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HEALTHY

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Simplified Parenting Why Less Means More Happiness

Erling Kagge on

Our Deep Need for Silence

Stretch Flow Yoga

Deep Stretching to Maintain Your Vitality

HEALTHY

PLANET

Multilevel Healing

Embracing All Dimensions of Well-Being

Breathing From The Core

Imperfectly Perfect Pets Natural Therapies Transform Lives

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Contents

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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FLOW YOGA

Deep Stretching to Maintain or Regain Your Youthful Vitality

14 SIMPLIFIED PARENTING

Why Less Means More Happiness

17 MULTILEVEL HEALING

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Embracing All Dimensions of Well-Being

19 BREATHING

FROM THE CORE

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Natural Therapies Transform Lives

DEPARTMENTS 5 affirming

naturally 5 business briefs 7 event briefs 8 health brief 10 global briefs 12 yoga naturally

17 healing ways 19 community

spotlight 21 wise words 23 natural pet 24 calendar 28 resource guide August 2018

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letter from publisher

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reetings! In trying to find inspiration for my monthly letter to you, I read many supposedly inspirational quotes. Know what? Not only was I not inspired, I was more frustrated than before I read them. Most of them were true and contained some sort of good positive advice. The problem was that saying some variation of “look on the bright side”, didn’t help. It actually made me more frustrated because apparently, I wasn’t able to be inspired from these obviously inspiring words. Then I stumbled onto this advice: “Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Feel the breath going down deep into your lungs, focus all your attention on that breath, feel your body taking it all in, then let it go completely. Take your time over this breath and keep your attention entirely focused on it. You don’t have to worry about anything else. After you’ve taken one deep breath, and let it go, take another. Focus completely on that breath, nothing else matters, just that breath. Keep your thoughts coming back to that breath. Savor it, feel it, really experience it. So far, you have taken 3 deep breaths, and I bet you already feel better don’t you?” And you know what? I did feel better. This wasn’t the first time I’d experienced the calming effects of breath-work, but I had forgotten and needed to be reminded. We all have our stressors. There are many ways to deal with them, some effective and some not so much. This is one way and it works. If you are experiencing stress in your life, and who isn’t, try it. Add it to your tool box of spiritual practices. As you read through this month’s Natural Awakenings, Cindy and I hope that you can find both the information and the inspiration that will make your life and the lives of those you come into contact with just a little better.

Brightest blessings,

Mike & Cindy Hart

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by Doyle Ward ou have more than 55,000 thoughts each day. Many are the same thoughts over and over again. Every single one is an affirmation; this also includes everything that you say. By reducing your negative thoughts and words and increasing the positive ones, you can reshape your life. Expecting a better day helps to create a better life. The only place we have to take action or make changes is the present. How many of your thoughts each day are put-downs directed toward yourself? We are often willing to give others a break; give yourself a break as well. To live a wholesome life, it is incredibly important to love yourself. Loving yourself is about respecting who you are inside and out and practicing self-forgiveness. Loving yourself helps you create a better life for yourself and those around you.

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I am creating a better life because I love myself The only thing that you are guaranteed in life is this moment. Working with positive affirmations can radically change your mindset. Say them and write them repeatedly with the feeling that they are your truth. You have the power to make great changes in yourself and the world. I know this is true because I have made huge changes in my life by changing my thoughts. Doyle Ward is a successful life coach, workshop leader and lecturer in the field of personal development and intuition. Listen to him live on inflowradio.com each Wednesday at 1 p.m. CT. See ad on page 15.

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The Impermanence of Form By Rev. Michael Gott - Senior Minister, Unity of Houston

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have been on a spiritual path for a long time—consciously engaging with life, seeking to heal my limiting belief structures, seeking to evolve. To grow. And I have grown. Sometimes through joy and discovery and sometimes through pain and loss. I keep thinking that at some point, I will have grown past that last bit or I will at least stop being so surprised by it. But, no. Grief still shocks me with its potency. Every time. Two dear friends recently lost their dogs. Having walked that road, I did my best to support them and to try to prepare them, because that loss cuts much deeper than we are usually prepared for. They are both reeling. Watching their faces, my own lost ones return to my thoughts, and my own heart breaks all over again. We lost two of our great ladies in our spiritual community recently, too. Even though they were not young, and it was

But, if you’re willing to let love break your heart, I think you’ll find that it stays open more, and longer, and it has so much more room. To love again. And again. And again. Forever.

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STRETCH FLOW YOGA Deep Stretching to Maintain or Regain Your Youthful Vitality

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” - Benjamin Franklin

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hether you live a sedentary or active lifestyle, the body will respond to the demands placed upon it. An imbalanced lifestyle of constant stress and pushing the body to its limits will eventually create a life of chronic pain and tightness. A balanced lifestyle of stretching, stillness, and breathing helps to maintain that youthful vitality available to all. As we age, a consistent practice of stretching and yoga will help us maintain or regain our flexibility and Youthful Vitality. The amount of flexibility we have is determined by the amount of time spent stretching. Spending one time a week stretching will yield a subtle increase in flexibility and joint mobility. Two classes a week will awaken the body’s awareness and begin to increase flexibility and mobility. Three classes or more per week will re-habituate the body towards stronger, leaner, more flexible muscles, increase in joint mobility, and an absence of chronic pain. Spending more time conditioning your muscles towards flexibility will lead you closer to a youthful demeanor and increased vitality.

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MUSCLE FLEXIBILITY LEADS TO JOINT MOBILITY Muscle flexibility leads to joint mobility. By improving the flexibility of the muscles, you improve the mobility of the joint. A flexible muscle is much stronger than a tight/contracted muscle. With a consistent stretching ritual, you can unwind what you tighten up, reversing the tight, inflexible, immobile state of muscles, tendons, and joints into fully functioning, pain-free, flexible, strong, youthful muscles, tendons, and joints. STRETCH FLOW YOGA - HOW I ELIMINATED CHRONIC PAIN & TIGHTNESS Through the act of consistent Deep Stretching, I have eliminated chronic pain and tightness. No longer do I feel hopeless about living with chronic pain and tightness. I have created a system of Therapeutic Preparatory Stretches, called STRETCH FLOW YOGA, to address muscle flexibility and joint mobility. These Therapeutic Preparatory Stretches condition and target specific muscles and tendons in areas of your body that lack flexibility, joint mobility, strength, and balance. These deep stretches also help break up muscle fiber adhesions, rehydrate fascia, and train the muscles to finally release and let go. This has been a 28-year journey into pain relief www.NaturalAwakenings-Houston.com

and flexibility that I have simplified into a Stretch Class format. Through my years as a Thai Sports Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Yoga Athlete, Yoga Student, and all the years I lived with chronic pain and tightness, I have experimented with and developed several concepts/elements that are present in my Stretch Flow Yoga System. These concepts/elements help to bring the desired therapeutic benefits to muscles, tendons, and joints, as well as the nervous system, cardio-vascular system, and respiratory system. Stretching and yoga will destress your mind and help you to slow down, breath, and quiet the mind. Adding the time for more stretching and yoga will change your mental, physical, and emotional state, making you a kinder, gentler, happier, more balanced person. When we change the physiological state of our body through stretching and yoga we are aligning the three Worlds within our human body. We are able to bridge the Body, the Mind, and the Spirit bringing them into alignment. This is the same “Body, Mind, Spirit” or “Heaven, Man, Earth” that has been mentioned for years. Muscles, tendons, joints, the nervous system, respiratory system, and cardiovascular systems must all be considered when changing the physiological state of the body. Muscles have to be able to relax and release in order for joints to have mobility. Mindful breathing has to be present in order to calm the nervous system and slow the cardio-vascular system. With that being said, with so many aspects of the body that need to be considered when trying to influence a positive physiological change, there must also be several concepts/elements to facilitate this change. There are several concepts/elements present in the Stretch Flow Yoga System. They are: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Resistant-Based Stretching, Movement-Based Stretching, Weight-Bearing Stretching, Passive Stretching, Trigger Point Positioning, Anatomical Positioning, Slow Inhale/Exhale Breathing.

The Stretch Flow Yoga is where yoga meets stretching, deep tissue massage meets fascia release, and your muscles meet their true flexibility. This class compliments Yoga, Pilates, Cross Fit, Golf, Tennis, or any other sports. Take the time to stretch


and it will change your life. When you stretch and do yoga, your breath slowly. When you stretch and breath slowly, you release stress, tension, tightness, and pain. You learn how to let go, allow, accept, be present and be mindful. You feel better, both inside and outside and the quality of your life improves. Through the act of Deep Stretching, there is the opportunity for SelfEmpowerment through Trauma Healing. It is a form of healing where people participating are able to address their own incongruence’s around areas of physical pain/trauma and energetic congestion. These unique stretches help others work through that space of tightness, pain, resistance, trauma and take responsibility for it. Through each stretch, the student is forced to self-engage/participate in their own trauma healing leading to selfempowerment. Wayne is a Native Houstonian, the current 2017 USA National Yoga Asana Champion (Men’s 50+ Division), a Certified Bikram Hot Yoga Teacher, Creator of Stretch Flow Yoga, and owner of Urban Fit Yoga in Houston, Texas. Wayne’s journey as a healer began after experiencing a life-changing event. Through his dance career ending injury, where he over-flipped doing a backflip and landing on his tailbone/sacrum, Wayne went on to develop a system of therapeutic stretches that would become his Stretch Flow Yoga. Wayne has helped professional, amateur, and collegiate-level athletes, as well as many clients living with chronic muscle, tendon, and joint pain. You can experience Wayne Campbell’s Stretch Flow Yoga Classes at Urban Fit Yoga Houston, 5702 Feagan, Houston, Texas 77007. Visit online at urbanfityoga.com.

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Parents wishing to simplify child-raising seek less stress and more fun; less scheduling and more casual time; less “shoulds” and more “want-tos” less second-guessing and more confidence.

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park (quality time) or for me to help you study for a test (acts of service)? n Would you like to wrestle (touch) or shop for your new shoes (gift)? “Ideally, we offer heavy doses of the child’s primary language and sprinkle in the others,” says Chapman. “Children who feel loved respond better to suggestions and discipline. They also learn how to express their feelings.”

Avoid Unreal Idealizing

Some parents carry a mental snapshot of their ideal child, perhaps envisioning a kid that is into sports or even-tempered or academically gifted. Often, that picture is very different from the actual child. The first step to truly accepting the child is to allow ourselves to feel whatever authentic feelings pop up. The parent might think, “I love my son, but am struggling; I adore sports and may never get to share that with him.” “Give yourself time to process disappointment,” advises Susan Stiffelman, a Los Angeles marriage and family therapist, mother of one and author of Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected. “Then identify the things you love about your kids and share those with them.” As just one example, we might convey that we love the sound of their voice and how gentle they are with the baby. “Appreciating our children as they are is one way to keep our hearts open,” says Stiffelman.


When Barbara Unell, a parent educator and author of Discipline With Love and Limits: Calm, Practical Solutions to the 43 Most Common Childhood Behavior Problems, birthed twins, she was initially daunted by the work of caring for them. Then she began simplifying by focusing on the “wow” factors. “Being a parent speaks to the core of our humanity. Experiencing the growth and development of a human being is miraculous. I started looking at parenting through that lens,” says Unell, who lives in the Leawood, Kansas, area. Asha Dornfest, of Portland, Oregon, a podcaster, co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less and mother of two, relates, “I paid more attention to my values and my family’s unique needs and was less influenced by parenting experts, social pressures and well-meaning peers.” Dornfest explored her own values by asking, “What did I learn from my parents?” and, “How do I want my family to be different?” She also practiced trusting her intuition. “Even when I’m not certain I’m right, I know I love my children, I’m doing my best, and I’ll make adjustments if necessary,” she says.

Create Rhythm and Rituals

Rhythmic activities ease the anxiety of family transitions and furnish warm solidarity, consistency and connectedness. “Increasing the predictability of meals, bedtime and other rituals also improves family life,” says Davina Muse, a mental health counselor and mother of two from Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Muse serves as training director for Simplicity Parenting, a program based on Kim John Payne’s book Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids that offers a connective ritual families can merge with mealtimes. Each person describes a “rose” (one good thing from the day) or a “thorn” (one challenging thing) and a “bud” (one thing they’re anticipating). Such sharing builds a family connection and helps kids discuss difficult issues, notes Muse. Also, “Describing the bud lifts everyone’s mood.” Every Friday evening, the Dornfests share a Sabbath dinner, a low-key way for them to gather and talk. “This ritual adds a rhythm to our week and anchors us,” says Dornfest.

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Soothing Quiet Time

Children that act out or withdraw may not have enough downtime. Take the kids outside to play. “Nature is very soothing,” says Muse. “Climbing trees, searching for rocks and pine cones, playing with dirt, sticks, water and leaves all offer healing down time.” To escape from worries and distractions, Stiffelman suggests three or four minutes of meditation or simply designated quiet time. For little ones, lay a stuffed teddy bear on the child’s tummy and have them notice how the animal is moving. A parent

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Most parents think their children would go crazy if half their toys and books were removed, but this isn’t true. “My trainers and I have worked with thousands of parents on decluttering, and the results have been powerful,” says Muse. The Simplicity Parenting approach encourages parents to discard broken toys, give away anything no longer being played with and attractively store current playthings. She observes, “As you decrease the quantity of toys and clutter, you increase the child’s attention and capacity for deep play.”

Build Resilience Simplifying parenting means releasing the notion that children must be happy, well-behaved and delighted with life and their parents at

all times. Unell used the daily multitasking challenges with her twins as exercises in developing resilience and modeling these skills for them. If children spill milk, the parent comments, “No big deal. We all spill things.” When there’s a minor accident, “Let’s just get towels and clean it up.” A resilient attitude is, “Something goes wrong, we fix it.” It’s also about being flexible and coping with disappointment. “To build resilience, parents need to feel comfortable in the presence of an unhappy child,” says Stiffelman. “If parents don’t allow children to be disappointed, kids can become rigid, lack confidence and struggle with unreasonable expectations.” During meltdowns or disappointments, she recommends sitting quietly, listening, and then empathizing and helping put the children’s feelings into words. “This is not the time to lecture or advise,” she says. “Upset children can’t really listen.” Yet, they can be heard—a key way to help them mature. Parents that learn to simplify happily discover that their children feel calmer and more loved, socially and emotionally adept, and resilient. Concepts focused on creating connections, rather than parenting perfection, are easy to weave into everyday life. Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor, dementia advocate, parent and grandmother. She’s also the author of Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together (DementiaJourney.org).

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ncorporating love throughout the day keeps a child’s tank full. Consider these tips from love languages expert Gary Chapman.

Physical Touch – Get Close ¤ Greet the child with a hug ¤ Stroke their hair while they talk about a challenging day ¤ Snuggle while watching TV

Affirmations – Encouraging Words ¤ Put a positive note in the child’s lunch box ¤ Appreciate something the child did or said ¤ Create an encouragement jar, with praising words to use as needed

Quality Time – Periods of Undivided Attention ¤ Ask a specific question about their day that elicits discussion ¤ Schedule a date with each child ¤ Create something together, like a photo album

Gifts – Tangible Expressions of Love ¤ Make a special meal or dessert; maybe do it together ¤ Have some small gifts the child can choose from as rewards for positive actions ¤ Seek natural gifts, like a special feather, stone or flower

Acts of Service – Volunteer Assistance ¤ Ask, “How can I help you today?” ¤ Help a child repair a broken toy or resolve a challenge ¤ Do a family service project together

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r. Wayne Jonas’ curiosity was piqued after hearing stories of patients that have experienced healing from chronic illnesses or reclaimed well-being without following conventional medical advice. So he focused on researching dimensions of healing that Western medical schools never taught him. The rewards were radical discoveries: whole system science exploring the web of connections within the body; the need to acknowledge an individual’s core multi-dimensions—body/external, behavior/lifestyle, social/ emotional and spiritual/mental—and what’s needed to unlock each person’s inherent capacity for health and healing. The author of How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal, Jonas concludes, “Only 20 percent

of healing comes from the treatment agent the doctor applies. A full 80 percent of the healing potential, which lies dormant in everyone, comes from constructing a meaningful treatment response unique to you. This is internal, highly personal and uses simple principles and components.” During his 40-year career, Jonas was able to observe multilevel healings with patients, as well as through other professional roles. He’s served as director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, a research scientist at the World Health Organization, CEO and president of the former Samueli Institute and director of the medical research fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Applying whole system science, Jonas developed the view of a patient as a veritable ecosystem. “We are more like a garden to be cultivated than a car to be fixed. Healing emerges when we support and strengthen the connections within us—body, behavior, social and spirit—making us more whole,” says Jonas. His broader approach for healing now includes the impacts of beauty, order, an optimal healing environment, connecting with nature, elements that induce an individual’s greatest meaning response, nourishment of the spiritual self, making time for joy, the roles of love and the physical presence of loved ones and a supportive social network, as well as the energetic contributions of other social interactions and emotional dimensions. For nearly 40 years, James Oschman, Ph.D., author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis, has been conducting research in physiology and the biophysics of energy medicines worldwide, including at Cambridge University, in England, and Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio. “Medical doctors are unaware of the body’s energy field because they aren’t taught anything about it or physics in medical school. Although the vast majority believe there is no science behind energy medicine or any that proves the body even has an energy field, it is real and has been measured,” says Oschman. He’s passionate about including energy medicine in healing,

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reath is the link between body and mind. Breathing is fulfilling and helps release emotions. Deep breathing may alter our perception allowing us to pause for reflection. We all experience that our awareness is connected with breathwork. When we are in awe of tranquility, the breath often pauses as in a breathtaking moment. We seem to catch our breath and recognize the moment. Thus Yoga philosophy places breathing as the bridge between the tangible and the intangible, at the cusp of the physical and the subtle.

As everyone knows, breathing fresh air is a rejuvenating experience. Oxygenation during early morning breathwork and exposure to sunlight during the first hour after sunrise form recommended parts of wellness routines. Most breathing techniques are best practiced on an empty stomach and after evacuating. This is helpful in creating room to fully feel the movement of the breath. Awareness of natural and regular breath movement is said to be the forerunner of mindfulness. To be present with each moment while naturally aware of the breath is a hallmark of mindfulness. In contrast, emotions take their grip when one forgets to breathe properly. Emotional choking results from disrupted breathing. Therefore correct breathing is extremely beneficial for emotional balance. Yoga philosophy considers emotional disturbance to be a greater obstacle than physical disturbance for contemplation. Thus bodily pain is taken to be a lesser hindrance than emotional pain for meditation. Concentration is dependent on the rhythm of the restful breathing, wherein the breathwork brings about a focus free from distracting thoughts and emotions. Conquest of internal chatter is then flooded by peace. Yogic practices in the Himalayan terrain have been known to lay emphasis on correct breathing techniques. Himalayan yoga teaches us to invoke end points within our body coordinates whenever we need to breathe deeply. Yogis train beginners in meditation to feel the normal breath first touching the mid-point between the two eyebrows and then merging into the heart area. A subtle movement sensation in the sternum brings focus into the center of the chest. This is said to increase awareness of sentience and the preciousness of breath. In regards to inhalation, a fuller breath is said to be an inspi-

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ration from the lower belly up. Inhaling in the upper chest while contracting the lower abdomen inward causes a shallow breath. Unfortunately, this practice is a symptom of improper breathing. Himalayan yoga teaches us to breathe by relaxing and expanding the lower abdomen with a wide open restful chest. While one may have heard about belly breathing methods, it is definitely not necessary to control the breathwork by thinking of the diaphragm and its movement. The muscles of the entire torso need to be relaxed and the breathwork should not cause flickering in and around the eyes. Thus all four parts − the eyebrows, eyelids, eyelashes and the eyeballs − must be relaxed so that the physical eyes are disengaged. A full breath can be practiced correctly by focusing at a level the width of five fingers below the belly button. This defines the point at the center of the front of the core. This frontal point of the core is where the yogi or martial artist gathers vital energy. If one were to make a conic projection frontward from the second chakra point in the spinal column, this would

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project a circular area onto the lower belly just above the groin. This is a way of conceptualizing the front of the core as a cone-shaped area with its tip in the spinal column. The center of this ventral core below the navel is a point where maximum heat can be introduced into the body. Ayurvedic healing traditions, especially those practiced in Himalaya, use this point to induct heat into the body. This point is right in front of the bladder and therein lies the secret of breath control. The bladder relaxes and contracts as the control center. Thus inhalation requires relaxing the bladder area outward as in expanding the lower belly, whereas exhalation is effected by a conscious contraction of the bladder area pulling the lower belly inward toward the spine. The guiding attention is more on the bladder, even as the inhalation pushes the diaphragm down and the exhalation allows the belly to flatten due to the diaphragm moving up. Breathing from the core using the water-storing bladder makes a full breath happen correctly and helps release emotions the yogic way. His Holiness Swami Vidyadhis-

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hananda is a Himalayan monk of the ancient Vedanta order, who is a kriyāyogi and a meditation master from the combined heritage of rishi sages and nāth yogis. He was awarded the degree of Mahāmahopādhyāy (DLitt et Phil) by the university system in India due to his scholarly and meditative interpretation of Sanskrit literature. He teaches cardinal philosophies of Vedanta, Sankhya and Yoga with exquisite clarity and initiates seekers into Himalayan meditation techniques. He is the spiritual founder of Self Enquiry Life Fellowship and head of the Hansavedas Mission (hansavedas.org). His Holiness returns to Houston this September 16th – October 3rd 2018. Seekers have the opportunity to be in his divine presence to experience authentic spiritual teachings and guided meditation during a series of discourses and fellowships. A highlight of the visit is a one of a kind Benefit & Indic Art Auction, Sattwadharman, to be held on September 29th. Learn more about the events at hansavedas.org/houston or by calling 281-410-8102. See ad on page 17.


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xplorer, publisher, art collector and author Erling Kagge inspires us to find silence around and within us as a transformative experience. The lengths he’s gone to make himself an authority in this pursuit include being the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge on foot—the North and South poles and Mount Everest summit. He has also traveled to Japan to meditate and practice yoga. The Norwegian’s seventh book, Silence: In the Age of Noise, selected as a 2017 Great Read from the Indie Next List, recounts his experiences and presents observations of many past and present poets, philosophers, artists and other explorers—including Plato, Aristotle, Søren Kierkegaard, Oliver Sacks, Blaise Pascal, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Stendhal, Denis Diderot and Mark Rothko—in exploring where we find silence and how to invoke it to improve well-being. It provokes reader reflection, demonstrating the kind of active engagement Kagge believes silence invites. He explores why it’s essential to our sanity and happiness and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude. Kagge, whose previous books address exploration, philosophy and art collecting, runs Kagge Forlag, a publishing company in Oslo, where he lives.

Why do you consider silence, “the new luxury”, more important now than ever before? Silence in itself is rich. It is a quality, something exclusive and luxurious, and also a

When they come to the end of it, the poor wretches realize too late that for all this time, they have been preoccupied in doing nothing.” Everything Earthly can be snatched away in an instant. Life is long if you know how to use it. Even if we were to live 1,000 years, our lives would feel short if we threw away this present time. We exist, but few of us actually live.

What have been the most helpful takeaways from your experiences? Your mind—in silence—can be wider than the sky. Silence is about getting inside what you are doing—experiencing, rather than overthinking, and not living through electronic devices and other people.

Where may silence be found? It’s easier to find silence than many people think or believe. I walked alone to the South Pole for 50 days and nights under the midnight sun in search of total silence; but I never found it before I turned inwards toward inner silence and uncovered forgotten sides of a universe just as mysterious as outer space. One universe stretches outward, the other inward.

Are there practical steps to achieve a state of silence? practical resource for living a richer life. Silence is a deep human need that in our age, has ended up being scarcer than plastic bags from Louis Vuitton. To me, silence is a key to unlock new ways of thinking. I wanted to write about silence because I consider it nearly extinct.

Which insight from the great thinkers cited in your latest book means the most to you? The Roman philosopher Seneca, 2,000 years ago, said, “Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present and fear the future.

You can shut out the world and fashion your own inner silence whenever you run, cook food, have sex, study, chat, work, think of a new idea, read or dance. Silence is not about turning your back on your surroundings, but the opposite; it’s seeing the world a bit more clearly, staying on a course and aiming to love your life as much as you can. I had to use my legs to go far away in order to discover this, but I now know it’s possible to reach silence anywhere. One only needs to subtract. It’s about finding your own South Pole. Randy Kambic, an Estero, FL, freelance writer and editor, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings. August 2018

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Physical Adaptations Zach, a rescued cat, welcomes foster pets to Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue, in Newport Beach, California, teaching kittens cleanliness, and good manners to dogs. “We can’t imagine life without him,” says Monica Sederholm, co-founder of the organization. A congenital condition causing irregular bone growth in his shoulder blades, fused bones and a missing kneecap hasn’t stopped him. Muscle pain keeps him from retracting his claws, but daily massages help him relax. Although Zach remains mobile, walking is difficult or sometimes impossible when an animal is missing a limb or paralyzed. Designed for specific disabilities and fitted for size, a wheelchair cart provides freedom most cats and dogs embrace. Rescue volunteers and adoptive parents must keep clutter off the floors, supervise and remove the cart to allow for comfortable naps. Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat and the Curl Up with a Cat Tale series, adopted Homer, a blind kitten from Miami. “Never having sight, he wasn’t afraid to take risks,” she explains. “He climbed, explored and played with our other cats.” When a move to Manhattan, New York, presented a scary prospect

for Cooper, Homer inspired her, saying, “Homer didn’t let fear of the unknown trip him up. He taught me the relationships you’re sure you don’t want can be the most meaningful.” “Dottie CrazyPants, a rescued Harlequin Great Dane with severe skin and ear infections and a dysfunctional immune system, had no quality of life until I tried holistic treatments,” says Lara Katz, executive director of the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center, in Mebane. Dottie didn’t gain weight, even though she ate a lot and drank gallons of water a day, resulting in indoor accidents. “A raw food diet resolved many health and housebreaking issues.” Discontinuing regular medications left Dottie miserable and nearly unable to walk. “A massage therapist said her energy centers were blocked,” Katz says. “After an energy medicine treatment, Dottie slept through the night for the first time in months. Her paws looked better short term.” A combination of holistic treatments including cold laser and red-light therapy, Chinese herbs, an anti-yeast protocol and probiotics works best. Katz also uses only ecofriendly cleaning and laundry products. “Certified through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Dottie’s visits take a bit of management because of the types of cleaning

products used in nursing homes. It’s worth it. She’s completely changed my lifestyle regarding how many toxins we’re exposed to daily.”

Emotional Relief Tracy Krulik, a certified canine separation anxiety trainer in northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area, is a graduate of Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers. “Using videoconferencing, I can watch my client’s dogs at home, see when panic starts and create daily training plans to keep them safely calm.” Feldenkrais practitioner and author of Grow Young with Your Dog: Learn How You and Your Canine Companion Can Feel Better at Any Age! Mary Debono, of Encinitas, California, sees a variety of pets. “I invited an Arabian named Easy to be the demo horse during a class I taught,” she recalls. “Sore all over, he couldn’t lift his feet high enough to step over a pole lying on the ground.” Easy showed dramatic improvement through Feldenkrais, which focuses on improved function, rebooting the body by interrupting the cycle of pain and tension, so that the patient realizes change is possible. Debono also treated a rabbit that didn’t like to be touched. “I used the eraser end of a pencil through an opening in his crate. Non-habitual touch gets the attention of the nervous system; areas of tension are sore, so gentle lifts provide relief.” Without pain, movement is easier and behavior improves.

Lesson Learned Sandy Johnson, former actress and author of The Pet Healer Project and Miracle Dogs: Adventures on Wheels, in Los Angeles, was in recovery from Stage 4 kidney cancer when she adopted Charley, a Brussels Griffon. “Her singlemindedness taught me my greatest lesson about the body’s ability to heal,” she says. Animals show less concern about blindness, a bum knee or even the need for a wheelchair than humans do. People that live with special needs animals are quick to say the benefits far outweigh the cost. When we’re open to the possibilities, such pets offer lessons in living life to the fullest. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com. August 2018

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WEDNESDAY AUGUST 1ST

Eckankar Spiritual Discussion: Have You Had A Spiritual Experience? 7:00pm. If you have ever wanted to share a spiritual experience or explore a spiritual question, join us for our Wednesday night discussions. Parker Williams Library, 10851 Scarsdale Blvd #510, 77089. For information call 281-759-1130.

THURSDAY AUGUST 2ND

Eckankar Spiritual Discussion: Have You Had A Spiritual Experience? 7:00pm. If you have ever wanted to share a spiritual experience or explore a spiritual question, join us for our Wednesday night discussions. Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library, 16616 Diana Lane, 77062. For information call 281-759-1130. Eckankar Event: Experience The Sound Of Soul. 7:30pm. One of the simplest yet most profound spiritual exercises taught in Eckankar is singing the word HU, find out how this can transform your life. Centerpoint Body Mind & Spirit, 2727 Fondren Rd, Suite 5M, 77063. For information call 281-759-1130.

SATURDAY AUGUST 4TH

mark your calendar YoUniverSoul Fest Community Yoga. 9-11am. yoga • music • art • bliss A conscious movement to awaken the soul of the city… FREE. Midtown Park 2811 Travis St, Houston, TX 77006. youniversoulfest.com Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10:00am-5:00pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuinta Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. psychicfairs.com 713-444-3581

SUNDAY AUGUST 5TH

Bayou Bikers. 8:00am. Meet at Market Square Park for 25-40 mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark.com Blessing Ceremony. 9:30am-3:30pm. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568 Eckankar Eck Light And Sound Service: Replacing Fear With Love. 11:00am. Our services often feature readings from the ECK works, singing HU, creative arts, and group discussions of spiritual principles. Houston Eckankar Center, 11231 Richmond, Ste. D-106, 77082. For information call 281-759-1130.

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mark your calendar Summer Education Series at Unity of Houston: Kundalini Yoga and Unity: A Kindred Practice of Oneness. 1:30pm-4:00pm. Taught by Satmitar K. Khalsa and Mary Fehr. Join us for an introduction to Kundalini Yoga. Learn what it is, how it differs from other forms of yoga, and how it aligns with Unity teachings. Unity of Houston Pyramid, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. UnityHouston.org

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mark your calendar Spiritual Freedom Seminar: Eckankar – Ancient Wisdom for Today. Friday, August 10thSunday, Aug 12th. Please join us to experience a weekend of spiritual upliftment and learn more about how to make divine love a greater reality in your life. Hyatt Regency Houston Intercontinental Airport, 425 N Sam Houston Pkwy E, 77060. For information call 281-759-1130. Visit PathofSpiritualFreedomSeminar.org for program and registration details

mark your calendar Spiritual Freedom Seminar: Eckankar – Ancient Wisdom for Today. Friday, August 10thSunday, Aug 12th. Please join us to experience a weekend of spiritual upliftment and learn more about how to make divine love a greater reality in your life. Hyatt Regency Houston Intercontinental Airport, 425 N Sam Houston Pkwy E, 77060. For information call 281-759-1130. Visit PathofSpiritualFreedomSeminar.org for program and registration details

THURSDAY AUGUST 16TH

Blanket Bingo! 6:00pm. Bring your blanket, chairs or snag a table at the park for a night of music and great prizes. $10 admission includes one bingo packet (approx 9 games). Additional games and daubers $1 each. 6-9 pm. Market Square Park, 301 Milam, 77002. marketsquarepark.com Eckankar Spiritual Discussion: Have You Had A Spiritual Experience? 7:00pm. If you have ever wanted to share a spiritual experience or explore a spiritual question, join us for our Wednesday night discussions. Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library, 16616 Diana Lane, 77062. For information call 281-759-1130.

SUNDAY AUGUST 19TH

Eckankar Eck Light And Sound Service: Getting The Most From Life. 11:00am. Our services often feature readings from the ECK works, singing HU, creative arts, and group discussions of spiritual principles. Houston Eckankar Center, 11231 Richmond, Ste. D-106, 77082. For information call 281-759-1130.

Unity PeaceMakers’ Living Room Conversations: The Role of Guns in Our Society. 6:30pm9:00pm. Join us for this opportunity to have heartto-heart conversations with those with differing views about current important issues affecting our country, our community, our church and ourselves. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. www.Unityhouston.org

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mark your calendar Spiritual Freedom Seminar: Eckankar – Ancient Wisdom for Today. Friday, August 10thSunday, Aug 12th. Please join us to experience a weekend of spiritual upliftment and learn more about how to make divine love a greater reality in your life. Hyatt Regency Houston Intercontinental Airport, 425 N Sam Houston Pkwy E, 77060. For information call 281-759-1130. Visit PathofSpiritualFreedomSeminar.org for program and registration details

SUNDAY AUGUST 12TH

Half-day Retreat. 9:00am-12:00pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

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Eckankar Spiritual Discussion: Have You Had A Spiritual Experience? 7:00pm. If you have ever wanted to share a spiritual experience or explore a spiritual question, join us for our Wednesday night discussions. Pearland Public Library, 3522 Liberty Dr., Pearland, 77581. For information call 281-759-1130. Eckankar Spiritual Discussion: Have You Had A Spiritual Experience? 7:00pm. If you have ever wanted to share a spiritual experience or explore a spiritual question, join us for our Wednesday night discussions. Friendswoods Library, 416 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, 77546. For information call 281-759-1130.

FRIDAY AUGUST 24TH

Field of Dreams at Market Square Park. 8:30pm. Join us for a special outdoor screening of Field of Dreams (PG). Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and grab a spot. Free. Market Square Park, 301 Milam, 77002. marketsquarepark.com

SATURDAY AUGUST 25TH

mark your calendar YogaMass®. 5:00pm. A unique worship experience engaging and integrating all of our dimensions through the combined practice of yoga, breath work, meditation, and Holy Communion. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1819 Heights Blvd., 77008. For more information, contact Grace at 832-667-8601, yogamass.com. or YogaMassAwakening@gmail.com


SUNDAY AUGUST 26TH

Eckankar Event: Experience The Sound Of Soul. 11:00am. One of the simplest yet most profound spiritual exercises taught in Eckankar is singing the word HU, find out how this can transform your life. Houston Eckankar Center, 11231 Richmond, Ste. D-106, 77082. For information call 281-759-1130.

FRIDAY AUGUST 31ST

Critical Mass-Houston. Assemble at 6:30 pm. Roll at 7:15pm. A casual bike ride starting from downtown Houston and going wherever. Free. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. criticalmasshouston.com

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Blessing Ceremony. 9:30am-3:30pm. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568 The Consciousness Collective. 11 am. Beginning September 9 and continuing each Sunday. Our quest is to explore sacred truths, share contemplative practices, and magnify peace through all sentient beings through the power of collective prayer and intention. linweiss@earthlink.net or 713-858-8595.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND

mark your calendar Himalayan Siddha Secrets of Longevity & Vitality. 6pm. Discourse by Himalayan monk, His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda, on unlocking the formula of meditation, prāņāyāma, kāyākalpa, stem cells & oxygen for longevity and vitality. India House, 8888 W Bellfort Ave, Houston, TX. Learn more or register online: hansavedas.org/Houston

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD

Half-day Retreat. 9:00am-12:00pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

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Sattwadharman Benefit & Art Auction. 4pm. Enchanting evening of art & culture! Listen to the keynote address by His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda about children’s education and other breakthrough projects. Enjoy a healing Ayurvedic dinner alongside a silent auction of exquisite Indic art. VPSS Vallabh Hall, 11715 Bellfort Village Dr, Houston, TX. Learn more or register online: hansavedas.org/benefit

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Meditation Workshop. 10:00am-12:00pm. Open to everyone - especially for beginners to meditation. The master will give a brief introduction to meditation and guide the participants to do meditation. Free, donations welcome. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org or www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

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daily Houston Arboretum. 7am-7pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org St. Arnold Brewing Company - Brewery Tours. Mon.-Fri. Public Tours at 1:00pm and 3:00pm – Sat. Tours at 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm – no admission charge, food and beer a la carte prices. 2000 Lyons Ave, 77020. saintarnold.com 713-686-9494 Rothko Chapel. 10am-6pm (except during special events) The Rothko Chapel is an independent institution, a sacred place open to all people, every day. Free. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713-524-9839 rothkochapel.org Noon Meditation. 12pm. Weekday, Mon.-Fri. in the Chapel. It is a guided meditation, facilitated by our Unity Counselors. The meditation typically lasts between 20-30 minutes. No registration is needed; walk-ins are welcome. Open to everyone! Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. UnityHouston.org Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. Every evening at sunset, more than 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from crevices found in the Waugh Drive Bridge. These creatures are non-migratory and call the bayou home year-round. Free. Waugh Street at Allen Parkway 77019. houstontx.gov/parks/bats.html

mark your calendar Yoga Class. Mon. - Sat. visit site for daily times. Every teacher at The Hines Center provides the best class for the practitioners who arrive — helping students grow their practice regardless of experience, strength or flexibility. Sign-up at hinescenter.org/class-schedule/ or drop-in before class. $15 per session, 10% discount for registering online, or unlimited movement classes $50 per month. The Hines Center, 500 Fannin St., Ste. 100, 77002.

monday Hatha Yoga. 9:30am & 6:00pm. All levels welcomed. Bring Yoga mat, meditation pillow, water. Classes by appointment only - space is limited. Private sessions available upon request. Please visit yogamixstudio.com or call 713-269-5165 to register. YogaMix, 2601-G Cartwright Rd, Missouri City, 77459. Yoga Nidra. 5:30pm-6:30pm. Ancient, guided meditation using biological patterns of sleep, taking you deep into the relaxation state for restoration, balance, and the body’s natural healing abilities to engage. Led by Gena Davis, certified in Amrit Yoga Nidra. $20. Houston Ayurveda Wellness Center, 3222 Mercer St., 77027. GenaDavis.org. Beginners Yoga. 7-8:30 pm. Discover your strengths and balances through a therapeutic approach to yoga alignment and mind/body integration. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, 5200 Fannin 77004. stanpolins@hal-pc.org. www.firstuu.org

A Course in Miracles at Unity of Houston. 7:30pm9:00pm. Join us every Monday to learn how to apply spiritual principles in your daily life. All you need is an open heart and an accepting mind. Unity of Houston Grace Hall. 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. UnityHouston.org Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org

tuesday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/2kbWEst Tom Turner Band. 5pm-7pm. Live music at The Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-2268563 www.lastconcert.com Power Yoga. 5:30pm. 60 minute yoga practice to develop upper/lower body strength, core work, flexibility, balance and agility. Classes are by appointment. Please visit yogamixstudio.com or call 713-269-5165 to register. YogaMix, 2601-G Cartwright Rd, Missouri City, 77459. T’ai Chi Ch’uan. 5:45pm-7:00pm. This class concentrates on creating and moving Chi/Qi through meditation while moving. Jon Naylor teaches the traditional Yang Style short form with martial arts references. Beginners please arrive early. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, 77004. firstuu.org Circus Arts. 6-8pm. Ground arts/acrobatics such as contortion/flexibility, Low Tight wire, Partner acrobatics, juggling and hand balancing taught by instructors from Cirque la Vie, a Houston Contemporary Circus company formed by Reyie Nal. Ages 13 and up for class. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation so you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. South Community Center. 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 77380. 832433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7:00-8:00 pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! All body types and skill levels welcome, please bring a mat and towel. Free, donations accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2015 West 11th Street, 77008. Yoga@ ResurrectionMCC.org Finding Yourself in Transition. 7:00pm–9:00pm. Facilitated by Rev. Sheila Gautreaux. Based on Rev. Robert Brumet’s book, Finding Yourself in Transition, students will learn how the process of how transition shows up in our lives, how to recognize when you are in each stage, and how to more easily walk through the experience of transition. This is a 5-week class. Suggested Love Offering: $10-$20 per class session. Unity of Houston, Wallet Hall, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. www.UnityHouston.org

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Oneness Blessing Meeting. 7:30-9pm. Our weekly meeting includes sharing, meditation, Oneness teachings, and the giving and receiving of the Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha. Child care available, reservation required. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org

Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Route is 20 miles. Riders should be comfortable keeping a pace of 18-20 mph. Helmet, front/back light, spare tube, CO2 cartridges are required. Earphones not allowed. Speed may vary. Safety comes first. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery, 4814 Nett St., 77007. judy@ urbanbicyclegallery.com

Vegan World Radio. 8:00 pm. Hosted by VWR Collective. Telling the story of the vegan revolution that’s saving the animals, the planet and our health. KPFC: Community Radio 90.1 FM. kpft.org

Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-8:00pm. Come and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation so you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479. 832433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org

wednesday Yin With Lin for Deep Tissue Release. 9:30am. A perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. Longer holds allow for deeper release. $20 drop-in. Houston Ayurveda Center, 3222 Mercer, 77027. Facilitator: Lin Weiss, Certified Yoga Therapist - 713-858-8595, linweiss@ conscioushealingnow.com Hatha Yoga. 9:30am & 6:00pm. All levels welcomed. Bring Yoga mat, meditation pillow, water. Classes by appointment only - space is limited. Private sessions available upon request. Please visit yogamixstudio.com or call 713-269-5165 to register. YogaMix, 2601-G Cartwright Rd, Missouri City, 77459. Veterans Helping Veterans. 12pm–1:30pm. Facilitated by Gulf War veteran James Pride, this gathering is for veterans to come together to share their service experience and its impact on their lives. Veterans also exchange resources with each other and request support. Lunch is provided. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St., 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org/veterans Wednesday Oneness Blessing. 5:30-6:45pm. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Yoga Therapy. 6:00pm. Our yoga routine of stretching and breathing will help you tone your body while giving you more energy! This class is for men and women of all ages and all fitness levels. $15 per class. Unity of Houston, Grace Hall, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. www.UnityHouston.org Christian Meditation. 6:00-7:00pm. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities. Explore and study contemporary and ancient texts of the contemplative way. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Questions? info@graceinhouston.org or 832-667-8601. Zumba on the Green. 6:30-7:30pm. ACE certified personal trainer, Oscar Sajche shows you how to make your workout a party! Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com

Wednesday Night Experience! 7:00pm–8:00pm. Our Wednesday night service is relaxed and informal, powerful and inspiring. The music is always uplifting and the message is relevant and grounded in timeless spiritual principles. Unity of Houston, Pyramid, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. www.UnityHouston.org Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. Multiple rides leave from the Heights location on Wednesday evenings. Each ride has its own route and pace, so come out and decide which works best for you! Free. Blue Line Bike Lab, 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713-8021707 www.bluelinebikelab.com/shop-rides People of Earth. 7:00 pm. Hosted by Jacquelyn Battise. A program created to provide Native American and non-Native people with timely news and information about culture, news and realities. KPFC: Community Radio 90.1 FM. kpft.org Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Diamond Way Meditation. 7-7:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center, 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 281-436-6081. diamondway. org/houston/ Hellina Bucket Band 8:00 -10:00pm. Free dinner music. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Pot Roast. 10:00pm-2am. Late night music outside under the stars. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com Drum Circle at Midnight 12mn-2am $6.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

thursday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are you waiting for? Free. MFAH, 1001 Bissonnet, 77005. 713-639-7300 mfah.org

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Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/2kbWEst Buffalo Soldiers Museum. 1-5pm. Buffalo Soldiers Museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of African American soldiers in the United States. Free. Buffalo Soldiers Museum, 3816 Caroline Street, 77004. Buffalosoldiersmuseum.com 713-942-8920. Houston Museum of Natural Science. 6pm-9pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world’s mineral wonders. Free. HMNS 5555 Hermann Park Drive 77030. hmns.org Free Family Thursdays at The Health Museum. 2:00pm-7:00pm. Free entry into The Health Museum to enjoy permanent and traveling exhibits (DeBakey Cell Lab requires a $3 fee) on Thursdays. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr., 77004. thehealthmuseum.org 713-521-1515 Children’s Museum of Houston. 5-8pm. Enjoy all the interactive exhibits at the museum with your children. Free. Children’s Museum, 1500 Binz, 77004. 713-522-1138 cmhouston.org Shorin Ryu Karate. 6:00pm. Join us for Traditional Okinawan Karate. All classes by appointment only - space limited. Private sessions available upon request. Please visit yogamixstudio.com or call 713269-5165 to register. YogaMix, 2601-G Cartwright Rd, Missouri City, 77459. Parkour. 6:30-8pm. Class will meet on the Hess Deck, participants must arrive by 6:45pm. For ages 12+. Under 18 must have parental consent. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:45-7:45pm. Come and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation so you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Sahaja Yoga Meditation Center, 4510c Hwy 6 N, 77084. 832-433-2415. info@ Houston-Meditation.org Kundalini Yoga. 7:00pm–8:15pm. A beautiful practice that blends movement, breath, meditation, and mantra. No experience needed. $10 per class. Unity of Houston, Pyramid, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. www.UnityHouston.org Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to realize Awake Mind is already within, they have the capacity to Wake Up, and how to apply meditation. Suggested donation $50/month. Pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center, 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Meditation Service at Self-Realization Fellowship. 7:30-9:30pm Learn and practice the meditative techniques of Paramahansa Yogananda. FREE. Self-Realization Fellowship, 3425 Golf Dr, 77018. srfhouston.org

friday HIIT. 5:30pm. Join us for 30 minutes of High Intensity Interval Training. All levels welcomed. Classes by appointment only. Please visit yogamixstudio. com or call 713-269-5165 to register. $20. YogaMix, 2601-G Cartwright Rd, Missouri City, 77459.


Houston International Folk Dancers. 7:30-10pm. Join us for a recreational folk dance group celebrating ethnic dances from around the world. Singles and beginners welcome. Dress comfortably. $5. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, 5200 Fannin, 77004. Additional info at www. folkdancers.org Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard, 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-8pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

saturday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center 14375 Shiller Rd. 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. Yoga Therapy at 9:00am and Advanced Yoga Therapy at 10:45 am. Our yoga routine of stretching and breathing will help you tone your body while giving you more energy! $15 per class. Unity of Houston, Grace Hall, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. www.UnityHouston.org Integrative Hatha Yoga for Mind, Body, Spirit. 9:30am. Hatha Yoga addresses the musculoskeletal, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular & endocrine systems of the human body, focusing on heart & hip openers, twists, pose alignment, the energetic subtle bodies, and meditation. Increase strength, stamina, vitality & peace of mind. $20 drop-in. Houston Ayurveda Center, 3222 Mercer St., 77027. Facilitator: Lin Weiss, Certified Yoga Therapist 713-858-8595 linweiss@conscioushealingnow.com Beginning Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Children’s Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Open to children ages 4-12. Parents must be present and participate. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Yoga at India House. 10:00-11:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/2kbWEst Young Writers Workshop. 10:30am-11:30am. Kids learn to express their thoughts and develop language skills. Presented by Houston Public Library/HPL Express and Discovery Green. Limited space. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com For more information please call 832-393-1375. Advanced Yoga Therapy. 10:45am, every Saturday. Our yoga routine of stretching and breathing will help you tone your body while giving you more energy! This is an advanced class. $15 per class. Unity of Houston, Grace Hall, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. www.UnityHouston.org

Recycling Saturdays. 11:00am-2:00pm. The City of Houston provides a recycling station for plastic and now thanks to I Recycle Glass, you can also bring glass to be recycled. Please bring paper and plastic recyclables separately from glass. Check discoverygreen.com each week. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. T’ai Chi Ch’uan. 10:30am-12:00pm. This class concentrates on creating and moving Chi/Qi through meditation while moving. Jon Naylor teaches the traditional Yang Style short form with martial arts references. Beginners please arrive early. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, 77004. firstuu.org

sunday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center, 14375 Shiller Rd., 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. Sunday at Houston Zen Center. 8am-11am. We start with Morning Service followed by meditation, then work practice - mindful cleaning and straightening in the Meditation Hall and the Center’s grounds, then a dharma talk. Free. HOUSTON ZEN CENTER, 1605 Heights BLVD., 77008. 713-869-1952. houstonzen.org Sunday Services at Unity of Houston. 9:00am & 11:00am. We welcome you to join us for our services. If you have been searching for a lovefocused place of worship that embraces all people and honors all spiritual paths, Unity could be your answer. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. UnityHouston.org Sunday Oneness Blessing. After 9am and 11am services. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. Unityhouston.org Christian Meditation. 9:00am-9:30 am. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer in preparation for receiving Holy Communion at the 10am worship service. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org info@graceinhouston.org or 832-667-8601. Free Yoga Lab! 9:00am-10:00am. Join us for this dedicated class for new teachers and teachers in training to practice their classes and express their awesomeness! Free. The Heights Medical Tower, 427 West 20th St., Suite 602, 77008. fourdragonsinstitute.com 713-322-9736 Sunday Celebrations at Creative Life Spiritual Center. 9:30am and 11:00am. Founding minister Jesse Jennings speaks on the basics of the Religious Science path. Love offering. Creative Life Spiritual Center, 5326 Spring-Stuebner Rd., Spring, 77389. Contact info@creativelife.org or visit creativelife. org Spanish Language Service at Unity of Houston. 9:45am–10:45am. ¡Bienvenidos a todos! “Servicio en español cada domingo.” Unity of Houston Pyramid, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. UnityHouston.org Sunday at Self-Realization Fellowship. 9:40am12noon. Paramahansa Yogananda’s how-to-live spiritual principles for adults and children. Energize. Meditate. Learn. Grow. FREE. Self-Realization Fellowship, 3425 Golf Dr, 77018. srfhouston.org

Sunday Service at Unity Spiritual Center of Greater Houston. 10:15-11:15am Experience joy-filled vibrations and high-energy spirituality in motion with live music, singing, affirmative prayer, and dynamic sermons. Unity Spiritual Center of Greater Houston, 13615 Kluge Rd, Cypress, 77429 . unityspiritualcenterhouston.org (832) 653-7980 Semanal Programa de Meditación. 10am-12pm. Ciencia de la Espiritualidad es una organización global, no religiosa, sin fines de lucro, espiritual dedicado a la unidad del amor y de la paz. Gratis. Trini Mendenhall Sosa Center, 1414 Wirt Road 77055. houstonSOS.org 832-304-0767. Ecstatic Dance Evolution.10:00am-1:00pm. Bliss is the goal! Feel great in your body. Move as you like. Meet creative fun high vibe tribe and get a healthy workout! No experience needed, no steps to learn, no shoes necessary. $20.00, Discount passes available at the door. MATCH: Midtown Arts and Theatre Center, 3400 Main Street, 77002. Samadhi 281-748-8080 ecstaticdanceevolution.com Acoustic Jams. 10:30am. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Public Dharma talk with Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. 11:00am-12:30pm. We welcome people of all cultures, religions, and backgrounds to attend the public Dharma talks with Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 (Free, donations welcome. Optional lunch follows.) www. universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Carmel Temple All Faith Service. 11:00am. Different guest speaker every week. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania, 77587. carmeltemple.org Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am-12noon. Join us for guided meditation suitable for everyone. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain community. Free. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A, 77054. dawnmountain.org Sunday Discussion Circle. 11:30am-12:30pm. Join us for facilitated, fun, educational discussions on a variety of topics. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St. Rm 304, 77004. 713-5265200 www.firstuu.org Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1pm-6pm. Angel oracle readings, psychic medium, tarot card readings, soul oracle readings, tea leaf astrology, astrology and past life readings, foot reflexology, energy healers, jewelry, crystals and more! Free. Center Point, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713932-7224 centerpointhouston.org Diamond Way Meditation. 11-11:45am. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center, 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281-436-6081. diamondway.org/ houston/ Food Not Bombs. 7pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate, or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002 houstonfoodnotbombs.org Sunday Love Feast. 7:00pm. A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston. org Whole Mother. 7:30 pm. Hosted by Pat Jones. A show that discusses the political and practical aspects of being a mother today. KPFC: Community Radio 90.1 FM. kpft.org

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A clean and effective line of skincare, anti-aging products and makeup that nurtures your skin’s natural balance. Contact us for a complementary skincare and makeup consultation. See ad on page XX

BOOKS THE POWER OF AWAKE by Thich Dieu Thien

Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien easily engages people a nd helps them return to the Awake already within each person. You are not the voice in your head, or the emotions, or the stress... You are what can recognize the voice, the emotions, and the stress. You are Awake.” Available on Amazon. com

CHIROPRACTIC BIOENERGETICS EVERLASTING HEALTH & WELLNESS, LLC In the River Oaks Tower 3730 Kirby Drive, Suite 1200 Houston, TX 77098 713-834-1113 everlastinghealthwellness.com

Suffering from chronic issues or want to improve your energy and performance overall? We offer several revolutionary, holistic methods that can help. NES Provision Advanced Software, MiHealth and NES Infoceuticals. We also offer Hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Call today to schedule a consultation. See ad on page 18.

BIOLOGICAL DENISTRY MARILYN K. JONES, DDS

Houston Dental Health Center 800 Bering Dr. Houston, TX 77057 713-785-7767 MarilynKJonesDDS.com

Natural Dentistry supports the body and the mind by finding the cause of dental problems. The dental examination includes noticing systemic and habitual influences. If you have dental issues or currently have silver amalgam fillings, call me today to schedule an appointment. See ad on page 9.

HEALTHPRO CHIROPRACTIC & ACUPUNCTURE 4101 Greenbriar Dr., Ste. 135, 77098 281-506-0105 9720 Cypresswood Dr., Ste. 130, 77070 281-809-0100 HealthProChiro.com

HealthPro is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. We provide a variety of treatment. Dr. Alayna Pagnani-Gendron focuses on woman’s health and paediatrics. Visit our website or call to schedule an appointment.

DR. JACKIE ST.CYR, D.C. INNATE CHIROPRACTIC HEALING ARTS CENTER 230 Westcott St. Suite 220 Houston, Tx 77007 713-) 521-2104 InnateChiropractic.com

23 years in practice serving our beloved Houston community. Houston’s home for Network Spinal Analysis / Light Touch Chiropractic. Dr. Jackie’s gentle approach to health and healing is regarded as one of the world’s most advanced forms of chiropractic. Give us a call today! See ad on page 20.

CLOTHING THREDZ USA

5901 Hillcroft Street Suite B2 Houston, TX 77036 713-785-1600 ThredzUSA.com

THREDZ offers a wide selection of hand woven unstitched fabrics, ready to wear clothing for both men and women as well as formal wear. Wrap yourself in style from the premier fashion label in Pakistan and now world-wide. Come by our store, today!

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COACHING BLISSFUL QUESTS Positive change starts now! 832-628-4113 http://blissfulquests.com/

Are you ready to achieve your dreams? In just 12 weeks, you could be happier and more successful thanks to Heal Your Life® Coach Doyle Ward. Online and private one-on-one coaching available. Take that first step toward happiness, call now! See ad on page 15.

COLONICS JOYCE LONG’S WELLNESS NSTITUTE 1308 James Street Rosenberg, TX 77471 281-232-7336 JoyceLong.biz

Established 1989 Joyce hasn’t closed. Just relocated. Call to schedule any of the following services: massage therapies, lymphatic drainage massage and facials, reflexology, infra-red sauna, ion cleanse foot or hand baths, Chinese cupping or colon hydrotherapy (prescriptions only- yours or ours). By appointment only. Be well-Stay well. CALL TODAY!

COMPOUNDING PHARMACY PINEY POINT COMPOUNDING PHARMACY

2532 Fondren Road Houston, TX 77063 Phone: 713-782-6212 FAX: 713-782-2001 compoundingpharmacyhouston.net

Piney Point Pharmacy is Houston’s leading compounding pharmacy since 1965. Our highly qualified pharmacists take your doctor’s prescription and formulate a compound medication and dosage that addresses your specific symptoms and health requirements. Take the Hormone Health Wellness Evaluation in Natural Awakenings and call your results in for a FREE hormone consultation.

CRYOTHERAPY ARCTIC HEALING CRYO

6415 San Felipe Street, Suite Q1 Houston, TX 77057 713-568-4801 ahcryo.com

Experience Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment to: reduce pain due to athletic injuries, tendinitis, arthritis or lower back pain, raise metabolism and burn more calories for improved weight loss and enhance your mood and increase your endorphins. We also offer Localized Cryotherapy and Cryo Facials. Visit our website today. First Time Special for only $25. Be sure to mention Natural Awakenings.


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Rarely will you meet a person so genuinely loving and kind as Josephine. Her work is mental, emotional and spiritual healing for those who are in distress. Spanish or English. Call her today for more information or to schedule a consultation. Se habla español!

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CLAUDIA AUTRY, HYPNOTIST

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HYPERBARIC OXYGEN HBOT AMERICA

8180 Kirby Drive Houston, TX 77054 4407 Sienna Pkwy, Missouri City TX 832-986-5144 Info@HBOTamerica.com, hbotamerica.com

HBOT America is Houston’s top recovery facility. HBOT is the breathing in of higher amounts of oxygen in a pressurized chamber. Whether its ADD/ ADHD, sports injury, autism, diabetes, PTSD, migraine, Cancer, TBI’s, autoimmune disorders, or stroke we can help! Call to schedule your appointment today!

ION FOOT DETOX/ OXYGEN THERAPY HEAL WITH NATURAL HERBS

“The Hippest Little Place in Midtown” 3204 Emancipation Ave., Ste.102 A Houston, TX 77004 832-594-9306/ 281-227-0435/281-788-6494 Healwithnaturalherbs.com

Tired of suffering from muscle aches, chronic pain, inflammation, low energy, migraines, allgeries, bloating gas. Ion Foot Detox Special Saturday all-inclusive $50 includes ion foot detox, massage chair, oxygen therapy. Call or book online. Saturday appointments only! Available for private parties on days other than Saturday. Call TODAY!

THE HEALING PATH MASSAGE 4151 Southwest Freeway, Suite 125 Houston, TX 77027 346-980-5907 Thpmassage.wix.com/Houston

Located conveniently off the Southwest Freeway, inside The Loop, and open 10am-10pm Monday-Sunday. Try our Introductory Thai Combo Massage (10 types in one) for only $39.99. Call today and feel the difference a massage can make. License #ME3188.

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LIN WEISS MH, CYT Holistic Healer Medical/ Spiritual Intuitive - Master Teacher Houston, Texas 77025 713-858-8595 linweiss@earthlink.net conscioushealingnow.com

Through her WHOLE-istic approach, Lin weaves inspired wisdom with proven healing traditions for integrating mind/ body & soul. ALL NATURAL, ALL THE TIME. Call Lin today to find out if she can help you. See ad on page 19.

SARAH GISH: LABYRINTH MEDITATIONS

I’ll come to you! 713-492-1173 Sarah@GishCreative.com Subscribe to get info: GishPicks.com

Meditation is well-known as a healing modality and labyrinths are one of the oldest forms of meditation. Join Sarah at her “Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk” at The Hines Center which includes a tour of the Center, an introduction to labyrinths, and a reflective art activity.

MASSAGE PHOENIX SCHOOL OF MASSAGE 6600 Harwin Drive Houston, TX 77036 713-974-5976 themassageschool.com

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Are you ready to Wake Up? Discover Awake Mind through Zen meditation. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to apply this life-changing tool in all situations. Transform stress, struggles, health issues, and conflicts that you thought were unchangeable facts of life! Attend our FREE Tuesday Meditation 101 class. See our ad on page 19.

NATURAL HORMONES DR. FISHER ROAD 2 WELLNESS

Dr. LaTronica Fisher, DNP, ANP, GNP, RN 4544 Post Oak Place Dr. STE #254 Houston, Texas 77027 DrFisherRoad2Wellness.com 713 520-8188

Say goodbye to hot flashes, night sweats and more. Without using synthetic prescription hormones or bio-identical hormones. Your body knows how to produce the correct amount of hormones. Call today for your FREE consultation and be on your way to a younger body and a good night’s sleep.

MEDITATION CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON

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12129 Bellaire Blvd., Houston 77072 281-568-1568 • zen@cthouston.org cthouston.org

Chan/Zen Meditation Classes, guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. No fees. Donations are welcome. No prior experience required for beginners. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 13.

ISHA FOUNDATION/ INNER ENGINEERING

Norris Conference Center – Westchase 9990 Richmond Avenue Houston, TX 77042 innerengineering.com ishafoundation.org/us/newsletter/centers/ houston/ houston@ishausa.org

Founded by Sadhguru, Isha Foundation/Inner Engineering offers spirituality to every human being, to ensure that each individual can experience the deepest core of life within. Come join the Houston group for monthly meditation, yoga and instructional meetings. Check their website for more information.

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NATURAL WATER FILTRATION & TREATMENT ACCENT NATURAL WATER Whole House Water Treatment 23206 I-45 North Spring, TX 77373 281-773-5441 accenth20.com

DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S I N Y O U R WAT E R ? Houston has the 6th worst water in the country. Our system takes out chlorine, pesticides, treat and condition the water to make it healthier for your family. Healthy water from every faucet or shower. Member BBB-A+ rating since the 80’s. Don’t delay. Call Henry today! 281-773-5441

NEW DECISION THERAPY WELLNESS CONSULTATIONS

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Suffering from addictions, compulsive behavior patterns, unhealthy relationship patterns, anxiety, phobias, depression or f eelin g stuck N ew D ecis io n TherapyTM can help. Call Dr. Nettie Ramsay today to schedule your initial consultation.


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OZONE THERAPY ACTIVATE OZONE SAUNA THERAPY 2034-A W Gray St Suite 113 In the Phenix Suites- River Oaks Shopping Center Houston, TX 77019 713-294-8075 activateozone.com

Discover the amazing effects of ozone sauna therapy which oxygenates your blood vessels and aids in relieving muscle soreness in athletes, pain due to arthritis, cancer treatment symptoms, and more. Ozone sauna therapy removes harmful toxins from the body while cleansing and refreshing it as well. Book your appointment online today.

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Slip into that warm, bubbly spa. Dine in the cool evening breeze under your beautiful gazebo overlooking the serene waters of your pool. We have been making Houstonian’s backyard dreams a reality for over 43 years. Start living your outdoor dreams. Visit our website TODAY!

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SCHOOLS PHOENIX SCHOOL OF MASSAGE 6600 Harwin Drive Houston, TX 77036 713-974-5976 themassageschool.com

BEGIN THE CAREER YOU WILL LOVE TO PUT YOUR HANDS TO! As a Licensed Massage Therapist you can enjoy life as you work at a spa, wellness center, doctor’s office, or even begin your own practice. Begin today, the career that will change your life!

SPIRITUALITY GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH 4040 West Bellfort Street Houston, TX 77025 713-666-1408 GraceInHouston.org

We are a welcoming Christian community sharing our spiritual journeys through worship, fellowship and outreach. Grounded in Episcopal worship and practices, while also open to creative expressions of our faith. Come and be with us.

HOUSTON AREA ECKANKAR CENTER 11231 Richmond Ave., D-106 Houston, TX 77082 281-759-1130 eckankar-texas.org/site/centers/houston/

The Path of Spiritual Freedom redefines the experience of religion. It offers an individual the spiritual tools needed to walk one’s own journey home to God. Our website lists our many spiritual opportunities. You are warmly invited to join us. See ad on page 4.

UNITY OF HOUSTON 2929 Unity Drive Houston TX 77057 713-782-4050 Unityhouston.org

Unity of Houston offers positive, practical teachings that support spiritual evolution and abundant living. We are welcoming of all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation. We emphasize our Oneness in God and the goodness in people. See ad on page 11.

UNITY SPIRITUAL CENTER OF GREATER HOUSTON 13615 Kluge Road Cypress, Texas 77429 281-374-7085 unityspiritualcenterhouston.org

Ours is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus - as well as other master teachers and the power of prayer. If you want to know God and experience God at work in your life, join us on Sundays!

THERMOGRAPHY THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES

Angel Marlow, CNHP, CAHC, CCT 24550 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, TX 77494 713-621-4406 angel@thermalimagingtexas.com ThermalImaingTexas.com

No Compression, No Radiation, Painless. Thermography creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The images are analysed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business or at any of our 7 area locations. Call for an appointment TODAY! See ad on page 13.

YOGA YOGA FOR MENTAL & PHYSICAL HAPPINESS

FACILITATED BY LIN WEISS, CERTIFIED YOGA THERAPIST INTEGRATIVE HATHA YOGA Wednesday 9:30am Yin Yoga for Deep Tissue Release Saturdays 9:30am Theraputic Hatha Yoga Houston Ayurveda Center 3222 Mercer Street Houston, TX 77027 713-858-8595 linweiss@earthlink.net conscioushealingnow.com

Lin Weiss is the founder/owner of Yoga for Mental & Physical Happiness. Her passion for yoga is evidenced by her warm & personable teaching style. Small classes afford individual instruction for students of any level, making progress attainable & real. Private sessions available by appt. Call today! See ad on page 8.

YOGA MIX STUDIO

2601-G Cartwright Rd. Missouri City, TX 77459 713-269-5165 yogamixstudio.com

Deborah Douglas and her staff combine a variety of yoga styles, aromatherapy and reiki into the perfect blend. If you live in the Missouri City, Sugar Land or Southwest Houston area, visit the website and give Deborah a call. Experience the perfect blend at Yoga Mix Studio. See ad on page 5.

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