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t’s August already and I’m left asking myself, “Where did the lazy days of summer go?” We wait all winter to enjoy the longer, warmer days of summer, only to have them disappear far too soon. I think back to when I was a child and summer seemed to go on forever. We were so excited to go back to school, meet up with our friends and get back to the busy-ness of the school year. I hear from so many parents today the struggles of how to keep Candi Broeffle their children occupied when the structure of school is not present. At the end of summer, many camps and sports activities are over yet there are still a few weeks of summer vacation left. This is a concern I had when I was raising my son in the 90s. What if he gets bored? Will he just waste away his days? Children are resilient, and when left to their own devices, extremely creative. Being bored is the breeding ground to develop creativity, but they can’t develop this if they are being overly occupied by technology or scheduled with activities. This month’s issue includes several articles that we can use in our quest to raise happy children and lead more satisfying lives, including: • “Simplified Parenting: Why Less Means More Happiness.” Deborah Shouse shares the best advice from several experts on how we can release some of the “shoulds” of parenting and relax into a more simplified approach that will bring less stress and more fun into our families. • “Our Deep Need for Silence.” Randy Kambic brings us insights from author Erling Kagge in which he shares how silence creates room for us to experience life instead of overthinking it. • “A Kinder Heart: Cultivating a Life of Compassion.” Amy Leigh Mercree gifts us with a simple centering exercise that helps open our heart and feel deeply for ourselves and others. On another note, I am excited to launch a new column in the magazine featuring entrepreneurial kids with businesses focused on health and wellness. This month I introduce you to Abigail Luetmer of Abigail’s Gluten-Free Bakery. This past spring, I met Abbie at the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest and I was so impressed by her business that I was inspired to launch this new section of the magazine. If you know of a young entrepreneur that you believe is suitable for being covered in this column, please email or call me, Publisher@NAtwincities.com or 763-270-8604, respectively. In health and happiness,

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Your Shining Life Expo Accepting Exhibitor Applications for Your Shining Life Expo

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atural Awakenings Twin Cities (NATC) announces the second annual Your Shining Life Expo, to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on November 10, at the Radisson Hotel North, in Roseville. The day-long event is designed to help attendees find the tools and resources to create the life they want to live. “I am so excited to bring back Your Shining Life Expo for the second year. Having attended the first event in 2017, I was incredibly impressed by the caliber of exhibitors and presentations that were offered,” says Candi Broeffle, NATC publisher and expo producer. “I feel fortunate to build on the solid foundation laid by Jackie Flaherty, the previous publisher of Natural Awakenings and the creator of the event.” The expo is an experiential event that includes exhibitors with information on green products/services, healthy eating, wellness products, real estate, financial health, travel, retreat coaches (Life, Transitions, Health and Spiritual) and more. Returning this year is Bodywork Oasis with practitioners in massage, reiki, yoga, chiropractic care, acupuncture and more, providing low-cost mini-treatments. There will be hourly giveaways, samples and an author’s corner with publisher’s resources. Workshops and classes are included in the cost of admission and cover the gamut, from personal health and well-being to healthy relationships, environments and business. This event is made possible with the support of the sponsors, exhibitors, and NATC advertisers. If you are a practitioner or business owner seeking to expand your reach with people interested in living healthier, happier lives, this is the perfect opportunity to exhibit your products and services. Sponsorship opportunities with significant benefits for your business are still available. Cost: $10 at the door; $5 online. Location: 2540 N. Cleveland Ave., Roseville. For more information, email Candi@NATwinCities.com or visit YourShiningLifeExpo.com. See ad page 24.

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ennifer Salness, owner of Crystalline Light, in St. Paul, will be holding a large moving sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on August 11, to clear out inventory in preparation for moving into her new location this fall. Save up to 50 percent off clearance products, including crystals, stones, essential oil products, gemstone jewelry, candles, bath salts and more. “I am even selling crystals and stones from my own collection,” Salness shares. “It will be a great time to stock up on unique gifts for the holidays.” Crystalline Light has been a staple in the spiritual community for more than 20 years. They provide energetic products and services, including crystal readings, personalized shopping services and online classes. They will be moving into a new location in uptown Minneapolis for easier drop-in shopping and services. The main headquarters will move to the northern suburbs where they will continue to ship online orders. Location: 1066 Stinson St. W (back door), St. Paul. For more information, call 651-705-6760 or visit CrystallineLight.com.

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he coordinators of the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference will present Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat, September 28, 29 and 30, in Almond, Wisconsin. The seminar will focus on understanding fungi as the grandmothers of our ecosystem. Dr. Cardy Raper, author of Love, Sex and Mushrooms: Adventures of a Woman in Science, will be the keynote speaker. She will talk about her work as a scientist studying the reproductive nature of mushrooms at a time when few women worked in this field and facilitate a workshop on her research and findings. Other workshops include wild mushroom skills, fungal ecology, fungi and human health, ethnomycology and propagation of mushrooms. Raper says, “This event is a place where women can get comfortable learning and using our mycological skills in a supportive, fungal community.” The event is for beginners as well as those who already have a connection to mushrooms. Natural Awakenings readers may use code 15FUNGI for a 15 percent discount and enter to win a free weekend pass at Submit.na Chicago.com/chi/Midwest-Womens-HerbalConference-Ticket-Contest. Vendor spots are still available. For registration and information about all events, visit MidwestWomensHerbal. com/mushrooms. See ad page 2. 6

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atural Awakenings Twin Cities announces a drawing for 10 lucky readers to win a pair of tickets to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, in Shakopee. The festival is held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., every weekend, from August 18 through September 30, plus Labor Day and Festival Friday. The 47th annual Minnesota Renaissance Festival is an interactive outdoor festival set in a fictional 16th-century English fantasy kingdom and includes 16 stages of live entertainment, 250 artisan booths, food vendors and a variety of games and activities. Each themed weekend provides a wide array of activities for the whole family. Giveaway rules: Drawings for the free tickets will be held randomly throughout August. Ten people will each win two tickets (20 tickets total) to be used at any time during this year’s festival. There are three ways to enter: Facebook, Twitter and by mail. Entrants can enter multiple times, but once they’ve won, they cannot win again. 1. Facebook – Like the Natural Awakenings Twin Cities Facebook page and create your own comment about #MNRenFest or Like, Share or Post one of the other #MNRenFest comments on the page. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Natural Awakenings comment or another reader’s comment. Each entry will be numbered and a winner will be drawn at random in August. 2. Twitter – Follow @NATwinCities on Twitter and tweet or retweet a message with mention of #MNRenFest during the month of August. Each entry will be numbered and winner(s) will be drawn at random in August. 3. Mail – Mail your name and address along with a mention of #MNRenFest to Natural Awakenings Magazine, P.O. Box 292, Moose Lake, MN 55767. Winners will be contacted via a private message on Facebook or Twitter, depending on how they entered the contest. Winners who enter through the mail will be sent their tickets immediately upon being selected. For contest questions, contact Candi Broeffle at 763-270-8604. Location: Renaissance Festival Grounds, 12364 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee. Free parking. For more information, call 952-445-7361 or visit RenaissanceFest.com. See ad page 28.

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ediaMax Events, St. Louis Park, announces the availability of select exhibitor space for the 31st Healthy Life Expo, being held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on November 17 and 18, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The show includes up to 200 local and national exhibitors, including doctors, clinics, nutritionists, healthy cooking chefs, in-home fitness products and authors. “The Healthy Life Expo is the largest health and wellness show in the Midwest,” says organizer Rick Martinek. “Thousands of people who want to learn how they can live a healthier life attend this event each year.” Location: 1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more information, call 952-238-1700 or visit MediaMaxEvents.com.

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he Women and Spirituality Conference, to be held September 22 to 23, will be hosted for the second year in Rochester at the Mayo Civic Center. This conference was previously held in Mankato and produced by the University of Minnesota-Mankato for 35 years. “If you are looking for spiritual renewal, healing services or to learn about the rich variety of religious traditions in our community, this conference will appeal to you,” shares Terri Allred, producer of the conference. “We have 60 workshop selections, more than 80 exhibitors and a Maker’s Space, new this year, providing the community with opportunities to create inspired art.” The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Donna Mejia, assistant professor at CU Boulder in the Theatre and Dance department. This choreographer, scholar, director and performer will also be offering a dance workshop, Welcome to Planet Donna, on Friday morning, September 21. Registration is available in advance and at the door for full-weekend passes or one-day passes. The conference also offers senior, student and limited income registration at almost half the full registration price. The Exhibit area and Maker’s Space are free and open to the public.

Meet Abigail Luetmer, Abigail’s Gluten-Free Bakery

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bigail (Abbie) Luetmer is a 17-year-old, soon-to-be-junior in high school. Luetmer is also the owner and creative genius behind Abigail’s Gluten-Free Bakery, in Glenwood. Beginning to live the gluten-free lifestyle when she was just 9 years old, Luetmer understood how difficult it was to find sweet treats that not only looked beautiful, but tasted great. Today, she sources organic, gluten-free ingredients like farm-fresh eggs, butter and cane sugar, and flavors her delicacies with fresh fruit reductions, real lemon zest and vanilla that she ferments from Madagascar beans. Luetmer started baking after having spent months healing from an illness brought on by a mold issue in her family home. Much of her time was spent watching baking competition shows in which she noticed that very few showcased gluten-free items that she herself would be able to enjoy. Taking her love of painting and drawing and incorporating these into her decorating skills as well as being self-taught by YouTube videos, Luetmer’s designs evoke a sense of joy with their vibrant colors and nature-inspired points of view. “The biggest struggle I face as an entrepreneur is finding a balance between running a business, doing my schoolwork and spending time with my friends,” Luetmer shares. Her most prominent accomplishment to date is the creation of a four-tier lemon wedding cake. “The cake weighed in at 22 pounds and gave us the opportunity to practice our problem-solving skills when our original idea for transporting didn’t quite work out,” Luetmer explains. “Thankfully, in the end, we found a way to safely deliver the cake in time for the wedding.” For more information, call 320-424-3538 or visit AbigailsGFBakery.com.

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Take Magnesium to Metabolize Vitamin D Vitamin D can’t be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels. Thus, it remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans on nutrient-poor diets, reports a research review in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. “Without magnesium, vitamin D is not really useful or safe,” says study co-author Mohammed S. Razzaque, Ph.D., a professor of pathology at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Erie, Pennsylvania. As a consequence, taking vitamin D supplements can increase a person’s calcium and phosphate levels, even if they remain vitamin D deficient, he explains; and that can lead to vascular calcification if their magnesium levels aren’t sufficient. The magnesium factor may explain why vitamin D supplementation doesn’t necessarily help vitamin D deficiency-related disorders such as skeletal deformities, cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndrome. Natural sources of magnesium include almonds, cashews and other nuts, bananas, beans, broccoli, brown rice, egg yolks, fish oil, green vegetables, mushrooms, oatmeal, soybeans, sweet corn, tofu, whole grains, and pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and flax seeds.

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Holding Hands Reduces Pain Holdings hands with a loved one reduces physical pain, report researchers at the University of Colorado and University of Haifa that studied the brainwaves of 22 heterosexual couples between ages 23 and 32. When in each other’s presence, the couples’ brainwaves tended to synchronize, especially in the alpha mu band, a measure of focused attention; holding hands amplified this effect and markedly lowered pain levels. The more empathetic the man was to the woman’s pain, the more their brain activity synced and her pain decreased. Men that were less empathetic did not produce the same effect.

Turmeric Helps Heal Skin Ailments Turmeric, with its renowned anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, seems to improve a number of skin conditions when taken topically or orally, concludes a review of clinical studies published in Phytotherapy. Researchers at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, and the University of California, Sacramento, selected the 10 strongest clinical studies on turmeric out of 234 published. They concluded that this spice, with its active ingredient curcumin, was effective in treating acne, oral lichen planus (mouth inflammation), pruritus (itchy skin), psoriasis, radiodermatitis (a side effect of radiation treatment), diabetic microangiopathy (bleeding of small blood vessels) and diabetic edema (swelling). Studies on other skin conditions were either inconsistent or ineffective, the report concluded.

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Risk of Prostate Cancer In a five-year study published in The Journal of Urology of 2,000 older Spanish men, those following a Mediterranean diet rich in fish, boiled potatoes, whole fruits, vegetables, legumes and olive oil that was low in juices had a significantly lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer compared to those eating a Western diet. This protective effect was not found in diets higher in fatty foods, red and processed meat, refined grains and sweets. The researchers also reviewed other science to date, confirming the protective effect of the Mediterranean diet as well as “healthy” and “prudent” diets, all consisting of greater portions of fruits and vegetables. August 2018

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Parrot Prosthetics 3-D Printers Help Rehabilitate Animals

Climate Consensus

Researchers Raise Red Flags

A research paper, World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice, published in the journal Bioscience about the fate of humanity, has received more than 20,000 signatures and endorsements from scientists in 184 countries. Meanwhile, if humans don’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically and maintain carbon sinks like forests within 10 years, the impact on our climate will be catastrophic, according to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Researchers there have developed a model that they believe could do the trick; it calls for fossil fuel consumption to be reduced to less than 25 percent of the global energy supply by 2100, a drastic cut from the 95 percent being used now. Deforestation also must be cut significantly to lead to a 42 percent decrease in cumulative emissions. The target is in line with the Paris agreement on climate change, which 194 countries have signed, but not the United States. 10

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Dolly Parton Donates Millions of Books Singer Dolly Parton donated the 100 millionth book of her career via her nonprofit Imagination Library earlier this year. She began in 1995, donating books to children in her home state of Tennessee. Now, Imagination Library mails 1 millionplus books per month to children around the world. Parton celebrated the milestone by donating to and giving a reading at the Library of Congress. “My daddy couldn’t read and write, and that always troubled and bothered him, so I wanted to do something special for him,” says Parton. “I got the idea to start this program and let my dad help me with it, and he got to live long enough to hear the kids call me the ‘book lady.’”

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Pete, a 34-year-old Amazon parrot, received a boot-like prosthesis made by a 3-D printer from a customized mold after his leg was ripped off by a fox. A day later, he was not only already starting to accept it, but also realized he could place his weight on it. “That in itself is revolutionary for a bird,” says Veterinarian LaToya Latney, service head and attending clinician of the Exotic Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Ryan Hospital, known as Penn Vet. “He gets it.” In another case of an interspecies application of new medical technology, Lola, a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, the most endangered species of marine turtle, suffered injuries so extensive that a flipper was amputated. Losing a limb can make it difficult for a turtle to avoid predators or chase after prey. At the Key West Aquarium, in Florida, Iok Wong, Samantha Varela and Vivian Liang, three recent engineering graduates from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts, used their specialized skills and 3-D printing to create an effective, low-cost prosthetic turtle flipper.

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Plog On

Picking Up Litter While Jogging Becomes a Winning Trend

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Innovative Shortcut to Faster Travel A Hyperloop is a proposed vacuumtube mode of passenger or freight transportation moving enclosed capsules along on thin cushions of air; it was first named in an opensource “vactrain” design released by a joint team from Elon Musk’s Tesla and SpaceX companies. It could offer an affordable, lowcarbon and super-fast alternative to current transportation systems. Flying between Amsterdam and Paris usually takes an hour, but can be longer due to security procedures. Currently, the same trip on a Thalys railway fast train takes three hours and 17 minutes. Hyperloop passenger group and cargo capsules can theoretically travel at more than 700 miles per hour, thus making the journey in about 30 minutes. Hyperloop seems ideally suited to a small continent with many large urban centers. The Dutch team that won the SpaceX Hyperloop competition is rapidly working toward a commercial solution to connect all of Europe. Hardt Global Mobility has the backing of the Technical University of Delft, Dutch railway company Nederlandse Spoorwegen and multinational construction company BAM.

Sweden’s latest fitness craze, plogging, is a mashup of jogging and the Swedish plocka upp, meaning pick up, in this case, litter. There are plogging groups in Scandinavia, Germany and other parts of Europe. According to the Swedish fitness app Lifesum, which makes it possible for users to track plogging activity, a half-hour of jogging while picking up trash will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with 235 via jogging alone. A brisk walk expends about 120 calories. The Washington Post reports that in the U.S., it’s just starting to catch on among exercisers fed up with rubbish along their routes. They carry trash bags and pluck litter and recyclables off sidewalks and bushes wearing gardening gloves for safety. The environmental organization Keep America Beautiful recently started promoting plogging to encourage trash-free communities, putting out the #plogging message to its 600 affiliates. Spokesman Mike Rosen reports that response has been surprisingly robust.

Big Melt

North Pole Rises Above Freezing

March 20 is normally close to the coldest season at the North Pole, but an extraordinary thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this year. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an intense pulse of heat through the Greenland Sea. Temperatures may have soared as high as 35 degrees, reports the U.S. Global Forecast System model. Such extreme warm intrusions in the Arctic, once rare, are becoming routine, research has shown. A study published in Geophysical Research Letters in July 2017 found that since 1980, these events are becoming more frequent, longer-lasting and more intense. Study author Robert Graham, from the Norwegian Polar Institute, says, “Previously, this was not common. It happened in four years between 1980 and 2010, but has now occurred in four out of the last five winters.” The events are related to the decline of winter sea ice in the Arctic, with last January’s the lowest on record.

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r. Wayne Jonas’ curiosity was piqued after hearing stories of patients that have experienced healing from chronic illnesses or reclaimed well-being without following conventional medical advice. So he focused on researching dimensions of healing that Western medical schools never taught him. The rewards were radical discoveries: whole system science exploring the web of connections within the body; the need to acknowledge an

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individual’s core multi-dimensions—body/ external, behavior/lifestyle, social/emotional and spiritual/mental—and what’s needed to unlock each person’s inherent capacity for health and healing. The author of How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal, Jonas concludes, “Only 20 percent of healing comes from the treatment agent the doctor applies. A full 80 percent of the healing potential, which lies dormant

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in everyone, comes from constructing a meaningful treatment response unique to you. This is internal, highly personal and uses simple principles and components.” During his 40-year career, Jonas was able to observe multi-level healings with patients, as well as through other professional roles. He’s served as director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, a research scientist at the World Health Organization, CEO and president of the former Samueli Institute and director of the medical research fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Applying whole system science, Jonas developed the view of a patient as a veritable ecosystem. “We are more like a garden to be cultivated than a car to be fixed. Healing emerges when we support and strengthen the connections within us—body, behavior, social and spirit—making us more whole,” says Jonas. His broader approach for healing now includes the impacts of beauty, order, an optimal healing environment, connecting with nature, elements that induce an individual’s greatest meaning response, nourishment of the spiritual self, making time for joy, the roles of love and the physical presence of loved ones and a supportive social network, as well as the energetic contributions of other social interactions and emotional dimensions. For nearly 40 years, James Oschman, Ph.D., author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis, has been conducting research in physiology and the biophysics of energy medicines worldwide, including at Cambridge University, in England, and Case

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More Happiness by Deborah Shouse

Parents wishing to simplify child-raising seek less stress and more fun; less scheduling and more casual time; less “shoulds” and more “want-tos” less second-guessing and more confidence.

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or a happier family life, experts encourage parents to stay true to their own values, strengths and sense of family purpose, focusing on the wonders of their children instead of endless daily tasks. It begins with each child feeling loved.

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For Gary Chapman, Ph. D., author of The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively, understanding each child’s particular needs for touch, affirming words, quality time, gifts or acts of service is foundational to parenting success. “Other than security, a child’s deepest need is to feel loved,” says Chapman, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “If their love tank is full, children grow up emotionally healthy. Knowing a child’s preferred language helps parents effectively communicate their feelings. The question is not, ‘Do you love your children?’ It’s, ‘Do your children feel loved?’” As Chapman arrives home, his son rushes to hug him, grinning while his dad tousles his hair. Chapman’s daughter often 14

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calls out, “Dad, come into my room. I want to show you something.” This is how he communicates with each child in their primary love language. Parents learn their children’s preferred communication style by observing their behavior, noticing how they express love and listening to them. They can also offer options and track results. For example: n Would you like to take the dog to the park (quality time) or for me to help you study for a test (acts of service)? n Would you like to wrestle (touch) or shop for your new shoes (gift)? “Ideally, we offer heavy doses of the child’s primary language and sprinkle in the others,” says Chapman. “Children who feel loved respond better to suggestions and discipline. They also learn how to express their feelings.”

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Some parents carry a mental snapshot of their ideal child, perhaps envisioning a kid that is into sports or even-tempered or academically gifted. Often, that picture is very different from the actual child. The first step to truly accepting the child is to allow ourselves to feel whatever authentic feelings pop up. The parent might think, “I love my son, but am struggling; I adore sports and may never get to share that with him.” “Give yourself time to process disappointment,” advises Susan Stiffelman, a Los Angeles marriage and family therapist, mother of one and author of Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected. “Then identify the things you love about your kids and share those with them.” As just one example, we might convey that we love the sound of their voice and how gentle they are with the baby. “Appreciating our children as they are is one way to keep our hearts open,” says Stiffelman.

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Focus on the Good

When Barbara Unell, a parent educator and author of Discipline With Love and Limits: Calm, Practical Solutions to the 43 Most Common Childhood Behavior Problems, birthed twins, she was initially daunted by the work of caring for them. Then she began simplifying by focusing on the “wow” factors. “Being a parent speaks to the core of our humanity. Experiencing the growth and development of a human being is miraculous. I started looking at parenting through that lens,” says Unell, who lives in the Leawood, Kansas, area. Asha Dornfest, of Portland, Oregon, a podcaster, co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less and mother of two, relates, “I paid more attention to my values and my family’s unique needs and was less influenced by parenting experts, social pressures and well-meaning peers.” Dornfest explored her own values by asking, “What did I learn from my parents?” and, “How do I want my family to be different?” She also practiced trusting her intuition. “Even when I’m not certain I’m right, I know I love my children, I’m doing my best, and I’ll make adjustments if necessary,” she says.

Create Rhythm and Rituals

Rhythmic activities ease the anxiety of family transitions and furnish warm solidarity, consistency and connectedness. “Increasing the predictability of meals, bedtime and other rituals also improves family life,” says Davina Muse, a mental health counselor and mother of two from Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Muse serves as training director for Simplicity Parenting, a program based on Kim John Payne’s book Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power

of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids that offers a connective ritual families can merge with mealtimes. Each person describes a “rose” (one good thing from the day) or a “thorn” (one challenging thing) and a “bud” (one thing they’re anticipating). Such sharing builds a family connection and helps kids discuss difficult issues, notes Muse. Also, “Describing the bud lifts everyone’s mood.” Every Friday evening, the Dornfests share a Sabbath dinner, a low-key way for them to gather and talk. “This ritual adds a rhythm to our week and anchors us,” says Dornfest.

Elect De-Stress Over Distress

Everyone can sometimes become overscheduled and overwhelmed; a balance between scheduled time and downtime is necessary to well-being. In her daily checkin, Dornfest confers with herself and her husband, inquiring, “How are things going? Are they too hectic? Is our schedule energizing or draining?” She advises, “When I feel like I’m riding a runaway train, I slow down. There seem to be so many ‘shoulds’ in parenting; we instead need to discover what our family loves.” Before enlisting a child for an activity, Dornfest suggests we ask why it’s important: Are you making up for your own missed opportunities as a child? Are you worried your child will miss out? Do you equate these lessons with being a good and caring parent? Parenting is more than checking off lists and tasks. It’s about being connected with children. Build in playtime, roughhousing, chase each other around the yard, toss balloons or balls together, blow bubbles and welcome opportunities for laughter.

Soothing Quiet Time

Children that act out or withdraw may not have enough downtime. Take the kids outside to play. “Nature is very soothing,” says Muse. “Climb-

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ncorporating love throughout the day keeps a child’s tank full. Consider these tips from love languages expert Gary Chapman.

Physical Touch – Get Close ¤ Greet the child with a hug ¤ Stroke their hair while they talk about a challenging day ¤ Snuggle while watching TV

Affirmations – Encouraging Words ¤ Put a positive note in the child’s lunch box ¤ Appreciate something the child did or said ¤ Create an encouragement jar, with praising words to use as needed

Quality Time – Periods of Undivided Attention ¤ Ask a specific question about their day that elicits discussion ¤ Schedule a date with each child ¤ Create something together, like a photo album

Gifts – Tangible Expressions of Love ¤ Make a special meal or dessert; maybe do it together ¤ Have some small gifts the child can choose from as rewards for positive actions ¤ Seek natural gifts, like a special feather, stone or flower

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Most parents think their children would go crazy if half their toys and books were removed, but this isn’t true. “My trainers and I have worked with thousands of parents on decluttering, and the results have been powerful,” says Muse. The Simplicity Parenting approach encourages parents to discard broken toys, give away anything no longer being played with and attractively store current playthings. She observes, “As you decrease the quantity of toys and clutter, you increase the child’s attention and capacity for deep play.”

Build Resilience

Simplifying parenting means releasing the notion that children must be happy, wellbehaved and delighted with life and their parents at all times. Unell used the daily multitasking challenges with her twins as exercises in developing resilience and modeling these skills for them. If children spill milk, the parent comments, “No big deal. We all spill things.” When there’s a minor accident, “Let’s just get towels and clean it up.” A resilient attitude is, “Something goes wrong, we fix it.” It’s also about being flexible and coping with disappointment. “To build resilience, parents need to feel comfortable in the presence of an unhappy child,” says Stiffelman. “If parents don’t allow children to be disappointed, kids can become rigid, lack confidence and struggle with unreasonable expectations.” During meltdowns or disappointments, she recommends sitting quietly, listening, and then empathizing and helping put the children’s feelings into words. “This is not

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the time to lecture or advise,” she says. “Upset children can’t really listen.” Yet, they can be heard—a key way to help them mature. Parents that learn to simplify happily discover that their children feel calmer and more loved, socially and emotionally adept, and resilient. Concepts focused on creating connections, rather than parenting perfection, are easy to weave into everyday life. Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor, dementia advocate, parent and grandmother. She’s also the author of Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together (DementiaJourney.org).

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When there’s a little time and energy, use these ideas to connect. ¤ Start by smiling upon seeing the kids. ¤ Throw together an impromptu picnic and eat on the living room floor, in the yard or at the park. ¤ Ask the kids to read aloud while parents cook. ¤ Balance a soft item on a spoon held between the teeth and stage a fun race. ¤ While cooking, keep kids busy prepar ing a restaurant-style menu, a place setting with utensils wrapped in paper napkins and a way to take orders. ¤ Put on aprons and whip up homemade pizza, cupcakes or something unusual, like BLT pancake sandwiches. ¤ Buy write-on, wipe-off place mats and have kids doodle while they wait to eat. ¤ Dress up for dinner. Wear old Halloween costumes, put clothes on backwards or eat in pajamas. ¤ Share thanks. Everyone shares one thing they are grateful for.

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ing trees, searching for rocks and pine cones, playing with dirt, sticks, water and leaves all offer healing down time.” To escape from worries and distractions, Stiffelman suggests three or four minutes of meditation or simply designated quiet time. For little ones, lay a stuffed teddy bear on the child’s tummy and have them notice how the animal is moving. A parent and child can also be aware of the sounds they are hearing, plus incorporate a little mindful breathing into the bedtime ritual.


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xplorer, publisher, art collector and author Erling Kagge inspires us to find silence around and within us as a transformative experience. The lengths he’s gone to make himself an authority in this pursuit include being the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge on foot—the North and South poles and Mount Everest summit. He has also traveled to Japan to meditate and practice yoga. The Norwegian’s seventh book, Silence: In the Age of Noise, selected as a 2017 Great Read from the Indie Next List, recounts his experiences and presents observations of many past and present poets, philosophers, artists and other explorers—including Plato, Aristotle, Søren Kierkegaard, Oliver Sacks, Blaise Pascal, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Stendhal, Denis Diderot and Mark Rothko—in exploring where we find silence and how to invoke it to improve well-being. It provokes reader reflection, demonstrating the kind of active engagement Kagge believes silence invites. He explores why it’s essential to our sanity and happiness and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude. Kagge, whose previous books address exploration, philosophy and art collecting, runs Kagge Forlag, a publishing company in Oslo, where he lives.

Why do you consider silence, “the new luxury”, more important now than ever before? Silence in itself is rich. It is a quality, something exclusive and luxurious, and also a

When they come to the end of it, the poor wretches realize too late that for all this time, they have been preoccupied in doing nothing.” Everything Earthly can be snatched away in an instant. Life is long if you know how to use it. Even if we were to live 1,000 years, our lives would feel short if we threw away this present time. We exist, but few of us actually live.

What have been the most helpful takeaways from your experiences? Your mind—in silence—can be wider than the sky. Silence is about getting inside what you are doing—experiencing, rather than overthinking, and not living through electronic devices and other people.

Where may silence be found? It’s easier to find silence than many people think or believe. I walked alone to the South Pole for 50 days and nights under the midnight sun in search of total silence; but I never found it before I turned inwards toward inner silence and uncovered forgotten sides of a universe just as mysterious as outer space. One universe stretches outward, the other inward.

Are there practical steps to achieve a state of silence?

Which insight from the great thinkers cited in your latest book means the most to you?

You can shut out the world and fashion your own inner silence whenever you run, cook food, have sex, study, chat, work, think of a new idea, read or dance. Silence is not about turning your back on your surroundings, but the opposite; it’s seeing the world a bit more clearly, staying on a course and aiming to love your life as much as you can. I had to use my legs to go far away in order to discover this, but I now know it’s possible to reach silence anywhere. One only needs to subtract. It’s about finding your own South Pole.

The Roman philosopher Seneca, 2,000 years ago, said, “Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present and fear the future.

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practical resource for living a richer life. Silence is a deep human need that in our age, has ended up being scarcer than plastic bags from Louis Vuitton. To me, silence is a key to unlock new ways of thinking. I wanted to write about silence because I consider it nearly extinct.

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A Kinder Heart Cultivating a Life of Compassion by Amy Leigh Mercree

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he path to mentally transcending the world’s intrusive bustle is to be compassionate with our self and others. It begins in a relaxed heart from which emanate daily thoughts, words and deeds. Here’s a helpful centering exercise. Sit or lie in a quiet spot for about 10 minutes with eyes closed and become aware of breaths moving in and out, then feel each one fully by filling the lungs from bottom to top.

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With each exhale, slowly and completely empty the lungs. On each inhale, refill the lungs again. Mentally reciting “optimum oxygen” three times helps the body deeply absorb the nourishing element. Then bring both hands to the center of the chest to connect with the emotional heart centered there. Feel it pulsing beneath palms and fingers while quietly saying aloud, “I relax my heart.” Let the shoulders release coiled tension and drop gently. Repeat saying, “I relax my heart” and sense the heart fluttering open a bit more. Rest in this feeling. Again say, “I relax my heart” and notice awareness drop into it, a feeling of being present in the heart. Feel all tension and holding-on melting down and out onto the floor. Then fill the lungs deeply and release the air through puckered lips; blow out with strength and purpose. Continue for a minute or two, allowing each exhalation to come straight from the center of the chest. When it feels complete, the feeling of active release will subside. Sense how much lighter the heart feels. Further relax the heart and shoulders, letting go into the ocean of love native to our heart. Envision floating safely in this ocean. See it stretched into infinity. Feel its warm embrace. Now choose kindness in this moment. Relax into kindness without judgment or pressure, only loving acceptance. Accept the infinite ocean of love available and open to it. It is filled with compassion, and now so are you. Rest gently for a few minutes, until once again aware of everyday surroundings. Rub hands over both arms, legs, hands and feet to feel present in the room. Then go about a heart-centered day with the waves of the infinite ocean of love gently lapping there. Amy Leigh Mercree, of Naples, FL, author of The Compassion Revolution, is a medical intuitive and relationship and wellness coach. Learn more at AmyLeighMercree.com.

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The Largest American Tributary to the Great Lakes is On the Mend by Chris LaFleur

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eo Tolstoy opened his epic tale Anna Karenina with this powerful observation: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The same could probably be said about rivers. Happy rivers are healthy, clean, teeming with fish and fowl, abundant with life, responsive to the seasons and beautiful to behold. Unhappy rivers become joyless sewers. Some, like the Cuyahoga River, in Cleveland, have even required fire departments. This is the story of our Northland river, the St. Louis. The St. Louis River originates as part of a rare triple watershed north of Two Harbors, Minnesota. There are only a handful of triple watersheds in North America. Raindrops falling a hundred yards from one another can flow to destinations as far removed as the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean. The 194-mile St. Louis River flows into the largest freshwater lake in the world—Lake Superior—from there channeling through the Great Lakes to the St. Lawrence Seaway and on to the Atlantic. For centuries, the St. Louis River served as a habitat for wildlife and a waterway for the resident native peoples who were conscientious caretakers of its waters. It was a happy, productive river. This changed with the influx of European settlers and the advent of an industrial era that harvested the region’s rich iron deposits and generous abundance of timber. Politicians, desirous to capitalize on all the wealth being generated by mining ore, pressured U.S. Steel to build a plant along the St. Louis River Estuary on the western edge of Duluth. Jobs were created and the city’s population grew, but there were unintended consequences. Decades of toxic runoff from the steel mill, paper mills upstream and other industrial projects

damaged the ecology of a river which had also become a dumping ground for wastewater plants. Over the course of a century, what had once been the region’s most striking feature evolved into perhaps its greatest shame. Northlanders eventually realized they had to reverse this legacy. In response, over the past 30 years there has been a significant investment toward cleaning up and restoring the river and adjacent nature habitats. The restoration of this 12,000-acre estuary has been one of the largest environmental projects in Minnesota’s history and a remarkable achievement that is enjoyed by both residents and visitors alike. The region, especially famous for its forests, trails, lakes, rivers and topography, is again a destination for fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and whitewater rafting. The natural beauty perpetually inspires outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes as well as writers, poets and artists. There is still more work to be done and many remain concerned about the future of the river. But for now, it is healthier and happier than it has been in a long time. Its future is in our hands. Chris LaFleur is an owner and guide with Minnesota Whitewater Rafting, located on the St. Louis River, in Scanlon, 20 minutes southwest of Duluth. He spent most of his formative years exploring the region and its rivers as well as the BWCAW. LaFleur has developed a deep appreciation of ecosystems and ecology as well as the need to protect these areas for future generations. He and his wife Stephanie are now serial entrepreneurs in “fun” and “adventure” pursuits. For more information, visit MinnesotaWhitewater.com. See ad page 21.

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s fresh water becomes increasingly scarce worldwide, communities are coming together to find creative solutions to conserve it. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family uses some 300 gallons of water a day at home, nearly a third of which lands on lawns and yardscapes. Yet simple solutions like installing lowflow showerheads, turning off the tap while brushing teeth and installing drought-friendly landscaping can save a householder thousands of gallons a year and big money on water bills. The Irvine, California, Wyland Foundation created the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation seven years ago to stimulate awareness and action around water waste by tapping into civic pride and a healthy sense of competition. “What we do at home has a big impact on what happens to natural resources 1,000 miles downstream,” says Steve Creech, executive director of the nonprofit, founded by marine life artist Robert Wyland to foster healthy oceans and waterways. The program pits cities against each other every April to see which one can garner the most water-saving pledges from residents. Prizes for participants include a year’s worth of utility bills paid, green home cleaning kits and low-flow shower heads. It also provides immediate feedback on rankings at MyWaterPledge. com. As of May, 616,000 participants in 4,800 towns and cities had pledged to save 3 billion gallons per year. “Many are attracted by prizes, but over time, become more interested in conservation and sustainability,” observes Creech. “Social modeling is important because people get activated when they see friends and family involved. Surveys also show that we


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Calculate a personal water footprint at WaterCalculator.org. look to local leaders on issues like this, so it makes a difference when mayors take a stance.” Mesa, Arizona’s thirsty desert lawns and gardens suck thousands of gallons of precious water a day. Nearly 20 years ago, the city joined forces with Phoenix and Scottsdale to launch a water conservation campaign that has become among the largest of its kind. Today, hundreds of private and public partners across North America use the Water – Use It Wisely program to turn the tide on water waste (WaterUseItWisely.com). Creative approaches go a long way in encouraging households to save water, says Donna DiFrancesco, conservation coordinator for the city of Mesa. Its campaign newsletter speaks to 26,000 subscribers. Some 100 water-saving devices and symbols remind consumers to think about how they use water in everyday life. A traveling, 16-foot water tower made of water jugs represents the 120 gallons of water the average person uses per day in Arizona. They even challenge residents to “help your yard drink responsibly” through the Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab campaign, rewriting the narrative that sustainable is synonymous with sacrifice. In its second year, more than 11,500 entrants throughout the state put their creativity to work in revamping their backyards. To promote behavior change, Creech suggests that providing justifications for each water-saving action is key. When citizens

become more conscious of how they waste the most water, they are more motivated to act. Repairing toilet and pool leaks and exchanging baths for showers are common fixes. “The 40 Gallon Challenge is designed to help people find the ‘low-hanging fruit’ in their water use—such as a leaky faucet or a long shower—that can readily help save 40 gallons a day,” says Ellen Bauske, program coordinator for this initiative of the Center for Urban Agriculture at the University of Georgia, in Griffin (40GallonChallenge.com). It’s designed to be flexible so states and municipalities can address the local context. “It’s been great to see the creative ways it’s been adapted; for example, one agent used the pledge as a scavenger hunt item for 4H clubs,” Bauske notes. More than 11,000 people have taken this pledge across America, potentially saving 1.9 million gallons a day. It can be difficult to measure the real water savings of such challenges, but DiFrancesco says that Mesa has seen a roughly 20 percent reduction in water use since 1999, when the local campaign began to take off. Drop by drop, small acts taken collectively by engaged citizens add up to big savings. Find water-saving tips at HomeAdvisor.com/r/home-water-conservation and NationalGeographic.com/environment/freshwater/waterconservation-tips. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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Natural Therapies Transform Lives by Sandra Murphy

Pets, like humans, can face physical and mental challenges. Today’s fresh approaches help pets replace disabilities with abilities and lead fuller, happier lives.

Physical Adaptations Zach, a rescued cat, welcomes foster pets to Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue, in Newport Beach, California, teaching kittens cleanliness, and good manners to dogs. “We can’t imagine life without him,” says Monica Sederholm, co-founder of the organization. A congenital condition causing irregular bone growth in his shoulder blades, fused bones and a missing kneecap hasn’t stopped him. Muscle pain keeps him from retracting his claws, but daily massages help him relax. Although Zach remains mobile, walking is difficult or sometimes impossible when an animal is missing a limb or paralyzed. Designed for specific disabilities and fitted for size, a wheelchair cart provides freedom

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most cats and dogs embrace. Rescue volunteers and adoptive parents must keep clutter off the floors, supervise and remove the cart to allow for comfortable naps. Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat and the Curl Up with a Cat Tale series, adopted Homer, a blind kitten from Miami. “Never having sight, he wasn’t afraid to take risks,” she explains. “He climbed, explored and played with our other cats.”

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When a move to Manhattan, New York, presented a scary prospect for Cooper, Homer inspired her, saying, “Homer didn’t let fear of the unknown trip him up. He taught me the relationships you’re sure you don’t want can be the most meaningful.” “Dottie CrazyPants, a rescued Harlequin Great Dane with severe skin and ear infections and a dysfunctional immune system, had no quality of life until I tried holistic treatments,” says Lara Katz, executive director of the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center, in Mebane. Dottie didn’t gain weight, even though she ate a lot and drank gallons of water a day, resulting in indoor accidents. “A raw food diet resolved many health and housebreaking issues.” Discontinuing regular medications left Dottie miserable and nearly unable to walk. “A massage therapist said her energy centers were blocked,” Katz says. “After an

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One receives an unlimited amount of love and gratitude from saving a special needs pet. ~Kelly Reeves, co-founder, Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue energy medicine treatment, Dottie slept through the night for the first time in months. Her paws looked better short term.” A combination of holistic treatments including cold laser and red-light therapy, Chinese herbs, an anti-yeast protocol and probiotics works best. Katz also uses only eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products. “Certified through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Dottie’s visits take a bit of management because of the types of cleaning products used in nursing homes. It’s worth it. She’s completely changed my lifestyle regarding how many toxins we’re exposed to daily.”

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 Clothing Swap – 6-8pm. Bring clean, washed clothing items that are no longer right for you and swap them for items new to you. Take home as many items as you’d like. All styles, sizes and types of clothes, shoes and accessories are welcome. Free. Lenox Community Center Gym, 6715 Minnetonka Blvd, St. Louis Park. DoItGreen.org.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 Evening with the Archangels and Ascended Masters – 7-9pm. As a trance channel, Nea Clare’s physical body serves as a channel for these light beings to speak and connect with you during these sessions. $30. Metamorphosis Center, 8646 Eagle Creek Pkwy, # 101, Savage. Metamorphosis.Center. Circle of Light: Energy Circle, Intuitive Readings & Group Channeling Event – 7-9pm. Laurie with the angels, guides, and energy, allowing her to tap into knowledge from past life events and current situations and to receive insightful information. Laurie shares information about current vibrations of the planet, universal energies and astrological impacts. $20. Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis. YourLifeCore.com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 Massage Basics – 10am-5pm. Massage Basics is designed for people considering a career in massage and bodywork, or for those who would like to learn a simple and safe massage sequence to practice on family and friends. $75. CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic, 5300 W 35 St, St Louis Park. CenterPointMN.com. An Evening with the Archangels and Ascended Masters – 7-9pm. Nea is called to create sacred pace for these guides to share their messages of divine love and peace with you. $30. Metamorphosis Center, 8646 Eagle Creek Pkwy, # 101, Savage. Metamorphosis.Center.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 Meals in Minutes – 5:30-7pm. Being prepared is critical to healthy eating. In this class, you will learn how to plan and prep your meals for the week. The instructor will share some timesaving tips in the kitchen, so you can enjoy healthy and delicious meals no matter how busy your days become. Free. 2571 Credit Union Drive, Prior Lake. Mazopiya.com. Spa Night at the Coop – 6-8pm. Join us for an evening of self-care, skincare consultations, facials, DIY beauty care and more with a few our favorite body care vendors. We’ll serve up some of our favorite snacks and beverages, give away gift bags and treat you to a fun evening. $12-$15. Mississippi Market, 1500 W 7 St, St Paul. MsMarket.coop.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 Meditation Introduction – 6-8pm. How do I meditate? I am doing it right? My mind is too busy to meditate. If this is some of your thought s about meditation, this is the perfect class for you to start a meditation practice. $30. Yoga by Blisstopia, 10611 Baltimore St NE, #140, Blaine. YogaByBlisstopia.com. Past Lives & Reincarnation with Bobby Sullivan – 7-9pm. What is the possibility of reincarnation and accessing your past lives? What are the effects of the

birth-and-death cycles, karma, and how we bring issues, talents, and relationships from other lives? This event includes optional participation in a group past life regression. $35. Green Lotus Yoga, 750 Main St, #100, Mendota Hts. GreenLotusYogaCtr.com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 Crystal Light Moving Sale – 10am-1pm. It’s time to clear things out. The Crystalline Light crystal inventory is seeking new homes while I transition to a new home. This is a perfect opportunity to find new gems and stones to add to your collection. Private Home: Back Door, 1066 Stinson St W, St Paul. CrystallineLight.com.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 Soul Recovery: Healing Your Inner Child’s Soul – 1:30-3:30pm. We’ll examine the wounding, trauma and suffering that many children experience growing up as well as the methods, practices, experiences which can heal every inner child’s soul. Please bring a small picture of yourself between ages 3-12 to the workshop. $20. Unity Church, 4000 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley. UnityMinneapolis.org.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 Introduction to Organic Virgin Plant Oils – 5:307pm. These oils are used as a base oil to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. Terra will share some great beauty and home spa recipes incorporating these exciting new oils. Mazopiya, 2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake. Mazopiya.com. Holistic Mom’s Monthly Meeting – School Lunch Ideas for a Smarter Lunchbox – 7-9pm. Jennifer Dean from Lakewinds Food Co-op to discuss ways to provide a healthy, fun and low-stress lunch as well as waste-less packaging options for school lunches. Free. LIV Chiropractic, 7129 France Ave S, Edina. HolisticMoms.org. Yoga with Emily Rose – 7-8pm. Join yoga instructor Emily Rose for a relaxing evening of yoga. Combining the deep restoration of yin yoga, and the flowing poses of Vinyasa, YinYasa will calm the mind and body through active meditation. $5. Mississippi Market, 740 E 7th St, St Paul. MsMarket.coop.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 Reiki and Meditation Play in the Park – 7-9pm. Cindy Miller leads guided meditations, reiki, stone healing and aromatherapy as well as other groupsuggested activities for this monthly outdoor gathering. $10 online or $15 (cash at the park). Manomin Park, 6666 E River Rd, Fridley. 952-334-7657. DuirMassage.com.

Brush and Pen Festival for Artists and Authors – 10am-6pm.Join with local artists and authors for a awesome, fun day of discovering, exploring and sharing in creative community. This is both a show and sale. $5. Blue Harbor Center for the Arts, 559 Humboldt Ave, St Paul. MagneticKatelyn@gmail.com. Lakewinds Kids’ Food Festival – 11am-3pm. Celebrate kids of all ages and get meal ideas, special savings, samples and more. Find eco-lunchbox tools, delicious kid-friendly foods, face painters, an in-store scavenger hunt and lots of super surprises. Chanhassen, Minnetonka, Richfield locations. Lakewinds.coop.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 Drum Circle – 7-8:30pm. Join us around the Sacred Buffalo drum and experience the magnificence of the Buffalo energy led by Laurie Wondra. Bring your own drum and play in the rhythm of mother earth, or just be in the beat of the energy and drum blessing. Extra drums will also be available to play. $15. Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis. YourLifeCore.com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 Ramsey County Fix-it Clinic – 10:30am-1:30pm. 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. Ramsey County Library, 400 10th St. NW, New Brighton. RamseyCounty.us. Emotional Freedom – 11am-1pm. In the face of difficulty, most of us do our best to cope with the situation, hold it together, and keep going, but we often end up carrying emotional pain that we don’t know how to heal or release. Learn the seven emotional freedom techniques and allow the healing process to unfold naturally, and experience relief and a surge of well-being. $30. Yoga by Blisstopia, 10611 Baltimore St NE, #140, Blaine. YogaByBlisstopia.com. Sound Healing with Laurie Wondra – 7-8:30pm. This event uses vibration and sound to clear, open and infuse us with light, love and the energy to move forward on our journey. Sound includes Tibetan, and crystal bowls, bells, gong and other sound tools that will release and elevate your energy. $35. Metamorphosis Center, 8646 Eagle Creek Pkwy, # 101, Savage. Metamorphosis.Center.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 Energy Circle and Group Channel Event – Noon-2pm. Visiting teacher, medium, and intuitive Laurie Wondra delivers messages from angels, spirit guides, and loved ones who have crossed over. In a safe and sacred space, she will answer questions and give guidance about the messages she delivers and about what lies beyond the physical realm. $35. Green Lotus Yoga, Mendota Heights, 750 Main St, #100, Mendota Heights.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 28 Cooking for Teens – 6-7pm. Let’s face it—teens don’t always eat the healthiest of diets. In this class, the instructor will teach you how to make some easy healthy snacks, quick breakfasts for mornings on the run, and a couple of tricks to keep up your sleeve for feeding even the pickiest teen. Free. 2571 Credit Union Drive, Prior Lake. Mazopiya.com.

ongoing events Please call or check the websites to ensure the classes or events are still scheduled for that week.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 Hydrosols – 5:30-7pm. Love essential oils and want to learn more about hydrosols? Terra will break down how hydrosols are made and all of the great benefits of their use. Mazopiya, 2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake. Mazopiya.com.

plan ahead SEPTEMBER 22 & 23 Women and Spirituality Conference – 7am5pm (Sat & Sun). $5 online and $10 at the door. This multi-faith gathering is designed to celebrate diversity, spiritual experience and healing. The weekend events include a keynote presentation, 80 workshops, 70 exhibitors, and a Maker’s Space with opportunities to create art. $40-$95. Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive Southeast, Rochester. WomenAndSpirituality.org.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Your Shining Life Expo – 9:30am-4pm. Join us for the second annual expo at the Radisson Hotel North in Roseville. This event is designed to help you find the tools and resources to create the life you want to live. Includes vendors, workshops, samples, demonstrations, hourly giveaways, and an author’s corner for those interested in publishing a book. $5 online and $10 at the door. 2540 N. Cleveland Avenue, Roseville. YourShiningLifeExpo.com.

NOVEMBER 17 & 18 Healthy Life Expo – 10am-5pm (Sat & Sun). Annual healthy living event with vendors, samples, demonstrations, speakers and much more. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave St, Minneapolis. $6 entry (or free with ad found in Natural Awakenings). MediaMaxEvents.com.

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ongoing Free Online Classes – The University of Minnesota is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations. Class-Central.com/University/Minnesota. Midtown Global Market – Mon-Sat 10am-8pm & Sun 10am-6pm. If you’re looking for a more unique shopping experience, head to the Midtown Global Market, where more than 50 vendors sell food and trinkets ranging from local produce to Somalian Pastries, Middle Eastern olives and Asian spices. There are also cultural events–from musical performances to Irish step-dancing lessons. Free. 920 East Lake St., Minneapolis. MidtownGlobalMarket.org

sunday Restorative Flow Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. In restorative yoga, props are used to support the body so students can hold poses for a longer period of time, allowing the body to open through passive stretching. Restorative yoga is a very relaxing and rejuvenating practice. The focus is slowing down and calming the mind and body. $18. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St. Paul. 651348-6216. HealingElementsWellness.com. Sunday Salsa Dancing – 10:30-11:30am. If you’re looking for a unique shopping experience, head to the Midtown Global Market, where more than 50 vendors sell food and trinkets ranging from local produce to Somalian Pastries, Middle Eastern olives and Asian spices. Join Rene Dennis Thompson for Sunday Salsa Dancing. Midtown Global Market, 920 East Lake St., Minneapolis. Free. Midtown GlobalMarket.org/events.

monday 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. RiverGardenYoga.com.

tuesday Weekly Guided & Silent Meditation – 11-11:30am. Led by a Prayer Chaplain in the Meditation Room,

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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. UnityOfTheValleyMN.org. 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. CSH.umn.edu.

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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. TheWonderHorse.biz. Max Meditation Technique – 6:30-7:30pm. Experience a guided meditation, combining ancient meditation techniques with modern Neuro-Linguistic Programming to help both beginning and experienced meditators quiet the mind and connect for a relaxing and meaningful meditation. This weekly class is designed to support you in cultivating a meditation practice no matter your experience level. $15. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St. Paul. 651-348-6216. HealingElementsWellness.com.

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. TheMeditationCenter.org. 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 JPatpatia@gmail.com or 651-730-2078. FreeMeditation.com.

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. RiverGardenYoga.com. 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. AslanInst.com. Friday Chat & Play Social – 7-9pm. Are you looking to connect with other like-minded individuals? This meetup is focused on conversation - getting to know each, and being able to talk about energy, holistic health, psychic abilities, and spirituality. Free. 1518 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul. MeetUp.com/TC- Energy.

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. Facebook.com/ TheNutritionHub.Fridley.


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ACUPUNCTURE AWAKENED LIVING

Michelle Kitsmiller 3601 Minnesota Dr. Suite 825, Bloomington Michelle@AwakenedLivingInfusion.com 952-452-8583 • AwakenedLivingInfusion.com Michelle assists you in healing on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level via acupuncture and herbal medicine in conjunction with other therapies at Awakened Living. The clinic offers over 36 therapies and services to give clients the most beneficial healing protocol possible. See ad, page 5.

BODY WORK MYOFASCIAL RELEASE & CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

Barb Ryan, LMT • 612-922-2389 Bhakti Wellness Center 7550 France Avenue S, #220 Edina Specializing in persistent, chronic pain relief and mysteries of the body. Serving clients covered by auto insurance and worker’s compensation with a doctor’s referral. Also serving clients seeking the experience of deep relaxation and more selfconnection. Skilled and compassionate care. See ad, page 20.

Dr. Aleshka Calderon-Santini 6409 City W Pkwy, #105, Eden Prairie 952-855-7656 • CadenceChiroMN.com We’re dedicated to improving your health with natural, effective and safe chiropractic care. Utilizing the Pierce Results System, we provide contemporary testing and imaging to understand the root cause of health challenges and create a plan to help you get better. See ad, page 8.

CHANNEL FOR SPIRIT CHANNEL OF DIVINE WISDOM Nea Clare NeaClare.com Nea@NeaClare.com • 612-227-3854

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 11.

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Dr. Amanda Haeg 6409 City W Pkwy, #105, Eden Prairie 952-855-7656 - CadenceChiroMN.com We’re dedicated to improving your health with natural, effective and safe chiropractic care. Utilizing the Pierce Results System, we provide contemporary testing and imaging to understand the root cause of health challenges and create a plan to help you get better. See ad, page 8.

CHIROPRACTIC GOLDEN SUN CHIROPRACTIC

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.

COACHING COMPOSURE COACHING

Candi Broeffle, MBA, CPC Candi@ComposureCoaching.com 218-590-2539 ComposureCoaching.com Master your business so you can practice your passion. Business coaching for purpose-driven entrepreneurs to clarify your vision, build your confidence and create a soul-centered strategy. Call today for a free Discovery Session and get on your path to business success. See ad, page 8.

BREAST HEALTH AROMATHERAPY NATURE’S WAY Healthy Girls’ Breast Oil Joyce Sobotta • 715-878-4474 AromaTherapyNaturesWay.com

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 13.

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THE CENTER WITHIN

8120 S Penn Ave, #155, Bloomington MN Michele Rae • Michele@CenterWithin.com 612-310-8876 • CenterWithin.com Are you ready to align your personal and professional life more fully with your inner essence and passion? Michele’s intuitive and mindful coaching will support, clarify and accelerate creating a life you love. Get started with a free 20-minute phone consultation. See ad, page 19.

COUNSELING LURA SMEDSTAD, M.S., LPC

Twin Cities Therapy and Counseling Associates 5851 Duluth St, #306, Golden Valley 612-434-6610 • Lura.Smedstad@tctca.com Lura supports clients who are addressing the effects of 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.

COACH TRAINING THE INSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE IN COACHING (iPEC) iPECCoaching.com • 866-722-6224 Admissions@iPECCoaching.com

iPEC is the only professional coach training school with an energybased approach. Our inspiring graduates go on to assume prominent roles within their organizations, start successful coaching businesses, and become everyday leaders. See ad, page 12.

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

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. See ad, page 18.

COMPUTER REPAIR PSINERGY TECHWARRIOR ST. PAUL

André Thomas St. Paul 612-234-7237 • PsinergyTech.com “Do you have a sick Computer?” We Keep Computer Repair Simple. Onsite/In-Home or Office, Bring-to-Us Computer Repair Services. 2011-17 Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner. Local • Greener • Highly Rated.

NATURAL SMILES DENTAL CARE 4700 Lexington Ave N, Suite D Shoreview 651-483-9800 NaturalSmilesDental.com

We ’ r e a n i n t e g r a t i v e 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.

PURE DENTAL

Dr. Amy Ha Truong 6230 10th St. N., Ste 520, Oakdale 651-731-3064 • PureDentalMN.com 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 22.

TOOTH BY THE LAKE

1401 Main St, Hopkins 952-475-1101 • ToothByTheLake.net 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 16.

DESIGN-BUILD CARRIGAN CURTIS DESIGN BUILD, LLC CarriganCurtis.com • 612-282-3470 Carrigan@CarriganCurtis.com

Specializing in creating homes that support the next step in optimal health. Carrigan Curtis Design Build, LLC uses a combination of Building Biology principles, green building techniques and BioGeometry design concepts to design, remodel & build new homes that support the health and well-being of the home’s occupants, the Earth and each part of the team that works on your home. See ad, page 27.

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Essential Oils Joyce Sobotta • 715-878-4474 AromaTherapyNaturesWay.com

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.

GRACE, LOVE AND LIGHT

Camille Bernards Certified Quantum Touch Practitioner 11417 NW Hanson Blvd, #101, Coon Rapids 612-599-1931 • GraceLoveLight.com Quantum Touch is a method of natural healing that works with your body’s energy to promote optimal wellness. It can reduce pain, stress, inflammation and so much more. New client special $45.

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 13.

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Offering a variety of natural, organic, and local food and products—with a focus on Native American vendors— Mazopiya is your ticket to healthy living. Stop by our reFresh Bar, grab a to-go-meal or sign up for a class today. See ad, page 32.

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Sinus Infection Sinus Relief offers a nasal spray that is both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial in a convenient spray bottle. Super Neti Juice offers the same antimicrobial power with soothing, subtle peppermint. Powerful tools to combat germs.

Rash Relief This powerful herbal lotion is designed to relieve the pain and itch of eczema, while correcting the cause and repairing the skin. A healthy and natural approach to correcting skin rash without dangerous drugs.

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HOLISTIC THERAPY AWAKENED LIVING

Connie Bjerk 3601 Minnesota Dr. Suite 825, Bloomington Connie@AwakenedLivingInfusion.com 952-452-8583 • AwakenedLivingInfusion.com Connie assists you in healing on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level via Guided Imagery Therapy and spiritual and life coaching in conjunction with other therapies at Awakened Living. The clinic offers over 36 therapies and services to give clients the most beneficial healing protocol possible. See ad, page 5.

HOMEOPATHY NORTHWESTERN ACADEMY OF HOMEOPATHY 7104 W. Lake Street, St. Louis Park 763-746-9242 • HomeoVista.org

MASSAGE DUIR MASSAGE & WELLNESS

Cindy Miller • 952-334-7657 7260 University Ave NE Ste 110, Fridley, MN DuirMassage.com I offer massage, reiki, aromatherapy, reflexology, hot stone massage and raindrop therapy for healing on all levels; physical, emotional, spiritual. New clients can receive a 60-minute massage for $40. Current/previous clients can ask about other special offers.

MASSAGE/STRETCHING HEALING TAJ

Theodore Rick Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) International Village Arcade Building 220 West 98th St, Suite 7, Bloomington HealingTaj.com • 763-913-6722 “I love massage, but too often it feels good temporarily and then the pain and tightness comes back again. I have found with AIS that by stretching and lengthening the fibers, almost like a yoga/massage that the pain doesn’t come back again,” Warren King.

Homeopathy is a safe, effective path to healing. We offer low-cost homeopathic care for everyone. Clinic is staffed by advanced students and supervised by faculty.

MEDITATION UPPER MIDWEST HANMI BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION

A Quiet Heart At the center of the most turbulent heart there is a place of peace, a place beyond time that cannot be touched by change or loss. No tumult can disturb the quietness, no shadow can dim the light. Here in this stillness is rest and healing. Nothing we suffer, nothing that we fear, can damage its perfection.

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Let me help you be the peace, the radiant health, the abundance, and the joy that you seek. Receive Hanmi Buddhist spiritual healing. Learn a Hanmi Buddhist meditation for your daily practice. Request prayer services for yourself & loved ones. All are welcome. Sign up today!

NATURAL FOOD CO-OP MAZOPIYA NATURAL FOOD MARKET

2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake 952-233-9140 • Mazopiya.com Offering a variety of natural, organic, and local food and products—with a focus on Native American vendors— Mazopiya is your ticket to healthy living. Stop by our reFresh Bar, grab a to-go meal or sign up for a class today. See ad, page 32.

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NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS ENIVA HEALTH

2700 Campus Drive, Plymouth 866-999-9191 - Eniva.com Eniva Health specializes in optimizing health outcomes. Since 1998, we’ve been a trusted source for high quality, safe and effective wellness products. Manufactured in Plymouth, our dedicated team of wellness experts control the entire process from design to delivery.

PETS CAT CARE CLINIC

Susan Swanson, D.V.M. 651-429-4153 • HolisticCatClinic.com 1524 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi Offering a blend of Western and Eastern medicines including; nutritional counseling, behavior counseling, Chinese herbs, acupuncture, Western herbs, essential oils, homeopathy, flower essences, nutritional supplements, chiropractic, reiki and more. See ad, page 23. .

SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS

ECKANKAR TEMPLE OF ECK 7450 Powers Blvd. Chanhassen 952-380-2200 • Eckankar.org

Are you looking for the personal experience of God? Eckankar can help you fulfill your dream. We offer ways to explore your own unique and natural relationship with the Divine through personalized study to apply in your everyday life. See ad, page 13.

WELLNESS CENTERS PSINERGY NATURAL HEALTH & HOLISTIC WELLNESS SchaOn Blodgett, CCP, BTAT St. Paul 612-217-4325 • PsinergyHealth.com

Offering empirical & sciencebased natural health therapies including Esogetics/Colorpuncture, basic Ayurvedic Medicine, as well as spiritual/energybased therapies like Access Consciousness Bars, I-Ching, reiki and more.


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