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As I shuffle a deck of tarot cards, waiting to get a glimpse into my future, Daniella D’Amore asks me if I have any connection to the Pacific Northwest. Slightly dumbfounded, I answer, “No,” and ask, “How come?” If anything, my deepest geographical connection would be the southwest, a land of tan, orange and brown.

“I see a lot of green and blue in your future,” D’Amore says. “I believe that’s where you will eventually end up; somewhere surrounded by a lot of green and blue.”

I wasn’t sure what to make of her prediction, but then again, it was the first time I’ve ever sat in front of a fortune teller and a deck of tarot cards. D’Amore was one of many at the Black Hills Mind Body Spirit Experience on Saturday at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center.

“The whole intention is to showcase that there’s a lot of people in the Black Hills area doing so much work helping people find a healthier lifestyle,” said D’Amore, who also organized the event. “There are many different ways to do that, not just for the body, but for the mind and spirit as well. It’s a way of getting this information out in the community so people know where to go.”

D’Amore starts to lay down cards at our table in the “Reader Room.” Surprisingly enough, the first two cards she laid down were green, followed by two that were blue.

Elsewhere in the conference center, participants were practicing Tai Chi, yoga and getting their chakras evaluated and balanced. Vendors set up booths selling natural soaps, oils and crystals. Every hour or so, a speaker would give a presentation on topics ranging from acupuncture to Lakota spiritual practices. There’s a lot to do and learn about and if I wasn’t on the deadline crunch, I would have enjoyed spending some more time there, even if it was more for the yoga and Tai Chi rather than balancing my chakras.

So what of my fortune? To be honest, I felt like it was too vague to take seriously, granted my time with D’Amore was much shorter than a normal participant would get with an appointment. D’Amore believes I am in a transitional period of learning. I am concentrated on work more than love, but that someone will enter my life “soon.” 

She also says that I will continue to travel around for a number of years before I eventually settle down sometime in my 30s. To me, it sounds like the description of just about any recent college graduate, but according to D’Amore, the fortune may not be the point.

“I’m not saying you’re going to come here and find the answers,” says D’Amore. “But it may give you the inspiration to follow the road that you never thought to look at or follow before.”

Those words resonated with me throughout the rest of my time at Mind Body Spirit. I relaxed in a heated chair while getting my chakras evaluated. I spoke to many kind, interesting people about things I’ve never heard of before. I photographed yoga and Tai Chi and mimicked the deep breathing as I took images. I also left the Ramkota feeling a little less stressed than when I entered.

If you want to check what Black Hills Mind Body Spirit is all about, it will continue today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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