish plants,” explains Diane MacEachern, founder and publisher of “I cool egg and veggie cooking water to pour on herbs and flowers.” As whole potatoes simmer, set a steamer basket over them to cook other veggies and conserve water. Fewer pots mean less dishwashing, and leftover potato water adds extra flavor to homemade potato dinner rolls. Cook shorter shapes of dry pasta in less water, first placing them in cold water and lowering the heat to a simmer once it hits a boil, also saving energy ( ColdWaterPastaMethod). Directions for hard-boiled eggs call for enough cold water to cover before boiling, followed by the mandatory icewater bath, using goodly amounts of water and energy. Steam eggs instead; find instructions

at For a large quantity of eggs, try baking them ( baked-eggs). Freezer jam contains more fruit, much less sugar and needs no water bath for canning jars; recipes are available online. Eat watermelon as is or in salads, compost the peel and pickle the rind using only one cup of water with minimal boiling time ( WatermelonRindPickling). Rather than waste warm water to defrost frozen foods, simply move them overnight to the refrigerator. Composting is far more eco-wise than running a garbage disposal and sink water. More than 70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered in water, but only .007 percent—like a single drop in a five-gallon bucket—is usable for hydrating its 6.8 billion people and all plants and animals. We must be creative to protect that drop by kicking it up a notch in the kitchen. Connect with the freelance writer via

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10% off at Wednesday Night’s All-Vegan Natural Buffet Dinner 5:30-9pm, Govinda’s Garden Café, 1400 Cherry St., (enter on 14th) Denver.

20% off new patient exam and x-rays South Lakewood Dental, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood. Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 303-988-4338

Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing for first-timers Each Wednesday 6-7 pm, open to everyone. Repeats $5/pp. Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd., Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303.

Free 30-minute consultationphone/Skype Healing Change: 679 W Littleton Blvd., #205 Littleton or 1776 S Jackson St. #1004 Denver. Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT, 303-668-0299

No-cost Integrated Health Consultation Integral Health: 2516 W Main St., Littleton or 7355 E Orchard Rd., #350, Greenwood Village. Tricia Gast, 303-888-2185 or

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$30 Off Initial Ascension Healing Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading for first-time clients. In person or phone. 700 E. 9th Ave., #9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master-Teacher, Channel, & Intuitive. 303-263-0679 or

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$30 Off Life Coaching w/Astrology Nansea Lee Professional Astrologer and Life Coach. $95, 1 ½ hour session to learn about what your soul is asking you to embrace in this lifetime. In person or Skype sessions. or 720-887-2919

$50 Discount Towards Initial 2-Hour Session Or Any Package Rising Harmonics, 4465 Kipling St. Wheat Ridge. Lea Renay 720-515-4076 or

HERBAL CONSTITUENTS INTENSIVE FOR PRACTITIONERS OCTOBER 17-21 M-F, 10AM-1PM, 2-5PM 30-hour, 5-day intensive. In-depth study of practical phytochemistry for herbalists and holistic health practitioners. Herbal Constituents and hands-on herbal pharmacy with a combination of lecture, PowerPoint illustrations, 3D molecular modeling software, and demonstrations with a variety of herbal products and living plants. $495 for the 30-hour Intensive, including book, notes, and materials. Student discounts may be available. Participants receive a free copy of the book Herbal Constituents. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Boulder. Info Lisa Ganora 720-722-4372 or

ORTHO-BIONOMY PRACTITIONER TRAINING PROGRAM STARTS NOVEMBER 7 It is about being inspired. The Rocky Mountain Ortho Bionomy Center is now enrolling in their 10 week, 20-month Practitioner Training program. The program will begin in November and finishes September 2018 with ten fascinating weeks of training. This is by far the most cutting edge, science-based training available. For more information on Ortho Bionomy or the Rocky Mountain Ortho Bionomy Center explore our website at RMOBCENTER.COM. Embrace change and self-discovery.




Natural Wellness Therapies & Consultations–Helping you heal naturally and holistically. Wellness Consultations provide a personalized healing plan. Start living the life you deserve! New client specials/sliding scale therapies. Heart of the Forest, Old Colorado City. Call 970-443-1856 or

Embracing the Tiger…The Incredible Power of Dismantling Self Judgment–7-9pm. Randy Ferguson, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker/Author, will show you possibilities to discover and heal core issues that could be running your life. Free tickets/ info 303-989-2605.

Yogi Amrit Desai–Sat & Sun. Explore authentic teachings of yoga from one of the last living Masters of yoga pioneers in the West Gurudev Shri Amritji (Yogi Amrit Desai). $95. Samadhi Center For Yoga 1070 Bannock St Denver. Info/RSVP



Non-Denominational Spiritual Service–1:30pm. Meditation and a spiritual message on 1st Sunday ea month. Free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Inner Connection Institute at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. 303-282-9439 or

Clear Sky Medical Special Event–4-7pm. Holistic physician Dr Katia Meier introduces you to Ultherapy and how it uses ultrasound to lift & tighten skin on the brow, under the chin, and even on the neck. 20% off Ultherapy event night promotion. 9085 E Mineral Circle, Panorama Conference Room, Centennial. Limited spots available; pre-register at 303-790-7860.

TUES SEPT 6 Elegance in Creation–12-6pm. What would elegance & ease with creation look like? Are you willing to find out how much ease is truly available to you in creating your life? Heather Nicholes and Kass Thomas, lunch and explore with Access Consciousness. $20 Boulder 303-589-4851

An Evening with Spirit/Live Audience Readings with Psychic Medium Heather Hunter–7-9pm. Courtyard Marriott/Stapleton 7415 E 41st Ave, Denver. $40/person or 2/$70. Tix online


Learn 15 Essential Affirmations with Self-Hypnosis– 6-8pm. Learn to absorb the affirmations you really want with Self-hypnosis bypassing our critical mind, making transformation easier. Suggested $15. Pathways Holistic Center 134 W Harvard St Fort Collins. Info/RSVP Kenji Kahara, 720-448-8009,

John of God Healing Miracles Weekend–Fri 7-8:30pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Exploration of the life and works of John of God includes personal slideshow, award winning film “Healing”, Q & A, and healing meditation. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th Ave, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Free, seating limited, pre-reg req’d. RSVP/info


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Trance Medium Healing Clinic–Healings facilitate re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Channeling, energy readings, and intense clearing. Bring questions. 25 min/$20. Appts begin 1pm. Schedule 303-282-9439. Inner Connection Institute at Cactus Sport & Spine, 8000 S Lincoln St, Littleton.


Earth Acupuncture/Creating Sacred Space Intro Mini-Class–3:30-5pm. Healing tools presented by Karen Rice King, Master Dowser, Energy Worker, Shamanic Teacher. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St. $25 ea or $60/all 3 prepaid. Pre-reg req’d. No exp necessary. Info or 303-665-0175.


Nutritional Therapy Training Certification Program– Registration closes for Fall program beginning September 19. This 9-month long training course is part online and part in-person, and works with your schedule. It includes 3 in-person workshop weekends, and workshop dates vary by city. Venues include: Ann Arbor, Boston, Denver, Sacramento, New York City, Phoenix, San Diego, Washington D.C. and more. $5,400/9-month program. 800-918-9798



Playing the Transformation Game–6-10pm. Come play with and learn how to us Access Consciousness Questions and Clearings to create awareness and ease with change! $30 Wheat Ridge. Amber O’Hara 720-810-2041

Learn to Heal Naturally With Medical Qigong– 1-3pm. Beginning Medical Qigong class. Calm the mind, eliminate emotional and physical pain and strengthen the immune system. $25ea or $45/2 if reg at same time. 8555 W Dakota Ave. Lakewood. Info/RSVP by 9/14 Jody Love 720-447-1901 or

Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. First Spiritual Science Church of Denver, 3375 S. Dahlia, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

WED SEPT 14 Overcome Meditation Difficulties–2-4pm OR 7:309:30pm. Why meditation is difficult, 4 meditation methods, How ESP affects meditation, Common pitfalls, Simple breathing techniques. $15. Full Moon Books 9106 W 6th Ave Lakewood. Profound Mystical Meditation Roger Ringo, 877-525-6335,

THURS SEPT 15 Working With Dreams: Dream Interpretation Workshop–7-9pm. Dream symbolism and interpretation, and the impact that knowing can have on your life. $20. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Overcome Meditation Difficulties–2-4pm OR 7:309:30pm. Why meditation is difficult, 4 meditation methods, How ESP affects meditation, Common pitfalls, Simple breathing techniques. $15. Comfort Suites, 12085 Delaware, Westminster. Profound Mystical Meditation Roger Ringo, 877-525-6335, Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism Student Clinical Herbalists Holistic Wellness consultations–starts today thru May 2017. Working with herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle to educate and empower to take charge of your own health. Faculty oversight. Sliding scale. Confidential. 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. H-1, Boulder. 720-406-8609

FRI SEPT 16 Women’s Retreat–Immerse your whole self-mind, body and soul; Learn to have a healthy relationship with yourself, those around you and food; Walk away with new skills to combat stress, have more energy, live life authentically, get to know both your masculine and feminine side; Easy wholesome meal preparation. $997 incl lodging Fri/Sat eves; Gourmet Meals; Educational sessions; beautiful Saxon Mountain Retreat in Georgetown. Space very limited. RSVP/info Phyllis Guy 303-358-2045 or Love, Courage & Achievement (LCA) Weekend and 7-wk Course–Regain personal power; heal relationships with self and others; Clarify your core issues holding you back; discover solutions for your situation; regain enthusiasm and hope that you haven’t felt in years. Info Randy Ferguson 303-989-2605 Community Drumming Circle–7-9pm. Focus on a Celebration of Abundance and Harvest. Bring a snack to share and your drums, rattles, flutes and other instruments for an evening of Shamanic Sound and Vibrational Expansion. Join us and share the love. 6961 Lee St, Arvada. $10 donation. Journeys for Conscious Living, 303-731-6695.

SAT SEPT 17 The Path to Recovery Workshop–9:30am-4:30pm. Learn how to heal the parts of you that experienced childhood trauma or emotional loss and free yourself from the habitual patterns and addictive behaviors that have been disrupting your life. $95. Coly Vulpiani, 700 E 9th Ave., Ste 9, Denver. RSVP 303-476-8402 or Learn 15 Essential Affirmations With Self-Hypnosis–2:30-4:30pm. Learn to absorb the affirmations you really want with Self-hypnosis bypassing our critical mind, making transformation easier. Suggested $15. People House, 3035 W 25th Ave, Denver. Info/RSVP Kenji Kahara, 720-448-8009,

Pendulum Power Intro Mini-Class–3:30-5pm. Healing tools presented by Karen Rice King, Master Dowser, Energy Worker, Shamanic Teacher. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St. $25 ea or $60/ all 3 prepaid. Pre-reg req’d. No exp necessary. Info or 303-665-0175. Access Consciousness: Learn How to Run The Bars– Sun 5-10pm and Mon 6:30-9:30pm. Learn this dynamic body process that facilitates change for yourself and others. $300 Northglenn. Symantha Holloway 801-349-9291

TUES SEPT 20 Access Bars Gifting and Receiving–6-9pm. This is a great way to catch up and swap bars or try getting your bars run if you haven’t yet. Vast Wellness, Aurora. Jennilynne Coley 303-578-8694 Mindfulness & Meditation Series–7-9pm. Explore “What is Mindfulness” and the use of guided meditation & quiet meditation as a way to bring more peace and harmony into your life. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

WED SEPT 21 How to Magnetize, Multiply & Magnify Your Sacred Desires–7-9pm. Randy Ferguson, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker/Author, shares tools to manifest your sacred dreams into reality. For free tickets and more information 303-989-2605

SUN SEPT 25 Light-Life® Tools Intro Mini-Class–3:30-5pm. Healing tools presented by Karen Rice King, Master Dowser, Energy Worker, Shamanic Teacher. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St. $25 ea or $60/ all 3 prepaid. Pre-reg req’d. No exp necessary. Info or 303-665-0175.

MON SEPT 26 We Are Change Open Mic Night–6-10pm. Share the power of uniting our local grassroots activist community for an evening of food, music, interviews, headliners, poetry and dancing. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th Ave Arvada. Facebook at We Are Change Colorado

TUES SEPT 27 Overcome Meditation Difficulties–2-4pm OR 7:309:30pm. Why meditation is difficult, 4 meditation methods, How ESP affects meditation, Common pitfalls, Simple breathing techniques. $15. Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way, Bldg 697, Denver. Profound Mystical Meditation Roger Ringo, 877-525-6335,

WED SEPT 28 Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. 700 E 9th Ave., Ste 9, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

THURS SEPT 29 7-Day Hypnosis Certification Course–8:30am5:30pm, also on 10/1, 7, 8, 14 & 15. Build a successful career, make good income, and help people lose weight, heal trauma, conquer fear, overcome addiction, control pain, etc. w/hands-on training to become a competent hypnotherapist. $2450 People House East 13693 E Iliff Ave. Aurora. Info/RSVP Kenji Kahara, 720-448-8009,

ongoing sundays North Boulder Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Lon 303-746-7118 Online Mindfulness Course: The Four Keys of Mindfulness–10am-Noon. Practical, accessible, and universal skills that empower you to engage with intention supporting you to live a life that is meaningful and to cultivate inner peace and happiness. $125. Laura 970-633-0163.

tuesdays Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Connie 720-494-0368 Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–6pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101 Free Psychic Readings–Tues and Thurs. 7-8:30pm by appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St. 303-530-0920

wednesdays Energy Healings/Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. $5/healing. Free for first timers. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 All Vegan Natural Buffet Wednesday Night Dinner Discount–5:30-9pm. 10% discount on Denver’s only all you can eat vegan buffet when you mention Natural Awakenings. Govinda’s Garden Cafe 1400 Cherry St., (enter on 14th) Denver.

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

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

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TRAINING Heal Your Life Workshop Leader Training: Looking for a new career with meaning? Become a licensed workshop leader in Louise Hay’s philosophy. Complete manuals and materials provided plus follow-up. Cost includes hotel lodging in San Diego and meals. This training is approved by Louise and Hay House. April 16-23 or Oct. 22-29. teacher-training 7-Day Hypnosis Certification Course In Denver: Omni Hypnosis Training Center Denver. Contact Kenji Kahara 720-448-8009 or

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

Awakening Dynamics: A 3-Day Life Changing Seminar–Co-create your life and achieve profound spiritual awakening. Learn the holistic technique to transform your health, finances, relationships and more. Limited seating. $497. SmartSpace 2373 Central Park Blvd, Ste 100, Denver.

OCTOBER 17-21 Herbal Constituents Intensive for Practitioners–MF 10am-5pm. 30-hour, 5-day intensive. In-depth study of practical phytochemistry for herbalists and holistic health practitioners. Lecture, PowerPoint illustrations, 3D molecular modeling software, and demonstrations with a variety of herbal products and living plants. $495. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Boulder. Info Lisa 720-722-4372

OCTOBER 28-30 Mothering Beyond Image Weekend Retreat: Reconciliation of the Heart–Weekend retreat designed to help women de-stress, and discover ways to live with more authenticity, mindfulness and balance. Based on material from Dr. Patti Ashley’s upcoming book Reconciliation of the Heart, and themes from her previous book, Living in the Shadow of the Too-Good Mother Archetype. The Niwot Inn, Niwot. $245 (accommodations not incl). Overnight optional, only 15 rooms avail. Dr. Patti Ashley 720-565-3388

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HEALING NEW! RISING HARMONICS Lea Renay 4465 Kipling St, Wheat Ridge 720-515-4076 Feeling Stuck? Stressed? Alone? Make time to connect and tap into your empowered self. Rising Harmonics’ Experiential Enhancement Chambers and Lea Renay’s Love’s TouchTM energy modality offer rare opportunities to experience healing, inner discoveries and breakthroughs. Mention this ad for a special one-time $50 discount towards the initial two hour session or any package. Also visit Lea at booth 115 at the Body, Mind & Spirit Expo 9/9 thru 9/11.

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

Tricia Gast, MSPT, AdvCBP Littleton Office: 2516 W Main St., Littleton DTC Office: 7355 E Orchard Rd, #350 Greenwood Village 303-888-2185 Helping those who suffer from the physical, mental and emotional signs of stress and illness. You will sleep better, heal faster, be mentally sharp, and have a plan to move forward to health. Individual sessions and coaching are available. Modalities include BodyTalk, Clairvoyance and Medical Intuition to facilitate the body’s natural healing. Classes offered on Developing Intuition and performing BodyTalk at home. Contact Tricia for a no-cost consultation.

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

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NANSEA LEE Professional Astrologer Licensed Life Coach 720-887-2919 Are you single or coupled? Learn how to love fully by creating a solid foundation with new relationship skills and tools. Your unique astrological information is the missing link in understanding your relationship needs and the type of person you would be in harmony with.


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September 2016


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SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood 303-988-4338 Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offering mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Holistic-minded individuals should consider the safe removal and handling of any silver fillings. We offer a bio-compatibility test to decide which replacement material is best for you. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad page 7.

Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place. ~Richard L. Alaniz, A Shaman’s Tale: Path to Spirit Consciousness

ENERGY HEALING/ MEDITATION JOURNEY WITHIN Anita Destino 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood 720-413-7303 / A safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, Journey Within helps you focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. Give to yourself with Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone. $5 per person. Free to first time visitors.

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September 2016 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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

September 2016 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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