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he Feed the World Project has partnered with the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to offer public testing for a chemical that is now ubiquitous in conventional food production: glyphosate. At $119, the test can check levels of this chemical in tap water, urine and soon, breast milk. “For decades now, the public has been exposed, unknowingly and against their will, to glyphosate, despite mounting evidence that this key active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is harmful to human health and the environment,” says OCA International Director Ronnie Cummins. “Monsanto has been given a free pass to expose the public to this dangerous chemical because individuals, until now, have been unable to go to their doctor’s office or local water-testing company to find out if the chemical has accumulated in their bodies or is present in their drinking water.” The testing comes on the heels of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) announcement in March that glyphosate is a possible carcinogen and questions the validity of the industry claims from laboratory animal testing that the acceptable daily intake of glyphosate is .3 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day. The WHO report notes, “The socalled safe levels of glyphosate exposure have never been tested directly to determine if indeed they are really safe to consume over the long term. Instead, the ‘safe’ levels are extrapolated from higher doses tested in industry studies.”
n May, 190 scientists from 39 nations appealed to the World Health Organization (WHO) to “exert strong leadership in fostering the development of more protective EMF guidelines…” The letter was developed by a committee that included professors from Columbia University, Trent University, the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley. It was then signed by a host of university professors and researchers from around the world. The directive cited several key studies that have shown that radiation from electromagnetic fields—even low-frequency radiation—is a possible cause of cancer. The WHO adopted a classification for extremely low-frequency electromagnetic radiation in 2002 and in 2011 classified radiofrequency (RF) radiation within its Group 2B—a “possible human carcinogen.” The letter points out that while WHO has accepted these classifications, there have been no guidelines or standards created by the agency or in conjunction with other agencies. It recommends a convening of the United Nations Environmental Programme and the funding of an independent committee to explore practical means of regulating the widespread and uncontrolled expansion of wireless technologies throughout our environment. The appeal also calls for the protection specifically of children and pregnant women and a strengthening of regulations placed on technology manufacturers. Berkeley, California, set a precedent on May 12 by acknowledging the health risk posed by RF radiation and adopting the Right to Know Ordinance, requiring electronics retailers to warn customers about the potential health risks associated with it. It reads, “If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is on and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation.” The ordinance requires that the notice be displayed in stores that sell mobile phones.
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esearchers from the UK’s University of Hertfordshire conducted a study that measured the relative relationship satisfaction between couples and their sleeping proximity. More than 1,000 people were surveyed for the study. The researchers found that 55 percent of couples that typically faced each other but did not touch while sleeping were satisfied with their relationship. Of those that slept backto-back but didn’t touch, 74 percent were satisfied with their relationship and those that slept in the same direction, but didn’t touch, had a 76 percent satisfaction rate. Even better, 94 percent of those that touched while sleeping, regardless of their relative positions, reported being satisfied. The closer the couples slept, the happier their relationships were reported to be.
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study from Free University, in Berlin, has determined that listening to sad music may actually lift our mood. The researchers conducted a s u r ve y o f 7 7 2 p e o p l e , 44 percent of which were musicians, asking each subject about their emotional responses after listening to sad music. While 76 percent felt nostalgic, more than 57 percent of the respondents indicated peacefulness, more than 51 percent felt tenderness, almost 39 percent had feelings of wonder and 37 percent experienced a sense of transcendence. Fewer than half—45 percent—said they experienced sadness when listening to the morose melodies. The researchers pointed out that people often tend to listen to sad music as a source of consolation, and the music often provides a means for improving moods and emotions.
new study published in the journal Nutrition found that eating pistachio nuts may improve cholesterol parameters, increase glycemic (blood sugar) control, decrease artery stiffness and improve overall blood vessel health. The study tested 60 adults with poor cholesterol lipid levels. They were randomly split into two groups—one (control) was given lifestyle modifications (LSM) while the other was given LSM and consumed 40 grams (about 1.5 ounces) of shelled pistachios per day for three months. Compared to the control group, the pistachio group’s levels of high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) increased significantly, while their low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) levels went down significantly. Along with lower fasting blood sugar, the pistachio group showed better artery health, established by measuring vasodilation (the flexibility of the arteries to expand and contract). This, together with pulse-wave velocity testing, can indicate artery stiffness, which has been linked to hypertension and an increased risk of heart disease in general.
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esearch from the University of Washington has determined that chronic constipation in children may be relieved with abdominal massage. The research involved 25 parents and their children with learning needs and physical disabilities. The parents were trained by specialists in abdominal massage. Following the training, the parents massaged the abdomens of their children for 20 minutes per day. The study found that abdominal massage relieved constipation in 87.5 percent of the children and reduced laxative use. In addition, the therapy resulted in better diets for 41 percent of the children and improved the parent-child relationship in many cases.
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shwagandha is one of the most significant and powerful herbs used in Ayurveda. This word originates from Sanskrit language meaning “smell of the horse”, which indicates that the herb provides the vigor and vitality of a horse. It is also known as “Indian Ginseng”. The scientific name of the herb is Withania Somnifera (Withan = Scientist and Somnifera = Sleep inducing) and it comes under ‘Solanaceae’ family. English name of this herb is Winter Cherry. Useful parts of this shrub are its leaves and roots. Ashwagandha is rich in Iron, anti-oxidants, fatty acids and multiple other substances.
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Not Just for Kids Any More Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, by Johanna Basford, are two of the most popular titles on sale at Amazon.com—and both are coloring books for adults. Featuring detailed black-and-white drawings of the flora and fauna that surround illustrator Basford’s Scottish home, Secret Garden has sold nearly 1.5 million copies. Fans include Hollywood celebrities such as Zooey Deschanel, and when National Public Radio asked listeners for feedback, many indicated, “I thought I was alone.” The consensus is that adults are seeking to get in touch with their inner child. Beyond the nostalgic charm of coloring books, it’s also a good way for grownups to unwind and reflect. “So many people have told me that they used to do secret coloring when their kids were in bed,” says Basford. “Now it is socially acceptable, it’s a category of its own.” For a sample coloring gallery, visit JohannaBasford.com.
Earthquakes Derail Dutch Gas Production Gas production by fracking in the Loppersum, Netherlands, area of the Groningen natural gas field, Europe’s largest, was suspended by a Dutch court after a home was damaged by earthquakes linked to the operation. Nette Kruzenga, co-founder of Groningen Centraal, one of two groups seeking an immediate halt in Groningen gas production, says, “It is clear the judge said that the situation around Loppersum is dangerous.” The actions of Dutch officials are different than in the U.S., where many people acknowledge the same problem while others deny its existence. States that tend to cite the danger are those that have experienced damaging earthquakes, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Ohio and Virginia. Deniers include big-fracking states such as California, Colorado and Texas. In states that have reduced new injections and scaled back current operations, earthquakes have abated.
Diaper Discovery Mushrooms Grow on Disposables
Disposable diapers are mostly indestructible, but a group of researchers led by Rosa María Espinosa Valdemar, at Mexico’s Autonomous Metropolitan University, Azcapotzalco, has found a way to degrade the soiled garments by growing mushrooms on them. Disposable diapers can last for hundreds of years in landfills because they contain not only the plant-based material cellulose that mushrooms consume, but also non-biodegradable materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene and the superabsorbent gel sodium polyacrylate. The scientists grew the oyster mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus, on a substance made from used diapers and were able to reduce the diaper’s weight and volume by up to 80 percent. For the experiment, the researchers only used diapers containing liquid waste. They sterilized and ground up the garments; mixed them with lignin from the remains of pressed grapes, coffee or pineapple tops; covered the mixture with commercially available fungus spores; and kept it in a plastic bag for three weeks. Th e r e s u l t i n g m u s h r o o m s had similar amounts of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals as in commercial yeast. They’re not intended for human consumption, but could be used as a supplement in cattle feed. Source: ScienceDaily.com
Valuable Horseshoe Species Going Extinct The horseshoe crab, which is not really a crab, but belongs to the taxonomical class Merostomata among arthropods, is about to join the long list of endangered s p e c i e s . Th e i r p o t e n t i a l extinction poses a major threat to pharmaceutical, clinical and food industries seeking the secrets to the species’ survival over more than 250 million years with minimal evolution, enduring extreme temperature conditions and salinity. Individuals are able to go without eating for a year. Commonly found living in warm, shallow coastal waters on the sea floor, horseshoe crabs play an important ecological role. A continuing decrease in their population will affect other species, especially shorebirds that feed on the eggs, destabilizing the food chain. Sea turtles also feed on adult horseshoe crabs. Scientists worldwide want to include the invertebrate in schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1974, labeling them as an endangered species. Enforcement will include monitoring for improper uses of horseshoe crabs. Source: EndangeredSpeciesInternational.org
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ENLIGHTENED PARENTING Tips for Raising Confident and Loving Kids by Meredith Montgomery
ueled by unconditional love, parenting with presence embraces all potential connections between parents and their children.
Shelly Lefkoe, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Guide to Effective Parenting, believes that children learn what we model as important values. She tells her daughters they should treat her with dignity and respect both because she’s their mother and, “That’s how you treat people and that’s how I treat them.” Honesty is also a high priority in their household. Minneapolis college student Casey Martin often joins his father, Kirk, in presenting Calm Parenting workshops for parents, teachers and students around the country. In growing up, he’s seen firsthand, “If you have a connection with your kids, you can have a lot more influence on them.” Noting that sometimes children feel like their parents love them, but don’t necessarily like them, Martin emphasizes finding ways to identify with their interests. “I love cars, and my dad used to invite me on test drives when I 14
was a kid. Both of my parents took time to connect with me, which had a huge impact on our relationship.” Christine Carter, Ph.D., a sociologist with the University of California Greater Good Science Center, recognizes the importance of talking explicitly about values. When we see kids doing something we value, ask them how it made them feel, she advises. “Teens don’t necessarily know that their parents value character over grades,” Carter says, “particularly if parents tend to monitor grades more than aspects of a child’s character. What do you talk about more—their achievements or their character? If it’s the former, consider that you unintentionally might be sending the wrong message.”
My dad always told me it was my school, my choice, my grades, my life. It made me want to take responsibility. ~Casey Martin
Overprotection of children by what’s termed helicopter parenting, can cause a disabling sense of entitlement where kids begin to believe, possibly unconsciously, that they are entitled to a difficultyfree life, Carter observes. “There’s an epidemic of cheating because students don’t want to try hard, and they expect to be rescued,” she says. “Although it’s terrifying to let our kids fail, when we don’t let them experience difficulty, they see mistakes as being so awful they must be avoided at any cost. To gain mastery in any arena, we must challenge ourselves, even if that means making mistakes.” “We lose sight that we’re not raising children, we’re raising adults,” says Malibu, California, marriage, family and child therapist Susan Stiffelman, author of Parenting with Presence: Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids. “Empower them to cope with ups and downs. Help them know and trust themselves by not legislating their opinions and by allowing them to experiment.” Children often struggle with transitions, especially when things don’t go as planned. Martin recommends, “When kids throw tantrums or argue to get out of a challenging situation that’s causing them anxiety, help them work through it. Tell them that you know they’re feeling anxious, that you’ve felt that way before, too, and then help by giving them something specific to do or focus on.” Independent outdoor play has been proven to help kids learn to exert self-control. America’s children aren’t allowed to roam freely outside to experience nature as previous generations did. In Last Child in the Woods, author Richard Louv cautions against being limited by modern factors such as restrictive subdivision covenants and media-induced fear. “There are risks outdoors, but there are huge psychological, physical and spiritual risks in raising future generations under protective house arrest,” he says. Louv prefers what’s called a hummingbird approach: “Hummingbird parents don’t hover over their kids with nature flash cards; they stand back and make space for exploration and problem
If you can’t explain something to a 5-year-old, you don’t really understand it; they make you think about what you know. ~Armin Brott solving through independent play, while remaining nearby, ready to zoom in at a moment’s notice if safety becomes an issue.” Armin Brott, host of San Francisco’s Positive Parenting radio program, reminds parents to increase opportunities for independence as youngsters grow. “Test a child’s ability to handle more freedom by providing the opportunity to prove that they can. If they succeed, it’s a confidence builder. If not, it allows them to see for themselves that they’re not ready yet.”
The first eight years of a child’s life are the most formative, effecting personal beliefs that will shape the adult that they’ll become, including impediments to fruitful self-expression. A healthy conversational relationship can foster connection and security while respectfully teaching children right from wrong. Lefkoe suggests managing parental expectations while considering what serves the child best in the moment. When a child tries to tell Mom something when she’s distracted, the child may conclude that what they say is unimportant. Instead, the mother can
acknowledge the importance of what the child has to say and how she looks forward to listening once she’s freed up before eventually giving the child her full attention. Parents can serve as a safe haven for kids. Stiffelman says, “Allow them to speak the truth without being corrected or shamed. If they tell you they’d like to do something you don’t approve of, resist the urge to react with immediate advice and talk to them about their decisionmaking process. Be present enough for them to let them hear themselves think out loud.” “Children need affection, attention, acknowledgment and unconditional love, not discipline. When you punish kids, they feel absolved: ‘I did something bad, I got punished, now we’re even,’” says Lefkoe. When they get caught doing something they shouldn’t be doing, she recommends (with children as young as 5) asking them, “What are the consequences of your actions? Do you want to live with them? Your goal with this conversation should be that your child walks away feeling like they made a mistake, but it was a great learning opportunity.” As kids mature and are faced with potentially dangerous scenarios, “You don’t want them worrying about what their friends will think; you want them thinking about the consequences,” says Lefkoe.
Navigating the Teen Years
The intense journey of adolescence is about discovering oneself and how to reach full potential. Carter says, “I had to constantly remind myself that this is their
journey, not mine, and that it’s going to sometimes be dark and difficult.” “The more power you give kids, the less they feel the need to test the universe,” says Lefkoe, who reminds parents that while it’s relatively easy to control young children, rebellious teenagers are harder to handle when they feel they have something to prove to an overbearing parent. Offering calculated risk-taking opportunities that don’t involve drugs and alcohol is beneficial in the teen years. “You want them to know how to handle freedom and be responsible once they are on their own,” she says. “When I got my driver’s license, I always came home before curfew,” says Martin. “I learned that if I could control myself, my parents didn’t feel the need to control me, which gave me a ton of power in my life.” Brott observes that as the parenting role changes, “We can offer to help, but it’s equally important to learn to let go and admire the young adults they’re becoming.” Teens desperately want to not feel like a kid, adds Stiffelman. “They may tell you to back off, but stay present and engaged—like wallpaper. The more you ask their opinion or invite them to teach you something, the more they’ll feel your support.” With sex education, the authors o f T h e N ew Pu b e r t y , Pe d i a t r i c Endocrinologist Dr. Louise Greenspan and Adolescent Psychologist Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., emphasize the importance of being approachable from a young age, so kids naturally turn to their parents when sensitive questions arise.
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“It shouldn’t be about having ‘the talk’; it’s about maintaining an ongoing conversation,” says Greenspan. “Body odor is a good starting point in talking about body issues because it’s not intimidating and can be comfortably addressed by either parent.” Avoid rushing into subjects they’re not ready for by focusing on answering the questions that are posed, while offering a glimpse into the near future. Deardorff says, “Pubertal changes happen over time, so be patient. Parents have a lot of anxiety and anticipation about puberty. When you start to see the first signs, you don’t have to communicate everything all at once.” Consider throwing a puberty party or a health workshop for a son or daughter and their friends. Invite a parent that is comfortable with the subject matter—a nurse, physician or teacher—to get the conversation started. “Fight the urge to emotionally or physically withdraw,” counsels Deardorff. “Sharing activities is a form of communication, too.”
Kids as Teachers
“By paying attention, we can learn a lot of skills from our kids,” says Brott. Generally, youngsters have a greater
tolerance for other people’s mistakes and opinions than adults, and tend to be more laid back. They regularly teach spiritual lessons about giving and receiving love and happiness in ways we never imagined. Through all the inevitable challenges, Stiffelman notes, “When parenting with presence, we orient ourselves with whatever good, bad or difficult moment is unfolding and bring more of our self— our heart, consciousness, understanding and compassion—to hold steady as the seas get rocky. Children offer us opportunities to confront the dark and dusty corners of our minds and hearts, creating conditions to call forth the kind of learning that can liberate us from old paradigms.” It all allows us to lead more expansive and fulfilling lives as we open ourselves to more of the love, learning and joy that the adventure of parenting can bring. When we embrace the healing and transformation that is being offered through parenting with presence, the rewards can be limitless. Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).
Conscious Parenting Resources The Body Book for Boys by Rebecca Paley, Grace Norwich and Jonathan Mar The Care and Keeping of You: the Body Book for Younger Girls by Valorie Schaefer The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls by Cara Natterson Father for Life: A Journey of Joy, Challenge and Change by Armin Brott Holistic Mom’s Network HolisticMoms.org Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv Parenting the Lefkoe Way TheLefkoeWay.com The New Puberty by Louise Greenspan, M.D., and Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D. www.NaturalAwakenings-Houston.com
Parenting with Presence by Susan Stiffelman Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents by Christine Carter
An Interview with His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda by Mike Hart
had the privilege of speaking by phone with His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda this p a s t w e e k a n d wa s impressed that he is not only a man of great spiritual and intellectual knowledge, and experience but is also a very down to earth and a practical individual. What he has to teach us, he learned through yogic mindful living in the Himalayan Mountains and participating in the unbroken oral traditions there. While I hope in this interview to convey some of his thoughts about his upcoming visit to Houston, I find that I am unable to fully convey the impact of his voice. I hope that many of you will be able to attend the public lectures and workshops that he will be holding and hear his wonderful, gentle voice.
Mike: “Swami Vidyadhishananda, what
is your purpose in coming to Houston?”
Swami Vidyadhishananda, “I have
been coming to Houston for some time, but in the past two years I could not visit. I want to reach out to beginners as well as more advanced students. Much yoga in the West is only at a certain level. One can practice higher yoga but that is not easily available. There is breathwork combined with postural movement which is a step into the higher yoga. However only in the Himalayas do you have the monastic traditions where Vedic philosophy, yoga and meditation are taught through a teacher-disciple relationship in a pristine environment. It is a living tradition that is mostly oral and experiential where we actually practice the techniques for human excellence. In the Himalayas it is easier to practice the higher yoga and the unbroken
tradition is preserved. One of the reasons I was sent to the West as a head of mission was to reveal these traditions to those who cannot retreat to the mountains or access such teachers.”
body. I say conceive and not visualize because visualization might deviate into imagining something that is not a subtle reality. The concept is that light within the body can be meditated upon if guided properly, but without involving imagination. Emptiness of the mind assists in overcoming the internal chatter, but the goal is to conceive light, especially in the heart. I will not just lecture on it, we will actually practice it through a guided meditation.
Mike: “As a former school teacher, I’m
interested in different forms or styles of learning. Could you tell us about Vedic holistic learning?
S wa m i Vi dya d h i s h a n a n d a :
Mike: “I see that you will “Traditional Vedic learning is nonlinear
begin your work here with a two day workshop on Himalayan pranayama. Tell us something about that.”
Swami Vidyadhishananda: “In the
Himalayas each major mountain has its own meditation tradition, its own lineage. The knowledge is propagated from teacher to student through the lineage. I will reveal our technique of chanting with breathing in a special way. It is the next level beyond regular breathwork. The introduction begins with Ujjayi, throated breathwork and Udgitha, a breathing technique for increasing awareness of one’s internal sound. I will also teach techniques for cleansing the nadi (energy channels) and balancing agni (digestive fire). Participants will learn a core set of Himalayan pranayama techniques which can be practiced daily to increase physical energy, bring about mindfulness and restore wellness.”
and promotes accelerated learning. The methods have been successfully practiced by generations of students to improve memory and preserve lineagebased indigenous knowledge. The combination of sublime recitation and breathing techniques support and promote accelerated learning. This is not a left-brain oriented education system. The emphasis is on whole-brain learning. Children who feel inspired by whole-brain learning and grow up with this system show emotional maturity and exceptional memory. This type of schooling brings about development of personality and graduation with values. I will explain why breathless chanting of verses by heart is a hallmark of holistic learning for children and adults alike.”
Mike: “Thank you for granting this
interview and for your time. Are there any other things that you would like our readers to know about your visit to Houston?”
Mike: “On the evening when you Swami Vidyadhishananda: “We will be teaching in The Heights, my neighborhood, you will be introducing us to yogic upasana meditation. How is this form of meditation different from other forms that we might practice?”
S wa m i Vi dya d h i s h a n a n d a : “Upasana is a kind of contemplation or conception-based meditation. One such practice is about conceiving light in a particular space within the natural awakenings
welcome ALL interested seekers. All the events are free with registration. Our goal is to put out the teachings and share their values. There is something for everyone: child, adult, seeker, beginner, advanced student. For details about His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda’s Houston lectures and workshops, please see the ad on page 11. August 2015
What is the “Point” of Acupuncture? Medical Marvel or Mystical Myth by Jo Nell Norcini, L. Ac., M.A.O.M
cupuncture has been around for thousands of years; however, its debut into the United States did not occur until the early 1970s when President Nixon made a trip to China. He was accompanied by a journalist named James Reston, who had to undergo an emergency appendectomy while they were visiting the country. His appendix was removed using conventional methods, but his post-operative pain was managed with acupuncture. He was so amazed at its effectiveness that he wrote an article about it in the New York Times, thus generating significant interest in our country.
Even though many Americans are interested in acupuncture, the fact that is has only been offered in the United States for approximately 45 years causes this modality to be shrouded in myths and misnomers. I would like to dispel some of these at this time. ▄ Acupuncture is not real medicine – Acupuncture is real medicine. As mentioned before, it has been utilized by many eastern countries for thousands of years. It originated in China and is a major part of their health care system. ▄ Acupuncture has not been scientifically proven to work – Acupuncture has been proven to work. It is difficult to prove under the western model of a double blind study, but another scientific method is observation. Acupuncture has been proven and documented to work for thousands of years through observation. ▄ Acupuncture only works for pain – Acupuncture works great for pain, but it is also effective for many other types of internal disorders. The World Health Organization has recognized that acupuncture is an appropriate treatment for over 200 clinical conditions. ▄ Acupuncture only works as a placebo – Acupuncture may indeed have some sort of placebo effect; many pharmaceutical drugs have this effect as well. The fact that acupuncture works on animals proves that its effectiveness goes far beyond the placebo effect. ▄ Acupuncture is painful – Acupuncture is not painful. Let’s face it, nobody likes needles. The needles used in acupuncture are .25mm in diameter compared to a medical syringe which is 28.5mm in diameter. You will feel a slight sensation, such as heaviness or achiness, but nothing like an injection. ▄ Acupuncture is dangerous and unhygienic – Acupuncture is perfectly safe if you go to a properly trained practitioner. Also, a properly trained practitioner is required to be certified in “Clean Needle Technique.” and only uses single-use disposable needles. ▄ All acupuncturist are created equal – Not so. A licensed acupuncturist in the state of Texas is required to have a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. This is a fouryear, year-round program, which includes clinical observation
and an internship. This is over 3,700 hours of training. They are also required to pass a four-part board exam that is administered by the NCCAOM. Acupuncturists are licensed by the Texas Medical Board. ▄ Acupuncture and dry needling are different – Dry needling is a type of acupuncture. The term was coined by some professions to bypass training and licensing. Dry needling simply means that the needle does not contain a substance. Many chiropractors and physical therapist practice dry needling, but they are not licensed acupuncturist! ▄ Acupuncturists have to be of Asian descent – Learning to be a good acupuncturist is not in your DNA. With proper education and experience, anyone can become a good acupuncturist. ▄ Acupuncture has side effects and will conflict with conventional medical treatments – The only negative side effect of acupuncture may be slight bruising. It integrates well with other medical modalities.
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From a western perspective, I realize that there is still a lot of mystery surrounding acupuncture and how it works. Scientist need to be able to see and measure things before they believe, and as they once thought the world was flat and that bacteria and viruses did not exist, they will one day come to terms with the medical marvel that is acupuncture. Jo Nell Norcini is a licensed acupuncturist at Cypress Area Acupuncture. Call to set up an appointment 713-825-1636 or visit CypressAreaAcupuncture.com. Located at 9834 Spring Cypress Road, 77070 in northwest Houston.
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Ready to Wake Up? by Sam Nguyen
“You are not the voice in your head; you are what can recognize the voice in your head.” ~ Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien
re you ready to Wake Up? Zen meditation is about Waking Up from False mind so that you can return to your Awake mind and live truly happy and free in everyday life no matter where you are or what you are doing. Have you ever felt stressed out by the chatter in the head that seems to always be judging, complaining, worrying, irritated, and commenting back and forth all the time? That is our False mind, full of perceptions and conflicts from the past that we still carry inside us, preventing us from being fully in the present moment and seeing things in a fresh way, without all the filters. Have you ever had moments where you felt really clear, open, and light, as if nothing could disturb you? That is your Awake mind, which has a capacity to be fresh, clear, stable and happy in every moment. It is the original nature within ourselves, before all the
habits, beliefs, and clutter of False mind covered it over. Through Zen meditation at Universal Door Meditation Center, you can Wake Up to the difference between these two minds, return to your Awake mind, and live with unconditional happiness and freedom all the time. Sound interesting? Life can be very busy and unpredictable. Sometimes it may seem like you are on a roller-coaster that never ends and it can be difficult to know how to navigate the stormy weather we all inevitably face. What can give you the stability that is so important through life’s ups and downs? What can guide you through any storm? Only Awake mind and the practice of Zen meditation will help you to recognize it and connect with the Awake that is already within. Truly, you are Awake, you are not your False mind. Through Zen meditation, anyone
can begin to build and strengthen their capacity to connect with Awake mind. This enables you to get to know who you really are and gives you a chance to choose a new path, one that brings us back to our true home to live happy and free in any situation, not relying on any external causes or conditions. So often we live life controlled by our False mind, often looking to the future in search of our happiness, dwelling in the past and wishing it were different, creating unrealistic fantasies, or re-playing experiences long gone. When we do this, we are wasting this precious, present moment which is where we can access our Awake mind. It is so common for us to live outside of the present moment that many people just accept it and continue on and on, hoping and lamenting, not realizing this is actually a conflict-filled cycle that we are stuck in. This is where Awake comes in. You don’t have to be swept away by all of that anymore. Awa k e m i n d i s l i m i t l e s s i n comparison. Since Awake is only in the present moment, it is unbound. It is like an “Ah-ha” moment that is always waiting for you; every moment can be an Ah-ha moment. Awake is always available and can be connected to in any situation. Meditation practice is not something that is only done while sitting still on a cushion or chair, although that is an important foundation level to help us get started. Zen meditation has a wide spectrum of application, from walking meditation, to eating meditation, to working meditation, to living with Awake in everyday life. This practice has no prerequisites. It is available to people of all ages, cultures, religions, and backgrounds. Often people hesitate to try meditation because they mistakenly assume that they cannot do it. Sometimes they carry a picture in their mind that meditation is like this or that, or a meditating person has to be a certain way. You may be surprised to find out that with a little guidance and support you can bring your mind and body together, and experience the many life-changing benefits that meditation offers. Another common misconception people have is that knowledge is enough to guide them through life. Although
knowledge is important to help us understand things, understanding is different than realization. Only through application of practice can we actually Wake Up, and truly realize about our true self. Like someone who really wants to swim, they can watch others, study about the ocean, and understand the strokes, but then in order to really swim they need to jump in the water and apply for themselves! The False mind is very cunning and sneaky, and we often don’t even notice it is there. It is at these times that we are caught up in all of False mind’s stories and illusion, unknowingly blind to the fact that we are lost in the system of False mind. So someone may ask, “If this voice is your own voice, shouldn’t you trust it?” Well, if we begin to look into it, we start to see that this voice is very fickle. It is always changing and going back and forth based on conditions, and often has very short-sighted logic and reasoning. It is easily distracted and drawn into situations. In short, the False mind can get us into a lot of trouble and in most of our cases, already has. It builds things as well; it builds fortresses of thought and reason around our beliefs, thinking that doing so will make us happy. And it will defend those fortresses fiercely, even when those are the very things making us suffer. It only knows a world of duality; good/bad, right/wrong, winning/losing, etc. It is not flexible enough to see things or situations as they truly are. The False mind can only see things based on our stored perceptions, judgments, beliefs, etc. The False mind also includes habit and addiction. Even though we may know something is not good for us to do, we continue on and on doing it, sometimes even unconsciously. Why do we do this when we clearly know better? This is an example of the power of the False mind and also shows how important it is to practice in order to break out of that cycle. The knowledge that we should not continue a habit is not usually enough to actually break that habit. Only Awake is stable enough to break long held habits and addictions, seeing clearly their root causes and knowing exactly what to do in the present moment. But in order to do this, we need
to return to our Awake, and that means practice and application. This False mind system is something that has been running for a very long time and often habits can be hard to release. But because Awake mind is already waiting within us, it is very possible! Awake mind can transform stress, struggles, health and conflicts that you thought were unchangeable facts of life. We can realize who we are and who we are not. We can Wake Up to live truly happy, fresh, open, and alive, with clarity and purpose.
So now, are you ready to discover the difference between these two minds for yourself? And which is your real, original one and which is not? Isn’t it time to break free from the nonstop stressful cycle of False mind and find out how life-changing Awake can be? If so, try exploring Zen Meditation and discover for yourself the power of Awake. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498. 281-565-9718. www.universaldoor.org See Ad on page 43.
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Jersey. So what’s stopping Texas? Mostly, it comes from no state-wide incentive to adopt solar. Much of the policies and investments have gone into wind energy. For instance, Texas lacks “net-metering,” a policy that has helped solar flourish elsewhere. Net-metering allows residential solar customers to earn full retail credit for excess electricity that they sell back to the grid. It’s a policy that’s on the books in 43 states, but doesn’t exist at the state level in Texas.
SOLAR ENERGY POTENTIAL Texas Leads in the United States by Shen Ge
exas is an energy superpower. Not only does the Lone Star State produces more natural gas than any other state, but it also leads the nation in renewable energy. Texas is one of 29 states with a renewableenergy standard—a goal for getting a certain amount of its power from sources like wind, solar, and other fossilfuel alternatives. When the standard was signed into law in 1999 it called for 2,000 megawatts of additional renewable power generation to be brought online within a decade.
Already, it is the number one state for wind energy. It also has the greatest potential for solar energy according to an Energy Department report. Texas, the report says, is home to a full 20 percent of total U.S. potential for concentrated solar power. Currently, only a tiny percentage of its solar potential, has been exploited. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Texas has only about 200 megawatts worth of solar-power panels installed. The state is only ranked 8th for actual solar energy generation, behind Delaware and New
Although the state of Texas has done very little to incentivize solar, Texas cities have shown tremendous leadership. By setting bold goals for solar, San Antonio now ranks sixth in the nation for total installed solar. Austin doesn’t lag far behind. San Antonio has 90 megawatts of utility-scale solar online with another 15 megawatts from direct generation, and utility CPS Energy estimates there’s another 385 megawatts coming online over the next two to three years. That’s been enough to rank the River City sixth nationwide in solar capacity, according to an April report from Environment Texas, and has attracted solar companies to set up shop in the city. Austin has 16 megawatts online but is undertaking a more active approach in solar. Last year , Austin Energy finalized a contract to purchase 150-megawatts of solar energy for less than the average cost of natural gas. After witnessing the recent success of Austin’s solar investments, the Austin City Council voted 6 to 1 on December 11, 2014 to boost the city’s solar goals, from 200 to 950 megawatts. This level of commitment to solar power means that by 2025, if Austin were a state it would be second only to California for total solar capacity. Austin also undertook an innovative approach to provide financial incentives for residential solar adopters. Instead of net metering, Austin introduced a “value of solar” tariff. Austin Energy established a price for solar even higher than that assigned by a net metering rate, helping to increase adoption of solar panels on Austin Energy’s grid. As another incentive for residential homeowners, Austin implemented one of the largest customer-driven smart grid
Webberville Solar Farm Near Austin experiments in the world. In partnership with EDF, Pecan Street Inc. has provided solar rebates to hundreds of Austin-area homeowners. The center of this project, Austin’s Mueller neighborhood, now has solar panels installed on 200 of its 250 homes. In exchange for the incentives, Pecan Street is collecting detailed electricity data from each of the homes in its study, proving analysis of the energy potential of rooftop solar in Austin and other communities. Both of these cities have municipal utilities that had more freedom to set independent renewable goals and offer rebates than the deregulated markets elsewhere in the state, notably Houston and Dallas. Lanny Sinkin, executive director of the nonprofit Solar San Antonio, said the ability of a municipal utility to “look at values beyond the bottom line” has made citylevel initiatives more successful.
tap into this and sell solar packets at ever lower prices to a larger market providing the same amount of power. Startups such as Simplify Solar are reducing soft costs in installation through an automated software and a streamlined approach. Just ten years ago flat-screen televisions were a rare luxury item, and there were no smartphones. Video chats happened mostly in ‘‘Star Trek’’ reruns, and few homes had broadband Internet service. Just imagine ten years into the future where solar panels are on almost every rooftop. Do you live in Texas? With this information, you may feel ready to
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The 4-1-1 on Hypnosis by Suzanne Sears
re you curious about hypnosis and perhaps would like to try to use hypnosis for an issue that is bothering you or to change a bad habit that is keeping you from being healthy and happy? Are you afraid to try hypnosis because it all sounds so “woo woo”? Do you believe a hypnotist can make you can you go downtown, take off your clothes and cluck like a chicken? Fear not. It’s not just you. Many people are afraid to try hypnosis because there are many myths about hypnosis that are perpetuated by the media, literature and especially movies, simply because it is not very interesting, or compelling, to see a person relaxed and appearing to be asleep while enjoying the process of hypnosis. In reality, hypnosis is a very natural process that many people experience several times a day without realizing they are actually in a trance state. When you are daydreaming reading, playing a video game, viewing a movie, or watching T-V you are actually in a light trance. This is why the volume on some commercials is increased… they know you are in a trance and want to get your attention. Many people have had the experience of driving along a familiar route and travel from point A to point B without being aware of it. This is because the subconscious mind is the repository of all habits, memories,
dreams, values, imprints etc. Often during the day a person can be operating on “autopilot” because the subconscious mind knows what needs to be done and assumes control. During hypnosis, the subconscious mind is in a heightened state of suggestibility and can be asked to make changes that will make the person’s life healthier and happier. Some people fear hypnosis because they think they will lose control and be made to do things against their will. However, a person cannot be hypnotized against their will and cannot be made to do things that run counter to their value system. In such cases, the person will just “wake up” and refuse to cooperate. Another myth that circulates about hypnosis is that the person can get “stuck” in hypnosis and not “wake up”. Since hypnosis is not sleep, but a focused state of awareness, if the hypnotist stops speaking, the person will just naturally come out of hypnosis, usually feeling refreshed and relaxed. Hypnosis can be defined as a mental state of focused awareness during which the subconscious mind is more open and receptive to suggestions. Hypnosis is induced by a procedure known as hypnotic induction, which is a series of instructions and suggestions made to the subconscious mind to address the issue(s) the person wants to change or enhance.
During hypnosis, the hypnotist s p e a k s d i r e c t l y t o t h e p e r s o n ’s subconscious mind, while the conscious mind is otherwise occupied. The person under hypnosis can hear everything that is said, and often remembers everything that went on during the session. Sometimes the person under hypnosis thinks he has not been “under” because he heard everything that was said. Just because the conscious mind hears and remembers the hypnosis session does not mean the person was not in trance. Even if the person does not believe they were hypnotized, the subconscious mind has heard and understood all that was said. If it accepts the suggestions that were made, the person may soon begin to notice changes in behaviors ( e.g portion control for weight loss) and/ or attitudes .The subconscious mind serves as a person’s “protector” and has the job of protecting the person’s emotional, mental and physical wellbeing throughout life. Often, however, behaviors and perceptions that were originally developed to protect the person are no longer beneficial and in fact, may now be detrimental. Usually, if the subconscious mind is made aware of these problems, it can be convinced to give up the behavior or perception that is not for the person’s “highest good” and positive or beneficial suggestions put in place. For example, a person who is overweight may be unable to reduce their weight for reasons the subconscious mind thinks are protective, and it can usually be convinced to release these reasons to help in weight reduction. W h e n hy p n o t i s m i s u s e d for therapeutic reasons, it is called hypnotherapy and has been shown to be effective in a number of areas, such as changing bad habits, stress reduction, overcoming addictions, and relieving fears and anxieties. Hypnosis is very effective to help athletes overcome blocks or barriers to success and is especially useful in helping children with school issues or the many problems they may encounter that keep them from being healthy and happy. Hypnosis is an excellent alternative therapy to help people with anxiety about medical procedures or surgery and is especially useful for pain management. Hypnosis has also been shown to be very
effective in helping couples reduce the anxiety and stress surrounding fertility issues thereby, increasing the likelihood of successful procedures or natural conception. If you are curious and interested in experiencing hypnosis, be sure to research the available hypnotists/ hypnotherapists in your area and make sure the person is qualified, certified
by a reputable school or program and is experienced and knowledgeable. If you find yourself in a situation where you do not feel comfortable with the hypnotist you have selected, and do not feel the person can help you, it is entirely permissible for you to excuse yourself and find someone you feel more comfortable working with. It is important that you be able to trust the individual
prior to starting any type of therapeutic work, whether it is hypnosis or another treatment modality. Suzanne Sears RN, BSN, MS, Advanced Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (ACCH), Trenz Prucaâ€¨ Certified Pediatric Hypnotist, Certified HypnoFertility Therapist. Certified in July 10, 2015 Complementary Medical Hypnosis. www.HealthyChangesHypnosis.com.
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Swimming in Nature Splashing Safely in Lakes and Oceans by Lane Vail
ostonian avid open-water swimmer Kate Radville is delighted that water constitutes 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. “The controlled environment of a swimming pool is convenient,” she says, “but splashing around outside in the beautiful summer sunshine is undeniably liberating.” Enthusiasts are both attracted by the rugged beauty of wild water and humbled by its power, but without proper skill or knowledge, swimming in natural settings can be risky. “Millions of dollars are annually spent on advertising, tourism and beach restoration projects to bring people to water,” says Dave Benjamin, executive director of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, “yet, the American Red Cross finds that 54 percent of Americans lack basic water emergency lifesaving skills.” Maximize enjoyment and safety in the open water by heeding basic guidelines. Be Weather Wise. Check the forecast before heading out and be conscious of any sudden climate changes. Leave the water or the area in the event of thunder or lightning. Tall buildings or mountains may block the view of the sky, and storms can pop up quickly, so Benjamin recommends using a battery-powered portable radio or smartphone app for weather updates. Wind and atmospheric pressure shifts can stir up waves for hours, so hesitate before returning to the water after a storm. Glean Information. “I can’t think of a time I’ve jumped into water I knew nothing about,” says Radville. “Some research prior to swimming is definitely advisable.” Renowned coach Steven Munatones, founder of the World Open Water Swimming Association, suggests walking along the beach to look for caution signs, surf conditions boards,
flags, buoys, rope lines and available rescue equipment, plus emergency callboxes that pinpoint one’s location if cell phone service is weak. Even seemingly pristine waters can be contaminated by harmful bacteria, algal blooms or runoff pollutants after rain. “Chat with local beach-goers, swimmers, boaters or fishermen about current swimming conditions in designated areas,” counsels Munatones, and check social media sites like Facebook and area online swimming forums. Steer Clear. Be mindful of hidden underwater hazards, ranging from sharp objects to submerged construction, which can create turbulent water and strong undercurrents. Swim in lifeguard-protected areas away from windsurfers, jet skiers and boaters that may not hear or see swimmers, adds Munatones. Respect Marine Life. Munatones advises giving marine life, however beautiful, a wide berth. “I’ve swum around the world with all sorts of intriguing sea life,” he says, “and these are wild animals, not the friendly ones you see in marine parks.” Stop swimming and watch the animal until it’s moved on. Be Water Wise. Water temperature, depth and movement, which fluctuate with rain, tides and wind, can also make conditions unpredictable, so research a destination beforehand. Pockets of cold water within an otherwise tepid mountain lake could induce a gasp response or hyperventilation, says Munatones, and prolonged immersion increases risk of muscle impairment and hypothermia. Likewise, an unexpected drop in the water floor may provoke panic. “Physically, someone capable of swimming in three feet of water can also swim in 300 feet,” says Munatones. “But mentally, deep water can feel spooky.” Rip currents are powerful streams that flow along the surface away from the shoreline. They may be easily spotted from the beach, but often go unnoticed by swimmers. “A potentially fatal mistake is allowing a ‘fight-or-flight’ response to kick in and trying to swim against the current, because rips are treadmills that will exhaust your energy,” cautions Benjamin. Instead, flip, float and follow the safest path out of the water, a technique that conserves energy and alleviates stress and panic, he says. Watch for Waves. Swim facing oncoming waves and dive under the powerful white foam, coaches Munatones. “Feel the swell wash over you before coming up to the surface.” If knocked off balance by a wave, relax, hold your breath and wait for the tumbling to cease. Swim toward the light if disoriented under the water, and make sure your head is above any froth before inhaling. “Your lungs are your personal flotation device that keep the body buoyant,” says Benjamin. “Lay back and focus on your breathing.” While Coast Guard-approved flotation devices should be worn by children at all times, they are not substitutes for supervision, says Rob Rogerson, a lifeguard and ocean rescue training officer in Palm Beach County, Florida. “Parents must watch swimming and non-swimming children vigilantly.” “The power of the open water is immense,” says Munatones. “Be respectful, always.” La n e Va i l i s a f r e e l a n c e w r i t e r a n d b l o g g e r a t DiscoveringHomemaking.com.
To Think Well is to Live Well by Master Gladys Wesley-Kennedy Master Gladys has been called back to the monastery in China for a six week sabbatical. During her absence we present a few of “the best of Master Gladys” articles from previous years.
t was written, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Hmm, wonder which great soul(s) declared that? If this statement is true, then perhaps, man was created in the image and likeness of the Divine? If it is true, then perhaps man was also given sole responsibility for and jurisdiction over the whole of creation? If it is true, then the conditions of our bodies, life, and world are in our (man’s) hands—scary thought. In The WHAI’s previous articles, I affirmed that, in many ways, we are responsible for the state of our health, earth, and life conditions. However, for some, this idea is met with blind eyes, deaf ears—or worse—contempt. In the above listed quote, please ponder the phrase, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness...” Consider what that really means. Consider also what it means for man to, “let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air,” etc. These statements are very specific and profound. To truly comprehend their meaning requires us to review the conditions of our life, as well as how and why things happen in our life. The main tenet of The WHAI™ is that the conditions of our health and life directly reflect our state of mind. In other words, pathology of mind is reflected as pathology of body; health of mind is reflected as health of body and vice versa. Therefore, if fish of the sea, birds of the air, livestock, and all other creatures are currently threatened with extinction and
loss of habitat, what does that say about man’s mindset? If earth is in a dire state of ecological imbalance, what does that say about man’s mindset? If our world and health are in states of distress and disharmony, what does that say about man’s mindset? Contemplate these questions carefully, for if we honestly answer them, we will understand where healing must begin. We will know, without question, where the source of our diseased bodies, societies, and earth reside. The importance of accurately answering these questions is that if we know the source of these problems, we know what needs to be healed. In this case, knowledge and a healthy mindset is power. After the May article, “Getting Out of Mind Hell: Healing Disease,” was published, some readers stated, “Great article, but now tell us how to heal.” This comment was interesting to me because I thought I had. So, in this article, I will attempt to clarify the steps to healing. First, recognize areas of disease in your life. Second, trace these back to the source—the mind and its diseased thought patterns. Third, interrupt diseased mind patterns by replacing them with healing thought patterns. For example, find the blessing in every circumstance and struggle. Hold thoughts of reverence and gratitude for yourself and all living beings. Endeavor to nurture yourself, the earth, and its inhabitants. Finally, strive to live in harmony with all of life. Living this way means you think well. To think well is to live well. Another way to say this is, “To establish a heaven on earth, create a heaven in mind.” Or, “As you think, so shall it be.” Embedded in these statements are the answer and the way to achieving wellness and harmony in our life. These sayings, although simplistic, hold deep meaning. To live well is our birthright, and to do so is very practical. Our mind, inherently, possesses the power and ability to shape our health, life, and world. Despite this, we continually seek complicated, step-by-step instructions from sources outside ourselves because we lack faith and belief in who we really are. We are the master of our existence. With our invisible, formless, omnipresent, and eternal Divine mind, we shape existence—one thought and action at a time. But, unfortunately, we doubt this. We needlessly rely on and give power to people, entities, or things outside of us, instead of being responsible stewards over our health, earth, and existence. Herein lies our only true problem. As one of the world’s greatest teachers once said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” So what is your mountain? If you know what needs to be moved out of your life, apply the truth that, with your mind and with faith in who you really are, all things are possible. Thus, to heal—start within. To heal your body, life conditions, and earth—simply put—heal the hindering patterns in your mind. Gladys Wesley-Kennedy is the founder and QiGong Master of TheWHAI™ & Meditative Fitness™ Programs. Our educational therapeutic programs are based on my personal healing journey from a life of disease to renewed life of health and well-being. Visit online at TheWhai.com. See ad on page 12.
Think Before You Ink How to Make Body Art Safe and Reversible by April Thompson
ew things in life are more permanent than a tattoo. Yet those most likely to change their life course—in careers, relationships or fashion styles—are also most inclined to get inked. Nearly 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 have at least one tattoo, according to a Pew Research Center poll. “If you change your hairstyle or look often, you probably aren’t a good candidate for a tattoo, because of the limited flexibility to change that decision,” says Dr. Gregory Hall, a primary care physician in Cleveland, Ohio. Hall created the website ShouldITattoo.com to help inform others after seeing so many patients that regretted the tattoos of their youth. Hall has also authored Teens, Tattoos, & Piercings to try to reach school-aged kids before they even consider body art.
The Millennial generation, which is getting inked in record numbers, is also the leading demographic for ink removal. More than half the tattoos removed by medical professionals in 2013 were for people between 19 and 34 years old. Removal often costs many times more than being tattooed, sometimes requiring a dozen or more sessions over several months. Beyond the likelihood of changing one’s mind about a tattoo, Hall cites employment, discrimination and health concerns in urging teens to decline getting inked or pierced. Employers have the legal right to reject a job candidate because of a tattoo—a challenging fact of life for young people to reconcile when they’re still undecided on a career path. Different
branches of the military have their own restrictions on body art, which can include the tattoo’s size, placement and subject, while some companies ban tattoos and piercings altogether. The commitment of a tattoo never interested Lauren Waaland-Kreutzer, 25, of Richmond, Virginia. “I don’t know how I’m going to age and who I’ll be in five years,” she says. Two days after turning 18, however, she got her nose pierced, a decision she hasn’t regretted, even though it’s affected her employment. “While I was working my way through college, I gave up slightly better paying jobs in order to keep my piercing,” she says. Her current employer, a local nonprofit in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is piercing-friendly, but she has friends that have to cover their tattoos and piercings at work; a former classmate-turnedlawyer even had to remove a small star tattoo from her wrist. While piercings are more reversible than tattoos, they are also more prone to certain health risks. Tongue and cheek piercings can accelerate tooth decay, according to Hall, and the risk of infection can be high, especially if it impacts cartilage. “Some skin rejects piercings, and you can end up with permanent scars,” he adds.
The good news is there are more natural, less permanent alternatives for young adults to adorn and express themselves, including custom-made temporary tattoos, plus magnetic and clip-on jewelry that are indistinguishable from a permanent piercing. Temporary tattoos work to try out the look before possibly committing.
Henna tattoos, an import from India, are another popular alternative, although Hall has seen many patients develop allergic reactions to this plant-based ink, so it’s always best to test on a small spot first. Permanent organic inks fade more over time, a downside for someone that keeps a tattoo for life, but “come off beautifully” in a removal process compared to the standard heavy metal inks, reports Hall. Also, “We just don’t know yet what impact the heavy metals may have on people’s immune systems down the road,” he says. “Organic inks are much safer.”
State laws vary regarding age criteria, some allowing tattoos at any age with parental consent. Hall’s tattoo website has a downloadable contract to encourage kids to talk with their parents before making a decision, regardless of the need for consent. Name tattoos, even those of loved ones, are among the tattoos most likely to be removed later in life. Hall saw this with a young man that had the names of the grandparents that raised him tattooed on his hands. He said, “I still love them, but I’m tired of looking at them and I have got to get them off me.” A Harris Interactive poll revealed that a third of company managers would think twice about promoting someone with tattoos or piercings—a more critical factor than how tidy their workspace is kept or the appropriateness of their attire. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
The Toxic Truth About Tattoos by Anya Vien
he spike in popularity of tattooing that began a couple of decades ago in America and Europe continues to spread worldwide. Those considering getting one will do well to carefully review the options and the health dangers related to traditional tattoos. Tattoo inks contain heavy metals, and red inks often contain mercury. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any tattoo pigments for injection into the skin. Tattoo parlors are regulated by states and municipalities, but the FDA doesn’t require manufacturers to release ink ingredients. The lack of regulation is unsettling, as some 45 million Americans have been inked. Many tattoo ink pigments are industrial-grade colors suitable for printer ink or automobile paint, and the FDA warns that it may possibly cause infections, allergic reactions, keloids (fibrous scar tissue), granulomas (response to inflammation, infection or a foreign substance) and potential complications connected with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The carrier solution used in tattoo inks also contains harmful substances such as denatured alcohol, methanol, antifreeze, detergents, formaldehyde and other toxic aldehydes. A study in the journal Medicine by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, in Dallas, links
commercial tattoos to the spread of hepatitis C. Dr. Robert Haley, a preventative medicine specialist and former U.S. Centers for Disease Control infection control official, comments, “We found that commercially acquired tattoos accounted for more than twice as many hepatitis C infections as injection-drug use. This means it may have been the largest single contributor to the nationwide epidemic of this form of hepatitis.” Anya Vien is the owner of Living Traditionally.com, focusing on naturally healthy and sustainable living.
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Interview with Jaime Garcia of Sol Reflexology, Massage and Bodyworks by Mike Hart This is part one of a two part interview I had with Jaime Garcia, owner of Sol Reflexology, Massage and Bodyworks. I found his answer to my first question, “Tell us about your background and how you got into massage and reflexology,” such an interesting story that I had to share it with you.
epends how far back you want to go. Past lives? Or just in this life? Let’s keep it simple and stay with this life. We can go back to my first automotive collision I had when I was around 21. As an electronic engineering technology major, I was working on my internship in Austin, Texas for Cellular One. One day on my way home from work, there was small collision where I got rear ended. I thought it was small since I was able to walk away from it but the next morning, I could barely move and ended up visiting many specialists. A few years later, a chiropractor in Plano, Texas, broke some news to me that was hard to take, “Jaime, you have the back of a 40 year old. The life you’ve been leading has gotten you to this point and the collision only exasperated it.” At this point in my life, I was approaching 300 pounds but I didn’t think much about the weight or the collision until I started to have problems I couldn’t ignore any longer. Not only problems with lack of energy throughout the day but staying awake after a “normal” lunch meal at work. Later when I was on a project in New York, I had an opportunity to see a massage therapist that changed my life forever. A colleague of mine said his wife had a friend but he wasn’t sure
if she was good or not. Even at the time of my first visit, I knew her techniques were different from any other therapist because when I left the session, I felt like a Mac truck hit me. My curiosity increased so I decided to try her again and pretty soon I had my regular appointments with her for two hour sessions twice a week for about six weeks. There was one session which opened my mind forever. I wasn’t feeling sleepy. Normally, as soon as I got on the table, I would be out within 10 to 15 minutes. On that day, I got antsy after about 20 minutes and I told my therapist, “Something is wrong!” She responded with a simple, “How so?” I quickly explained that I in no way feel tired or sleepy and I want to be so I can have my awesome nap.” She smiled and said to me in a gentle voice, ”Let me ask you this… Have you been having more peaceful night sleeps?” Without hesitation, I answered, “Why yes, actually.” She continued, “What about more energy throughout the day? How about your attitude changing to be more positive? And what about…” She went on naming about 10 other different things, to which I said yes to all of them. I realized at that moment what she was trying to say to me. I still asked her a question which I already felt I knew the answer, but I needed to hear it from her, “So, are you natural awakenings
saying these are the effects of massage therapy?” She looked into my eyes and said to me, “What do you think?” My head went into a major spin as I thought, “What have those other therapists been doing to me all of those years? I’ve never seen this effect on my body before.” Then I thought, “What I have I been paying them for 15 years?” From that session onward, I never got sleepy on the table and by staying awake, I was now curious about this massage therapy business and I started asking lots and lots of questions. So, my path of wellness started there by searching for schools in massage therapy to teach me more about how the body works so I deal with my problems while making some extra cash on the weekends. Little did I know then, that massage therapy would become my new passion in life. Nowadays, I’m also a licensed massage therapist instructor and I hold close to 200 extra hours from what is required after massage school and well beyond what the state requires us to take. Deep tissue is what I started with, but it pales in comparison with Lymphatic Drainage Therapy and Shiatsu of which I specialize in now. Other modalities I am good at are Aromatherapy, Ancient Thai Massage, Pre and Postnatal Massage, Cupping, Sports, Acu-Kineseiology, Reflexology, and of course, Swedish. My training has allowed me to work with all types of issues. Soon, I will specialize in the brain from the same school that taught me Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, which excites me beyond belief. Honestly, I don’t do or enjoy the “fluff and buff massage”, as my first instructor would call it. It has its purpose for some folks but I rather focus on issues other therapists are not able to work on. So, I do turn away folks. I am not everyone’s therapist. Folks drawn to me are ones that I need to make amends with due to prior lives. Somehow, someway, God, the universe brings us together. This is why I will only advertise in places like Natural Awakenings Magazine because I believe folks that are in the same level in their spiritual growth, will be drawn. Jaime Garcia is the owner of Sol Reflexology, Massage and Body Works. Solreflexology.com See ad on page 4. August 2015
Qigong Healing and Universal Oneness Interview with Jeff Primack, Founder of the Qi Revolution Conference
Interviewer Kathy Rivera Wallace is a TV talk show host who regularly interviews leading wellness experts. Jeff Primack is a Qigong teacher that studied with many Qi masters from all over the world and has taught 50,000+ people at live Qi Revolution conferences across the USA.
Kathy Rivera Wallace: When I attended the Qi Revolution my favorite posture was the “Qi Ball”. I felt like I was carrying a magnetic orb of energy. What significance does this posture have?
a few schoolteachers that I’ve trained share it in their classrooms. Aside from feeling cool, the Qigong postures are shown to improve energy and resolve health issues.
Jeff Primack: OUR HANDS ARE LIKE MIRRORS reflecting light back and forth. The Qi Ball posture is 10x stronger if palms are aligned correctly, i.e. not having one palm more forward. Learning to align your hands/body allows you to build a higher magnetic charge, which most people get excited about. Kids are especially drawn to the Qi Ball and
Kathy Rivera Wallace: How can everyday people use Qigong to reach their full potential? Jeff Primack: More than simply collecting Qi, the Gong is a change in our discipline and character. Awakening to God/Nature’s presence in our daily lives is greatly supported by realizing
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suggesting components of our food healing protocols to interested patients. As a family practice doctor having seen over 70,000 patients, Dr. Claudia brings wisdom and feels it is time to change people’s health at the food level. She will be speaking at the Orlando National Event about the latest advances in ‘Chromatography’ allowing scientists to quantify healing phytochemicals, thus attributing functional medicine to specific foods. Kathy Rivera Wallace: Why should people interrupt their busy lives to attend the Qi Revolution at the Houston Convention Center on August 22nd – 25th? Jeff Primack: It is rare when so many beautiful souls gather and practice Qigong under one roof. We are stronger in one massive field and GROUP ENERGY being exponentially more powerful. We keep our conference price low, because people (now more than ever) require this knowledge to prosper. This year we are celebrating our 10th year anniversary teaching Qi Revolution and people can justify dropping what they’re doing simply to be in the amazing energy present in the ambient ballroom. Learning to eat and do Qigong for maximum wellness is a benefit you will enjoy for a long life. “Qi Revolution” comes to Houston Convention Center on August 22nd –25th Jeff Primack and 20 Qigong teachers will teach 4-days of Qigong for only $149! This is the largest Qigong event in Texas. Tickets and more info, (800)-298-8970 or visit www.QiRevolution.com. To reserve tickets & for more info, call 1-800-298-8970 or visit Qigong.com. See ad on the back cover.
by Violet Decker
echnology tends to isolate us from others, but science points to the real value in reaching out. On average, we come into contact with more than 100 people a day, but often may not make any real connection with them. On a typical college campus, it’s rare to see a student not plugged in while walking from class to class. Saying “Hi” to an acquaintance or complimenting someone in passing is nearly impossible. These little day-to-day interactions could provide a steady source of simple pleasures for all if we regularly made the most of such opportunities. Part of the reason we intentionally isolate ourselves might be the false belief that we’ll be happier by doing so, according to a recent University of Chicago study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. When subway riders were asked how they thought they would feel if they spoke to a stranger, nearly all of them predicted that the ride would be “less pleasant” than if they kept to themselves. After the ride, however, the results were unanimous: Those that spoke to another person reported having a more positive experience than those that sat in silence. natural awakenings
Parents teach children not to talk to strangers, but as adults, we miss a lot if we don’t. Even small talk can make a big difference in the quality of our day. It’s easy to try it to see if we don’t end up with a smile on our face. It’s ironic that young people spend hours each day on social networking sites, texting others and making plans with friends so they won’t sit alone at night, yet are getting worse at making such connections face-to-face. Even seated at the same table, conversational eye contact is becoming a lost art, another casualty of technology. Talking with others correlates with better communication skills, too. A 20-year study from Stanford University concluded that its most successful MBA graduates were those that showed the highest interests and skills in talking with others. So, instead of shying away from chatting with a fellow commuter or asking a cashier how her day is going, say “Hello.” It’s bound to make everyone’s day better. Violet Decker is a freelance writer in New York. Connect at VDecker95@gmail.com. August 2015
to send wireless instructions to dogs via vibrations. Multiple sensors return information about the dog’s heart rate and more, which is especially helpful for service dogs taught not to show stress or distress. Even without such technology, we can all enjoy improved relationships with animals, domestic and wild, by learning to listen. Veterinarian Linda Bender, an animal advocate in Charleston, South Carolina, and author of Animal Wisdom, says, “We all have the ability to understand animals. It gets trained out of us around age 7. It’s not about doing, it’s about being, a connection through the heart.” Meditation quiets the mind from daily concerns, allowing us to stay open, listen and be aware.
They Have Lots to Say If We’d Only Listen by Sandra Murphy
Some people talk to animals. Not many listen, though. That’s the problem. ~A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
Brave New World In less than 10 years, we’ll see a universal translator for communicating with dogs and cats, predicts Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D., professor emeritus of biological sciences at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff. Just like language apps change, for example, a French phrase into English, the device would translate
barks into “Put on Animal Planet,” or meows to “Feed me tuna.” Computers will foster better understanding between humans and animals. David Roberts, a computer science assistant professor, and his team at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a collar
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Nobody experiences magic Exotic Tales Wild animals communicate with David unless they believe in it. ~Linda Bender asked Rocket if he would like another home and the picture of a chef’s hat popped into my mind. When we found the perfect home for Rocket, the man was a chef whose only other pet is a turtle that lets Rocket sleep with him. Everyone is happy with the results.” Charli, a 14-year-old pointer, travels the world with her family. Her owner, Cynthia Bowman, shares one of her favorite stories: “As we planned our move to Spain, Charli got ill. I explained, ‘We want you to go too, but if you can’t, tell me.’ A picture of a smoked ham popped into my head. I didn’t understand, but Charli got well and went along,” she says. “In our new Gipuzkoa neighborhood, a deli sells hams, just like I pictured. I can’t explain how Charli knew.” It becomes a matter of trust. “Thoughts or mind pictures can be easy to dismiss or mistrust as imagination,” she comments. “Every species has something they do best. With humans, it’s problem solving and advanced thinking. We’ve separated ourselves from nature. We need to remember we’re all interconnected,” Bender says. “When we learn to tune into ourselves, be heart-centric and radiate compassionate energy, it makes us irresistible to other creatures.”
Llewellyn. As a writer of outdoor/nature blogs, he’s traveled full time in a 30-foot RV since 2002. “They don’t understand words, but go by what’s in your soul. I’ve picked berries with black bears and met a mountain lion and her two cubs along a trail without ever being harmed,” he says. “Often, hikers are told, ‘Make yourself look big and scream.’ I say ‘Hello,’ comment on the day and thank them for letting me share their space.” Staying calm is vital. Bender agrees. Grabbed by an orangutan at a wild animal trafficking
rescue project, “She twisted my arm and could have easily broken it,” Bender recalls. “Fear is picked up as a threat so I tried to radiate calm. It was intense, but she gradually let go. With animals, you attract what you give. Better communication means better understanding leading to improved behavior on everyone’s part.” Communication and understanding among human, domestic and wild animals not only makes life more interesting, it can save lives. Co n n e c t w i t h S a n d r a M u r p hya t StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.
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SATURDAY AUGUST 1
Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10am-5pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuina Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. 713-444-3581 psychicfairs.com. Chuck Murphy, Spiritual/Psychic Intuitive and Medium. 10am-5pm. Put your hands in Chuck’s hands and let him tell you what Spirit tells him. He’s a “rare medium, well done.” $20. Marva’s Psychic Fair. LaQuina Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. chuckmurphy.me/
Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281730-3017 centerpointhouston.com. Macbeth. 8:30pm Three mysterious witches promise a great future to a worthy soldier, firing his ambition. His power-hungry wife urges him to shape his fate, no matter the cost. But what price must a man of conscience pay to pursue his hungriest ambitions? Free, ticketed event. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030. Milleroutdoortheatre.com.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5
Movie Night – “FED UP” and Nutrition Lecture. 4:00 to 7:30pm Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. FED UP will change the way you eat forever. Followed by Introduction to Healthy Nutrition with Specialist Pamela Gideon. Free. Pre-registration is required calling: (281) 674-YOGA www.nurturesoul.com Nurture Soul Therapeutics 9834 Spring Cypress Rd. 77070 (a mile East of Hwy 249). Wine, Cheese and Bats. 7:30-10pm. On any summer evening, you may be able to look up at the twilight sky and spot the tiny fluttering bats overhead picking insects out of midair. In this nighttime event, join us for a classroom presentation about bats by Dr. Cullen Geiselman where she will give a summary of the world’s bat species, their habitats, and life histories. Next you’ll head out into the night for a ‘bat walk’ on the moonlit trails to spotlight and detect our local bat species using an ultrasonic bat detector! $45 non-members. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Houstonarboretum.org. Merchant of Venice. 8:30pm. In the City of Commerce, Antonio’s business thrives, yet he finds himself strapped for cash. In the City of Glamour, Portia’s romantic suitors must submit to a lottery for a chance at winning her hand. At the crossroads of these two plots stands Shylock, whose novel way of securing interest sets them all on a path that will force choices between justice and mercy. Free, ticketed event. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030. Milleroutdoortheatre.com. Pigs on the Wall. 10pm. A tribute to the music of Pink Floyd. $8-15. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com.
SUNDAY AUGUST 2
Bayou Bikers. 8-11am. Free. A 25- to 40-mile bike ride 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. Free. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000. marketsquarepark.com.
Quaker Meditation. 12noon-1pm. Experience the silence of Quaker meditation. $10. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713-524-9839. rothkochapel.org. Paris Bistro Cooking. 6:30-10pm. Let Lucia’s kitchen bring Paris to you with her new class based on classic French country cooking. $65. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098. Call 713-523-6494.
Demystifying Creativity-Cherie Ray facilitator. 10am-3pm. Release the belief that the creative process is elusive, temperamental, and only available to some. No experience necessary. All materials provided. The Jung Center 5200 Montrose 77006. Contact the Jung Center for cost and registration. Junghouston.org. 713-524-8253. Beginning Birding with Gary Clark. 8:30-11:30am. Let your ornithological odyssey begin in these two birdwatching classes with our renowned birding instructor, Gary Clark. You’ll explore the beauty of birds in their natural setting while learning how to identify them using certain characteristics. $65 non-members. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Houstonarboretum.org. Macbeth. 8:30pm Three mysterious witches promise a great future to a worthy soldier, firing his ambition. His power-hungry wife urges him to shape his fate, no matter the cost. But what price must a man of conscience pay to pursue his hungriest ambitions? Free, ticketed event. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030. Milleroutdoortheatre.com. Papa Mali. 10pm. Rock/Funk/Jam band. $18-25. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com.
SUNDAY AUGUST 9
Spiritual Upliftment in the Song of HU. 7pm. You are invited to join us in singing HU, an ancient name for God, has been practiced for thousands of years in one form or another for inner attunement. FREE Center Point 2727 Fondren, Suite 5M 77063. eckankar-texas.org.
Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-730-3017. centerpointhouston.com.
FRIDAY AUGUST 7
MONDAY AUGUST 10
THURSDAY AUGUST 6
Live Creatively with Permission, Passion and Purpose- Cherie Ray facilitator. 10am-12:30pm. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. You will learn what separates you from your aliveness. You will be pleasantly surprised how good it feels to be in the flow of your own life. $50. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights 77008. Visit the website to register. Trueyoucreativity.com. Yoga Nidra Master Class with Rose Silva. 7-8:30pm Find the way back to your real self. A healing meditative experience combined with the healing vibration of crystal and Tibetan singing bowls allowing the consciousness to expand, restore and integrate into your natural state of well-being. Free. Pre-registration is required calling: 281-674-YOGA. www.nurturesoul. com Nurture Soul Therapeutics 9834 Spring Cypress Rd. 77070 (a mile East of Hwy 249). Merchant of Venice. 8:30pm. In the City of Commerce, Antonio’s business thrives, yet he finds himself strapped for cash. In the City of Glamour, Portia’s romantic suitors must submit to a lottery for a chance at winning her hand. At the crossroads of these two plots stands Shylock, whose novel way of securing interest sets them all on a path that will force choices between justice and mercy. Free, ticketed event. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030. Milleroutdoortheatre.com.
Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries.
SATURDAY AUGUST 8
Creative Meditation- Cherie Ray facilitator. 6:307:45pm. Living more ,meditatively destresses, reboots, and enriches your life. Each month we explore new ways to live in greater ease and less pressure. Free/ Donation. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights 77008. Trueyoucreativity.com. 832-545-8488.
TUESDAY AUGUST 11
Circus Arts. 5:30-7:30pm. Discover a new art form consisting of ground arts and acrobatics from Houston based Cirque La Vie. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com. Core Focused Yoga. 6:30-7:30pm. Dynamic flow sequences get the body warm and the heart pumping while long-held poses strengthen and stretch the muscles. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 12
Zumba. 6:30-7:30pm. The exercise craze that has everyone moving to the beat! Free. Admission Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com.
THURSDAY AUGUST 13
Blanket Bingo. 6-9pm. The stakes are high for Blanket Bingo! Bring your blanket, lawn chairs or snag one of the tables at the park for a night of music and great prizes. $10 admission (cash only) includes one bingo packet. Additional games and daubers can be purchased for $1 each. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000. marketsquarepark.com.
Summer Sounds on the Plaza. 7-8pm. Ed Poullard’s creole music conjures images of “faisdo dos” in Acadian sugar cane fields on humid nights. Poullard is recognized as the premier creole musician on both sides of the Sabine River. Bring your family, friends, and a blanket, and enjoy a summer night of music! $10. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713-524-9839. rothkochapel.org.
FRIDAY AUGUST 14
Live Creatively with Permission, Passion and Purpose- Cherie Ray facilitator. 10am-12:30pm. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. You will learn what separates you from your aliveness. You will be pleasantly surprised how good it feels to be in the flow of your own life. $50. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights 77008. Visit the website to register. Trueyoucreativity.com. Daniel Ho & Taiwu Children’s Troupe. 8:30pm. In partnership with Miller Outdoor Theatre, Asia Society welcomes the return to Houston of Grammy Award-winning ukulele musician Daniel Ho. Accompanied by the pure voices of Taiwan’s Taiwu Children’s Ancient Ballads Troupe. Free, ticketed event. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030. Milleroutdoortheatre.com Vagrant Sons. 9pm. Rock band. $10-15. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com.
SATURDAY AUGUST 15
Monthly Bird Survey. 8-10am. The Houston Arboretum has historical documentation of birds that have been observed here. The Houston Arboretum is currently undergoing a master planning process that will alter our grounds and facilities. In order to document changing bird populations as we move forward with changes to the grounds, we will be conducting a monthly bird count! Free. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Houstonarboretum.org.
Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market. 6am8pm (except Christmas and Thanksgiving) Over 20,000 square feet of Texas produce. Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market 2520 Airline, 77009. 713.862.4027. caninoproduce.com. Last Organic Outpost Harvest. 9am-4pm (except during extreme cold or rainy weather). Come and get your hands in the dirt. Help with the work of the garden and harvest your share for FREE. Last Organic Outpost 711 Emile Street, 77020. 832.422.8407. facebook.com/ lastorganicoutpost.com.
Garden Photography. 9-11:30am. Backyard and public gardens are in full bloom year-round in the Houston area and beckon us to get out and photograph! Grand images of whole gardens or macro images of a single water drop on a bloom can be captured with a few simple techniques. This course is designed for students with digital SLR cameras who know the basics of camera operation. $100 non-members. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Houstonarboretum.org.
Nu Waters Food Co-Op. 9am-4pm Tue-Sun. 2320 Elgin 77004. NuWatersCo-Op.com.
Fresh Herbs in your Kitchen. 1-3:30pm. Lucia has been teaching people about cooking with herbs for over 30 years and has a wonderful herb garden brimming with fresh flavors. $65. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098. Call 713-523-6494.
Rawfully Organic Food Co-Op. 4-7pm Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway 77024. You must order your shares by 9 pm Monday in order to pick up on Tuesday. Rawfullyorganic.com.
Yoga for Parkinson’s Workshop with Kalpana Mewara. 2-5:00pm. Learn about Parkinson’s Disease. How Yoga Therapy Fits. Benefits of Yoga Therapy. The Tools: Movement, Muscle Relaxation, and Nutrition. Also open for Care Takers and Family Members. Chairs will be available for practices. Small Groups. $75 Pre-register calling: 281-674YOGA www.nurturesoul.com – Nurture Soul Therapeutics 9834 Spring Cypress Rd. Houston, TX 77070 (a mile East of Hwy 249). Summer Shindig. 5pm-until. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563. www.lastconcert.com.
Spring Branch Farmer’s Market. 2-6pm. Unitarian Fellowship of Houston 1504 Wirt Road, 77055. facebook.com/springbranchfarmersmarkethouston Rice University Farmer’s Market. 3:30-6:30pm. Rice University, West Stadium Lot, 5600 Greenbriar 77005. farmersmarket.rice.edu/
Central City Co-Op. 9am-6:30pm. Grace Lutheran Church 2515 Waugh Drive, 77006. centralcityco-op.com.
City Hall Farmer’s Market. 11am-1:30pm. City Hall 500 McKenny, 77002 (parking available at 400 Rusk). urbanharvest.org. Westchase District Farmer’s Market. 3-6pm. 10503 Westheimer, 77042. (1 block west of Beltway 8). westchasedistrict.com/market. Kingwood Farmer’s Market. 3-7pm. Town Center Park, 8 N. Main in Kingwood 77339. facebook.com/kingwoodfarmersmarket.
Eastside Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market. 8am12n. Parking lot behind 3000 Richmond at Eastside, 77098. urbanharvest.org. The Farm Stand at Petrol Station. 8am-12n. Petrol Station, 985 Wakefield 77018. 713.957.2875. Grogan’s Mill Village Farmer’s Market. 8am12n. 7 Switchbud Place in The Woodlands 77380. grogansmillvillage.com. Farmer’s Market on Grand Parkway. 8am-12n. Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway in Katy, 77494. farmersmarketon grandparkway.com. Heights Epicurian Farmer’s Market. 8am1:30pm. First Saturdays only. Grace United Methodist Church 1245 Heights Blvd. 77008. HeightsEpicurian.com. Farmer’s Market at Imperial. 9am-1pm. 198 Kempner, Sugar Land, 77498. imperial sugarland.com. Tomball Farmer’s Market. 9am-1pm. Corner of Main (FM 2920) and Cherry in downtown Tomball 77377. tomballfarmersmarket.org. Rawfully Organic Food Co-Op. 11am-2pm Vacant Lot 3400 Bissonett 77005. You must order your shares by 9 pm Friday in order to pick up on Saturday. Rawfullyorganic.com City Hall Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market. 11am-1:30 pm. City Hall 901 Bagby, 77002. urbanharvest.org. Farmers Market at Bridgeland. 12:30-3:30pm. 2nd Saturdays. 16902 Bridgeland Landing, Cypress 77433. farmersmarketatbridgeland.org/
East End Farmer’s Market. 10am-2pm. 2800 Navigation Blvd 77003. Eastendhouston.com. Magnolia Farmer’s & Artisan’s Market. 11am-3pm. 1st & 3rd Sundays. Intersection of FM 1488 and FM 1774 in Magnolia, 77354. sweetmagnoliapickins.net.
Classic Albums Live-Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers. 8:30pm “You Gotta Move” on over to Miller — Classic Albums Live is tackling the Rolling Stones! Note for note, cut for cut—get ready to rock out to Sticky Fingers, one of the most revered albums in the storied catalogue of the legendary Rolling Stones. Stones fans will love Classic Album Live’s slick versions of “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” “Moonlight Mile” and more! Free, ticketed event. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030. Milleroutdoortheatre.com.
SATURDAY AUGUST 22
SUNDAY AUGUST 16
Qi Revolution Conference. 9am-7pm. The conference is an immersive learning environment that blends ancient wisdom with modern technology to present the most compelling self care techniques and healing protocols. Authentic and Profoundly Powerful. 50,000 attendees since 2005 reflect our commitment to higher education. Breathwork, Qigong, Yoga, Strength Training & Food-Healing is shared in a heart-aligned space. $140 for all 4 days. George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida De Las Americas 77010. http://qirevolution.com/
Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-730-3017. centerpointhouston.com. Eat it Raw! 2-4pm. Join Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram of Rawfully Organic Co-op and learn how to make delicious meals for the entire family from raw and organic foods. Kristina will share her passion for this healthy lifestyle by teaching and demonstrating how to prepare seasonal dishes from a variety of raw and locally grown produce. $35 non-members. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Houstonarboretum.org.
SUNDAY AUGUST 23
Wild Rabbit Salad. 6pm. Houston’s favorite party band Wild Rabbit Salad brings upbeat cool originals and covers to the cafe, they’re sure to entertain you, bring friends, eat, drink and be merry at this world famous historical venue, smoking allowed in the outdoor areas. GREAT FOOD, full bar. Coolest bar in town. $15. . Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563. www.lastconcert.com.
TUESDAY AUGUST 18
Circus Arts. 5:30-7:30pm. Discover a new art form consisting of ground arts and acrobatics from Houston based Cirque La Vie. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19
Zumba. 6:30-7:30pm. The exercise craze that has everyone moving to the beat! Free. Admission Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com.
THURSDAY AUGUST 20
Lunch Coach on Call with Cherie Ray. Noon12:45pm. Learn to be energy efficient. More energy for you and less fatigue. Free. For call in instructions go to trueyoucreativity.com.
Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281730-3017. centerpointhouston.com. Qi Revolution Conference. 9am-7pm. The conference is an immersive learning environment that blends ancient wisdom with modern technology to present the most compelling self care techniques and healing protocols. Authentic and Profoundly Powerful. 50,000 attendees since 2005 reflect our commitment to higher education. Breathwork, Qigong, Yoga, Strength Training & Food-Healing is shared in a heart-aligned space. PLUS! Ecstatic Music& Dance 8-10pm $140 for all 4 days. George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida De Las Americas 77010. http://qirevolution.com/.
TUESDAY AUGUST 25
Live Creatively with Permission, Passion and Purpose- Cherie Ray facilitator. 10am-12:30pm. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. You will learn what separates you from your aliveness. You will be pleasantly surprised how good it feels to be in the flow of your own life. $50. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights 77008. Visit the website to register. Trueyoucreativity.com.
Qi Revolution Conference. 9am-7pm. The conference is an immersive learning environment that blends ancient wisdom with modern technology to present the most compelling self care techniques and healing protocols. Authentic and Profoundly Powerful. 50,000 attendees since 2005 reflect our commitment to higher education. Breathwork, Qigong, Yoga, Strength Training & Food-Healing is shared in a heart-aligned space. $140 for all 4 days. George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida De Las Americas 77010. http://qirevolution.com/
MONDAY AUGUST 24
Core Focused Yoga. 6:30-7:30pm. Dynamic flow sequences get the body warm and the heart pumping while long-held poses strengthen and stretch the muscles. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com.
FRIDAY AUGUST 21
Creativity Coaching Plus Intuitive Painting with Cheri Ray. 10am-4:30pm. The combination of Creativity Coaching & Intuitive Painting supports you in understanding the principles of creativity and how natural it is to create. YES! You are creative. You will experience your connection to your innate creativity and how this connection serves you in creating your most precious creation; a life you love. $115. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights 77008. Visit the website to register. Trueyoucreativity.com.
Qi Revolution Conference. 9am-7pm. The conference is an immersive learning environment that blends ancient wisdom with modern technology to present the most compelling self care techniques and healing protocols. Authentic and Profoundly Powerful. 50,000 attendees since 2005 reflect our commitment to higher education. Breathwork, Qigong, Yoga, Strength Training & Food-Healing is shared in a heart-aligned space. $140 for all 4 days. George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida De Las Americas 77010. http://qirevolution.com/.
Circus Arts. 5:30-7:30pm. Discover a new art form consisting of ground arts and acrobatics from Houston based Cirque La Vie. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26
Zumba. 6:30-7:30pm. The exercise craze that has everyone moving to the beat! Free. Admission Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com.
FRIDAY AUGUST 28
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. Free Monthly Affirmation Gathering with Doyle Ward. 7-8:30pm Are you HAPPY? Have you ever thought about what happiness is for you? Join us in August as we explore ideas around the one thing we all want - to be HAPPY. This is a powerful evening focused on affirmative thinking to help you achieve your dreams! Every area of life can be enhanced with affirmative thinking: relationships, health, career, and prosperity. Free. Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233, Houston, TX 77027. blissfulquests.com or 832-628-4113. Chubby Checkers & the Wild Cats. 8pm. Let’s twist again! The legendary Chubby Checker storms the Miller stage with his signature blend of boisterous rock ‘n’ roll. Free, ticketed event. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030. Milleroutdoortheatre.com.
SATURDAY AUGUST 29
One day Meditation Retreat. 8am - 3pm. Through Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien’s clear teachings she guides students to connect with Awake Mind and to apply meditation through various daily activities such as sitting, walking, eating, and working, to Wake Up and live truly happy in any situation. Pre-registration is required by August 24. Suggested donation $50, includes refreshments and lunch. Universal Door Meditation Center - 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498. www.universaldoor.org. 281-565-9718. Introduction to Nutrition with Pamela Gideon. 2-4:00pm. No more information overload or confusion. Have Total control of your health and the power to make the healthiest decisions for you and your family. Feel great about yourself for mastering the most important thing in your life...your health! This Intro Workshop starts a series of 4 Nutrition Classes in September, 5 - 26 Special Discount for registrations during the workshop! Donations. Pre-register calling: 281-674-YOGA www.nurturesoul.com Nurture Soul Therapeutics 9834 Spring Cypress Rd. Houston, TX 77070 (a mile East of Hwy 249). Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks. 8pm Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Mercury perform Handel’s iconic Music for the Royal Fireworks, followed by a live fireworks display in celebration of Mercury’s fifteenth anniversary season. Brimming with exhilarating dance tunes and colorful sonorities, this music reflects the fire and majesty of one of the world’s greatest composers. Free, ticketed event. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030. Milleroutdoortheatre.com.
Milk Drive. 9pm. Progressive acoustic band. $10-15. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-2268563. www.lastconcert.com.
SUNDAY AUGUST 30
Centerpoint Free Healing Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-730-3017 centerpointhouston.com.
planahead SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5
Marva’s Psychic and Holistic Fair. 10am-5pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuina Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. 713-444-3581. psychicfairs.com. Chuck Murphy, Spiritual/Psychic Intuitive and Medium. 10am-5pm. Put your hands in Chuck’s hands and let him tell you what Spirit tells him. He’s a “rare medium, well done.” $20. Marva’s Psychic Fair. LaQuina Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. chuckmurphy.me/
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6
Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281730-3017. centerpointhouston.com.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12
Tai Chi Sun Dragons. NEW QUIGONG classes taught by Black Belt Certified Tai Chi instructor Mary Griffin starting September 12. For more information and to reserve your space call 713-205-6960. Two Day Hansayogin Workshop. Saturday 9am1:30pm and Sunday 9am-1:30pm. This free workshop is a rare opportunity to learn authentic Himalayan pranayama techniques (breathing exercises) directly from an ordained Vedic monk, His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda. Participants will learn a set of techniques for cleansing nadi, balancing agni, and chanting udgitha, which can be practiced to increase energy, promote mindfulness and restore wellness. India House - 8888 W Bellfort St, Houston, TX 77031. For questions contact 832-780-9008. Registration is free, donations to the Nonprofit are welcome. Pre-registration online is required - go to swamahiman.org/houston.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 16
Introduction to Yogic Upasana Meditation. 7pm-9pm. Be in the presence of a living saint, His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda, experience guided meditation and wisdom from the Sanskrit heritage. Learn how to combine yogic techniques with contemplation for meditation on light within the body. For questions contact 832-780-9008. Heights School of Yoga - 1547 Rutland St, Houston, TX 77008. Blessing/greeting line after the discourse. Registration is free, donations to the Nonprofit are welcome - to register go to swamahiman.org/houston.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17
Five Love Languages with Dr. Gary Chapman. 7:30pm. Dr. Chapman has discovered five fundamental “languages of love”. You will learn not only what these languages are but how to discover your own love language and the love language of others. Unity Church of Houston 2929 Unity Drive 77057. For information or to purchase tickets call the Unity Bookstore 713782-8320 or visit our website. UnityHouston.org.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19
Holistic Learning the Vedic Way. 6pm-9pm. Be in the presence of a living saint, His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda, and experience blessings and wisdom from the Sanskrit heritage. The discourse will explore how traditional Vedic learning is nonlinear, promotes accelerated learning, and improves memory, especially in children. Blessing line after the discourse followed by supper and tea. VPSS Haveli, Vallabh Hall - 11715 Bellfort Village Dr, Houston TX 77031. For questions contact 832-780-9008. Registration is free, donations to the Nonprofit are welcome - to register go to swamahiman.org/houston.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26
Janmashtami. 6pm-midnight. Indian cultural program featuring live music, art, costumes and children’s programs. FREE. George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida De Las Americas 77010. HindusOfHouston.org.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 17
Dussehra & Diwali Festival. 4-10 pm. A celebration of the victory of light with a parade, traditional dance and costumes, music, food and a dramatic stage show. Skeeters Stadium 1 Stadium Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77498. ShriSitaRam.org. 713-714-5680.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 24
Living Your Voice: 101. 10am-5pm. A workshop by Tony Pryor for beginning and experienced speakers and singers. Experience the joy and power of reclaiming your unique voice by conquering your limitations. $190. True You Creativity Studio in the Heights. 77008. 713-826-9811 LivingYourVoice.com.
ongoingevents daily Houston Arboretum. 8am-6pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org Breakfast Prasadam, free vegetarian meal. 9:00am. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482 iskonhouston.org Rothko Chapel. 10am-6pm (except during special events) The Rothko Chapel is an independent institution, a sacred place open to all people, every day. Free. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713.524.9839 rothkochapel.org Lunch Prasadam, free vegetarian meal. 12:30pm. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482. iskonhouston.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 non-migratory and call the bayou home year-round. Free. Waugh Street at Allen Parkway 77019. houstontx.gov/parks/bats.html. Dinner Prasadam, free vegetarian meal. 7:30pm. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482 iskonhouston.org
monday Tarot & Intuitive Counseling with Allison Miller. 10am-7pm. Compassionate support and guidance for healing the heart and soul. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713-721-4056 for an appointment. Light Language & Sound Healing with Robert Tang. 10am-7pm. Experience the language of love and light. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-7998545 for an appointment.
Tarot & Intuitive Counceling with Allison Miller. Compassionate support and guidance for healing of the heart and the soul. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713-721-4056 for an appointment. Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz, Jr. 11am5pm. Access your past life to heal current life issues. Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Road, 1B., 77055. Call 832.530.3360 to make an appointment. edgarcaycehouston.org/Eppie-Munoz,-Jr.html. Open Mic Night and Longest Happy Hour 5-midnight. No cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563. www.lastconcert.com. Bum-ba Toning. 6:30-7:30pm. Tighten and tone your bum and body. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com. 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. 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 Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org.
tuesday Introductory Tai Chi with Greg. 9-10am. Experience the soft, smooth movements of Tai Chi Chuan while enjoying a view of the forest. $15. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. Call to register: 713-3660421 or come 15 min early. houstonarboretum.org. Light Language & Sound Healing with Robert Tang. 10am-7pm. Experience the language of love and light. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832799-8545 for an appointment. www.robertctang.com. Energy Balancing & Clearings with Celilia Wheelis. 10am-7pm. Cecilia is a healing-energy worker and practitioner who assists individuals in order to heal and recover their vitality. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-799-8545 for an appointment. http://www.ceciliawheelis.com/
Intro to Meditation 101. 7-8pm Universal Door Meditation Center offers beginner level class open to the public. Here we begin to discover the difference between False Mind and Awake Mind by applying basic Zen Meditation. Donations Welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498. www.universaldoor.org. 281-565-9718.
Iyengar Yoga with Daryl. 10:30am-12n. Slow down and relax in the peaceful beauty of the Arboretum during a 90-minute Iyengar yoga session. $15. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. Call to register: 713-366-042 or come 15 min early. houstonarboretum.org. Yoga at India House. 11-12:00am. 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://www.indiahouseinc.org/programs/yoga-classes. Eden Energy with Stania. 1:30-3:30pm. This energy class will focus on working directly with the body’s energy systems to help create health and wellness. Benefits from this class include: Boosted energy level Enhanced metabolism Improved memory Reduced stress. $18. Green Planet Sanctuary 13424B Briar Forest, 77077. 713-253-4208, call to RSVP. greenplanetsanctuary.com. Yoga at the Temple. 5:45-7:00pm. Level 1 yoga class. $5-$15 donation. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482. iskonhouston.org. Turnstyled, Junkpiled and Railroaded. 6-8pm. Free dinner music. Free. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563. www.lastconcert.com. Yoga Skills for a Changing World with Brandy Deutsch. 6:30pm. $60 per month or $20 drop in. Spectrum Center 4100 Westheimer at Midlane, 77027. 233. 832.754.5022. holisticchanges.net. A Course in Miracles Meeting. 7-9 pm-hosted by Daileen 432.517.8311. CenterPoint, 1-5 PM, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080. 713-932.7224 $25/ month. www.centerpointhouston.org. Wellness Education. 7 – 7:30 p.m. Come learn about the latest breakthrough in all-natural healthcare. This category-creating technology has been featured by the National Institute of Health and is redefining anti-aging. Free informational presentations held Tuesdays at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, TX 77055. RSVP to Angelle at (832) 472-1366.
Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7-8pm. 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. Donations Accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2015 West 11th Street 77008. Yoga@ResurrectionMCC.org. Capoeira Angola. 7:30-9:30pm. Capoeira Angola is a martial art incorporating dance, music and philosophy. It was developed by Africans in Brazil during colonial times. $15. The Flamenco Room 4212 Canal Street, 77003. lipanurban.org
Hellin A Bucket Band. 7:30-10pm Free dinner music. Free. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713226-8563. www.lastconcert.com. Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. cthouston.org. Spiritual Unfoldment Meditation Class. 7:30PM -9PM Join us for our meditation circle class. Any changes in time will be texted to you if you sign up. Love Offering, First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC 2115 Turner Dr. Houston, Tx. 77093 713-6952550 firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org Liana Liles 713-240-0058.
Massage & Colon Hydrotherapy. 9am-7pm Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call Denee at 281635-8298 for an appointment. Oneness Blessing. 5:30-6:45pm. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713.782.4050. unityhouston.org.
Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30–9:30 pm. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. cthouston.org.
Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Friendly cycling group. All routes go through inner city – each day of the week we have a different route. Please obey the rules of the roads. Stop at all traffic lights and stop signs. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery 4814 Nett St. 77007. email@example.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 Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org.
African Dance. 6:30-8:00pm. Lessons in African dance offered by Lipan Urban. $15. Tango Cielo 3710 Main Street, 77009. Lipanurban.org.
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Diamond Way Meditation. 7-7:30 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 436.6081. diamondway.org/houston/
Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. Starts at the bike shop and heads east for a loop through the 5th ward and over the viaduct into downtown. Then it heads west on Washington to TC Jester and north up to 43rd St. The second half of the ride continues west on 43rd/Clay Rd to Blalock and south to Westview where it heads back east to the Heights. Free. Blue Line Bike Lab - 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713.802.1707.
Subtle Energy Therapies with Connie Silva. 10am7pm. Healing touch and light therapy. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-613-1075 for an appointment.
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Reiki, Sound & Share Events. 7-9 pm, Come enjoy natural healing energy. Accompanied with crystals and the sacred sound frequencies of the Solfeggio tuning forks. Stefanie Nelson. CenterPoint, 1-5 PM, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713-932-7224 $20/class. www.centerpointhouston.org.
Drum Circle at Midnight. 12mn-2am $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com.
thursday Angel Readings with Victoria Alvarado. 10am-7pm. Many of her clients consult her in the areas of career, relationships, finance, health and spirituality. 7pm Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713523-6494 for an appointment. Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are your waiting for? Free. MFAH 1001 Bissonnet, 77005. 713.639.7300. mfah.org. Yoga at India House. 11-12pm. 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://www.indiahouseinc.org/programs/yoga-classes. 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.
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. Argentine Tango Lessons. 6:30-7:30 pm. Tango fundamentals for complete beginners. Basic tango steps, emphasizing connection, musicality and line of dance. This class will make you a confident beginner to enter any tango class or dance floor. No partner no experience necessary. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com. Free EFT Tapping Thursdays with Helen Racz. 7-8:30pm. EFT is a healing modality based on the same principles as acupuncture but without the needles. Free. Spectrum Center 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233, 77027. 713.922.8895. efthouston.com. Yoga for Beginners with Rose Silva. 7- 8:30pm. “I am not Flexible enough!” “I am too Old or too Big!” “My doctor told me to do yoga, but I don’t feel confortable in the regular yoga studios!” If the affirmations resonate with you, Nurture Soul is here to change this stigma. Home model based studio to make you feel safe, no mirrors, small groups, therapeutic yoga teacher. Come and you will leave feeling empowered. $100 - Pre-registration is required call 281-674-YOGA www.nurturesoul.com Nurture Soul Therapeutics 9834 Spring Cypress Rd. 77070 (a mile East of Hwy 249). Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to connect with Awake mind and 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. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718. Bohemeo’s Badass Bike Ride. 7pm. Every kind of bike is welcome but note the first and third Thursday of the month the ride is fast paced (16-18 mph) and contains about 20-25 miles with bridges. The other Thursdays it is a more social and slower ride, maintaining pace at 12-14 mph for about 12-15 miles. Free. Bohemeo’s 709 Telephone Road, 77023. 713.923.4277. Annie B Band. 7:30-10:00 free Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com. Hightailers. 10:30-2 am Longest running house band in existence. Gulf Coast Rhythm and Blues - $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-2268563. www.lastconcert.com.
friday Recycling Fridays. 8:30am-12:30pm. Drive by and drop off sorted plastic, aluminum, paper, glass, and flattened cardboard boxes. Free. Emerson Church. 1900 Bering Dr., 77057 (between Westheimer and San Felipe) 713-782-8250. Emersonhouston.org. Angel Readings with Victoria Alvarado. 10am-7pm. Many of her clients consult her in the areas of career, relationships, finance, health and spirituality. 7pm Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713523-6494 for an appointment. Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz, Jr. 11am5pm. Access your past life to heal current life issues. A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Road, 1B, 77055. Call 832.530.3360 to make an appointment. edgarcaycehouston.org/Eppie-Munoz,-Jr.html.
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 Spiritual Unfoldment Meditation Class. 8-10pm Join us for our meditation circle class. Any changes in time will be texted to you if you sign up. Love Offering. First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC 2115 Turner Dr. Houston, Tx. 77093 713-695-2550 firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org Ken Pitman 832-692-3666 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 Count Yard, 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org.
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. Hatha Yoga. 9-10am. Hatha yoga will unwind and rehabilitate you as well as challenge and strengthen you. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com. Beginning Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. cthouston.org. Children’s Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Open to children ages 4-12. Parents must be present and participate. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. cthouston.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://www.indiahouseinc.org/programs/yoga-classes. Beginning Meditation. 11:00-11:30am. Enjoy relaxing meditation class 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://www.indiahouseinc.org/programs/yoga-classes. Recycling Saturdays. 11am-2pm. Bring your glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum to a recycling station at Discovery Green. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com. Community Open Forum. 1-4pm. All are invited to create and participate, ask questions, and share ideas. Topics are unlimited, and can include paranormal, psychic, metaphysical and spiritual subjects. Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-730-3017. centerpointhouston.com. Drumming Class: djembe. 1:30-2:30. Group djembe drumming class by Lipan Urban. $15. The Eye of Africa Gallery 709 11th Street, 77008. Lipanurban.org.
Tai Chi Sun Dragons. 3-4:30pm. Tai Chi Chuan classes taught by Black Belt Certified Tai Chi instructor Mary Griffin (lineage of Grand Master Her Yue Wong) Saturday. $25 at the door. $80/ month prepaid. Center Point 2727 Fondren (corner of Westheimer and Fondren) 77063. Falun Dafa. 4-6pm. Falun Gong also known as Falun Dafa is a traditional Chinese qigong practice. It uses gentle movements and meditation to cultivate the body, mind, and spirit. Falun Gong is a complete and powerful system, which consists of five simple exercises, which can be performed by anyone regardless of age, physical condition, or prior experience. If you plan to visit a practice location, please call the contact person beforehand. Outside of Chinese Consulate 3417 Montrose Blvd., 77006. Henry 956.844.2835. falun-houston.org
sunday Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body. 9:30 - 10:30am. With an emphasis on bringing together mind, body, and movement to be in the present moment, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind, which also restores and refreshes every aspect of our being. Suggested donation $50/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org. 281-565-9718. Oneness Blessing Meeting. 10-10:30pm. The Oneness Blessing is a direct transfer of intelligent sacred energy which causes the heart to open, quiets the chatter of the mind, opens the door to higher states of consciousness and initiates a process of Awakening into Oneness. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org. Healing Service, Lecture, and Messages from Spirit. 10:30 am First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC. Music by Dwain Briggs. 713-695-2550 2115 Turner Dr. 77093. firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org. Acoustic Jams. 10:30am-12n. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com. Dance Evolution-Central. 10:30-1 pm. Freeform barefoot movement community. Free. Planet Funk Academy- 5731 Logan Ln. 77008. ecstaticdanceevolution.com/. Discovery Hoop Dance. 10:30-11:30am. Have a blast burning calories! Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com. Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am-12noon. Join us for guided meditation suitable for everyone. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain community. Free. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naome Street, Suite A 77054. http://dawnmountain.org. Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11am – 12:30pm. For youth grades 1-12. Through games and activities, they are introduced to basic meditation practice and life skills needed to understand more about themselves and how to be truly happy. Suggested donation $60/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org. 281-565-9718. Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:30 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 Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org.
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REFLEXOLOGY MEDITATION CLASSES 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 • email@example.com www.cthouston.org
Beginning Meditation: (A) Wed, 7:30–9:30pm, starting Sept. 2. (B) Sat, 10am–noon, starting Sept. 5. Children Meditation: Sat 10am– 12pm, starting Sept. 4 - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun., Aug. 9, 9am-noon. Sun., Sept. 13, 9am-noon. Meditation Workshop: Sun., Aug. 2, 10am-11am. Sun., Sept. 20, 10am-11am. Three Refuges Ceremony: Sun., Aug. 2, 1:30-2:30pm. Pilgrimage: Aug. 12-Aug. 26. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 22..
UNIVERSAL DOOR MEDITATION CENTER 2619 Charles Lane Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 UniversalDoor.org
Are you ready to Wake Up? D i s c o v e r Aw a k e m i n d through Zen meditation. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to apply this life-changing tool in all situations. Find out how Awake mind can transform stress, struggles, health issues, and conflicts that you thought were unchangeable facts of life! Our weekly classes: Intro to Meditation 101 drop-in class – Tuesdays, 7-9pm. Meditation class* – Thursdays, 7-9pm. Movement Meditation class* – Sundays, 9:30 – 10:30am. Youth and Teen Program* – Sundays, 11am – 12:30pm. Our next 1-day retreat*, Saturday Aug. 29, 8am – 3pm. * = requires pre-registration/class fee. See calendar listings for more details.
2704 Milam Street Suite 5 (Midtown) Houston, TX 77006 713-360-6167 firstname.lastname@example.org SolReflexology.com
Beginning Meditation: (A) Wed, 7:30–9:30pm, starting Sept. 2. (B) Sat, 10am–noon, starting Sept. 5. Children Meditation: Sat 10am–12pm, starting Sept. 4 For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun., Aug. 9, 9am-noon. Sun., Sept. 13, 9am-noon. Meditation Workshop: Sun., Aug. 2, 10am-11am. Sun., Sept. 20, 10am-11am. Three Refuges Ceremony: Sun., Aug. 2, 1:30-2:30pm. Pilgrimage: Aug. 12-Aug. 26. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 10.
THERMOGRAPHY THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES Angel Marlow, CNHP, CAHC, CCT 3300 Chimney Rock, Ste. 208 713-621-4406 Angel@Thermography-Images.com Thermography-Images.com
No Compression, No Radiation, Painless. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography, creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The thermal images are analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business through Thermal Imaging Services for Corporate Wellness. Locations in: Houston, Lake Charles, LA, Katy, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Tyler and Kingwood. Call for current schedule and to make an appointment. See ad page 19.
WELLNESS/ ANTI AGING ANGELLE ADAMS POWER TEAM 832-472-1366 Angelleadams1@gmail.com
Learn about an all-natural breakthrough that’s redefining healthcare! This category-creating technology has been featured on major television networks and discussed in peer-reviewed studies listed by the National Institute of Health! Informational presentations are held Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, TX 77055. Come hear about the global future of health and wellness available now for you and those you love! Please RSVP.
Hypnosis-Reiki-Essential Oils Mydoterra.com/claudiaautry 281-849-4610
Upgrade your life with hypnosis: stop smoking, weight management, optimistic outlook, performance enhancement, super learning… Relax and rebalance with Reiki. Change your life with essential oils. Custom blends consultations available.
TAI CHI CHUAN TAI CHI SUN DRAGONS Mary Griffin, Instructor 713-205-6960
YOGA FOR HEALING NURTURE SOUL THERAPEUTICS 9834 Spring Cypress Rd., Houston 281-674-YOGA NurtureSoul.com
Acupuncture (Pain, Chronic Illness & Cosmetic) Message Therapy (Rotator Cuff & Spinal Specialist) Reiki Healing Energy, Small Groups & Private Yoga Therapy & Meditation Classes, FarInfrared Sauna for Detoxing and Weight Management, Holistic Life Coaching: Wellness, Nutrition & Essential Oils Consultation, 200&300 Hr Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training. See ad on page 25.
Tai Chi Chuan classes taught by Black Belt Certified Tai Chi instructor Mary Griffin (lineage of Grand Master Her Yue Wong) Saturdays 3-4:30pm at Center Point 2727 Fondren (corner of Westheimer and Fondren) Houston, TX 77063. Prepaid $80 per month or $25 at the door. NEW QIGONG CLASSES starting September 12. Call to reserve your space. 713-205-6960.
$149 for 4-Days of AMAZING Qigong Healing
Group Energy Gathering for Sincere Practice of Qigong & Pranayama QIGONG HEALING & BREATHING APPLICATIONS (Level-1) Sat & Sun * Breath Empowerment: Generate Qi like a master. Feels like Humming Engine in belly. * Empty Force: Your energy field becomes so palpable - it feels like solid matter. * Spiral & Press on Qi: Subtle movements are the REAL KEY to harness Qi-Energy. * Cloud Hands: Beautiful practice for strengthening Lungs and opening chest. * Earth Hands: Strengthens the hips, legs, & the reproductive center of the body. * Around the World: Rotate at waist, spheres of energy are formed. Used to build Qi. * Push Hands: Energy is projected outside body. Qi gently “pushes” to assist your movements. * Natural Walking Qigong: Generate Healing Qi by walking naturally in your neighborhood.
ADVANCED BREATHING APPLICATIONS (Level-2 & 3) Mon & Tues * * * *
Tumo Breathing: Build Warmth & Qi-Power in your Navel. Pulsation of Blood & Qi flows down arms & legs. Wuji Style Qigong: Explore 7 Wuji Movements. Create your own Qigong form. “MAGNETIC DANCE” of Qi. 9-Breath Method: ULTIMATE Breathing practice. Blissful waterfall of Qi removes stress & negativity! Healing Others w/9-Breath Method: Capable of True Miracles. Recipients experience “Flush of Energy”. In this seminar you’ll also receive in-depth training in Food-Healing, the art of using specific foods to reverse specific diseases. Millions worldwide have reversed the worst diseases with food alone. You will learn this wisdom in precise detail & share it w/others.
“I currently have some of my patients on your Heart Disease Food Protocol with great success. Qi Revolution seminar is highly recommended and is a powerful education on natural healing!" Claudia Gabrielle, M.D.
August 22-25th Houston Convention Center
AUG 22-23rd is Level-1 AUG 24th is (L-2) AUG 25th is (L-3) - All three levels of Qigong $149!
Seating Limited. CEU’s Available.