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Contents FEATURES Who is Marina Galindo................................................... 8 Taking Pets on Vacation................................................11 Moving forward in your Body and your Heart....18

THEME - Mothering The Gift of Being a Woman, the Art of Being a Mother.................................................................. 6 May, the Month for MOM............................................. 10 Women Keep the Keys to Nature.............................12 Mothering vs. Fathering: The Linguistic Evolution of Gender.......................................................13 The Divine Feminine.......................................................14 Transition into Motherhood.........................................17 Restoring the Balance of the Universal Mother-Divine Feminine Energy................................19 The Art of Mother...........................................................22

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ny woman on this planet who values herself as a woman is great, and she is a giver of life; and when you are a giver of life, what more can you do?” — Yogi Bhajan

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Mother’s Day. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the simple definition of the word Mother. For years, I, like many others celebrated this holiday, basking in my pride of being a mother, honoring my own mom and grandma. I was always looking to learn how women chose to celebrate it differently. Some wanted to be with their families, other felt it was their one day in a year to escape and selfpamper. I was a toss between the two! It was about getting thoughtful gifts and recognition that, I, the mother of 3, for years had no life of my own, committed to raising my children, going through the motions on autopilot, catering to my husband, tending to the house chores, maintaining a full time job, and totally neglecting my own Self. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the so called “norm”, the cultural expectations, societal norms and traditions. My first realization that I am a mother, was after the birth of my twin boys in 2002, at the age of 28. I remember myself under slept, exhausted and in pain after emergency C-Section, I stood in front of the mirror and kept repeating to myself: “I am a mom now. I am a mom now”. I couldn’t believe it. There was no switch within me that turned on and made me a mom. I felt the same as I was before. I also felt confused. I wasn’t even sure how or when did I decide to be a mom. Was it my choice ever? Raised in a way that it was implanted in my head, that there is no other way. When you are born as a woman, you must become a mother. Only 11 years later, I began to question my Self in my role of a mother, and the kind of mother I was becoming. Many of us experienced a wave of awakening in 2012. Mine came in October 2012. It was a profound experience that shook me to the core of my Being. Everything that was in my life at that time came to the forefront from a new set of eyes, new perception, as if my Soul started taking the lead and letting my mind see what it has created. On Mother’s Day in 2013, I realized that I was not being the mom from my heart. That was the last year, I celebrated Mother’s Day as this finite human being who gave birth. My definition of Motherhood expanded vastly. I understood that every woman is a mother and has qualities of a mother, even if she does not give birth. “By construction, the fulfillment of a woman is motherhood; and motherhood does not mean that she gets pregnant and delivers a baby. If you understand her total behavior, you will understand her motherhood. Her motherhood is service, her motherhood is sacrifice, her motherhood is relationship. When she knows motherhood, she is fulfilled.” — Yogi Bhajan Every woman on this planet must realize that she is the creative force of this Universe. Every woman is a Grace of the Creator and has infinite potential to create, serve, love, and protect. Right now, look at your Self. Every day, you are creating your Self, the way you dress, the way you walk, the way you speak. Look around your home. A woman’s gift is to create a home, not just physically decorating it, but also by keeping the space filled with love, patience, gratitude, compassion, and trust. Look at how you feel about preparing dinners for your family or yourself. It’s not a mad dash to feed the starving, after a day’s work, but how much love you pour into making that meal. Perhaps, you sing while you cook, and maybe even dance a bit in your kitchen. Maybe you sing or swing your hips while washing dishes? It’s true, life can seem so busy, and we chase the next minute and the next ‘to do item’ on our mental list, but please Pause and Reflect on every moment of what you are creating. You, yes you, the woman - the Creator. It’s not all about birth, it’s about birthing your dreams into reality. It’s about birthing your visions into manifest. It’s not about always caring and catering to others, but also caring for Your Self, your own inner child. Be a mother to your Self. Women are Creators. You create in everything you do or say. Your very presence can create a space of peace and love.

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In the last five years, as I deeply immersed myself into the teachings and practice of Kundalini yoga, I appreciate and honor the balance between being a Woman (Shakti) and being a mother (Bhakti). The Shakti energy is the creative power within every woman. The Bhakti energy is the devotional nature of every woman. We, the women must learn to balance these two energies. It’s a skill that takes years of practice! Regardless of having children, every woman on this planet contains these two identities: the woman and the mother. Yogi Bhajan explained it as having the power of a Sword and power of a Shield. A woman must know when to use which energy, which tool: the sword or a shield. As a mother, we are giving of ourselves, sacrificing, tolerating, and stretching our patience to the max. We are considerate of others, often putting other’s needs before our own. As mothers we project love and protect those we love. As a woman, you must protect your Self first and foremost. As a woman, you must give to your Self. You must not tolerate any nonsense. You can use your word as your sword. A woman’s sword is her strength. A woman’s shied is her nurturing nature, her protective force. Balancing these two is a woman’s grace. Every woman, in her life, will, at some point, realize that the journey of life is the gift of womanhood and a path to inner mastery, while maintaining outer mystery. Embrace your every day Grace. Appreciate the gift of being a woman and honor your motherly nature within. Sach Dharam is a Kundalini Yoga teacher, advocate of holistic wellness, fitness and nutrition. Owner of FitforBliss Wellness Sanctuary. She currently teaches Kundalini Yoga @ Namaste Yoga: Mon 7:30 pm; Wed 11:30 am – All levels welcomed (23606 State Road 54, Lutz, Florida 813- 505-1850). She offers Kundalini Yoga workshops, Nutritional seminars, women’s retreats at FitforBliss Wellness Sanctuary, in Wesley Chapel. Visit: https://fitforbliss33. wixsite.com/fitforbliss. To receive notifications of upcoming events or to learn more about Kundalini Yoga, please submit your inquiry to fitforbliss33@gmail.com or visit ‘Sach Dharam Kaur’ FB page. You can also connect to Fitforbliss44 on Instagram.

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May, the month for C

MOM

an you believe that May is here already? What is it you think of? Of course, MOM! Many of us honor our Mom’s by gathering together. Others may not be as fortunate. Some Moms are too far to visit, others may be ill or ascended. Where ever Mom is she will live in our hearts forever. The memories are there in the brain of the heart. Our spirit lives there as well. A spirit that is infinite. My mom passed 7 years ago. At the time I was not in the place where I am today emotionally. I have learned in my journey, I have choices how to look, feel and interpret a situation. So, when I celebrate Mother’s Day, I will remember the blessings and memories that honored me and my mother. I am sure that there are some not so good feeling events, we have all experienced. Our Moms did the best they knew how with the information they had in their life journey. Think about it, in the first 50 years of the 1900’s was there the knowledge or technology that we have today? Were people really talking about the topics of today back then? I remember talking about energy, health foods in the 1970’s and people looked at me like I was from another planet. I hear so many stories from my clients and how they may blame their mom’s for things happening in their life, back then…I reply,” Well, maybe one day you will look at it in another way, perhaps she was coming from a place of protection, fear. There are many lessons to learn, when we allow ourselves to come from love. Those past experiences created emotions and if you continue to look at it in a blaming way then it will remain that way. You have the ability to rewrite the past and create a new pathway in your subconscious. When you do rewrite the story add a little of Vitamin B and L…Breath and Love. This story might take a while for the subconscious to catch on, and it will. Remember, there is no right or wrong! It is what it is. Our subconscious lives in the past and learns through repetition. So, you will have to decide how to heal that inner child’s hurt and repeat it several times. Eventually, the subconscious will get it and a new story will emerge. It is your program!! Getting in touch with your nurturing side you will be awakening the feminine in you. It does not matter what gender you are. We all have female and male energy in our spirit. One is more dominant then the other. The goal, if you wish to do it, is to balance the two energies. It is releasing the blockages inside and feeling up-lifted. Sharing an experience I had during a session of Wolfe Deep Tissue Non-Surgical Breast Lift, I had scar tissue on my right side. When the scar tissue released, I had an intense emotional release. I could feel it in my gut, I even saw the multiple interactions with my mom. The energy that I held onto for years was leaving my energy field. Once the tissue released, I allowed time to reflect upon the release. It was related to the pressure put upon me growing up. I just sat in awe how the energy was released after all these years that I kept bottled up inside. I felt compassion and love for myself and my mother. Now , my siblings had another interpretation. That is why confusion occurs. People take little time to reflect, listen or the time to communicate. I know I do that sometimes. When I discussed the experience with my sister, her interpretation was different. We learned a lot about memories of our childhood and were able to heal what we felt were negative. Take the time to verbally communicate. There is so much healing to occur. Yes, computers can be a tool however, nothing will replace the loving time you take to be with someone. You can even use Skype if distance is a challenge. Of course, there are other approaches, you must find one that fits for you. The issues can be hidden in the tissues! There is another approach to MOTHER’S DAY, that I would like for you to acknowledge, the female/mother energy inside of you. It does not matter if you are male or female. We all have both feminine and masculine energy. It is what you are being at the time. You can nurture yourself with the love you deserve. The female energy is all about nurturing, feeling, receiving, openness and being vulnerable. This month honor your mother, your mother’s spirit and/or the mother energy inside of you. You are deserving of unconditional love! Mom did the best she knew how. Blessings to all the Moms and female energy we all possess. Suzanne Gray is the founder of ReNew Life Wellness, INC. She has been practicing massage and colon therapy in the Tampa Bay area for 30 years. Her emphasis is the relationship of the GUT to body/ mind/spirit. She is the first certified Wolfe Deep Tissue therapist in Florida. RNLW is open 7 days weekly and appointments are necessary. Suzanne is available to speak at events to share her knowledge and experience. 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Taking Pets on Vacation S

ummer vacations: is there anything better than rewarding yourself and your family with relaxing time away? But if you are a pet parent, taking a vacation might take a little bit of extra planning – especially if you plan on bringing Fido on vacation with you. Traveling with pets can be difficult and stressful for you and your dog. But with the proper preparation, you can safely travel with your dogs and have an enjoyable trip.

Step 1: Prepare, prepare, prepare

Whether you are traveling by plane or car, preparation is key. If you are taking a road trip, make sure to know which restaurants and rest stops are pet friendly. I recommend downloading the Bring Fido app, which will tell you all of the pet-friendly rest stops, restaurants, shelters, and hotels near you. If you are traveling by plane, make sure to read the pet policy before the trip. If your pet is a service animal, learn the rules and what documentation you need to bring with you. You may also need to call the airline ahead of time to see what paperwork you will need to bring for your dog to be on the plane. If your pet will be riding in the cargo area of plane, look at reviews of the airline and talk to other pet parents who routinely fly with pets to know which airlines will be respectful of your furry friend. Step 2: Gather paperwork and medications Make a list of medications or paperwork that you might need should your pet become lost during your trip, and if your pet is microchipped, check that the information is upto-date. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Traveling can be extremely stressful for pets. If you have a dog or cat who is normally anxious in the car, longer trips can seem like torture to them. If you have a high stress pet, CBD oil for dogs and cats can help them relax during the ride and experience less stress and anxiety. Plus, if you are putting your pet on a plane where they will be separated from you, using CBD oil can be beneficial to ensure that they are as relaxed and stress-free as possible.

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Your dog might normally be relaxed or calm at home but traveling can present a whole new set of stressors. Once you reach your destination, there will likely be a lot of new people that your dog has not met before, new smells that your dog has not experienced, and even new dogs or cats that your dog is unfamiliar with. Be prepared and patient for your dog to be more shy, aggressive, or not themselves. If your dog is being met with too many new experiences, it can be overwhelming. Try to find a quiet place— be it a separate room or a place where you and your dog can take a walk alone—where

you can calm down and unwind. Spending time together can reassure your dog that you are not going to leave them in the new place and can help them de-stress from the trip. Remember to be patient, because dogs can sense human emotions and will likely feed off of your stress. Time alone with your pup can also help lower your stress, so it is a win-win for you and your dog.

Board Your Pet If you are unsure of how well your pet will handle

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Women keep the keys to nature within, able

to combine elements and pull from the void and emptiness the light of life. — Alvaro

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began writing this as a homage to women, mothers and the feminine, based on thoughts and perceptions I have from my direct experiences. I am a man who helped home birth and deliver his three daughters, was raised close to his mother in a home with one female sibling and surrounded by a large family brought forth by my mother’s four sisters. So expressing my own feelings was easy. But my writing began to go deeper, take root and change. In essence my writing became feminine, because all that moves is feminine in nature. Like the sea, the feminine is the ebb and flow of the waters, it is it’s power, mystery and depth. The feminine is the movement of your own senses, the stars in our galaxy and the dance of consciousness. From a metaphysical standpoint the feminine energies are substance, the ether and all that gives. In nature, the feminine balances with the masculine forming positive and negative polarities. For example, we see this in the poles of the earth, which form our magnetic field. This polarity of positive and negative, or masculine and feminine creates the arc of power that has been understood by many civilizations in one form or another. We see the polarity of the male and female in pantheism, monotheism, paganism and even simply studying nature. Studies in traditional Chinese Medicine show us that the feminine is expressed as Yin, in the Yin-Yang. While Yin and Yang seem opposite, they are complementary and essential for harmony and balance. When you look carefully at the Yin-Yang you’ll see within the Yang there is a small seed of Yin and vice versa. This is a truth that echoes throughout nature, and within each man and woman. For all males have some feminine aspects and all females have some masculine aspects. For example, a man gets his mitochondria, which are organelles and the main source of energy for the body from his mother. In mythology the feminine energy is represented in many forms; Shakti, Gaia, Cybele, Mater Deum Magna Idaea and the Virgin Mary. Ancient Norse and Roman societies, honored the deities of the feminine, with shrines and places of worship, showing reverence for the archetype of “mother”. Around the world the feminine divine would present itself to different people, as Bast in Egypt, Brighid to the Celts and Frigga to the Norse. The qualities and characteristics of these deities would guide women to standards of living that connected them with their intuition, as they would cradle mankind through its development. Christianity saw the grace and substance of the feminine mother energy expressed in the virgin Mary, which eventually mixed with many folk traditions from different cultures. In Italy, where folk traditions, superstitions and magic are practiced, it is not uncommon for a maga or mago ( someone who practices magic) to incorporate the virgin Mary in folk and pagan traditions. These practices for women in Italy helped and continue to help them express the power of the female dynamic, and become the binding source of customs and traditions for their homes and villages. The inherent wisdom, grounding nature and binding power the feminine, mother energy expresses, ushers humanity forward into the future. Mother Energy is the ultimate teacher. Here to teach us all the ways and tools to open our hearts. Not a little bit, or halfway, but wide open. Mother Energy nurtures us and guides us to this task with all the qualities that we hold sacred about the divine feminine. Mother’s gave us life , and to learn as much as we can in this life, heart needs to remain open. This honors the mother energy outside of ourselves and the mother energy within. Several years ago, my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She educated herself , truly tapped into her feminine intuition and cured herself naturally. It is in thanks and honor that we should learn from the great matriarchs of our families, who carry our identities, keep our traditions and give us the ancient whispers of our ancestors who loved, lost and survived for us to be here. _____________________________________________________________________________________________

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Starting in my youth with exposure to visionaries, medicine men and healers, I have now been a teacher of metaphysics, philosophy and history for 15 years. I am a Massage Therapist, Nutritional Counselor, but most of all I am a catalyst. I have a passion to teach the realization that discipline will always outlast motivation. I forge metal to remind myself that fire removes weakness and impurities, while the blows of the hammer refines us. I practice traditional archery to remain aware that in order to fly forward, we first have to be pulled back. I heavy lift so I always remember that as the weight gets heavier, it’s up to me to grow stronger. I believe in the warrior path of a strenuous life, I believe the only way to adapt is to never adapt, and I believe we grow under pressure. The obstacle that impedes the way, becomes the way. I offer one on one sessions to aid personal development, discover your own myth and legend, and navigate the waters. MAY 2019

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The Linguistic Evolution of Gender BY NIA KAYE

othering is one of those words that either conjures up the warm fuzzies or makes you roll your eyes, depending on both your pre-conceived perceptions and prior experiences. For some people it is a wholly positive word, connoting a sense of attachment, care and development; for others it generates thoughts of smothering and being overbearing, restrictive even. A word such as this – the meaning loaded by environmental and experiential exposures – I find both exceptionally fascinating and very concerning. It is one of those words that many would consider insignificant, but its use in mindless chatter can alter the flow of the conversation immediately.  For some people, to be described as having a ‘mothering nature’ is a great compliment and affirmation of everything they stand for; and for others that same description of personality can be seen as offensive.    As society evolves and people become more wrapped up in this endless pursuit of political correctness, I am often concerned that highly gendered words like this run the risk of becoming so contentious in how they are received that they are deemed as taboo and then simply not used at all. I always think that reducing words that have been in existence for Centuries to this status is not only a huge shame but also a huge disservice to their existence. At the bare minimum, by dictating that such words need to be exercised with high degrees of caution removes the sense of innocence and ease that they were first designed to be used for. On a deeper level, its effect is so much more detrimental. Years ago, mothering was a word that described entire women’s existence; the negative stereotypes that are now also associated with it, to me, do a disservice to the evolution of women in society today. By using the word as an insult changes our perceptions of history. In order to view women’s historical behavior in the same way it was considered at the time either requires incredibly objective thinking or a rationale about ‘well, it’s different now’.  This saddens me but is an unfortunate reality of how evolution of language can manifest with negative consequences. ‘Fathering’; the masculine counterpart to ‘mothering’, although a dictionary word, does not have the same widespread use. Historically, men are not viewed as having the same role in shaping behaviors of children. Men have often been seen as the idols; their societal role to model high expectations and impeccable manners – having a more aspirational influence rather than helping to navigate the nuances of everyday life. A casual mention of ‘fathering’ in conversation now would likely be seen as archaic; irrelevant to everyday life today. Although rendering this noun as redundant for modern day usage, it is a wholly different phenomenon to ladening the word with negativity. Although putting words to bed is a sad reality of language evolution, isn’t it a more favorable outcome to decide that a word is no longer relevant to describe male behaviors in society today; instead an applicable descriptor of behaviors of years gone by? Isn’t it better that society realize such a word is the perfect descriptor of male attitudes years ago without the need of a verbal justification that things have changed? Isn’t it more representative to realize that its current linguistic existence is due to its prevalence in history? The gender gap in some aspects of life continues to close, albeit at a rate that is far too low, but for language, I see it widening. As increasingly more women climb up the career ladder and earn more money, behavior descriptors historically perceived as wholly positive increasingly run the risk of being demonized. Demonized for the present, and, worse still, demonized for the past. PHONE: 813-501-4894

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n the apparent perception of the reality that we call Life, duality is used to explain the nature of all things. However, in ancient teachings, the understanding of the gradation of multiple energies as opposed to a simple black and white, enable a very flexible approach to the explanation of All That Is. One such teaching derived from those thoughts, is the Taoist and Confucian version as explained in the I Ching.

make the best choices, we need to pay attention and learn the meanings of the gradations between the extremes of yang and yin, Heaven and Earth. In each of us, there is a mixture of the yang and yin each of us can display, as needed the masculine or feminine nurturing. The expression may not be exactly the same, but men and women can nurture in different ways. Normally a father will nurture his offspring differently from the wife, and yet can, if he is mature, be tender, loving

The Divine Feminine

Similar to other creation stories, and nurturing in the marriage. The the Taoist believed there was the single same with the female in a relationshipomnipotent energy which was termed the in a mature relationship she can be Tai Chi. Splitting itself into two, the creation initiating, as well as displaying other manifested as yang (total masculine) and yang characteristics. The balance of Yin (total feminine). From here the energies both energies in both partners in a differentiated further into four and then relationship can sometimes be tricky eight primary energies. These represent a but can also be rewarding if both are continuum of ultimate masculine to ultimate dedicated to building, being patient as feminine energies. well as giving and receiving. The ultimate masculine yang energy It is important to recognize that is termed “Heaven” with the feminine as in spite of constant change in life, it is “Earth”. The terms represent energies, not through harmony and balance, that the actual elements. is, the ability to bring one’s life into a Thus humankind is eventually involved healthier mode, that hard times can be in a triune with Heaven above, Earth below avoided or lessened. and Humankind in the middle. So how can more balance be EMERGENT EIGHT ENERGIES Heaven energies represent the creative introduced into one’s life? Through energy of the universe and are characterized as self-nurturing such as consciously outgoing, dynamic, action oriented, and movement. They are taking the time to enjoy that which one finds appealing and masculine, active and initiating. satisfying such as beauty in art, music, literature, nature. Find Earth energy characteristics involve the qualities of being something to nurture you and feel good about it. Read topics responsive to yang (Heaven) energies; it is a creative yin energy that can help you. Exercise, meditate, and get out into nature. that is able, in tandem with the yang to produce multiple Laugh! Enjoy life to the extent that you can! Enjoy humor and things. While it responds to yang, it does not create on its own. have fun! In other words there is a harmony. It represents the female, It is said that you can only love as much as you love receptive, passive but is very necessary for creation to occur yourself. In other words enjoy, and give – that loving energy through interaction with the yang masculine energies. Earth will come back to you in multiple ways. energies ground us and keep us stable. It is vitally important If you do these things consistently, you will, in fact, that we root ourselves deeply into earth to ensure our stability. change your consciousness to a more positive and aware We have Father Sun/Heaven above and Mother Earth vibrational level. When you change, your world changes for below, our job being to balance these energies in our everyday the better. life. We constantly must strive to find harmony and balance in The important thing in self-nurturing is to feel good our lives. about what you enjoy. So what does all of this have to do with mothering or Only when you are happy or feeling emotion, will you nurturing? begin to really experience growth. It is a conceptual framework to understand the workings Emotions are the supercharger to manifesting selfof the universe, in other words, our universe is constantly change and manifestation…see it, feel it, believe it and then presenting apparent changes- ups and downs, highs and lows. will be it! These events are all part of life and in order to intelligently 14

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BY ALUNA MICHAELS, M.A. TAURUS April 20th – May 20th Happy birthday Taurus! There’s extra power in your words and thoughts! Make a list of changes you wish to happen within yourself and in your life. Write affirmations about those shifts. Meditate on each one and truly feel what it’ll be like when they occur. Don’t feel selfish asking the Universe for your desires. When you’re happy, more energy radiates from you to bless others! Also, be aware of being irritated. It’s likely you need to set clearer boundaries and higher standards with others. Do it firmly, yet kindly.

GEMINI May 21st– June 20th This is a great money month! If things aren’t flowing, meditate on your beliefs. Do you have negative thoughts about finances? Do you set limits on your abundance by thinking you don’t deserve it or that it’s not possible for you? Trust knowledgeable people to help you streamline your spending to pay off debts, and create some savings and even small investments! Marinate your mind in books about prosperity and spirituality and let the blessings into your life!

CANCER June 21st – July 22nd Mars moves into your sign, which happens once every two years, filling you with enthusiasm and energy! Have the courage to try new things, even if it’s changing your hair or fashion style. You’re a creature of habit, so outer changes actually reflect deeper spiritual shifts. If relationships are blocked, examine your value system. Do partnerships reflect your beliefs and standards? Declare what you want with confidence. Worthwhile connections evolve. Ones that need to go will end. New people attracted to you will align with your heart!.

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LEO July 23 – August 22 You’ll have great breakthroughs and advancements at work this month! Even though you’ll be busy, make sure to take care of yourself properly. Eat healthy meals, and don’t skip any. Practice deep breathing or yoga. Treat your body (and mind!) to a massage. In meditation, don’t be alarmed if old anger surfaces. View this as your heart cleansing “stuff” that’s been blocking your vital energy. Allow the feelings to arise without attaching a huge story to them. Do some journal writing if needed, then tear it up or burn it. You are free!

SCORPIO October 23 to November 21 You can begin an incredible relationship, or a current partnership renews in a surprising way! Keys to success are clear communication, and taking action with common values and interests. For instance, practice yoga or meditation together and inspire each other by discussing your spiritual growth. It’s vital for you to trust someone before opening up. Examine yourself to see if you hold onto old betrayals that inhibit your heart opening in the present moment. Let go and believe people can truly love you!

AQUARIUS Jan. 20th – Feb. 18th You can start a great new job, or feel excited about a current one. It’s also fun to start a new health regime, even if it’s just praising your body in your meditation time. Blessing this incredible “machine” you live in creates joy and vitality! You’ll also find it easier to let go of old childhood “issues” that have bogged you down for years. It almost seems silly to carry such a heavy burden when you can just simply put it down and walk forward lightened up and unencumbered. Phew!

VIRGO

SAGITTARIUS

PISCES

August 23 to September 22

Nov. 22nd – Dec. 21st

Feb. 19th – March 20th

You work or hard and worry so much, Virgo! For May and June focus on being playful, developing hobbies and having fun with friends. Also explore new spiritual avenues, like a different form of meditation or yoga. Maybe you’d like to visit a church or temple. Just don’t make personal growth your new “job”, keep your mind curious and open. You might like to ponder your past as a child. What made you stop being playful? When did you start to judge yourself harshly? Come to a place of healing with these experiences so you can let them go. Enjoy your balanced new self who “gets the job done”, but views enjoyment as valuable and empowering!

LIBRA Sept. 23rd – Oct. 22nd This is a great month for career success! You’ll feel efficient and popular. It’s like everything you touch turns to gold! Keep up your daily meditation, since it’s creating a clear line to your intuition. Financially, look into investments. Emotionally, relationship take steps towards more depth and trust. You might even explore Tantra, which merges sex and the spirit. Practice positive thoughts about body image. Praise your body for all the magic and power within it. It’s almost an addiction to pick on your form. Get “sober” and your internal life will be incredibly serene!

This is a great time for financial breakthroughs! Find a trusted person to go over your finances with you. You can quickly find ways to resolve debt and create savings, while also living with “wise abundance”. Curtailing spending doesn’t have to be miserable! If partnered, this new money plan opens doors to deeper trust and even more sexiness! Also, find unique health practices. Maybe try juicing, intermittent fasting, or a new style of bodywork. You’ll feel empowered and vitalized.

Research how much gratitude changes your brain chemistry and your immune system. With the new science of epigenetics, you can even change your DNA by shifting your thinking! Take these intellectual concepts to your heart and live them out. Carefully selecting your words and thoughts help you craft a new life filled with joy. You’ll see solutions to tough problems and build resilience with life stressors. Hang out with friends who reflect your beliefs so they can lift you up again when you get into old patterns.

CAPRICORN Dec. 22nd – Jan. 19th Meditate on how your harsh critique of yourself limits how close you allow others to get to you. A new relationship can be starting, or even a longterm partnership can revitalize in amazing ways, but only if you see yourself clearly. Write down your strengths, your level of integrity, your loyalty, not to mention your fabulous dry humor! You’ve spent years focused on your flaws, so now “obsess” about your wonderful qualities to create balance in your psyche and in your heart. Observe how people respond to you, whether your friends, kids, co-workers, even pets. They adore and respect you, so adore and respect yourself!

ARIES March 21st – April 19th If you’re feeling blocked at work, don’t vent about your frustrations with gossip or grumpiness. Meditate on how your supervisors or the “system” at your job mirrors issues with your parents or family of origin. It sounds bizarre, but huge breakthroughs happen in your mind and in your outer world when you have that “ah ha” moment! You can even get a promotion or a brand new job that moves you away from the difficult characters. Also, financial abundance is in order so get ready to receive!

Aluna Michaels is a second-generation astrologer. She also holds a Masters in Spiritual Counseling and has been teaching and consulting for more than three decades. Her book “Spiritual Gifts of the 12 Astrological Signs” is now on Amazon in Kindle version and as an E-book on her website. Aluna is available for appointments in her home, by phone or Skype. Call (727) 239-7179 (no texting please), or call/ text (248) 583-1663 or visit www.alunamichaels.com MAY 2019 Tampa Bay Wellness


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BY DR. CHRIS JACKSON, PHD, DOM

y appreciation is deep for the transition into motherhood that I have witnessed as my patients have emerged and transformed into states of wonderment and anticipation, while coping with the accompanying physical challenges of their new status. Women and their mates who have wanted a family yet have been denied the opportunity for various biological reasons, have often been quite shocked at first when they have learned of their transition into motherhood. Through cooperation with nature, having found the root cause for each individual’s or couple’s specific situation, a miraculous transformation has been given to us. I include myself because, even after more than a decade treating infertility and as a father myself, still every new pregnancy and child has been an amazingly vicarious experience. A very deeply human experience and a gift from nature, motherhood with all of its transformations encompasses a wonderful example of the mind-body connection. A deeper understanding of mind-body-spirit emerges as we explore the psychological, neurological, endocrine (hormonal), and immunological functions of our bodies and their interrelations with the energetic world we share. The breadth of understanding that continuously grows as we explore new realms helps us to target more fundamental determinants of health. Couples have come to my practice having been told they were unable to have a child, or their infertility was unexplained, thereby leaving them in a state of hopelessness. By connecting with their underlying physiological and emotional issues, we have found hope, assisted by our focus on understanding the underlying root causes. Through this deeper level of understanding, we have often uncovered paths to pregnancy, prevented recurrence of miscarriage, and reached successful birthing through elements that have been totally omitted by prior approaches. Hormonal changes are abundant during pregnancy, and infertility is often rooted in hormonal imbalance. By addressing such issues, the health of these new mothers has often improved in the process. Some of the health improvements have been in the realm of better hormonal balance, yet others have been more fundamental and even deeper issues. Fundamentally, many of these patients have been able to make a transition to a better state of wellness using these natural and holistic approaches. A transition toward better health occurs as a natural consequence of truly addressing the underlying causes, rather than just treating the symptoms. © April 2019 by Dr. Christopher Jackson, PhD, DOM

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Moving forward in your Body and your Heart by Arielle Giordano

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tretching your nervous system and stretching your heart can hurt—but it is that good kind of hurt that will open your potential. If you don’t realize this, and you stretch out of your comfort zone, it will be easy for you to think that you are doing something wrong—and you might make the decision to never do it again because there is some pain in the process. Don’t make that mistake.   It is only when pain and hurt accompany the opening that you touch your inner essence. When you first realize the goodness of opening within through stretching, and the subtle knowledge it releases, know that a valuable experience will follow. There is true wisdom in the experience, so don’t just take it at face value. Discern what you are knowing the truth of in it- and love it.   When you work out hard in the gym and you haven’t done so in a long time, the next day your whole body is sore. But you know that this is a path to physical strength, and if you keep up the practice you will see results over time. The same is true when we expose our nervous system and heart to stretching workouts—when we push our emotional limits and stretch our capacity for compassion and love; when we dare to feel the pain that will help to expand our range of motion and our consciousness.   We should not recoil and retreat just because something makes our heart ache or brings up painful emotions. Instead, we need to look deep within and engage in moving through a workout to become stronger. For example, when someone is not moving along, and you feel impatient, notice how the impatience hurts. If you listen to your own discomfort, it is easy to draw the conclusion that you need to focus on changing other person to alleviate your pain. At this point, step back and realize that you can sit in the pain and practice patience, which will make you wiser and stronger and more understanding. That is true growth!   As you go forward, carefully examine everything in your life and—when something hurts—become willing to stretch and grow. This approach will lead to true self-realizations because it melds body, mind, and spirit.   Do you really grow by stretching and listening within? Yes! When we stretch and grow, our deepest knowing from our emotions, dreams and trauma can be released at many different levels.   Be open and soft in your heart and learn to love listening like you did when you were a child and the world seemed full of fascination and wonder. It doesn’t matter how old you are or at what stage of life you are in—there is always an inner light that can shine brighter from your heart.

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o you remember and connect to the universal mother energy daily? Now is the time to awaken to the universal mother energy and the divine feminine energy within and in all of creation? The divine feminine qualities are flowing, flexible, change, the activating power and energy, nature, creativity, expression, freedom, endless opportunity and possibility and abundance. The divine masculine qualities are awareness, witness, pure consciousness, direction, purpose and freedom. The divine feminine energy is in everything that is manifested and in the form of creation. The divine masculine energy is the formless. The two divine energies in balanced union make the form whole and complete; we cannot have one without the other. The union and balance of the masculine and feminine energies leads to wholeness, harmony, expansion, growth, wisdom, love and abundance. We have both masculine and feminine energies within and in the parallel of the right (masculine) and left (feminine) central energy channels of the body. When the kundalini energy rises in the main central energy channel, there is a mixing of the masculine and feminine energies and this raises our consciousness potential to access the divine and cosmic knowledge and allows us to experience oneness, co-create with the new knowledge available and manifest new, expanded reality into our outer world. As we are on our soul journey seeking spiritual expansion, we begin to realize the cosmic play of universal laws and energies of creation. We come to realize the importance of balancing the divine masculine and divine feminine energies within. This balance is essential to have balanced, harmonious, loving relationships. For millennium, we have been living in a duality reality where the mother energy has been limited, suppressed and unbalanced from our outer world reality on Earth and within.

Those who have surrendered ego mentality and self-will to higher-self-consciousness and divine will and have been seeking the higher path of enlightenment, learning divine mysteries of creation and universal laws, have come to experience the balance and harmonious existence with Mother Earth, nature, the elements and all living beings. It is the beginning of a new evolutionary time. We are underway in co-creating a New Earth- restoring the balance of the divine feminine, bringing in spiritual and cosmic knowledge to the planet and experiencing an expansion of oneness. The imbalance of the masculine and feminine has kept us in the experience of disharmony, fighting, suffering, nonunion, separation from spirit and cosmic knowledge and the lack of oneness. The way back to harmony, wholeness, unity and oneness is to raise the awareness and restore the divine and universal mother-feminine energy needed for the balance to occur. As we live in conscious awareness and work daily to achieve the balance, with the outlook to establish and be balanced, whole and complete, in union and oneness with creation, we can experience more peace, unconditional love, joy, creativity, abundance, prosperity, and bliss. As more people achieve the balance, we can begin to restore the divine feminine energy into the outer world of form. The mother energy restoration is the way for the people and planetary life to experience peace, harmony, liberty, prosperity, love and oneness.

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MAY 5 - 11

SMART ABUNDANCE NOW Sun., May 5, 2 - 5pm. Transforming our realities by shifting our thoughts, emotions, and vibration. Life changing tools to live in Joy, Harmony, and Abundance. This workshop gives us day-to-day tools and moment to moment realizations that enhance shifts in experiencing ABUNDANCE. Join us in the Sanctuary at First Unity Spiritual Campus, 460 46th Ave N., St. Petersburg, FL 33703. Presale cost $20, day of $30. Registration & information at FirstUnity.org. CRYSTAL BOWL SOUNDS & MORE May 11, Saturday, 2:30-3:45pm, Kapok Pilates & Wellness - Seminole, 13067 Park Blvd, Seminole 33776. Experience crystal bowl sounds with Reiki, mantra, breath work, gentle kundalini yoga movement, unwinding & meditation. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, call 727-365-8574. CHANGE FOR LIFE HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO - by St. Petersburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. May 11,10:00 AM. Change 4 Life Health & Wellness Expo encourages our community to embody total health and wellness across their lifespan. We are dedicated to working with our community and community partners to promote healthy lifestyles. Vendor & Sponsorship opportunities available. Call 727-755-1913 or email info@stpetedeltas.org. FREE COOKING CLASS: Black Bean Burgers with Demos to Di For, NFP Demo Specialist. Di will show you how to transform simple plantbased ingredients into mouth-watering vegan black bean veggie burgers from scratch! Sat May 11th at 11 am. Di’s class is the 2nd Saturday of every month. Come early, seating is limited. Nature’s Food Patch PaTcHwOrKs Community Room, 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater, FL 33755 TAROT LAYOUTS WORKSHOP: Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 PM - 3 PM. This workshop will focus on several Tarot Spreads to use in your readings. Come join us for a fun afternoon of sharing and learning. Please bring your Rider-Waite deck with you. Layout sheets will be provided. Cost $25. Instructor is Carla Beetar. Held at Spiritual Guidance & Learning 11580 Oakhurst Rd. #1 Largo. Florida 33774. To signup call (727) 460-7656 or email, carla.beetar@ gmail.com.

MAY 12 - 18

TAMPA WELLNESS TOUR by Betty Figueroa. May 18, at 12:00 PM. Oxford Exchange, 420 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606. FREE HEALTH SEMINAR: Holistic Keys: Healthy Menses with Dr. De’Nicea Hilton DOM, Holistic Period & Fertility Strategist. Did you know having fertility challenges, cramping, heavy bleed20

ing, spotting & clotting are all signs relating to the status of your health? Learn the key signs of a healthy period, how your unique menstrual cycle is giving you clues about your overall health & how you can holistically achieve a tip-top cycle with increased fertility. Wed May 15th at 6:30 pm. Come early, seating is limited. Nature’s Food Patch PaTcHwOrKs Community Room, 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater, FL 33755

Self, energetically infusing Heart Space frequency of Joy and Love into your art. Chanting + Drumming led by April Skye. Bring your inner child. $75 includes supplies and light snacks. Reserved seating. Registration & information at FirstUnity.org. First Unity Spiritual Campus, 460 46th Ave N., St. Petersburg, FL 33703.

PSYCHOMETRY: Saturday, May 18th at 1:00 PM - 3 PM. Have you ever touched an object, such as jewelry and got an impression? Can you read someone by shaking their hand? Learn how to improve your skills of Psychometry. Bring an object of your own and someone else, along with a photo of a loved one. Cost $25. Held at Spiritual Guidance & Learning 11580 Oakhurst Rd. #1 Largo, Florida 33774. To signup call (727) 460-7656 or email, carlabeetar@gmail.com.

CLINICAL AND TRANSPERSONAL HYPNOTHERAPY TRAINING AT THE INSTITUTE OF INTERPERSONAL HYPNOTHERAPY. Start-Date June 25th, 2019. 2901 West Busch Blvd. #806, Tampa, FL. 800-551-9247. www.InstituteofHypnotherapy.com

MAY 19 - 25

WELLNESS DAYS by Nature’s Food Patch. Tue, May 21at 8:00 AM - Wed, May 22, at 9:00 PM. Nature’s Food Patch Market & Café. 1225 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, FL 33755. Join doTERRA Wellness Advocates, part of a therapeutic essential oils wellness company, as we answer your questions on what therapeutic grade essential oils are and how to use them. We’ll cover simple remedies such as how to used plant based remedies for more sleep, less stress, and boosting your immune health. FREE HEALTH SEMINAR: The ABC’s of Vitamins with Dr. Brian Caswell DOM AP, Lemon Tree Spa. Dr. Brian Caswell will help guide you through the best types of vitamins for the body. He will discuss which drugs & toxins deplete these essential items, how certain vitamins have a beneficial symbiotic relationship & more. Sat May 25th at 11 am. Come early, seating is limited. Nature’s Food Patch PaTcHwOrKs Community Room, 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater, FL 33755

MAY 26 - 31

REIKI LEVEL 1 CLASS by The Sanctuary Center of Tampa Bay. May 26, at 11:00 AM. Sanctuary Center, 505 East Jackson Street #211, Tampa, FL 33602. Traditional Usui Reiki Level I (Shoden) Class. The class will cover the Reiki Principles and how to incorporate them into your life every day, the basics of energy work, the history of Usui Reiki, what Reiki is and how to utilize it for healing purposes. The focus in Shoden is self healing. No previous experience is necessary.

UPCOMING WHERE HEART MEETS ART Sat., June 8, 10am - 3pm. Experience Intuitive Painting, while MARYA takes you through a Meditative Journey where you will communicate with your Divine MAY 2019

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VIBRATIONAL ATTUNEMENT – Angie Castillo leads toning to balance chakras, and discusses spiritual topics. Weds., 1-3 pm; donation. Unity North Tampa, 19520 Holly Ln., Lutz. 813-948-4884. FUNKY FLOW YOGA – 9:45 – 11am with Missy White E-RYT 500. Missy encourages students to do more than they ever thought possible. In this dynamic fun class you will learn new variations of arm balances, inversions and more. Studio 108 11059 Countryway Blvd. Tampa, FL 813-343-8887, www.studio108tampa.com AQUA YOGA - Every Thu 11AM, Aqua yoga has all the benefits of land-based yoga such as stress and pain reduction, better body awareness, and increased flexibility plus you practice in the beautiful Florida sunshine. St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr, St Pete Beach, FL 33706 . Contact: Christa, christa@ beecontentyoga.com or (727) 418-7623 WEEKLY CLASSES AT ZEN ZONE ZEN ZONE (727) 798-3964 TUESDAYS: Traditional Tai Chi - 9am-10:15am by David Yee Intro to Chi 11am-12pm by Kurt Kouffman THURSDAYS: Kundalini Yoga 10am-11am

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Here is something to think about: Does the Universe discriminate or play a part in determining who is to wear the attribute of Mother?

Are all females and males capable of mothering? From a biological standpoint, it is the female that receives the seed from the male which connects with her egg and ultimately creates a baby. Does this automatically turn her into a mother? I would say yes, and no. Yes, she is a mother because she gave birth, but if she is not mothering, I say no; she is not! If we were to take our minds away from the biological aspect of female/mother, is it possible for a man to mother or a woman who did not give birth physically to mother? I would say yes, and no. Yes, because in the absence of the woman in a household, a man will often take on the attributes of a mother; a child needs to be mothered in order to become grounded in love and develop in a manner that will help them navigate through life. Yes, because due to a woman’s yin nature, her ability to mother is exemplified when there is a child to be cared for. No, because often society molds men to be purely yang and to block their natural instinct to be nurturing, gentle, and other so-called attributes of a mother. No, because a woman without a child is subjected to society placing her into a barren corner based on artificial rules of mothering.

What does it really take to be a mother?

A mother has been described as loving, nurturing, caring, gentle, patient, submissive, tender, the yin that is connected to the yang and the yang connected to the yin. In either situation, the two energies are the essence of who we are. They exist together! When needed, we simply need to breathe and bring it forth. The essence of mothering is more important than the notion of being a mother. Mothering will manifest itself through a woman, man or child and of course animals. How many times have you heard or seen a child taking on the role of the mother in a dysfunctional household or a man being a mother to a child in the absence or presence of a woman? The essence of mothering and fathering is in all of us to some degree. It is unfortunate that men are looked upon as feminine when the mother role is present, and a woman is not a mother unless she gives birth. Personally, I was a mother before I gave birth to my first child. There was a natural ability to nurture and care for those children who I felt needed attention. Being and educator and counselor for decades placed me in an environment with mothering and fathering behaviors. Many of the men and women were without children, however in order to be successful in those fields, we had to exhibit the art of mothering. I believe that if we strived to live a balanced life based on the Divine attributes of mothering and fathering, the world would become a healthier place to live in. This is the Yin and Yang of our lives. _____________________________________________________ Rasheedah Sharif, MS, Wholistic Artist. Rasheedah has a Master of Science in Addiction Counseling and over thirty years of professional and personal experience as an Educator and Counselor. www.sweatree.com/rasheedah@sweatree.com / 850-339-4668 Facebook/Growingsweatrees / Instagram: swea.tree 22

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