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Volume 8, Issue 59
January 07, 2007

First Full Moon of 2007


New Years
Healing Points

By this time, most people have given up on their New Years resolutions and have, in some way, left a part of their resolve to make things better by the side of the road. The reason is simple; most people make all or nothing resolutions: “I’m going to the gym every day!” “I’m going to lose 20 pounds by summer.”  “I’m for sure going to quit (fill in the vice of your choice).”  Unfortunately extreme goals rarely work, and most people have blown their resolutions by January 4th.

There is, however, an alternative: small changes. Kept resolutions are a long-term process, an unfolding if you will, of incremental change made over the course of time. So for this message, I’d like to offer you a few small adjustments that are easy to implement, easy to keep, and will benefit not only you, but others as well. Even if you only try a couple of them, you will notice benefits.

Try eating more (or some) organically grown foods.  You will not only lighten the toxic load on your body, but you will get more nutrition and taste. You will also support the smaller family farmers in their struggle for survival, and help reduce the amount of toxic chemicals released into the environment.
  • Eat more locally grown foods.  It’s an absurd reality of our modern eating habits that food is often transported half-way around the world for our consumption.  The cost in fuel alone is way too high.  Plus, eating locally grown foods helps the body adjust to the climate changes that occur from season to season.

  • Start using “earth-friendly” cleaners.  Whether you change your brand of cleaning fluid, get an organic-based dish soap, or switch to a laundry detergent without artificial ingredients, this simple and painless change will reduce some of the most dangerous toxic chemicals found in the home.  Plus, with the removal of synthetic scents, you will begin to appreciate more the subtle flavors of foods.

  • Speaking of synthetic scents, try eliminating cosmetics that contain artificial ingredients.  Most people don’t realize it, but there is no regulation for what goes into perfumes and many cosmetics.  Perfumes alone can contain hundreds of different artificial chemicals, many of which may be carcinogenic.  As a side benefit, your sense of smell will improve (and people will stop giving you funny looks in elevators!).

  • Paper towels, facial tissues, and toilet paper are a necessary fact of life.  Most are made from trees, cut for just that purpose.  Many of these trees come from old-growth forests.  Simply changing to recycled paper products will help preserve what few forests are left.

  • If you need new bed sheets, buy ones made from organic cotton.  You will sleep better -- and healthier -- if you’re not spending hours each night surrounded by the myriad artificial chemicals, herbicides, fertilizers and pesticides used in the growth and manufacture of non-organic cotton.

  • Last, and perhaps most important, try eating more home-cooked meals.  If you don’t know how to cook, take some cooking lessons.  If you do know how to cook, try learning a new style.  And when you do cook at home, remember…go organic! 

All my best wishes for a happy New Year.


Upcoming Events

soundJourney Yoga Desa

January 13, 2007

On Saturday, January 13, 2007, a soundJourney event will be held at Yoga Desa in Topanga Canyon. The event starts at 8:00, and due to the focused inner nature of the soundJourney experience, there will be no admittance after 8:20.

"soundJourney is transformation via sound. Using indigenous instruments combined with modern technology, Richard Grossman weaves a spell of shamanic sound, vibration, healing, and Love."

Tickets for this first event of 2007 are discounted to $15.00 if paid in advanced and $20.00 at the door. Please Click Here to purchase your ticket or visit for more information.

Journey to Peru

Spring 2007 (tentative)

Summer 2007


Machu Picchu

If you feel called for healing at the deepest levels, I would like to invite you to attend one of the upcoming Journeys. They are truly incredible and very profound experiences. It will also be an amazing adventure as we visit both the highlands of the Andean high country, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and then travel to the jungle and work deeply with a traditional shaman. The level of healing that will occur happens at a depth that is literally life-transforming.

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