Magazine publisher Shelly Searle introduces the Austin Texas Edition of Natural Awakenings, with testimonials from Austin business owners: Sherry Gingras, of Drumz; Gabriella Espinosa, of Pure Soul Alchemy; and Mardy Chen, of Pure Bikram Yoga. Video by ARISE.

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Early Detection a Key Tool in Breast Cancer Prevention

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are many strateg ies that women can use to increase the odds of keeping their breasts healthy as they age. In addition to eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep, it is recommended that self-exams be performed monthly in the shower and clinical breast exams and screenings be carried out through a physician.

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Sage Smudging: Ancient Herbal Ritual Can Banish Negativity

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by Ashley Wearing

Sage smudging is an ancient art and ritual widely practiced by Native Americans to rid a space of negative energy. The process involves burning sage and fanning a feather toward the spaces in your home that have energy debris, which is a buildup of negative energy caused by arguments, a loss in family, divorce and anything that causes stress and keeps the energy stagnant in one’s space.

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Awesmic City Cultivates Cosmic Cultures with Creativity

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The Awesmic City Expo will return for a third year, bringing local businesses, nonprofits and representatives of arts, science, education, holistic health, economic justice and environmental restoration together for a weekend of engaging discussion and activities. Taking place October 15 and 16 at the Palmer Events Center under the theme Cultivating Cosmic Cultures, the expo will provide attendees with an opportunity to partake in discourse that gives solutions to some of our planetary challenges concerning the environment.

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Journey to Mutum: A Cultural Encounter Brings Brazilian Tribe to Austin

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From deep in the Amazon rainforest of Acre, Brazil, eight members of the Yawanawá tribe take a journey from their home to share their sacred songs, ancestral dance, languag e and spiritual heritage through Journey to Mutum: a Cultural Encounter. Presented by Indigenous Celebration, based out of Florida, the Yawanawá will treat the public to rituals never before seen in the United States. Their live performance, Journey To Mutum: Cultural Encounter, will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m., October 7, at Unity Church of the Hills.

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Fire Up a Passion for Change: Firewalking Workshop Explores Ways to Overcome Obstacles

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Native Americans and indigenous tribes in India and Africa have performed firewalking—the act of walking barefoot across hot embers or stones—to gain the energy to perform hands-on healing for others, self-healing and to fill up with the power they need to accomplish big challenges. Energy healer and certified firewalk instructor Kerri Hummingbird will lead a Firewalk Empowerment Workshop from 5 to 9 p.m., September 16.

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Using the Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique to Heal Children

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by Debbie West

Physicians and parents are struggling with ways to help children overcome behavioral issues currently labeled as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and other mental health-related conditions. Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT) is a patient-based mind/body method that can replace or supplement existing protocol. QHHT has gained popularity in North America as an integrative, non-invasive treatment option for children, with a parent acting on behalf of the child.

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Increasing Dopamine Can Train a Child’s Brain for Success

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Children may be consistently successful in school, or often lacking success and are afraid of not pleasing their parents. In her book Your Child’s Strengths, educator, author and speaker Jenifer Fox states that earning good grades and pleasing parents and teachers are not effective motivators for true learning and can actually cause stress, anxiety, and may lead to the development of negative habits.

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Reconnect to Peace and Wellness

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Dr. Eric Pearl is the founder of Reconnective Healing (RH), a comprehensive option for life progress in overall health, balance, spirituality and wholeness. For over 20 years, Pearl has been traveling the world, serving alongside the global community as an ambassador for this evolutionary movement in health care. From August 19 through 23, he will be at the Palmer Events Center for seminars featuring a two-part training program for RH Levels 1 and 2, which allows participants to discover and explore RH frequencies and even open their own RH practices.

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