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Thank You, Me Written and Illustrated by Elena Reznikova
hank You, Me is a delightful book for young children with a message of gratitude and self-acceptance. The author, Elena Reznikova, is an artist and book designer who has recently relocated in the Houston area. As a child, she struggled with anxiety, low self-worth, low self-esteem, eating disorders, and a feeling that she did not deserve success. No matter what positive things parents, teachers, and counselors told her, she did not believe them. Negative body image and low self-esteem followed her from elementary school through college. The negative effects on her daily life were painful and affected everything from goal-setting to personal relationships. It took years of spiritual searching, but she eventually came across the practice of gratitudeâ€”a practice so simple that most of us overlook this as obvious and frivolous. Thank You, Me is written in verse and delivers a loving message of self-acceptance for all that when read together with your child leads to an empowering bonding experience. Reading it aloud can also be very meditative much like repeating a mantra or affirmation that leads to acceptance at a deeper level. If you are a parent, grandparent or care giver, this is a must have book since almost all children encounter negative messages about their own bodies. It is the winner of the 2017 Moonbeam Childrenâ€™s Book Award and the 2016 Nautilus Award Silver Winner. The book is available in hard copy and digital formats. There are also an accompanying gratitude journal and cards. We intend to give our copy to our granddaughter. Thank You, Me is available on her website. Use Promo Code: BeWell and get a 30% discount available only to Natural Awakenings readers. Order your copy today. Thank You, Me written and illustrated by Elena Reznikova. thankyoumebook.com. See ad on page 31.
tormy Hamilton founded The Magnitude of Light as a creative platform to produce and share multimedia art and educational content. The first project is a series of crystal singing bowl moon meditations; Stormy guides individuals through a one-hour meditation using various media, primarily light and live instrumentation. During each meditation, participants experience an energetic cleansing of the physical and astral bodies to aid them in remembering who they are. Since beginning her meditative practice, Stormy has alleviated emotional instability, anxiety, and insomnia - she won her battle against alcohol addiction! Stormy embodies the strength and honesty which enables us to look into ourselves and reflect on who we are. As a multidisciplinary artist, she understands the power of color and how it makes up the light within all of us. Following the moon meditation series, she plans to supplement her meditative practice with yoga instruction and doula training. This summer, Stormy and The Magnitude of Light will be traveling abroad to grow their global community and expand production of artistic and educational content. Meditations will be offered through May in the Houston area and will later be offered online. Visit themagnitudeoflight.com to enroll in your meditation and subscribe to the mailing list. The Mahnitude Of Light, Houston, Texas. 713-383-8526. firstname.lastname@example.org. themagnitudeoflight.com. See ad on page 33.
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ave you ever had intuitive hits, a ‘gut’ feeling or dejavu moments? Have you had someone do an Akashic Records reading or thought about getting one and then thought, “But this person can say anything and how would I really know?” That’s precisely what Maria Jones’ classes are all about. They give you the power to access the information for yourself. Learn how to develop your own intuition and to hear the subtle whispers of guidance. Learn how to develop and use the Akashic Records to help you live a more peaceful and fulfilling life. After years of being a corporate accountant Maria literally decided to follow her dreams. After years of study, in 2013 she was ready and began doing massage, reiki, reflexology and teaching people how to read the Akashic Records. So, what is the Hall of the Akashic Records? The Hall of Akashic records is an etheric ‘place’, which holds all the memories of our souls. It is a library of records where you can go etherically and look up your soul record which is a database that contains information about our present and past lifetimes. In the classes, you will experience a series of meditations to clear and heal any blockages or forms of resistance. It is the work that we must do to prepare ourselves to be fully open to receiving guidance from the Akashic Records. As you learn to access them, they will answer questions about your life purpose, your past lives and lessons you are carrying forward, karma in current relationships, your gifts and talents and more. Join Maria on this fascinating journey! 2-Day Weekend Course: Saturday March 25, 9am-4pm & Sunday March 25, 9am-1pm. 2-Day Weekday Course: Tuesday April 3, 9am-3pm & Wednesday April 4, 9am-3pm. Visit the website to register and give yourself the gift of “Knowing”. Use Promo Code: NA03 to receive your exclusive 10% Natural Awakenings discount. Hints of You. Hintsofyou.com. 281543-3963. See ad on page 5.
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125th Birth Anniversary Year of Paramahansa Yogananda: Father of Yoga in the West Inspires Finding Inner Peace Through Meditation
018 marks the 125th birth anniversary year of one of the pioneering fathers of Yoga in the West, Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the modern spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, and subject of the highly acclaimed documentary AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda. The following are excerpts taken from Sri Yogananda’s book Inner Peace: How to be Calmly Active and Actively Brother Bhumananda, a Calm, a compilation of excerpts from his public lectures long-time monk of Selfand writings, in which he reminds us that peace is not Realization Fellowship, something that can be manufactured or acquired from the founded in 1920 by outside, but must be cultivated from within. The benefits Paramahansa Yogananda, from regular meditation create a deepening awareness will present a free public of our connection to the Divine and help us approach all talk, “Finding Inner Peace of life’s activities with more strength, courage and confiThrough Meditation, ” on dence. With 18 million Americans practicing some form April 6 in Houston. of meditation, the scientific techniques that Yogananda taught are equally ancient, modern and, increasingly, an important part of the American pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. (Self-Realization Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA, www.yogananda-srf.org. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.) In his talk, which is based on the teachings of Sri Yogananda, Brother Bhumananda, who is also the minister in charge of the SRF Encinitas Temple in Encinitas, CA, will offer insights and practical advice on how yoga meditation works in one’s life, helping to turn the “searchlight of the senses” from the outer to the inner realm. The benefits of regular practice help create an inner calmness that becomes the stable ground from which to conduct all of life’s activities. “Meditation is the scientific way of Paramahansa Yogananda connecting ourselves to a higher consciousness, giving us (1893-1952), founder the peace and wisdom to live a fulfilling life in an oftenof Self-Realization turbulent world,” says Brother Bhumananda. This free Fellowship and author of event, which also features a guided meditation, is part of a Autobiography of a Yogi. weekend-long program that includes meditation technique classes (open to students of the SRF Lessons). The public lecture will be followed by an informal reception in which newcomers are invited to learn more about the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda as well as about the inspirational services and meditations at the Houston Center of Self-Realization Fellowship. On Friday, April 6, 2018 at 7 p.m., Brother Bhumananda, a longtime monk of the SelfRealization Fellowship Order, founded by Sri Yogananda, will visit Houston to give a public lecture entitled “Finding Inner Peace through Meditation.” The public lecture will be held at Unity Church at 2929 Unity Drive, Houston, TX 77057. Admission is free. For more information about the free public lecture or about local SRF meditation and inspirational services, please call the Houston Center of SRF at 713-263-7272, or, en Espanol 281-704-4749; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit srfhouston.org/ For more information about the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda and Self-Realization Fellowship, please visit yogananda-srf.org or contact the international headquarters of SelfRealization Fellowship at 323-225-2471. See ad on page 20. March 2018
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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.
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Leafy Greens Lower Risk for Heart Disease Leafy greens, which are rich in vitamin K, have again been shown to provide outsized benefits for heart health. Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University found that a reduced intake of vitamin K1 leads to more than triple the risk of an enlargement of the heart’s left ventricle, which reduces blood pumping volume, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Researchers followed diet records for 766 participants ages 14 to 18 and monitored their vascular structure and functionality. When compared to those with the highest intake of vitamin K1 from foods such as spinach, cabbage and other leafy, green vegetables, those with the lowest intake were more likely to experience vascular enlargement.
Eating Meat Raises Diabetes Risk Research from Duke University Medical School indicates that eating red meat and poultry increases risk for Type 2 diabetes. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Singapore Chinese Health Study followed 63,257 adults between ages 45 and 74 for an average of 11 years each. It was determined that meat and poultry consumption increased diabetes incidence by 23 and 15 percent, respectively.
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Meditate to Reach Your Soul by Sarah Gish
oseph Campbell said, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” This is our soul’s mission – and yet, we are often too busy, too loud, too hurried to listen to our inner self. The remedy for this is the practice of meditation. I suggest that you take the time to get still and listen to yourself at the start of each morning, before the energy of the day sets in. Doing this as a regular practice will give you a deep connection to who you are and what your purpose is. An easy way to meditate is to set a timer for 15 minutes and focus on one inspiring word. Your mind will naturally wander but keep bringing it back. I promise that your morning calm will carry you throughout the day. You can expand upon this simple morning meditation in many ways. One of my favorite ways is by walking a labyrinth. I have walked labyrinths all over Houston as well as around the country and each experience on the path has opened me to new awarenesses or calmed me down or helped me solved a problem. Combining the action of walking with the silence is magical for me – I’m a hyper, busy person and labyrinths anchor me. Labyrinths are not mazes – they have one path in and the same path out. Walk them and you’ll feel a bit disoriented and yet, you can trust that you’ll get back to where you started. This pattern becomes a metaphor for life and things you notice on your walk become lessons about yourself. Do the leaves on the path bug you? What are some obstacles in your life? Are people walking too closely? Does your life feel crowded right now? Is it hard to ignore the outside noise while walking? Do you need to find more
quiet time? Stopping and listening to ourselves is the most important thing we can do in our lives. It is our self-knowing that leads to everything else: how we contribute to the world, what we create, who we associate with, how we live, and how we care for our planet. 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 IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project (see more about the project and the “12 Ways” here: 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 “Meditate each morning. (meditate)” I suggest that you visit the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer HinesCenter.org, which is downtown at 500 Fannin Street. There are plenty of ways to explore meditation there – on your own with their indoor labyrinth or in their art room, or
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 email@example.com and 713.492.1173. 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.
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AWAKE Meditation by Pho Nguyen
There are many different styles of meditation or ways to meditate. The one that is best is the one that works best for you. What follows is the first in a series of articles from various meditation centers in the Houston area. If what you read sounds interesting, we invite you to visit the center and experience that style of meditation for yourself.
en Master Thich Dieu Thien is an Awake teacher and founder of Universal Door Meditation Center in Houston (Sugar Land, TX), and has been teaching around the world and helping people of all backgrounds for 16 years to realize the Awakened happiness within! Through her living example, we see that Awake is real and possible. Awake is open, pure, fresh, peaceful, full of unlimited wisdom and compassion, and sees things clearly… disturbed by nothing. Coming to Universal Door, new students are introduced to Awake through simple language and examples in an orientation session. Living life under the control of habits, perceptions, and illusion, it is like being blind and causes constant stress and suffering for ourselves and those around us. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, also known as the Awakened One, steps in to help all realize that because we are blind, we suffer and need to “open our eyes” so illusion falls apart and we can see things as they are. With the goal to Awaken, students begin the journey, with step-by-step interactive guidance from the Zen Master who lives
Awake every moment. Only an Awakened teacher can guide students to go from blind to open eyes and Wake Up, breaking the system of ignorance, to live with Awakened happiness in any situation, anywhere. Zen Master’s teachings and interactive guidance are very creative, dynamic, spontaneous, and lively, easily attracting listeners, no matter what level of practice they have. Her Dharma talks, whether short or long, are always fresh, simple, and practical, but penetrate directly to the heart, helping people to break through, believe, and realize that they
have the capacity to Wake Up. Her direct dialogues and questions pushed back towards the listeners to help them Wake Up, stir up questions about birth and death and the path toward Awake to break free from suffering. With unconditional love, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien has dedicated her entire life helping people at each step to Light up the Inner Light, diligently practice, and finally return to the “Treasure” already within themselves. Zen Master teaches us that when we live with our ego, there will be constant inner struggles between good and bad, right and wrong, win and lose ... which lead to sadness, hatred, blame, judgment and competition with each other. As long as the ego exists, we will never be truly happy. Awake meditation classes and teachings are open to people of every age, culture, religion, and background. Weekly class in English happens every Thursday night from 7-9pm; pre-registration and orientation are required. Simple meditation instructions, practice time, Q&A, discussion, are often components of class time, as well as Dharma talks by the Zen Master, reflection questions, chanting, and other supportive forms of meditation. The Zen Master always teaches based on what will help people to Wake Up in each moment, no two class sessions are the same. There are also public Dharma talks by Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien (with live translation into English through individual headsets) every Sunday from 10:30am to 12:30pm followed by lunch. The Youth & Teen program runs from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Please call 281-575-9718 for questions or more information. See ad on page 9..
get things done, this slowing down is becoming ultra-present with life. I have learned that being “present” is life’s true meditation. It is from this place of presence that I have experienced miracles, witnessed serendipity, and accessed my intuition like never before. The result is I now produce more results, ‘get more stuff done’, have absolutely abundant energy and smile so much more that the younger version of myself ever did. Slowing down is a true gift we allow ourselves and, in turn, gift those around us.
Gifts of Being Present
is the New Fast
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s I approach my big ’50’, I have been taking inventory of the gifts my first 50 years has brought. I have learned to be more patient with myself, to let go of reactive triggers much faster and have learned to slow down.
Those who know me may be shaking their heads as I am commonly known as ‘super busy’ and the one who has a ‘very full calendar’…yet it is true - I have slowed down. The slowing down I refer to is not laziness or being the one others are waiting on to
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As each of us gifts our own lives with being even more present, we in turn bless the Universe itself. Our glorious energies do affect those around us and beyond in ways we will probably never be able to accurately measure. Yet, our hearts know the truth. Our happiness is the greatest gift we can give another. I wish you ever increasing feelings of pure presence. If we are to meet face to face, I will pause to enjoy you and a being and a light. Thank you for being on this journey and for being one of the seekers of the world. Our world, I know, is made greater by your presence. My gift to you…. If you would love a gift of The Presencing Meditation, email me and I will send you the link… hello@ TinaMarie.com or look on my website under Resources and remember, “Slow is the New Fast” Thank you, my friend, Tina Marie Listen to Tina Marie’s podcast “Unleash Your Extraordinary!” on iTunes and Google Play. Tina Marie has built an extraordinary team of life coaches, business consultants and trainers who help thousands of wonderful souls in our world. Her programs have been designed specifically to release one’s greatest potential through personalized plans for each client to reach their heartfelt desires and dreams. Whether you are an individual ‘seeker’, have a business, a team or a family, the strategies and tools at Tina Marie & Co. will bring to life your greatest joy and presence. We offer Complimentary Strategy Sessions at your offices or ours. Located near Memorial Park, our team of coaches are ready to receive and help you today. Visit us online www.tinamarie.com or call 888-721-4204. See ad on page 23.
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SPICE UP HEALTHY COOKING Six Seasonings with Surprising Payoffs by Amber Lanier Nagle
pices add a punch of extra flavor to our favorite dishes, but they also possess proven health and wellness properties. From regulating blood sugar to reducing inflammation to helping control appetite, behold the magnificent six.
Garlic (Allium sativum)
“There’s a lot of evidence that suggests garlic supports heart health,” says Rosalee de la Forêt, a clinical herbalist and author of Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition tracked the blood pressure of 79 patients with uncontrolled hypertension and found that the mean systolic blood pressure of those consuming two 240-milligram capsules of aged garlic extract a day for 12 weeks significantly decreased compared to those taking one capsule or a placebo.
“Garlic may also reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu when taken at the onset of symptoms and each day afterwards,” says de la Forêt, citing a study published in Clinical Nutrition. “I mince a clove and mix it with honey to make it easier to swallow.”
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Dr. Lipi Roy, a clinical assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine and blogger at SpicesForLifemd.com, considers turmeric the golden spice of life. “In addition to its role in Indian and Asian cuisine, turmeric is used in traditional Indian medicine to treat common ailments like stomach upset, ulcers, flatulence, arthritis, sprains, wounds and skin and eye infections,” she says. A study published in Oncogene concluded that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) was a more potent anti-inflammatory agent than aspirin or ibuprofen. Try adding a little turmeric and ground black pepper to soups, salads and sauces.
Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
Used in India for 4,000 years, black pepper may be the most popular spice of our era. “Black pepper can increase the amount of nutrients your body absorbs from other food and spices,” says de la Forêt. A study published in Plant Medica concluded that subjects consuming a small amount (20 milligrams) of an extract of black pepper showed an increase of retained curcumin in their bodies. For maximum benefits, grind whole peppercorns directly onto food at mealtime.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia and Cinnamomum verum)
“One of cinnamon’s super powers is that it may help regulate blood glucose in patients with Type 2 diabetes,” Roy says. In a study published in Diabetic Medicine, subjects taking two grams of cinnamon daily for 12 weeks exhibited much better blood sugar control. Roy suggests sprinkling it on oatmeal, apples, pumpkin pie and brownies. Roast chicken flavored with cinnamon and other spices is another treat.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
“Ginger is a rhizome people have traditionally used medicinally to help with digestive issues, including upset stomachs and nausea,” says Karen Kennedy, of Concord, Ohio, a horticulturist and educa18
Herbs are not spices although the term spice is sometimes used to encompass them all. An herb is the leaf of a plant when used in cooking. Spices can be buds, bark, roots,berries, seeds or any other part of a plant, and are often dried.
tor at the Herb Society of America. In a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers concluded that gastric emptying and relief was more rapid after subjects with frequent or severe stomach upsets ingested 1.2 grams of ginger. Ginger is also linked to increased circulation and reduced inflammation. A study published in Phytotherapy Research noted that this spice also worked in alleviating migraines equal to the pharmaceutical sumatriptan (Imitrex). According to a study in the journal Arthritis, it’s an effective tool in the battle against rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger adds a zing of healthy flavor to hot teas and stir-fried veggies such as broccoli, green beans, carrots or mushrooms.
Paprika (Capsicum annuum)
A common spice added to Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Indian cuisine, paprika is rich in natural carotenoids (the orangey pigment in many plants with antioxidant power) and capsaicin, both of which may decrease mortality from chronic illnesses. Another benefit of this capsaicincontaining spice is its ability to control appetite. In research published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, participants that consumed red pepper spice had a slightly higher core temperature and energy expenditure after a meal than the control group. The study further suggested that those that consumed capsaicin-containing spices like paprika ate fewer calories per day and had less interest in food. “Paprika is a great salt alternative, too,” says Roy. “Too often, people think they are craving salt, but they aren’t. They are craving flavor, and paprika gives a nice kick to chili, salad, grilled cheese and so many other foods.” Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (AmberNagle.com).
Reclaim Your Magic Make Your World Wondrous Again
by Paige Leigh Reist
e are all born with magic, but somewhere along the way, life tends to stomp it out of us. When we are living in our magic, we become curious, passionate and energetic. We thrive. Here are five ways to begin to reclaim our own special vibrancy.
LIVE WITH EARTH’S CYCLES Our planet teaches by example how to live in harmony with the seasons. Rest in the winter, awake to new beginnings in spring and rejoice in summer’s bounty. Give extra thanks in autumn. Live by and with the land, and watch how goodness magically blooms into being.
EXERCISE INTUITION Trusting in our intuition is generally discouraged from a young age. We’re taught to ignore it in favor of logic, following social scripts and displaying expected behaviors. We’re told whom to look to for answers, definitions of right and wrong and true and false, and that grown-ups always know best. A powerful way to counteract this conditioning is to come to trust ourselves. Intuition is like a muscle—the more we use it, the more powerful it becomes. The spiritual “still small voice” won’t lead us astray.
COMMUNE Speaking our truth is transformative. To be heard, validated and supported is a
powerful catalyst of personal growth and supports self-worth. Whenever possible, make time to meet with kindred spirits and share personal stories, wisdom and struggles around the proverbial fire.
CELEBRATE Spend time thinking about what it is that comprises the essence of oneself and celebrate it—that is where magic lives. Often, the qualities that carry our magic may have been put down. Sensitivity can be considered weakness. Determination might be termed stubbornness. But if we unabashedly love and celebrate these qualities in ourself, we begin to re-conceptualize them as sources of strength and power, and magic seeps through.
STOP ACCEPTING THE MUNDANE Let go of anything that does more to limit rather than propel progress. Review media habits, relationships, jobs and character traits, and be ruthless in pruning what needs to go. Try to interact only with people, activities and things that produce glowing feelings of inspiration, fulfillment and buzzing vitality. Assess habits honestly and choose meaningful substance over comfort, ease and familiarity. Paige Leigh Reist is a writer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who blogs at TheWholesomeHandbook.com. March 2018
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The World’s Healthiest Cuisines What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating by Judith Fertig
mericans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish super-sized into a whole meal. “We’ve Americanized dishes to the extent that they don’t have their original
health benefits,” says Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician in the San Francisco Bay area and author of The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World— Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You. Here are five popular—and healthy— world cuisines, known for their great dish-
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Ingredients. The dietary benefits of green tea, fermented soy and mushrooms like shiitake and maitake are well documented. Add dried seaweed to this list. Beyond sushi, it’s a delicious ingredient in brothy soups, where it reconstitutes to add a noodle-like quality, slightly smoky flavor and beneficial minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. A study in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition linked the longevity of Okinawan residents to eating seaweed, a staple of macrobiotic diets. New York City culinary instructor and cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo prefers dried wakame seaweed, readily available in the U.S. Practices. Shimbo grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where her mother helped her surgeon father’s patients by preparing foods that helped them recover quickly. Shimbo believes wholeheartedly in Ishoku-dogen, a Japanese concept often translated as, “Food is medicine.” Shimbo says, “I eat fairly well, treating food as blessings from nature that keep me healthy and energetic. I do not often indulge in expensive, rich foods.” She prefers eating foods in season and small portions, listening to what her body craves. When feeling the need for minerals and vitamins, she makes a brothy soup with just a little dried wakame, which reconstitutes to four times its dried volume. A second practice supporting healthy well-being is hara hachi bu, or “Eat until your stomach is 80 percent full.” It requires self-discipline to eat slowly and decline more food. But this restraint supports a widely accepted fact that “It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to receive the message that the stomach is full. If we eat slowly, we get the message at the right time, even if we want a few more bites. If we eat too quickly, by the time our brain sends the message, we have probably eaten too much,” says Shimbo. One Great Dish: Japanese soups offer nutrition and flavor in a bowl. Shimbo’s Eat-
a-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup in her cookbook The Japanese Kitchen: 250 Recipes in a Traditional Spirit can be made with chicken or vegetable broth. Other healthy ingredients like sesame oil, fresh ginger, scallions and garlic boost its health benefits.
Ingredients. South India—including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana—offers many plant-based dishes that feature coconut, rice and spices such as turmeric, known for decreasing inflammation, according to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Varieties of dried split peas called dal [dal is singular and plural] are used in vegetable curries and ground to make the glutenfree savory crepes known as dosa or puffy white idlis for a snack or breakfast. South India native and current Minneapolis resident Raghavan Iyer, teacher, consultant and author of many cookbooks, including 660 Curries, says, “One technique that gives vegetable dishes a lift is dry-frying or toasting whole spices. It adds complexity and nuttiness.” Simply heat a cast iron skillet, add the whole
spices and dry fry until spicy aromas arise; then add them to a dish. Practice. South Indian meals usually comprise many small, highly flavored, colorful, plant-based dishes served with rice. They yield a pleasant aroma and sensation of fullness without overdoing it, says Iyer. One Great Dish: A vegetable/legume curry such as tamata chana dal, or smoky yellow split peas is simple to make. Iyer cooks dried, yellow, split peas with potatoes and turmeric, then dry-fries dried chilis and spices, and purées them in a blender for a no-fat, vegan and glutenfree dish. In Iyer’s view, “The epitome of comfort food is a bowl of dal and rice.”
Ingredients. There’s American-Italian, as in pizza with pepperoni and double cheese, and then there’s real Italian dishes dating back to the Etruscans. Healthy Italian starts with the love of growing things. Whatever grows in the garden is best, served simply with extra virgin olive oil; a recent Temple University study found it preserves memory and wards off Alzheimer’s. Eugenia Giobbi Bone, co-author of Italian Family Dining: Recipes, Menus, and
Memories of Meals with a Great American Food Family, says, “My palate was formed with the flavors of homegrown foods. Cooking in central Italy is all about bringing out the flavor of a few very fresh, wellgrown ingredients. That means primarily seasonal eating, with lots of vegetables and little meat in summer, the opposite in winter. There isn’t a lot of fuss to the culinary style, which instead depends on interesting, but simple combinations of foods and techniques.” Practice. Italian families’ view of healthful garden-to-table includes the exercise attained from gardening. “We have a good work ethic in our family,” remarks Bone, who lives in New York City and Crawford, Colorado. “We are of the mentality that physical work is satisfying, even when it is hard.” From her father’s family, Bone has learned to break a meal into small courses and to eat heavier during the day and lighter at night because this helps maintain a healthy weight, according to many studies including one published in the UK journal Diabetologia. One Great Dish: Dress up pasta with a seasonal vegetable sauce, such as
Just a few of Houston’s many healthy world cuisine restaurants. Japanese
Kobe Japanese Restaurant
Mary’z Mediterranean Cuisine
Nippon Japanese Restaurant
9313 Katy Fwy Houston, TX 77024
4464 Montrose Blvd Houston, TX 77006 www.nippon-sushi.com
912 Saint Emanuel Street Houston, TX 77003 HuynhRestaurantHouston.com 10804 Bellaire Blvd E Houston, TX 77072 quanyinvegetarian.com
Shri Balaji Bhavan
Patrenella’s Ristorante Italiano
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5711 Hillcroft Street, Suite B4 Houston, TX 77036 biryanifactoryhouston.com
813 Jackson Hill Houston, TX 77007 Patrenellas.net
Riva’s Italian Restaurant
1117 Missouri Street Houston, TX 77006 https://www.facebook.com/ pages/Rivas-Italian-Restaurant/ 113617642005630
4500 Washington Ave., Suite 200 Houston, TX 77007 maryzcuisine.com
Café Lili Lebanese Grill
5757 Westheimer Suite 122 Houston, TX 77057 Cafelili.com When you visit these healthy world cuisine restaurants mention that you leaned about them in Natural Awakenings magazine. Also, if you’d like to nominate your favorite healthy dining restaurant for future Dining Naturally food reviews, email email@example.com with the subject like Dining Naturally.
caponata, an eggplant and tomato mixture, or include primavera via spring vegetables and basil, or arrabbiata, featuring tomatoes and red pepper flakes.
Ingredients. “So much about Lebanese cuisine is ‘on trend’ with our tart and sour flavors from lemon, sumac and pomegranate molasses, a wide array of vegetarian and vegan dishes, plus a tradition of pickling, called mouneh, and yogurt and cheese-making,” says food blogger Maureen Abood, author of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen. “Lebanese cuisine is extraordinarily healthy, fitting squarely into the Mediterranean diet.” Abood lives in East Lansing, Michigan, where she loves to use summer cherries and berries in her Lebanese-inspired dishes. According to Abood, another reason why Lebanese food is so popular is that Lebanese immigrants to the U.S. now outnumber the native population of their mother country. Practice. Gathering to share food is
a hallmark of Lebanese hospitality. “The Lebanese style of eating includes maza; many small shared plates of remarkable variety,” says Abood. “Food as medicine” is also a Lebanese practice, according to a study in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. One Great Dish: “Many of my favorite Lebanese dishes are plant-based,” says Abood. “We love to stuff everything from cabbage to summer squash to grape leaves with vegetarian fillings, and cook them in a garlic or tomato broth. Every week, we make and eat mujaddara, a lentil and rice or bulgur pilaf with deeply caramelized onions.” Pair with any Lebanese salad, such as one she makes with sweet cherries and walnuts for “a perfectly healthy and crazydelicious meal.”
Ingredients. Vietnamese cooking emphasizes fresh herbs and leafy greens, green papaya, seafood, rice and condiments. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that green or unripe papaya contains more healthy carotenoids (lutein, beta-carotene
and lycopene) than tomatoes or carrots. Practice. The preferred style of Vietnamese cooking is steaming or simmering, using less fat. It also encourages communal eating, with each diner dipping an ingredient into a cooking pot. Cooked foods are accompanied by fresh salad greens, including herbs served as whole leaves. One Great Dish: Vietnamese hot pot is a favorite of Andrea Nguyen, whose Vietnamese family emigrated to California. Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors, blogs about food at VietWorldKitchen.com and now lives near San Francisco, California. “This is a slow, cook-it-yourself kind of meal. Set it up, relax with some organic wine or beer and enjoy. Flavors develop and the hot pot transforms as you eat,” she says. “At the end, you’ll slurp up the remaining broth and noodles.” See Tinyurl.com/Viet-ChineseHotPotRecipe. French Bonus: While croissants and triple-crème brie might not seem part of an ideal diet, rediscover two healthy practices from the French: Eat less and eat together. Ongoing studies at Cornell University show that we eat less if offered less. When researcher Paul Rozin, Ph.D., a psychology professor with the University of Pennsylvania, compared portions in Paris, France, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Philly portions were 25 percent larger. It’s also reflected in the two countries’ cookbook recipes. Rozin further found that French diners spent more time eating those smaller portions—perhaps explaining the French paradox: Most French eat rich foods and drink wine, yet don’t get fat. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).
Healing With Your Human Body Field by David & Virginia Landmesser
uantum physics have shown that there is a regulating field of energy and information that operates in the physical body at the sub-cellular level. Scientists refer to this Human Body Field (HBF) as the control center of the bodyâ€™s ability to provide healing. When distortions occur in this field due to trauma or stress, physical symptoms and deteriorating health are the result. It is your Human Body Field of energy and information that control biology. This field is a complex energetic structure that envelopes the physical body and is a continual exchange of information. The HBF serves as a master control system for all biological functions, including biochemical, emotional, motor and mental.
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THURSDAY MARCH 1ST 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
mark your calendar Full Moon Meditation. 8:30pm-9:30pm. Experience crystal singing bowl sound meditation to heighten your consciousness, cleanse your auric field, and strengthen your crystalline structure. Raise your vibrational energy under the guidance of the moon to balance your chakras and restore your physical and astral body. $35. Yoga House Houston, 4001 Almeda, 77004. themagnitudeoflight.com
SATURDAY MARCH 3RD Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10:00am-5:00pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuinta Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. psychicfairs.com 713-444-3581
SUNDAY MARCH 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568 Amazing Parents, Amazing Kids. 12:15pm. Join us monthly on first Sundays to offer connection and mutual support for parents whose children have developmental, emotional, medical, or learning differences. Lunch and childcare provided. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 2nd floor of Jones Building, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org
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2018 Lenten Recital Series Featuring Bryan Anderson. 12:15pm. A lunch-hour concert featuring Bryan Anderson on organ, performing works by William Bolcom, Herbert Howells, and Calvin Hampton and joined by fellow musicians William Bolcom, Keith Hammer, Chris Besch, Samuel Park, Max Geissler, and Ken Cowan. The 2018 Lenten Recital Series is 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
Dreams, Intention and the Future with Tobie Oidtmann. 2:00pm-4:00pm. Can you use your dreams to help create your future? Working with intention and your energetic double through your dreams can aid you in creating a brighter future. $35. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com Saint Patrick’s Day In Historic Market Square. 3:00pm-8:00pm. Get lucky this St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a ton-o-Irish fun in Historic Market Square. After the parade, make your way to the Downtown’s Historic District where you’re sure to find your fair share of green beer and great eats. Then head over to Market Square Park for some festive fun and live music by celtic rock band, Murder the Stout at 6 pm. Free. Market Square Park, 301 Milam, 77002. marketsquarepark.com New Moon Meditation. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Experience crystal singing bowl sound meditation to heighten your consciousness, cleanse your auric field, and strengthen your crystalline structure. Raise your vibrational energy under the guidance of the moon to balance your chakras and restore your physical and astral body. $35. Yoga House Houston, 4001 Almeda, 77004. themagnitudeoflight.com 713-383-8526
Reading | Words & Art. 6:30pm–7:30pm. You are invited to an evening of poetry and prose. Houstonbased authors and poets share new works inspired by the exhibition Christopher Knowles: In a Word. The program is in the gallery space and uses the art as a backdrop. Free. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston 5216 Montrose Boulevard, 77006. camh.org
FRIDAY MARCH 9TH Waning Moon Meditation. 10:30am-11:30am. Experience crystal singing bowl sound meditation to heighten your consciousness, cleanse your auric field, and strengthen your crystalline structure. Raise your vibrational energy under the guidance of the moon to balance your chakras and restore your physical and astral body. $35. Yoga House Houston, 4001 Almeda, 77004. themagnitudeoflight.com 713-383-8526
SUNDAY MARCH 18TH
Wayne’s World at Market Square Park. 7:00pm. Join us for a special outdoor screening of Wayne’s World (PG-13). Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and grab a spot. Free. Market Square Park, 301 Milam, 77002. marketsquarepark.com
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
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WEDNESDAY MARCH 21ST
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 Birth Goals Discovery Event. 2:00pm-3:30pm. Explore strategies that lead to a fulfilling birth experience with a professional childbirth guide! Each family will take home a Birth Goals Guide and take home bag of freebies. One lucky mom will win the drawing for a Babies ‘R Us gift card. Free. Babies ‘R Us, 380 FM 1960 W., 77090. www.motherhoodempowered.com/bgdc-sign-up
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
THURSDAY MARCH 15TH 2018 Lenten Recital Series Featuring KINETIC. 7:00pm. An evening concert featuring KINETIC, a conductorless string ensemble. The 2018 Lenten Recital Series is 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
mark your calendar Sahaja Yoga Meditation Center Grand Inauguration. 1:00pm-3:00pm. To celebrate 35 years of providing free meditation courses in the Houston area, a new permanent center for these popular Sahaja Yoga classes is now opening. Newcomers are welcome to attend the opening and enjoy some refreshments and a free of charge journey into inner peace and serenity. The new center will offer free meditation courses on an on-going basis to all-comers, young and old. Sahaja Yoga Meditation Center, 4510 C Highway 6 North, 77084. houston-meditation.org
THURSDAY MARCH 22ND 9th Annual Keels & Wheels Uncorked. 7:00pm10:00pm. Join us for an elegant evening of fine wines and exceptional food presented by some of Landry’s Inc. finest restaurants. The “Uncorked” event will also feature luxury items and experiences in the form of a live and silent auction. Proceeds from the event and both auctions benefit the Boys & Girls Harbor. $75 per person in advance/$100 per person at the door. Call 713-521-0105 or visit keels-wheels.com for tickets and more information. Bentley Showroom of Post Oak Motor Cars, 1530 West Loop South, 77027. Iconoclast Sessions. 7:00pm. Featuring live performances by local poets. Free and childcare provided. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 2nd floor of Jones Building, 77004. www.iconoclastartists.org
2018 Lenten Recital Series – Evening Concert. 7:00pm. An evening concert featuring the Winners of the 2017 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, Hannah Rose Kidwell, soprano, and Christina Guica, pianist. The 2018 Lenten Recital Series is 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 MARCH 23RD SPEAKEASY featuring Jamire Williams. Doors open at 7:30pm. Playing with concepts established on his recent solo album, ///// EFFECTUAL, Williams will explore how spirituality and abstraction are made manifest through the nuanced sounds made on his drum set. Free Admission. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main Street, 77002. lawndaleartcenter.org
SATURDAY MARCH 24TH Learning to Read the Akashic Records. (part 1) 9:00am-4:00pm. Do you have questions about your life purpose, your past lives and lessons you are carrying forward, karma in current relationships, your gifts and talents and more. The Akashic Records hold the answers to those questions. In this 2-day workshop you will learn to know yourself as you never did, your life’s lessons and purpose. Class size is limited. 10% Discount with Promo Code NA03. To register go to HintsOfYou.com 281-543-3963 Waxing Moon Meditation. 10:30am-11:30am. Experience crystal singing bowl sound meditation to heighten your consciousness, cleanse your auric field, and strengthen your crystalline structure. Raise your vibrational energy under the guidance of the moon to balance your chakras and restore your physical and astral body. $35. Yoga House Houston, 4001 Almeda, 77004. themagnitudeoflight.com 713-383-8526
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 MARCH 25TH Learning to Read the Akashic Records. (part 2) 9:00am-1:00pm. Do you have questions about your life purpose, your past lives and lessons you are carrying forward, karma in current relationships, your gifts and talents and more. The Akashic Records hold the answers to those questions. In this 2-day workshop you will learn to know yourself as you never did, your life’s lessons and purpose. Class size is limited. 10% Discount with Promo Code NA03. To register go to HintsOfYou.com 281-543-3963 Encourage: Growth, Grief, and Gratitude. 12:30pm. Facilitated by Brooke Summers-Perry, this free spiritual practice workshop will guide participants in identifying and addressing the blocks to our self-awareness, unhealed grief, and limiting beliefs. Discover spiritual practices that make way for awareness, acceptance, letting go, and receiving unconditional love. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 2nd floor of Jones Building, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org
FRIDAY MARCH 30TH 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 MARCH 31ST Full Moon Meditation. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Experience crystal singing bowl sound meditation to heighten your consciousness, cleanse your auric field, and strengthen your crystalline structure. Raise your vibrational energy under the guidance of the moon to balance your chakras and restore your physical and astral body. $35. Yoga House Houston, 4001 Almeda, 77004. themagnitudeoflight.com 713-383-8526
Sunday Services April 1st Unity of Houston. 9am and 11am. 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Creative Life Spiritual Center. 9:30am and 11:00am. 5326 Spring-Stuebner Rd., Spring, 77389. creativelife.org Unity Spiritual Center of Greater Houston. 10:15-11:15am Temporary Home – Stage Works Theatre 10756 Grant Road Cypress, 77429. 281-3747085. unityspiritualcenterhouston.org St. Paul’s Methodist. 8:30, 9:45, and 11:05 am. 5501 Main Street, 77004. stpaulshouston.org Grace Episcopal Church. 10am. 4040 W Bellfort Ave, Houston, TX 77025. graceinhouston.org Carmel Temple. 11:00am. 1208 Pennsylvania St., South Houston, TX 77587. carmeltemple.org
SUNDAY, APRIL 1ST, 2018
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
TUESDAY, APRIL 3RD 2018 Learning to Read the Akashic Records. (part 1) 9:30am-3pm. Do you have questions about your life purpose, your past lives and lessons you are carrying forward, karma in current relationships, your gifts and talents and more. The Akashic Records hold the answers to those questions. In this 2-day workshop you will learn to know yourself as you never did, your life’s lessons and purpose. Class size is limited. 10% Discount with Promo Code NA03. To register go to HintsOfYou.com 281-543-3963
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4TH 2018 Learning to Read the Akashic Records. (part 2) 9:30am-3pm. Do you have questions about your life purpose, your past lives and lessons you are carrying forward, karma in current relationships, your gifts and talents and more. The Akashic Records hold the answers to those questions. In this 2-day workshop you will learn to know yourself as you never did, your life’s lessons and purpose. Class size is limited. 10% Discount with Promo Code NA03. To register go to HintsOfYou.com 281-543-3963
FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH
mark your calendar Finding Inner Peace through Meditation 7 p.m. Brother Bhumananda, a longtime monk of the Self-Realization Fellowship Order, founded by Sri Yogananda, will visit Houston to give a public lecture entitled “Finding Inner Peace through Meditation.” The public lecture will be held at Unity Church at 2929 Unity Drive, Houston, TX 77057. Admission is free. For more information about the free public lecture or about local SRF meditation and inspirational services, please call the Houston Center of SRF at (713) 263-7272, or, en Espanol (281) 704-4749; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit srfhouston.org/
FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH, 2018 CAMH Annual Gala and Art Auction. 7:00pm12:00am. Join CAMH for a lively gala celebrating the city’s most visionary arts enthusiasts. Included is an art auction featuring some of the best contemporary art the world has to offer. This event serves as the single largest fundraising event for the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston. Proceeds from the event benefit CAMH’s exhibitions and educational programming. For questions or more information, please contact email@example.com or 713-284-8260.
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daily Houston Arboretum. 7am-7:30pm. 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 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.
mark your calendar 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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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
mark your calendar 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
mark your calendar 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? email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.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. 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
mark your calendar People of Earth. 7:00 pm. Hosted by Jacquelyn Battise. A program created to provide Native American and non-Native people with timely news and information about culture, news and realities. KPFC: Community Radio 90.1 FM. kpft.org Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Diamond Way Meditation. 7-7:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center, 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 281-436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Hellina Bucket Band 8:00 -10:00pm. Free dinner music. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Pot Roast. 10:00pm-2am. Late night music outside under the stars. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
Drum Circle at Midnight 12mn-2am $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
thursday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and 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, email@example.com 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 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, 15202 Dora 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 Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-8pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
saturday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center 14375 Shiller Rd. 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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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 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
sunday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center, 14375 Shiller Rd., 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. Sunday at Houston Zen Center. 8am-11am. We start with 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? email@example.com or 832-667-8601. Sunday Services at Unity. 9am and 11am. Our Sunday morning services are conducted in the main Sanctuary and are our most well-attended services during the week. These services incorporate an uplifting music program, guided meditation and a positive, thought-provoking message delivered. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-7824050. unityhouston.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Ordinary Life at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 9:45am–11am. Meet in the Jones Building (Fondren Hall) for this class taught by Rev. Dr. Bill Kerley. Designed to help us increase in our awareness of and involvement with Sacred Mystery, to gain ever deeper understandings of our true identity, and to grow in compassion toward all others so that we can make a difference in the world. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org Sunday Service at Unity Spiritual Center of Greater 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 Spiritual Center of Greater Houston, Temporary Home – Stage Works Theatre 10756 Grant Road Cypress, 77429. 281-374-7085. unityspiritualcenterhouston.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.
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 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 *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, 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor.org 281-565- 9718 Carmel Temple All Faith Service. 11:00am. Different guest speaker every week. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania, 77587. carmeltemple.org Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am12noon. Join us for guided meditation suitable for everyone. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain community. Free. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A, 77054. dawnmountain.org Sunday Discussion Circle. 11:30am-12:30pm. 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
mark your calendar Whole Mother. 7:30 pm. Hosted by Pat Jones. A show that discusses the political and practical aspects of being a mother today. KPFC: Community Radio 90.1 FM. kpft.org
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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
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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.
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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 23.
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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, infrared sauna, ion cleanse foot or hand baths, Chinese cupping or colon hydrotherapy (prescriptions onlyyours 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.
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!
HYPNOSIS CLAUDIA AUTRY, HYPNOTIST (by appointment only) 281-849-4610 email@example.com 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.
HYPERBARIC OXYGEN HBOT AMERICA
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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.
ION FOOT DETOX/ OXYGEN THERAPY HEAL WITH NATURAL HERBS
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LABYRINTH MEDITATIONS SARAH GISH: LABYRINTH MEDITATIONS
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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 22.
MASSAGE PHOENIX SCHOOL OF MASSAGE 6600 Harwin Drive Houston, TX 77036 713-974-5976 themassageschool.com
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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., March 4, 9:00 am-noon. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., March 11, 9:00 am-noon. Sun., April 1, 9:00 amnoon. Meditation Workshop: Sun., March 18, 10:00 am-noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 24.
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.
INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES FOR NATURAL HEALING & WELLNESS
LIN WEISS MH, CYT Holistic Healer Medical/ Spiritual Intuitive - Master Teacher Houston, Texas 77025 713-858-8595 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
THE MAGNITUDE OF LIGHT Houston, Texas 713-383-8526 email@example.com themagnitudeoflight.com
Join us for a relaxing crystal singing bowl sound meditation to heighten your consciousness, cleanse your auric field, and strengthen your crystalline structure. Raise your vibrational energy under the guidance of the moon to balance your chakras and restore your physical and astral body. We are also available for private individual/group sessions locally and online. Visit themagnitudeoflight. com to enrol and subscribe to our mailing list. March Moon Meditations: 3/1 8:30-9:30pm; 3/9 10:30-11:30am; 3/17 7-8pm; 3/24 10:30-11:30am; 3/31 7-8pm
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 9.
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ACTIVATE OZONE SAUNA THERAPY
REIKI MASTER JULIA CARROLL, PH.D.
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 13.
PAIN RELIEF AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY
Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097 info@AlbertasPainRelief.com albertaspainrelief.com
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.
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 8.
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 OF HOUSTON 2919 Unity Drive Houston TX 77057 713-782-4050 Unityhouston.org
Unity of Houston offers positive, practical teachings that support spiritual evolution and abundant living. The Unity movement is open and welcoming of all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation. We take an extremely positive approach to life, emphasizing our Oneness in God and the goodness in people and all of life. We believe…”Life is meant to be good!” Come and discover it for yourself!
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
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, Humble, Tomball, Katy, Beaumont, The Woodlands, and Tyler. Call for current schedule and to make an appointment. See ad on page 17.
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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FACILITATED BY LIN WEISS, CERTIFIED YOGA THERAPIST INTEGRATIVE HATHA YOGA Wednesday 5:30pm Yin Yoga for Deep Tissue Release Saturdays 9:30am Theraputic Hatha Yoga Houston Ayurveda Center 3222 Mercer Street Houston, TX 77027 713-858-8595 firstname.lastname@example.org conscioushealingnow.com
Lin Weiss is the founder/owner of Yoga for Mental & Physical Happiness. Her passion for yoga is evidenced by her warm & personable teaching style. Small classes afford individual instruction for students of any level, making progress attainable & real. Lin loves helping students use yoga to find balance & overcome limitations. Her classes are at the same time energizing, & relaxing, as she focuses on creating a supportive & joyful environment for her students. Private sessions available by appt. Call today!
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