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Upcoming events being held at Ascent Acupuncture in Minneapolis. Please call 612.823.0368 to RSVP or check us out on Facebook. Search for our groups on Meetup.com too!

February Events

February 2019
Monday February 4th
Healing Needles


Healing Needles – Knitting Group, Monday, February 4th, 7-8:30pm, FREE to knit with us

Join us on the first Monday of every month!

Part knitting, part acupuncture, part meditation, this class combines basic knitting instruction (or getting help with an existing project) with the calming effects of auricular (ear) acupuncture.

Bring one skein of soft, beautiful yarn and appropriately sized needles (the yarn shop can help you with this), or a project you’re working on.

During the workshop, Elizabeth will treat you with acupuncture needles or seeds that help promote relaxation. FREE to knit and only $20 per person if you choose to experience some acupuncture.

Please RSVP by calling our clinic at 612.823.0368. You can also find us on meetup.com by searching Ascent and knitting or on our Facebook page under Events.

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Monday February 11th
Living Well Book Club-CANCELLED


Please join us on Monday, February 11th. FREE. 7-8:30pm

February’s Book: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

CANCELLED DUE TO PENDING WEATHER – We’ll discuss this book (in addition to March’s title) next month: March 11th

From Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Badass®-Doubting-Greatness/dp/0762447699/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1547754779&sr=8-3&keywords=you+are+a+badass

YOU ARE A BADASS IS THE SELF-HELP BOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY WANT TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES BUT DON’T WANT TO GET BUSTED DOING IT.

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

About our Book Club:  READ & RELAX. LEARN & LAUGH. SHARE & SOCIALIZE. Reading various self-help and wellness books on your own is definitely valuable, but exploring them with other health-minded folks can be AMAZING! We invite you to join us on the 2nd Monday of each month for this unique book club. Whether you are an avid reader or not, this group is for you! We started our book club to support great conversations about books that will make us think, dream, and grow! Join us to unwind and connect.

Please RSVP by calling the clinic directly at 612.823.0368 or finding the event on www.meetup.com or Ascent’s Facebook page.

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Monday, February 25th
Life with Diabetes Monthly Meet Up


Life with Diabetes Support Group, Monday, 
February 25th, 7-8:30pm, FREE

This casual, supportive meetup group provides a valuable resource for those living with diabetes and pre-diabetes, including family and friends. All are welcome! Type 1 and Type 2, Gestational, Pediatric. We all experience similar triumphs and challenges and sharing can make a big difference.

Join us and share what’s good and new from your month and how the group can support you! We meet the 4th Monday (holidays excluded) of each month and are led by Diabetes Coach, Carrie Boe (also a well-managed diabetic for nearly 25 years). Meetings are held at Ascent : East Asian Integrative Care in south Minneapolis.

Please RSVP by emailing SuperStrongDiabetics@gmail.com or finding us on Meetup.com. You can also find us on Ascent’s East Asian Integrative Care’s Facebook page and the SuperStrongDiabetics’ Facebook page.

Minn., MN

March Events

March 2019
Monday March 4th
Healing Needles


Healing Needles – Knitting Group, Monday, March 4th, 7-8:30pm, FREE to knit with us

Join us on the first Monday of every month!

Part knitting, part acupuncture, part meditation, this class combines basic knitting instruction (or getting help with an existing project) with the calming effects of auricular (ear) acupuncture.

Bring one skein of soft, beautiful yarn and appropriately sized needles (the yarn shop can help you with this), or a project you’re working on.

During the workshop, Elizabeth will treat you with acupuncture needles or seeds that help promote relaxation. FREE to knit and only $20 per person if you choose to experience some acupuncture.

Please RSVP by calling our clinic at 612.823.0368. You can also find us on meetup.com by searching Ascent and knitting or on our Facebook page under Events.

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Monday March 11th
Living Well Book Club


Please join us on Monday, March 11th, 7-8:30pm, FREE

March’s Book: What if This is Heaven by Anita Moorjani

From Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/What-If-This-Heaven-Experiencing/dp/1401943322/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

If life is about the journey and not the destination, could it be that this is heaven—this physical life we are living here on Earth? What we experience in our daily lives often feels like anything but heaven. But what if we understood how powerful we are—that we are powerful enough to mold both our internal and our external reality?Anita Moorjani, the New York Times bestselling author of Dying to Be Me, is convinced we can do exactly that. The process, she explains, requires dismantling many cultural myths mistaken for indisputable truths. Beliefs such as “We get what we deserve,” “Loving ourselves is selfish,” and “Coincidences are just that—coincidences,” are ingrained within us from birth, pervasive and influential, leading to generations of misguidance. Following her near-death experience, Moorjani began to embody truths she learned in the other realm, discovering that letting go of these outmoded myths allowed her to experience heaven not as a physical place but as a state of mind, right here and right now. In this examination of our common myths, she shares stories and examples from her own life, revealing the lies beneath the surface of what she was taught and absorbed. By freeing ourselves from these falsehoods, Moorjani asserts, we can leave fear, heartache, and self-imposed boundaries behind and instead live lives full of purpose and joy.

About our Book Club:  READ & RELAX. LEARN & LAUGH. SHARE & SOCIALIZE. Reading various self-help and wellness books on your own is definitely valuable, but exploring them with other health-minded folks can be AMAZING! We invite you to join us on the 2nd Monday of each month for this unique book club. Whether you are an avid reader or not, this group is for you! We started our book club to support great conversations about books that will make us think, dream, and grow! Join us to unwind and connect.

Please RSVP by calling the clinic directly at 612.823.0368 or finding the event on www.meetup.com or Ascent’s Facebook page.

Minn., MN
Monday, March 25th
Life with Diabetes Monthly Meet Up


Life with Diabetes Support Group, Monday, March 25th, 7-8:30pm, FREE 

This casual, supportive meetup group provides a valuable resource for those living with diabetes and pre-diabetes, including family and friends. All are welcome! Type 1 and Type 2, Gestational, Pediatric. We all experience similar triumphs and challenges and sharing can make a big difference.

Join us and share what’s good and new from your month and how the group can support you! We meet the 4th Monday (holidays excluded) of each month and are led by Diabetes Coach, Carrie Boe (also a well-managed diabetic for nearly 25 years). Meetings are held at Ascent : East Asian Integrative Care in south Minneapolis.

Please RSVP by emailing SuperStrongDiabetics@gmail.com or finding us on Meetup.com. You can also find us on Ascent’s East Asian Integrative Care’s Facebook page and the SuperStrongDiabetics’ Facebook page.

Minn., MN

April Events

April 2019
Monday April 1st
Healing Needles


Healing Needles – Knitting Group, Monday, April 1st, 7-8:30pm, FREE to knit with us

Join us on the first Monday of every month!

Part knitting, part acupuncture, part meditation, this class combines basic knitting instruction (or getting help with an existing project) with the calming effects of auricular (ear) acupuncture.

Bring one skein of soft, beautiful yarn and appropriately sized needles (the yarn shop can help you with this), or a project you’re working on.

During the workshop, Elizabeth will treat you with acupuncture needles or seeds that help promote relaxation. FREE to knit and only $20 per person if you choose to experience some acupuncture.

Please RSVP by calling our clinic at 612.823.0368. You can also find us on meetup.com by searching Ascent and knitting or on our Facebook page under Events.

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Monday April 8th
Living Well Book Club


Please join us on Monday, April 8th, 7-8:30pm, FREE

April’s Book: The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

From Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307591557/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Our most commonly held formula for success is broken.

Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around.

When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe.

In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research—including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG—to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work.

Isolating seven practical, actionable principles that have been tried and tested everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, stretching from Argentina to Zimbabwe, he shows us how we can capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximize our potential. Among the principles he outlines:

• The Tetris Effect: how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility, so we can see—and seize—opportunities wherever we look.
• The Zorro Circle: how to channel our efforts on small, manageable goals, to gain the leverage to gradually conquer bigger and bigger ones.
• Social Investment: how to reap the dividends of investing in one of the greatest predictors of success and happiness—our social support network

A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn’t only about how to become happier at work. It’s about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.

About our Book Club:  READ & RELAX. LEARN & LAUGH. SHARE & SOCIALIZE. Reading various self-help and wellness books on your own is definitely valuable, but exploring them with other health-minded folks can be AMAZING! We invite you to join us on the 2nd Monday of each month for this unique book club. Whether you are an avid reader or not, this group is for you! We started our book club to support great conversations about books that will make us think, dream, and grow! Join us to unwind and connect.

Please RSVP by calling the clinic directly at 612.823.0368 or finding the event on www.meetup.com or Ascent’s Facebook page.

Minn., MN
Monday, April 22nd
Life with Diabetes Monthly Meet Up


Life with Diabetes Support Group, Monday, April 22nd, 7-8:30pm, FREE 

This casual, supportive meetup group provides a valuable resource for those living with diabetes and pre-diabetes, including family and friends. All are welcome! Type 1 and Type 2, Gestational, Pediatric. We all experience similar triumphs and challenges and sharing can make a big difference.

Join us and share what’s good and new from your month and how the group can support you! We meet the 4th Monday (holidays excluded) of each month and are led by Diabetes Coach, Carrie Boe (also a well-managed diabetic for nearly 25 years). Meetings are held at Ascent : East Asian Integrative Care in south Minneapolis.

Please RSVP by emailing SuperStrongDiabetics@gmail.com or finding us on Meetup.com. You can also find us on Ascent’s East Asian Integrative Care’s Facebook page and the SuperStrongDiabetics’ Facebook page.

Minn., MN

May Events

May 2019
Monday May 6th
Healing Needles


Healing Needles – Knitting Group, Monday, May 6th, 7-8:30pm, FREE to knit with us

Join us on the first Monday of every month!

Part knitting, part acupuncture, part meditation, this class combines basic knitting instruction (or getting help with an existing project) with the calming effects of auricular (ear) acupuncture.

Bring one skein of soft, beautiful yarn and appropriately sized needles (the yarn shop can help you with this), or a project you’re working on.

During the workshop, Elizabeth will treat you with acupuncture needles or seeds that help promote relaxation. FREE to knit and only $20 per person if you choose to experience some acupuncture.

Please RSVP by calling our clinic at 612.823.0368. You can also find us on meetup.com by searching Ascent and knitting or on our Facebook page under Events.

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Monday May 13th
Living Well Book Club


Please join us on Monday, May 13th, 7-8:30pm, FREE

May’s Book: Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hecor Garcia

From Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Ikigai-Japanese-Secret-Long-Happy/dp/0143130722/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

*Los Angeles Times bestseller*

“If hygge is the art of doing nothing, ikigai is the art of doing something—and doing it with supreme focus and joy.” —New York Post

Start the new year by bringing meaning and joy to all your days with this internationally bestselling guide to the Japanese concept of ikigai (pronounced ee-key-guy)—the happiness of always being busy—as revealed by the daily habits of the world’s longest-living people.

“Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.” —Japanese proverb

According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai—a reason for living. And according to the residents of the Japanese village with the world’s longest-living people, finding it is the key to a happier and longer life. Having a strong sense of ikigai—the place where passion, mission, vocation, and profession intersect—means that each day is infused with meaning. It’s the reason we get up in the morning. It’s also the reason many Japanese never really retire (in fact there’s no word in Japanese that means retire in the sense it does in English): They remain active and work at what they enjoy, because they’ve found a real purpose in life—the happiness of always being busy.

In researching this book, the authors interviewed the residents of the Japanese village with the highest percentage of 100-year-olds—one of the world’s Blue Zones. Ikigai reveals the secrets to their longevity and happiness: how they eat, how they move, how they work, how they foster collaboration and community, and—their best-kept secret—how they find the ikigai that brings satisfaction to their lives. And it provides practical tools to help you discover your own ikigai. Because who doesn’t want to find happiness in every day?

About our Book Club:  READ & RELAX. LEARN & LAUGH. SHARE & SOCIALIZE. Reading various self-help and wellness books on your own is definitely valuable, but exploring them with other health-minded folks can be AMAZING! We invite you to join us on the 2nd Monday of each month for this unique book club. Whether you are an avid reader or not, this group is for you! We started our book club to support great conversations about books that will make us think, dream, and grow! Join us to unwind and connect.

Please RSVP by calling the clinic directly at 612.823.0368 or finding the event on www.meetup.com or Ascent’s Facebook page.

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Monday May 27th
Life with Diabetes Monthly Meet Up - no meeting in May due to Memorial Day


Life with Diabetes Support Group, No Meeting in May due to Memorial Day, 7-8:30pm, FREE 

This casual, supportive meetup group provides a valuable resource for those living with diabetes and pre-diabetes, including family and friends. All are welcome! Type 1 and Type 2, Gestational, Pediatric. We all experience similar triumphs and challenges and sharing can make a big difference.

Join us and share what’s good and new from your month and how the group can support you! We meet the 4th Monday (holidays excluded) of each month and are led by Diabetes Coach, Carrie Boe (also a well-managed diabetic for nearly 25 years). Meetings are held at Ascent : East Asian Integrative Care in south Minneapolis.

Please RSVP by emailing SuperStrongDiabetics@gmail.com or finding us on Meetup.com. You can also find us on Ascent’s East Asian Integrative Care’s Facebook page and the SuperStrongDiabetics’ Facebook page.

Minn., MN

June Events

June 2019
Monday June 3rd
Healing Needles

Healing Needles – Knitting Group, Monday, June 3rd, 7-8:30pm, FREE to knit with us

Join us on the first Monday of every month!
Part knitting, part acupuncture, part meditation, this class combines basic knitting instruction (or getting help with an existing project) with the calming effects of auricular (ear) acupuncture.
Bring one skein of soft, beautiful yarn and appropriately sized needles (the yarn shop can help you with this), or a project you’re working on.
During the workshop, Elizabeth will treat you with acupuncture needles or seeds that help promote relaxation. FREE to knit and only $20 per person if you choose to experience some acupuncture.
Please RSVP by calling our clinic at 612.823.0368. You can also find us on meetup.com by searching Ascent and knitting or on our Facebook page under Events.

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Monday March 11th
Living Well Book Club


Please join us on Monday, June 10th, 7-8:30pm, FREE

June’s Book: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

From Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Lets-Pretend-This-Never-Happened/dp/0425261018

The #1 New York Times bestselling (mostly true) memoir from the hilarious author of Furiously Happy.

“Gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.

In the irreverent Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives.

About our Book Club:  READ & RELAX. LEARN & LAUGH. SHARE & SOCIALIZE. Reading various self-help and wellness books on your own is definitely valuable, but exploring them with other health-minded folks can be AMAZING! We invite you to join us on the 2nd Monday of each month for this unique book club. Whether you are an avid reader or not, this group is for you! We started our book club to support great conversations about books that will make us think, dream, and grow! Join us to unwind and connect.

Please RSVP by calling the clinic directly at 612.823.0368 or finding the event on www.meetup.com or Ascent’s Facebook page.

Minn., MN
Monday, June 24th
Life with Diabetes Monthly Meet Up


Life with Diabetes Support Group, Monday, June 24th, 7-8:30pm, FREE 

This casual, supportive meetup group provides a valuable resource for those living with diabetes and pre-diabetes, including family and friends. All are welcome! Type 1 and Type 2, Gestational, Pediatric. We all experience similar triumphs and challenges and sharing can make a big difference.

Join us and share what’s good and new from your month and how the group can support you! We meet the 4th Monday (holidays excluded) of each month and are led by Diabetes Coach, Carrie Boe (also a well-managed diabetic for nearly 25 years). Meetings are held at Ascent : East Asian Integrative Care in south Minneapolis.

Please RSVP by emailing SuperStrongDiabetics@gmail.com or finding us on Meetup.com. You can also find us on Ascent’s East Asian Integrative Care’s Facebook page and the SuperStrongDiabetics’ Facebook page.

Minn., MN

July Events

July 2019
Monday July 1st
Healing Needles

Healing Needles – Knitting Group, Monday, July 1st, 7-8:30pm, FREE to knit with us

Join us on the first Monday of every month!
Part knitting, part acupuncture, part meditation, this class combines basic knitting instruction (or getting help with an existing project) with the calming effects of auricular (ear) acupuncture.
Bring one skein of soft, beautiful yarn and appropriately sized needles (the yarn shop can help you with this), or a project you’re working on.
During the workshop, Elizabeth will treat you with acupuncture needles or seeds that help promote relaxation. FREE to knit and only $20 per person if you choose to experience some acupuncture.
Please RSVP by calling our clinic at 612.823.0368. You can also find us on meetup.com by searching Ascent and knitting or on our Facebook page under Events.

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Monday July 8th
Living Well Book Club


Please join us on Monday, July 8th, 7-8:30pm, FREE

July’s Book: Loving Kindness by Sharon Salzberg

Join us to discuss the book and also be led in a loving kindness meditation from one of our regulars, Brenda!

From Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Lovingkindness-Revolutionary-Happiness-Shambhala-Classics/dp/157062903X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1549306729&sr=8-1&keywords=lovingkindness+sharon+salzberg

Throughout our lives we long to love ourselves more deeply and find a greater sense of connection with others. Our fear of intimacy—both with others and with ourselves—creates feelings of pain and longing. But these feelings can also awaken in us the desire for freedom and the willingness to take up the spiritual path.

In this inspiring book, Sharon Salzberg, one of America’s leading spiritual teachers, shows us how the Buddhist path of lovingkindness can help us discover the radiant, joyful heart within each of us. This practice of lovingkindness is revolutionary because it has the power to radically change our lives, helping us cultivate true happiness in ourselves and genuine compassion for others. The Buddha described the nature of such a spiritual path as “the liberation of the heart, which is love.” The author draws on simple Buddhist teachings, wisdom stories from various traditions, guided meditation practices, and her own experience from twenty-five years of practice and teaching to illustrate how each one of us can cultivate love, compassion, joy, and equanimity—the four “heavenly abodes” of traditional Buddhism.

About our Book Club:  READ & RELAX. LEARN & LAUGH. SHARE & SOCIALIZE. Reading various self-help and wellness books on your own is definitely valuable, but exploring them with other health-minded folks can be AMAZING! We invite you to join us on the 2nd Monday of each month for this unique book club. Whether you are an avid reader or not, this group is for you! We started our book club to support great conversations about books that will make us think, dream, and grow! Join us to unwind and connect.

Please RSVP by calling the clinic directly at 612.823.0368 or finding the event on www.meetup.com or Ascent’s Facebook page.

Minn., MN
Monday, July 22nd
Life with Diabetes Monthly Meet Up


Life with Diabetes Support Group, Monday, July 22nd, 7-8:30pm, FREE 

This casual, supportive meetup group provides a valuable resource for those living with diabetes and pre-diabetes, including family and friends. All are welcome! Type 1 and Type 2, Gestational, Pediatric. We all experience similar triumphs and challenges and sharing can make a big difference.

Join us and share what’s good and new from your month and how the group can support you! We meet the 4th Monday (holidays excluded) of each month and are led by Diabetes Coach, Carrie Boe (also a well-managed diabetic for nearly 25 years). Meetings are held at Ascent : East Asian Integrative Care in south Minneapolis.

Please RSVP by emailing SuperStrongDiabetics@gmail.com or finding us on Meetup.com. You can also find us on Ascent’s East Asian Integrative Care’s Facebook page and the SuperStrongDiabetics’ Facebook page.

Minn., MN