Free Spirit, Mind, Body, Money Talks

March 20, 2012 by  
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The YMCA of Central New Mexico hosts a series of guest speakers in March 2012 on the theme of Spirit, Mind, and Body. You don’t have to be a YMCA member to turn up – the talks are free to the general public.

The YMCA Spirit, Mind, and Body talks tackle how to manage all three in the midst of our busy lives. A couple of the talks relate to money too – I’m not sure if that speaks to spirit, mind, or body, but it’s sure hard to keep the stress levels down when cash is a concern.

So here’s the roster for March 21, 22, and 28, and all talks start at 6 pm:

  • Mindfulness Meditation for health, healing, and stress reduction: Wednesday, March 21.
    Led by Claudio Barrientos from The Mindful Center, which teaches practical, non-religious meditation techniques. Location: Horn Family YMCA.
  • A Plan for All Seasons – Financial Planning for Every Phase of Life: Thursday, March 22.
    Led by Adriane Callinan from Waddell & Reed, which consults on financial planning, insurance, and retirement planning. Location: McLeod YMCA.
  • We Find Money Others Miss – Free Second Look Review: Wednesday, March 28
    An H&R Block advisor gives your tax return a free Second Look Review to look for missed deductions and credits. The only money I ever find is down the back of the couch – so maybe you’ll get luckier with your tax return! Location: The Horn Family YMCA. 
  • How I Learned to Laugh At Myself: Wednesday, March 28.
    I’m not sure I need any teaching on this, as I frequently laugh at myself. And if I don’t, Mr Cheap does it for me. But this talk sounds rather fun, led by Shauna Rampley from Soaring Eagle Institute, a training & consulting company. Rampley specializes in helping people manage change and flexing that sense of humor muscle to deal with health or other life issues.  Location: McLeod YMCA

See full details on the YMCA Spirit, Mind, and Body talks and all the free talks are open to the public as well as to members of the YMCA.

McLeod Mountainside YMCA is located at 12500 Comanche Road NE. 
The Horn Family YMCA is at 4901 Indian School Road NE.




April 13, 2009 by  
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This should be cool!

Meet Olympian Ben Kvanli at REI tomorrow, April 14 (2009), 7:00pm and hear him speak about how he overcame injuries after being crushed in a car accident to compete at the Olympic level in competitive whitewater racing. In what should be a moving and motivational talk, Ben will discuss his commitment to goal-setting, persevering against the odds, and overcoming limiting beliefs.

Today, Ben spends his time teaching disabled veterans and at-risk youth how to kayak. Obviously, he’s imparting valuable life lessons, as well.

If you need some extra motivation to get back into your fitness routine or overcome current challenges in your life, this FREE event is a fantastic opportunity to get back on track!

Pre-registration is requested at REI customer service: 247-1191. REI is located at 1550 Mercantile Ave NE, Albuquerque (near Pan American Fwy and Montano Rd).

–Elizabeth Hanes