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Sometime last week, a “Meetup Reminder” appeared in my inbox. It said that there was a free Mini Health & Wellness Expo happening on Sunday in Minnetonka, MN put out by the Minneapolis Spiritualism Meetup Group.  Now, I must admit that I blindly joined a whole host of meetup groups and have ignored just about everything that came into my inbox from Meetup from that day forward, but for some reason this one caught my attention so I decided to actually venture out of my home on Sunday and go to it. Wow. Was I ever glad that I did!

First off, on the way there, we actually drove right by it. Miles by it. We were busy excitedly chatting about a new business idea for Cirkla (as we often do, Eric and I) and finally realized that we had gone too far, so we flipped around. On the way back, we passed by this really cool looking market and wellness center and I said to Eric, “We have to go back there when we are done with this expo thing.” So then we started looking at the street numbers again and laughed when we realized that the place that we saw was where we were going! Apparently, neither of us noticed the big signs on the side of the street that said “Health Expo”. My bad.

My expectations were minimal, to be honest, outside of the treat of getting to see the place that looked so cool from the outside. After all, it said “Mini Health & Wellness Expo” and when I looked at the list of six people that said they would attend on Meetup, including myself, I did not expect to see anyone there, really. So we walked into a room and there were only about ten booths, I was not surprised.  But, after all, I was just here to meet a few business owners so a small room with ten booths was fine by me as they would have more time to talk to me.

What I didn’t realize was that there were about four or five OTHER rooms full of booths … each room chuck full of some really cool people doing some really cool stuff! Talk about under-delivery! Wow. The “market”, which isn’t officially opened yet by the way, is a juice bar and a kitchen that will employ a real chef. What a treat!

So, I digress. Sadly, I once again forgot to bring my camera in from the car so I have no pictures to show you, but I am going to go back to the beginning to tell you who was all there that I met. My apologies for those that I did not meet because you will miss a free plug. (Patrick Weseman, where were you?) As I said, there were a lot of rooms and lots more people and it would be impossible to get to everyone. So here we go…I hope that you find some interesting tidbits in this list! Please share this article with others or “Stumble” it if you find it valuable!

SFQ (Spring Forest Qigong) – Spring Forest Qigong is a center in Eden Prairie, MN, run by Master Chunyi Lin. They have an SFQ Annual International Qigong Conference coming up from May 7 – 10, 2009.  If you have an interest in Qigong, I would recommend checking them out. They also had CDs and a book with information on Qigong to learn more about it. One thing that was interesting about their center is that they have study groups for the students to get together and practice. Being a martial artist myself, I know that having others to practice with is a great way to stay with your training and, from what they told me, Master Chunyi Lin is a great teacher.

Isha Foundation – We spoke with Elsa and she mentioned that her foundation is giving away a free talk on May 6th at the Doubletree Hotel in St. Louis Park, MN. This free talk is to introduce the teachings for the Inner Engineering Program. She also had a really cool looking book for sale called Midnights with the Mystic. The story behind the book is that, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev stayed with the author, Cheryl Simone, as he was doing one of his retreats. In the evenings after his retreats Cheryl and Sadhguru would take her boat out to a little island and talk around a bonfire. This book is her story of how that experience transformed her life. It sounds very interesting. You can order it on Amazon. She even had a testimonial by Deepak Chopra on the cover, so it MUST be good.   🙂

One of the people that I definitely did want to meet at this expo was Steve Fillmore. We are friends on Facebook, probably on Twitter as well and he is part of my Cirkla Community, but we had never met. So today I finally met him. I also met his business partner, Michael Dyda, who makes soaps out of essential oils through their company called MistExotics. Very cool.  Eric picked Michael’s brain about soap making and how its done.  Michael is obviously very knowledgeable in that area! Steve is the marketing genius behind their company as he has figured out the key to social networking – to be EVERYWHERE online!

We then met Giovanni Riva.  Giovanni is the Wellness Director of The Center for Harmonious Living and the Living Waters Market and works alongside of Tom, Mark and Kari who run the place. The “place” is really amazing. If you have a class or workshop and need a space, you should really connect up with Giovanni.  You can call him at (952) 938-1929 to book a space or get online to their website and see photos. Everything is very clean and beautiful there with some great spaces to host your event or class! The Living Waters Market has a juice bar and a kitchen to cook up some food so you could even have a workshop with the possibility of having some decent food and drink available! Wouldn’t that be fun? We also met Ron Clausen. Ron works with Intelligent Quantum Solutions and sells jewelry and other items that has the effect of balancing your energetic systems.

Then we met two women – Tammy Johnson and Marilee Keating. Tammy uses her experiences and understanding of the Core Passions work learned by Lori Palm and Wes Hamilton to do Intuitive Consulting using the Core Passion concepts, while Marilee does Therapeutic Counseling, which incorporates NLP and other techniques to help change your belief patterns from the inside out.

Debbie Burns was the next person I met. Debbie is the Director of Operations with Semerit: Body Centered Vitality for Life, so she suggested that the best way to get to know her company was to listen to the free talk given by Dr. Michele “Semerit” Strachan. Semerit was such a treat! In just one short 20 minute session, she revealed some amazing truths about how our bodies “speak to us” and inform us of what we need to know in our everyday lives. Semerit leads courses and workshops around the Twin Cities and has CDs available to help others learn her work.  She was really incredible to see. She is offering a training class called Body Centered Vitality to be offered on Monday, February 23rd at The Center for Harmonious Living from 7 – 9 PM. Check her website for future trainings if you miss that one.

Last, but certainly not the least, was Paula Quinlan. Paula is our resident “Transformation Ambassador” and she and I talked a bit about her microscopy work that deals with understanding the health of your blood cells and she showed me her new drums that she has been making with her drumming classes.  Each drum has special meaning and, when used, helps Paula to “drum up” (sorry, couldn’t help myself) certain qualities that are within herself. Speak to Paula if you want to learn more about her drums or her life-changing microscopy.

Well, that was my visit! It was SO much fun. Be sure and stop by the Minneapolis Spiritualism Meetup Group if you want to know more about events such as this (and meet some of the individuals behind it)! It was really incredible.  Thank you so much to Tom, Mark and Kari for putting this wonderful center together to give people a chance to really give the community a taste of what is available.

For those of you just tuning, please stop by and visit my website, Cirkla! We do a lot of fun projects like this to help PROMOTE the businesses in our community and throughout the world that are interested in raising the consciousness of the planet.

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Meditation #42 by Good Karma on Flickr

Meditation #42 by Good Karma on Flickr

My sister has said that I am like a magpie. I easily get distracted by the myriad of things available to me. The internet for me is The Supreme Distraction.

I took a few days off from the internet when I went up north to my fiance’s family. Dial-up is not really even worth mentioning so basically they don’t have internet. Although I enjoyed myself, it made me realize just how much I use the internet in my daily life, particularly in my business – Cirkla.

The last few days I have been browsing directories and looking at websites. I am constantly amazed at how endless they are and how wonderful it is to find so many people that are interested in alternative health, green living and spirituality! Literally millions. I could never, ever, EVER reach the bottom!

What does this say for the business owner (like myself) who has a target market similar to mine? To me, it says, “NEVER GIVE UP.” Sure, these are tough financial times and people are generally tightening their belts, but it is very encouraging to know that there is an endless supply of people that you can talk to about your business! Even if you have a local business, the people that you find on the internet can add more sales to your everyday business!

I recently have a written a series of articles designed to help the business owner who is interested in getting started with using Facebook to build their internet presence. Check them out!

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Paula Quinlan's Open House

Paula Quinlan's Open House

Last Sunday, I went to an Open House at my dear colleague, Paula Quinlan’s home. If you don’t know Paula, she is amazing. Paula is a super-charged businesswoman who is all about keeping you healthy and saving the planet. She does a majority of her work with a company called Amazon Herbs and she told me a bit about what she is doing there. The Founder of Amazon Herbs is John Easterling and he has built his business model around saving the rainforest. When I talked with Paula, she was really excited about this. Through her business with Amazon Herbs, Paula actually has been able to earn herself a piece of the rainforests to help save them! How cool is that?

She also had some brownies at her open house that were very delicious. I can only assume that it was partially due to these brownies that Paula gets her fabulous energy? I have included the recipe here for you, but you really need to check in with Paula for the ingredient called “Power Shake”… that is one of her special products through Amazon.

Amazon Power Brownie recipe (with Paula’s modifications!!!)

½ cup unsweetened cocoa (powder)
1 stick butter

¼ cup olive oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour (50/50 blend)

5 Scoops of Power Shake
3 eggs
1 tsp maple extract

3 really ripe bananas
½ cup chopped walnuts (or choice)

Preheat oven to 325o. Mix ingredients together, one at a time in order listed. Lightly grease 8”x8” pan, spread in brownie mix, bake for 35-40 minutes.

If you want to get a hold of Paula for some of that Power Shake stuff, she can be reached at (651) 772-6971 or by email at paula@transformationambassador.com. Her website is http://www.transformationambassador.com. You may have to stand in line for some of that Power Shake, though. Be warned.


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Sending out all those press releases for Cirkla website is starting to pay off! We got written up in our local holistic paper, Edge Life magazine. Yeah! Read the Write-Up

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