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reetings! Happy February and Happy Valentine’s Day. It’s hard to believe we have been publishing Natural Awakenings for 4 months now. Time really flies when you are busy. We’ve made some mistakes. Leaned a lot. Renewed some old friendships and made some new friends. February is what passes for winter in Houston but spring is just around the corner. February is also Valentine’s Day which some people deride as just a Hallmark holiday but it’s special to us because I proposed to Cindy on Valentine’s Day. This month’s theme is Relationships. Relationships… wow! What can I say? There are shelves of books on relationships. Everyone wants to be in a relationship, a good relationship. Often, the focus seems to be on getting this thing called a relationship or improving it to the point where it is good. I think it’s a mistake to view a relationship as a thing to be obtained. Relationship isn’t a commodity. It’s a dynamic, organic process. Even if you are a cast away living by yourself on a deserted island you are in a relationship with yourself and with the world of nature around you. Build on the relationships you have even if all you have is a relationship with yourself and a soccer ball you’ve named Wilson. Be open to new relationships as they come into your life. If you have to end a relationship that is harming you, end it as best you can. Some things just don’t work out like we hoped they would. There are a lot of great articles and news briefs in this month’s Natural Awakenings, some written by local Houston people. This month’s Calendar is packed with events. Each one of them is a chance to make new relationships and deepen existing ones. Our advertisers have products and services that can help. With that said, articles, events and products can’t build relationships for you. I close this letter with words of wisdom from Doreen Valiente. “Know that the seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.”
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Understanding Christian Myth and Symbols Through a Jungian Lens
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study conducted by Edge Research and Sea Change Strategies found that less than a quarter of Americans are fully satisfied with their friendships, and almost two-thirds lack confidence in even their closest friends. Seniors (70 and over) and millennials/Gen Ys (16 to 34) are more likely to be extremely satisfied than Gen X-ers (35 to 49) or baby boomers (50 to 69), indicating the existence of a midlife friendship slump. The research was based on a self-reported survey of 1,016 Americans ages 16 and up. Across all demographics, people that report they have more close friends feel happier and are more fulfilled than those that say they have few or no friends. The majority also prefer deeper friendships with fewer friends over just having more friends. Qualities that most people look for in friends are loyalty, honesty, goodness and reliability in a crisis. Among the attributes considered least important are similar political or religious views and physical attractiveness, which ranked last. The use of social media appears unrelated to the number or quality of friendships or overall friendship satisfaction. People that attend religious services at least once a week are twice as likely to be completely satisfied with their friendships than those that rarely or never attend such services. The researchers concluded, “Those seeking more fulfillment from their friendships should invest disproportionate time and energy in the relationships they consider close.”
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Mind-Body Therapies Stimulate the Immune System
large statistical analysis of multiple studies on body-mind therapies such as meditation, tai chi, qigong and yoga found that the practices effectively reduce inflammation and show promise in modulating the immune system. Scientists at the Tufts University School of Medicine analyzed the results of 34 controlled scientific studies that collectively assessed 2,219 people. Each study involved the use of at least one mind-body practice for between seven and 16 weeks and measured immune system health using multiple biological markers. Eighteen of the studies specifically examined inflammation factors, while seven evaluated antiviral-related immunity. Nine of the studies measured C-reactive protein (CRP) levels—an indicator of cardiovascularrelated inflammation. The analysis revealed that mind-body therapies reduced CRP levels in subjects with high risk factors for cancer, diabetes, depression and cardiovascular disease. The scientists added that some of the research suggested that mind-body therapy may also increase immunity against viral infections.
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EurOcean 2014, convened by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Marine Board, the European Commission and three Italian partner institutions—the National Research Council, National Inter-university Consortium for Ocean Science and the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics—has issued the first of 18 priorities cited in a declaration that adds momentum to a European Marine Board report, Linking Oceans and Human Health (Tinyurl.com/ OceansAndHealth). Participants identified four high-level policy goals: valuing the ocean; capitalizing on European leadership; advancing ocean knowledge; and breaking scientific barriers. Newly discovered toxic nanoparticles and swelling micro-plastic marine pollution, with concerns emerging about higher seawater temperatures incubating chemical carcinogens, pose several new perils to human health. Jan Mees, chair of the European Marine Board, states, “To truly progress our knowledge, European scientists across a broad range of disciplines and domains must make a quantum leap towards holistic approaches and integrated research on a scale that will help us to much better understand, protect, manage and sustainably exploit the seas and oceans that surround us. This is a grand challenge; not just in Europe, but for human society as a whole.” Source: Eurocean2014.eu
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2014 Global Peace Index The world has become less peaceful over the last seven years, according to the 2014 Global Peace Index. It measures peace in 162 countries according to 22 indicators that gauge both the absence and fear of violence. This is the seventh year the index has been produced. Results from the 2014 Global Peace Index show that since 2008, 111 countries have deteriorated in levels of peace, while 51 increased. Europe retains its position as the most peaceful region, with 14 of the top 20 most peaceful countries. The world has become significantly less peaceful over the last year, mainly due to a rise in terrorist activity, conflicts being fought, and refugees and other displaced people. As for the human toll, 500 million people live in countries at risk of instability and conflict, 200 million of whom live below the poverty line. The global economic impact of violence reached $9.8 trillion last year, equal to twice the total gross domestic product of Africa. Visit VisionOfHumanity.org to explore the interactive peace map and download the report. Watch a video at Tinyurl.com/ GlobalPeaceVideo.
President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have both made ambitious pledges to combat climate change. Jinping pledged that China’s CO2 emissions would peak around 2030; the first time that Beijing has set such a target. Obama promised that by 2025, the U.S. will have reduced its emissions by 23 to 26 percent from 2005 levels, twice as much as Washington had previously offered. The carbon emission deal that has been reached between China and the United States is a promising breakthrough. The world’s biggest economies account for one-third of the planet’s emissions, so their initiative should help persuade other countries to reach a global emissions agreement at a United Nations climate summit next year in Paris. President Obama faces opposition in the Republican-controlled Congress, although aides say he can act unilaterally. Moreover, rapidly evolving energy conditions in the United States, from the increased supply of natural gas to the expansion of renewable energies, will ease the pain of carbon cuts.
Greenwashing Conundrum Biodegradable Plastic Bags Are a Hoax
In 2010, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed recommendations for environmental marketing claims. The agency has sent warning letters to 15 marketers informing them that their claims may be deceptive, and requested more scientific evidence that plastic bags labeled as biodegradable, or “oxodegradable”, implying the bag will break down in time when exposed to oxygen, were true to the claim. Because many bags are dumped in the low-oxygen environment of a landfill, the FTC considers those advertised benefits as dubious. Joseph Greene, a professor at California State University, Chico, points out that oxodegradable should be amended to “oxofragmentable” to be more accurate, because the plastics just break into smaller and smaller pieces. Chemically, they don’t break down into anything less hazardous. In fact, if these plastic bags disintegrate in the ocean, the fragments will be about the right size for sea creatures to mistake them for plankton. Source: Rabble.ca
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BRINGING MORE THAN HOMEWORK HOME By Ryan Hogan It’s the time of year when we send our kids back to school from the holidays. Unfortunately, while schools are good places to learn they are great places to catch a disease. In fact, children’s Upper respiratory illnesses (URI’s) cause more doctor visits and missed school days than any other illness in the US. Luckily, there are a few things you can do at home to help reduce the chances of your child getting sick at school this year.
Now, most people know we need to wash our hands, but one thing most people don’t really relate their health to is nasal hygiene. Using a saline spray with xylitol, such as Xlear Nasal Spray, is safe for all ages. Research has shown this natural sweetener is useful in preventing bacterial otitis media (ear infections), among other upper respiratory problems that are most likely to occur in fall and winter months. Additional xylitol studies have also shown a significant reduction in asthma attacks when a xylitol nasal spray is used on a daily basis. Xylitol affects nose and throat bacteria in two ways:
HOW? Before we talk prevention, we need to know how infection spreads. Many childhood illnesses are caused by viruses and bacteria that are transferred from person to person. URI’s increase in fall and winter as we spend more time crowded indoors. All it takes is one sick child, going to school for the spread to begin. Small droplets from a child’s cough or sneeze travel through the air and land on surfaces like desks, doorknobs and people. These germs are easily spread when someone touches the contaminated object and then proceeds to touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Children’s immune systems are less mature than those of adults, so they’re more vulnerable to these germs. Washing your hands and your nasal passages and also keeping their hands away from their nose, eyes and mouth are the most preventative habits to form at a young age.
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Since the average American child has six to ten colds a year, using a xylitol nasal spray is a safe and effective way to promote better upper respiratory health, year round. FINAL HEALTHY TIPS In addition to frequent hand-washing, teach your child some other school health basics:
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Our best defense is to stop cold germs where they breed. Good hand-washing is the most effective way to prevent bacteria and viruses from spreading. Wash your hands after using the bathroom, blowing your nose, handling trash and prior to touching food to help eliminate germs. Soap and water should be used for 20 seconds (about as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice). Using alcohol-based hand cleaners is also effective. Remind your child to use the
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as children and turn it around. We need to treat self with the same respect, warmth, compassion, and honesty that we give away to others. We have to learn to challenge feelings of guilt and selfishness in order to begin to give ourselves the same nurturing and care we have been taught to give to strangers. If we learn to challenge the idea of being selfish with being nurturing to self we can begin to improve relationship with Self. Taking the time to develop and maintain relationship with Self can be a hard, ugly, and painful process. Relationship with Self provides an opportunity to create a relationship with our inner child, our inner “Self”. We are not “bad” or malicious beings, we are simply trying to stay safe. Without knowing it, we run away from having a relationship with our inner child by simply trying to avoid hurt and pain. Our inner child is our foundation and will always represent our “original emotional recordings”. We have to seek the meaning and purpose from the pain in our past and stop running from the one opportunity we have for a relationship with no lies; a relationship with Self.
Your Relationship with Self R elationships are very important to all of us. We spend time trying to get into relationships or trying to figure out why we are in the relationships we have. Relationships with others are very important and we all strive to continue to improve them. We already have everything we need to improve every relationship we have. More important, we already have everything needed in order to develop and maintain a relationship with “Self”. We are typically never taught about
the importance of developing and maintaining a relationship with Self. The way to improve every relationship we have with others is to work on improving the relationship we have with our Self. The only thing our parents didn’t tell us is that we should apply the rules they taught us about how to treat others to ourselves first. “The blueprint for how we have relationship with others lies in how we do and do not have relationship with Self.” We need to use what we were taught
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“We were born to love,” emphasizes Fredrickson, who also serves as a psychology professor and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “The evidence comes from research that shows how our brain and nervous system are designed to enhance our chances of experiencing it.” When we share positive emotions with another person, experience a synchrony between their biochemistry and behaviors and ours, plus exhibit mutual care, love can bloom, whether we stay happily single or decide to pursue a committed relationship. She calls this triple-action sequence “positivity resonance”. Love, she observes, is less a smooth, solid path than momentary experiences of connection.
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The more areas of connection we have with our partners, the more opportunities we have to positively resonate every day, adds Frederickson. Th o m a s G . P l a n t e , P h . D. , a psychology professor at California’s lyv-na-ad-0115.qxp_p 1/11/15 12:09 PM Page 1 Santa Clara University and adjunct
by Judith Fertig
“To be fully seen by somebody… and be loved anyhow— this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
t the conclusion of her bestselling memoir, Eat Pray Love, author Elizabeth Gilbert had fallen in love with Jose Nunes (called Felipe in the book), a Brazilian living in Indonesia. The divorced Gilbert, reluctant to have her heart broken again, had vowed never to remarry… yet ultimately changed her mind when U.S. immigration law presented her with multiple choices: marry so they could live together in this country, stay single and live as ex-pat partners or say goodbye to Nunes. Gilbert chose a marital partnership that suits the shared life they want: honest and, after years of travel, settled in one place. She says, “For the first time in my life, living in a small town with a lovely husband in an old house with a big garden and several pets, I feel absolutely
rooted in a way I have never experienced before and never would have imagined even desiring. But it is what we want—at least for now—and we’re relishing that stability.” Gilbert records the process of going from two global wanderers falling in love to a married couple sharing domestic chores in her follow-up memoir, Committed: A Love Story.
The spark that ignites such a partnership is love, which is “primarily about connection,” says Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., a positivity expert and author of Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become. “It’s vital to our health and happiness, affecting our brains and bodies at the cellular level. natural awakenings
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clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, agrees. “Long-term relationships, like marriages, are partnerships in living,” according to Plante. “The vast majority of the time couples are together they’re not having hot sex, but are sharing a practical dayto-day life together.” Shared activities aren’t always exciting or glamorous. Raising children, working, managing a home, cooking and cleaning, shopping, being with friends and family and the rest of regular daily living is where the rubber meets the road in relationship satisfaction, observes Plante. “If couples aren’t compatible in these areas, then the connection and attraction will inevitably atrophy, tensions emerge and too often, relationships fracture and fall apart.” Compatibility means different things to different people, and requirements c a n ch a n g e a s i n d iv i d u a l s i n a romantic partnership change over time. Compatibility also means agreement that the relationship is worth the effort to nurture and sustain it.
Partnering Life’s Dance
Five couples in different stages of loving partnerships share how they make their special relationships work. The key to them all is shared values. D o i n g e ve ry t h i n g together. For newlyweds Drs. Josh and Chelsea Axe, of Nashville, Tennessee, a mutual commitment to vigorous wellness and physical fitness keeps them together. S a y s J o s h , “ Th e
“Seventy-five to 80 percent of all chemistry evaporates within six to eight months unless the relationship is significantly undergirded by deeper and more durable compatibility.” ~Neil Clark Warren healthy lifestyle I have chosen to live is so important that I need someone who is able to not just agree, but also partner with me.” Married in 2012, the two chiropractic physicians went on to co-found the BurstFIT interval training program and meld their professional, as well as personal, lives. Chelsea notes, “There is truth to the phrase, ‘Couples that sweat together, stay together.’ When working out together, you share a specific energy you create while pushing yourself to your mental and physical limits. You have your partner right there doing it alongside you, knowing they’re supporting you; so when you each break through a mental or physical barrier in your workout, you step over together into a strength and confidence that carries over into your marriage. Being a part of each other’s goals and the struggles to reach them unifies us.”
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Remarks Josh, “I feel like we can both be successful individually, but when we’re a team, the outcome is synergistic.” Chelsea adds, “It’s never a mindset of ‘me.’ It’s always ‘us.’” Balancing work and play. Barbara and Bob Unell, of Leawood, Kansas, dated as teenagers, went their separate ways in college and then found each other again in their early 20s. “We went on a blind date in 1968 and both belted out songs on the car radio,” recalls Barbara. “I thought he had a great sense of humor and was fun to be with. All these years later, it feels like we’re still dating. We’re crazy about each other.” Both Barbara and Bob describe themselves as enthusiastic, playful, entrepreneurial, altruistic and geared toward creative projects, whether undertaken together or separately. “We’re both, ‘Let’s try this,’ sort of people,” says Barbara with a laugh. When the Unells had twins, now grown, they realized there was no national publication addressing how to parent multiples, so they launched Twins magazine in 1984. Bob founded and managed an advertising agency while Barbara wrote bestselling parenting books, but the whole family traveled together on her speaking engagements. In response to becoming a breast cancer survivor, Barbara founded the nonprofit Back in the Swing in 2000 to support survivorship care at cancer centers. When they needed additional staff, Bob joined the team in 2009. One of the biggest things that Barbara has learned from Bob is, “You can make work fun.” “Although we come from different backgrounds, Bob and I know the power of mutual respect, trust and kindness,” reflects Barbara. “Part of our connection is that we have shared history and never take each other for granted.” Making long-distance work. Lisa Ekus, who runs the full-service culinary talent agency The Lisa Ekus Group, in Hatfield, Massachusetts, had been married twice and already raised her two children when she met Atlanta Chef Virginia Willis. They got to know each other through culinary events and to their surprise, fell in love. Over the past six years they’ve evolved a relationship that works for them—keeping a deep personal connection, but maintaining separate residences.
Cookbook author “Marriages based on marriage. “We argue Willis gardens, develops over the stupidest a mutual desire to recipes and writes for things, and then resolve h e r Fo o d N e t wo r k serve and inspire grow our disagreements and blog, “Down Home realize how good we Comfort,” at Ekus’ New continually in richness have it,” says Karen. England compound What first and beauty, and are in the summers; Ekus attracted them to each a benediction to all travels to the South other—and keeps during cold months. who know of them.” them together—is a They also meet up as love of playful fun often as they can at and good times with ~ Meher Baba conferences, food and friends. Karen remarks, wine festivals and other events during the “I knew Dick was ‘the one’ when he rest of the year. jumped flat-footed over a wingback chair “We are both smart, professional at a friend’s house. That showed me that women who love what we do, have he was young at heart.” strong ethics and a high level of self- Making ends meet. Eleven years ago, expectation in how we work,” says when family therapist Susan Franklin lost Ekus. “We are also best friends and work her husband, Michael, a university college together professionally. The respect we professor, she felt bereft and overwhelmed. have for each other and our work is The pair had owned a country property instrumental in our relationship.” near Cleveland, Ohio, where they boarded “We often joke about the North/ horses. Susan realized, “I couldn’t keep up South, fast/slow cultural difference,” with everything on my own,” and Jake Ekus notes. “I’m more spontaneous; Marshall, a musician friend of Michael’s, Virginia is more thoughtful in her offered to help. Over time, Susan and Jake responses. I tend to move fast and focus became close, and they now live together. on checking off items, while Virginia Although Jake is a great supporter in is more about the journey and being many ways, he’s not in a position to help in the moment. It often makes us each financially. Susan depends on her late take stock and consider what we’re husband’s insurance and pension benefits, doing and saying.” which she would lose if she remarries. Th e y m a k e t h e g e o g r a p h i c “Jake is so laid back and easy to be with, separation work despite its inherent long- I can relax,” says Susan. Michael, on the distance complications via consistent other hand, always seemed to fill a room. communication, saying good morning Jake helps Susan with chores around the and good night every day by phone property and she is always there cheering and texting often. They hold regular him on from the front row when he agent/author meetings performs at local venues. to make professional plans and personal Cultivating Care calendar meetings Working out as a a t l e a s t w e e k l y, couple, sharing a recognizing and creative project or respecting what is making a gourmet important to each meal together can of them. do more than keep partners feeling Bridging the connected. Shared age gap. Karen activities also and Dick Eagle, keep the positive from St. Louis, experiences Missouri, are 16 ongoing and years apart in age, resonating. “That but are close in the special bond and the ways that count. Both are commitments people strong-minded and still often build around it vie to get their own way are the products of even after 30 years of 18
love, the results of the many smaller moments in which love infuses you,” maintains Fredrickson. Such moments not only accumulate, but can also be stored in memory and banked to feed a relationship during the tougher times. “Love is something we should re-cultivate every day,” she says. A loving partnership is always a work in progress. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS.
eil Clark Warren, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and co-founder of the eHarmony relationship website, believes there are at least 29 personality dimensions—such as anger management skills, intelligence, feelings about children, energy and ambition—that comprise who we are and play a role in maintaining a relationship. Key personality dimensions include interests and activities, guiding principles and philosophies, expressions of emotional experience, tendencies toward togetherness and separateness, goals and familial and other relationships. Warren suggests categorizing desired qualities in a mate into three lists: non-negotiables, qualities that are top priority and deal breakers; semi-negotiables that are important, yet flexible secondary priorities; and negotiables that are subject to tradeoffs for more important qualities.
following the death of her 6-year-old niece from a sudden infection, she uses several Bach flower remedies for trauma— Rescue Remedy, to rebalance the flood of adrenaline; Star of Bethlehem, for shock and loss; and Mimulus, for fear and anxiety. “Combining a few drops of each of these in a water bottle or tea several times a day helps you regain a feeling of balance,” Erwin says. She also likes drinking blood-cleansing noni juice to help wash adrenaline out of the body, and taking salt baths enhanced with lavender essential oil to literally “wash away the darkness.”
Remedies to Heal the Heart
by Kathleen Barnes
rief can arrive suddenly with the death of a loved one, serious illness, loss of a job, parental dementia or decaying relationship. In any case, it takes a toll. “Grief encompasses all of our thoughts and feelings. Mourning is when we put them into action by talking, crying, perhaps doing rituals,” explains Tracy Riley, a licensed clinical social worker and grief counselor in Jacksonville, Florida. “Grief isn’t something that’s over when you wake up one day,” Riley counsels. “It’s ridiculous when an employer gives you three days off and then expects everything to be fine.” She notes that time helps heal all wounds, but even a decade after losing a loved one, the pain can remain and life is never the same, although most of us learn to live with loss and move forward. “Some things can’t be fixed,” concludes Megan Devine, a psychotherapist in Portland, Oregon, and author of the audio book, When Everything is Not Okay, who blogs at RefugeInGrief.com. After witnessing the drowning death of her fiancé, she says, “I didn’t need to hear platitudes that everything would be OK. I needed something solid to hold onto when my whole world exploded.”
An unexpected death and any emotional shock is an extreme stressor that causes the adrenal glands to release a flood of adrenaline. Tina Erwin, La Mesa, California author of The Lightworker’s Guide to Healing Grief, explains, “If you get a shock when someone close to you dies, your adrenal glands are blown out almost instantly and you are overwhelmed with adrenaline, much like we often see in people with post-traumatic stress disorder. You need to rebalance your body chemistry.” Intense grief can sometimes show up as chest pain, a classic sign of heart attack, due to a temporary disruption of the heart’s normal pumping action from a surge in stress hormones, according to the National Institutes of Health. Yet Imperial College London scientists now have found that a recognizable “broken heart syndrome” may temporarily protect the heart from being overwhelmed with adrenaline. “Healing the physical side of grief ultimately helps healing on an emotional level, too,” says Erwin. To assist herself
Riley views art and music therapy, plus journaling (a “personal roadmap” that helps chart her progress), as powerful healing tools. She’s also seen firsthand how animals can play a key role through the mourning process. Her miniature schnauzer intuitively approaches her clients that are anxious and grieving and gives them permission to pet him. “It puts people at ease,” she says. “Then they can talk more freely about their pain.” Numerous studies, starting in the 1980s, show that stroking a furry pet lowers blood pressure.
Charting a Personal Course
For the bereaved (literally defined as “torn apart”), the symptoms of grief are meant to slow us down, advises Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition, in Fort Collins, Colorado, and author of numerous related books, including Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart. Society expects bereaved people to “carry on, keep their chins up, be glad they had him/her as long as they did or else be grateful that our loved one’s pain is over”—all platitudes that are more hurtful than helpful, says Wolfelt. Mourning takes time, but it also requires a social context, he explains. “It’s the shared response to loss. If you isolate yourself, you are grieving, not mourning. You can’t do this on your own. It’s bigger than you.” For those that feel stuck or unable to move forward, experienced grief counselors may be able to help. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous health books, including Ten Best Ways to Manage Stress. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
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hen we’re hungry for change, we may feel the impulse to spruce up our living spaces. Rooms that feel cluttered, drab and unappealing drag on our energy. Applying the basic inspired tenets of the ancient Chinese art and science of feng shui can transform and re-energize any space, improving the way we feel. Translated as “wind and water,” feng shui—which has been creating healthy and harmonious environments since its origins 3,000 years ago—can activate our rethinking the arrangement, uses and tone of each room while bringing beneficial green changes home.
Feng Shui Basics
When considering how to apply feng shui principles, it helps to have a trained practitioner make a map, or bagua, analyzing how energy, or chi, moves through a building. They will determine ways to help chi flow and settle in appropriate places to support all aspects of life. Recommended alterations typically start with furniture placement, color choices and key accessorizing. Sample bagua maps are available online for referencing. While a complete feng shui treatment may require major revamping, we can also take some low-cost steps to
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“Bringing natural elements into a space will aid the circulation of chi, help achieve a balance and yield an indoor environment of peace and calm,” says feng shui practitioner Maureen Calamia, owner of Luminous Spaces, in St. James, New York. Feng shui categorizes the natural elements as water, metal, fire, earth and wood, reflected in items like stones, plants and water features, as well as art and wall decorations and paint colors. Filling a home with living plants is favored by many feng shui experts. “Surround yourself with green plants, including cuttings from the yard,” advises Debra Duneier, a feng shui master practitioner, certified eco-designer and author of EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience, in New York City. “They bring energy and life force into your home, while also filtering the air you breathe.” If adding plants isn’t feasible, she recommends picking up some fresh flowers each week. Remember to change the water every day and dispose of the flowers at the first sign of wilting (dying flowers bring negative energy).
Banish Toxic Materials “Healthy indoor air quality is an essential aspect of good feng shui,” attests Alisa Rose Seidlitz, an eco feng shui consultant/ designer, certified green building and interiors professional and owner of Ambiance Eco, in Berkeley, California. “Materials used inside our homes, such as cleaning products and furnishings, can either contribute significantly to poor air
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quality or support positive feng shui.â€? Indoor air quality is significantly impacted by furnishings and dĂŠcor. When seeking out the cleanest, greenest options, pay special attention to: Cleaning products. Safely discard toxic cleaning chemicals by taking them to hazardous waste pickup sites. Many household jobs can be done with vinegar and baking soda. Paint. Revisions in wall, trim and furniture colors quickly freshen a room and bring new energy, especially when they align with Earthâ€™s natural elements. Avoid conventional paint, which contains dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOC) that off-gas into the air. Look for widely available zero-VOC brands. Other options include displaying art or colorful wall hangings. Flooring. Many toxins lurk in conventional carpeting and adhesives used to lay wood or tile floors. Look for natural wool rugs, reclaimed wood and zero-VOC floor adhesives. Preserve resources and alter the energy in a space by repurposing reclaimed materials for rehab projects. For good feng shui, smudging with dried sage cleanses any negative energy leftover from previous owners. Furnishings and fabrics. Mainstream furniture is typically treated with toxic flame retardant, so always ask how furniture has been treated before purchasing. Seek out nontoxic and natural materials like natural rubber mattresses and hemp or organic cotton shower curtains and window coverings.
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Follow Your Joy Feng shui is multifaceted, but at its center is a search for balance and harmony. When making changes at home, itâ€™s good to know we can follow our instincts and add things that bring us joy. Feng shui experts provide guidance in choosing colors and elements, but each of us is ultimately the best judge of what feels best for our own space. â€œI often ask my clients: What kind of message are you sending yourself?â€? says Duneier. â€œYou can use your space to send yourself a message of a beautiful, abundant and healthy life.â€? Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist, a writer from Tucson, Arizona, also freelances for GreenAmerica.org.
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Find Your Zone Discovering Houston’s Diverse Garden Regions by Rhett L. Radon
ithin the greater Houston area, there are 3 USDA designated Hardiness Zones. This article explains the key points about the different zones and how these designations help you determine what to grow in your
Houston garden. Keep in mind that within each zone there are sub-climates and even micro-climates that can affect your garden’s specific climate - but as a general rule of thumb these zones refer to defined geographic regions in which
groups of plants, flowers, and trees will thrive if they meet the required hardiness. A Hardiness Zone sets a narrow range of minimum temperatures that a plant or tree will need to be able to withstand in order to safely grow in that zone. North of I-10 you will find Zone 8a, defined by a temperature range of 10°F to 15°F as the coldest or the minimum temperature one is likely to experience in that zone. Central Houston resides within 8b, where the minimum temperatures lie between 15°F and 20°F. The southernmost areas of Houston extending all the way to Galveston are zone 9a where the minimum temperatures will range between 20F° to 25°F. An average first frost for Zone 8 is mid to late December while the last frost date is typically in February - although Mother Nature will not be bound to any hard and fast dates and occasionally an early or a late frost will take us all by surprise. Residents in Zone 8a, North of I-10, should plant flowers and trees that can tolerate the cold. Verbena, Angel’s Trumpet, and Bee Balm are examples of flowering plants that will grow successfully if cultivated in this zone. Verbena and Bee Balm, when dried,
make a wonderfully calming tea. Houston is known for its bountiful Azalea trees because they thrive in Zone 8b, the zone found inside the 610 loop. While the average first and last frosts for 8b are the same as 8a, minimum temperatures in 8b range from 15 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, a ten degree increase from 8a. In addition to Azaleas one may cultivate Musk Rose, citrus trees, Rosemary, Farkleberry shrubs, and Passionflower vines in this zone. Dried Rosemary adds spice to any dish while Musk Rose provides a subtle sweet aroma. Passionflowers are a wildly exciting flower that make an excellent garden border. In Zone 9, from South Houston to Galveston, freezing temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit may occasionally strike. Prickly Ash, Giant Honeysuckle, Dwarf Fig, Dwarf Palmetto and Sweet Viburnum all thrive in this zone. Being milder Zone 9 is friendlier to tropical plants and with some extra care and vigilance an enterprising gardener can have success with many tropicals in this zone. These 3 Houston Zones blend into and occasionally pocket around each other. As mentioned above there are subclimates and micro-climates as well. You can artificially create a warmer climate zone by putting in a garden bed against a south-facing wall. Water will also moderate the temperature. Wind breaks, hedges, shady areas and water features in a garden will also alter the micro-climate to some extent. Low lying areas will often feel cooler because cold air sinks and stays trapped in the depression of the lowest lying ground, but as a starting place it is your USDA hardiness zone that serves as a base line for creating your other garden micro-climate. Not typically considered in hardiness zone maps is the heat hardiness that may be required of a plant because it is usually the cold that kills a plant and not the heat. In Houston we experience nighttime temperatures that often stay in the 80s or higher which can be stressful for many plants. In addition we have a very humid climate which makes the air feel warmer. These two climate
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Run for Wellness 5K-Heights – 8am. A free 5K every month! All paces are welcome. Want to test your fitness level, see how you are doing with your training, or just want to start doing something healthy; come race with us! Free but must pre-register. University of Houston-Downtown, Naylor Parking Lot. 831-387-5348. TheHWP.org. Bayou Bikers – 8am. 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. Market Square 301 Milam. Free. 713-845-1000. MarketSquarePark.com. Psychics & Healer’s Expo – 1-5 pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, ear candling, massage, foot baths, reiki and more. Admission Free. Center Point, 1920 Holister. 713-932-7224. CenterPointHouston.com. Open House and Meditation – 5-6:30 pm. Whether you’ve never sat on a meditation cushion, or it’s just been a while, this is the perfect event to learn how to meditate and how it can be beneficial. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281-436-6081. DiamondWay.org/Houston/.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Houston Zoo – 2-6pm. The Houston Zoo offers free admission to our guests on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. Free. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive. HoustonZoo.org.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4
12 Moments of Spirituality and Healing – 12n. This series is co-sponsored by Lignincha Texas Institue, The Jung Center of Houston, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Rothko Chapel. $10. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon. 713-524-9839. RothkoChapel.org.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Spiritual Healing & Messages from Angels – 7-9pm. $10. 440 Benmar Drive #1015. 832-525-3486. VictoriaAlvarado.com.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7
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. 713-444-3581. PsychicFairs.com. Learning the Principles of Creativity through Collage – 10am-3pm. $100 ($90 Jung Center members) The Jung Center 5200 Montrose Boulevard. To register, call The Jung Center at 713-524-8253. TrueYouCreativity.com. Spirit Quest Psychic and Holistic Fair – 2-6pm. We feature Crystal Color Light & Sound Bed - sound, color and energy work, Reiki, Aura Photos, Angel Therapy, Reflexology, Ear Candling, Ion Foot Baths, Massage, Qi Gong, and Animal Healing. Admission Free. Spirit Quest Center, 303 Main Street, Old Town Spring. 281-288-7815. TheSpiritQuestCenter.com.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Psychic Sunday – 1-5pm. Psychics, astrologers, aura scan, tarot readers, palmists, ear candling, massage, foot baths, reiki, reflexology, massage, pet massage and more. Free. Center Point, 1920 Holister. 713-932-7224. 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. $35. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr. 713-681-8433. HoustonArboretum.org.
Spiritual Healing & Messages from Angels – 7-9pm. $10. Victoria Alvarado 440 Benmar Drive Suite 1015. 832-525-3486. VictoriaAlvarado.com. Understanding Christian Myth and Symbols Through a Jungian Lens – 7-8:30pm. Free. Presented by West Houston Theosophical Study Center at Tracy Gee Community Center 3599 Westcenter. 281-493-4542.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Discovery Green Flea Market – 11am-5pm. Treasure-hunt at this monthly, one-of-a-kind market nestled in the shady southeast end of the downtown park. Admission Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney. DiscoveryGreen.com.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Transformation through Creativity Salons – 1:304:30pm. This is a unique opportunity to come together for community, creativity and exploring the spiritual in everyday life. $65. True You Creativity Studio Galveston, TX. Reserve your space email Cherie@trueyoucreativity.com or call 832-545-8488. TrueYouCreativity.com.
Run for Wellness 5K-George Bush Park – 8am. A free 5K every month! All paces are welcome. Want to test your fitness level, see how you are doing with your training, or just want to start doing something healthy; come race with us! Free but must pre-register. George Bush Park 16756 Westheimer. 831-387-5348. TheHWP.org. Blessing Ceremony – 10am-12n. Come and experience peace and blessing. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd. 281-568-1568. CTHouston.org. Free Healing Expo – 1-5 pm. Reiki, Matrix, Pranic, Pervian Healing, Chakra Balancing, Psychic Clearing and more. Admission Free. Center Point, 1920 Holister. 713-932-7224. CenterPointHouston.com.
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Houston Urban Gardeners – 6:30pm. The purpose of HUG is to fully support Houstonians growing their own food and eating more fresh local produce. Free. Multi-Service Center 1475 W. Gray. 832-395-7333. HoustonUrbanGardeners.org.
Twilight Meditation – 6pm. Congregation Beth Israel Cantor Daniel Mutlu leads a contemplative practice of Jewish worship music. $10. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon. 713-524-9839. RothkoChapel.org.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Lunch Coach is on Call – 12-12:45pm. Free. This is a phone in or log in online event. Call in instructions: call: 805-399-1200 access code: 796881 or connect on-line via: http://www.freeconferencecallhd.com/ wp-content/themes/responsive/flashphone/flashphone.php. You will use the same phone number and access code when accessing the call on-line. TrueYouCreativity.com.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14
BCO Valentine’s Farmers Market Bike Ride – 8am12n. Treat yourself or a loved one with a delicious home cooked meal tonight, you might as well opt for the freshest quality around! Our job is to pedal fast enough to beat them to the market but slow enough to enjoy the ride Onion Creek, 3106 White Oak Dr. 713-524-3567. BayouCityOutdoors.com
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Body Work, Healing, and Psychic Expo – 1-5 pm. Massage, cranial sacral, EFT, NLP, reflexology, reiki, matrix healing, facials, ear candling, gluten sensitivity, ion foot bath and more. Free snacks and coffee. Admission Free. Center Point, 1920 Holister. 713-932-7224. CenterPointHouston.com.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Creative Meditation – 6:30-7:45pm. Meditation is a practice which de-stresses, reboots and enriches your life. No experience? No worries… Free. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. Reserve your space email Cherie@trueyoucreativity.com or call 832-545-8488
Beginning Modern: 19th Century French Drawings – 11am-7pm. A free day at The Menil. Free. The Menil Collection 1533 Sul Ross (parking 1515 West Alabama) 713-525-9400. Menil.org. 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. CriticalMassHouston.com. Monthly Affirmation Gathering with Doyle Ward: Purpose and Direction – 7-8:30 PM. This powerful evening is focused on affirmative thinking to help you achieve your dreams! Using affirmations is the beginning to transforming and healing the past and allowing barriers to dissolve. Every area of your life can be enhanced with affirmative thinking: relationships, health, career, and prosperity. Free. Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233. 832-628-4113. BlissfulQuests.com.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Conoco-Phillips Rodeo Run 5K Run/Walk – 9:45am start of race. $35. A Houston tradition spanning more than a quarter of a century, the Rodeo Run helps make college dreams a reality for Texas high school students. Come and watch or get in the fun and run! Race begins corner of Walker and Bagby. Must register and pick up packet before race day. ConoPhillipsRodeoRun.com. Farm and Brunch – (Check FaceBook for the times.) Farm with us in the crisp morning air. Then join us for a hearty brunch of farm fresh foods. Menus change with whatever’s ready to pick Free. Organic Outpost 711 Emile Street. 832-422-8407 facebook.com/lastorganicoutpost.com
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Central City Co-Op – 9am-6:30pm. Admission Free. Grace Lutheran Church 2515 Waugh Drive. CentralCityCo-op.com. Oneness Blessing – 5:30-6:45pm. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr. 713-782-4050. UnityHouston.org. Diamond Way Meditation – 7-7:30 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281-436-6081. DiamondWay.org/Houston/. Meditative Fitness – 7 to 9pm. An introduction to Qigong, Tai Chi, meditative Fitness and beginner meditation. Free. Nurture Soul Therapeutics Center, 9834 Spring Cypress Rd. call Tameka Jones at 832-755-0270 or email: email@example.com. TheWhai.com. Beginning Zen Meditation – 7:30–9:30 pm. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd. 281-568-1568. CTHouston.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. HoustonFoodNotBombs.org.
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. Call to register: 713-366-0421 or come 15 min early. HoustonArboretum.org. 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. Call to register: 713-366-042 or come 15 min early. HoustonArboretum.org. Eden Energy with Stania – 1:30-3:30pm. $18. Green Planet Sanctuary 13424B Briar Forest. 713-2534208, call to RSVP. GreenPlanetSanctuary.com. Spring Branch Farmer’s Market – 2-6pm. Admission Free. Unitarian Fellowship of Houston 1504 Wirt Road. facebook.com/ SpringBranchFarmersMarketHouston. Rice University Farmer’s Market – 3:30-6:30pm. Admission Free. Rice University, West Stadium Lot, 5600 Greenbriar. FarmersMarket.Rice.edu/. Yoga Skills for a Changing World with Brandy Deutsch – 6:30pm. $60 per month or $20 drop in. Spectrum Center 4100 Westheimer at Midlane. 233. 832-754-5022. HolisticChanges.net.
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. 713-639-7300. MFAH.org. City Hall Farmer’s Market – 11am-1:30pm. Admission Free. City Hall 500 McKenny (parking available at 400 Rusk) UrbanHarvest.org. Westchase District Farmer’s Market – 3-6pm. Admission free. 10503 Westheimer (1 block west of Beltway 8) WestchaseDistrict.com/market. Kingwood Farmer’s Market – 3-7pm. Admission free Town Center Park, 8 N. Main in Kingwood. facebook.com/KingwoodFarmersMarket. Children’s Museum of Houston – 5-8pm. Enjoy all the interactive exhibits at the museum with your children. Free. Children’s Museum 1500 Binz. 713-522-1138. CMHouston.org. Tai Chi by the Reflecting Pool – 5-6pm Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art whose physical practice offers general health benefits, stress management, increased energy and improved physical mobility. The physical and meditative aspects of Tai Chi, which uses slow, repetitive movements, are recognized as relieving the physical effects of stress on the body and mind. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon. 713-524-9839. RothkoChapel.org.
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. 713-922-8895. EFTHouston.com.
friday Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz, Jr – 11am5pm. Access your past life to heal current life issues. A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Road, 1B. Call 832-5303360 to make an appointment. EdgarCayceHouston. org/Eppie-Munoz,-Jr.html. 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. HoustonFoodNotBombs.org.
saturday Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market – 8am-12n. Admission Free. Parking lot behind 3000 Richmond at Eastside. UrbanHarvest.org. The Farm Stand at Petrol Station – 8am-12n. Admission Free. Petrol Station, 985 Wakefield. 713-957-2875. Grogan’s Mill Village Farmer’s Market – 8am-12n. Admission Free. 7 Switchbud Place in The Woodlands. GrogansMillVillage.com. Farmer’s Market on Grand Parkway – 8am12n. Admission Free. Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway in Katy. FarmersMarketOnGrandParkway.com. Farmer’s Market at Imperial – 9am-1pm. Admission Free. 198 Kempner, Sugar Land. ImperialSugarland.com. Tomball Farmer’s Market – 9am-1pm. Admission Free. Corner of Main (FM 2920) and Cherry in downtown Tomball. TomballFarmersMarket.org. 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. 281-568-1568. CTHouston.org.
sunday 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. 713-782-4050. UnityHouston.org. Dance Evolution-Central – 10:30-1pm. Freeform barefoot movement community. Free. P l a n e t F u n k A c a d e m y. 5 7 3 1 L o g a n L n . EcstaticDanceEvolution.com/. Magnolia Farmer’s & Artisan’s Market – 11am3pm. 1st & 3rd Sundays. Admission Free. Intersection of FM 1488 and FM 1774 in Magnolia. SweetMagnoliaPickins.net. 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. HoustonFoodNotBombs.org.
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