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reetings! Spring is turning to summer. At least it sure feels like that. The tomatoes, okra and squashes are ripening over at the Independence Heights Farm. Cindy and I are both enjoying the fresh vegetables that we helped grow. We are also glad to live in a city with so many great cultural and spiritual events. It’s sometimes hard to decide which ones to attend. Check out all the events in this month’s Natural Awakenings. I’m sure you will find something that will both inform and uplift you. We are also glad to live in a city with so many great traditional and alternative healthcare providers. Cindy took a little tumble late last month. Nothing broken. Just a skinned knee and some painful bruising. It was good to be able to see a top notch orthopedic doctor who confirmed there was no serious damage and to take advantage of the best alternative care, as well. We believe it really isn’t a matter of traditional or alternative, but of integrating the two so you get the advantages of both forms of care. The Natural Awakenings VIP Club has sent out the first round of prizes and discounts to our members. If you missed joining in May, don’t miss the advantages of membership in June. At the end of the month we will be giving away products and services provided by four of our advertisers to the lucky winner plus everyone will receive at least four valuable discount coupons. To join, just text NAHTX to 71441 and you are a member! Take care. Be kind and we’ll see you around town.

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THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION Using Hypnosis to

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CHRONIC PAIN IS CAUSED BY A MINERAL IMBALANCE?

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22 IGNITE YOUR LIFE “Connect with Love.” by Sarah Gish

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Six Drug-Free Ways to Preempt the Pain by Margie King

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Creating a Better Life by Doyle Ward

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met Doyle Ward about three years ago, shortly after Cindy and I purchased the magazine. We’ve gotten to know him better as we’ve worked together on various projects. Doyle is a true joy to be around. One of the most genuine people we’ve had the privilege to get to know. We felt you might also benefit from getting to know Doyle and his story better. Mike & Cindy Hart I was a rising star in the hospitality industry. I had it all; Career, Great Car, Super House and a High Level of Success. I truly had it all, including a lot of STRESS, FATIGUE and SLEEPLESS NIGHTS. My work schedule was hectic and I was in constant worry mode; there was little room for joy. I pushed myself to achieve what I thought was success and grew up wrongly believing: Hard Work + Sacrifice = Success & Happiness. One day, everything came to a crashing halt. I collapsed and was rushed

to the hospital and new that something had to change. I remembered skimming through a book by Louise L. Hay years earlier about the concept your thoughts create your reality. When I got home from the hospital, I carefully reread her book, “You Can Heal Your Life” and could see the truth in her words and was able to see that my thoughts were clearly creating my current reality. My stressing and worrying created more things for me to stress over and worry about. My life-long definition of success and happiness was making me sick and unhappy. If I truly wanted positive change in my life I would need to start reframing my negative thoughts into positive ones and to redefine Success and Happiness. Since I had been inspired by Louise Hay’s book, I wondered if there were people using her philosophy that could help me. That’s when I discovered a Heal Your Life® community of workshop leaders and coaches that were ready to help, found the Heal Your Life® workshop and signed up to attend the next one.

The workshop was amazing and as I put into practice what I had learned, I began to see real changes in my daily life and was able to make peace with several areas of my life and start charting my new path. As my life started improving, I thought I could make it even better so I found a Heal Your Life® coach to work with me on my journey. It was a time of great discovery in my life. I was able to see that I was the happiest at work when I was mentoring my employees; the times when I had the opportunity to help them stretch and grow. That realization led me to become a certified Heal Your Life® workshop leader and coach. I left the corporate world behind and now spend my days helping people explore how they can create a better life and make their dreams come true. So, in a nutshell, this work has completely transformed my life for the better just as it has helped thousands of others start creating better lives for themselves. One thing I know for sure: if you really change the ideas that are holding you back, you can change your life. I did. Doyle Ward is a successful life coach, workshop leader and lecturer in the field of personal development. He brings his experience in the business world and his gentle and doesn’t miss-a-thing nature, to his spiritual hearted practice where clients make life changing discoveries. His coaching background includes certifications as a Heal Your Life® Coach and workshop leader. In addition, he is a certified Grief Recovery® Specialist, a certified consulting hypnotist and certified instructor of hypnotism trained by The PATH Foundation.

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niversal Door Meditation Center was founded by Zen Master Thich Dieu-Thien in 2003. She has been teaching about the Awake within each and every one of us, and has been showing the way to ‘Wake Up’ from stress, suffering, anxiety and all the chaos of everyday life to live truly happy and free in all situations. The center is open to people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ages. Universal Door offers classes for Youth & Teens every Sunday from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, followed by lunch. The kids learn how to go back to their true happiness by using different techniques like walking meditation, sitting meditation, eating meditation, homework meditation, TV meditation, and so on, so they can apply the practice throughout their day. Recently our kids went on an ‘Awake’ field trip to Hermann Park. It was a no-electronics and no cell phone day for them except for a 15-minute window when they were allowed to take pictures of the beautiful scenery. When they reached the top of the mound, they were reminded of our Zen Master’s teaching on how taking pictures with a cell phone is similar to the memories we store in our mind. If the cell phone gets full with pictures, what happens? It slows down and under perform. Similarly, when we keep taking pictures of our likes and dislikes throughout the day, our memory will eventually get full and we will have no space to see the big picture of things, and we get stressed out in our lives. The students then had a picnic at the park, and got to play games. At the end, we got very interesting feedback from them. They all realized that it was actually possible to have fun without their phones, and a simple nap or playing ball at the park could be so calm and peaceful! Our Zen Master always plans wonderful and meaningful campouts and events for our kids (and adults too!) all the time. Want to find out how to declutter your mind? Learn to be truly happy and stress-free in any situation? Come, join us for a free drop-in intro class on Tuesdays from 7-8 PM at our serene center in Sugar Land!

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One + One Is One by Howard Caesar

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ith heartfelt sensitivity and humor Howard Caesar, Senior Minister at Unity of Houston, in ONE +ONE IS ONE, offers up powerful life changing universal principles woven into stories and examples from day to day life that all can relate to. In a very personal way he will inspire you, make you laugh and perhaps shed a tear as he takes you deep into the heart of life as it is meant to be lived. This book focuses on the spiritual principle of oneness, arguably the answer to every human problem. No matter where you are on the spiritual path, this book offers teachings and insights meant to shine light into the soul of you the individual, and the world as a whole. ONE + ONE IS ONE has the capacity to bring clarity that is essential to one's spiritual purpose and meaning in this life. It is the kind of book one can read again and again. The world is aching for the message contained within its pages. Reading it will help make for a better you and a better world. Order your copy today! https://www.amazon.com/One-Howard-Caesar/dp/1627470565.

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ada has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2003, and in 2007 she opened Massage Therapy by Zada inside Salons in the Park at Willowbrook. As her knowledge of complementary medicine grew and her clientele grew, she saw a new vision in being able to help more people. Having gone through several iterations, she currently serves clients from her private practice in north Houston. She loves working on a smaller scale and having the ability to be more personable with her clientele. If you are looking for relief from the stress of everyday life or chronic aches and pains without the use of medication, Zada offers deep tissue massage, therapeutic massage, craniosacral therapy, ayuvedic head massage and reflexology. Visit her website for more information and call today to schedule an appointment. Mention Natural Awakenings magazine for $10 off the cost of your first massage. She is looking forward to being a part of your life. Zada Rena Massage, 2642 Forge Creek Road, Houston, TX 77067. 281-440-0082. Zadarena.com. See ad on page 23.

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oringa is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree, native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India, and widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas where its young seed pods and leaves are used as vegetables. Its leaves are the most nutritious part of the moringa tree and is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. While fresh moringa leaves contain between 70%-75% moisture, when the leaves are dried the moisture content goes down to less than 8%, hence the nutrients are much more concentrated. It is for this reason people prefer to use Moringa Leaf Powder in their supplements. Moringa benefits people in the areas of both prevention and healing. An analysis of moringa reveals it contains 46 Antioxidants, 36 Anti-inflammatories, 21 Amino Acids, Essential Vitamins and 85 Trace Minerals, essential for body health. It’s packed with 90+ verifiable, cell-ready vitamins, minerals, vital proteins, antioxidants, omega oils, and other benefits. At the same time moringa can be consumed by small children and adults alike. Moringa consumption by nursing mothers creates the ultimate breast milk made more nutritious by the vast array of vital nutrients naturally available to the mother. Aside from the obvious health benefits of moringa, it promotes lactation. Moringa helps mothers produce copious amounts of highly nutritious milk passing on to the baby a future of better health and wellness. Athletes have a keen interest in moringa because of the prospect of enhanced performance and recovery from strenuous exercise. If you want to stay healthy, you need to make sure that you’re feeding your body properly to boost the overall energy levels. Moringa is available at Superfood Village. Visit their website for more information and during the month of June get a 10% discount on both Spirulina and Moringa when you mention Natural Awakenings magazine. Superfood Village, 3903 Almeda, Houston, TX 77003. 281733-2444. Superfoodvillage.com. See ad on page 42.

ptimal well-being is born out of the integration of mind, body, and spirit. Of these three cornerstones of well-being, awareness and mindfulness are fundamental for achieving deep healing and personal change. Moment-to-moment awareness allows us to see where we are, to appreciate the powerful way in which the world affects us, and to observe thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Mobilizing the mind through awareness is the primary mechanism behind the services that Shannon provides. In her professional work with clients, Shannon establishes an ongoing relationship to facilitate personal development by providing individualized care and mindfully guiding each person towards optimal health and wellness. Her highest priority is to create a personalized life design for her clients to help each individual flourish and thrive. Shannon McLain, M.S., was born and raised in southeastern Wisconsin. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and neuroscience minor from Lawrence University. Shortly after graduation, Shannon relocated to Houston, TX. Currently enrolled in Saybrook University’s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Shannon has completed her Masters of Science degree in Mind-Body Medicine and is working towards the completion of a doctoral degree in Integrative Medicine with a specialization in healthcare practice. If you are interested in managing and reducing stress, improving sleep, addressing life obstacles, preventing burnout from work and career stress, enhancing creativity, managing chronic pain, or cultivating your innate happiness, peacefulness and compassion, give Shannon a call to schedule your FREE 30-minute phone consultation to learn if she can help you. The Center for Intentional Healing, Shannon McLain, M.S., 1728 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005. 262-470-8944. thecenterforintentionalhealing.com. See ad on page 40.

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eventbriefs Where Hearts and Minds Meet… Magic Happens!

Weekend Coaching Workshop with Cherie Ray June 2-4, 2017

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o you want this year to be more about enjoyment and ease and less about stress and striving? Feel energized and hopeful this year in an easy, natural way. This happens when your heart and mind sync up. No more internal tug-ofwar. Learn how to live in the flow of life, even when it's not going your way, how trying to 'figure it out' works against you, how to live relaxed with uncertainty and change, and how to feel more connected in all of your relationships and potential relationships. This weekend includes three individual coaching calls, one prior to the weekend and two following. The weekend will continue to bear fruit for you long after this weekend of learning. Can’t attend personally? Attend virtually. It’s so easy! For more information and to register, visit trueyoucreativity. com, or call, 832-545-8488. True You Creativity, Houston Heights Studio. See ad on page 27.

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3rd Annual George Springer All-Star Bowling Benefit Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:30-10 p.m.

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his Bowling Benefit is being hosted by George Springer, a Houston Astros outfielder and Sports Illustrated cover athlete, and is a fundraiser to send young people who stutter to Camp SAY. The Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY) invites guests to attend the benefit alongside Honorary Chair Carolyn Farb. Co-chairs Lara Bell and Melissa DeAyala along with Junior Chair Matthew DeAyala will welcome guests to an inspiring and memorable evening of bowling with celebrities. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception followed by bowling with celebrity lane captains, open bar and dinner. The event will also feature sport themed items, experiences, and memorabilia in a silent auction. All proceeds from the event and silent auction will help send kids and teens to Camp SAY. Lucky Strike Houston, 1201 San Jacinto St., Houston, TX 77002. Benefit Tickets: $200 - $500. Sponsorship levels: $1,000 $25,000. Program ads: $500 - $2,500. Contact: Noah Corman / 212-414-9696, ext. 201 / noah@say.org. say.org/springer.

The Road to God: The Adventure of a Lifetime A Weekend Seminar Presented by ECKANKAR August 11–13, 2017, North Houston Texas members of Eckankar—Religion of the Light and Sound of God—invite adventurous spiritual seekers to join with them for a weekend of outstanding speakers and panels, workshops, small group discussions, inspiring creative arts, and programs for children, youth, and families. Guest Speaker & Workshop Presenter: Rodney Jones, renowned jazz guitarist, music professor, songwriter, producer, and prominent international speaker on spiritual subjects. Where: Hyatt Regency North Houston, 425 North Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77060 Drop in for specific events or stay all weekend! Free for non-member guests.

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The Phenomenon and the Gift

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oming to Houston on July 1 and 2, the Phenomenon and the Gift is a course to ignite the light within you and help you realize a shift into deeper states of awareness and higher levels of consciousness! The Phenomenon and the Gift is a 2-day course livestreamed simultaneously to 7 mid-west locations. Taught directly from the Oneness University in India, spiritually advanced Oneness Teachers guide participants through processes using ancient science and the technology of consciousness. In these times of escalating chaos and change, we need to discover the stillness within that can anchor us while the storm outside rages. This course is perfect for anyone, regardless of experience, belief system, or philosophy. It is practical and beneficial for the business person, the homemaker, the professional, the visionary, the entrepreneur, and all likeminded people who want to live more consciously. The gifts that you receive are both practical and priceless!

Priceless Gifts  Deeply bond with the stillness in your heart.  Learn a daily meditation practice called the Golden Orb Meditation.  Awaken abundance and prosperity consciousness.  Meditate in the presence of Sri Bhagavan, founder of Oneness University. Practical Gifts  Undergo transformative teachings, contemplations, and processes that will shift you into higher states of being.  Learn to shift fear, loneliness, and anger, to peace, stillness and joy.  Use a 9-step process to manifest what you really want! (It works). WHAT WILL YOU ASK FOR? The Phenomenon and the Gift-Houston, at Hilton Houston Westchase, 9999 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77025. For Registration go to http://tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/ the-phenomenon-and-the-gift- houston. See ad on page 19.

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The Power of Life Principles, June 24 & 25

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ounded over 10 years ago by Master Heng Chang, The Compassionate Service Society presents a FREE two-day workshop to help you learn and apply life principles that can help transform and improve essential parts of your life; fulfilling personal relationships, harmonious family and successful career. In addition to major workshops such as this they also offer regular classes in tai chi and meditation. Although based on Buddhism, the practices and teachings focus on the universal principles of love, compassion, and wisdom, and are meant to help broaden the mind and open the heart. For more information or to register, visit our website, css-south.org, or call 832-543-3277.

Dr. John Demartini Increase Your Deserve Level – Raise your VegFest Houston 2017 Self Worth and Self Wealth June 17th

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fter a two-year hiatus, VegFest Houston is BACK! The festival is produced entirely by volunteers from the Houston-based Vegan Society of PEACE. The event features vegan vendors and exhibitors, family-friendly kid’s activities, giveaways and more. It promotes an ethical, compassionate and truly sustainable world for all and is one of the most diverse vegan festivals in the nation! This year it will be held in the exciting and spacious venue at the luxurious Stafford Centre Convention Hall. Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o r t o g e t your low cost PerkPass, visit our website, vegansocietyofpeace.org/ vegfesthouston. See ad on page 2.

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hen you truly feel you deserve your most meaningful dreams, you and the world around you shift and your dreams begin to become your reality. The moment you increase your deserve level, your life transforms! I will share how to: Transform your feelings of shame and guilt; Raise your deserve level so you can have what you truly love; Discover what is lowering your self-worth and holding you back from feeling worthy of having what you want in life, plus over a dozen tips to raise your deserve level. General Admission $25. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Drive, Houston, TX 77057. Unityhouston.org. See ad page 21.

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Pansies with Butterfly Janis Grau Working with watercolors is a long-term proposition for Janis Grau, who earned a degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and went on to teach art to middle-schoolers for 35 years. After living on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, this Baltimore native now creates art in her Fort Myers, Florida, home studio. Grau finds inspiration for her paintings in the natural settings of these two coastal areas. Her compositions stem from a desire to capture the fleetingness of nature in some permanent way. She notes, “I want observers to be drawn into the flower, imagine the scent, and feel the texture of each petal and leaf, so that they may see something they’ve never noticed before.” View the artist’s portfolio at FineArtAmerica.com/profiles/janisgrau and JanisiLeneImages.com.

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esearch from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, in Khartoum, Sudan, tested the efficacy of ginger, cinnamon and a combination of both in reducing root canal infections. The study tested infections associated with 50 teeth involved in root canals. They were divided into five groups. One was treated with a paste of extract of ginger, another of cinnamon, and another with both of them. The final two groups were divided into a positive control group treated with calcium hydroxide with iodoform paste, and a negative control group was left untreated. The researchers recorded the number of colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria—individual bacteria units capable of growing into a colony—before and after the treatments. The extract of ginger group showed the most effectiveness, with a reduction from 83 CFUs to 26.5, suggesting that ginger may help treat or prevent root canal infections. The cinnamon group saw their status reduced slightly, to 77.8 CFUs, and the combination caused a decrease to 49.7.

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he importance of calcium for bone health in women is widely known. Now a new study suggests that a diet of foods considered low-inflammatory, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, may help reduce bone loss and fracture risk. Researchers from Ohio State University calculated the dietary inflammatory index (DII) of 160,191 participants using data from the Women’s Health Initiative clinical trials’ baseline food frequency questionnaires. Comparative DII data were then recorded three and six years later among 10,290 study participants to determine any changes in their individual scores. Results were also compared with the number of hip fractures reported annually for the subjects, along with bone mineral density levels from the subgroup. Women with lower DII scores had less bone loss in their hips after six years.

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Many Americans have been confused by the “Sell By” labels on groceries for 40 years. Now, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest industry trade groups, are adopting voluntary standardized regulations to clarify. Instead of using up to 10 different phrases to communicate safety, they have settled on just two: “Use By”, a safety designation to indicate when perishable foods are no longer good; and “Best if Used By”, an estimate of when the manufacturer thinks the product should be consumed for peak flavor. Studies show that consumers generally believe the current labels all signal whether a product is safe to eat, and that it will still be okay well after its so-called expiration date. At the same time, prematurely tossed groceries dominate landfills and produce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a coalition of environmental groups have been urging the industry to clear this up. The change is scheduled to take hold in July 2018.

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Driverless Cars Promise Safety and Savings Hyundai demonstrated its Ioniq autonomous, or driverless, hybrid car concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, demonstrating that such vehicles— equipped with sophisticated sensors, GPS and computers—could be for sale within five to seven years. Safety is paramount. Estimates for the U.S., based on a 2013 Eco Center for Transportation study, projected that if 90 percent of vehicles were autonomous, the number of driving-related deaths would plummet from an annual 32,400 to approximately 11,300. “Drivers are excited that driverless cars will offer 90 percent fewer U.S. traffic accidents, 40 percent lower insurance costs, the end of drunk driving accidents and newfound freedom for seniors and people with disabilities,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association. Its 2016 report Self-Driving Vehicles: Consumer Sentiments found that nearly 75 percent of consumers surveyed like the proffered benefits. In Driverless, authors Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman highlight significant ecological benefits, including McKinsey research findings that driverless cars will yield up to 20 percent fuel savings, and a corresponding reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Their smoother driving also extends a vehicle’s life. Ford intends to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle for ride sharing in 2021, according to Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO. Companies such as Uber and Lyft already are testing driverless vehicles in pilot cities.


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Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found in its first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides on endangered species, that 97 percent of the 1,800-plus animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by malathion and chlorpyrifos, two commonly used pesticides; another 78 percent are likely to be hurt by another, diazinon. But now the new EPA administration under President Trump has declined to ban chloripyrifos; the decision may be challenged in court. All three pesticides are organophosphates widely used on crops such as corn, watermelon and wheat. Last year, the World Health Organization announced that malathion and diazinon are probable carcinogens. Based on the EPA’s conclusions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service will issue biological opinions to identify mitigation measures and changes to pesticide use to ensure that targeted products will no longer potentially harm any endangered species. As part of a legal settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the biological opinions are due by December.

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The Power of the Mind-Body Connection Using Hypnosis to Reduce Pain by Suzanne Sears, RN, BSN, MS, ACCH

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ain is defined as physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury. It is a warning sign that some kind of change has occurred in body tissues. Pain begins with the stimulation of certain receptors (the end of nerves that pick up sensations) found throughout the body called nociceptors. When these nerve signals reach the brain, they are interpreted as pain. In other words, it is not pain until the brain “says so.” There are two types of pain based on how long the person experiences the pain and they seem to be processed differently by the nervous system.

Acute pain- this type of pain is usually short lived and can be very intense and difficult to control. It usually comes about through trauma (damage to tissues), inflammation/ infection or some medical/dental procedure. When the brain perceives acute pain, it usually starts natural pain control measures by sending out endorphins (pain relief chemicals) and also sends signals to inhibit the pain. Chronic pain- this is pain that persists beyond normal healing time after an injury or illness and may be due to ongoing disease, such as cancer. It may also be due to “cell memory” of pain that was caused by damage that is no longer there. One theory is that imprinting or conditioning is “stamped” into the pain pathways creating a memory of pain that replaces normal “cell memory.” Somehow faulty messages get sent to and from the brain creating the Chronic Pain Cycle. A good example of this is the “phantom pain” sometimes experienced by amputees after a limb has been removed. Unlike Acute Pain, which usually serves as a warning signal, Chronic pain serves no useful purpose and often seriously impacts the life of the sufferer in physical, mental and emotional ways. Regardless of the type or causes of pain, the experience of pain is strongly influenced by the mind through perceptions and expectations, such as prior experience with pain, fear, misinformation, etc. It is almost always made worse by anxiety and stress. It has been found that if you can change the mind by altering perceptions and expectations, the way pain is experienced by the individual can be changed. For this reason, hypnosis is ideal for helping break the Chronic Pain Cycle. By placing the person in a relaxed trance state and asking the brain to “record over” the sensations that cause this pain loop, profound pain relief can often be achieved. This process is not just a distraction technique, but involves asking the subconscious mind to change its expectations of pain and its perception and interpretation of chronic pain signals. Hypnosis is also extremely effective in significantly reducing the stress, anxiety and fear, as well as muscle

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tension that contribute to the severity and persistence of chronic pain. It can also provide the individual with hope and a feeling of control which can overcome the feeling of helplessness and the fear that he/she will never feel better. Hypnosis is actually the process of using normal trance states to achieve many different things, such as habit changes, pain relief, stress reduction, etc. by making suggestions to the subconscious mind which is more open and receptive during hypnosis. While the person is relaxed and comfortable, the hypnotist offers suggestions to the subconscious mind which it can then accept or reject. At no time is the person under the “control” of the hypnotist and he/ she can emerge from the trance state at any time. It actually feels much like daydreaming. We tell children that “ hypnosis is using their imagination to help themselves” or “daydreaming on purpose”. Hypnosis is an excellent modality

for pain relief because it is effective, easy, inexpensive, relaxing and has no side effects. The use of hypnosis for pain relief can help the individual reduce his/her dependence on opioids or other strong pain medications, which do often have serious side effects, including addiction. Most individuals can easily be taught self-hypnosis techniques or pain relief that they can use on their own to achieve pain management on a consistent basis. By being able to reduce their pain and increase their comfort levels, most pain sufferers can improve their quality of life and begin once again to live the life they want and deserve. When considering using hypnosis for pain management, the individual should always make sure that the hypnotist they choose is certified in Pain Management Hypnosis, has been trained by a reputable school and has experience in Pain Management Hypnosis. Most hypnotists who do Pain Management Hypnosis will ask for a physician’s referral or approval before

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starting sessions. This measure is to make sure that hypnosis will complement the client’s medical treatment and to guarantee the client’s safety. Suzanne is a Registered Nurse with 20 years of experience in Pediatric Nursing. She also has 14 years of experience as an educator and is now in private practice as an Advanced Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist at Healthy Changes Hypnosis in Houston. She is certified in Pain Management Hypnosis, Complementary Medical Hypnosis and Pediatric Hypnosis. Suzanne has a special interest in helping children and adults have safe and comfortable surgical experiences (as well as other medical procedures) through the use of Perioperative Hypnosis. Perioperative Hypnosis is used to complement medical treatments and procedures and focuses on reducing fears and anxiety, managing pain and encouraging patient compliance with their medications and treatments.

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WHAT IF YOUR CHRONIC PAIN IS CAUSED BY A MINERAL IMBALANCE? by Nettie Ramsay

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t is entirely possible that many people in chronic pain are being treated with prescription drugs that hurt their livers, kidneys and mood unnecessarily. Correcting essential minerals could be the natural answer. It is hard to believe that one of the essential minerals: iron could be causing much of the pain you

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are experiencing. Iron fortification, (iron filings) that manufacturers are putting in your white flour, bread, pasta and breakfast cereal may be the cause of your chronic pain and inflammation. So hard to believe; but it’s true! Since the 1940’s, when it was realized that our soil is depleted of minerals the

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federal government (our government and many around the world) mandated adding tiny iron filings to white flour. Iron fortification doesn’t sound too bad until you realize how hard iron filings are to assimilate into your cells. Because manufacturers believe people prefer white bread they removed the bran and hulls of the wheat. Iron, B vitamins and fiber are naturally part of wheat, the extremely healthy part. (And then we are sold the wheat germ at an exorbitant price.) Iron is iron; but iron that is naturally absorbed from our ground soil is more bioavailable or absorbable into our cells. The use of synthetic fertilizers instead of organic fertilizer continues to deplete the mineral content of the soil in which we grow our food! The chronic pain and burning nerve pain in your back, joints, knees and feet may actually be caused by too much unabsorbable iron in your cells and the lowered ability to detox iron naturally. This is from the FDA website: Frequently used forms of iron in supplements include ferrous and ferric iron salts, such as ferrous sulfate, ferrous gluconate, ferric citrate, and ferric sulfate [3,18]. Because of its higher solubility, ferrous iron in dietary supplements is more bioavailable than ferric iron [3]. High doses of supplemental iron (45 mg/day or more) may cause gastrointestinal side effects, such as nausea and constipation [5]. Other forms of supplemental iron, such as heme iron polypeptides, carbonyl iron, iron amino-acid chelates,


and polysaccharide-iron complexes, might have fewer gastrointestinal side effects than ferrous or ferric salts [18]. Manoguerra AS, Erdman AR, Booze LL, Christianson G, Wax PM, Scharman EJ, et al. Iron ingestion: an evidence-based consensus guideline for out-of-hospital management. Clin Toxicol (Phila) 2005;43:553-70 [PubMed abstract Of course, we all need iron. Without iron chronic heart problems and birth defects in babies could develop. Many people are diagnosed with iron anemia when they actually have too much iron in their cells and the iron has pushed copper from the cells. This condition could actually be copper anemia. You may have seen commercials for copper clothing and bracelets; people who are copper deficient may really benefit from such items. If you have too much iron in your cells that iron may be pushing out other vital minerals. Sodium is necessary for proper digestion as well as the ability of your body to use glucose for energy and magnesium is the anti-stress mineral while calcium helps to contract your muscles, magnesium helps muscles release. Mineral imbalance could also be affecting your adrenals and thyroid. A simple Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is able to determine the true mineral levels in your cells. Your body does not have a nutritional need for prescription drugs; it does have a nutritional need for minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, fats and water. Knowledge is power. If you know the values of your nutrient minerals and heavy metal (toxic) minerals you can begin to do something about the imbalances. Only a small amount of hair or nail clippings is needed to get this valuable information. Okay, you may need drugs at some time; but save that for an emergency. But why take drugs before you rule out a simple fix of mineral balancing? You can learn how to heal yourself naturally. Nettie Ramsay ND, 281-794-5255, ha s a teaching practice in Houston, Texas and can help you with Nutritional Issues, Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, Nutritional Blood Analysis and New Decision Therapy. Wellness Consultations, 12900 Queensbury Lane, suite 201, Houston TX 77079. Drnettie.net. See ad page 41. natural awakenings

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IGNITE YOUR LIFE “Connect with Love.” by Sarah Gish

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ove is the only way I connect,” Houston-based energy healer Ellen Reynolds told me recently – and she should know. She’s been healing people for a long time and it’s the force of love that leads the way for her. People heal when they are listened to, when hearts connect, when they are loved. “Connect with love.” is the sixth way to ignite your life in my “IGNITE YOUR LIFE!” art project and community campaign (www.IgniteYourOwnLife. com) and the word associated with this concept is “LOVE.” It’s a seemingly simple statement – but it’s deeper than it first appears. As we go about our days, we connect with people: the cashier at the grocery store, the guy on the elevator, our office mates, our families,

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and more. But HOW do we connect with them? Do we robotically say hi and move on? Or do we slow down and really, truly connect? When I first started my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! project back in 2013, I made a commitment to exchange names with everyone I met and to ask them how they were. I wanted to practice what the director of my childhood summer camp – Miss Dollie – told all of us: if you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. A smile is the gateway drug to love. But why does it help to connect with love? When we are feeling love, the neurotransmitter oxytocin is released and a sense of calmness and peace flows throughout our bodies. Scientists have discovered that this magical chemical heals our pain, gives us more

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energy, lessens our fears, and helps us to stay healthy. About a year ago, I started giving heart hugs: hugging left shoulder to left shoulder so that hearts (which are slightly on the left side of your body) literally touch. I swear there’s a spark between us! And I always leave a heart hug feeling calmer and more connected than I do with a regular hug. That oxytocin is good stuff. Here’s a final thought for you: our country is divided and in turmoil in so many ways. How can we possibly heal what’s been happening? Live with love! Approach every situation with a kind heart. Take time to connect and listen. Think to yourself “Love is here.” everywhere you go. As Andy Andrews writes in The Butterfly Effect, “Every single thing you do matters.” The smiles you share and the connections you make will change your world and inspire a ripple effect all around you. “Connect with love.” is one of my twelve ways to ignite your life daily – ways that, if followed, will stave off addiction, depression, anxiety, and isolation. Being ignited for your life does that! Sarah Gish is an igniter, a connector, an artist, a mother – and much more! See her work at www.GishCreative.com and contact her at sarah@gishcreative. com and 713.492.1173. She produces a weekly blog highlighting unique cultural activities for adults and kids in Houston, which is at www.GishPicks. com. Her IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project is at www.IgniteYourOwnLife.com; the complete list of her “12 Ways to Ignite Your Life Daily” can be accessed there. Sarah also does private intuitive guidance sessions on Mondays at Body Mind & Soul; to schedule one, please call the store at 713.993.0550. See ad, page 21.


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are treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Such statistics expose the magnitude of the problem of chronic pain. “It’s daunting, but there are many natural ways to address it that are inexpensive, effective and with what I call side benefits rather than negative side effects,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii, author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine, all names for a holistic approach to health care, offer a comforting wealth of gentle ways to address chronic pain, most of which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are unaware, says Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., senior investigator emeritus with the Group Health Research Institute, at

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ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days each year, costing the U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, reports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other common types of chronic pain affect musculoskeletal tissues, knees, hips or the neck. Migraines and severe headaches plague 16.6 percent of adults over 18, per a National Health and Nutrition Survey. Neurological discomfort can reach as high as 12.4 percent, estimates a study from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Even visceral or organ pain associated with heart disease, cancer and pelvic diseases occur in at least 20 percent of the global population, according to the

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International Association for the Study of Pain, in Seattle. If chronic pain is affecting you, you feel it and want relief—right now.  

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Unfortunately, conventional medicine often has little to offer most pain patients. Even for something as pervasive as back pain, surgery and steroid injections are usually an unsatisfactory first line of defense, having mixed results at best, seconded by prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers. Dr. Nora D. Vokov, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, told the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in 2014 that there were an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012. The problem is worsening. Every day, 1,000 people www.NaturalAwakenings-Houston.com

the University of Washington, in Seattle. “Effective natural treatments include yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, meditation, lifestyle changes and exercise,” notes Cherkin. “But since they’re not in most doctors’ medical training or learned repertoire for pain relief, patients aren’t offered the opportunity to try them.”

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Here are just some of the many natural and affordable forms of pain relief.

Try the Yass method: Mitchell Yass, Ph.D., of St. John’s, Florida, author of The Pain Cure Rx, is busting the myth that musculoskeletal pain is often caused by osteoarthritis. “Arthritis or joint deterioration is rarely the cause of joint pain,” says Yass. He points out that 90 percent of people over 60 have herniated discs, but no associated pain. Yass treats patients based on his observation that in up to 98 percent of  


the cases he sees, weak muscles are the underlying cause of joint pain, and strengthening them provides relief. He says his prescribed exercises are usually effective in days or a few weeks. “Pain is an indication of tissue in distress. For example, pain in the shoulder area is often an impingement of the bicep,” he says. His prescription is strengthening exercises using hand weights for the trapezoid, tricep and serratus anterior muscles. His book suggests a detailed self-diagnosis program and the necessary exercises to strengthen muscles and relieve joint pain (more at Tinyurl.com/YassIntroInfo). Address underlying trauma: Osteopath Maud Nerman, of Novato, California, author of Healing Pain and Injury, has broad experience in treating neurological problems and brain injuries and often focuses on physical and emotional trauma as an underlying cause of chronic pain. She explains that the autonomic nervous system that directs unconscious body functions like breathing, digestion and heartbeat is interrupted by such trauma.   “Trauma literally shocks the nervous

system,” she says. “The body cannot turn off the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction, causing a firestorm of inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, overwhelming the body’s ability to manage its own healing.” Her work has showed how readjusting the body, restoring breathing and reactivating the autonomic nervous system can provide relief in short order.

Consider lifestyle, diet and supplements: “Pain is like the ‘check oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention,” says Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-2-3. “If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” Teitelbaum recommends an energy optimization approach he dubs SHINE that addresses underlying causes of chronic pain that has worked for 91 percent of the people he’s treated for fibromyalgia and muscle pain. Sleep—Eight to nine hours a night helps replenish energy and heal muscles.

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Meditation vs. Medication: Meditation may not resolve the underlying cause of chronic pain, but research from the University of Alabama demonstrates it can interrupt pain signals to the brain. It’s at least as effective as opioid painkillers in relieving chronic pain, according to a study led by Cherkin at the University of Washington. His team’s 342 subjects that had experienced back pain weekly for at least a year were offered either eight meditation and yoga classes, eight cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) sessions or just keeping up their own regular daily routines that did not include yoga and meditation. The results, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirm what numerous other studies have reported: 44 percent experienced a “meaningful reduction” in pain within six months of the meditation or CBT sessions, equal to results reported by people taking addictive opioid pharmaceuticals. More, the pain relief continued for up to two years, even if the subjects stopped doing actual sitting meditation. “Meditation changes the way people think about pain and how they develop skills to keep it from becoming a major focus in their lives,” observes Cherkin. Regardless of the mechanism, experts in a holistic approach to chronic pain relief agree that encouraging self-control, self-determination and selfempowerment makes a huge difference in patients’ abilities to control pain more naturally and effectively. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.

days in half for participants and significantly reduced the amount of migraine medication needed. Tap for Relief: Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut, says “Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain, turning off the fight or flight stress response and allowing the body to heal.” The physical tapping opens up the body’s energy meridians and allows them to relax so the natural healing process can take place, Ortner explains. EFT combines tapping on specific body points while repeating appropriate affirmative statements such as: “Even though I have this [pain], I love, accept and forgive myself.” He recalls a woman that arrived at a seminar he led with a toothache that had lasted for years. Doctors had done X-rays, seen an infection and prescribed antibiotics to no good effect. He asked her if she recalled when the pain began; without hesitation, she answered, “When my mother passed away unexpectedly.” “So we started working together and the pain reduced significantly right away and eventually disappeared completely,” says Ortner. A follow-up with her dentist showed no sign of the former problem. Up to now, the EFT research is positive. One study from the Energy Medicine University, in Mill Valley, California, found it helped people with chronic pain (some coping with severe fatigue and fibromyalgia) feel physically and emotionally better in as little as a month; another from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, in Santa Rosa, California, showed substantially reduced trauma in institutionalized abused teenagers after just one EFT session.

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apping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), soothes the body by turning off the “fight or flight” stress response that can cause inflammation and worsen pain, according to Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut. Here’s how to do it: Identify the problem (e.g., pain in back of neck). Rate the intensity of feelings about the problem on a scale of one to 10. Compose a statement about it (e.g., “Even though I have intense neck pain today, I deeply and completely accept myself”). Using one or two fingers on one hand, tap the “karate chop” area on the outer edge of the other hand while repeating the statement three times. While repeating, e.g., “intense neck pain,” using firm, but gentle pressure, use either two or four fingers to tap these areas, on either side, five to seven times in sequences as follows: * inner collarbone * side of eye * side of eyebrow * under nose * under eye * chin * under arm * top of head Refocus on the original problem and rate its intensity. Restate what you’re feeling, as needed.

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FAMILY SCREEN TIME How to Set Boundaries in the Digital Era by April Thompson

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inecraft. Pokemon. Snapchat. Digital media dominates childhood. That time youngsters used to spend playing with friends, being with family or sleeping has been zapped. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8-to-10-year-olds are daily exposed to nearly eight hours of onscreen media and heavy media users are twice as likely to report poor grades. Conscientious and concerned parents are setting limits on screen time and reclaiming family time. Experts, too, are working to define a “new healthy” at a time when many activities, from homework to shopping, are moving online.   “How can you begin to limit kids’ screen time when teachers are increasingly using media?” queries Pediatrician Corinn Cross, who practices in Los Angeles. “It’s hard. None of us grew up with this level of technology, and it’s moving faster than any advice can.”

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updated digital media guidelines, which shifted from strict time limits to greater flexibility for and within different age groups. For children under 18 months, the recommendation is to avoid media altogether outside of video chats with loved ones. In the older age ranges, the guidelines are less prescriptive and more about setting individual limits that ensure getting enough sleep and physical activity along with achieving other developmental needs. Cross believes excessive screen time is particularly detrimental for younger kids that have fewer waking hours and more developing to do. “Toddlers don’t learn well from screens, so you will have limited return from using screens for education,” she observes.   Kathy Marrocco, an Oakland Township, Michigan, blogger with YourOrganicChild.com, initially worried about her kids’ potential adverse exposure to radiation from cell phone use. Her concern soon turned to other big impacts of digital media encroaching on their lives. She cites a study of 3,000 parents of gradeschool-aged kids, which found that nearly two-thirds of the children are using their devices at night instead of sleeping, with a corresponding drop in concentration, memory and energy.   Marrocco maintains firm boundaries with her daughter, 13, and son, 18, prohibiting the use of electronics at the kitchen table and in their rooms at night,

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in line with AAP recommendations. “They can only have devices in their room at night if they are in offline ‘airplane mode’ so they won’t be tempted to check or respond to incoming messages,” she says. Kids don’t sleep well next to their phones, agrees Cross, a mother of three, ages 4, 6 and 8. “They have trouble falling and staying asleep.” She also doesn’t let her children use e-readers instead of books.  

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Psychotherapist Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., an addiction expert and executive director of The Dunes, a rehab clinic in East Hampton, New York, is even firmer about screen time, having seen some kids go off the digital deep end. Delaying the onset of screen exposure is the most critical step a parent can take, suggests Kardaras. “There’s no evidence to suggest media exposure is beneficial to child development. Most tech geniuses, including the founders of

Media and screens are best used purposefully, to achieve a specified goal. ~Corinn Cross Google, Amazon and Apple, were not exposed to it until adolescence. “Treating digital addiction is challenging because you can’t be digitally abstinent in this society,” he continues. “Prevention is the key.” Digital media abuse can have lasting developmental impacts, according to Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids and How to Break the Trance. DrKardaras. com cites numerous studies on the effects of such intensive use, from increased prevalence of attention deficit disorder to higher rates of depression. Brain imaging studies from institutions such as the medical schools at Indiana University and University of Utah have shown how heavy

exposure to digital media has effects on the brain similar to substance addiction, reports Kardaras, affecting areas of the brain linked with functions like impulse control, brain connectivity and processing speed. In his practice, red flags for potential digital addiction include strong reactions when devices are taken away, disinterest in “offline” activities, worsening of interpersonal relationships and dropping grades. Modeling good practices is as important as monitoring kids’ behavior, suggests Cross. In her household, all electronic tablets and cell phones are kept in a drawer when not in use. “If I have work to do or have to take a phone call, I’ll go to another room, then come back and be present with the kids,” she says. “Quality, face-to-face time is important.”   Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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eeping the family in sync about the amount of digital media use is challenging. Here are some expert tips on maintaining a healthy balance.

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Be wary of even “good” screen time — Test educational apps before approving them for kids to ensure their quality and so parents can help reinforce the learning, says Cross. She likes CommonSenseMedia. org for parental reviews and information to filter media of all kinds, from apps and games to TV shows. Consider advocating for limiting screen time in local schools. “I asked my boys’ elementary school not to give them portable devices until they were 10,” says Nicholas Kardaras, the father of 9-year-old twins.

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Decide the ground rules — “Determine rules that make sense for everyone, and it’ll be much easier to get your kids on board, as they won’t see it as arbitrary when you tell them to put their devices away,” advises Pediatrician Corinn Cross. HealthyChildren.org/ MediaUsePlan offers a free interactive online tool to create a personalized family media use plan. If kids don’t comply with rules, Kathy Marrocco suggests turning the Wi-Fi off at night or taking away devices altogether. But don’t leave a void, cautions Cross. Substitute fun, fulfilling activities.

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Play first in the real world — Because it reduces overall exercise, screen overuse can contribute to obesity. Cross recommends prioritizing exercising before daily allotted screen time; after being online, it’s more difficult to engage kids in physical activity.

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hat is being a father? It’s, at least in part, about beginning. It is rejuvenating to locate ourself near the start of a child’s life. There are so many chances to get it right. The thought that we might also get it wrong flits across our mind, but it’s gone before we can even shiver at its presence. It’s also about returning to that question again and again, each time failing to acquire additional insight. “What isn’t being a father?” is a better question. Being a father isn’t indifference, but neither is it a steady stream of calm wisdom or a place of consistent self-control or a clearly delineated set of exercises engineered to help produce self-knowledge in offspring. Bridges are engineered. We stare into our little one’s eyes, beaming thoughts that we hope are received, translated and appreciated, waiting for a beam to come back to us. Child rearing is worked toward, clumsily, imperfectly, with a deep and near religious faith in trial and error. Children are refined over time with the assistance of many imperfect philosophies. When our second child opted in, my wife and I compared baby pictures of the two boys. “They look different,” I said. “That’s not why I’m looking at them,” she said. “I want to remember this.” I remember looking at the pictures with her only because she has told me about it. If, in part, fatherhood is remembering things that did not exactly happen, it is also forgetting things that did happen,

J U L Y some transformative to a degree that I could not have imagined five seconds before they occurred. Afterwards, I knew I would never be the same again. But I was. As children grow, they are not the same again. Parenting boys instead of babies is already a grand departure from everything I have learned up until now and I am just coming to see that it will always be this way. Recently, in trying to figure out when a man that is not a father becomes a man that is a father, I remarked to my sons, “Even though I know being a father has changed me forever, I remember certain things that happened, but not as many as I would have thought.” My older son explained, “Maybe it’s because you are thinking of us more than yourself. Maybe you want time to pass so we can get to the next thing in our lives.” My younger son zeroed in, “The problem is that you think it’s parenting when really it’s childing.” He’s right. What is being a father? It’s letting someone else be a child. It’s suffering through certain kinds of abstract pain so that they don’t. It’s bearing the brunt of disappointments so that they can go on feeling invincible. It’s teaching how to forget as much as it is teaching how to remember… but it is still very near the beginning. Ben Greenman is a widely published author and journalist in Greater New York. Connect at BGreenman.com. natural awakenings

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PROVEN RELIEF FOR SHINGLES Six Drug-Free Ways to Preempt the Pain

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ne in three people will develop shingles (Herpes zoster) during their lifetime. Although the painful skin eruptions last only a few weeks, chronic pain can persist for several months and seriously impair quality of life long after the red rash marks disappear.   Also concerning is that the rate of shingles is on the rise, according to a multidisciplinary review of relevant literature by PLOS, a nonprofit open-access science publisher. The cause may be widespread use of the chickenpox vaccine. A decade-long Australian study published in the Medical Journal of Australia showed that as its use rose, so did the incidence of shingles.   Shingles is acknowledged as being far more serious than chicken pox. Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of the healthcare website Mercola.com, reports shingles can also lead to neuropathy, meningitis, hearing loss and blindness.   Fortunately, there are six safe and effective drug- and vaccine-free ways to prevent shingles or ease symptoms.

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Vitamin C Therapy: According to Dr. Thomas E. Levy, vitamin C has been successfully used in treating shingles’ skin rash and blisters. In one study by Dr. Frederick Klenner, eight such patients received 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C by injection every 12

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hours, supplemented by 1,000 mg in fruit juice every two hours. Seven reported complete pain relief within two hours of the first of five to seven injections. As early as the mid-20th century, a study by Dr. Mohammed Zureick of 327 shingles patients demonstrated that vitamin C injections effected complete resolution of the outbreaks in all of them within 72 hours.   Fruits and Vegetables: Diets low in micronutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can increase the risk by depressing the immune system. In a British community-based study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers followed 243 shingles patients in 22 general practices in London with a control group of 483 individuals with no history of the ailment.   Those eating less than one piece of fruit a week had more than three times the risk of herpes zoster versus those eating more than three a day. The same pattern occurred when they looked at combined fruit and vegetable intake.    Capsaicin: Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication of shingles that can last long after initial symptoms disappear. Topical capsaicin, the spicy compound in hot peppers, may be an effective treatment.    In a double-blind study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 32 elderly patients with chronic postherpetic neuralgia were treated with either capsaicin cream or a placebo. After six weeks, almost 80 percent of capsaicin-treated patients experienced relief. The researchers noted that because capsaicin avoids problems with drug interactions and systemic toxicity, it should be considered a first choice in management. A study of 143 Canadian patients in Clinical Therapeutics yielded similar results. Then, in a two-year follow-up of 77 of the patients, 86 percent showed continued benefits from the single six-week trial with no serious adverse effects.    Acupuncture: In a Chinese study of acute shingles cases in the journal Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, 72 patients were randomly divided into two groups. One received acupuncture around the margins of the outbreak. The others received acupuncture plus moxibustion—a traditional Chinese therapy that burns dried mugwort near the skin—of the area around the needling. The acupuncture group had a relief rate of 85.3 percent, with the cessation of herpes eruptions, quicker scab healing and reduced residual neuralgia. Moxibustion-treated patients were cured within three days with a rate of 97.4 percent.    Tai Chi: A study in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society found that tai chi boosts immunity to the varicella zoster virus. In a randomized trial of 112 healthy adults, one group did tai chi for 25 weeks while another received health education. After 16 weeks all were vaccinated with VARIVAX, the live, attenuated Oka/Merck varicella zoster virus vaccine. Results showed the tai chi group had nearly twice the levels of cell-mediated immunity to the virus compared

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to the control group; tai chi alone increased immunity about as much as the shingles vaccine plus yielded significant improvements in physical functioning, bodily pain, vitality and mental health. In a University of California-Los Angeles study, 36 men and women over 60 were assigned either to a tai chi or control group. For 15 weeks, the tai chi practitioners received three, 45-minute instruction classes a week; their cellmediated immunity to the varicella zoster virus rose 50 percent plus they experienced

significant improvements in physical functioning. Light Therapy: In a study published in Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 25 patients with severe pain in the first week of zoster rash were divided into a prevention group (receiving the drug acyclovir for 10 days, plus UVB light therapy three times a week until pain relief was reached or a maximum of 15 sessions); a control group received just the drug.

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After one month, 58.3 percent of the light therapy patients were pain-free, compared to 38.5 percent of the drug group. At three months, the ratios rose to 83.3 percent versus 53.8. The researchers concluded that UVB phototherapy in the acute stage of shingles might reduce the incidence and severity of lingering neuralgia.   Margie King was a corporate attorney for 20 years before becoming a health writer in Lower Gwynedd, PA. Connect at IntegrativeMenopause.com.

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MONDAY:

Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire 3:30 - 7 pm 7112 Newcastle St, Bellaire Avenufitness West University 3:30 - 6:30 pm 6211 Edloe St, Houston, TX 77005

TUESDAY:

Local Foods in Rice Village 3:30 - 7 pm 2424 Dunstan Rd, Houston Dr. Blazek's Office in the Heights 3:30 - 7 pm 2310 Rutland St, Houston Pearland Elite Training Center 3:30 - 7 pm 4407 Halik St, Pearland University of St. Thomas 4 - 6:30 pm 1318 Sul Ross St., Montrose Plant It Forward Warehouse 3:30 - 7 pm 4030 Willowbend Blvd, Meyerland

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Fondren Farm 3:30 - 7 pm 10611 Fondren Rd, Houston Dr. Blazek's Office in the Heights 3:30 - 7 pm 2310 Rutland St, Houston University of St. Thomas 3:30 - 7 pm 1318 Sul Ross St., Montrose

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The Woodlands Yoga Studio 5 - 8 pm 25126 Grogans Park Dr, The Woodlands

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SATURDAY JUNE 3RD

Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10:00am-5:00pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuinta Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. psychicfairs.com. 713-444-3581

SUNDAY JUNE 4TH

Bayou Bikers. 8:00am. Meet at Market Square Park for 2540 mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston's waterways. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000. marketsquarepark.com. Medicine Buddha Blessing Ceremony. 9:30am-3:00pm. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org. www.cthouston.org. 281-568-1568 Amazing Parents, Amazing Kids. 12:15pm. Parents and caregivers are invited to find connection and compassion on the uneven journey of raising children with special needs. Lunch and childcare provided. RSVP to Jennifer West at jwest@ stpaulshouston.org. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St., 77004.

MONDAY JUNE 5TH

markyourcalendar Mind Over Mouth - Managing Your Weight, Size and Shape Introduction. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Join hypnotists Claudia Autry and Stephanie McDaniel and get in shape for summer! Learn how hypnosis can be used to help with weight management goals by decoding cravings, reinforcing healthy behaviors of drinking water, food portions, mindfulness and exercise, and increasing willingness and motivation. Class will include information demystifying hypnosis and short hypnosis session. $10. 3207 Mercer St., 77027. Contact Claudia to RSVP 281-849-4610.

TUESDAY JUNE 6TH

Oneness Blessing Meeting with Golden Orb Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Experience the newest form of Deeksha released from Oneness University, the Golden Orb Deeksha! This Deeksha will be offered the last Tuesday of each month at our Oneness meeting. All those initiated as Golden Orb Deeksha Givers are welcome to give the Blessing; everyone else may receive the Golden Orb Deeksha! All are welcome to attend and experience this special Blessing! Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org.

FRIDAY JUNE 9TH

A Special Kundalini Meditation. 7:30pm-8:45pm. Awakening your kundalini and cleansing your chakras leads to states of higher consciousness, well-being and freedom from the tyranny of the monkey mind. This leads to a greater bond with your Higher Sacred Self and the discovery of true happiness. Kundalini: The vital force lying dormant within one until activated, which leads one toward spiritual power. Everyone is welcome. Love offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org.

SATURDAY, JUNE 10TH & 17TH.

Jose Silva's UltraMind Spiritual Course presented by Katherine Watson. 9am– 6pm. You are invited to join us for the Silva UltraMind Spiritual Development class where you will learn when, how and what to pray for so that more of your prayers will be answered. $225 pre-registration and $250 at the door. Register online or in person at Carmel Temple on Sunday mornings. Carmel Temple 1208 Pennsylvania St, South Houston, TX 77587 silvaseminars.com

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Half-day Retreat. 9:00am-12:00pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org. 281-568-1568. The 3rd Annual George Springer All-Star Bowling Benefit. 7:30pm-10:00pm. This Bowling Benefit is being hosted by George Springer, a Houston Astros outfielder and Sports Illustrated cover athlete. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception followed by bowling with celebrity lane captains, open bar and dinner. The event will also feature sport themed items, experiences, and memorabilia in a silent auction. All proceeds from the event and silent auction will help send kids and teens to Camp SAY. Lucky Strike Houston, 1201 San Jacinto St., 77002. For tickets, sponsorship, ads or more info contact Noah Corman - 212-414-9696 ext. 201, email: noah@say.org or visit www.say.org. LiveStream Oneness Meditation Broadcast with Reverend Howard Caesar. 11:30pm-12:30pm. The Oneness Meditation is a powerful transmission of Divine Energy which helps one move into higher states of consciousness; allowing the individual to deepen their spiritual journey. The results are transformative, bringing lasting changes and shifts in consciousness. Each person will have their own unique experience during the meditation. Love offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org.

TUESDAY JUNE 13TH

Oneness Blessing Meeting with Prana Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Prana Deeksha is the most powerful form of Deeksha. A Prana Deeksha Giver must be initiated in the Temple of the Supreme Light by touching the physical Golden Ball which is embedded with the power of the Supreme Light. Please note that Prana Deeksha is given spontaneously only if the needed conditions are met. If the conditions are not met, either Golden Orb or Hands On Deeksha will be given. Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org.

THURSDAY JUNE 15TH

Blanket Bingo. 6:00pm-9:00pm. Join us for Blanket Bingo benefiting Market Square Park and Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Bring your blanket, lawn chairs or snag one of the tables at the park for a night of fun, music and great prizes! $10 admission includes one bingo packet (approx. 9 games). Additional games and daubers can be purchased for $1 each. Market Square Park 301 Milam, 77002. http://marketsquarepark.com/.

SATURDAY JUNE 17TH

markyourcalendar VegFest Houston 10am-4pm. VegFest Houston is The Premier Vegan Community Festival of Texas! Our festival format is an Expo this year and will be more exciting than ever! Yearly features include: superb vegan restaurants, exciting vegan and abolitionist animal rights speakers, live music from local veg musicians, 'Kids Zone' and crafts, vegan food demos, vegan vendors and services, free product samples, educational films, like-minded community booths and green businesses, plus prize giveaways. Get your EXPO PerkPass online. Stafford Centre 10505 Cash Rd, Stafford, TX 77477. http://vegansocietyofpeace.org/vegfesthouston

SUNDAY JUNE 18TH

Meditation Workshop. 10:00-12:00pm. Open to everyone especially for beginners to meditation. The master will give a brief introduction to meditation and guide the participants to do meditation. Free, donations welcome. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org. www.cthouston.org. 281-568-1568.


Choral Eucharist. 11:05am. Young voices in the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Gulf Coast Course will sing in worship, with selections from Purcell, Britten and Vivaldi. Directed by choir clinician Richard Webster. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St., 77004. For details, visit www.rscmgulfcoast.org

MONDAY JUNE 19TH

Mind Over Mouth - Managing Your Weight, Size and Shape Introduction. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Join hypnotists Claudia Autry and Stephanie McDaniel and get in shape for summer! Learn how hypnosis can be used to help with weight management goals by decoding cravings, reinforcing healthy behaviors of drinking water, food portions, mindfulness and exercise, and increasing willingness and motivation. Class will include information demystifying hypnosis and short hypnosis session. $10. 3207 Mercer St., 77027. Contact Claudia to RSVP 281-849-4610.

TUESDAY JUNE 20TH

Six Essentials to Achieve Lasting Recovery. 6:00pm–9:00pm. Author and educator Dr. Thomas Kimball empowers individuals and families with resources to make recovery from addiction possible. Co-sponsored by Fuller Theological Seminary, Archway Academy, The Council on Recovery and Teen and Family Services. Childcare provided. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St., 77004. More at www.stpaulshouston.org/events Oneness Blessing Meeting with Golden Orb Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Experience the newest form of Deeksha released from Oneness University, the Golden Orb Deeksha! This Deeksha will be offered the last Tuesday of each month at our Oneness meeting. All those initiated as Golden Orb Deeksha Givers are welcome to give the Blessing; everyone else may receive the Golden Orb Deeksha! All are welcome to attend and experience this special Blessing! Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 21ST

Dirty Dancing at Market Square Park. 8:30pm. Join us for a movie under the stars as the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow presents Dirty Dancing (PG-13). Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and grab a spot. Free. Market Square Park. 301 Milam, 77002. marketsquarepark.com.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY JUNE 24TH – JUNE 25TH

markyourcalendar The Power of Life Principles. 8am-6pm. Founded over 10 years ago by Master Heng Chang, The Compassionate Service Society presents a FREE two-day workshop to help you learn and apply life principles that can help transform and improve essential parts of your life; fulfilling personal relationships, harmonious family and successful career. Call or visit our website to register. FREE. Tzu Chi Foundation 6200 Corporate Drive Houston, TX 77036. css-south.org 832-543-3277

TUESDAY JUNE 27TH

Oneness Blessing Meeting with Prana Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Prana Deeksha is the most powerful form of Deeksha. A Prana Deeksha Giver must be initiated in the Temple of the Supreme Light by touching the physical Golden Ball which is embedded with the power of the Supreme Light. Please note that Prana Deeksha is given spontaneously only if the needed conditions are met. If the conditions are not met, either Golden Orb or Hands On Deeksha will be given. Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org.

FRIDAY JUNE 30TH

Critical Mass-Houston. Assemble at 6:30 pm. Roll at 7:15pm. A casual bike ride starting from downtown Houston and going wherever. Cars rule the road every day, but one day a month we get together to celebrate our love for bicycles and have fun riding. Free. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. criticalmasshouston.com.

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SUNDAY, JULY 9TH

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

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 15TH & 16TH

The Phenomenon and The Gift. Saturday 7:00am-9:00pm & Sunday 8:45am-6:00pm. Join us for this 2-day course live-streamed simultaneously to 7 mid-west locations. Taught directly from the Oneness University in India, spiritually advanced Oneness Teachers guide participants through processes using ancient science and the technology of consciousness. Hilton Houston Westchase, 9999 Westheimer Rd., 77025. For more details, tickets, and registration visit: http://tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/ the-phenomenon-and-the-gift-houston

SUNDAY, JULY 2ND

A Weekend of Self Empowerment Using EMDR and Hypnosis. 9:00am-3:00pm. Join Certified Hypnotist Claudia Autry, and Dee Gardner (LMSW, LCDC, CSAT, EMDR-II) and learn how Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming (EMDR) rewires the brain and hypnosis can be used in conjunction to move you forward in your life, find your voice and step into your true authentic self in this highly experiential workshop. Early registration discount before July 1st of $295 and $325 after. 3207 Mercer St. 77027. Contact to RSVP Claudia 281849-4610 or Dee 832-489-1998.

Medicine Buddha Blessing Ceremony. 9:30am-3:00pm. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org. www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

THURSDAY, JULY 6TH

markyourcalendar Dr. John Demartini: Increase Your Deserve Level. 7:30pm. When you truly feel you deserve your most meaningful dreams, you and the world around you shift and your dreams begin to become your reality. The moment you increase your deserve level, your life transforms! I will share how to: Transform your feelings of shame and guilt; Raise your deserve level so you can have what you truly love. $25. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Drive Houston, TX 77057. Unityhouston.org

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 8TH & 9TH

markyourcalendar Heal Your Life Workshop. 9am-6pm. In this transformational workshop originally created by best-selling author Louise L. Hay, You Can Heal Your Life® you will discover the mindset that has limited your success in business, financial abundance, intimate relationships, spiritual growth, and much more. Workshop led by Doyle Ward. $225. Spectrum Center at The Preserve 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205 Houston, TX 77018. Doyle Ward, Blissful Quests, LLC doyle@blissfulquests.com 832-628-4113. http://conta.cc/2q6yiGD

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SUNDAY, JULY 16TH

Meditation Workshop. 10:00am-12:00pm. Open to everyone - especially for beginners to meditation. The master will give a brief introduction to meditation and guide the participants to do meditation. Free, donations welcome. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

SUNDAY, JULY 23RD – SUNDAY, JULY 30TH

Liang Huang Bao Chan Repentance Ceremony. Weekend times 9:30am-3:30pm, weekday times 7:30pm9:30pm. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13RD THURDAY AUGUST 17TH

markyourcalendar The Road to God: The Adventure of a Lifetime. Texas members of Eckankar—Religion of the Light and Sound of God—invite adventurous spiritual seekers to join with them for a weekend of outstanding speakers and panels, workshops, small group discussions, inspiring creative arts, and programs for children, youth, and families. Workshop Presenter: Rodney Jones, renowned jazz guitarist, music professor, songwriter, producer, and prominent international speaker on spiritual subjects. FREE! Hyatt Regency North Houston, 425 North Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77060. TheRoadToGod.or g or call 1-888 I AM SOUL.

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ongoingevents daily Houston Arboretum. 7am-7pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org St. Arnold Brewing Company - Brewery Tours. Mon.-Fri. Public Tours at 1:00pm and 3:00pm – no admission charge, food and beer a la carte prices. Sat. Tours at 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm - $10 Admission Charge (includes souvenir glass and four 8oz samples). 2000 Lyons Ave, 77020. saintarnold.com 713-686-9494 Rothko Chapel. 10am-6pm (except during special events) The Rothko Chapel is an independent institution, a sacred place open to all people, every day. Free. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713-524-9839. rothkochapel.org 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 Healing Circles at St. Paul’s Houston. Healing Circles bring people together in the midst of difficult circumstances. Whether someone is experiencing grief, going through a divorce or raising a child with special needs, Healing Circles allow renewal to happen in community within a safe, accepting environment. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St., 77004. For available groups, times, and more info visit www.stpaulshouston.org/healing-circles

monday Yoga on the Green. 11:30am-12:30pm. Strengthen, relax and recharge. Presented in partnership with Texas Military Veterans Network. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Open Mic at The Last Concert Cafe. 6:00-10:00pm. Last Concert Café 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.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. stanpolins@hal-pc.org. www.firstuu.org Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org

tuesday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/2kbWEst Tom Turner Band. 5pm-7pm. Live music at The Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com T'ai Chi Ch'uan. 5:45pm-7:00pm. Intended for serious relaxation, this class concentrates on creating and moving Chi/Qi (vital force) through meditation while moving. Jon Naylor teaches the traditional Yang Style short form with martial arts references. Beginners are encouraged to arrive early. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, 77004. firstuu.org

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The Self-Invest Series with Helen Racz. 6:45pm-8:45pm. Happiness and success can often seem illusive, mysterious or even magical, like we need a special chant, a favor from the Divine or to find just the right key to make it a regular part of our lives. LEARN how to apply SPIRITUAL LAWS to your everyday life EASILY & with FUN and HUMOR. Cost: $125 Monthly. Spectrum Center, 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205, 77018. HelenRacz.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. South Community Center. 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 77380. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Circus Arts. 6-8pm. Circus Arts will consist of ground arts and acrobatics such as contortion/flexibility, Low Tight wire, Partner acrobatics, juggling and hand balancing. Circus Arts is taught by instructors from Cirque la Vie, a Houston Contemporary Circus company formed by Reyie Nal. Must be 13 and up for class. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Intro to Meditation 101. 7-8pm. Universal Door Meditation Center offers this free, 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, 77498. www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7:00-8:00 pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! Connect with others in this non-competitive activity suitable for everyone. All body types and skill levels are welcome. Please bring a mat and towel. Extra mats are available for those new to Yoga. Free, donations accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2015 West 11th Street, 77008. Yoga@ResurrectionMCC.org Oneness Blessing Meeting. 7-9pm. Our weekly meeting includes sharing, meditation, Oneness teachings, and the giving and receiving of the Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha. Connect with the Oneness Community to explore deeper experiences of Oneness, Divine Love and accelerated awakening. Child care is available, reservation required. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org The Sidemen. 9pm-1am. Live music at The Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

wednesday Wednesday Oneness Blessing. 5:30-6:45pm. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Christian Meditation. 6:00-7:00pm. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities. Explore and study contemporary and ancient texts of the contemplative way. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. Parking is free and available at the Woodwind St. entrance. www.graceinhouston.org. Questions? info@graceinhouston.org or 832-667-8601.

Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Kingwood Library, 4400 Bens View Lane, 77339. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-8:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Wednesday Meditation. 6:30-7pm. We create our life experiences through our way of thinking. One way to align ourselves with Spirit is through meditations. Unity of North Houston, 11738 Grant Road Cypress, 77429. 281-374-7085. unitynorthhouston.org Zumba on the Green. 6:00-7:00pm. ACE certified personal trainer, Oscar Sajche shows you how to make your workout a party! Come see why hundreds of Houstonians come out to the park to move it and lose it! Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. We have multiple rides that leave from our Heights location on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. Each ride has its own route and distinct pace, so come on out and decide which one works best for you and hop in! Free. Blue Line Bike Lab, 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713-802-1707 www.bluelinebikelab.com/shop-rides Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Diamond Way Meditation. 7-7:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center, 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 281-436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Hellina Bucket Band 8:00 -10:00pm. Free dinner music. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563. www.lastconcert.com Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Pot Roast. 10:00pm-12mn. Late night music outside under the stars. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Drum Circle at Midnight 12mn-2am $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

thursday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Integrative Hatha Yoga Classes. 9:30am. Facilitated by Certified Yoga Therapist, Lin Weiss MH, CYT. Balance Mind, Body & Spirit. An integrative approach with classical Hatha foundations. Focusing on structural alignment, pranayama breathing technique and strength building. Bellaire Triangle Yoga Studio. Suitable for all levels. Call 713-859-8595 to reserve your class. Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are you waiting for? Free. MFAH, 1001 Bissonnet, 77005. 713-6397300 mfah.org Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it

Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Be ready to roll at 6:30PM. The route is 20 miles. Riders should be comfortable keeping a pace of 18-20 mph. Helmet, front and back light, spare tube, and CO2 cartridges are required. Earphones are not allowed. Speed may vary depending on who shows. Safety comes first. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery, 4814 Nett St., 77007. judy@urbanbicyclegallery.com

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mineral wonders. Free. HMNS 5555 Hermann Park Drive 77030. hmns.org

The Self-Invest Series with Helen Racz. 11am-1pm. Happiness and success can often seem illusive, mysterious or even magical, like we need a special chant, a favor from the Divine or to find just the right key to make it a regular part of our lives. LEARN how to apply SPIRITUAL LAWS to your everyday life EASILY & with FUN and HUMOR. Cost: $125 Monthly. Location is in Katy, address will be sent to you after registration. HelenRacz.com

Free Family Thursdays at The Health Museum. 2:00pm7:00pm. Free entry into The Health Museum to enjoy permanent and traveling exhibits (DeBakey Cell Lab requires a $3 fee) on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr., 77004. thehealthmuseum.org 713-521-1515 Children’s Museum of Houston. 5-8pm. Enjoy all the interactive exhibits at the museum with your children. Free. Children’s Museum 1500 Binz, 77004. 713-522-1138 cmhouston.org

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.

Parkour. 6:30-8pm. Experienced, certified coaches utilize a unique, deconstructed approach to teaching running, jumping, climbing, crawling, balancing, vaulting, and fluidly moving through any environment…turning “working out” into “play”.

Houston Museum of Natural Science. 2-5pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world's

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Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market. 6am-8pm (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) Over 20,000 square feet of Texas produce. Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market 2520 Airline, 77009. 713-862-4027 caninoproduce.com Independence Heights Farm. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm (except during extreme cold or rainy weather). Come and get your hands in the diprt. Help with the work of the farm and harvest your share. Check in with Farmer Kelvin. A project of Last Organic Outpost and Food Everywhere Coalition. Independence Heights Farm 100 East 45th @ Yale, 77018. NuWaters Food Co-Op. 11am-7pm Mon-Sat. 1-5pm Sun. We are a retail food cooperative located in the area currently known as Midtown and historically known as the 3rd Ward. Our store is in the historic old Eldorado Ball Room building. We provide fresh food to a community recently identified as a food desert. NuWaters is a fresh twist on a very old idea. We are not recreating the wheel, we are dusting off the wheel and using it again. We invite you to join us on this journey to community and food wholeness. NuWaters Food Co-Op 2320 Elgin, 77004. NuWatersCo-Op.com

Westchase District Farmer’s Market. 3-6pm. 10503 Westheimer (at Rogerdale), 77042. (1 block west of Beltway 8) westchasedistrictfarmersmarket.com Kingwood Farmer’s Market. 3-7pm. Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood, 77339. facebook.com/kingwoodfarmersmarket

TUESDAY Spring Branch Farmer’s Market. 2-6pm. Unitarian Fellowship of Houston, 1504 Wirt Road, 77055. facebook.com/ springbranchfarmersmarkethouston Rice University Farmer’s Market. 3:30pm-6:30pm. Rice University, Entrance 13B off of Greenbriar Dr, 5600 Greenbriar 77005. farmersmarket.rice.edu/ Rawfully Organic Food Co-Op. 1-4pm for volunteer hours. 4-7pm for pick-up. Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. You must order your shares by 9pm Monday in order to pick up on Tuesday. Rawfullyorganic.com

WEDNESDAY Central City Co-Op. 9am-6pm. Kindred Church, 2515 Waugh Dr., 77006. centralcityco-op.com City Hall Farmer’s Market. 11am-1:30pm. City Hall. 901 Bagby Street, 77002 urbanharvest.org

SATURDAY Eastside Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market. 8am-12n. 3000 Richmond at Eastside, 77098. urbanharvest.org The Farm Stand at Petrol Station. 9am-1pm. Petrol Station, 938 Wakefield Dr., 77018. 713.957.2875 http:// bit.ly/1oD6m8F The Woodlands Farmer’s Market at Grogan’s Mill. 8am-12n. 7 Switchbud Place, Spring, 77380. grogansmillvillage.com Farmer’s Market on Grand Parkway. 8am-12n. Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway, Katy, 77494. farmersmarketongrandparkway.com Heights Epicurean Farmer’s Market. 8:30am-1:30pm. First Saturdays only. Grace UMC, 1245 Heights Blvd., 77008. HeightsEpicurean.com Memorial Villages Farmers Market. 9am-1pm. First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn Rd. 77024. http://bit.ly/1YfwDWD Farmer’s Market at Imperial. 9am-1pm. 198 Kempner, Sugar Land, 77498. Imperialfarmersmarket.com Tomball Farmer’s Market. 9am-1pm. 205 W. Main St. on the corner of Main Street (FM 2920) and Walnut Street in downtown Tomball, 77377. tomballfarmersmarket.org Conroe Saturday AM Farmers Market. 9am-1pm. 135 N Main, Conroe, 77301 facebook.com/ConroeSamM/

SUNDAY East End Street Market. 10am-2pm. 2800 Navigation Blvd, 77003. Eastendhouston.com/market Magnolia Farmer’s & Artisan’s Market. 11am-3pm. 1st , 3rd & 5th Sundays. Intersection of FM 1488 and FM 1774 in Magnolia, 77354. sweetmagnoliapickins.net Farmers Market at Bridgeland. 12:30-3:30pm. 2nd Sunday. 16902 Bridgeland Landing, Cypress 77433. farmersmarketatbridgeland.org

Class will meet on the Deck under the Oak Trees, participants must arrive by 6:45pm. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to realize Awake Mind is already within, they have the capacity to Wake Up, and how to apply meditation. This class provides a stable foundation for those who are ready to move to the next level, go deeper in their meditation practice, and touch with the Awake within. Suggested donation $50/month. Pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor.org. 281-565-9718 Little Screamin’ Kenny & The Shining Things. 8p. Live music at the Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-2268563 www.lastconcert.com

friday Houston International Folk Dancers. 7:30-10pm. Houston International Folk Dancers is a recreational folk dance group that celebrates ethnic dances from around the world: Eastern and Western Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean, and the Americas. You will delight in the diverse rhythms, melodies and unique dance styles of cultures from over 30 countries. Experienced folk dancers are always ready to help beginners. Singles welcome. Dress comfortably. Admission is $5. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, 5200 Fannin, 77004. Additional info at www.folkdancers.org Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard, 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-8pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563. www.lastconcert.com

saturday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center 14375 Shiller Rd. 77082. 281-242-5000. aryasamajhouston.org. Integrative Hatha Yoga Classes. 9:30am. Facilitated by Certified Yoga Therapist, Lin Weiss MH, CYT. Balance Mind, Body & Spirit. An integrative approach with classical Hatha foundations. Focusing on structural alignment, pranayama breathing technique and strength building. Bellaire Triangle Yoga Studio. Suitable for all levels. Call 713-859-8595 to reserve your class. Beginning Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Children’s Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Open to children ages 4-12. Parents must be present and participate. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Yoga at India House. 10:00-11:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/2kbWEst Young Writers Workshop. 10:30am-11:30am. Kids learn to express their thoughts an develop language skills. Presented by Houston Public Library/HPL Express and Discovery Green. Houston's only free and open writing workshop for kids conducted by Writers In The Schools. Limited to 25 students, first come first serve. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com. For more information please call 832-393-1375. Recycling Saturdays. 11:00am-2:00pm. The City of Houston provides a recycling station for plastic and now - thanks to I Recycle Glass, you can also bring your glass each week to be recycled. Please bring paper and plastic recyclables separately from glass. Please note: Recycling container is provided by the City of Houston Solid Waste Management. The schedule can be subject to change, but park staff will accept your recycling in the park office during the hours of 10am-2pm regardless

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Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. **No Oneness Blessings after the 11AM service on Sunday, June 11th. Please join us for Rev. Howard Caesar’s Oneness Meditation at 12:30PM in the Pyramid.**

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://bit.ly/2kbWEst

Christian Meditation. 9:00am-9:30 am. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities in preparation for receiving Holy Communion at the 10am worship service. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Questions? info@graceinhouston.org or 832-667-8601.

STEM Saturdays. 12:30pm-1:30pm. Girlstart leads a fun, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program for kids. Space is limited to 60 kids on a first come first serve basis. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com 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 T'ai Chi Ch'uan. 10:30am-12:00pm. Intended for serious relaxation, this class concentrates on creating and moving Chi/Qi (vital force) through meditation while moving. Jon Naylor teaches the traditional Yang Style short form with martial arts references. Beginners are encouraged to arrive early. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, 77004. firstuu.org

sunday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center, 14375 Shiller Rd., 77082. 281-242-5000. aryasamajhouston.org. Sunday at Houston Zen Center. 8am-11am. We start with the practice of Morning Service. This is followed by meditation, then work practice, which involves mindful cleaning and straightening in the Meditation Hall and the Center’s grounds. Then a dharma talk, the teachings of Buddha. You are welcome to attend some or all of the Sunday program. Free. HOUSTON ZEN CENTER, 1605 Heights BLVD., 77008. 713-869-1952. houstonzen.org Sunday Oneness Blessing. After 9am and 11am services. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929

Sunday Celebrations at Creative Life Spiritual Center. 9:30am and 11:00am. Founding minister Jesse Jennings speaks on the basics of the Religious Science path. Love offering. Creative Life Spiritual Center, 5326 Spring-Stuebner Rd., Spring, 77389. Contact info@creativelife.org or visit creativelife.org Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body . 9:30am–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 is profoundly healing, and also restores and refreshes every aspect of our being. Suggested donation $50/month, pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 The Conversations with God Study Group. 9:30am-10:45am. Study materials provided, this ongoing gathering is facilitated by Dr. Obidike Kamau. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania,77587. carmeltemple.org Sunday Service at Unity of North Houston. 10:15-11:15am Experience joy-filled vibrations and high-energy spirituality in motion that is our Sunday service! With live music, singing, affirmative prayer, and dynamic sermons, this is a Sunday service that will feed your body, mind and heart. Now is the time to stoke your inner spark by sharing in the light everyone brings to our community. Unity of North Houston, 11738 Grant Road Cypress, 77429. 281-374-7085. unitynorthhouston.org Carmel Temple All Faith Service. 11:00am. Different guest speaker every week. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania, 77587. carmeltemple.org Semanal Programa de Meditación 10am-1pm. Ciencia de la Espiritualidad es una organización global, no religiosa, sin fines de lucro, espiritual dedicado a la unidad del amor y de la paz. Nuestro grupo de meditación Houston ha estado activo durante más de 52 años y se reúne regularmente. Cada semana nuestro grupo se reúne para meditar juntos, reflexionar sobre las palabras de los grandes santos y místicos y pasar algún tiempo con otras personas que comparten el objetivo de llevar una vida espiritualmente enriquecida y satisfactoria. Gratis. Trini Mendenhall Sosa Center, 1414 Wirt Road 77055. houstonSOS.org 832-304-0767.

*Summer* Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am–12:30pm. For youth grades 1-12. Under the guidance of Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, youth are introduced to the Awake Mind within, and through basic meditation as well as other activities and games, they learn how to return to it. Registration required, call for more details. Suggested donation $60/month. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am-12noon. Join us for guided meditation suitable for everyone. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain community. Free. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A, 77054. http://dawnmountain.org Sunday Discussion Circle. 11:30am-12:30pm. You are invited to join us for facilitated, fun, educational discussions on a variety of topics. We practice our UU values of keeping an open mind, listening respectfully, learning from differing perspectives, entertaining new ways of thinking about issues, following guidelines, and being welcoming. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St. Rm 304, 77004. 713526-5200 www.firstuu.org Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1pm-6pm. Angel oracle readings, psychic medium, tarot card readings, soul oracle readings, tea leaf astrology, astrology and past life readings, foot reflexology, energy healers, jewelry, crystals and more! Coffee, lemonade and nutritious snacks. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org. Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/. Food Not Bombs. 7pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate, or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org. Sunday Love Feast. 7:00pm. A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482. iskconhouston.org.

Acoustic Jams. 10:30am. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

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BIOLOGICAL DENISTRY MARILYN K. JONES, DDS

Houston Dental Health Center 800 Bering Dr. Houston, TX 77057 712-785-7767 MarilynKJonesDDS.com

Natural Dentistry supports the body and the mind by finding the cause of dental problems. The dental examination includes noticing systemic and habitual influences. Setting the stage for the body to heal itself includes removing infection and toxins, correcting structure, and providing the best dental materials for you which will promote an outstanding environment for your overall health. Dentistry is my true love and as a true Biological Dentist, I combine modern technology, safe protection protocols, advanced knowledge of biological dentistry and medicine, and a patient-centric approach to enhance the wellness of all my patients. If you have dental issues or currently have silver amalgam fillings, call me today to schedule an appointment. See ad on page 14.

BOOKS THE POWER OF AWAKE by Thich Dieu Thien

Known internationally as a very inspiring teacher full of w i s d o m , c l a r i t y, a n d compassion, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien easily engages people of all ages, cultures, religions, and backgrounds, and helps them to discover more about who they really are, transform all stress and conflict in daily life, and return to the Awake already within each person. Based on her own personal experience, she reminds readers that our goal is not just to recognize ego but to fully realize the source and nature of it, break the system of ego, and live truly happy and free in any situation. In Awake, ego doesn't exist; in ego, Awake cannot appear."You are not the voice in your head, or the emotions, or the stress... You are what can recognize the voice, the emotions, and the stress. You are Awake." -- Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. Available on Amazon. com

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CHIROPRACTIC HEALTHPRO CHIROPRACTIC & ACUPUNCTURE

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

HealthPro is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. It is our commitment that we help our patients return to a natural state of health and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We achieve this by addressing the patient as a whole and not just a condition. We provide a variety of treatment options including adjustments, muscle therapy, acupuncture, nutritional support, and rehabilitation to name a few. Dr. Alayna PagnaniGendron focuses on woman’s health and pediatrics and has her Webster Technique Proficiency Certification and is completing her Pediatric Certification. Visit our website for more information or call to schedule an appointment.

INNATE CHIROPRACTIC HEALING ARTS CENTER 230 Westcott St suite 220 Houston, TX 77007 (713) 521-2104 n8chiro.com

Our team is pleased to welcome you to the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center in Houston where we offer a variety of gentle healing modalities to enhance your LIFE FORCE, ENERGY and PEAK PERFORMANCE, naturally! Dr. Jackie’s approach to health and wellness incorporates a “fullspine, whole-person” approach utilizing the gentle techniques of Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) and Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI). For those interested in deeper healing and personal development, we also offer a variety of classes and workshops including collage, life goal setting, and empowerment drumming. Visit our website and give us a call today! See ad on page 25.

CLOTHING THREDZ USA

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

THREDZ offers a wide selection of hand woven unstitched fabrics, ready to wear clothing for both men and women as well as formal wear. They provide simple, but timelessly cut pieces that have set the bar high as a prestigious fashion label. Whether you need a brand new outfit, or an entire wardrobe, their in-house stylists are more than happy to provide you with assistance to make you look your very best. Visit our website or come by our store, today! See ad on page 7.

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COACHING ABOLISH YOUR INNER SABOTEUR! Houston, Texas July 14-16 tinamarie.com

Learn how to transform negativity in your life; people, jobs, health concerns, memories all into emblems of peace, calm and power. Over the past five years, the powerful transformation toolset has been experienced by thousands in private sessions, in workshops and now ABOLISH YOUR INNER SABOTEUR – THE EXPERIENCE is being released … Space is limited. Visit our website, take advantage of the Early Bird Special and sign up today! See ad on page 3.

BLISSFUL QUESTS

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

Are you ready to achieve your dreams and enjoy balance and success in every area of your life? Find out how, in just 12 weeks, you could be happier and more successful thanks to Heal Your Life® Coach Doyle Ward, who has already helped hundreds of people achieve their dreams! I offer both online and private one-on-one coaching. What are you waiting for? Take that first step toward happiness now! See ad on page 17.

COLONICS JOYCE LONG’S WELLNESS INSTITUTE 1308 James Street Rosenberg, TX 77471 281-344-0095 JoyceLong.biz

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

DAY SPA LIVE LOVE DAY SPA

“Beauty Starts from Within” Laynette Holmes, master esthetician 8401 Westheimer Road, Suite 406 Houston, TX 77063 Vagaro.com/livelovedayspahouston

Live Love Day Spa offers a fullbody wellness experience. Laynette promises a pampering experience that will relax, reconnect, and rejuvenate. Come in and spend a few relaxing hours with us and enjoy our calming facility. We specialize in waxing, vegan skincare, facials and Lavish Lash eye lash extensions. Our day spa provide an experience not just a service and we only use Lycon hard and soft wax. Book our services online, today. Mention Natural Awakenings for a 15% discount. (may not be combined with other discounts.)


ENERGY MEDICINE

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ENERBODYBALANCE

COME & BE HEALED

How often do you find yourself saying you are tired or you just don’t have the energy to do this or that or feel out of sorts or not yourself? We are not just a body and a set of experiences – we are energy. Come for an energy medicine session with Cecilia and see results. Cecilia Timon is an Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner and a Reiki Master. EnerBodyBalance is conveniently located in the Montrose neighborhood.

Rarely will you meet a person so genuinely loving and kind as Josephine. Her work is mental, emotional and spiritual healing for those who are in distress. A consultation with her involves honestly answering questions about your problem that helps her find the likely cause and the course of action you should take to find healing. She has been doing this healing work for years and does it by donation or love gift only so that she can make it available to all regardless of their financial circumstance. She is fluent in both Spanish and English. Call her today to find out if she can help you or to schedule a consultation. Se habla español!

832-423-8318 enerbodybalance.com cecilia@enerbodybalance.com

GYMS HOUSTON GYM

1501 DURHAM STREET HOUSTON, TX 77007 713-880-9191 HoustonGym.com

Twenty years ago, Houston Gym opened as an alternative to big, impersonal fitness centers with staffs of high-pressure salespeople. We built a facility that boasts NEW stateof -the-art equipment, yet retains the casual feel of a neighborhood gym. Simply put, Houston Gym is a place for people who are serious about achieving physical fitness. M-F: 5a-11p, Sat & Sun: 8a-8p. Call for a FREE Trial Pass.

HAIR DESIGN TUSCANY VILLAGE SALON

West Lake Houston Center 7506 Fm 1960 Rd E Humble, TX 77346 281-361-7567 vagaro.com/michaelvela Mon-Friday from 10-7. Saturday 9-5

Michael Vela has been a stylist for 30 years, almost all of that time in the Kingwood, Atascocita and Humble area. He cuts women’s, men and kids hair, does color, highlights and perms. He specializes in Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatment. Michael says, “I strive to take excellent care of everyone who sits in my chair, to find styles that meet the unique needs of their hair and most of all I will listen to them. Give him a call or visit his website to schedule an appointment.

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MINDY KING

Certified Quantum-Touch®, Heal Your Life® mindy@sweetsimplehealing.com 281-684-1956 SweetSimpleHealing.com

Mindy’s most important work with women between the ages of 40 and 70 who are stuck and frustrated trying to move forward in life after a lost relationship, grief, empty home, illness, or retirement. She can help you embrace your fears by discovering your gifts and offering tools that support changing with joy. If you are a woman who feels lost and wants to feel heard, supported and rejuvenated with clarity, give Mindy a call. See Ad on page 18.

HOLISTIC SHOP THE CHAKRA HAVEN

402 East Main Street Tomball, TX 77375 346-234-7754 facebook.com/thechakra.heven

A cute little shop just outside the Old Town Tomball district. Featuring: candles, crystals, jewelry, oils, incense, herbs and more. Also by appointment only: meditation classes, tarot readings and Christian numerology. Meditation 101 each Wednesday at 6-7pm. Call for more information.

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VENUS HAIR DESIGN

361 West 19th Street Houston, TX 77008 713-868-4725 venushairhouston.com

Venus Hair Design is a mustsee place on 19th Street in The Heights. Venus and her staff are proud to be able to provide their customers of any age with any style, from a trim to a Mohawk. She is a wizard at color. If you live in or are visiting The Heights be sure to drop by, say hi and check out her Art Car, the Venus Hairse and mention you saw her in Natural Awakenings magazine.

Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097 Info@AlbertasPainRelief.com http://www.albertaspainrelief.com/

Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease joint and muscular aches and pains from sciatica, gout, arthritis, neuralgia, fibromyalgia and more. Great buy, a 4oz jar for $15. All natural ingredients! Refer a friend and get 10% off your purchase. Read what people are saying about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy our website and order some today.

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HYPERBARIC OXYGEN HBOT AMERICA

8618-B Stella Rd. Houston, TX 77025 832-986-5144 hbotamerica.com

HBOT America provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy through the breathing in of 100% oxygen at a greater than normal pressure. HBOT is medically approved by the FDA for 14 uses such as wound healing, osteomyelitis, severe anemia, and more. Also, now introducing our Biodensity machine, which aids in increasing bone density by stimulating the body's natural bone generation process. Biodensity is a safe alternative to high impact activity and helps fight effects of Osteoporosis through four Isometric exercises. Visit our website for more information and pricing or call us today to schedule a session.

HYPNOBIRTHING BORN FREE BIRTHING -

HypnoBirthing® Classes & Placenta Encapsulation Services. Cliodhna Griffin, HBCE, APPAC 281-217-9294 bornfreebirthing@gmail.com www.Bornfreebirthing.com

Hypnobirthing® C h i l d b i r t h Preparation teaches amazing relaxation techniques and tools. It introduces a level of calmness that allows for a much more comfortable and easy birth. I believe that childbirth is a natural, normal and healthy experience for women. A woman's body is created to concieve, nurture and birth. In the absence of special circumstances, healthy women and their healthy babies deserve to be tended to as they wish and to birth in a calm, peaceful, stress-free manner. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the services I offer, please feel free to contact me.

HYPNOSIS CLAUDIA AUTRY, HYPNOTIST (by appointment only) 281-849-4610 cautry@gmail.com claudiaautry.com

We l c o m e t o y o u r transformation! Whether you are looking to change habits such as smoking or weight or looking to find better ways of relaxing and increasing the joy in your life, I can help you. In addition to hypnosis I have a variety of other modalities to help you, including reiki, ThetaHealing and customized essential oil blends and affirmations which can be combined or used individually. Together we form a partnership for your growth! Call today to book your appointment.

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INTEGRATIVE DERMATOLOGY INTEGRATIVE DERMATOLOGY CONSULTATIONS 748 E 12th St, Unit 2 Houston, TX 77008 integrativedermconsults.com 832-639-3376

A Functional Medicine approach to skin disease can be most helpful for chronic skin conditions such as acne, chronic dry skin, eczema, psoriasis or rosacea. The emphasis is on improving skin from the inside out, by addressing underlying nutritional, immune, and other issues. If you have tried everything and still have a skin problem. Visit our website for more information or to set up and appointment.

INTENTIONAL HEALING THE CENTER FOR INTENTIONAL HEALING Shannon McLain, MS 1728 Bissonnet Street Houston, TX 77005 262-470-8944 thecenterforintentionalhealing.com

Intentional healing is an active force of energy that exists in the universe, something that we can tap in to, like a river or stream, to manifest needs, wishes, and desires. If you need to manage or reduce stress, improve sleep, prevent burnout from work stress, cope with and manage chronic pain, or mobilize your inner resources for healing, call Shannon today to schedule your FREE 30 minute phone consultation. Relax the body, quite the mind and open the heart.

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ION FOOT DETOX/ OXYGEN THERAPY HEAL WITH NATURAL HERBS

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

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

MEDICAL INTUITIVE INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES FOR NATURAL HEALING & WELLNESS

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

Through her WHOLE-istic approach, Lin weaves inspired wisdom with proven healing traditions for integrating mind/ body & soul. ALL NATURAL, ALL THE TIME, she specializes in Homeopathy; Bio-energetic Healing; Neuro-chemical Analysis/Balance; Chakra Attunement; Nutrition Therapies; Orchid Essences; Zero Energy Balance & more. Addressing a wide range of symptoms, ie: Allergies; ADD/ADHD; OCD: Arthritis; Autistic Spectrum; Chronic Fatigue; Depression; Detoxification; Fibromyalgia; MS; Parkinsons: Trauma Release, etc. Classes: Intuitive Development and Psychology of the Chakras! Call Lin today to find out if she can help you.

MEDITATION CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON Chan/Zen Meditation Classes Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. No fees. Donations are welcome. No prior experience required for beginners. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., Houston 77072 281-568-1568 • zen@cthouston.org CTHouston.org

(A) Wed, 7:30–9:30pm. (B) Sat, 10am–noon. Children Meditation: Sat 10am–noon - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun., June 11, 9am-noon. Sun., July 9, 9am-noon. Meditation Workshop Sun., June 18, 10am-noon. Sun., July 16, 10am-noon. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., July 23, 10am-noon. July 23-30 (Weekend 9:30am-3:30pm, weekday 7:30pm-9:30pm). Medicine Buddha Ceremony, Sun., June 4, 9:30am to noon. Sun., July 2, 9:30am to noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 22.

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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! Attend our FREE Tuesday Meditation 101 class. Tue: Meditation 101, 7-8pm, FREE Drop In Class. Thurs: Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm*. Sun: Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body. 9:30-10:30am* Sun: Youth and Teen Program 11am12:30n*. * = requires pre-registration/class fee. See our ad on page 6.

NATURAL FOOD GRACE’S NUTRITION MARKET

1421 Spring Cypress Rd. Spring, TX 77373. 281-353-6630 facebook.com/Graces-Nutrition-Market

Grace’s Nutrition Market, your friendly neighborhood health store, packed full of wellseasoned knowledge, friendly advice, and goodies, has been in the same Spring, Texas location for upwards to 40 years, and current owner for at least 20 years. We specialize in any nutritional needs you may encounter in your daily life, from the common cold, to weight loss, or even full body nutritional counseling. Grace’s is home to a wonderful pair, Robyn and Beverly, our Iridologist and Nutritionist. Iridology appointments are available throughout the week, or to just come talk to for good quality you can trust. We look forward to meeting you soon.

NATURAL HORMONES DR. FISHER ROAD 2 WELLNESS

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

Say goodbye to hot flashes, night sweats, depression, PCOS, thyroid problems, low libido and more. There is a 100% natural way to restore your body’s hormone balance without using either synthetic prescription hormones or bio-identical hormones. Your body already knows how to produce the correct amount of hormones. It’s just a matter of stimulating it to do so. Call me today for your FREE consultation and be on your way to a younger body and a good night’s sleep.


NATURAL WATER FILTRATION & TREATMENT ACCENT NATURAL WATER Whole House Water Treatment 23206 I-45 North Spring, TX 77373 281-773-5441 AccentH20.com

DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S IN YOUR WATER? Houston has the 6th worst water in the country. Our system takes out chlorine, pesticides and more. Plus, we treat and condition the water to make it healthier for your family. More than a water softener, table top unit or RO alone. Healthy water from every faucet or shower. Member BBB-A+ rating since the 80’s. Don’t delay. Call Henry today! 281-773-5441

NEW DECISION THERAPY

ORGANICALLY GROWN PRODUCE PLANT IT FORWARD

“a farm in every neighborhood” 832-983-0405 farmshareprogram@plant-it-forward.org Plant-it-forward.org

Join the Farm Share Program Today! Enjoy your own weekly box of our local, organically grown produce by enrolling in our Farm Share Program. Get 6-8 different varieties, enough for a family of 3-5 each week. Purchase a 5-week miniseason for $132, a perfect gift for your healthconscious loved ones or purchase a 20-week season for $507. The summer vegetables include winter squash (hard squashes), edamame, eggplant, basil, peppers, okra, arugula, basil, cucumbers, green onions, roselle, malabar spinach, possibly cantaloupe if weather cooperates, and even watermelon if weather cooperates. Sign-up today for the Summer 2017 Season! See ad on pages 12 & 32.

WELLNESS CONSULTATIONS

12900 Queensberry Lane, Suite 201 Houston, TX 77079 281-794-5255 drnettie.net

If you or someone you care about is suffering from addictions, compulsive behavior patterns, unhealthy relationship patterns, anxiety, phobias, depression or feeling stuck New Decision TherapyTM can help. NDT uses applied and behavioral kinesiology to identify emotional trauma which may be the root cause of the problem. Once the traumatic experience that caused the behavior has been identified, the negative impact on body and mind can be cleared. Call Dr. Nettie Ramsay, N.D. today to schedule your initial consultation.

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ORGANIC RESORT & SPA DEER LAKE LODGE AND SPA 10500 Deer Lake Lode Rd. Montgomery Tx 77316 936-647-1383 DeerLakeLodge.com

Can’t lose weight? Feeling Sluggish? Don’t have the energy you used to have? Let us help undo the damage from over-consumption and poor food choices. Our program of fasting, juicing, cleansing and colonics is designed to energize, strengthen and enlighten. All natural, organic, resort and spa. Immerse yourself in personal attention from our staff while indulging in our many body-pampering and beautifying spa treatments. Call of visit our website to book your stay today! See ad on page 31.

FACTORY EYEGLASS OUTLET 7921 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024 713-468-5665 factoryfineeyewear.com

Do you need new eyeglasses? Whether you are looking for premium or generic eye ware, Alex Atuesta at Factory Eyeglass Outlet has something for you. They feature both premium Zeise lenses cut in house and generic lenses starting at $99 along with a wide selection of the latest frames. Alex and his staff also do eyeglass repair and offer lifetime adjustments for their customers. Experience their friendly, professional one on one service the next time you need new eyeglasses or need your eyeglasses repaired. Factory Eyeglass Outlet accepts most insurance plans.

REIKI TRAINING REIKI MASTER JULIA CARROLL, PH.D. SCHOOL of HEALING ARTS 713-822-7380 julia@juliacarroll1.com JuliaCarroll1.com

Julia was the first Reiki Master in the State of Texas, has written 5 healing books and has had university based Reiki research published. Her book, Nu-Reiki Onness, can be found on her website and is FREE. Contact Julia today to schedule an appointment to discuss enrolling in one of her Reiki certification courses.

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SPIRITUALITY CARMEL TEMPLE

1208 Pennsylvania Street South Houston 775804. 713-944-0014 CarmelTemple.org

Carmel Temple is a quiet sanctuary far away from the outer world of seeming chaos. It is a place of peace, healing, study, teaching, meditation, love, warmth, and friendship. Opened in 1970, Carmel Temple is a loving place made available for all seekers of the Light. Join us in this welcoming environment this Sunday where enlightenment, healing, and especially love are found. See ad on page 12.

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

We are a welcoming Christian community sharing our spiritual journeys through worship, fellowship and outreach. Grounded in both Episcopal worship and ancient practices, we are faithful to the rich traditions of our church while also open to creative expressions of our faith in worship and ministries. Come and be with us for any or all of our many programs and services.

ST. PAUL’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 5501 Main Street Houston, TX 77004 713-528-0527} stpaulshouston.org

St. Paul’s Houston centers itself around vibrant worship that moves us to Christian mission, hospitality and faith formation for all peoples and communities. St. Paul’s is also home to ProjectCURATE, a multi-ethnic leadership program on race, solidarity and kinship. Weekly worship on Sundays at 8:30 am, 9:45 am and 11:05 am Check out our other offerings in the Natural Awakenings calendars. We hope you'll respond to the Spirit leading you to connect and grow with us.

UNITY OF HOUSTON 2919 Unity Drive Houston TX 77057 713-782-4050 Unityhouston.org

Unity of Houston offers positive, practical teachings t h at su p p or t s pir itual evolution and abundant living. The Unity movement is open and welcoming of all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation. We take an extremely positive approach to life, emphasizing our Oneness in God and the goodness in people and all of life. We believe…”Life is meant to be good!” Come and discover it for yourself! See ad on page 21.

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UNITY OF NORTH HOUSTON 11738 Grant Road Cypress, Texas 77429 281-374-7085 http://www.unitynorthhouston.org/

Ours is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus - as well as other master teachers - and the power of prayer. Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the world. Unity recognizes that there are many expressions of family life. All are welcome. Unity creates an affirming environment that fosters positive self-image, personal responsibility and unconditional love and acceptance. If you want to know God and to experience God at work in your life, join us on Sundays! You’ll discover a warm, caring community of ordinary people living extraordinary lives.

YOGA BAYOU BLISS YOGA 808 West Main Street Houston, TX 77006 713-955-0900 bayoublissyoga.com

At Bayou Bliss Yoga we focus on cultivating freedom in the body to create freedom in the mind. Our small group, private and semi-private yoga classes to give you the instruction you need to develop more body awareness, flexibility, freedom of movement and greater sense peace and ease. We specialize in therapeutic yoga and beginner’s yoga. Meditation is offered every Tuesday at 7:30pm by donation. We also offer massage, breathwork, hands of light healing, bio-field tuning and sound healing to support your health and wellbeing. The first class is always FREE so call today.

JENNYOGA: SUPERFOODS SUPERFOOD VILLAGE 3903 Almeda Road Houston, TX 77004 281-733-2444 superfoodvillage.com

Superfood Village is an ingredients company providing world class superfood ingredients including chlorella, spirulina, moringa, wheatgrass and over 25 other superfoods offering their customers a new frontier beyond isolated vitamin & mineral supplements. They sell both wholesale and retail quantities. Visit their website for a complete listing of the superfoods they have available. Call, drop by or order online TODAY. Mention Natural

Awakenings magazine and get a 10% discount on both Spirulina and Moringa.

THERMOGRAPHY THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES

Angel Marlow, CNHP, CAHC, CCT 5851 San Felipe, Suite 710 Houston, Texas 77057 and 24550 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, TX 77494 713-621-4406 angel@thermalimagingtexas.com ThermalImaingTexas.com

No Compression, No Radiation, Painless. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography, creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The thermal images are analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business through Thermal Imaging Services for Corporate Wellness. Locations in: Houston, Lake Charles, LA, Katy, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Tyler and Kingwood. Call for current schedule and to make an appointment. See ad on page 16.

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“To remember who you are and that you matter in this world…” At Interface Samaritan 4803 San Felipe Houston, TX 77056 713-539-7418 Jennyoga.me

Have you always yearned to experience the many health benefits attributed to yoga, but never known where to begin? Or are you a master yogi already well acquainted with all the physical and mental benefits of yoga, but on the hunt for a new challenge? Either way, you are the perfect candidate for Jennyoga. Now offering private and group sessions for Transpersonal Counseling, Neuropath Modification, Yogic Meditation, and Yoga for Mental and Emotional Therapy. Visit the website for more information or call to set up an appointment.

NURTURE SOUL THERAPEUTICS 7062 Lakeview Haven Dr. #100 Houston, TX 77095 281-674-YOGA NurtureSoul.com

Yoga is beneficial for the health in ways that modern science is just beginning to understand. Even though it has been applied with therapeutic intention for thousands of years, Yoga Therapy is only just now emerging as a discipline in itself. Tuesdays 4:00pm to 5:00pm - Yoga for Pain Management. Thursdays 4:00pm to 5:00pm - Beat your Insomnia with Yoga. For Private Yoga Therapy Classes, Massage Therapy, Healing Arts or Integrative Life Coaching Program call and make an appointment.

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TRANQUIL HEART YOGA

12288 Westheimer Road, Suite 380 Houston, TX 77077 (281) 759-6002 info@tranquilheartyoga.com

Voted among the top ten yoga studios in Houston last year, our amazing instructors draw from many traditions including Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Thai Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Forrest and the yogic and meditation traditions of Tibet. With this vast knowledge of the yoga tradition and the intrinsic understanding of the human body, our instructors will guide you through a practice that is not only physically challenging, but also mentally stimulating and emotionally uplifting. Our dedication to help you become your best, spiritually, mentally and physically is what makes Tranquil Heart Yoga the premier Hatha Yoga studio of West Houston. We also offer Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes as well as massage and many other wellness modalities. We believe Yoga is for Every Body. Come and find out for yourself!

YOGA FOR MENTAL & PHYSICAL HAPPINESS

FACILITATED BY LIN WEISS, Certified Yoga Therapist, Integrative Hatha Yoga Thursdays @ 9:30am & Saturdays @ 9:30am Bellaire, Texas 713-858-8595 linweiss@earthlink.net conscioushealingnow.com

Lin Weiss is the founder/owner of Yoga for Mental & Physical Happiness. Her passion for yoga is evidenced by her warm & personable teaching style. Small classes afford individual instruction for students of any level, making progress attainable & real. Lin loves helping students use yoga to find balance & overcome limitations. Her classes are at the same time energizing, & relaxing, as she focuses on creating a supportive & joyful environment for her students. Private sessions available by appt.

YOGA TRAINING NURTURE SOUL THERAPEUTICS

200 hour & 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training 7062 Lakeview Haven Dr #100 Houston, TX 77095 281-674-YOGA NurtureSoul.com

Nurture Soul Therapeutics is the only RYS offering the 200-hour Integrative Yoga Teacher Training Program in Houston, TX. Along with offering Yoga classes with a focus on health and healing to the general public, graduates teach Yoga-based wellness programs in a wide variety of complementary settings including hospitals, businesses, and health care settings. This program is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour Teacher Training certification program (RYT200) and offers a strong foundation for Advanced Yoga Therapy Programs. 200 hr. Spring-2017 - Every other weekend (JanJun)! Will be offered in Sugar Land at Ayush Wave. 300 hr. Coming on Fall-2017 - Week modules (JulDec)! Will be offered in Copperfield at Nurture Soul. Registration is now open. Contact us TODAY!


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