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he holidays are upon us and there is a lot to be thankful for this year! As the new publishers of Natural Awakenings Twin Cities (NATC), we are very excited for this new venture and the opportunity to meet our readers, advertisers and partners. We would like to thank all of you for your continued support of this exceptional magazine, and to assure you we are committed to growing the publication with additional local content, business highlights and opportunities for our readers to become proactive members of our community. We are filled with ideas and want to get started immediately—while knowing we also have a lot to learn. Keep an eye out for expansions throughout 2018. We want to offer a heartfelt thank you to Jackie Flaherty for her support, guidance and continued mentorship as we learn the ropes of magazine publishing. We fully expect to utilize her many talents to help us expand the magazine she has so lovingly nurtured for the past six years. We decided to purchase NATC shortly after Jody, while traveling through Minneapolis, discovered it was for sale. We were so impressed with the content, design and caliber of advertisers, we immediately knew this was the opportunity for which we had been looking to become business partners. We see Natural Awakenings as the perfect platform for holistic, sustainable living as well as a key venue to form healthy working relationships. We are dedicated to our readers and intend to offer substantial content and services that add value to your healthy lifestyles and, to that end, we are committed to helping professionals promote their businesses and position themselves as both key local service providers and experts.

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ichele Rae, from Center Within, along with three health and wellness office colleagues, will begin hosting monthly classes, Healing Happens Here, a health education series. Classes will be held in their Bloomington office conference room from 6:30 to Michele Rae, Lynn Halloran, 8:30 p.m., the first Thursday of each month, Amber Weingart, Judi Ross commencing on January 4, with the topic Supporting Intentions. Their second meeting on February 1 will discuss Healing the Heart. Each month there will be a new focus and a presentation from each provider. The Center Within’s founder, Rae is a transformational coach who supports individuals as well as organizations. She provides holistic coaching designed to accelerate and guide personal, professional and organizational transformation. She is also author of Living from the Center Within: Co-Creating Who You are Becoming. “We are experiencing amazing surges in energy and increasing vibration during these accelerated days of transformation. Supporting our physical, emotional and mental health is foundational to integrating and embodying these shifts as we move towards higher levels of consciousness. Learning and embracing various wellness and spiritual tools facilitate ease, flow and grace in this process,” says Rae. The other three hosts/presenters include Lynn Halloran, certified nutrition therapy practitioner and pharmacist of the Healing Farmacist; Amber Weingart, traditional naturopath of Opulent Natural Health; and Judi Ross, licensed psychotherapist and registered yoga teacher of Judi Ross Holistic Therapy. During their January meeting, all four practitioners will cover the topic of Supporting Intentions, with each of the practitioners highlighting a different area: Restoring Physical Balance, Utilizing Yoga Practices, Releasing Limitations and Detoxifying Your Space. “We have designed presentations providing cutting-edge information and activities on important health topics to improve your well-being. Come ask questions, engage in discussion and leave with practical tips you can begin using to positively impact your innate ability to heal and be whole,” Rae explains. Additional themes for upcoming months include: Boosting Your Immune System, Releasing Limitations, Practicing Mindfulness, and Removing Negativity. Cost: $20/session. $15/person if you bring a friend ($30/2 people). Location: Southtown Office Park Conference Room, Main Lobby, 8120 S. Penn Ave., Bloomington. For more information, call 612-465-9775, email or visit See ad, page 26.

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ea Clare has launched The New Lightworker podcast where she explores the collective consciousness while inspiring conversation about one’s personal spirituality. “We are in an age of conscious expansion and spiritual growth and are expanding beyond what we can know or truly understand. I believe that is impacting the definition of what it is to be a Lightworker, what it means to be spiritual,” says Nea Clare. The New Lightworker podcast is a forum to talk candidly about what it is to work with the Light of Spirit, to live conscious alignment to Universal Laws and to find the willingness to remain in our conscious awareness. Nea Clare expounds, “Whether you are a healer, an intuitive, a baker or a street cleaner, we are all spiritual beings living this human experience; let’s explore how we do that together.”

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Psinergy Tech Recognized for Being One of the Top Three Computer Repair Centers in St Paul


sinergy is happy to announce that after a 50-Point Inspection, the Psinergy Tech branch of their company is now listed as one of the Top Three Computer Repair Centers in St. Paul by Three Best Rated. Three Best Rated was created with a simple goal—to find the top three local businesses, profesAndré Thomas sionals, restaurants and healthcare providers in a specific city. They display only businesses that are verified by the employees at Three Best Rated. The 50-Point Inspection includes checking reputation, history, complaints, local reviews, nearness, satisfaction, trust and cost as well as overall excellence. Businesses do not pay them to be listed. They believe that local businesses provide better and more personal services. Local businesses know their city better since they live there too. Owner and Windows PC Therapist, André Thomas, states, “It is a big honor to receive this recognition. We are a very unique computer repair place, more relaxing and Zen than other repair shops, and we’re happy that people like it, and this helps to remind us that doing what we love, in a way we love to do it, is paying off. Thank you for the acknowledgment, Three Best Rated!” Psinergy extends their congratulations to fellow colleagues and businesses, Capital City Computer Fixx & I.T. Services and Nanosystems, that also received this honor. Location: 1553 Como Ave., St. Paul. For more information, visit

Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener is December 9


veryone is welcome to embrace winter by celebrating cross-country skiing at the inaugural Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on December 9, in Maple Grove. Skiers of all abilities and ages are invited to kick off winter with free skiing, rental equipment and mini-lessons. Ski on your own or participate in the numerous Rennet Ski Tour events. Activities are on and off the snow, so dress for the weather. There will also be seminars by industry experts, demos of the latest equipment by manufacturers and retailers and roller ski demonstrations. For the younger ones, there will be a Kids Carnival area open from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase. Cost: Free. Location: Elm Creek Park Reserve, 12400 James Deane Pkwy., Maple Grove. For more information, visit

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he New Brighton Community Center will host its 13th annual Health and Wellness Expo, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on January 6. The expo will offer more than 30 booths staffed with experts on health and wellness. Visitors can meet with fitness instructors, ask questions and perform a few movements at the trial group fitness classes. Also on hand will be massage therapists, chiropractors and wellness leaders and various options for healthful foods and supplements. “This is a great event to get health information and connect with others in the community, sample classes, meet a personal trainer and work out for free,” explains Patrice Atkinson, recreation supervisor. “Every year we have vendors with samples and products for purchase, including membership, group fitness and personal training discounts, and $1 off the kids’ gym—our newly renovated Eagles’ Nest indoor playground.” Guests can enjoy free access to the fitness center and receive membership discounts, group fitness class discounts and demos, wellness assessments, Eagles Nest indoor playground coupons and other free wellness items. Cost: Free. Location: 400 10th St. NW, New Brighton. For more information, visit (see Parks and Recreation section).

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igh-cacao dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanol, a compound known for its heart health benefits, but less is known about diluted foods such as milk chocolate candy. Harvard researchers followed 55,502 subjects for 13 years, comparing levels of high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to lifestyle traits. They found those eating one to three servings of chocolate a month (including milk chocolate) displayed a 10 percent lower risk of irregular heartbeat than those eating an ounce or less a month. Eating one serving per week of chocolate yielded a 17 percent lower risk and two to six servings a week 20 percent, and then leveled off after eating one or more servings per day. “Eating excessive amounts of chocolate is not recommended, because many chocolate products are high in calories from sugar and fat, and could lead to weight gain and other metabolic problems,” advises Elizabeth Mostofsky, author of the study.

Pink Noise While Asleep Helps Memory


esearchers from the University of Oxford, in the UK, have found that infants that take more daytime naps tend to develop a larger vocabulary at an earlier age than their peers by examining sleeping patterns of 246 babies between the ages of 7 months and 3 years for 10 days. Parents also completed a language analysis at the start of the study and three and six months later to determine how many words each child understood from a list 416 words typically learned in infancy. Infants that napped more frequently during the day performed better on both understanding and expressing vocabulary than the others.


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esearchers from Northwestern University have found that acoustic stimulation using pink noise (random sound with more low frequencies than white noise) increases slow-wave brain activity, thus improving sleep-dependent memory retention. Thirteen mature adults completed two nights of sleep; one with the pink noise and one without, in random order. Specific brainwave activity increased during the periods when the pink noise was being delivered, suggesting that it could help older adults preserve some memory functions.

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Long-Term Cell Phone Use a Health Risk


esearchers at Orebro University, in Sweden, conducted a review of research reported since 1965 on the incidence of glioma brain cancer with continued use of cell phones. They found that the highest cumulative exposures to cell phone radiation correlated with a 90 percent increase in the risk of glioma cancer. The risk increased with time; after 10 years of cell phone use, it increased by 62 percent and doubled after 20 years.

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report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that 35 percent of U.S. adults don’t get adequate sleep. Dr. W. Chris Winter, of the Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic, recommends we pick a wake-up time that works for every day and stick with it, regardless of bedtime; it pays off by eventually training the brain to fall asleep at the same time every night. Swedish scientists found that sleep loss reduces the presence of hormones that promote feelings of fullness in the stomach and increases the amounts of those that promote hunger, leading to obesity.

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esearchers from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute examined nutrition and cancer recurrence data from 826 patients with Stage III colon cancer and found those that consumed two or more ounces of tree nuts a week experienced a 42 percent reduction in cancer recurrence and a 57 percent lower risk of death on average compared to those that ate no nuts.

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Chimps, Zebrafish and Birds Communicate Like We Do Chimps, orangutans and bonobo apes are now known to be capable of understanding what others are thinking and recognize human thoughts, an ability once thought to be impossible. A team led by Christopher Krupenye, of Duke University, had apes take part in a visual experiment where they watched videos on a monitor while their gaze was being tracked. They discovered an anticipation of events that went beyond the visual cues presented. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has determined that zebrafish are social animals, similar to humans and other mammals— they form friendships, experience positive emotions and have individual personalities. The group advises people that eat fish or keep them as pets to consider the moral implications. Honey hunters in sub-Saharan Africa have a unique form of communication with honeyguide birds that fly ahead to point out beehives which the hunters raid, leaving wax for the birds to eat. A study in the journal Science reports that they listen for a specific call made by their human collaborators. Dr. Claire Spottiswoode, of the University of Cambridge, in England, and University of Cape Town, in South Africa, observes, “It seems to be a two-way conversation between our own species and a wild animal.”

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Digitalizing Data Helps Rainforest Census The Amazon rainforest is thought to harbor a greater diversity of trees than anywhere else on Earth, but the exact number has long been a mystery. In 2013, scientists estimated that the number of species was around 16,000, but no actual count had been done. In a new paper in Scientific Reports, researchers delved into museum collections from around the world to confirm the current number of tree species recorded in the Amazon and assess possibilities of those yet to be discovered. “Since 1900, between 50 and 200 new trees have been discovered in the Amazon every year,” notes Nigel Pitman, a Mellon senior conservation ecologist with the Field Museum. “Our analysis suggests that we won’t finish discovering new tree species there for three more centuries.” The study relied upon the digitization of museum collections data— photographs and digital records—of the specimens housed there and shared worldwide through aggregator sites like “It gives scientists a better sense of what’s actually growing in the Amazon Basin, aiding conservation efforts,” says Pitman.

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New Options for Independent Co-Housing For 20 years, Maria Brenton, an outspoken proponent of older people living independently, has been campaigning and planning for the opening of a different kind of retirement home run by its residents, supporting each other through old age. She says, “Attitudes to older people in this country are out of date. Most members of the older population don’t wish to have everything done for them.” She attests that institutions and agencies dealing with older people encourage dependency and are patronizing and paternalistic. “Older people internalize it, and they learn to wait for people to do things for them,” advises Brenton. New Ground, in Barnet, North London, is the first UK cohousing development set up just for older women, with 26 women from age 50 to 87. Also in London, The Collective has created something similar with enhanced amenities such as a cinema room and a launderette with a disco ball. WeWork is an American company that has set up communal offices, and recently established WeLive, in New York City.

Scientists from the University of Hull and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have published research in the journal Science of the Total Environment showing levels of microplastics are five times higher in the Antarctic than previous estimates. Co-author Dr. Claire Waluda, a BAS biologist, says, “We have monitored the presence of large plastic items in Antarctica for more than 30 years. While we know that bigger pieces can be ingested by seabirds or cause entanglements in seals, the effects of microplastics on marine animals in the Southern Ocean are as yet unknown.” The tiny beads of plastic come from cosmetics or are shreddings from larger plastic items like clothing or bottles. According to United Nations sources, they may number as many as 51 trillion particles across the seafloor, throughout the oceans and on beaches worldwide. They are considered a serious threat to marine life in general. More international monitoring of the situation is needed, including a requirement for all polar research stations to provide waste treatment options.


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he holidays are here and for many people, it can be an emotional time of year. One common winter goal is to have a drama-free holiday season. There is an adage that states, “people hurt the people they love the most.” However, it may be more accurate to say, “people should on the people they love the most.” Interactions can often be difficult when multiple points of view are present. The good news is there are also choices within these situations, which include reacting on the spot or responding mindfully to another’s differing point of view. Individuals can benefit by mindfully choosing their responses to loved ones when tensions start to get high. Most people are more alike than they are different, and generally, people want to like themselves in the mirror at the end of the day. By limiting the use of reactive language, which merely causes resistance, individuals can consciously create a more peaceful holiday season. Preplan your precious moments by choosing to eliminate the following words from all conversations and this will allow for smoother discussions as you gather with others this winter: should, shouldn’t, need to, have to, must, don’t, stop, not, and ought to. One may nearly abolish drama by incorporating three new words into their vocabulary. In the spirit of non-violent communication, the first two words, “feeling” and “need,” have been shown to have a neutral impact on stressful discussions. For example, rather than name calling or labeling someone during an intense difference of opinions, one might say, “I feel frustrated by what you just said and need some time to process it/calm down.” The third alternative is to simply replace resistant words with the word “prefer.” Rather than saying, “You need to get ready for dinner; take a seat now,” one might say, “I would prefer that everyone start moving to the dining room, we are about to eat.” Instead of saying, “Stop swearing; don’t talk like that,” one could say, “I would prefer that we refrain from using that language.” Help loved ones feel validated and included this holiday season and everyone will thrive! May you find your “conversation peace!”

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INSPIRED LIVING Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle


nspiration may strike anywhere, at any time. The trick is nurturing the process to appear on demand when we need it most. Often, an inspiration is sparked when we perceive someone being selfless, courageous, physically extraordinary or deliciously creative. However, we don’t need to wait for outside stimulus when we can discover internal stirrings by invoking any of these self-inspiring tips. Just Do It – The Nike slogan has never been more appropriate. We all have something we’ve thought about doing or trying. Whether traveling to a new location, trying a different sport, joining a new-to-us group or club, or making more friends, don’t put it off—just do it. Defeat allodoxaphobia – It’s the fear of others’ negative opinions. Everyone suffers from this to some extent, and it can hinder us from living our best life. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt remarked, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

Volunteer – A common excuse for not volunteering is, “I don’t have the time.” Next year, make the time. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and happiness in a large group of American adults, they found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were.


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Gratitude – This is the big one. One way to be and stay inspired is by starting off each day in a state of gratitude. Every morning before getting out of bed, think of at least three things to be grateful for. By doing this, we recognize the blessings we have and greet the day in a positive frame of mind. It’s a perfect way to end each day, too. When someone routinely inquires, “How are you?” answer, “I am grateful.” Our time on Earth is not infinite. With only so many days promised, let’s vow to live them inspired. Kelly Martinsen is publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island and author of the new book A Year of Inspired Living (

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n a study called “Shamanic Healing for Veterans with PTSD: A Case Series,” it was reported, “Alternative treatment approaches are clearly needed for veterans with PTSD.” Shamanic healing practices may be one such alternative as they address the spiritual aspects of trauma. Used for thousands of years in many cultures around the world, shamanic healing practices have been integral in most first-people cultures, with estimates of a 40,000- to 100,000-year history. The overall premise of shamanic healing is that the shaman or shamanic practitioner brings non-ordinary healing power and wisdom into ordinary reality through their relationship with unseen spiritual entities, e.g. power animals, human-formed spirits, deities, gods and goddesses, the elements and other emissaries of power and wisdom from the spiritual realms. This healing power and wisdom is then focused on alleviating the spiritual root causes of an ailment. Shamanic healing on HIV, cancer and other “incurable” diseases benefits the participants significantly,

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especially with their inner cosmological relationship within the body. Shamanic drumming has been shown to reduce tension, anxiety, confusion and anger, inducing well-being and oft times increasing vigor; there have been positive effects of drumming on patients with substance abuse issues. The human being, from a shamanic perspective, is composed of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energetic systems that are intertwined. The energetic system is also in direct relationship with the soul—the animating life force of the human being; this relationship is pivotal in understanding shamanic healing and determining the health of the human being. Disturbances to the soul manifest from disturbances in life and lead to breakdowns and/or disintegration at the physical, mental, emotional and social levels of the human being. Shamanic worldviews hold that many maladies—be they physical, emotional and/or mental—have a spiritual component at the root of their cause. Shamanic healing practices are based on two basic procedural categories: removing energetic toxins and illness-stimulating spiritual factors in one’s life, and filling with and/or retrieving energies and factors (that promote spiritual health) that have been lost through trauma and other adverse life events or circumstances. Shamanic healing techniques focus on healing dimensions of the soul with consequent healing effects on the body and mind. Why is shamanic healing the first step for PTSD sufferers? In order for a psychologist to make effective progress with a client suffering from PTSD, the client must first be fully present in the body; this is what the shamanic healer does. Once the soul is whole and present, the psychologist can deal more effectively with the psychological issues with which the client is challenged. Teresa Heupel is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and received a Master of Divinity with a Counseling Ministry degree. She is a shaman and owner of Heupel’s Healing Hands. For more information, call 701-8992548 or visit See Community Resource Guide, page 28.

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PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.

Call to Action

Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed in local milieus of families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces and public places where strangers gather.

Activating Answers

While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a countermovement is convening constructive conversations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation and compromise among local factions that disagree on how to deal with everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated models of conflict resolution a facelift. In The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, Sarah Van Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greens16

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boro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something AfricanAmerican activist and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.

Provocative Questions

“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way look like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig, executive director of Commonomics USA,

an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commons-based economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive conversations leading to constructive civic

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A community is a group that can fight gracefully… Chaos is not just a state; it is an essential process of community development. ~Dr. M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace engagement. Breese remarks, “We’re open to working with anyone interested in learning processes that can help bridge divides. We also like sharing stories about what is working.”


The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue ( beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl. com/ManualForConversationCafe); and the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Project ( ltc-models). “To date, we’ve had at least 800 librarians participate in free NCDD webinars,” Breese notes. CC is a simple tool useful in exploring difficult topics and provides a safe space to process different perspectives. “Initial agreement on basic rules includes suspending judgment while listening and seeking to understand others, refraining from persuading or converting and talking only from personal experience,” explains Breese.

One new network member, J. Scott Wagner, author of The Liberal’s Guide to Conservatives, speaks about the importance of using neutral language in dialogue. “I learned from him how words can be emotional triggers and signal one-sided perspectives, leaving some group members feeling angry or excluded because they feel the speaker won’t be open to hearing their perspective,” says Breese. After three tours of the U.S. and hundreds of interviews with conservative individuals, Wagner, founder of the nonprofit Reach the Right, was inspired to use his knowledge of five arenas—neurology/cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity and morality—to help progressives understand conservatives that are not only their political leaders, but also their relatives, partners, friends and managers. He offers a simple explanation for anyone drenched in inaccurate biases. “We inherit unconscious genetic personality characteristics that lead us to develop our ideology, with which we construct our world and align with others that are in agreement. Differences in our personality characteristics are the culprits that create conflict.”

Community Needs Erase Enmity

Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying— even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to do,” observes Kahane.

Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.


orld Café-style conversations used in Conversation Cafés to discuss issues that matter offer a powerful social technology to engage people in meaningful and constructive dialog in corporate, government and community settings. Understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business and organizational life, it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership. Embracing a combination of these guiding principles can foster collaborative exchanges, active engagement and helpful possibilities for action. n Clarify the Purpose n Create a Hospitable Space n Explore Questions that Matter n Encourage Everyone’s Contribution n Connect Diverse Perspectives n Listen for Insights and Share Discoveries Source: Principles

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Jonathan Bender, founder of The Performance of Your Life, a public speaking and personal development business, has been on a lifelong quest of fostering personal growth and societal transformation. His therapeutic classes and workshops demonstrate how to connect, honor and deeply resonate with others, even if they have different worldviews, and how to listen and hear in the same way we want to be heard. Acknowledging the adrenalin rush that’s a common response to fear of conflict, Bender says, “When we learn to be mindful and speak from our entire body, rather than just from our head, we notice that the voice resonates and originates from a much bigger place. This teaches us to cultivate greater awareness of our emotions and how we express them. “Begin by acknowledging an emotion, and then reduce its intensity through slow, deep breaths, paying attention to the correlating physical sensation. Shifting our focus back to the heart allows us to recognize parts of ourselves in the stories of others and come to understand that our personal history is


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Intense emotions can become sources of invincible energy with the collective power to build the world we want.

the filter through which we ‘enemyfy’,” says Bender, who speaks and presents publicly, educating audiences and clients about the universally challenging performances of everyday life. According to Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, today’s rugged individualism amid conflicts comprises a crisis of consciousness. “No longer can we settle only on seeing things in opposition to one another; we need to shift our consciousness to be able to see the parts coming together in a new whole. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting world peace.” His observation fits with what Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, believes is the call of our time: “As planetary citizens, we are being called to wake up together.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at


Motivated to Act

Returning to the Light All the traditions we celebrate in December draw on the same themes: The power of light in the darkness, the presence of hope and love among us, the transforming power of community. As you attune to what matters to you, there are endless ways to align with the season. Maybe you feel a need for meaning and want to do some inspirational reading or offer volunteer time. Maybe you long for beauty and could listen to sacred music or photograph striking images and share them. Maybe you need self-acceptance, supported by intimate time with a loved one... or the creative self-expression of designing a card or gift... or simple rest in the form of a nap. As you clarify your needs, it’s easier to move toward fulfilling them.

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any of us are motivated to create a holiday season that is memorable and heartwarming. This quickly becomes a list of gifts to buy, treats to make, events to attend... but under all those starred “important items” there is one thing you may not find... and it’s deeper contact with YOU. Most of the self-care we see advertised is about indulging ourselves. While a bubble bath, glass of wine and scented candle may get us started, they usually don’t fulfill our deeper needs. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) makes the bold assertion that the most deeply satisfying activity is to respond to real needs—our own or those of others. But to respond to a need effectively, you have to have some clue as to what it is.

NVC as a Tool When psychologist Marshall Rosenberg began designing NVC in the 1970s, he was aiming to help individuals communicate more effectively in their personal lives. However, the method turned out to be so simple, powerful and versatile that today it’s being used around the world in settings as wideranging as education, government and conflict resolution. The premise of NVC is simple: Humans naturally long to be connected and our activities are motivated by universal needs we all recognize and share.

Get Clear on What Matters Around the holidays, feelings abound: excitement, loneliness, hope, resentment, peace, exhaustion and so on. Expectations are heightened and vulnerability intensified. We want to feel included but we don’t want to feel obligated. We want to be generous but we don’t want to get over-extended. We all have parts of the season that we savor... but we don’t want to get lost in the parts we don’t care about. These reactions are actually a compass to help us navigate toward what matters most.

NVC Formula: Observation/ Feeling/Need/Request. 1. Something happens (you see, hear, sense something). 2. You have feelings in response. 3. The feelings point to underlying needs or values (which may or may not be getting met). 4. If the needs are unmet, ideas emerge about how to meet them. Connecting with yourself in this way provides presence (a true gift) so you can discern what’s happening for you, moment to moment. There is no right or wrong answer; you’re simply reading your own signals. The Minnesota NVC website,, offers a variety of materials to help with this exploration. For example, people of any age can shuffle through the colorful GROK cards to help identify their current feelings and needs.

NVC notes that conflict often comes when we attach to our preferred outcomes before we’ve become clear on what needs we’re trying to address. If you find yourself feeling resistant to someone else’s holiday preferences, you can dig down a little. Why don’t I want to give this gift/attend this event/talk to this person? If I feel like saying “no,” is there a deeper “yes” to some value to which I’m trying to stay true? Once you know more about what’s important to you, you can make clearer requests—and listen to others’ requests. Like you, they’re offering ideas that reflect what they value. If you can listen for what is fundamentally important to each of you with curiosity and empathy, creative solutions may emerge. You can get started right now. Place your hand over your heart and ask, “What am I feeling? What do I truly long for or need? And how can I meet that need?” Maybe the response is as simple as sinking into the bathtub with the comfort and presence of someone who wants to understand... and it’s you! Ann Scott Dumas is a psychotherapist in private practice at Deep River Inc., 2432 Seabury Ave., Minneapolis. For more information, call 612-729-9869 or visit Machelle Lind is the owner of Lindly Success Strategies, in Duluth. For more information, call 507-581-3502, email or visit Lindly Ann and Machelle are available for presentations and consultations.

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hirty years ago, speaker, author and journalist Lynne McTaggart recovered from an illness using alternative approaches to health. Since then, she’s been exploring the frontiers of healing through consciousness and alternative medicine. In the 1990s, McTaggart, who lives in London, started a newsletter called What Doctors Don’t Tell You, now an international magazine and popular platform at wddty. com that cites thousands of resources showing what works and doesn’t work in conventional and alternative medicine and how to beat chronic conditions naturally. McTaggart’s seven books include The Intention Experiment, The Field, The Bond and most recently, The Power of Eight. Her latest work examines the transformative power of small groups of people sending thoughts together for a common goal.

Can you summarize the results of your experiments of healing through collective intentions? We’ve done hundreds of experiments using small and large groups; 30 were tightly controlled scientific studies conducted in conjunction with researchers at institutions such as the University of Arizona, University of California and Penn State University. The experiments have involved all kinds of intentions, ranging from the relatively simple to the impossibly complex. The large-scale intention experiments involved upwards of 25,000 participants remotely logging onto a website to view

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photos of the targets, sometimes 8,000 miles away, and sending them a well-defined intention, like changing the pH balance of water or healing a war veteran of post-traumatic stress disorder. To date, 26 of those 30 experiments resulted in positive, measurable, mainly scientifically significant effects. We’ve seen the pH of water change by a full pH number and seen seeds grow twice as much as control seeds. We also conducted three peace intention experiments with interesting results: After our eight-day intention for Sri Lanka during its civil war, violence levels fell; the government had won several decisive battles that week; and within a few months that 25-year war was over. We can’t say with

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certainty that we had a hand in this, but our other peace experiments showed similar results. If it happens a few more times, that becomes compelling.

What conditions were the most conducive to manifesting positive results? Was it intention, the power of the group or altruism? I think it’s a little of all of these. We’ve found that larger groups do not have a larger effect, which brought about the “power of eight” concept. I’ve discovered all that’s needed is a group, whether it’s eight or 8,000. In a group, we seem to lose our sense of individuality and separation from the world. We experience an overwhelming sense of oneness with the other intenders, which may be why our influence then becomes more powerful.

How did the act of sending positive intentions affect the senders? I was most surprised by the rebound effects reported by participants, whom I started surveying after the Sri Lankan peace experiment. Thousands of extraordinary comments related not only how participants felt during the activity, but also afterwards; they were experiencing major shifts in their relationships, health, careers and well-being. All they had done was sit individually in front of their computer holding an intention, yet they experienced the altered and mystical states of consciousness described by psychologist Abraham Maslow as “peak experiences”.

Life University, a large chiropractic university in Atlanta, worked with us to study the brainwaves of participants in six “power of eight” groups and found that senders had decreased activity in their frontal and parietal lobes, which govern the sense of self. It was like the boundaries between participants were dissolving into a state of oneness. To me, this partly explained the sense of oneness, compassion and love they experienced. Andrew Newberg, director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia, recorded similar effects in Sufi masters, and nuns and monks engaged in prayer and meditation, but only after years of learning certain techniques. My participants, all novices, were primed only by watching a 13-minute YouTube video of me explaining how to send intention in a group. Group intention appears to be a fast-track to the miraculous—no experience necessary.

Why does “groupthink” have such a powerful, multiplicative effect? I think a huge part of it has to do with the power of getting off of yourself and setting an intention for someone else. Another is the connection created in a group. When we engage together in an activity like praying or setting altruistic intentions, we create a powerful virtual circle that proves healing to both the receivers and senders. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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PETS ¤ MUSIC Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat by Sandra Murphy


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ust as dogs’ and He could tell by the way cats’ noses are animals walked that they more efficient than ours, they also were keeping time to some have better hearkind of music. Maybe it ing, reacting to a was the song in their own broader and higher range of frequencies hearts that they walked to. and vibrations. “We sense our ~Laura Adams Armer world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,” says Janet Marlow, founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, in Washington Depot, Connecticut. The internationally renowned musician, composer and sound behaviorist has invented species-specific music based on her 30 years of research. Humans hear up to 23,000 Hertz (Hz), which differs substantially from that of many other creatures ( deafness/HearingRange.html). A Hertz is a standard unit of frequency set at one cycle per second.

Horses Hear Up to 33,500 Hz Marlow found that horses prefer rhythmic pieces matching their natural movements. “When a Tennessee walking horse breeder played music during a birth, the foal and mother recovered faster than usual.” After that, “The horses ran to the barn upon hearing the same music.” Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified Tellington TTouch practitioner in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has enjoyed freestyle performance riding, says, “I liked to play our songs in the barn. Five CD players can keep horses relaxed most of the day. They don’t like country-western music; it’s often sad and in the wrong cadence. Classical music like Bach is calming. When I played Pachelbel’s Canon in D on my flute, my Morgan gelding, Ten Penny Moonshine, listened for hours.”

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Rabbits Hear Up to 42,000 Hz “Rescued rabbits like long tones, common in music accompanying yoga or reiki,” Morgan relates. “Long tones hold a chord with layers of notes on top.”

Dogs Hear Up to 45,000 Hz “People hear in stereo, animals in mono,” says Marlow. It’s why dogs tilt their heads left to right—to allow more sound waves into their ears—collecting information from various angles. Sound frequency and intensity keeps an animal alive in nature; they learn to flee in another direction, not analyze. Separation anxiety is often due to a sound the dog doesn’t recognize, Marlow explains. Sound triggers behavior, whether good or bad, as dogs relax or are stressed. Music releases tension from their being ever-vigilant as seen in their posture. To understand what a dog hears, sit or crawl on the floor. Electronic speakers are usually positioned at heights conducive for our ears, not theirs. “For the holidays, my dogs and horses like We Three Kings, The Holly and the Ivy and especially Greensleeves for their baroque roots and repeating patterns,” notes Morgan.

Cats Hear Up to 64,000 Hz Marlow credits her cat, Osborn, with inspiring her interest in music for animals. When Osborn was injured, she visited the veterinary hospital and sang to him to keep him calm. Her home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hospital became her initial testing ground for species-specific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician at the facility. “In our experience, stress inhibits the healing process. Like people, animals are anxious when ill and visiting the doctor’s office. Music helps ease their stress. At home, when I move the music box to another room, my dog follows it.” “During a TTouch session, cats are completely relaxed when I play New Age music for them,” says Morgan. “Pick music that fits the cat’s personality. You can tell what they like from their body language; it’s not always what you’d expect.”

Aquarium Fish Hear Up to 3,000 Hz “Fish are frantic animals that must always anticipate their next meal,” says Sam Williamson, a former marine biologist in Edinburgh, Scotland. “When I started playing classical music at feeding time, I noticed my three betas became calmer. A piece by Benjamin Britten, started two minutes before feeding, led to them expect food only when the music played.”

Domesticated Birds Hear Up to 8,500 Hz In the wild, birds are part of a flock. At home, they’re often solitary. “Birds are the most musical and communicative of

all animals,” remarks Marlow. “Without companionship, birds can get neurotic and pull their feathers out. Provide a sense of the outdoors by including nature sounds in played music.” “Animals need us to be aware of their hearing,” Marlow advises. “Holistic pet people have addressed improved diet and medical procedures. Understanding how music supports their well-being also enables us to better care for them.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 Sassafras Celebrates 9 Years – Fri & Sat 9am6pm and Sun Noon-5pm. Join us for this threeday celebration and save 20% off all supplements, gifts and general merchandise. Enjoy free food, drinks and more. Sassafras Health Foods, 2186 Third St, White Bear Lake. 651-426-0101.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 Forgiveness Workshop – 9am-noon. Learn new skills and tools to navigate the holidays, develop new traditions, calm your nervous system and calmly, gratefully ease through the season, emerging successfully on the other side. $30. Aslan Institute, 4141 Old Sibley Memorial Hwy, Eagan. Grand Opening of NE Wellness – 6:30-9:30pm. Live music, refreshments and door prizes will be provided. We will also host a silent auction featuring neighboring NE businesses. Free. NE Wellness, 1224 2nd St NE, #200, Minneapolis. 612-399-6322.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 Healthy Holiday Boutique – Noon-3pm. Local crafters, healers and creators will be sharing their creations. Free sample classes (family yoga, kids’ yoga, qigong, yoga for every body). Pottery, paintings, natural cleaning products, chair massage, healing touch, chiropractic care, jewelry, amazing floral design and more. Free. Yoga Sanctuary, 100 W 46 St, Minneapolis. 952-2106223. Reiki Drumming – 3-4:30pm. Combination of reiki and drumming releases the stressors and concerns of your day and replaces them with feelings of calmness and contentment. $15. Green Lotus Yoga and Healing Center, 7942 Mitchell Rd, Eden Prairie. 952-479-5343. Full Moon Meditation – 7-8pm. Meditate with the Full Moon. Grounding, short talk, meditation and sharing. Free (donations accepted). Unity of the Valley, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage. 952-895-0745.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 Sound Meditation & Energy Clearing with Laurie Wondra – 7-8:30pm. This soothing deep meditation guides you to an elevated energetic state as Laurie works with the divine light and the frequencies of the universe. Bring pillow and blanket and enjoy the healing and opening effects of the sound frequencies of chimes, singing bowls and the gong. $35. Green Lotus Healing & Yoga. Green 750 Main St, #100, Mendota Hts. Winter Yoga with Live Music & Candlelight – 7-8:30pm. A deeply healing evening with yoga, live music, candlelight and relaxation. Open the evening with meditation and chanting, followed by a warming and grounding slow flow accompanied by bass guitar and singing bowls. $25. Green Lotus Yoga Center, Lakeville. 18480 Kenyon Ave, Lakeville.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 Kids in the Kitchen for the Holidays – 10-11am. The best way to get kids excited about eating healthy foods is to have them help in the kitchen. This fun, hands-on, holiday-inspired class focuses on making delicious and healthy holiday sweet treats that your kids will love. Ages 6+. Free. Mazopiya Natural Food Market, 2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake. Massage Basics – 10am-5pm. Learn basic massage techniques. Learn a variety of basic massage techniques for the head, neck, back, arms and legs. $75. CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic, 5300 W 35 St, St Louis Park. Lovingkindness Meditation – 11am-12:30pm. This a traditional method of meditation helps foster compassion, empathy and goodwill towards others. Be led through an overview of meditation, gentle yoga and experience a deeply relaxing guided practice. Wrap yourself in lovingkindness and send it into the world. Beginners welcome. $25. Green Lotus Yoga & Healing Center, 750 Main St, #100, Mendota Hts. 651-319-9525.


Philip Stein is a Leader in Wearable Sleep Technology by Linda Sechrist


rom computers, cell phones, smart TVs, DVR players and programmable appliances to a seemingly endless list of other electronic gadgets, we are in constant contact with unnatural electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) generated by technology. In today’s 24/7 society, invisible EMFs are inescapable; they permeate our working and living spaces. What we may not know is how they negatively impact our body’s natural sleep-wake cycle: suppressing melatonin, the hormone that controls the natural circadian rhythm, disturbing slumber and even affecting weight gain, according to University of Tel Aviv research. On the brighter side, some new technological products promise to restore balance to the body, including deeper and more restful sleep. From the Philip Stein sleep bracelet, sleep number beds and portable sleep trackers to sleep-related

apps, devices and applications, user-friendly innovations are addressing America’s sleep deprivation problem. “Philip Stein lifestyle accessories such as the sleep bracelet are designed to contribute to a better quality of life. The unique technology inside each one channels beneficial natural frequencies in the environment into your body,” says Will Stein, co-founder and president of the Philip Stein Group. “The result is to help the individual feel centered, balanced, grounded and more easily able to maintain a sense of well-being.” The company defines optimal well-being as a state of harmony achieved through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual alignment. Although natural-frequency technology was developed earlier by a group of engineers and scientists exploring various frequencies’ influence on water, the initial discovery has been attributed to ancient sages in India that intuited them. For example, 7.83 Hz, the frequency of “om”, happens to be Mother Earth’s natural heartbeat rhythm, now known as the Schumann Resonance. Aligned with the brain’s alpha and theta states, this technology of resonating frequencies has been carefully tuned and tested by Philip Stein researchers, technicians and sleep experts. Today, it is at the core of all Philip Stein products. Philip Stein’s tuning technology picks up and channels the beneficial natural frequencies that have always surrounded human beings. “We believe that all organisms have evolved or grown accustomed to these natural frequencies, and our systems are tuned to operate best with them, rather than with the increasing number of manmade frequencies we experience in the modern world,” explains Stein. For more information, visit See ad, below.

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Hennepin County Fix–it Clinic – Noon-4pm. Bring your broken household goods and clothing in need of repair. Please also bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job. Free. Trinity Lutheran Church Long Lake, 2060 County Rd 6, Long Lake.

Sound Healing: Winter Solstice – 7-8pm. Described as “Magical Healing” This event uses vibration and sound to clear, open and infuse us with light, love and the energy to move forward in our journey. Sound includes Tibetan, and crystal bowls, bells, gong and other sound tools that will release and elevate your energy. $20. Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 S Upton Ave, Minneapolis.

Holiday Cheer and Open House – 3-9pm. Enjoy holiday cheer while shopping for unique gifts and get the chance to learn all about the great offerings at Holistic Gateway. Teachers and healers will give a short introduction to who they are and what they offer. Enjoy soup, cookies, tea and other holiday food and drink. Free. Holistic Gateway, 1415-6 St NE, Minneapolis.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 Barb Wesson Holiday Movement – 7-8:30pm. Celebrate the season with our mindful movement guru from Milwaukee. She’ll guide us through her amazing holiday routine set to the music of Tran-Siberian Orchestra. $20. Tula Yoga & Wellness, 99 Snelling Ave N, St Paul. 651-645-5551.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Holistic Chamber of MN – 7-9pm. Business owners and practitioners meet monthly to listen to speakers, connect with other members, share resources and tools to grow and help others. Open to all. Meeting is free to first-time guests. Bhakti Wellness Center, 7550 France Ave S, #220, Edina. Holistic Mom’s Stress Management and Meditation During the Holidays – 7-9pm. Learn a variety of stress management techniques and a short guided meditation. If you’ve tried meditation in the past, but haven’t stuck with it, Kirstin will share plenty of information on how you can incorporate it into the busiest of schedules in a way that works for any parent. Free. Think Bank Community Room, 3655 Hazelton Rd, Edina.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 Healing Gong Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Experience the healing vibrations of the Gong. Class includes a brief yoga warm-up and extended gong meditation. By Donation, everyone welcome. River Garden Yoga, 455 W 7th St, St Paul. 651-270-6643.

of repair. Please also bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job. Free. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 401 Concord St, St Paul. Free Intro to Yoga Workshop – 12:30-1:45pm. This workshop gives an overview of the different styles of yoga and helps you decide which classes are best for you. Get a tour and a brief overview of our integrative healing services. Learn common poses, have time to ask questions and have fun. Free or $10 for repeat guests. Green Lotus Healing & Yoga, 7942 Mitchell Rd, Eden Prairie. Candy Cane Hunt – 1-4pm. Search for candy canes hidden by Santa’s elves. Look for canes with golden ribbons for larger prizes. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, warm treats, arts, winter games and photos with Santa. Hunts for children ages newborn-4 begin at 1:30pm and 2:30pm; hunts for children ages 5+ begin at 2pm and 3pm. $6/person. Silverwood Park, County Rd E, St Anthony. An Evening with Archangels and Ascended Masters – 7-9pm. Join Nea Clare as she speaks wisdom from archangels and ascended masters. $30. Unity of the Valley, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage. 612-227-3854 or



Ramsey County Fix–it Clinic – 10am-1pm. Bring your broken household goods and clothing in need

Experience the Sound of Soul – 10-10:30am. Discover your inner guidance, healing for body, mind, and spirit, and a higher form of creativity by chanting the sacred sound of HU. Spiritual discussion and light refreshments. Free. 952-380-2200. Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, 7450 Powers Blvd, Chanhassen.

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Monthly Connection and Reading – 6:30-8:30pm. How are you navigating these uncertain times of change and transformation? Join us as Michele Rae facilitates teachings, mindfulness practice and conversation on the current shifts we are experiencing. Clarify and energize your intentions to be love in action. $25. Center Within, 8120 S Penn Ave, #155, Bloomington.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 Winter Solstice Celebration 2017 – 6:30-8pm. Experience your own rebirth following the spiritual conversion of the Winter Solstice. This spiritual experience will guide you through the shortest day of the year and launch you into ever-increasing light of the new year with meditation, inspirational music and a special transformation process. Free-will offering. Unity, 4000 Golden Valley Rd, Minneapolis. 763-521-4793.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23 Free Intro to Yoga Workshop – 12:30-1:45pm. This workshop gives an overview of the different styles of yoga and helps you decide which classes are best for you. Get a tour and a brief overview of our integrative healing services. Learn common poses, have time to ask questions and have fun. Free or $10 for repeat guests. Green Lotus Healing & Yoga, 750 Main St, #100, Mendota Hts.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 How to Eat Raw in the Winter – 6-7pm. Learn tips and tricks from Matt for eating raw in the winter, while sampling delicious raw winter dishes that will make you forget about the weather outside. Free. Mazopiya Natural Food Market, 2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 Spring Forest Qigong with Birgit – 5-6pm. Practice qigong through slow, conscious, simple movements and incorporate effective breathing techniques in connection with the focus of the mind. $10. Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 S Upton Ave, Minneapolis.

plan ahead MONDAY, JANUARY 1 New Year’s Yin & Meditation for Beginners – 4-6pm. Give yourself the time and space to BE on this special day. Create meaning as you settle deeper into yourself. Unwind and open. $30. Tula Yoga & Wellness, 99 Snelling Ave N, St Paul. 651-645-5551.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 4 Health Education Series: Supporting Intentions – 6:308:30pm. Join us for an evening of cutting-edge information and activities to improve your wellbeing. Each month has a new topic. $20-30. Center Within, 8120 S Penn Ave, #155, Bloomington.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 Health and Fitness Expo – 9:30am-1:30pm. We’ll have massage therapists, health foods/supplements, chiropractors and wellness leaders and much more. Enjoy free access to the fitness center, membership discounts, wellness assessments, Eagles Nest coupons and fun freebies. Free. New Brighton Community Center, 400 10th St NW, New Brighton. 651-6382143.



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Gentle Flow Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Allows students of all levels to flow at a slower pace. Incorporating intentional movements paired with breath work to promote relaxation and re-connection of the mind and body. $18. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St. Paul. 651-348-6216.

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Lovingkindness Meditation Practice – 6-7pm. Through ancient, gentle and gradual practices, we learn to let go of fear and ill will and to open our hearts to ourselves and to others, known and unknown. Our time together will include instruction, guided meditation and discussion. Donation based. River Garden, 455 7th St W, St Paul. Silent Meditation – 7-8pm. Meditators of all levels and approaches are welcome. A few grounding and centering exercises are offered to begin. Sign up in the foyer at the Center, contact the facilitator, Ingela at, or call the center between 11am-3pm T-Th (office hours). Donation based. Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage.

tuesday Weekly Guided & Silent Meditation – 11-11:30am. Led by a Prayer Chaplain in the Meditation Room, this meditation is the same one going on concurrently at Unity Village. It alternates affirmative prayer and silence. Donation based. Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage. Stress Busters Meditation – Noon-1pm. Join us when you can for a free meditation at the University of MN. Mayo Building, Third Fl. Meditation Space, Minneapolis.



Free Qigong Practice Session – 6-7:30pm. Rhonda Battisto leads practices of self-healing and empowerment every week. A healing meditation follows gentle guided healing movements. Donations accepted yet never expected. Peace of Mind Early Education Center, 9025 Tamarack Rd, Woodbury. Introductory Presentations on the Transcendental Meditation Program – 6:30-8pm. Transcendental Meditation is easy to learn and offers a lifetime of benefits for health, well-being and development of the human potential. Free. Twin Cities TM Center, 5215 Edina Industrial Blvd, #300, Edina.

“What is…” Series – 6:30-7:30pm. This free weekly series has a new topic and speaker each week. Visit the website for updated information. Free. Psinergy Natural Health, 1553 Como Ave, St Paul. Weekly Meditation – 7-8pm. This facilitated group meditation is offered each week with its own meditative focus: Chanting, HeartMath, Shamanic Drumming, Hope Wednesdays with the Y.O.U. and the Healing Drum Circle. Donation based. Unity North Spiritual Center, 11499 Martin St NW, Coon Rapids.

thursday Hatha for Everyone – 6-7pm. Everyone is welcome to this weekly drop-in class. All levels. Relieve stress, achy joints, improve balance at all levels and increase your sense of well-being. $10. Meditation Center, 631 University Ave NE, Minneapolis. Free Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a free weekly meditation. Sahaja Yoga Meditation, Eden Prairie City Hall, 8080 Mitchell Rd, Eden Prairie. Contact or 651-730-2078.

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friday Gentle Yoga for Every Body – 10:30am-noon. A welcoming environment for students of all shapes and sizes. $15 drop-in. River Garden Yoga, 455 W 7th St, St. Paul. Drop-in Meditation – 5:15-6pm. A guided meditation presented through the lens of a Wisdom Practice (gratitude, compassion, and inquiry). $20 (or donation). Aslan Institute, 4141 Old Sibley Memorial Hwy, Eagan.

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saturday Cardio Fitness Drumming – 8-8:30am. Burn calories in a fun way with this full-body workout that doesn’t feel like a workout. Free. Nutrition Hub, 7880 University Ave NE, Fridley. Text or call to reserve your spot. 612-787-2582.


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“Is your Computer being Crabby?” Onsite/In-Home or Office, Bringto-Us Computer Repair services. 2011-15 Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner. Local • Affordable • Honest • Greener.


Twin Cities Therapy and Counseling Associates 5851 Duluth St, #306, Golden Valley 612-434-6610 • Lura supports clients who are a d d r e s s i n g t h e e ff e c t s o f Depression, Anxiety and Life Challenges with counseling, art therapy and spiritual support. Serving adults and teens. Most insurances and HSA accepted. See ad, page 20.

DENTIST HEALTH CENTERED DENTISTRY N7915-902 St River Falls, WI • 715-426-7777

Whole Person Dentistry observes and deals with the mind, body and spirit, not just your teeth. This approach to dentistry encompasses both modern science and knowledge drawn from the world’s great traditions in natural healing.

CHANNEL OF DIVINE WISDOM Nea Clare • 612-227-3854

Quality chiropractic care. You can have a personal audience with your guides and the Archangels and Ascended Masters. Get clarity. Take action. Feel connected. Book your session today and save 25%, using code: IAMWISE17. Or call Nea for a free consult. See ad, page 8.


Una Forde, DC International Village Arcade Building 220 West 98th St, Suite 7, Bloomington 952-922-1478 Quality chiropractic care. Experience holistic healing and gentle chiropractic adjustments that allow the nervous system to relieve such symptoms as headache, back, neck pain and numbness which allow your body to return to a state of balance and well-being. 25 years’ experience


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Dr. Amy Ha Truong 6230 10th St. N., Ste 520, Oakdale 651-731-3064 • Pure Dental offers integrative, holistic, alternative and biological dentistry for your dental health. We take pride in providing quality, holistic dental care and service for our patients. See ad, page 14.

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Healthy Girls’ Breast Oil Joyce Sobotta • 715-878-4474

Healthy Girls’ Breast Oil when applied with a self-breast massage helps to balance, detoxify, soften breast tissue, improve lymphatic circulation and stimulate the immune system. Improved circulation helps your entire body! See ad, page 14.


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We’re an integrative practice committed to promoting dental wellness and overall assistance to the whole person. We desire to participate in the creation of healthier lives, while being sensitive to physical, philosophical, emotional and financial concerns. See ad, page 7.


1401 Main St, Hopkins 952-475-1101 • We build a foundation of trust by treating our patients as individuals. Understanding how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, we make a difference by providing a relaxing and positive experience. See ad, page 11.


Master Hong Certified Emotion Code Practitioner 9672 63rd Ave N, Maple Grove 763-208-4246 or 914-708-9463 Chronic pain? Suffering from emotions? Relationship problems? Life not going as planned? The Emotion Code is a tool I use to help you break through any emotional and spiritual blocks so you can live your best life. Trial session only $35.

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Camille Bernards Certified Quantum Touch Practitioner 11417 NW Hanson Blvd, #101, Coon Rapids 612-599-1931 •

Quantum Touch is a method of natural healing that works with your body energy to promote optimal wellness. It can reduce pain, stress, inflammation - whatever your body needs. The energy goes to where it’s needed most. New client special, $50. See ad, page 15.

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100% pure, quality essential oils, and ultrasonic diffusers available on my website. I offer essential oil classes online and in person. Sign up for an essential oil consultation and let me help you create a blend of essential oils that works synergistically for a wide range of health concerns. See ad, page 14.





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Mastel’s Health Foods is Minnesota’s oldest health and wellness store. We carry a full line of vitamins, minerals, supplements, herbs and more. We emphasize organic, biodynamic, biodegradable, holistic and hypoallergenic products and pride ourselves on stocking hard-to-find items. See ad, page 20.

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612-605-8608 Keys to an Enlightened Life Annette offers transformation classes and personal sessions that help you and your home align with the highest energy of the universe. Classes will empower you to transform the energy in your home and personal energy field. Personal sessions will help you release karmic patterns, retrieve your soul pieces and align you with your soul purpose. See ad, page 15.


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