2010 December Newsletter

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by Luke Terry, Licensed Acupuncturist

As the recession wears on, some rather counter-intuitive trends have emerged. One would think that decreased economic activity would result in a decrease in American’s health for the average person.

That turns out to be false! According to John de Graaf of the Solutions Journal, the average American’s health has actually improved overall during the recession. Yes, it’s true that on the whole, people are working less and earning less, but they’re also driving less, smoking less, and eating less bad restaurant food. In addition, they’re spending more time with family & friends, exercising more, sleeping more, and gardening more. ??These healthy choices are decreasing the mortality rate. In fact, for every percentage point increase in unemployment, mortality decreases by about a half a percent. The largest improvements have been a big dip in traffic deaths, which has declined by 25%, and an increase in gardening, up 40%. Such a great silver lining!

On the other side of the coin, families who have experienced the loss of a job or income do experience more stress, and in some cases, rates of suicide amongst the unemployed has grown. One’s best defense is a good offense – developing a strong, positive attitude, a sense of personal well-being that is unconditional and not connected to external circumstances, these things can all bring deep happiness and health. This strategy can improve your own health, and as your health improves, we gain positive energy that helps everyone and everything around us.

As our economy retools and becomes more resilient, our best strategy is always to improve our own personal health and adaptability. Proven strategies to build deep inner vitality include a healthy, simple diet, regular exercise outside in the sun, strong social connections, and a lasting commitment to self-improvement.

Herbal medicine gives us one such avenue. We can build health & vitality by building our Qi energy, by strengthening our immune system, nervous system, and adrenals, by improving sleep quality and duration, by improving digestion and metabolism. These goals are all easily attainable through the use of herbal medicine.

For best results, contact a qualified herbal medicine practitioner in your area, or better yet, educate yourself on the ancient and yet timeless art and science of using botanical substances to build vibrant health from within.

Check out the MASTER HERBALIST PROGRAM, Luke Terry, L Ac, Dipl. Ac, MTOM, Clinical Director, Rachel Lord, RN, President & Dean of Students, Just for Health School of Reflexology & Healing Arts. 303-320-4367. Next training starts February 2011.

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by Marcia McCaffery

??No matter what the situation, the answer is always gratitude.

Marcia McCaffery

Astrologer Marcia McCaffery

Happy Holidays Everyone! Wow, where did the time go? This year has been quite a ride. In gratitude, I appreciate every one of you. Thank you for your love, your wisdom and your continued support of these astrological updates throughout this past year.

On November 22nd the Sun moves out of Scorpio into the optimistic, freedom-loving sign of Sagittarius. The third of the fire triplicities, Sagittarius symbolizes the fire of wisdom and understanding, offering faith and vision to accomplish the impossible. Jupiter, the planetary ruler of Sagittarius, is the largest planet in our solar system. Perhaps that is why this expansive planet is geared to do things on a large scale. The downside however, implies that ideals can become too lofty, with an exaggerated tendency to overdo. We can keep this in mind as we experience the holiday season.

Mercury, the messenger of communication, takes the lead this month as it shifts back and forth three times causing an off-kilter, barrage of mental gyrations. Mercury begins the month with a ten day transit through the sign of Capricorn, where communication is concise and practical. However, on December 11th, Mercury begins the fourth of its annual retrograde journeys from (12/11 – 12/30/10), as it navigates through the sign of Sagittarius. Since Mercury is least content in this sign, it can create a sufficient amount of confusion for us until the end of the month.

Energies are high under the Sagittarius New Moon on December 5th. We are encouraged to explore our spiritual potential and understand our soul contracts. On December 6th, Uranus, “Awakener Planet”, makes a forward shift, following an extended five month retrograde cycle. Unpredictable feelings and emotions are likely to arise, as a result. On December 8th, Mars, the action-oriented planet, moves into the well-placed sign of Capricorn. Our efforts become more focused and ambitious as we re-examine our goals for career/business advancement. Remember the time to take action is after Mercury goes direct.

On December 21st, a powerful Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse occurs hours before the Winter Solstice. *Wherever 29 degrees Gemini 21 minutes falls in your natal chart will determine what is being highlighted. This marks an emotionally intense time of completion and change for the next six months. Ask for guidance and insights to heal and move forward. The energies subside on the 22nd when the Sun moves into Capricorn. Reflection and relaxation are in order for this holiday season. Enjoy!!

Marcia McCaffery is a practicing, certified astrological counselor, Reiki master teacher, spiritual advisor, and a certified life direction coach with a private practice in the Denver area. She is a featured astrological consultant at Shining Lotus Metaphysical Bookstore.

*To learn how these changes impact you personally, contact Marci at stardirection@comcast.net. For free, valuable resources, visit her website at www.stardirectionastrology.com.



by MC Yogi

Elephant Power by MC Yogi $16.98

MC Yogi (aka Nicholas Giacomini) grew up painting graffiti and listening to hip hop. Inspired by artists like the Beastie Boys and Run DMC, he began writing raps and free styling for friends at house parties. MC YOGI spent most of high school in a group home for at-risk youth, and hip hop culture provided both a soundtrack and a creative outlet during those turbulent teenage years. Then, at age 18, he discovered yoga.

On a whim, he joined his father for a yoga and meditation intensive with a famous spiritual teacher from India. Deeply moved by this powerful experience, MC YOGI devoted himsilf to learning everything he could about the ancient discipline. He began studying the physical forms of yoga, as well as meditation, philosophy and devotional chanting. It was at a yoga teacher training program in San Francisco that he met and fell in love with his wife, Amanda. After their first trip to India, they opened Yoga Toes studio in Point Reyes, California, where they currently reside.

By combining his knowledge of yoga with his love for hip hop music, MC YOGI creates an exciting new sound that brings the wisdom of yoga to a whole new generation. With the support of world-class producers and musicians – and a lot of help from Ganesh – MC YOGI presents ELEPHANT POWER!



by Michael Bernard Beckwith

The Answer Is You

$19.95 for hardback book$24.95 for widescreen deluxe edition dvd

The Public Television Special

In times of challenge and change, there are key questions that many share: Do we search for meaning, or grasp for survival? How can we prosper and grow? hat is genuine happiness and how may we experience it?

As one of the most respected visionary teachers of our time, Michael Bernard Beckwith addresses these profound questions in his first public television special. In this book, Beckwith explores in depth these topics and more. In the dvd, he delves deep into practical methods for manifesting prosperity and health; living a rich, fulfilling life; understanding universal laws and gaining greater self-awareness, courage and self-reliance.

Beckwith’s unwavering conviction about creating a world that works for everyone is contagious, engouraging and convincing.

The dvd main feature runs 60 minutes, plus over 80 minutes of extraordinary special feature extras. 8 full-length songs from Rickie Byars Beckwith, Siedah Garrett, Niki Haris, Will.I.Am and the Agape International Choir. Also interviews featuring Scott Bakula, Les Brown, Debbie Ford, Sally Kellerman, and many more, plus a funny and heart-warming look at behind the scenes.