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Let’s begin right now in this moment to choose love. It’s the most powerful healing force there is. -Louise Hay From, “The origin of ‘fall’ as a name for a season isn’t perfectly clear, though it’s thought that it probably came from the idea of leaves falling from trees (particularly the contraction of the English saying “’fall of the leaf’). It first popped up as a name for a season in late-16th century England and became particularly popular during the 17th century, at which point it made its way over to North America. “Autumn,” meanwhile, came to English via the Old French autompne, from the Latin autumnus. From here, things get murky, but it’s thought autumnus probably came from an Etruscan word and is possibly related to the Latin augere, meaning “to increase.”

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eilani Houston, Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Licensed Acupuncturist, is open and now taking new clients. Located at 8906 W. Bowles Ave., Suite 110 in Littleton, Leilani also offers Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Theta healing, Reiki, dream interpretation, and meditation classes Wednesdays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Says Leilani, “I have a passion for helping others, and love helping people unwind and unravel their health issues and emotional difficulties. Patients find relief of physical pain and experience emotional ease with my treatments. Patients will get personalized treatment and tools to help them with their individual situation. Leilani Houston, MSTCM, L.Ac. can be reached at See listing page 31.

Year-End “Candle of Intention” Workshop


ialet Rayne, proprietor of Discover Your Spiritual Gifts – a sacred space for workshops, classes and gatherings – is offering one of her most popular workshops this Fall. Participants will make 12 white candles for each month of the upcoming year to set their intentions into the candles, supporting their journey. According to Vialet, each element in the process has a spiritual meaning: the jar represents your body; the wax represents your soul; the flame represents your spirit; and, the wick is your spiritual connection. The ingredients used – palm wax and wooden wicks – are all-natural, organic and eco-friendly. No colors and/or fragrances are used. “This is one of our MOST popular programs and is offered in October and November before the holidays. You will want to reserve your spot early, since these tend to fill up fast every year,” says Vialet. First class begins Saturday, October 14th at 5808 S Rapp St., Ste 265 in Littleton and space is limited to 10. The cost of $150 covers all supplies. RSVP/info contact Vialet at 303-257-2276, or See ad page 9.


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ckankar Colorado is hosting its 2017 Regional Seminar titled “Divine Guidance: Listening to the Inner Voice” September 16-17 at the ECK Temple of Colorado, 7100 W Mississippi Ave., in Lakewood. Eckankar welcomes registered guests with free admission. Saturday night’s guest speaker is Bob Lawton who has spoken internationally on past lives, dreams, Soul Travel and out-of-body experiences for over 45 years. As a professional firefighter, Bob uses his first-hand experiences of death, dying and the extreme experiences of life to impart spiritual wisdom – and how to apply it to your daily life. Sessions include: Listening to the Holy Spirit: The Road to Spiritual Freedom; The Art of Listening: Recognizing God’s Help; and Trust Your Inner Guidance: Expand Your Consciousness. Eckankar is a modern-day religion with ancient roots, reintroduced to the world in 1965. The teachings of ECK will awaken the knowledge and love for the divine things that are already in your heart. For more information call 303-756-9287. For online registration go to See calendar, page 27.

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he Smithson Clinic, Inc, 275 Garrison St., in Lakewood is now offering Neuro-Emotional Technique to help clients find and remove neurological imbalances contributing to physiological stress. “After personally experiencing NET treatments and being amazed by the accuracy and effectiveness, I was impelled to get trained in this powerful modality to assist clients at the clinic dealing with physical and emotional ailments,� says owner and somatic psychotherapist Melanie Smithson. “NET uses muscle-testing to identify unresolved memories and mind-body patterns, and then, in a matter of minutes, helps the body complete and release maladaptive behaviors.� Melanie has been in practice for over 20 years and there is a strong spiritual component to her work. Contact her at 303-762-8994 or now to take advantage of introductory rates.

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oulder-based author Andrew Newman has published a new children’s book entitled “How Diablo Became Spirit.” Based on a true story, this bedtime tale for kids ages 5-12 tells of Spirit, the black leopard, from Spirit’s own point of view. The story is based on the actual experience of Spirit, a black leopard who was rescued from a European zoo where he had been abused, and of Anna Breytenbach, a South Africa-based animal communicator, who helped Spirit to change his name and his life. “It’s important for children to know the story of Diablo/Spirit because all young people can hear the animals inside their hearts. Most grownups have forgotten how; the world needs young people to remember and to speak up for the animals. That is how our planet’s adults will make better decisions for all Earth’s creatures,” noted Breytenbach. Beautifully illustrated by Alexis Aronson, this new book is a significant resource for parents seeking conscious parenting tools. It helps children recognize and appreciate all life forms, including animals, as the sentient beings that they are. “How Diablo Became Spirit” ends with Spirit’s Secret Steps for communicating with animals. Newman’s The Conscious Bedtime Stories Club is a collection of stories with wise and lovable characters who teach core life values to your children. Each of the 12 books invites readers to engage in mindfulness practices, beginning with Snuggle Breathing, which helps parents and children alike to share an experience of relaxation, presence and connection to each other and to the story. Each story ends with reflective activities and exercises to help children assimilate the lessons the stories present. Newman strongly believes the last 20 minutes of each day are precious to help children and parents grow consciously together in mind, body and spirit. Preorder for November at See ad, page 9.

ong-time cannabis advocate, Becca Williams, whose work involves the intentional use of cannabis for awakening experiences, has announced a fall book salon series focusing on the history and culture of cannabis and spirituality, kicking off Tuesday September 5 at 7pm. “Although there’s been a lot of attention focused on the therapeutic effects of medicinal cannabis, there’s a dearth of discussion about all that the plant can offer us in its role as a spiritual and healing ally,” according to Becca. “This book salon will give us an opportunity to explore the spiritual use of cannabis across cultures and eras worldwide.” The book salon will meet monthly in Denver to discuss titles chosen by salon participants. The launch book is “Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally.” Participants do not have read the book by that time. The book salons are suitable for adults of all levels who have an interest in this fascinating dimension of the cannabis plant. Becca Williams guides ceremonies to support people in awakening experiences that enrich and heal their lives. She’s a clinical nutritionist and licensed dietitian, and has been researching and experientially working with plant medicine to advance health, higher states of consciousness and personal and collective transformation. Contact her at See Save the Date, page 27.


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study from Nagasaki University, in Japan, has found that reducing salt in the diet can cut down on the number of trips to the bathroom during the night. Researchers followed 321 men and women with high-salt diets and sleep problems for 12 weeks. Of the subjects, 223 reduced their salt intake from 10.7 grams per day to 8 grams and the remaining 98 increased their salt intake from 9.6 grams per day to 11 grams. The nighttime urination frequency rate for the salt reduction group dropped from 2.3 times per night to 1.4 times, while the increased salt group’s rose from 2.3 to 2.7 times per night.

esearchers from several international universities have found that seniors that provide caregiving services live longer than those that do not. The scientists analyzed survival data and information collected from the Berlin Aging Study on 500 adults over the age of 69 from 1990 to 2009. They compared survival rates from the subjects that provided caregiving for children, grandchildren and friends to those that did not. Of the subjects analyzed, the half that took care of their grandchildren or children were still alive 10 years after their first interview in 1990. Caring for non-family members also produced positive results, with half of the subjects living for seven years after the initial interview. Conversely, 50 percent of those that did not participate in any caregiving had died just four years after their first interview. The researchers warn that caregiving must be done in moderation. Ralph Hertwig, director of the Center for Adaptive Rationality and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin, explains, “A moderate level of caregiving involvement seems to have positive effects on health, but previous studies have shown that more intense involvement causes stress, which has a negative effect on physical and mental health.”

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Lasers Stamp Prices on European Produce Food retailers are aiming to cut plastic and cardboard packaging by ditching stickers on fruits and vegetables, instead using high-tech laser “natural branding” and creating huge savings in materials, energy and CO2 emissions. Pilot projects are underway in Europe with organic avocados, sweet potatoes and coconuts. The technique uses a strong light to remove pigment from the skin of produce. The mark is invisible once the skin is removed and doesn’t affect shelf life or produce quality. The laser technology also creates less than 1 percent of the carbon emissions needed to produce a similar-sized sticker.

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Beetroot Juice Helps Older Brains Act Younger


eets contain high levels of dietary nitrate, which can increase blood flow and improve exercise performance. Researchers from Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, tested the impact of consuming beetroot juice prior to exercise on the somatomotor cortex, the part of the brain that processes information from the muscles. Twenty-six older adults with hypertension that generally don’t exercise were split into two groups. Half were given a beetroot juice supplement with 560 milligrams of nitrate prior to a thrice-weekly, 50-minute treadmill walk for six weeks. The other half were given a placebo with very little nitrate. The beetroot juice group showed substantially higher levels of nitrate after exercising than the placebo group.


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“We knew going in that a number of studies had shown that exercise has positive effects on the brain,” explains W. Jack Rejeski, director of the Behavioral Medicine Laboratory in the Health and Exercise Science Department at Wake Forest and study co-author. “We showed that compared to exercise alone, adding a beetroot juice supplement for hypertensive older adults to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what is seen in younger adults.”

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Organic Milk Producer Under Pressure The Aurora Organic Dairy pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colorado, are home to more than 15,000 cows—more than 100 times the size of a typical organic herd. It is the main facility of the company that supplies milk to Walmart, Costco and other major retailers. They adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic regulations, but critical weaknesses exist in the inspection system the government uses to ensure that food is organic; farmers are allowed to hire their own inspectors to certify them, and thus can fall short of reaching standards without detection. Organic dairies are required to allow the cows to graze daily throughout the growing season rather than be confined to barns and feedlots. Although the USDA National Organic Program allows for an extremely wide range of grazing practices that comply with the rule, Aurora was observed onsite and via satellite imagery by the Washington Post as having only a small percentage of the herd outdoors on any given day. The company disputes the data. U.S. organic dairy sales amounted to $6 billion last year; although it is more expensive to produce, the milk may command a premium price of 100 percent more than regular.

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Common Weed Is Lightweight Insulator The Canadian Coast Guard is testing milkweed pods as a source of potential environmentally friendly insulation in partnership with Encore3, a manufacturing company in Québec, Canada, in prototype parkas, gloves and mittens. The plant is roughly five times lighter than synthetic insulation and hypoallergenic. The Farm Between, in Cambridge, Vermont, harvests the plants and sends the material to Encore3. Co-owner John Hayden says, “Milkweed is grown as an intercrop between the rows in our apple orchard to increase biodiversity and provide a host plant for monarch caterpillars. Monarch populations are in serious decline, and the two things we can do to help on the land we steward are to not use pesticides and provide milkweed habitat.”

Toxic Practices Monsanto Faces New Scandal The Monsanto agrochemical company, long cited for its ubiquitous toxic Roundup herbicide and pro-genetically modified organism (GMO) science, is reeling from the disclosure of internal communications that indicate it suppressed knowledge of the potential dangers of its herbicide and received insider help from U.S. regulators. Many documents have been made public by attorneys involved in a personal injury case involving cancer, just one of hundreds pending. Attorney Brent Wisner states, “These [documents] show that Monsanto has deliberately been stopping studies that look bad for them, ghostwriting literature and engaging in a whole host of corporate malfeasance. They have been telling everybody that these products are safe because regulators have said they are safe, but it turns out that Monsanto has been in bed with U.S. regulators, while misleading European regulators.” Monsanto is currently seeking to merge with Germany’s Bayer AG, another industry giant, but the deal is subject to government review. It remains to be seen if these revelations will interfere with the process or prompt other actions by such regulating bodies as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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picture book for kids ages 3-7, the story of “Apollo the Misguided Missile” demonstrates communication, team work and leadership skills to children through the power of sharing ideas and tools that can result in peaceful resolution of conflict. “What a great book! The storyline, the cadence, the illustrations by Michelle Rich Williams and their eye-catching watercolor, all carry you to the end with excitement. It’s great when a story can lead us in fresh directions with each encounter. The Boars with their harsh, mean plots, the missile himself having to choose what is right, the unreachable people behind the big wall, grace and sacrifice willing to take a risk ... there’s so much to consider. This is a small story packed with BIG characters. A definite quality read,” says Darleen Wohlfeil, Story Monsters Ink Magazine


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old On, Toby” is the story of a little maple leaf bud on a very big tree. As he grows and matures, he encounters the wonder and forces of nature, and various critters and people of all sizes. Throughout his journey, Toby is often told to ‘hold on,’ although he has no idea what that means. Hold On, Toby presents an opportunity to experience the joy of each season and to glimpse an understanding of the cycle of life as expressed through the seasons of Toby’s life. Author Janet Bierbower-Boucher wanted children to become aware of, experience and learn to appreciate the cycle that occurs as a natural part of life --- the renewal of life each spring, the blossoming of summer, the glory of the changing colors of fall, and the resting nature of winter. The book is beautifully illustrated by the magical artwork of award-winning graphic designer Susan Andra Lion. The illustrations depict Toby’s adventures as well as images of families and other creatures sharing activities in each season. “Consistently engaging and entertaining from beginning to end, “Hold On, Toby” is especially recommended for family, preschool, elementary school, and community library children’s picture book collections.” Midwest Book Review, Children’s Picture Books See these books and more at


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client shared that she looked for ways to love herself in order to overcome self-hatred. I suggested that both self-hatred and self-love are irrelevant to being. Does a garden variety pansy need to love itself in order to find self-expression? Our core beliefs and identities evolve out of the vulnerable and undeveloped mind of our infancy. We then weave our lives and careers around disproving them – essentially countering one irrelevant belief with another. The fears out of which our early beliefs evolved were quite traumatic: “If you leave me I’ll die.” “I’m empty inside.” “I’m defective.” “I’m stupid.” “I’m unlovable.” I’m not important.” If you think about it, all of these beliefs are irrational, they have little substance, and they have no relevance to who and what you are as a person – particularly now as an adult. What keeps them going is our original fear (trauma) that we never wanted to feel again – so we set about trying to counter-act and disprove them. Behind any given belief is a fear that reinforces itself every time we react to

it. That is: I wouldn’t be trying to prove that I had “value” if I didn’t already believe that I lacked it. By the time we become self-aware, we are already caught in this paradox of knowing that our self-image is not who we really are, while reinforcing it every time we try to improve. Change does occur, but I submit it occurs from awarenesses picked up often inadvertently – even subliminally; and in spite of whatever else you have been doing to improve. We can increase awareness around our dynamic by allowing our fear, to whatever extent we can tolerate, to teach us about the origins of our self-image and how we have woven our lives around it – to contradict and not feel. Simply staying with our fear changes physiology and psychology and

challenges core beliefs. Staying with our fear informs us of what we must become. Allowing ourselves to be who and what we see ourselves to be in this moment, is the first step in being. I have to be what I am in order to see what I am. I have to see what I am in order to understand how I am caught by my own beliefs and conditioning. By observing our dynamic and not reacting to it, we stop reinforcing core beliefs – they fade and become irrelevant. What emerges is a garden variety pansy – freely growing, expressing and being whatever it is – our unique self. There are necessary skills and attitudes one picks up along the way: Becoming the Observer, Impartiality, being open to meta-understanding versus sudden transformation, active non-doing, and knowing that you don’t know – but these are subjects for another article. True lasting change is always effortless and we can begin immediately.

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Aging with Passion and Purpose Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse


ant to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expres-sion, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, in Durango, Colorado, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

Savor Self-Acceptance While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, e,, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that idenn-tify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relationships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During g this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do.


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Fill the Funnel of Friends For older people, relationships offer foundational connections; but as we age, friends may drift away, relocate or die. “Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire. “Notice opportunities for interacting and connecting,” advises Shae Hadden, co-founder of The Eldering Institute in Vancouver, Canada. Talk with the checkout person at the grocery store or smile at a stranger walking her dog.

Cultivate a Positive Attitude Our beliefs about aging shape our experiences. A Yale University study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those less so inclined. Connecting with positive role models helps us release limiting beliefs and embrace an attitude of gratitude instead. Other life lessons can be gleaned from observing how negativity affects people physically, emotionally, and socially. Holding onto regrets traps us in the past zapping energy and self-worth; it also keeps the best in us from shining out says Pevny. He suggests a simple letting-go ceremony, with friends as witnesses. If possible, hold it in a natural outdoor setting.


At one of his conscious aging retreats, Pevny created a fire circle. Mike, 70, had been a dedicated long-distance runner for most of his life. Now plagued with mobility issues, Mike decided to let go of regrets. He brought a pair of running shorts into the circle and talked about what the sport had meant to him—its joys, challenges and camaraderie. Then he tossed the shorts into the fire, telling his friends, “I am letting go so I can find a new purpose and passion.”

Understand Our Life Stories Creating our own life review helps us acknowledge and understand our most significant experiences and reminds us of all we’re bringing to our elder journey. Pevny offers these approaches: n Develop a timeline, dividing life into seven-year sections. For each, write about the strongest memories and most influential people. n Consider what matters most, from people and values to challenges and dreams. n Write to children and grandchildren, sharing tales of our life’s most significant events and lessons. n Record key stories on audio or video.

Explore the Arts The changes that aging brings can mire elders in depression and isolation. “Older people need to be brave and resilient,” says Susan Perlstein, of Brooklyn, New York, founder emeritus of the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C., and founder of Elders Share the Arts, in New York City. “To age creatively, we need a flow of varied experiences, exploring new activities or reframing longtime interests from a fresh perspective.” Expressive arts can engage people’s minds, bodies and spirits. A George Washington University study shows that people engaged in the arts are happier and healthier. Perlstein understands this firsthand, having begun taking guitar lessons in her 70s. Motivated to play simple songs for her new granddaughter, she subsequently learned to play jazz and blues tunes and joined a band. “I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people, learning new things and enjoying a rich life.” Musician John Blegen, of Kansas City, Missouri, was 73 when he realized

Older people are our greatest resource. We need to nurture them and give them a chance to share what they know. ~Susan Perlstein, founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts his lifelong secret desire to tap dance. When Blegen met the then 87-year-old Billie Mahoney, Kansas City’s “Queen of Tap,” he blurted out his wish and fear of being “too old.” She just laughed and urged him to sign up for her adult beginner class. He asked for tap shoes for Christmas and happily shuffle-stepped his way through three class sessions. “Tap class inspired me, encouraged me and gave me hope,” he says. “Now I can shim sham and soft shoe. It’s a dream come true.” To unearth the inner artist, ask: n Which senses do I most like to engage?

n Do I enjoy looking at art or listening to music? Do I like sharing feelings and experiences? If so, a thrill may come from writing stories or plays, acting or storytelling. n As a child, what did I yearn to do; maybe play the piano, paint or engineer a train set? Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality. n How can I reframe my life in a positive way when I can no longer do activities I love? If dancing was my focus before, how do I rechannel that energy and passion? If puttering in the garden is too strenuous, what other outdoor interests can I pursue? The answers can lead to fresh settings, including local community centers and places of worship. Many universities have extension classes for lifelong learners. State arts councils support programs, and museums and libraries host helpful activities. Shepherd Centers encourage community learning and Road Scholar caters to elders that prefer to travel and study.

Discover a Purpose Upon retirement some people feel purposeless and lost. They yearn for something that offers up excitement, energy and joy. Hadden invites people to be curious and explore options. “We’re designing our future around who we are and what we care about now,” she says. Try keeping a journal for several weeks. Jot down issues and ideas that intrigue, aggravate and haunt. After several weeks, reflect on the links between concerns that compel and those that irri-

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he World Health Organization projects by the year 2020, people age 60+ will outnumber children under the age of five. Lifestyle choices supporting psychological and emotional health are important. Minimizing stress fosters a positive view of the future and cultivates a deeper sense of peace and calm. Maintaining social connection reminds us that we are not alone. Loneliness is one of the biggest contributors to poor physical and psychological health. If you’re isolated and wanting help with life changes, consider working with a mental health professional. Talking with a professional can help identify the thoughts and feelings blocking forward movement and help you become a healthier, happier you. Or, join a walking group and make new friends, attend an educational event for brain stimulating conversation, or host a healthy potluck meal with friends. We all face the reality of experiencing physical decline with age, but poor quality of life is not a requirement of aging! Dr. Erika McElroy of Smooth Rock Psychological Services, LLC can be reached at 720-306-1040 or See listing, page 31. natural awakenings

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Nearly three-quarters of America’s adults believe they are lifelong learners. It helps them make new friends and community connections and prompts volunteerism. ~Pew Research Center tate. Perhaps we’re intrigued by a certain group of people or a compelling issue. “A concern points to problems and people you want to help,” Hadden observes. This can range from lending a hand to struggling family members, maintaining our own health, volunteering for a literacy project or working to reduce world hunger. “Choose what inspires you to get out of bed each day, eager to move into action.”

Develop Inner Frontiers People in their elder years may still be measured by midlife standards, which include physical power, productivity and achievement. “They come up short in the eyes of younger people,” dharma practitioner Kathleen Dowling Singh remarks. “But those standards do not define a human life.” Rather, aging allows us to disengage from the pressures of appearances and accomplishments. As we release judgments and unwanted habits, we can increase our feelings of spirituality and peace.

Acknowledge Our Shelf Life “We cannot speak about aging and awakening without speaking about death and dying,” Singh believes. “We need to confront our mortality.” Meditating on the coming transition opens us up to the blessings of life. We can ask ourselves deep questions such as, “What am I doing? What do I want? What does this all mean? What is spirit?” Singh believes such searching questions are vital. None of us knows how much Earth time we have to awaken to a deeper, fuller experience of the sacred.

Help the World In today’s world of chaos and crisis, the wisdom of elders is more important

than ever. “Older people need to be engaged, using their insights to help the Earth, community and world,” Pevny says. Creative aging is about improving the future for subsequent generations. In 2008, longtime educator Nora Ellen Richard, 70, of Overland Park, Kansas, wanted to be of greater service. She asked herself, “What if I housed a foreign student?” and found the International Student Homestay Program. She embarked upon an exploration of cultures from around the world without leaving home. Today, Richard has hosted more than a dozen female students and each relationship has expanded and enriched her life. “We talk about politics, food, religion and cultures; we even pray together,” Richard says. She points to memorable moments of bonding and respect, appreciation and celebration, and says, “As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned how vital it is to nurture the world I am in.” Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor and dementia advocate. Her newest book is Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together. Connect at


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“When doors in the outer world seem to be closing, it’s time to cultivate inner resources that offer us joy and meaning. We have the beautiful privilege of slowing down and hearing what our heart is saying,” says Singh, of Sarasota, Florida. Meditation is one way to deepen spiritually as we age. “Sit in solitude, gather your scattered thoughts and set an intention,” Singh suggests. “A daily practice shows what peace, silence and contentment feel like. As you become more comfortable, add time until you’re sitting for 20 to 40 minutes.”


BEING BEAUTY What Makes Us Glow by Glennon Doyle Melton

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lenty of people are pretty, but haven’t yet learned how to be beautiful. They have the right look for the times, but they don’t glow. Beautiful women glow. That’s because beautiful is not about how we look on the outside; it is about what we’re made of and being “full of beauty” on the inside. Beautiful people spend time discovering what their idea of beauty is on this Earth. They know themselves well enough to know what they love, and they love themselves enough to fill up with a little of their particular kind of beauty each day. When we are with a beautiful woman, we might not notice her hair, skin, body or clothes, because we’ll be distracted by the way she makes us feel. She is so full of beauty that some of it overflows onto us. We feel warm and safe and curious around her. Her eyes typically twinkle a little and she’ll look at us closely—because a beautiful, wise woman knows that the quickest way to fill up with beauty is to soak in another’s beauty. The most beautiful women take their time with other people; they are filling up. Women concerned with being pretty think about what they look like, but women concerned with being beautiful think about what they are looking at, taking in the loveliness around them. They are absorbing the whole beautiful world and making all that beauty theirs to give to others.

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that tends to bring the subconscious to the surface. It can take experienced meditators years to learn to consistently achieve this condition, remarks Bryan Gray, of Float North County, a spa in Solana Beach, California.



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ensory isolation in a floatation tank is known for inducing deep relaxation with subsequent improved health. A 2014 study published in the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry investigating the effects of a series of flotation tank treatments for 65 participants, showed it to be an effective measure in decreasing stress, depression, anxiety and pain, while enhancing a sense of optimism and quality of sleep. The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea, by Michael Hutchison, reports on 20th-century research suggesting the therapy can help allay ailments like chronic pain, migraines and sore muscles. There’s also evidence for enhanced meditation, creativity and spiritual experiences. Float therapy was invented by Dr. John C. Lilly, a neurophysiology specialist. The individual enters an enclosed tank containing 11 inches of water heated to 93.5 degrees—a normal temperature for human skin—and some 1,000 pounds of


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dissolved Epsom salt. The effect is like buoyantly floating in the Dead Sea, but in a clean, quiet, private realm. The water is typically filtered three to five times between each session and sanitized using UV light; some also use peroxide and ozone gas to purify the water. Without any sensory input—no sight, sound or tactile sensations—the floater typically enters a profound deeply calm state of theta brain waves

Scientific research has shown that floating can release the feel-good neurotransmitters endorphins and dopamine, and lower the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Studies performed by the Laureate Institute of Brain Research, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which maintains a float clinic, have found the therapy is an effective treatment for patients with anxiety disorders. “It frees your mind of distraction and puts it in a zone,” explains Gray. “It removes the need for fight or flight, so those hormones are reduced. That part of the brain mellows out.”

Marvelous Magnesium Lying for an hour in water infused with Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, the body receives a huge infusion of magnesium, a mineral essential to optimal health. While calcium and vitamin D deficiencies get more attention, it’s even more likely most of us are low on this element due to magnesium-depleting drugs and inadequate farm soils. Many ailments shown by research to be helped by floating have also been linked to magnesium deficiency.The mineral is also essential for heart health, strong

bones and central nervous system function, as reported in The Magnesium Miracle, by Dr. Carolyn Dean, a physician and naturopath in Kihei, Hawaii.

Wide-Ranging Healings Chronic pain sufferers often find relief through floating because the lessened gravity allows the body to fully relax. The accompanying serenity releases the brain’s natural endorphins, which act as natural painkillers, into the bloodstream, reports Hutchison. The sheer tranquility of floating can alleviate some mental health issues. “We’ve had several people with posttraumatic stress disorder. One man has returned six times and says he’s advanced more in the last three months while floating than he did in the prior five to 10 years,” says Andy Larson, owner of Float Milwaukee. Athletes also appreciate floating because it shortens injury recovery periods through enhancing blood flow, helping to heal sore muscles. The way it facilitates a calm state ideal for implanting ideas into the subconscious

mind enables them to better visualize improved performance.

Discoveries Within Floaters can fall into what sleep specialists call the hypnagogic state, meaning they are apt to have lucid dreams while awake. Also known as Stage 1 sleep, it is the drowsiest condition we experience while still consciously aware. This is the scientific explanation for reports of visions or “Eureka!” problem-solving moments in the tank, says Hutchison. This phenomenon can be especially beneficial for creative artists. “We have a girl that always emerges from the tank with an idea for a new painting,” says Gray. He also regularly hosts a composer that has worked with famous singers, who has experienced innovative musical breakthroughs while floating. Floating is among the rare healing modalities that can benefit body, mind and spirit in just one hour, with repeat benefits. Gina McGalliard is a freelance writer in San Diego, CA. Connect at


tress is very common throughout our culture, and the damage this can have on the human body is well documented. Our fight-or-flight system is an effective means of surviving a tricky situation, but we’re not meant to be constantly running. Floating dampens the activity in the amygdala (fight or flight region of the brain) AND the brain releases the same endorphins in 1 hour while floating than 5-6 hours of sleep. Float tanks are possibly the most relaxing environment we can put our bodies into. Stress relief comes almost instantly from floating, and simply gets stronger the more you float. Consistent floating can help alleviate all of the following:

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FABULOUS FAN FARE Healthy Tailgating Foods to Cheer For by Judith Fertig


at, play, party… and repeat. We may call it tailgating, fangating, homegating, a watch party or simply eating with friends before a big game. According to the American Tailgaters Association, in St. Paul, Minnesota, an estimated 50 million Americans tailgate annually. Whether we’re on the road or at home, making the menu healthy is a winning strategy for hosts and guests. Here, two experts divulge their winning ways. Says Debbie Moose, author of Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home, Ivy League schools like Princeton and Yale claim credit for pregame picnics that 19th-century sports fans packed into their horse and buggy for local road trips. Moose lives in the tailgate trifecta of the North Carolina triangle, home to Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest universities. She enjoyed discovering that University of Washington sports fans from the Seattle area like to sail to their chosen picnic spots, while University of Hawaii folks grill fish on


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hibachis in Honolulu. Moose naturally prefers healthy, Southern-style fare such as deviled eggs and marinated green bean salad, which can be served hot, cold or at room temperature. “At the game or at home, your guests will be moving around, so go for foods that can be eaten with one hand,” she suggests. She also plans her menu around color, universal appeal and variety because it’s healthier than just serving a mound of barbecued chicken wings and a big bowl of potato chips. She likes recipes that can do double duty; her black bean summer salad with cherry tomatoes and corn can function as a colorful side dish or as a salsa for non-GMO blue corn chips. “Recipes that you can do ahead of time make things easier on game day; just pull them from the fridge and go,” says Moose. Daina Falk, of New York City, grew up around professional athletes because her father, David Falk, is a well-known sports agent. Excitement-generating sports are in her blood and inspired her to write

The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook. She knows that most of the tailgating in her area takes place for football and baseball games and NASCAR races. On, Falk serves up tips for every fangating/homegating occasion, from the Kentucky Derby to the Super Bowl. “Keep your menu interesting,” says Falk. “I always like to feature a dish for each team. For instance, if you’re hosting an Alabama versus Washington watch party, you could feature an Alabama barbecue dish with white sauce and oysters or other fresh seafood. Both dishes are characteristic of the local foods in the universities’ respective hometowns.” Falk recommends buying more local beer than needed to make sure not to run out. Game day guests can get hot and thirsty, indoors or out. Supply lots of filtered water in non-breakable containers. For easy entertaining, Falk recommends biodegradable dishes and cups. “Whenever there are a lot of people in one room, especially when they’re drinking, a glass will likely be broken,” she says. “Save yourself cleanup and the risk of glass shards by committing to temporary cups and plates that are Earth-friendly and compostable.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Yields: 4 small servings Quadruple this recipe to make soup for a larger gathering. Serve in small sipping cups—cold for games in hot weather or hot for games in cold weather.

Black Bean Summer Salad Yields: 8 side dishes or 4 light meals This salad is easily doubled to feed a crowd. 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and well drained 5 or 6 green onions, white and green parts, chopped 1 large sweet banana pepper, seeded and chopped 1½ cups halved cherry tomatoes 6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp lime juice 2½ Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp chili powder Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 /3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves In a large bowl, toss together the corn, black beans, green onions, banana pepper and tomatoes.

1 red bell pepper, stemmed ½ cup low-fat Greek or dairy-free yogurt ¼ yellow onion 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1 small/mini-cucumber ¼ cup rice vinegar 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard 4 large garlic cloves 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

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Garnish: Flat leaf (Italian) parsley (minced optional) Roasted and salted pumpkin seeds Blend all main ingredients, except garnish, in a high-speed blender into purée. Serve topped with the parsley and a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds. Adapted from Daina Falk’s

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In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, chili powder, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat them all. Then stir in the cilantro. Refrigerate from 1 to 3 hours to let the flavors come together. Note: If using frozen corn, drain it well and lightly sauté in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil before adding it to the salad. This removes moisture that may make the salad watery. Courtesy of Debbie Moose, Southern Holidays: A Savor the South Cookbook.


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septemberspecialoffers You must mention Natural Awakenings to receive these freebies and discounts. 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 15-MINUTE STRATEGY SESSIONS For cancer wellness, chronic pain/illness, women’s issues, insomnia, stress/weight management. Dr. Sujatha Reddy, counselor, coach and Ayurvedic practitioner. Heartland Wellness, 12157 W Cedar D, #200, Lakewood. 303-325-5617

FREE 30-MIN CONSULTATION-PHONE/SKYPE Healing Change: Deep healing at the physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual levels of your being. 679 W Littleton Blvd., #205 Littleton. Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT, 303-668-0299

FRI SEPT 1 First Friday Relaxation Lounge–7-7:45pm. 45-minute class combines restorative yoga, guided breathing and hands-on massages to help you relax. No yoga experience needed. $16 PranaTonic Yoga Studio 2600 East St Golden. Info/RSVP

SAT SEPT 2 Darshan with Sai Maa: An Enlightened Experience with a Divine Master–5-9pm. Experience the Divine touch of a Master, a moment of Oneness between the Enlightened Master and you. FREE. First United Methodist, 1421 Spruce St, Boulder.

TUES SEPT 5 Group Goodwill Meditation–7:30-8:30pm. Bring the energy of goodwill to our world by participating in a guided group goodwill meditation. Althea Center, 14th & Williams, Denver. Donation. Info

COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION Live Your Knowing Counseling, Creekside at Highline Office Park, 1211 S Parker Rd, Denver. Renee Ellis, MA RMT, 720-984-9575

Weekend of Inquiry with Gangaji–also on 9/10. We willingly ask our deepest questions and commit to facing what arises, whatever that may be. $225/$250 door. Boulder Marriott. RSVP/info, events page Intro to Meditation–1-3pm. Explore how meditation is an invaluable tool for self-healing. And we will share the little known universal aspect of the trivium. $30 Spirit and Stone Gifts, Englewood. 720-609-6173 Yoga: Discover Your Chakras–3:15-5:30pm Practices to enhance the flow of energy, loosen the grip of fear and suffering, and increase joy, wisdom, and healing. $30 Embody Your Life, 607 10th St, #109 Golden RSVP req’d

SUN SEPT 10 $30 OFF INITIAL HEALING Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading for first-time clients. In person or phone. 700 E 9th Ave., #9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki MasterTeacher, Channel, & Intuitive. 303-263-0679 or

20% OFF NEW PATIENT EXAM AND X-RAYS South Lakewood Dental, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, #11, Lakewood. Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 303-988-4338 Imagine a Life Free of Self Judgment...Healing the Sore Spots That Run Your life–7-9pm. Transformational speaker and author Randy Ferguson shares insights on dismantling self-judgment. $25/door Rocky Mountain Miracle Center Denver Info or 303-989-2605

I Survived Beyond and Back: The Near Death Experience–1:30-4pm. Ms. Deirdre’s remarkable story and new insights on life beyond the veil. Donation, open to public. Greenwood Village City Hall, 6060 S Quebec St. Denver Near Death Studies

TUES SEPT 12 Akashic Records Practitioner Level I Certification–5:30-9:30pm. 2-day program. Info/RSVP www. $300. Discover Your Spiritual Gifts 5808 S Rapp St, #265 Littleton Vialet Rayne 303-257-2276

WED SEPT 13 Branding Your Spiritual Business–7-9pm. Learn about how to develop your brand so that your marketing is consistent and attracts the right audience. $30 Discover Your Spiritual Gifts 5808 S Rapp St, #265 Littleton Vialet Rayne 303.257.2276


FRI SEPT 7 Open Meeting with Gangaji–7:30-9:30pm. An invitation home to yourself. An evening with Gangaji- spiritual teacher- invites you to discover your true home- as peace itself. $20. Unity Church, 2855 Folsom St, Boulder. For more info visit, events page

Is Your Child Struggling In School?–6:30-7:15pm. Free workshop!A holistic and drug free approach for supporting children with neuroacademic disorders and learning disabilities. 8601 W Cross Dr #B6-2 Littleton. RSVP



How, When & Why to Enter into a Sexual Relationship...the Tantric Perspective–7-8:30pm. The spark of attraction is, in itself, conception. Refreshments incl. $30 Osho Leela Center, 1025 Rosewood, #106, Boulder. Judith Anne Condon Conscious Relationship & Tantra Coach 303-520-8829

Sacred Drumming Circle, Sound Celebration & Meditation–7-9pm. Enjoy celebration using sound, breath, mindfulness and meditation in the energy of the circle. Bring snack to share and instruments. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.




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SAT SEPT 16 Archangels and You: Connecting to the Divine– 3-5pm. Experience the love, healing and protection of the strongest angels- the Archangels! Connect for messages and assistance. $30 Discover Your Spiritual Gifts 5808 S Rapp St, #265 Littleton Vialet Rayne 303-257-2276 How to Stay Above the Chaos!–1-3pm. Maintain peace and joy in your life with Mary Soliel, channel of Archangel Michael, award-winning author. Live Gazing. Book signing. $33. Full Moon Books 9106 W 6th Ave. Lakewood RSVP or Walk-ins cash/check only. 303-233-MOON or

TUES SEPT 19 Protecting Your Family’s Future–6-7:30pm. A free educational presentation for families of children with special needs. Three disciplines impact your family’s quest to protect your assets and children: Disability Benefits, Financial Planning and Legal considerations. The Joshua School Boulder. RSVP Betty Lehman,, 720259-6073. More presentations available at


First Day of Fall Angelic Reiki Level 1 & 2 Weekend–Become a certified Practitioner of Angelic Reiki. Info/RSVP www.dysg. $222 Discover Your Spiritual Gifts 5808 S Rapp St, #265 Littleton Vialet Rayne 303-257-2276 Red Tent 5 WKs: Women’s Gathering Sacred Sexuality– 7-8:30pm Fridays. Feed your femininity, emerge refreshed, empowered by what is shared. Bring Friend for Free. $300 Osho Leela Center, 1075 Rosewood, #106 Boulder Judith Anne Condon Conscious Relationship & Tantra Coach 303520-8829

savethedate FREE HEALING CIRCLE WITH HEALER-INTUITIVE, MARK EARLIX FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 7-9PM Experience profound mental, emotional and physical healing. For over 40 years Mark has worked with many thousands of people with his Gift of Healing and Intuition. The Healing Circle is your opportunity to become free from your body’s distress, aches, pains or sickness. Personal more intensive healing may be experienced in personal sessions which you can book directly with Mark. Unity Spiritual Center Denver, 3021 S University Blvd, Denver. For more information or to register

CANNABIS CEREMONIES: A JOURNEY OF DEEP RELEASING AND RENEWAL SATURDAY SEPT 16, 7-10PM Join me for an exceptional evening of inner exploration, ancient wisdom and personal renewal. I guide Elevation (Cannabis) Ceremonies to support people in awakening experiences that enrich and heal their lives. In a safe, legal and sacred environment you will be nurtured into uncovering and releasing destructive and self-defeating emotions. My gatherings are plant medicine-optional and all levels are welcome. Complimentary CBDdominate strains that offer a relaxing and focused dimension are provided. Ceremonies are followed with an optional tea service and conscious connection and sharing. In Denver’s Cherry Creek North. $30. Limited space. Contact Becca at

DIVINE GUIDANCE: LISTENING TO THE INNER VOICE, SEPT 16-17 2017 Colorado Regional Eckankar Seminar


Guest Speaker Bob Lawton has spoken internationally on past lives, dreams, soul travel, and out-of-body experiences. A former firefighter, he offers insights on death, dying, and extreme life experiences. His inspirational talks will help you to gain insight into your own spiritual experiences and recognize yourself as Soul. Sat, 9/16: 1-4:30pm and 7-8:30pm; Sun, 9/17: 9am-noon at the ECK Temple of Colorado, 7100 W. Mississippi Ave, Lakewood. Free admission for guests! Information and registration at, or 303-756-9287.

6 week Basic Obedience class for Dogs–check specific dates. Basic training such as sit, stay and come; modify common behavior issues. $125 in Lakewood. Email for registration/info. Free spots for foster dogs / active fosters from rescues and shelters.

MON SEPT 25 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. Details

WED SEPT 27 Beginning Mindfulness & Meditation Workshop– 7-9pm. Learn about mindfulness and meditation, and practice some techniques that will lead you to a more balanced life. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

THURS SEPT 28 Meditation for Beginners 5Wks–7-9pm Thursdays. Meditation can transformation your life and create change. Meet your Guardian Angel or Spirit Guide. Let go of negativity and make room for the positive. Feel your health improve. Early $185, Regular $200. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303,

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OCT 5-8 Emerging Women Live 2017–Looking to lead from the truth of who you are? From money to mindset, passion to purpose, sex to self-concept: it’s ALL HERE. Join Elizabeth Gilbert, Alicia Garza, Sera Beak, Esther Perel, Amanda Steinberg and more in keeping the HEART in impactful leadership.

OCT 8 Love is Our True Identity: A Soldier’s Story–1:30-4pm. Veteran Robert Caplan’s NDE revealed purpose, meaning, and four aspects of love. Donation, open to public. Greenwood Village City Hall, 6060 S Quebec St. Denver Near Death Studies

Beginning the Qigong Lifestyle–6-8 pm. This course is 1 of 2 prerequisites for qigong practitioners for Professional Medical Qigong Practitioner Certification training in mid-Oct 2018. $495. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-4270406,

OCT 21 Anxiety, Trauma, P.T.S.D Training for Dogs– 11:15-12:45pm. Prepare your dog for thunderstorms and fireworks, and address general anxieties and fears. NO DOGS PLEASE. $25/class or 5/$100 in Lakewood. mishamayfoundation@ registration/information. Free spots for foster dogs.

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tuesdays 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 Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appt/also on Thursdays. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. Free. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920.

wednesdays ParaYoga Class–Noon-1pm. ParaYoga integrates movement, breath, chanting and meditation: balance your nervous system, clear your mind, brighten the light of your Soul. $15 Embody Your Life, 607 10th St, #109, Golden. RSVP/ info 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 Empath Meetup–7-9pm.Many of us can feel overwhelmed in our hectic modern society. Commune with us in our safe space to share our tips for embracing the strength of sensitivity. FREE At Spirit and Stone Gifts, Englewood 720-609-6173 or

thursdays The Way Of Mastery Practice Group–6:30-8pm. Study the channeled words of Jesus offering self-healing teachings that evoke complete, unconditional love and self-acceptance. $25 drop-in; $120/6 Sessions. Coly Vulpiani, Facilitator. 700 E 9th Ave, #9, Denver. RSVP 303-476-8402 or 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 303-834-0526 Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In between 6-7pm. Receive a 10 minute cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. Free. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920

saturdays Qigong Movement–1-2:30pm. Stillness within cleanses and builds your chi for stamina, flexibility, health, life balance. $20/drop-in or $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406 Qigong-Tai Chi Push Hands–2:45-3:45pm. Physical and energetic health strengthen, develop keen sensitivity to yin-yang shifting to eliminate obstructions to the natural flow of life’s essence. $20/drop-in or $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406 Fencing for Chi Fitness–4-5:30pm. Olympic Foil, Saber and Epee skills and techniques heighten the pace of qigong exercise into spontaneity, mental flexibility, chi and physical endurance. $50 drop-in or $120/3 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406

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COUNSELING ACUPUNCTURE SPECIALISTS OF GOLDEN Rhonda Marr, L.Ac. 1019 8th Street, Ste 102, Golden 720-556-5332 Become pain free, reclaim your health and get your life back! Services include acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, Chakra Balancing that incorporates acupuncture, crystals and essential oils. Additional services include Sound Healing, using Tibetan singing bowls, chimes and crystal bowls. Nutrition Response Testing, a non-invasive system of analyzing the body in order to determine the underlying causes of ill health. We also carry nutritional supplements by Standard Process, handcrafted Chinese topical herbal remedies, several brands of Chinese herbal formulas.


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DC AUTO in Morrison 303-801-1959 / Professional Mechanics, Not Professional Prices! Owner Darrell Weddell’s motto is to take care of your problem, educate you to make an informed decision, and to advise on future repairs and maintenance. Whether it’s major or minor issues, your electrical system, or a combination of mechanical problems, Darrell’s team has the experience and know-how to diagnose and accurately repair your vehicle.


JUDITH ANNE CONDON Conscious Relationship/Tantra Coach 1025 Rosewood Ave, Ste 106, Boulder 303-630-9479 / I am dedicated to Conscious Relationship & Tantra. Tantra. It’s a path of meditation…what sets it apart from other ‘paths’ is that it looks to the wisdom of the body & the senses as a means to becoming more present & alive in every aspect of our lives. Our bodies have a deep wisdom that modern life often ignores. Sessions include bioenergetics, breathe practices, meditation & more. There is no nudity or sexual contact. Individuals & couples may explore issues such as Tantric Lovemaking & Spirituality; Tools for Initiating & Deepening Intimacy; Support in the Awakening Process; Men, Women’s & Teens Empowerment.

Inge Sengelmann, LCSW, SEP, RYT 607 10th Street, Suite 109, Golden 305-788-6857 Break through the limits of talk therapy with body-mind-spirit integration strategies to help you tap into limitless wellbeing. Healing is more than reducing symptoms. Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Somatic Experiencing® & ParaYoga® combined can empower you to thrive by rewiring unhelpful nervous system patterns and amplifying your healing potential.

SMOOTH ROCK PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES Erika M. McElroy, MS, PhD 7900 E. Union Ave, Suite 1100 720-306-1040 Life events often leave us feeling jagged, not smooth, fighting the flow of life. Smooth Rock Psychological Services serves adults seeking to live their best life. Healing a health/wellness challenge, unresolved issues in relationships, or negative childhood events is possible. Perhaps you need support to achieve your dreams! Dr. McElroy’s blend of psychological and whole living interventions creates a supportive environment for up-leveling the mind-body connection. Invest in yourself today!

RENEE ELLIS, MA LPCC RMT Psychotherapy, Intuitive-Focused Counseling, Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing, Classes 1211 S Parker Road, Suite 103, Denver 720-984-9575 / Live your knowing counseling helps you gracefully bring wisdom to life. Find your way through grief and loss, discover your path and purpose, resolve relationship challenges, ease depression and anxiety, befriend intuition, thrive as a highly sensitive person, and enjoy personal and spiritual growth. Experience a unique blend of traditional psychotherapy, intuitive-focused counseling and support, past life therapy without hypnosis, energy healing and personalized Bach Flower Essence formulas. Individual sessions, programs, and classes in a relaxing, supportive and nonjudgmental setting. Gain clarity, confidence and more joyful life. Get started today with a phone or in-person complimentary consultation.

DENTIST STUDIO Z DENTAL Tom Zyvoloski DDS, Jenna Nicolson DDS 818 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 100, Louisville 303-666-7110 Word of Mouth Matters. We’ve built our practice on our patient’s rave reviews and their happy referrals to loved ones. Studio Z Dental is different from those run-of-the-mill dentists. We focus on quality and treat the whole patient. With our wellness-based philosophy, leading-edge techniques and holistic, eco-friendly approach, Studio Z Dental is Boulder County’s best general and cosmetic dental practice for the whole family.

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yourlocalresources DENTIST 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 biocompatibility 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.

VIBRANCE DENTISTRY Dr. Cate Vieregger 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. Our state-of-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. See ad page 10.

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


ENERGY MEDICINE / ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY HEALING CHANGE Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT Littleton office: 679 W Littleton Blvd. #205 303-668-0299 / Individual sessions using a combination of different techniques such as Eden Energy Medicine (EEM), Hypnotherapy, EFT (meridian tapping), and Matrix Reimprinting will facilitate deep healing at the physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual levels of your being to create that permanent change in your life. You will leave the sessions with tools that you can use at home to continue the healing work and progress towards a better you. Ongoing classes in EEM for increased Joy, Health and Vitality! Free 20-minute phone or Skype consultation.

FAMILY PRACTICE/ HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Katia Meier, MD 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel and look your best at any age with Katia Meier, MD, Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine, Specialty trained in Bio-identical Hormone Therapy, Holistic and Naturopathic medicine in Europe and certified in laser and injectable aesthetic dermatology. Specializing in whole body health with customized approaches. All ages; most insurance welcome. Set up your appointment today. See ad page 2.

HEALING 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

Kari L. Rivers Geurts BSN, CHT Depth Hypnosis Practitioner 303-489-3068 / At Seeds of Satya you are the healer willing to go into the heavier spaces of consciousness that need to be energetically transmuted, opening you to receive esoteric truths that release you into a new way of being and coping. Kari guides you to plant seeds of truth using Regression Therapy, Energy Medicine and Shamanic Counseling. Whether you are navigating trauma, life transitions, or spiritual growth, Seeds of Satya is here to help you come into greater harmony and peace.

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

NEW! MESSAGES FROM SPIRIT ELISA MALANGONE 720-372-3927 / Searching for passion and insight to your life purpose? Connect to your unique insight and higher soul perspective for guidance concerning healing from grief and loss, health, career, relationships, finances, and other matters of the heart. Elisa combines authentic mediumship abilities and intuitive coaching by connecting to spiritual guidance to assist you in tapping into your higher wisdom and best self. Live, phone or virtual readings & events. Call or see website for more details. See ad, page 13.

NATURAL HEALTH HEARTLAND WELLNESS LLC Dr. Sujatha Reddy, BAMS MSEd LPC DCC 12157 W Cedar Dr, Ste 200, Lakewood 303-325-5617 Create new ways of living joyfully by implementing techniques that heal your body, mind and spirit through Ayurveda, the ancient art of natural living, a 5000-year old health science from India. Feel strong and empowered, sleep like a baby and release anxiety, pain, stress and depression. Insurance accepted for mental health counseling. Free 15 minute phone consultation.

September 2017 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 2017 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...