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16 RISING ABOVE ADVERSITY
How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle
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reetings! Hopefully the groundhog didn’t see his shadow or since this is Texas, hopefully the armadillo didn’t see his shadow. I like the change in the seasons but I get tired of cold quicker than I get tired of hot. Considering we live in Houston, I guess that’s a good thing. Lots going on this month besides Groundhog Day. There is Lunar New Year and of course, there is Valentine’s Day. That’s a special day for us because that’s the day I proposed to Cindy and she said, “yes!” If you don’t have someone special to celebrate it with find someone who looks a little down and do some small random act of kindness or senseless act of beauty for them. When you are feeling low, the best way I’ve found to feel happy again is to make someone else happy. We hope you enjoy this month’s articles and that you drop in on some of our advertises. If nothing else, to thank them for making Natural Awakenings possible and maybe while you are there, take advantage of the special discounts they offer only to you, our readers. In any event, always remember to be awesome to each other.
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Embodying Nonviolent Communication Offers Connection and Healing
Magnifying the Positive 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 day. This month’s affirmation can help create a better life.
I magnify the positive in my life and spend time appreciating all the good around me. The ability to see and appreciate the positive in your life and the world around you, is like a happiness booster. Not only are you happier but it enables you to better handle the not-so-great that comes up in life. 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.
n February 16-18, international nonviolent communication trainer, somatic coach and Aikido instructor David Weinstock will lead an experiential workshop to teach participants emotional, physical, and linguistic techniques for transforming old reactions into resources for connection and healing. The workshop is for individuals or groups interested in connecting to the wisdom of their bodies, listening more empathically and finding their voice within relationships, and looking to enhance their own learning. It is also for teachers, coaches, and therapists who want to share new, effective practices for developing “community” at home, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) offers simple skills that inspire a lifelong practice of cultivating deep relationships. Weinstock’s creative somatic approach develops NVC as a whole body/mind art and discipline. Living more fully in the body increases the capacity to relate compassionately, align what is said with one’s deeper intentions, manage mood and emotion, and take skillful, decisive action. A free introductory session will be held on February 15 to provide a more detailed overview of the 3-day workshop. His book, “Becoming What You Need: Practices for Embodying Nonviolent Communication” is available on Amazon.com. For more information and to register, visit HoustonNVC.org or call 281-910-2921. See ad on page 9.
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eer Lake Lodge and Spa will offer a weekend of farm-to-table and raw food-themed classes in conjunction with its cleansing program. The weekend event will include special raw food classes and demonstrations led by April Ree, Deer Lake Lodge’s executive chef, and Zachary Nasar, an in-house chef. During the weekend, guests will learn how to incorporate raw foods in their daily diet, how to source local organic foods, and how it can quickly improve their journey to better health. Guests staying for the weekend will also enjoy yoga and life enhancement classes along with a full menu of spa treatments. Day passes are also available for the weekend For more information about Deer Lake Lodge’s Farm-toTable Weekend or to make a reservation, call 936-6471383, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online at deerlakelodge.com. Deer Lake Lodge & Spa, 10500 Deer Lake Lodge Rd, Montgomery, Texas 77316. See ad on page 2.
he Phoenix School of MassageHouston is a Texas state approved massage therapy school offering quality education in the healing arts. Established in 1986, the eighth school registered in the state, they are among the longest running schools in Texas. In their three decades, they have graduated numerous professionals to the rewarding field of Therapeutic Massage and Holistic Health. Phoenix was a contributor to the #1 textbook, Massage Therapy Principals & Practices, Elsevier, publ. As well the entire text was photographed at their SW campus. Phoenix offers the basic 500-hour course for license in massage therapy plus an excellent massage therapy continuing education program. Phoenix is now accepting enrollment for day and evening classes at their Northwest Campus and day classes at their Southwest Campus. Visit their website or call for more information. You may start your path toward a new and rewarding career as a massage therapist. Don’t delay as their classes are filling fast. Phoenix School of Massage SW, 6600 Harwin Dr, Houston, TX 77036. Phoenix School of Massage NW, 16140 Kuykendahl Rd, #102, Houston, TX 77068. www.themassageschool.com.713-974-5976. See ad on page 19.
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Sunshine’s Health Food Store & Vegetarian Deli
ocated on Old Spanish Trail between U of H, TSU and the Texas Medical Center, I’ve been meaning to stop by Sunshine’s for some time now. There are two parking lots and I found a spot even at their busy time. Seating is tables and booths with outdoor seating in the back. They offer a variety of burgers, sandwiches and wraps as well as salads and a good selection of vegan Tex-Mex. I chose the Vegan Spaghetti with lemon kale salad and corn bread. The pasta was short angel hair pasta cooked just right. The red sauce was delightfully different than what I expected. It was spicy with the flavor of fresh tomatoes. I usually make it, maybe with too much oregano, garlic and basil, more savory than spicy. The kale salad was tart and citrusy. Lemon juice was a better choice than vinaigrette. The corn bread was sweet and almost like cake. Definitely a satisfying meal. I do plan to drop in again and sample their Tex-Mex next time I’m in the neighborhood at lunch or dinner time. Sunshine’s Health Food Store & Vegetarian Deli, 3102 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX 77054. 713-643-2884. sunshineckls.com.
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Drew Spencer Images by Alisha Melchor and Mallorie Noel Lamb e failed to credit the photographer who did the picture of Jaz Henry in last month’s Art Naturally column, Drew Spencer. While trying to correct that oversight, we discovered that Drew does a LOT more than just high quality promotional photos. His photographs are truly art. Drew Spencer discovered his talent for photography after years of playing drums in the Houston music scene. As chronic and debilitating nerve pain in his hip worsened and drumming became impossible, he turned to poetry and photography as a creative outlet. He found immortalizing moments behind a lens was a way to blend his worlds of music and photography. Being on the other side of the lens allowed him to provide musicians a clear view of their emotion captured in light and pixels while they performed onstage. Through his unique editing style, comes an intimate understanding of each photo, letting it tell him what it needs for its design and Drew Spencer color scheme. His photos not only capture emotion, but seem to alter your perception, suggesting a reality beyond the photo itself. Many of his photos appear to vibrate in radiant colors, while others leave room for interpretation by utilizing dark, negative space. You can find his professional work at DrewSpencerImages.com or follow him on Instagram at drew spencer images and on Facebook under Drew Spencer Wolod.
Twelve Moments at Rothko Chapel
indy and I attended the New Year’s Day Crystal Bowl Meditation at Rothko Chapel which was presented by Dana Shamas of Bayou Bliss Yoga. As you walk across the grounds and enter the chapel you feel that you are entering a sacred space. Dana lead us through “getting in tune,” “setting our intention” and “embody and resonate” with guided meditation and the resonance energy of the crystal bowls. It really isn’t something that can be described. It has to be experienced. If you missed this Twelve Moments program, there are eleven more, one each month. There are also other programs at Rothko Chapel to help you explore spirituality and live mindfully through art, music and the spoken word. Be sure to check out their website for program names, dates and times, and when you attend, be sure to tell them you came because you read about it in Natural Awakenings. Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon Street, Houston, TX 77006. 713-524-9839. rothkochapel.org.
LOWER BODY MASS
A study of more than 50,000 people in the Czech Republic by the Seventh-Day Adventist Loma Linda University, in California, found that those that made breakfast their largest meal of the day had lower body mass index (BMI) levels. Lunch as the largest daily meal showed the next best results. The researchers concluded that timing and frequency of meals play a role in predicting weight loss or gain. The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks were counted as extra meals) and making dinner the day’s largest meal.
Moderate Exercise Guards Against Depression In Exercise and the Prevention of Depression, a study of 33,908 adults in Norway by the University of New South Wales, researchers found that one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of the subjects. The purpose of the study was to address whether exercise protects against new-onset depression and anxiety and if so, the intensity and amount of exercise required. They concluded that regular leisure-time exercise of any intensity provides protection against future depression, but not anxiety. Thus, increasing the population of people exercising may provide public mental health benefits and prevent a substantial number of new cases of depression. 10
Chocolate and Olive Oil Help Heart Health Cardiologist Rossella Di Stefano, with the University of Pisa, in Italy, led a study of 26 people and determined that eating a combination of dark chocolate and olive oil improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure after 28 days. She says, “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols found in cocoa, olive oil and apples. We found that eating small, daily portions of dark chocolate with added natural polyphenols from extra-virgin olive oil was associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile. Our study suggests that extra virgin olive oil might be a good food additive to help preserve our ‘repairing cells’.”
Research from the University of Texas at Arlington reported in The FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells. The research also found that zinc deficiency is common among throat cancer patients. Zinc-rich foods include spinach, flax seeds, beef, pumpkin seeds and seafood such as shrimp and oysters.
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The Dangers of Mercury in Dental Fillings
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Many consumers are not aware that all silver-colored fillings, or dental amalgams, contain mercury. In fact, amalgam fillings are comprised of approximately 50 percent mercury, according to the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Although banned or restricted in many other countries, these fillings are still used in the U.S. Amalgam fillings pose risks to human health, and dental mercury released into the environment can cause long-lasting damage to wildlife. Jack Kall, a Doctor of Dental Medicine and chairperson of the board of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), a global network of dentists, health professionals and scientists that has been researching dental amalgam and other dental products since 1984, explains, “Mercury is continuously emitted from dental amalgam fillings, and it is absorbed and retained in the body, particularly in the brain, kidney, liver, lungs and gastrointestinal tract.”
Unsafe amalgam removal techniques also raise health concerns. Some patients require the removal of amalgam fillings due to physical deterioration, while others have it done for cosmetic purposes (white-colored fillings match the teeth better) or because they prefer to have dental fillings that don’t contain mercury. However, removal of amalgam fillings without proper safety measures can potentially lead to patients, dentists, staff and the environment being exposed to unsafe levels of mercury. Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique recommendations to mitigate dental mercury exposure are available at TheSmartChoice.com. The IAOMT is based in ChampionsGate, FL. For more information, visit IAOMT.org, Tinyurl.com/IAOMT-Mercury-Facts or Tinyurl.com/IAOMTMercury-Report. See ad on page 25.
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Shooting Wild Horses and Burros
As we went to press, the fate of 90,000 wild horses and burros depended on Congressional action, as the U.S. Senate and House were hammering out differences in the delayed 2018 spending bill. The Senate version vowed to fund “humane and viable options” to the animal euthanasia allowed in the House bill. Last October, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) achieve its on-range population goal of 26,715 wild horses and burros while also phasing out the use of long-term holding facilities within three years. Killing tens of thousands of healthy animals would “be a betrayal of millions of taxpayers that want wild horses protected as intended in the 1971 Wild FreeRoaming Horses and Burros Act,” says Neda DeMayo, president of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation. BLM has been tasked by Congress with the responsibility of protecting wild horses and other wildlife. The agency has balked at using affordable fertility control, despite ample evidence that it’s a more than 90 percent safe and effective means of population control, critics charge. Instead, it spends 65 percent of its annual budget in capturing, removing and warehousing animals.
Renewable Payoff Germany Undergoes an Energy Renaissance
Last May, Germany’s renewable energy mix of solar, wind, hydropower and biomass generated so much power for a few hours that customers actually got paid for using electricity. The country’s renewable power sources generate 88 percent of total electricity demand, and growing wind power assets alone are expected to make the phenomenon a regular occurrence. When this happens, commercial producers either close power stations to reduce the electricity supply or pay consumers to take it off the grid.
Industry Revs Up for Electric Car Future
China, the world’s largest car market, is planning to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EV), and the decision has sped up competitive development by U.S. automakers. General Motors is promising to launch at least 20 new electric vehicles in the next six years. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” says Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product development. The falling cost of lithium-ion batteries also brings a tipping point into view, observers say. By 2025 it’s possible that electric drivetrains will have no cost disadvantage compared with internal combustion engines. Technology is fast resetting the outlook for what cars can do, how consumers use them and how much an EV will cost. Tesla, Ford and Japanese and European companies are also responding to what’s being called both “the age of electricity”, and “the age of personalized transportation”. February 2018
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Take Care of Yourself Before It’s Too Late by Sarah Gish
e all know it’s important to take care of ourselves – science tells us, our teachers tell us, our friends and family tell us. But do you really take care of yourself daily? “The body always wins,” a friend told me recently. We can push our bodies, but they will always push back. The late Louise Hay was a pioneer in the mind/body/spirit connection and connected each ailment and body part to a spiritual condition. My wrists are sore (I had two wrist surgeries on one of them) – Louise writes that it’s due to “a resistance to the ease of life.” Indeed, that is one of my main problems – I resist ease! My wrists speak to me, as does the rest of my body. I like the lessons I’m given, and I look at my body as one of my teachers. Another
issue with self-care is sleep deprivation: the American Sleep Association’s website states that over 100,000 deaths in hospitals are due to deprivation and that 35% of Americans are sleep-deprived. Sleep is so important to all aspects of our life, including our brain health and physical state. I have found that the best way to balance ALL parts of me – and to improve my sleep -- is by exercising daily. My workouts aren’t always long and involved – sometimes just walking up stairs or parking far away from a store is all I can squeeze in. But I always feel better when I shake it, shake it. Even my 22-year-old son, Alex Buchanan, is enjoying it: he recently started a daily exercise routine and is sleeping better, working better, living better. This article is part of an ongoing
series in which I discuss the “12 Ways to Ignite Your Life Daily” that are at the heart of my I9NITE YOUR LIFE! art project (see more about the project and the “12 Ways” here: www.IgniteYourOwnLife.com). Each month, I will explore one Way and I will also suggest a site in Houston to visit that I love and that connects to the concept. I believe in not only understanding these 12 ways and words in your head and in your soul but also experiencing them first-hand. For “Take care of yourself (nourish),” I suggest that you join a YMCA near you. When we were thinking about moving, one of the most important criteria for me was the availability of a nearby Y. The YMCA offers so many classes and ways to connect, it’s really a healing center. However, if the fees are too much, YouTube exercise and yoga videos can be an excellent source of inspiration and guidance. Whatever works for Sarah Gish is an igniter, a connector, an artist, a mother – and much more! See her work at www.GishCreative.com and contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and 713-4921173. She produces a weekly blog highlighting unique cultural activities for adults and kids in Houston – GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS & ADULTS (www. GishPicks.com). Her I9NITE YOUR LIFE! art project (www.IgniteYourOwnLife.com) is a nonprofit organization and is anchored by a list of “12 Ways to Ignite Your Life Daily,” which are on the website. Sarah sells her IYL bracelets at the Unity of Houston bookstore and she also does private intuitive guidance sessions on Mondays at Body Mind & Soul; to schedule one, please call the store at 713-993-0550. See ad on page 4.
ADVERSITY How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle by April Thompson
At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks by developing the skills and tools of resilience.
t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “posttraumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, enduring 12 childhood surgeries, losing her mother at age 11 and four years
ago, her husband. “All of the struggles and losses brought me here, now,” says Eckhoff. “Nobody ever said life was easy. We have greater appreciation for the things that we had to struggle to achieve.” Choosing self-directedness instead of self-pity in the face of challenges differentiates those that thrive from those that merely survive, observes Catherine Morisset, a life coach from Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in resilience. “It’s taking responsibility for life and managing the way you want to live it. We all have choices, even in the face of difficulty,” she says.
Mastering an Optimal Outlook
“Challenges don’t define you. How you respond does,” remarks Doug Hensch, an executive coach and author of Positively Resilient: 5½ Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles, and Defeat Anxiety. He attests that having a growth mindset is vital, focusing on strengths without
disregarding areas needing improvement. Maintaining a balanced outlook that’s realistic, yet positive, enables individuals to move on from trauma. For supersurvivors, being pragmatic serves them far better than a false sense of optimism about bad situations, Feldman found, saying, “They grieved losses, but thought realistically about what to do next.” “Optimism in the best sense is focusing on the positive without denying the negative, while focusing on what’s in your control,” notes Hensch. Martin Seligman, known as the “father of positive psychology”, found that when people take setbacks personally, viewing them as permanent, pervasive and personal, they develop a sense of learned helplessness that inhibits growth and happiness. “It’s important not to ‘catastrophize’ or generalize a failure and extend it to other areas of life,” says Dr. Steven M. Southwick, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine who focuses on posttraumatic stress disorder and resilience.
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Parents do a disservice to their kids when they try to remove adversity from their lives. When little things go wrong, rather than rush to fix it, let the kids figure out a solution. They’ll realize it’s not the end of the world. ~Doug Hensch Forgiveness—whether for others or ourself—is another key to help us move forward, reports Feldman. “Often, people can get stuck in blame, but resentment keeps people shackled to the past. If and when a person is ready to forgive, widespread research indicates that it can lead to better health outcomes.”
Strengthening Our Resilience Muscle Experts point out that there isn’t any one perfect formula or single must-have trait for building resilience, and none we can’t develop. Learning a skill like mindfulness is an easy place to start. “Resilient people don’t try to avoid stress, but learn how to manage and master it,” says Southwick. “Mindfulness meditation requires practice, but through it, you can learn to regulate emotions and relax the nervous system.” Eckhoff practices mindfulness several times a day with a one-minute gratitude meditation. “I have five things I am most grateful for. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say them. It brings me focus, reduces stress and reminds me of how lucky I am,” she says. Morisset suggests making incremental changes to strengthen our resilience muscles. “Success builds success and failure builds failure, so do something you know you can accomplish and build on that,” she counsels. Writing can also be a good coping tool, according to Hensch. “Just write about your emotions. It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself and how calming it can be.” Good times are the best times to begin “resilience training” notes Hensch. “I sought out a therapist once I had turned the corner after my divorce and was dating someone and my business was taking off. It was precisely because I knew something else would likely happen, and I wanted to be better prepared for it,” he recalls. Applying positive self-talk when something blindsides us helps, as does not expecting to handle things perfectly. “There’s nothing wrong with just staying afloat when you’re in the middle of trauma or adversity. One key to happiness in life is just managing expectations. It’s okay to be anxious, sad and worried at times—in fact, it’s healthy,” says Hensch. Hardships are just that: hard. However, with time and experience, resilient individuals come to trust their ability to get through them, large and small. “Resiliency is not about how you bounce back from a single traumatic event; it’s how you respond every day to the challenges that life presents,” Eckhoff has learned. “Repetitive use of this ‘muscle’ builds strength and enables you to do more and sometimes, the impossible.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY. As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT. As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it MATURITY. As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE. As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it SIMPLICITY.
As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for my healthâ€”food, people, things, situations and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF. As I began to love myself, I quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is MODESTY.
As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT. As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART. We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know that is LIFE. Chaplinâ€™s World museum, in Switzerland, opened in 2016 (ChaplinsWorld.com/en).
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omesteading is a broad field. “Along with planting produce, we encourage people to compost, change how they use water, learn about biochar—a long-term soil amendment that returns carbon to the earth—and employ creative economics, including bartering and food-sharing systems,” says K. Ruby Blume, of Grants Pass, Oregon, who founded the Institute of Urban Homesteading, in Oakland, California, a decade ago (iuhOakland.com). She’s also co-author of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. Blume was recently engaged to invite speakers and coordinate presentation content for the three-day online Gardening and Homesteading Skills Summit hosted by The Shift Network. Last October, 20 leading farmers, master gardeners, homesteaders and other experts shared innovative, environmentally friendly advice for providing food and adopting eco-friendly practices. Blume, who grows fruit and vegetables and raises chickens, sheep and bees on 22 acres, plans to launch her Fantastic Farm Store this month, and will offer spring classes at her institute, as well as at the Rogue River Community Center, in southern Oregon. “Everyone should grow their favorite vegetable from seed; think about the animal if eating meat; and take a nature field study class. These all connect us to nature and our world,” advises Blume.
Food as Medicine David Crow, teacher, author of In Search of the Medicine Buddha and founder of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures (Floracopeia.com), is a leader in research and development of growing herbs for medicine, working from Grass Valley, California. He extols the importance of gardens of all types—backyards, schools, neighborhoods and public spaces. “They can strengthen communities, beautify life and reduce crime,” he says. In his home state, he helped launch The Learning Garden, at Venice High School, in 2001. “It’s an eye-opener for youngsters, and they take pride in
ownership.” People without a garden plot can place a pot inside or on a balcony or find a community garden. “Medicinal plants don’t have to be a luxury of the wealthy. You can spend a fraction of the $30 for a drug prescription in growing most of them, and then trade for others with neighbors,” says Crow. He particularly values oregano, thyme, rosemary, lavender and basil. To increase yields, home gardeners may consider daily drip irrigation—a system of tubes positioned just above the soil, with tiny holes spaced at regular intervals. It can conveniently work on a timer with an automatic shutoff during rain. Other benefits include water conservation and better soil structure by avoiding puddles from manual watering. “Drip irrigation can be especially helpful during dry spells, which can run two to four weeks in many climates,” says Robert Kourik (RobertKourik.com), landscape consultant, horticultural researcher and author of Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and Climate, and last year’s Understanding Roots. “It can be effective for virtually any fruit or vegetable, except water crops like rice and cranberries.”
Green Living Carol Venolia, author, speaker and architect in Santa Rosa, California, (ComeHomeToNature.com) has designed homes of straw, earth and sustainably sourced and reclaimed wood throughout the West. She consults on greening schools, healing centers, camps and eco-villages, and stresses the benefits of sunlight as in her new e-book, Get Back to Nature Without Leaving Home. She says, “Sunlight’s many wavelengths, shifting directions and intensities render biological effects that keep us functioning well. Watch how it enters your home; changes occur daily and seasonally.” It’s easy to move furniture to align with sunshine. In warmer climates, attach plant trellises or fabric awnings outside windows to filter or direct reflected light. “Add a potted plant to a window and a picture of a natural scene on a wall. Take the time to get out into woodlands,” advises Venolia. She commends Marc Rosenbaum, of South Mountain Company, in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, as a green building leader who “brings a soulful approach, as well as engineering, data and technology efficiencies, to a project.” Along with green building goals like zero net energy, Rosenbaum strives to create homes that are healthy, comfortable, resource-efficient, durable and adaptable by the people that inhabit them. Along with being part of the slow food movement and do-ityourself trends, Blume believes, “Homesteading gives people the feeling they are making a positive difference by making sustainable changes in their lifestyle and home.” For summit recordings or transcripts and notices of upcoming events like the online annual Plant Medicine Telesummit in March, visit TheShiftNetwork.com. Randy Kambic, an Estero, FL, freelance editor and writer, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings. February 2018
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What are the greatest misconceptions women have about men? Both genders face significant, yet different, challenges, and so believe the other gender has it easier. Men want to feel cared for and heard. Many are terrified to approach a woman; they fear rejection or not being a good enough provider. Often, when a woman perceives that a man needs space, it’s his fears and insecurities that are keeping him from deeper intimacy.
What mistakes do women make in the courtship phase? Women often get ahead of themselves in the dating stage, instead of taking enough time to let things unfold. I tell women to slow down and date multiple men to counter that tendency. It’s also
good to “widen the funnel” and date different types of men, especially if you seem to attract the so-called “wrong” type. Keep deep emotions and commitments out of the courtship phase, while you discover who someone is and if they are right for you.
Why do both genders need to nurture their feminine energy? As a man, I can spend too much time on my masculine energy and be too logical and focused on end results. I can lose a sense of self, presence and connection with the present moment. Meditation is one entry point; I find practicing a martial art is grounding, as is spending quality time with a woman. If an individual spends too much time in either energy, imbalance occurs; everyone has to find their own equilibrium.
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How can we best navigate the world of online dating and other means of meeting potential mates? It starts with your mindset. If you think you will be on a dating site for three weeks and find a mate, don’t bother. Be prepared to engage for a minimum of six to 12 months. Consider bad dates as reasons to laugh. Think of it as “online introducing”. It’s up to you to quickly get past the chat stage to real communication and real dates. Online potential mates don’t have a “vibe” for you like they do in person. I suggest talking with prospects on the phone and keeping first dates short. Keep an open mind to recognize prospects you might otherwise overlook. Online dating is a supplement, not a substitute, for meeting compatible men or women in real life. You should be tapping networks of friends, family and colleagues
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Which signs indicate that a dating prospect wants to pursue a genuine relationship? Emotional momentum, combined with consistency, is an important sign. Anyone can put in effort for a little while; but do they periodically disappear? No one wants someone they feel a connection with to physically or emotionally wander away, or risk the object of their affection thinking they aren’t interested. Make sure they are reciprocating the effort you put in. Prioritizing is another sign; a person will find a way to see someone they care about. A key third sign is integration. They will want to respectfully integrate you into their world more and more, introducing you to friends, family and work colleagues. Look for this overall pattern to continue over time. It’s vital to let people prove themselves with their actions. Alison James is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C.
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Make Valentines/Open Studio. 2:00pm-4:00pm. Come in and make valentines inspired by Christopher Knowles’s text-based works while responding to surrealist parlor game prompts from CAMH’s Teen Council members. CAMH’s Open Studio events feature drop-in, hands-on activities that tie-in to the exhibitions on view. You’ll explore imaginative concepts inspired by world-renowned artists who show at the Museum by making your own artworks in response to theirs. Experiment with new materials, explore fresh ideas, and make new friends. All ages are welcome; admission is always free. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd., 77006. camh.org
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 4TH 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. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston’s waterways. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark.com 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 email@example.com www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 8TH Hypnosis Center Open House. 6pm-8pm. Come to the PATH Foundation open house at its new location, meet the instructors, learn about what hypnosis really is, how you can use hypnosis to better your life and what it takes to be trained to help yourself and others with this powerful tool. Hypnosis demonstration included. Complimentary event, 3207 Mercer, 77027, For directions contact Claudia at 281-849-4610.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 9TH Lecture with Dr. Jean Houston - Mapping a New Life of Purpose, Power, and Meaning. 7:30pm9:30pm. Join us for an evening lecture with Dr. Jean Houston, philosopher, author, former consultant to the United Nations and global communities, invites you to clarify your own path to a life with purpose, power, and meaning. She will provide a map for self-discovery through stories, dancing, probing questions, and non-traditional introspection.$40.00 gen admission, $55.00 VIP. http://bit.ly/2ACVYZh Society for the Performing Arts Presents: Nufonia Must Fall. 7:30pm. Montreal-based scratch DJ and music producer Kid Koala under the direction of Oscar-nominated K.K. Barrett presents a magical, multi-disciplinary and theatrical adaptation of his graphic novel and soundtrack, Nufonia Must Fall. This charming story centers around a headphonessporting robot, who falls in love. This live adaptation unfolds via real-time filming of miniature stages and a cast of puppets, while Kid Koala and the dynamic Afiara Quartet provide original live scoring. Society for the Performing Arts, Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St., 77002. Tickets and info: http://bit.ly/2Dfb9WX
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 13TH Access Breathwork Session. 10:15am–1:45pm. Take your spiritual growth to the next level on this musical journey of psycho-spiritual inspiration, exploration and integration designed to expand consciousness and connect you with spirit. Donations welcome. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin, 77004. www.accessbreath.org
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 14TH Ash Wednesday Worship Services. The Christian season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday (Miércoles de Ceniza). Three worship services throughout the day will center around the imposition of ashes. Services: 7:00am breakfast with guest speaker , Rev. Stacy Auld, Director of Spiritual Care and Education at Houston Methodist Hospital; $10. 12:15pm – Worship service in the Sanctuary with Holy Communion. 5pm – Bilingual worship service outdoors. 7pm – Worship service in the Sanctuary. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15TH Houston Grand Opera Studio Artists (Singers: Yongzho Yu and Zoie Reams and Pianists: Blair Salter & Jonathan Gmeinder). 12:15pm. A lunchhour performance in the 2018 Lenten Recital Series, presented by the St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society, bringing quality music free of charge to our city. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16TH Oneness Awakening Course. Fri. 2/16 – 7pm-9pm & Sat. 2/17 – 9am-9pm. Awakening is the rising of consciousness where there is greater awareness, joy, love, togetherness, and focus in everything that you do and experience. The course is an intensive journey of inner growth, culminating with participants having the option to be initiated as a Blessing Giver. For more info, fees, and to register: unityhouston. org or call Janis Shanks at 713-782-4050. Unity of Houston, Wallet Hall, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17TH “Ask: Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age” with father and son co-authors, Bishop Scott Jones and Rev. Arthur Jones. 9:00am-3:30 pm. This event is presented by the SMU Perkins Houston Lay School of Theology and hosted by St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org
mark your calendar YogaMass ®. 4:00pm-5:30pm. A unique and participative worship experience engaging the senses and integrating body, mind, and spirit through the combined practice of yoga, breath work, meditation, and Holy Communion. Bring your mind, body, soul and mat. All levels are welcome. Chairs are available for those who wish to sit. St. Andrews Episcopal Church in the Heights, 1811 Heights Blvd., 77008. For more information, contact Grace at 832-667-8601, firstname.lastname@example.org or yogamass.com.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18TH Blessing Ceremony. 9:30am-12:00pm. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 email@example.com www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568
plan ahead SUNDAY MARCH 1ST
“Mapping Our Faith Journey”. 9:45am. Join us for this three-week class led by St. Paul’s clergy to discover faith and wisdom in our daily work, leisure, and relationships. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org
2018 Lenten Recital Series: Mercury Baroque performs Franz Joseph Haydn’s Die Sieben Letzten Worte (The Seven Last Words of Christ). 12:15pm. A lunch-hour performance presented by the St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society, bringing quality music free of charge to our city. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 20TH
SUNDAY, MARCH 4TH
Breath, A Concert Presented by The Transitory Sound and Movement Collective. 7:00pm. This thoughtful and patient consideration of existence will take form in a spontaneous sound composition with responsive movement created by a highly accredited/accomplished ensemble of musicians/ vocalist and dancers/choreographers. Pay what you can sugg. value $20. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713-524-9839 rothkochapel.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 22ND 2018 Lenten Recital Series: Elissa Edwards. 12:15pm. A lunch-hour performance presented by the St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society, bringing quality music free of charge to our city. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 23RD Critical Mass-Houston. Assemble at 6:30 pm. Roll at 7:15pm. A casual bike ride starting from downtown Houston and going wherever. Cars rule the road every day, but one day a month we get together to celebrate our love for bicycles and have fun riding. Free. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. criticalmasshouston.com
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24TH
mark your calendar New Enrollment for the PATH Foundation Hypnosis Certification Courses. 9am-5pm. First class in the certification process to learn basic hypnosis skills. Learn the art of hypnosis for making changes in your life and in others. Learn about using hypnosis for pain relief, self improvement, self confidence, stress management, weight loss and stop smoking and more. Learn about past life regression and the magic behind stage hypnosis. For more information and to register for class, call Claudia at (281) 849-4610. (2nd class Mar 23 & 24, 3rd class April 21 & 22.) Mind Craft. 7:30pm-9:00pm. Of the hundreds of works performed by Alexander Blachly’s ensemble Pomerium over the course of 43 years, this program contains a selection of his favorites by some of the leading composers of the Renaissance. St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe St., 77056. http://bit.ly/2qQO2zF
SATURDAY, MARCH 10TH Access Breathwork Session. 10:15am–1:45pm. Take your spiritual growth to the next level on this musical journey of psycho-spiritual inspiration, exploration and integration designed to expand consciousness and connect you with spirit. Donations welcome. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin, 77004. www.accessbreath.org
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SUNDAY, MARCH 11TH Blessing Ceremony. 9:30am-12:00pm. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 email@example.com www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568
SUNDAY, MARCH 18TH 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 www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568
SATURDAY, MARCH 24TH
mark your calendar YogaMass ®. 4:00pm-5:30pm. A unique and participative worship experience engaging the senses and integrating body, mind, and spirit through the combined practice of yoga, breath work, meditation, and Holy Communion. Bring your mind, body, soul and mat. All levels are welcome. Chairs are available for those who wish to sit. St. Andrews Episcopal Church in the Heights, 1811 Heights Blvd., 77008. For more information, contact Grace at 832-667-8601, firstname.lastname@example.org or yogamass.com.
MONDAY, MARCH 26TH
mark your calendar Phoenix School of Massage. 9:00 am. Start an exciting career as a massage therapist. Last day to register for classes for Section D classes at Phoenix School of Massage. Phoenix School of Massage 6600 Harwin Dr, Houston, TX 77036. 713-974-5976. themassageschool.com
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daily Houston Arboretum. 7am-6:30pm. 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. 713-5249839 rothkochapel.org Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. Sunset. Every evening at sunset, more than 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from crevices found in the Waugh Drive Bridge. These creatures are nonmigratory and call the bayou home year-round. Free. Waugh Street at Allen Parkway 77019. houstontx.gov/parks/bats.html Healing Circles at St. Paul’s Houston. Healing Circles bring people together in the midst of difficult circumstances. Whether someone is experiencing grief, going through a divorce or raising a child with special needs, Healing Circles allow renewal to happen in community within a safe, accepting environment. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St., 77004. For available groups, times, and more info visit www.stpaulshouston.org/healing-circles
Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because
beauty comes from the inside out. ~Jenn Proske 28
Addiction Recovery. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope. Groups meet at St. Paul’s on Sundays at 6 pm in S-109; Mondays at noon in S-109; and Wednesdays at noon in S-105. Additionally, a Spanish-speaking group meets on Sundays at 5 pm in A-101. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 5501 Main St., 77004.
save the date Yoga Class. Mon. - Sat. visit site for daily times. Yoga brings the practitioner into intimate relationship with their Self. 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 Tai Chi at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 9am–10am. Meet in the Activity Center/Gym. No special clothing or gear is necessary. Free and open to the public. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St., 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org Hatha Yoga. 9:30am & 6:00pm. All levels welcomed. Bring Yoga mat, meditation pillow, water. Blankets, blocks & straps available if needed. All classes are 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. Pilates. 12:00pm-12:50pm. A gentle and gradual approach to Pilates training — for those looking to add variety to their fitness routine! Sign-up online 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. Barre Class. 5:30pm-6:20pm. In Barre Class, we use a ballet barre for isometric strength training. The class uses elements from Yoga and Pilates to build strength, flexibility, alignment and balance - helping us keep a nice, toned physique. Sign-up online at hinescenter.org/class-schedule/ or dropin 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. 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. email@example.com. www.firstuu.org Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A fellowship of men and women recovering from alcoholism through mutual support and accountability. An open meeting called Calumet Friends meets on Mondays at 7 pm in J-203. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 5501 Main St., 77004.
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 a 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 Sketching in the Gardens of Bayou Bend. 1:30pm-4:00pm. Visit Bayou Bend during opensketching hours, when guests are invited to draw from Bayou Bend’s natural woodlands and formal gardens. Paper, clipboards, and pencils are provided. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own campstools. Admission to the gardens is $7.50 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and $5 for ages 10–18. Children 9 and younger are admitted free.Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Dr., 77007. http://bit.ly/2uJCeg5 Tom Turner Band. 5pm-7pm. Live music at The Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-2268563 www.lastconcert.com HIIT/Yoga. 5:30pm. Join us for 30 minutes High Intensity Interval Training/30 minutes Hatha Yoga. All levels welcomed. All classes are 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. T’ai Chi Ch’uan. 5:45pm-7:00pm. Intended for serious relaxation, this class concentrates on creating and moving Chi/Qi (vital force) through meditation while moving. Jon Naylor teaches the traditional Yang Style short form with martial arts references. Beginners are encouraged to arrive early. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, 77004. firstuu.org Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. South Community Center. 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 77380. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7:00-8:00 pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! Connect with others in this non-competitive activity suitable for everyone. All body types and skill levels are welcome. Please bring a mat and towel. Extra mats are available for those new to Yoga. Free, donations accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2015 West 11th Street, 77008. Yoga@ResurrectionMCC.org
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. Connect with the Oneness Community to explore deeper experiences of Oneness, Divine Love and accelerated awakening. Child care is available, reservation required. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org 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 The Sidemen. 9pm-1am. Live music at The Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
wednesday Tai Chi at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 9am–10 am. Meet in the Activity Center/Gym. No special clothing or gear is necessary. Free and open to the public. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St., 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org Hatha Yoga. 9:30am & 6:00pm. All levels welcomed. Bring Yoga mat, meditation pillow, water. Blankets, blocks & straps available if needed. All classes are 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; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Barre Class. 5:30pm-6:20pm. In Barre Class, we use a ballet barre for isometric strength training. The class uses elements from Yoga and Pilates to build strength, flexibility, alignment and balance - helping us keep a nice, toned physique. Sign-up online at hinescenter.org/class-schedule/ or dropin 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.
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. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. Parking is free and available at the Woodwind St. entrance. www.graceinhouston.org. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org or 832-667-8601. Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Be ready to roll at 6:30PM. The route is 20 miles. Riders should be comfortable keeping a pace of 18-20 mph. Helmet, front and back light, spare tube, and CO2 cartridges are required. Earphones are not allowed. Speed may vary depending on who shows. Safety comes first. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery, 4814 Nett St., 77007. email@example.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Kingwood Library, 4400 Bens View Lane, 77339. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-8:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. We have multiple rides that leave from our Heights location on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. Each ride has its own route and distinct pace, so come on out and decide which one works best for you and hop in! Free. Blue Line Bike Lab, 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713-802-1707 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
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 a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Yin Yoga. 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. River Oaks Wellness Center, 2202 W. Alabama, 77098. Lin Weiss, Certified Yoga Therapist - 713858-8595, firstname.lastname@example.org Yoga Play. 10:00-11:20am. All body types are welcome in Yoga Play, a totally supportive practice as we bend, stretch and balance. Brain Gym, pranayama and asana practice with props provide the student with a deeper understanding of their own body. All ages are welcome and this is an excellent class for students with mobility issues, joint replacement, weight and recovery from long term illnesses. $15 cash or check only. A Healing Collective , 4231 Bellaire Blvd., Suite T, 77025. Molly Donovan 713-522-7588 Mollyd@houstonplaytherapy.com 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 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. 2-5pm. 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 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 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
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 $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
Shorin Ryu Karate.6:00pm. Join us for Traditional Okinawan Karate. All classes are 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. 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. This class provides a stable foundation for those who are ready to move to the next level, go deeper in their meditation practice, and touch with the Awake within. Suggested donation $50/month. Pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor.org. 281-565-9718
friday HIIT/Yoga. 5:30pm. Join us for 30 minutes High Intensity Interval Training/30 minutes Hatha Yoga. All levels welcomed. All classes are 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. Houston International Folk Dancers. 7:30-10pm. Houston International Folk Dancers is a recreational folk dance group that celebrates ethnic dances from around the world: Eastern and Western Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean, and the Americas. You will delight in the diverse rhythms, melodies and unique dance styles of cultures from over 30 countries. Experienced folk dancers are always ready to help beginners. Singles welcome. Dress comfortably. Admission is $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
Therapeutic Hatha Yoga. 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. Lin Weiss, Certified Yoga Therapist - 713-858-8595, email@example.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 an develop language skills. Presented by Houston Public Library/ HPL Express and Discovery Green. Houston’s only free and open writing workshop for kids conducted by Writers In The Schools. Limited to 25 students, first come first serve. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com For more information please call 832-393-1375. 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 your glass each week to be recycled. Please bring paper and plastic recyclables separately from glass. Please note: Recycling container is provided by the City of Houston Solid Waste Management. The schedule can be subject to change, but park staff will accept your recycling in the park office during the hours of 10am-2pm regardless of whether the container is on site. Recycling can be affected by street closures. Check discoverygreen.com each week for schedule updates. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com
Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-8pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
T’ai Chi Ch’uan. 10:30am-12:00pm. Intended for serious relaxation, this class concentrates on creating and moving Chi/Qi (vital force) through meditation while moving. Jon Naylor teaches the traditional Yang Style short form with martial arts references. Beginners are encouraged to arrive early. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, 77004. firstuu.org
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 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 the practice of Morning Service. This is followed by meditation, then work practice, which involves mindful cleaning and straightening in the Meditation Hall and the Center’s grounds. Then a dharma talk, the teachings of Buddha. You are welcome to attend some or all of the Sunday program. Free. Houston Zen Center, 1605 Heights BLVD., 77008. 713-869-1952. houstonzen.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; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. Christian Meditation. 9:00am-9:30 am. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities in preparation for receiving Holy Communion at the 10am worship service. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or visit creativelife.org The Conversations with God Study Group. 9:30am-10:45am. Study materials provided, this ongoing gathering is facilitated by Dr. Obidike Kamau. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania,77587. carmeltemple.org Sunday Service at Unity of North Houston. 10:15-11:15am Experience joy-filled vibrations and high-energy spirituality in motion that is our Sunday service! With live music, singing, affirmative prayer, and dynamic sermons, this is a Sunday service that will feed your body, mind and heart. Now is the time to stoke your inner spark by sharing in the light everyone brings to our community. Unity of North Houston, 11738 Grant Road Cypress, 77429. 281-374-7085. unitynorthhouston.org Semanal Programa de Meditación 10am-1pm. 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. Nuestro grupo de meditación Houston ha estado activo durante más de 52 años y se reúne regularmente. Cada semana nuestro grupo se reúne para meditar juntos, reflexionar sobre las palabras de los grandes santos y místicos y pasar algún tiempo con otras personas que comparten el objetivo de llevar una vida espiritualmente enriquecida y satisfactoria. Gratis. Trini Mendenhall Sosa Center, 1414 Wirt Road 77055. houstonSOS.org 832-304-0767.
Sunday Discussion Circle. 11:30am-12:30pm. You are invited to join us for facilitated, fun, educational discussions on a variety of topics. We practice our UU values of keeping an open mind, listening respectfully, learning from differing perspectives, entertaining new ways of thinking about issues, following guidelines, and being welcoming. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St. Rm 304, 77004. 713-526-5200 www.firstuu.org Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1pm6pm. 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! Coffee, lemonade and nutritious snacks. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building), 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:45 pm. 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
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*SPRING* Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am–12:30pm. For youth grades 1-12. Under the guidance of Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, youth are introduced to the Awake Mind within, and through basic meditation as well as other activities and games, they learn how to return to it. Registration required, call for more details. Suggested donation $60/ month. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor.org 281-565- 9718
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Ecstatic Dance Evolution.10:30am-1:00pm. Dance. Pray. Sweat. Play. With a growing freeform conscious dance community. Shake out the stress from your week and let your spirit soar with enticing music movement and community! All people welcome. No experience required. Just be your authentic self. $15-$20. MATCH: Midtown Arts and Theatre Center, 3400 Main Street, 77002. 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
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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 on all levels, we offer several revolutionary, holistic methods that can help. We use the NES Provision Advanced Software, to examine your body-field to identify bio-energetic and bio-informational distortions. The MiHealth device may then be used to address energy blockages and alleviates symptoms immediately. We have nutritional screening and counseling, and offer quality supplements and NES Infoceuticals to meet your needs. We also offer Hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Check this month’s calendar listings for our grief group workshops and call today to schedule a consultation. See ad on page 12.
BOOKS THE POWER OF AWAKE by Thich Dieu Thien
Known internationally as a very inspiring teacher full of wisdom, clarity, and compassion, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien easily engages people of all ages, cultures, religions, and backgrounds, and helps them to discover more about who they really are, transform all stress and conflict in daily life, and return to the Awake already within each person. Based on her own personal experience, she reminds readers that our goal is not just to recognize ego but to fully realize the source and nature of it, break the system of ego, and live truly happy and free in any situation. In Awake, ego doesn’t exist; in ego, Awake cannot appear.”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.” -- Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. Available on Amazon.com
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
BUSINESS COACH TINA MARIE ST.CYR CERTIFIED BUSINESS & LIFE COACH STRATEGIC INTERVENTIONIST 230 Westcott St. Suite 220B Houston, TX 77007 (888) 721-4204 TinaMarie.com
14 years in the business of helping business owners get out of their own way to create measurable, predictable, sustainable growth. Tina Marie’s system is taught through an easy 6 month program that immerses entrepreneurs in all they need to produce 10X growth in customers, revenue and brand visibility. The depth of her knowledge includes mindset coaching, marketing, prospecting, sales, finance, business development, product delivery and staffing. She has personally created over 10M in revenue for her own businesses and for her clients. We also teach how to be a BitCoin based business for those interested in the crypto-currency market. If you are looking for a strong, soul centered business coach who values your work life balance, call her for a Complimentary Consultation or go online to TinaMarie.com today. Fill out your own Business Growth Potential Assessment to see how much revenue you are leaving on the table and how many people need your services. Tina Marie holds 3 degrees, 4 certifications and a license in EpiPerformance. See ad on page 14.
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CHIROPRACTIC 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. It is our commitment that we help our patients return to a natural state of health and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We achieve this by addressing the patient as a whole and not just a condition. We provide a variety of treatment options including adjustments, muscle therapy, acupuncture, nutritional support, and rehabilitation to name a few. Dr. Alayna Pagnani-Gendron focuses on woman’s health and pediatrics and has her Webster Technique Proficiency Certification and is completing her Pediatric Certification. Visit our website for more information 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 n8chiro.com
23 years in practice serving our beloved Houston community. Houston’s home for Network Spinal Analysis / Light Touch Chiropractic. Dr. Jackie’s gentle NeuroStructural approach to health and healing incorporates “fullspine, wholeperson” attention and is regarded as one of the world’s most advanced forms of chiropractic care sought after by world leaders, celebrities and beautiful people just like you. Dr. Jackie has received the highest level training in Network Care available. Our center offers regular classes, community events and complimentary consults. Transform your life today beyond your every expectation! FAMILIES WELCOME. Give us a call today! See ad on page 20.
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Are you ready to achieve your dreams and enjoy balance and success in every area of your life? Find out how, in just 12 weeks, you could be happier and more successful thanks to Heal Your Life® Coach Doyle Ward, who has already helped hundreds of people achieve their dreams! I offer both online and private one-on-one coaching. What are you waiting for? Take that first step toward happiness now! See ad on page 14.
COLONICS JOYCE LONG’S WELLNESS INSTITUTE 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!
ENERGY MEDICINE ENERBODYBALANCE
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How often do you find yourself saying you are tired or you just don’t have the energy to do this or that or feel out of sorts or not yourself? We are not just a body and a set of experiences – we are energy. Come for an energy medicine session with Cecilia and see results. Cecilia Timon is an Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner and a Reiki Master. EnerBodyBalance is conveniently located in the Montrose neighborhood.
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HAIR DESIGN VENUS HAIR DESIGN
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Venus Hair Design is a mustsee place on 19th Street in The Heights. Venus and her staff are proud to be able to provide their customers of any age with any style, from a trim to a Mohawk. She is a wizard at color. If you live in or are visiting The Heights be sure to drop by, say hi and check out her Art Car, the Venus Hairse and mention you saw her in Natural Awakenings magazine.
HEALING COME & BE HEALED 713-302-1313
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. A consultation with her involves honestly answering questions about your problem that helps her find the likely cause and the course of action you should take to find healing. She has been doing this healing work for years and does it by donation or love gift only so that she can make it available to all regardless of their financial circumstance. She is fluent in both Spanish and English. Call her today to find out if she can help you or to schedule a consultation. Se habla español!
ION FOOT DETOX/ OXYGEN THERAPY HEAL WITH NATURAL HERBS
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Tired of suffering from muscle aches, chronic pain, inflammation, low energy, migraines, allgeries, bloating gas. Ion Foot Detox Special Saturday allinclusive $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!
LABYRINTH MEDITATIONS HYPNOSIS CLAUDIA AUTRY, HYPNOTIST (by appointment only) 281-849-4610 firstname.lastname@example.org claudiaautry.com
We l c o m e t o y o u r transformation! Whether you are looking to change habits such as smoking or weight or looking to find better ways of relaxing and increasing the joy in your life, I can help you. In addition to hypnosis I have a variety of other modalities to help you, including reiki, ThetaHealing and customized essential oil blends and affirmations which can be combined or used individually. Together we form a partnership for your growth! Call today to book your appointment.
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. Sarah leads monthly “Second Saturday Labyrinth Walks” at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer downtown and each walk includes a tour of the Center, an introduction to labyrinths (including Houston area ones), and a reflective art activity. Sarah also has a portable labyrinth and can bring one to your group. See ad on page 4.
MASSAGE HYPERBARIC OXYGEN HBOT AMERICA
8180 Kirby Drive Houston, TX 77054 832-986-5144 hbotamerica.com
HBOT America has reopened at a new location and provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy through the breathing in of 100% oxygen at a greater than normal pressure. HBOT is medically approved by the FDA for 14 uses such as wound healing, osteomyelitis, severe anemia, and more. Our Bio-Density machine, aids in increasing bone density by stimulating the body’s natural bone generation process. Bio-Density is a safe alternative to high impact activity and helps fight effects of Osteoporosis through four Isometric exercises. Our newest addition is our Inferred Sauna for detox, weight loss and pain relief, and our Compression Therapy devises. Call us today to schedule a session.
PHOENIX SCHOOL OF MASSAGE 6600 Harwin Drive Houston, TX 77036 713-974-5976 themassageschool.com
Reduce stress, relieve anxiety, muscle stress or pain. Get a massage! $35 an hour. Buy 4 massages get one free. That’s only $28 each. Call Today! See ad on page 19.
MEDICAL INTUITIVE INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES FOR NATURAL HEALING & WELLNESS
LIN WEISS MH, CYT Holistic Healer Medical/ Spiritual Intuitive - Master Teacher Houston, Texas 77025 713-858-8595 email@example.com 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, she specializes in Homeopathy; Bio-energetic Healing; Neurochemical Analysis/Balance; Chakra Attunement; Nutrition Therapies; Orchid Essences; Zero Energy Balance & more. Addressing a wide range of symptoms, ie: Allergies; ADD/ADHD; OCD: Arthritis; Autistic Spectrum; Chronic Fatigue; Depression; Detoxification; Fibromyalgia; MS; Parkinsons: Trauma Release, etc. Classes: Intuitive Development and Psychology of the Chakras! Call Lin today to find out if she can help you.
MEDITATION CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON
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. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., Houston 77072 281-568-1568 • firstname.lastname@example.org CTHouston.org
Half-day Retreat: Sun., Feb. 4, 9am-noon. Sun., Mar. 4, 9amnoon. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., Feb. 18, 9am-noon. Sun., Mar. 11, 9am-noon. Meditation Workshop: Sun., Mar. 18, 10am-noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 17.
ISHA FOUNDATION/ INNER ENGINEERING
Norris Conference Center – Westchase 9990 Richmond Avenue Houston, TX 77042 ishafoundation.org/us/newsletter/centers/ houston/ email@example.com
The Isha Foundation is an international non-profit dedicated to human wellbeing. Founded by Sadhguru who is a yoga, mystic and a visionary, the Isha Foundation/Inner Engineering offers spirituality to every human being, to ensure that each individual can experience the deepest core of life within. The local Houston group sponsors monthly meditation, yoga and instructional meetings. Check their website for dates, times and locations.
UNIVERSAL DOOR MEDITATION CENTER 15202 Dora Lane Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 UniversalDoor.org
Awake Meditation is about Waking Up and breaking the system of ego, to live in Aw a k e n e d h a p p i n e s s always. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, guides students step by step how to return to their original Awake Mind in this lifetime. Imagine living with no stress, no fear, no anxieties, no worry, no conflicts, no blaming, no judging, no confusion. Wake Up to live truly happy, with clarity and purpose! For more information, call for a free orientation, tour, and sample practice of what Awake meditation can do for you! Thurs 7-9pm-- The Basics of Awake Meditation, Fri 7-10pm-- Advanced Meditation, Saturday (all day)-- Awake Volunteering, Sun 11:00am-12:30pm-- Dharma talk, Sun 11:00am12:30pm-- Youth and Teen Awake Program. See our ad on page 6.
NEW DECISION THERAPY WELLNESS CONSULTATIONS
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If you or someone you care about is suffering from addictions, compulsive behavior patterns, unhealthy relationship patterns, anxiety, phobias, depression or f eelin g stuck N ew D ecisio n TherapyTM can help. NDT uses applied and behavioral kinesiology to identify emotional trauma which may be the root cause of the problem. Once the traumatic experience that caused the behavior has been identified, the negative impact on body and mind can be cleared. Call Dr. Nettie Ramsay, N.D. today to schedule your initial consultation.
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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, depression, PCOS, thyroid problems, low libido and more. There is a 100% natural way to restore your body’s hormone balance without using either synthetic prescription hormones or bio-identical hormones. Your body already knows how to produce the correct amount of hormones. It’s just a matter of stimulating it to do so. Call me today for your FREE consultation and be on your way to a younger body and a good night’s sleep.
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Do you need new eyeglasses? Whether you are looking for premium or generic eye ware, Alex Atuesta at Factory Eyeglass Outlet has something for you. They feature both premium Zeise lenses cut in house and generic lenses starting at $99 along with a wide selection of the latest frames. Alex and his staff also do eyeglass repair and offer lifetime adjustments for their customers. Experience their friendly, professional one on one service the next time you need new eyeglasses or need your eyeglasses repaired. Factory Eyeglass Outlet accepts most insurance plans.
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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 and more. Plus, we treat and condition the water to make it healthier for your family. More than a water softener, table top unit or RO alone. Healthy water from every faucet or shower. Member BBB-A+ rating since the 80’s. Don’t delay. Call Henry today! 281-773-5441
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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 helps to oxygenate 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. We are dedicated to providing the best ozone sauna therapy in the Houston area and are open 7 days a week from 10am-6pm. Book your appointment online today. You will leave feeling more refreshed than ever before! See ad on page 17.
PAIN RELIEF AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY
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Need Relief from Arthritis? Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease muscular aches and joint pain. Her Remedy is a homeopathic pain relief cream that penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues. Get beneficial relief from sciatica, fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuralgia, gout, and more. All-natural ingredients! Do you want to feel a real difference from the nagging aches of arthritis? Feel less pain & have more range of motion? Use Aunt Alberta’s Pain Relief Cream! Get relief today! Great buy, get a 4oz jar for $15! Visit our website for other options and to see what people say about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy, and purchase some TODAY!
PERSONAL COACH ENLIGHTENED SPIRITUAL SOLUTIONS TAROT AND PERSONAL CONSULTING 713-782-8087 enlightenedspiritualsolutions.com
Joelle is a professional Tarot reader who lives here in Houston and who has established clientele throughout the United States as well as abroad. She studied metaphysics for over 30 years and started card reading in 1985. She uses Tarot as well as other psychic gifts to help assist her clients in making better choices and live happier lives as a result. She will often offer coaching along with her Tarot readings, and is best in assisting with decision making and the resolving of pressing issues her clients may come to her for. She is available via phone or in office private consultations Tues-Sat. Visit her website for more information and call today to schedule an appointment.
PERSONAL TRAINING FITBODIES
JoeyDiego Stilletto, Master Personal Trainer Houston to Galveston 832-840-4869 DancingDiego@aol.com
General fitness training & cross training for weight loss, muscle strengthening & toning. Also certified in Therapeutic Fitness R e c o v e r y f o r P a r k i n s o n ’s sufferers, stroke & heart attack victims. Model competition training expert. Contact me today to discuss options of how I can help you or your family get FIT!
REIKI TRAINING REIKI MASTER JULIA CARROLL, PH.D. SCHOOL of HEALING ARTS 713-822-7380 firstname.lastname@example.org JuliaCarroll1.com
Julia was the first Reiki Master in the State of Texas, has written 5 healing books and has had university based Reiki research published. Her book, Nu-Reiki Onness, can be found on her website and is FREE. Contact Julia today to schedule an appointment to discuss enrolling in one of her Reiki certification courses.
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! Please see our display ad on page 19.
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 both Episcopal worship and ancient practices, we are faithful to the rich traditions of our church while also open to creative expressions of our faith in worship and ministries. Come and be with us for any or all of our many programs and services.
ST. PAUL’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 5501 Main Street Houston, TX 77004 713-528-0527} stpaulshouston.org
St. Paul’s Houston centers itself around vibrant worship that moves us to Christian mission, hospitality and faith formation for all peoples and communities. St. Paul’s is also home to ProjectCURATE, a multi-ethnic leadership program on race, solidarity and kinship. Weekly worship on Sundays at 8:30 am, 9:45 am and 11:05 am Check out our other offerings in the Natural Awakenings calendars. We hope you’ll respond to the Spirit leading you to connect and grow with us.
UNITY SPIRITUAL CENTER OF GREATER HOUSTON
Temporary Home – Stage Works Theatre 10756 Grant 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. Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the world. Unity recognizes that there are many expressions of family life. All are welcome. Unity creates an affirming environment that fosters positive self-image, personal responsibility and unconditional love and acceptance. If you want to know God and to experience God at work in your life, join us on Sundays! You’ll discover a warm, caring community of ordinary people living extraordinary lives.
THERMOGRAPHY THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES
WELLNESS COACHING THE CENTER FOR INTENTIONAL HEALING
Shannon McLain, MS 1728 Bissonnet Street Houston, TX 77005 262-470-8944 thecenterforintentionalhealing.com
Do you ever forget to take care of yourself? I know. You’re busy, and finding the time to take proper care of yourself can be hard. But if you don’t, it won’t be long before you’re battered from exhaustion and operating in a mental fog where it’s hard to care about anything or anyone. Wellness coaching is an empowering and effective way for people to actively engage in their own self-care by collaborating with a professional coach. The Center for Intentional Healing is now offering a holiday special! Sign up today for a coaching package (value $400) for ONLY $295, and self-care sessions (value $100) for ONLY $75. Visit our website today for more information or to book an appointment.
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Angel Marlow, CNHP, CAHC, CCT 24550 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, TX 77494 713-621-4406 email@example.com ThermalImaingTexas.com
No Compression, No Radiation, Painless. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography, creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The thermal images are analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business through Thermal Imaging Services for Corporate Wellness. Locations in: Houston, Lake Charles, LA, Katy, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Tyler and Kingwood. Call for current schedule and to make an appointment. See ad on page 17.
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