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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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Big and Small, They Need Our Help


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21 healingways


To Recognize Disease Patterns by Gladys Wesley-Kennedy

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31 resourceguide

Protecting Animals at Home and Abroad

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reetings, Spring is finally here! Seems we had a rather mild winter this year. The heating bill was not as high as I remember it being but at last spring is officially here. This is the time of rebirth. It’s time to plant the spring garden, restock the bird feeder, get the bike serviced, shake off the last shades of winter and enjoy the outdoors before the heat of summer sets in. This month’s theme of animal rights is near to Cindy and I. Three of our furry family members are rescues. All of them are “fixed”, microchipped and vaccinated. In my opinion, these things are the basics as far as being responsible animal parents. Beyond that, pets crave companionship and affection and give it unconditionally. Living with them makes us more human. Michael Baugh, the person who trained us (and out pack) and taught us how to live together as a family, has an article this month. Don’t miss it. March is also healthy cuisine month. Houston has so many choices when it comes to food. Check out the many farmer’s markets listed in the calendar and the articles on healthy cooking. This month we are spotlighting Houston’s oldest and maybe least known organic food store, A Moveable Feast. Life is too short for a boring meal. Spring is a good time to take up a new spiritual practice or at least try one out. If you are at a loss as to where to begin, there are a number of classes, groups and special events going on this month. So, turn off the TV. Put the laptop or tablet away. Get outside. Whether you decide to take a walk or bike ride along one of Houston’s many trails, get your hands in some good garden dirt or enjoy a nice meal on the patio of one of Houston’s many healthy restaurants. So, to quote the Lion King, “there is more to do than can ever be done!”

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newsbriefs The Tao of Change – Zen and the Art of Personal Change


hy do some people seem to sail gently through all the changes life throws at them, while others get upset if they have to change even their breakfast cereal? Terry Pool, speaker, who worked for large corporations for 37 years, recently faced some major personal change that resulted in transitioning into pre-retirement. Terry will share with you some thoughts about how to approach change with a focus on knowing and honoring who you really are and embracing a new paradigm of what is possible in your life.

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U is a sacred name for God, and singing it can create miracles in your life. “You can dream of heaven, of God, and of truth all you like. But unless you take the first step, you’ll never get there. And the first step I’m giving you is the word HU. Sing it to yourself, out loud when you’re alone or silently when other people are around.”—Harold Klemp, How the Inner Master Works, pp. 84–85 People who sing HU for up to 20 minutes a day may experience greater happiness, love, and understanding in their lives. To l e a r n m o r e a b o u t H U a n d h e a r i t s u n g , v i s i t We invite you to explore the sacred love song to God, HU, with us. Saturday March 14. 1-5 pm. Free. Houston Eckankar Center 11231 Richmond Suite D-106, 77082. 281-759-1130. See ad on page 19.

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ucked away in an upscale shopping center on the south side of the Katy Freeway just outside the Loop is the oldest local health food store in Houston. First opened in 1971, the current owners, Lisa and Michael Eck have vowed not to drastically change anything. As always, A Moveable Feast still stocks the highest quality vitamins and supplements, body care products, bulk herbs and teas, and a surprise or two. Before, during or after shopping you really should stop by their store and restaurant. They do have a selection of nice wines but Michael promised me, “No deep fryer and no pork.” They basically follow the same recipes as always, using the freshest food ingredients they can find and prepare it as healthy as possible. You can eat in or on the patio behind their garden. If you make the daily Katy Freeway commute, or even if you don’t, stop by A Moveable Feast any day but Sunday. See ad on page 23.

pon its return to the Natural HealthFest, in Texas’ Plano Centre, Health2Go owners will show special appreciation to those attending its Twist 25 DHEA Cream and other new product update briefings. Simply stop by the company’s corner booth #601 on March 28 to give feedback on customer experience with the cream to receive a free gift. The hormone cream is applied to the skin to provide pharmaceutical-grade, bioidentical DHEA that can maintain hormone balance and a lean body; improve sleep, mental acuity and energy; support cardiovascular and immune systems; and promote bone strength and softer, smoother skin, according to studies by The Life Extension Foundation, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Ingredients include coconut oil, coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E and provide DHEA in a form that the body can use efficiently. Event location: 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., off Central Expressway, Plano. For more information, visit See ad, page 14.

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The Healing Art of Ozone and UBI (Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation) by Karen Lopez-Bartlett, FNP

What is Ozone? The oxygen in the air we breathe is actually two molecules of oxygen attached together, or O2. Ozone is an ‘activated’ form of oxygen, with three atoms of oxygen, forming “O3.” Ozone (O3) behaves in a completely different way than O2. It is a natural cleanser and disinfectant. Ozone, manifests as that fresh clean smell

you experience during and after a thunderstorm. Ozone literally cleanses our planet. More importantly, it’s been utilized for over 30 years around the world for pain management and to treat many ailments

What is UBI? Ultraviolet light (UB) has been used in disinfection for many years. The ability to kill infectious organisms is a very

useful quality of ultraviolet light, but not as important as its capability to stimulate the immune system and various enzyme systems. When the two modalities— Ozone and UBI (Ultra Violet Blood Irradiation)—are put together in a medical intravenous treatment known a s M a j o r Au t o h e m e t h e ra py, t h i s procedure has been found to be a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of chronic clinical conditions like supercharging the immune system (which results in killing infections caused by bacteria and viruses in the blood); improving circulation, and therefore, the oxygenation of tissues; balancing the body’s systems (homeostasis); increasing the body’s tolerance of radiation and chemotherapy; increasing the metabolism of cholesterol, uric acid, and glucose (for better cardiovascular protection); cutting inflammation; and reducing tissue pain. Some material here was reproduced by permission of Dr. Dennis Harper. Please visit the website to learn more and hear testimonials. See Karen’s ad, page 9, to see what ozone/ ubi therapies she can provide for you.

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The Grand Opening Celebration, on Sunday, March 8, 2015, will include live entertainment, tours of the studios, treatment rooms, and their beautiful sprawling grounds. Delicious vegetarian food will be available; and, an informative and riveting wellness presentation. Everyone is invited! As a special treat, sample a Meditative Fitness™ class and find out how good, ‘good’ can feel! Nurture Soul Therapeutics Center, 9834 Spring Cypress Rd., Houston, TX. To RSVP or for more information, call Tameka Jones at: 832-755-0270 or or online at: See ad on page 3.


Ginkgo Biloba Calms ADHD, Boosts Memory


esearchers from Germany’s University of Tübingen’s Center for Medicine tested the Ginkgo biloba extract EGb761 on 20 children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in a clinical trial. The children were given up to 240 milligrams (mg) of the extract for between three and five weeks. Before, during and after the treatment, the scientists evaluated the children by testing the brain’s electrical activity, along with other ADHD-related tests. Those that had received the extract exhibited significant improvement in ADHD symptoms. A study from Liberty University, in Virginia, previously examined 262 adults ages 60 and over with normal memory and mental performance and found that the same Ginkgo biloba extract improved their cognitive scores. Half of the study participants were given 180 mg of the extract daily and half were given a placebo. Standardized tests and a subjective, self-reporting questionnaire found the Ginkgo resulted in significant cognitive improvements among the older adults.

Meditation Minimizes Migraines


esearchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine found that mindfulness meditation significantly reduced the number and duration of migraines among 19 episodic migraine patients. Ten were given eight weeks of mindfulness classes with instructions for adding personal meditation in-between sessions. The other nine received typical migraine care. Those in the meditation group experienced an average of 1.4 fewer migraines per month, which averaged nearly three hours less than the ones experienced by those in the control group. Pain levels of the headaches reported by those in the meditation group averaged 1.3 points lower on a scale of one to 10.

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he bacteria E. coli now causes 75 to 95 percent of all urinary tract infections, and research from Iowa State University has confirmed that such occurrences are linked to factory farms that use antibiotics. The findings support a study previously completed by scientists from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and George Washington University that shows a strain of antibiotic-resistant E. coli called ExPEC, an extra-intestinal pathogen, was genetically traceable to factory-farmed animals receiving certain antibiotics. Th e N a t i o n a l A n t i m i c r o b i a l Resistance Monitoring System reports that 75 percent of chicken and turkey, 59 percent of ground beef and 40 percent of pork meats tested were contaminated with E. coli, and that the strains were predominantly multi-drug resistant.

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Even Modest Drinking Raises Risk of Heart Disease


ontrary to the hypothesis that moderate drinking can be heart-healthy, a new study published in the British Medical Journal indicates that even light to moderate drinking increases the risk of heart disease. In a large, randomized metastudy, researchers examined patient data from 261,991 European adults derived from 56 studies. Participants were classified as non-drinkers, light drinkers, moderate drinkers or heavy drinkers. The researchers also used a gene variation to determine alcohol intake—a genetic marker that indicates low alcohol consumption of less than 10 milliliters (about a third of an ounce) per week. They found that those with the gene variation—and thus are virtually non-drinkers—had a significantly lower risk of heart disease, including stroke and hypertension, and that even light drinking significantly increased heart disease risk. The researchers concluded: “These findings suggest that reductions of alcohol consumption, even for light to moderate drinkers, may be beneficial for cardiovascular health.”

Register Receipts Low Risk for BPA


esearch from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health has determined that handling cash register receipts, common in credit card transactions, can increase exposure of the hormone disruptor Bisphenol A (BPA), but that exposure is well within limits considered safe when the receipts are handled under normal conditions. The researchers tested 121 people exposed to the synthetic chemical through their skin and found their average BPA urinary excretion levels averaged 2.6 micrograms (mcg) per liter. The researchers then had test subjects handle thermal paper three times every five minutes, simulating a store cashier’s handling of receipts. The researchers found those that handled the thermal paper during the simulation test had an average increase in their BPA urinary excretions of just under 0.2 mcg per liter per kilogram of body weight. The researchers noted that this was still 25 times lower than the European Food Safety Authority’s proposed temporary tolerable daily intake of 5 mcg per liter per kilogram of body weight per day. Primary sources of BPA exposure are plastics used in water bottles and many other consumer goods.

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Wind Turbines a Kill Zone for European Bats Bats are vital natural pest controllers, saving the use of millions of pounds of pesticides by eating insects, but many species are declining across Europe, despite being protected, because wind turbines are seriously harming their populations. “It’s most common in migratory species, with around 300,000 bats affected every year in Europe alone. Bats are found dead at the bottom of these turbines. One option is to reduce turbine activity during times of peak migration,” says Richard Holland. Ph.D., of Queen’s University Belfast, co-author of a study published in Nature Communications that sheds light on the problem. Scientists have discovered the first known example of a mammal to use polarization patterns in the sky to navigate in the greater mouseeared bat. The study demonstrates that the bats use the way sunlight is scattered in the atmosphere at sunset to calibrate the internal magnetic compass that helps them to fly in the right direction. Holland says, “Bees have specially adapted photoreceptors in their eyes, and birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles all have cone cell structures in their eyes which may help them to detect polarization, but we don’t know which structure these bats might be using. Anything we can do to understand how they get about, how they move and navigate will be a step forward in helping to protect them.” Source: Natural Environment Research Council (

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Farming Seeks to Recruit a New Generation With an aging population of farmers, it’s clear that agriculture needs to attract more young people, because half the farmers in the U.S. are 55 or older. But for much of the world’s youth, agriculture isn’t seen as being cool or attractive—only as backbreaking labor without an economic payoff and with little room for career advancement. However, with some effort, young farmers can explore contemporary career options in permaculture design, biodynamic farming, communication technologies, forecasting, marketing, logistics, quality assurance, urban agriculture projects, food preparation, environmental sciences and advanced technologies. “Increased access to education and new forms of agriculture-based enterprises means that young people can be a vital force for innovation in family farming, increasing incomes and well-being for both farmers and local communities,” says Mark Holderness, executive secretary of the Global Forum for Agricultural Research. The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (, in Massachusetts, trains young farmers in how to run a small farm operation, from business planning to specialized advanced workshops in livestock and healthy food. Likewise, the Southeastern New England Young Farmer Network ( hosts free social and educational events that bring together farmers of all ages and experience levels to network and collaborate. Source:

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Major concerns about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as a means of extracting natural gas have centered on how toxic fracking fluids and methane injected into the ground can pollute water supplies. Now a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Health attests how fracking adversely impacts air quality, too. Lead author David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at New York’s University at Albany, is concerned that fracking sites show potential to develop cancer clusters in years to come. The study found eight different poisonous chemicals in groundwater near wells and fracking sites throughout Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wyoming at levels that exceeded federal limits, including levels of benzene and formaldehyde, both known carcinogens. Approximately half of the air samples Carpenter analyzed exceeded federally recommended limits. Benzene levels were 35 to 770,000 times higher; hydrogen sulfide levels were 90 to 60,000 times higher; and formaldehyde levels were 30 to 240 times above a theoretically safe threshold. “Cancer has a long latency, so you’re not seeing an elevation in cancer in these communities [yet],” says Carpenter. “But five, 10, 15 or more years from now, elevation in cancer incidence is almost certain to happen.” Source:




Introducing Master Gladys Wesley-Kennedy by Mike Hart, publisher


have only met a few people in my life whom I would describe as spiritual pioneers. I had the pleasure of meeting one, Master Gladys Wesley-Kennedy. Master Gladys is the founder of a spiritual holistic health practice called The WHAI (pronounced the way). It draws from Zen and several other eastern philosophies and practices of which she is a recognized master. When I sat down to interview her I was not sure what to expect, but I found her not only very knowledgeable, but a genuinely nice person. She has kindly offered to write a series of articles for Natural Awakenings-Houston, which I feel you will find both interesting and useful. So, you have a feel for who she is, let me tell you a little of her story. At age 36 while pregnant with her third child, her doctor found a mass in her breast. Cancer had killed her grandmother, her mother, and her older sister had been diagnosed with breast cancer two weeks prior to Master Gladys. Because of her pregnancy she had her first surgery without anesthesia. Over the next year she had a total of twelve surgeries, two of which were botched leaving her unable to use her right arm. She had watched her significant others including her sister die. Death seemed to be all around her She decided to try yoga since she couldn’t pick up her baby or play the

piano anymore, due to damage sustained during one of the botched surgeries. One day, she went into a small studio whose sign read, “Yoga-Tai Chi”. A petite Asian woman escorted her to a room and had her lie down. She began waving her hands over Master Gladys and in no time she was asleep. This may not seem like anything much except that since her cancer treatments had begun she had not been able to sleep without prescription sleep aides. When Master Gladys awoke, the woman touched her chest and said, “Cancer.” Then, she went on to tell her, “Sometime God give people disease not to kill them, but to get their attention. Some day you be master.” She quickly left thinking that this was too strange and unlikely. After her radiation treatment, she decided to go to the yoga class. She was very self-conscious when she entered the yoga studio, not just because of her appearance, but because she was the only non-Asian person there. After class, everyone hugged her. She suddenly realized that throughout the year of her medical treatment, everyone had treated her as a leper, someone with a disease. These people accepted her. When she went in for her next doctor visit, the doctor entered the room, slammed down her file and exclaimed, “What have you been doing? You no longer have cancer! Your blood count is

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pain, and reduces testosterone. For feral cat populations where traps haven’t worked, megestrol acetate, derived from progesterone, added to food acts as birth control to slow or stop colony growth.” Treatment of laboratory animals has also improved. “There have been three significant changes since 1984,” says Cathy Liss, president of the nonprofit Animal Welfare Institute, in Washington, D.C., founded in 1951 ( “General housing conditions are better, the number of government-owned chimpanzees has decreased and laboratories no longer obtain dogs and cats from random sources, so no stolen pets end up in labs.” She reports that animals now are subject to only one experiment, retired for adoption instead of being euthanized, and furnished with natural living conditions on-site—vertical space,

MISSION: ANIMAL RESCUE Big and Small, They Need Our Help by Sandra Murphy


very creature in the animal kingdom has an essential purpose, yet through human interference, animal life overall has become so imbalanced as to signal a tipping point for Earth. Extreme care for the rapidly growing population of a relative handful of pet breeds stands in stark contrast to trending extinction of dozens of other species. Fortunately, in addition to the efforts of dedicated volunteers, conservationists and supportive lawmakers, every one of us can make a real difference.

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Zack Skow started by volunteering with a nearby dog rescue organization. He became director, and then in 2009 founded his own nonprofit, Marley’s Mutts (, in Tehachapi, California, pulling many kinds of dogs out of Los Angeles shelters. “A lot of rescues are breed-specific; I think mutts deserve an equal chance,” says Skow, now the executive director. “Small dogs get adopted faster, so we get the larger mixes, including pit bulls and Rottweilers.”

Currently, the facility continues to expand its services, working with pet foster homes; providing medical care for severely abused animals in need of rehabilitation and socialization; and managing visits to prisons, mental health facilities and schools. “We take in who we can help. To see a dog triumph over tremendous odds gives people hope,” says Skow. Recently, volunteers pulled 70 dogs from Los Angeles shelters, fostered them for a month and then transported them east to adoption facilities where conditions were less crowded. Spay/neuter is the best solution to pet overpopulation, says Ruth Steinberger, national founder of Spay First, headquartered in Oklahoma City ( From 20 years of experience, she explains that in locations and situations in which surgery is impractical, “We’ve had great results using calcium chloride in ethyl alcohol, done under sedation. A slow infusion into the pet’s testicles causes them to atrophy. It’s less invasive, with a lower chance of infection and less natural awakenings

an enriched environment with mental and physical stimulation, interaction with other animals and appropriate food and bedding. “Most lab animals are rats and mice,” says Liss. “Any animal has the capacity to suffer. It’s up to us to treat them humanely.”

Farm Animal Stewardship

“Animals become ambassadors,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary’s three locations in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Los Angeles and northern California ( and author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food. “People are distanced from food sources. Once you learn that sheep love to be petted and pigs like belly rubs, you know an animal as an individual. The best way to help is to share information, farm animal videos and plant-based recipes, so people can see that going meatless is about far more than just eating produce.” Musician Sir Paul McCartney, author of The Meat Free Monday Cookbook, took the message to schools in 2012. Now March 2015


students around the world participate in meat-free lunch programs. The adult initiative of going meatless for one or more days extends to 35 countries on six continents. Pigs, cows, horses, peacocks and an alpaca live in harmony at local nonprofit Cracker Box Palace Farm Animal Haven, in Alton, New York (CrackerBox, which spurs recovery from illness, neglect or abuse. “People get animals without doing research on their care or habits. That’s how we got the peacocks—they have a bloodcurdling scream,” says Farm Manager Cheri Roloson, who rents out their goats as nature’s landscapers to clear brush. Mistreated animals also provide therapy for returning military veterans and abused children at Ranch Hand Rescue, in Argyle, Texas (RanchHand Kids find it easier to talk about their experiences with an animal that has also endured cruel treatment, like Spirit, a horse that received precedentsetting surgery to repair a leg that had improperly healed after being broken by a baseball bat. Conscious chicken farms, too, are making an impact. “Chickens can be well-treated and have a healthy, decent

“Pets are considered property, and until that changes, it’s harder to make a difference. Farm animals have no rights at all. Animals are sentient beings with rights commensurate with the ability to feel pain and even be valued members of the family. They deserve far more than a property classification.” ~Diane Sullivan, assistant dean and professor, Massachusetts School of Law life,” says Jason Urena, marketing manager with NestFresh, which operates 20 small farms and five processing plants, concentrated in Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Texas to reduce its carbon footprint ( Starting with cage-free hens,

the Denver company grew based on nationwide customer requests for certified cage-free, free-range, organic, pasture-raised and non-GMO (genetically modified) eggs. “We’re the first in the country to offer certified non-GMO eggs,” attests Urena. He explains that in the process for certification, feed is inspected at every step, from planting seed (usually corn or soy) to storage in silos and mill grinding, to allow traceability for potential problems and avoid cross-contamination.

Wildlife Habitat Preservation There are few places on Earth that humans haven’t impacted fragile ecosystems. Loss of habitat and lack of food sources are critical issues. Bats are a bellwether for the impact on wildlife from human-induced diseases. The Wildlife Conservation Society studies the loons in New York’s Adirondack Mountains to monitor their exposure to disease and pollution. The mission of the National Wildlife

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What You Can Do 4 Volunteer to walk a dog, foster a cat, make phone calls or help with shelter paperwork. 4 Spay/neuter pets and consider adopting before shopping at a pet store. 4 Donate to support rehabilitation of an abused animal. 4 Pick up litter, especially harmful in and near waterways. 4 Be a conscious consumer and don’t let factory farm prices influence decisions. 4 Tell companies what is accept able or not via purchases, emails and phone calls. 4 Lobby politicians to support worthy animal causes. The American Bear Association provides safe, seasonal habitats for black bears ( Located near Orr, Minnesota, the 360-acre sanctuary also hosts white-tailed deer, bald eagles, beavers, mink, pine martens, fishers, timber wolves, red squirrels, bobcats, blue jays, owls, ducks, songbirds and ravens. Among movements to protect smaller endangered and threatened animals, the American Tortoise Rescue lobbies for legislation to ban the importation of non-native species ( “Turtles and bullfrogs are imported as pets or as food, and many end up in streams or lakes, where they kill native species,” says co-founder Susan M. Tellem, in Malibu, California. “They can carry salmonella, parasites and tuberculosis,” she explains. Unfortunately, a California law passed to limit importation was revoked within weeks due to claims of cultural bias by politicians lobbying for Asian food markets that sell live turtles and bullfrogs. As the only Association of Zoos and Aquariumscertified wolf facility in the world, The Endangered Wolf Center, in Eureka, Missouri, has been breeding and reintroducing wolves into the wild for 40 years natural awakenings

( Founded by zoologist and television host Marlin Perkins and his wife, Carol, they helped increase both the Mexican gray wolf population from nine to 235 in managed care, plus at least 75 in the wild, and the red wolf population from 14 to 160 in managed care, with more than 100 in the wild. Every pack of Mexican gray wolves roaming the Southwest and 70 percent of North Carolina red wolves can be traced back to the center. Wildlife protection laws vary by state. Key conservation successes typically begin with local and regional initiatives promoted by farsighted individuals that care enough to get the ball rolling and back it up with supportive legislation. Christian Samper, Ph.D., CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society, observes, “Zoos and aquariums help the public better understand t h e n a t u ra l systems that make all life possible. The hope is that what people understand, they will appreciate and what they appreciate, they will work to protect.” O n e p e r s o n ’s care can make a difference. For an animal, it can mean life itself. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouis

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Face Your Mind to Recognize Disease Patterns by Gladys Wesley-Kennedy


s you read this article, you, like many other Americans, may be wrought with concerns about the future of healthcare, global warming, disappearing rainforests, animal extinction, money, and job security. Consequently, perhaps, you live with underlying feelings of fear, angst, depression, or helplessness. Perhaps even, you overly consume food and drink, excessively watch TV; and, regularly use stimulants, addictive substances, or pharmaceuticals, all in a futile attempt to achieve some level of… relief. If you have any such feelings or habits, please read on. My name is Gladys Wesley-Kennedy, Founder and Qi Gong Master of The Wellness & Healing Arts Institute (The WHAI) pronounced “the way”). At The WHAI we empower our clients to heal themselves of chronic pain, sickness, or disease by teaching the profound ancient philosophies and energy practices of: yoga, tai chi, qigong, and meditation. Most of our clients come to The WHAI, desperately seeking relief from chronic ailments, pain syndromes—or worse— attempting to escape the untimely advances of the Grim Reaper. Most have, repeatedly, been failed by allopathic

treatments and, as a last resort, come to us. They come, yearning for a miracle through unconventional therapies like qi gong or herbal therapies. During initial consultations, I am often dismayed by how woefully ignorant we are about our particular health challenges. For example, most of us do not know the correct name of our illness, its cause, or our physician’s name. Often, we neither possess, nor have ever reviewed, our medical reports or records. Moreover, to treat our problems, we depend on and overconsume prescription drugs—for years—without knowing the dosage or why we’ve taken them so long. The reality is, we have access to the world’s most advanced medical system, but are pushed through it like blind, deaf, and dumb mutes. Furthermore, it is a system that does not work—yet, we pay enormous sums of money to be failed by it! I was one such American. While stricken with cancer, out of sheer fear and ignorance about other options, I paid for numerous invasive surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and an array

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critical, judgmental, and extremely arrogant. Once I began to identify and correct these dis-ease patterns, I readily improved…and, I continue to. The secret of wellness and healing is to identify and correct the source of pain, sickness, or disease within. Simply speaking, the source within is: habitual, dis-eased thoughts and emotions. To find these, take stock of your thinking patterns and daily reality. Face yourself and your life conditions—honestly. Identify aspects of your life that are out of balance and problematic. Also, stop focusing on your physical pain or diagnosis—they are merely indicators of a much deeper issue—the outward manifestation of inner disharmony. Everyone is born with an innate healing mechanism that is powerful beyond measure. Our bodies are constantly rebuilding and healing. This power is an inherent mechanism of our mind and physical body, and we can learn to master it. So, endeavor to identify disease patterns and, one-by-one, replace them with improved ways of thinking and living. Begin to live by exercising mindfulness of your thoughts, emotions, and actions—this is what it means to, live consciously and purposefully. Wellness is our birthright. The ability to heal ourselves and to create the life conditions that we want is our greatest gift and power! This article was written in response to an invitation from Natural Awakenings Magazine. They asked me to write several articles describing the basic steps for establishing lasting well-being. This article serves as the introduction. Starting next month, there will be more articles that discuss actual case histories, and describe effective healing practices and methodologies. Some of the featured articles will include: “Transforming Disease Patterns into Healing Habits” and “Finding Your Way out of Mind Hell.” The mutual goal of Natural Awakenings and The WHAI is to empower readers to take the lead in their health and overall well-being. Therefore, we sincerely hope you will join us, each month, as we chronicle the way home along the ancient and time-honored path within. The journey starts here—together, within these pages—one article and one step at a time. Until next month, may you enjoy abundant health and well-being!

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success stories exist, but progress is slow. Here are some of the most urgent and dramatic perils topping the lengthy endangered species list. Elephants are hunted for their ivory tusks. “China is the largest consumer of ivory, but the United States is second,” says Jeff Flocken, J.D., North American regional director with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), headquartered in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts ( “Every year, 35,000 elephants are killed; an average of one every 15 minutes.” Northern white rhinos once freely roamed East and Central Africa south of the Sahara. Until 1960, there were more than 2,000; today, only five exist—one in the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, one in a Czech Republic zoo and three at a wildlife conservancy in Kenya. Imported as pets or show attractions, “There are between 10,000 and 20,000 big cats in private hands in America at facilities/businesses not accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums,” says Carson Barylak, with IFAW’s Washington, D.C., office. “There are more tigers in private possession in the U.S. than in the wild.” Pangolins eat ants and termites. Hunted for meat and their scales (used in Asian medicines), they are one of the world’s most endangered mammals (see Thirty years ago, the world population of lowland gorillas numbered 240. Thanks to the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the population has grown to an estimated 880 ( is supported by Led by Ruth Keesling, the project has shown the inestimable value of the species. “Once you’ve looked into the eyes of a gorilla, you’re forever changed,” says her son Frank, in Denver, Colorado.

become law,” says Barylak. “We’ve asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban direct contact with big cats. It’s harmful to the animals and the people that handle them.” A n n u a l r u n n i n g e ve n t s w i t h participants donning gorilla costumes raise funds and awareness. Following the Austin, Texas, event in January, runs will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 29 and in Denver, Colorado, on November 1. “Another way to help gorillas is to recycle cell phone and

computer batteries. Coltan [tantalite] is used to make batteries—13 percent of the world’s supply of coltan is in the park area of the Congo,” says Frank Keesling. Barriers to improving the lives of animals can be overcome and banished when we believe it’s possible and everyone helps. The animals are counting on us. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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Make saving animals a priority. Contact legislators. Be a law-abiding consumer— don’t buy ivory or other endangeredanimal products. Support conservancy groups. Share information. Donate time and money. “IFAW is working to advance legislation to prohibit private ownership of big cats in the U.S. The bill received bipartisan support and we hope to see it natural awakenings

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Teach. This is the next logical step after

learning, applying what we’ve learned about dogs with our own dog. This is where the real greatness happens. Reward-based training is fast and lasting. Our dogs can learn a great deal in a short period of time and they can keep learning for a lifetime. Old methods that caused pain and discomfort have been updated with quicker, easier, dog-friendly ways of training. If you haven’t trained a dog in a few years, get ready for a big refreshing surprise.

Play. Play and training overlap. A game

Five Ways to Help Your Dog be a Great Dog


here’s a fair bit of mythology behind the idea of having a great dog, or even a good dog for that matter. A lot of folks spend a great deal of time and money seeking out and buying the best dog of the best type from the best breeder, as if being a good were something genetically installed in the dog before birth. Certainly genetics play a role in behavior, but not as much as we might think. All dogs are born worthy in my opinion, beautiful sentient beings, living embodiments of possibility. That is good. But, what our dogs become after that is entirely up to us. Real goodness, even greatness, is born out of the dog’s interactions with human beings. That may sound like a heavy burden for us, but I think it’s actually quite empowering. What can you do to help your dog be the greatest version of himself? I’ve got five ideas to get us started:

of fetch or tug can turn into a fantastic mini training session (Dog sits on cue– we throw the ball. Dog releases the rope on cue – we restart the game of tug). There are also great interactive toys to keep our dog’s mind fresh and active.

Exercise. Dogs become great through

physical activity. Few things are as beautiful as a healthy dog in motion. Let’s try integrating training, playing and exercising. It’s easy with games like fetch and tug. Even brisk walks with some basic manners training mixed in can serve multiple purposes at one time. Who our dogs become has everything to do with how we guide them and teach them. Even dogs with difficult pasts can become amazing companions with our help. Love is essential, but it’s never enough. Let’s be present. Let’s learn and then train. Let’s share joy through play and activity. Let’s settle in with our dogs and relax, set aside the mythology and find the magic. Here’s to the goodness in all of our hearts, shared and taught, and then reflected back to us by our Great Dogs.

little more than noticing him and petting him can make a huge difference.

Learn. We know more about dogs now Show up. Our dogs can’t learn anything than we ever have. Just in the past 15 from us unless we’re present. Dogs left on their own, in the back yard for example, learn on their own how to stave off boredom and quell their anxiety. They dig and chew. They bark. They escape. When we make real contact with our dog and pay attention we can do so much more. Even sitting quietly with our dog, doing 20


years research into dog behavior and cognition has skyrocketed. There are great books on dogs and videos about training. Reward-based dog trainers are available to us around the world, in numbers we’ve never seen before. Learning about your dog is easier now than ever. It’s a quick path to uncovering his greatness.

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GREENS! New Ways to Prepare these Nutritional Powerhouses by Nava Atlas


or seasonal eaters, farm market shoppers and members of community supported agriculture, vegetable greens have become a normal part of everyday diets. Recognized as the most nutrient-rich group of veggies, they deliver multiple benefits. Greens are a top source of vitamin K, essential to bone health, and are abundant in vitamins A, B (especially folic acid) and C. They deliver considerable antioxidants and chlorophyll, widely known to protect against cancer, and are anti-inflammatory, according to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a family physician in Flemington, New Jersey, who specializes in nutritional medicine. Fuhrman notes, “The majority of calories in green vegetables, including leafy greens, come from protein, and this plant protein is packaged with beneficial phytochemicals. They’re rich in folate and calcium, and contain small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.” Hardy greens, like kale, chard and collards, are good sources of accessible calcium. Only about 30 percent of calcium from dairy products is absorbed, but according to Registered Dietitian Ginny Messina, “For certain leafy

green vegetables, rates are considerably higher. We absorb between 50 and 60 percent of the calcium in cruciferous leafy green vegetables like kale and turnip greens.” Tasty and versatile, greens can add interest and value to every meal. Here’s how. Smoothies and juices. Spinach tastes so mild in smoothies and juices that we barely know it’s there. Kale and collards add a mild greens flavor. A big handful or two of spinach or one or two good-size kale or collard leaves per serving is about right. Greens blend well with bananas, apples, berries and pears. A high-speed blender is needed to break down kale and collards; a regular blender is sufficient for spinach. An online search for “green smoothies” will turn up many recipes. Use “massaged” raw kale in salads. Rinse and spin-dry curly kale leaves stripped from their stems, and then chop into bite-sized pieces. Thinly slice the stems to add to another salad or lightly cooked vegetable dishes or simply discard. Place the cut kale in a serving bowl. Rub a little olive oil onto both palms and massage the kale for 45 to 60 seconds; it’ll soften up and turn natural awakenings

bright green. Add other desired veggies and fruits and dress the mixture. A favorite recipe entails tossing massaged kale with dried cranberries, toasted or raw cashew pieces, vegan mayonnaise and a little lemon juice. Massaged kale also goes well with avocados, apples, pears, Napa or red cabbage, carrots, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. It can alternatively be dressed in ordinary vinaigrette, sesame-ginger or tahini dressing. Add hardy greens to stir-fries. The best stir-fry greens are lacinato kale, collards or chard. Rinse and dry the leaves, and then strip them from the stems. Stack a few leaves and roll them up snugly from the narrow end. Slice thinly to make long, thin ribbons and then cut them once or twice across to shorten; adding thinly sliced stems is optional. Add the strips to the stir-fry toward the end of cooking. They blend well with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, bok choy, asparagus and green beans. Soy sauce, tamari and ginger add flavor. Use leafy spring greens in salads. Look beyond lettuce to create invigorating warm-weather salads. Use lots of peppery watercress (a nutritional superstar), baby bok choy, tender dandelion greens, tatsoi and mizuna (Japanese greens are increasingly available from farm markets). Combine with baby greens and sprouts, plus favorite salad veggies and fruits for a clean-tasting and cleansing repast. Learn to love bitter greens. Add variety to the meal repertoire with escarole, broccoli rabe and mustard greens. These mellow considerably with gentle braising or incorporation into soups and stews. Heat a little olive oil in a large, deep skillet or stir-fry pan; sauté chopped garlic and/or shallots to taste. Add washed and chopped greens, stir quickly to coat with the oil, and then add about a quarter cup of water or vegetable stock. Cover and cook until tender and wilted, about five minutes. Traditional additions include raisins and toasted pine nuts, salt and pepper and a little apple cider vinegar. Nava Atlas is the author of the recent book, Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes, from which this was adapted. Visit March 2015


Southwestern-Flavored Kale Salad

To the massaged kale, add two or three medium-sized fresh ripe tomatoes, a peeled and diced avocado, one to two cups cooked or raw fresh corn kernels, some red bell pepper strips and optional chopped green or black olives. Flavor with freshly squeezed or bottled lime juice, a little olive oil and some chopped cilantro. To up the protein for a main dish, add some cooked or canned, drained and rinsed, black or pinto beans and then sprinkle pumpkin seeds over the top.

Mediterranean Kale Salad



ealth foodies can step it up a bit by discovering how to make delicious raw kale salads—sometimes referred to as massaged kale salads. Literally massaging this hardy green with olive oil, salad dressing or mashed avocado softens it for

easier chewing, brightens the color and improves its flavor. A favorite kind of kale for salads is curly green kale. Lacinato kale works well, too, as long as it isn’t too large and tough prior to massaging. Even when kale isn’t the main leafy green in a salad, adding a few prepared leaves can up the nutrient value of any kind of green, grain or pasta salad. For each of the following recipes, start with a medium bunch of kale (about eight ounces), or more or less to taste. Finish each salad with sea salt and freshly ground pepper, if preferred.

To the massaged kale, add two or three medium-sized chopped fresh ripe tomatoes, strips of sun-dried tomato, plenty of bell pepper strips and chopped or whole cured black olives. For protein, add a cup or two of cooked or canned, drained and rinsed, chickpeas. Top with thinly sliced fresh basil leaves.

Kale and Avocado Salad

Add a peeled and diced avocado, plus thinly sliced red cabbage to taste, sliced carrots, diced yellow squash, halved red and/or yellow fresh grape tomatoes and sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Optionally, add a little more olive oil in addition to that used for massaging and some freshly squeezed or bottled lemon or lime juice.

Asian-Flavored Kale Salad

Massage the kale with dark sesame oil instead of olive oil as an option. Add a medium-sized red bell pepper, cut into narrow slices, three stalks of bok choy with leaves, sliced (or one sliced baby bok choy) plus one or two thinly sliced scallions. Dress with a sesameginger dressing. Optional additions include some crushed toasted peanuts or cashews, steamed or boiled and chilled corn kernels and about four ounces of baked tofu, cut into narrow strips. All recipes courtesy of Nava Atlas, author of Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life With More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes; used with permission. 22



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A Practical Guide to Composting Pick the Best Option for You by Tracy Fernandez Rysavy

Good for: People looking for low maintenance, but quicker results than a pile or bin; average to large households with yard waste. Multi-tiered composters are a series of stacked boxes with removable panels to allow the organic waste to move downward throughout the decomposition cycle. Finished compost comes out of a door at the bottom. Because the boxes are smaller than a large pile or bin, compost will “cook” faster; some users report their first batch took just four to six months. Collectively, stacked boxes are often comparable in size to a large holding bin, so they can compost a large amount of waste.

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ard and food waste make up 25 percent of the garbage destined for municipal landfills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pick the right composter and this organic waste will easily turn into rich—and free—garden fertilizer, saving landfill space and reducing the volume of greenhouse gases generated by anaerobic decomposition. Unless using a specialized bin, maintain a roughly 50/50 compost mixture of “brown” and “green” organic waste for ideal results. Green waste is moist, such as fruit and vegetable peels; brown waste comprises dry and papery material, including grass clippings.

Low-Maintenance Pile

Good for: People that want something simple, don’t need fertilizer immediately and have extra outdoor space; average to large households with yard waste. Maintaining a compost pile is as easy as its name implies—simply toss organic yard and kitchen waste into a pile in the yard. Aerating or turning the compost with a pitchfork or shovel will provide quicker results, but waste will also decompose if left alone. Within six to 24 months, all of the waste will decompose aerobically into compost. Once a year, composters can dig

out the finished compost from the bottom. This method won’t work for households that don’t generate yard waste because a pile of 100 percent green waste will attract pests.

Holding Bin

Good for: People that want a lowmaintenance option that’s more attractive than a pile; average to large households with yard waste. Make a bin out of wood or buy a plastic holding bin, which can contain up to 75 gallons. One with insulated sides may allow decomposing to continue in colder weather.

Tumbling Barrel

Good for: People that want quick results and can compost in smaller batches; small to average households with yard waste. These barrel-shaped containers are turned with a hand crank, making aerating and speeding up decomposition a breeze. Some manufacturers promise results in as little as two weeks. Due to the barrel’s relatively smaller size and capacity, getting the balance between brown and green waste right is critical for optimal results, and users will need to wait for one batch of compost to finish before adding more organic waste. natural awakenings

Good for: People that want to compost indoors; apartment dwellers and small households that don’t generate yard waste. For everyone that has wanted to compost, but had insufficient outdoor space, a five-or-10-gallon bucket and some red worms could be the answer. Worm composting, or vermicomposting, is so compact that a worm bin can fit under most kitchen sinks. Because red worms are so efficient—each pound of them will process half a pound of food scraps daily—a worm bin doesn’t need aeration and won’t smell or attract pests. Note that worms won’t process brown waste, meat, dairy or fatty foods.

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Good for: People that just want to dump their kitchen waste and be done with it; those that want to compost fish or meat; households that don’t generate yard waste. Solarcone Inc.’s Green Cone system will handle up to two pounds of kitchen waste daily, including meat, fish and dairy products. It won’t compost brown waste. Users bury the bottom basket in the yard, and then simply put green waste together with an “accelerator powder” into a cone hole in the top. According to Solarcone, most of the waste turns into water. Every few years, users need to dig a small amount of residue out of the bottom that can be added to a garden. Tracy Fernandez Rysavy is editor-in-chief of the nonprofit Green America’s Green American magazine, from which this article was adapted (

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nsure that the compost pile retains a moisture content similar to a wrung-out sponge. To moisten, add green waste; to reduce moisture, add brown waste. Turn compost to get air to the aerobic bacteria and speed the process. Wear gloves and a dust mask to protect against allergens. Decay generates heat, so a pile should feel warm. If not, add green waste. Decomposition occurs most efficiently when it’s 104 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit inside the pile; use a compost thermometer. Keep a small container in the kitchen to easily collect green food scraps. Store it in the freezer to keep unpleasant smells and flies at bay. The best time to start composting is during warmer months. Alternately layering green and brown waste, using the “lasagna method” in colder months, readies the pile to decompose as soon as the weather warms. Consider stockpiling summer yard waste ingredients. Be aware that low-maintenance composting won’t kill weed seeds, which can then get spread around the garden. A highly managed compost pile will kill some weeds through the generated heat. Put weeds out for municipal yard waste collection where there’s a better chance they’ll be destroyed. Contributing sources: U.S Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Composting Council


The Earth Diet Liana Werner-Gray on Simple Eating by Lane Vail


How did you discover the Earth Diet? Six years ago, I was completely addicted to junk food and chronically sick, tired, bloated and miserable. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with a golf-ball-sized precancerous tumor that I decided to take a serious look at my life and make a change. I began to blog about my journey into self-healing through natural foods and my readers held me accountable to sticking with it. I also started creating healthy recipes that delivered my favorite junk food flavors so I didn’t feel deprived. Slowly, I stopped craving artificial junk foods and started craving natural versions of those flavors. Within three months, the tumor disappeared. I had demonstrated that I could undo the damage of toxic junk food by restoring proper nutrition into my cells and knew that by going back to nature, I could experience healing. Now people from

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iana Werner-Gray, an Australianborn beauty queen, actress and environmentalist, lectures worldwide on healthy eating and is supported by a corps of nutrition coaches. Her book, The Earth Diet, describes a nature-based eating and lifestyle plan that has helped thousands realize greater vitality, harmony and peace.

Why is it important to define our eating plan?

Everyone on the planet is on a diet; it’s just a matter of which one. Are you on a junk food diet or a disorderly eating diet? Most people deprive themselves at some point and end up binging later. Having a name for the lifestyle I wanted to live helped me commit to it. When you’re lost and disconnected from nature and your body, you need rules and guidelines. Day one, eat this; day two, eat that. The Earth Diet’s rules and guidelines helped me to break a disempowering addiction to junk food. After following the guidelines for a while, the whole lifestyle becomes natural and choices become easy. How can busy people prepare and eat fresh foods more frequently? Try making a huge batch of smoothies or vegetable juice on a Sunday; put a few servings in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. Then, take one to work each day. Fresh is best, but a thawed frozen juice is better than nothing. Also, simplify eating. I grew up in Australia’s Outback, alongside aboriginal people that ate “mono foods”—singular, whole, raw foods sourced directly from natural awakenings

nature, and they had slim, resilient and healthy bodies. Eating mono foods gives the digestive system a break; we feel energized because the body doesn’t have to break down a complicated meal. Try, for example, eating a watermelon for lunch or an avocado for dinner.

Name some foods we’d be surprised to read about in The Earth Diet. My readers especially enjoy the chicken nuggets, burgers, gluten-free cookie dough, cashew cheesecake and vegan ice cream. The raw chocolate balls are popular, made with just three ingredients: almonds or sunflower seeds ground into flour, cacao powder and a favorite natural sweetener like maple syrup, honey or dates. Sometimes I add salt, mint, coconut or vanilla. I make a batch in 10 minutes and keep them in the freezer so I can have chocolate whenever I crave it.

Transforming the way we eat can be overwhelming; what are some simple first steps for the novice? Lemon water is incredibly powerful. It’s high in vitamin C, so it boosts the immune system, and it’s energizing, alkalizing and detoxifying. Just squeeze the juice of a lemon into two cups of water first thing in the morning and drink. I also recommend eating a whole, raw, mono food in its natural state every day, like a banana, orange or strawberries. Eat something that hasn’t been sliced, diced, processed and packaged. Lastly, practice eating only when hungry and eat what you’re craving in the most natural way possible (for example, upgrading from conventional pizza to organic store-bought brands to raw homemade pizza). On Sunday I woke up and made a big brunch for friends; we had organic eggs, salsa, herbal tea and organic cookies. For dinner, I ate an avocado. That’s all I was craving, and it ended up balancing out my day. If you’re craving chocolate, there’s a reason. If you’re craving a smoothie for dinner, have one. You can both fulfill cravings and nourish and love your body at the same time. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at March 2015


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Bayou Bikers – 8-11am. A 25- to 40-mile bike ride exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston’s waterways. Free. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000. Psychics & Healer’s Expo – 1-5pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Free. Center Point, 1920 Holister, 77080. 713-932-7224. Open House and Meditation – 5-6:30pm. Whether you’ve never sat on a meditation cushion, or it’s just been a while, this is the perfect event to learn how to meditate and how it can be beneficial. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center, 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281-436-6081.


Houston Zoo – 2-6pm. The Houston Zoo offers free admission to our guests on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. Free. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, 77030.


12 Moments of Spirituality and Healing – 12n. This series is co-sponsored by Lignincha Texas Institue, The Jung Center of Houston, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Rothko Chapel. $10. Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713-524-9839.


HTRK in Concert – 7-9pm. HTRK’s music is not a quick-fix for restless, impatient minds; it needs to be absorbed, contemplated and revisited. Listen to one of their records and you’ll find yourself slipping deep into their sound world, where the cavernous reverberations of dub techno are mixed with frosted post-punk motifs and the gravelly imperfections of industrial. Free w/RSVP. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose, 77006. 713-284-8275


Marva’s Psychic and Holistic Fair – 10am-5pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuina Inn-Galleria, 610 West Loop North, between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. 713-444-3581. Jorge Marin’s Wings of the City – 1pm. This exhibition of nine large-scale sculptures by renowned Mexican artist Jorge Marin invites viewers to an aesthetic experience where the perfection of the human body mixes with allegorical and fantastic creatures. A guided tour is given at this time. Exhibit open now until March 8 from 6am-11pm daily. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010.


Child ART Therapy Class – 2-5pm. For counselors, teachers, parents and interested individuals. Association between colors and emotions, interpreting drawings materials used for expression and more. $155. Julia Elizabeth Carroll School of Healing Art, 2100 Memorial Drive, Suite 415, 77007. (register in advance) Mending Bones: walking a bone labyrinth – 10am6pm. To commemorate International Women’s Day, step inside a unique labyrinth on the Rothko chapel plaza and engage in the ancient practice of walking contemplation. Installed by artist, Jo Zider, this labyrinth is composed of ceramic “bones” that invite participants to consider violence against women, and what role we might all play in compassionately ending it. Free. Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon 77006. 713-524-9839. Psychic Sunday – 1-5 pm. Enjoy a private Tarot, Palm, Rune, Numerology Reading from Houston’s Best for Only $20. Also available Healers, doing Reiki, Matrix, Pranic & Access Healing. Massage, Nutritionist, Ion Foot Bath, Sage, Incense, Jewelry, Ear Candling, Reflexology, Gluten Test and SRT; Spiritual Response Therapy. Free. Center Point, 1920 Holister, 77080. 713-932-7224.

Spiritual Healing & Messages from Angels – 7-9pm. $10. 440 Benmar Drive #1015, 77060. 832-5253486.

Dance Houston-Discover Dance – 1-7pm. An international and interactive dance festival presented by Dance Houston. Free. Discovery Green. 1500 McKenney, 77010.



Intuitive Painting with Cherie Ray – 10am-12:30 pm. $50. True You Creativity Studio in the Houston Heights 77008. Reserve your space email or call 832-5458488.

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Houston Urban Gardeners – 6:30pm. The purpose of H.U.G. is to fully support Houstonians growing their own food and eating more fresh local produce. Free. Multi-Service Center, 1475 W. Gray, 77019. 832-395-7333.

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Creative Meditation – 6:30-7:45pm. Meditation is a practice which de-stresses, reboots and enriches your life. No experience? No worries… Free. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. 77008. Reserve your space email Cherie@TrueYouCreativity. com or call 832-545-8488.


Intuitive Painting with Cherie Ray – 10am-12:30 pm. $50. True You Creativity Studio in the Houston Heights 77008. Reserve your space email Cherie@ or call 832-545-8488. Tao and the Art of Change – 7-8:30pm. Free. Presented by West Houston Theosophical Study Center at Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter, 77042. 281-493-4542. French Cultures Festival – 7-10pm. Celebrating French language and cultures. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010.


Discovering your creativity through meditation and mandelas – 10am-1pm. Mandala, a Sanskrit word for circle, has been used as a tool for transformation since the beginning of time by many cultures in the world. $65. True You Creativity Studio in the Houston Heights, 77008. Reserve your space email or call 832-5458488. Project Dance Houston – 11am-6pm. A free family-friendly dance concert. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. HU, the great miracle of life – 1-5 pm. We invite you to explore the sacred love song to God, HU, with us. Free. Houston Eckankar Center, 11231 Richmond Suite D-106, 77082. 281-759-1130.




Monthly Affirmation Gathering with Doyle Ward: Purpose and Direction – 7-8:30pm. March is focused on Planting Seeds of Change. Do your thoughts influence your life? Find out by joining us each Friday night to learn about the impact of affirmative thinking! This is a powerful evening focused on affirmative thinking to help you achieve your dreams! Free. Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233, 77027. 832-628-4113.

Transformation through Creativity Salons – 1:304:30pm. This is a unique opportunity to come together for community, creativity and exploring the spiritual in everyday life. $65. True You Creativity Studio Galveston, TX. Reserve your space email or call 832-5458488. Lunch-n-Learn Event – Lunch Coach is on Call! – Noon-12:45 p.m. One Wednesday each month you are invited to call-in to Lunch Coach. This month, the focus is: Stepping forward when your sidekick, Doubt, is shouting in your ear. Visit for more details. Spiritual Healing & Messages from Angels – 7-9pm. $10. Victoria Alvarado, 440 Benmar Drive Suite 1015, 77060. 832-525-3486





Intuitive Painting with Cherie Ray – 10am-12:30 pm. $50. True You Creativity Studio in the Houston Heights, 77008. Reserve your space email or call 832-545-848. Discovery Green Flea Market – 11am-5pm. Treasure-hunt at this monthly, one-of-a-kind market nestled in the shady southeast end of the downtown park. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. Chipotle Sustainability Music & Movie Series – 7pm. Free. Grand Old Grizzly performs. Fed Up to follow. This movie focuses on the causes of obesity in the US, particularly by large quantities of sugar in processed foods. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010.


Body Work, Healing, and Psychic Expo – 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Free. Center Point, 1920 Holister, 77080. 713-932-7224.

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Spring Equinox Star Party – 7-10pm. Come experience the spring equinox with members of the Houston Astronomical Society and their impressive assortment of telescopes. In our lovely meadow, you’ll be able to view Jupiter, deep sky objects, and nebulae including the Pleides, the Eskimo, and the Great Orion. Wine, bubbly beverages, fresh fruit and a variety of cheeses provided. $45. Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. Register online


Psychic and Wellness Fair – 1-5pm. Massage, healers, foot reflexology, ear candling, ion foot bath, reiki, psychics, astrologists, tarot, palmist, access and matrix healers, jewelry, pet healing, nutritionist, gluten test and more. Free. Center Point, 1920 Holister, 77080. 713-932-7224. Thunder Drum Circle – 2-4 pm. Come, drum and enjoy! No experience necessary if you wish to join in. Free. Spirit Quest Center, 303 Main Street, Old Town Spring, 77373. 281-288-7815.


Beaver’s Monthly Social Ride – 7pm. Every kind of bike is welcome This ride ends at Bohemeo’s on Telephone Rd. but there is always a group that rides back. Beaver’s, 2310 Decature, 77007.



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.

Farm and Brunch. (Check Facebook for the times.) Farm with us in the crisp morning air. Then join us for a hearty brunch of farm fresh foods. Menus change with whatever’s ready to pick Free. Organic Outpost, 711 Emile Street, 77020. 832-422-8407. Blessing Ceremony – 10am-12n. Come and experience peace and blessing. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. Free healing Expo – 1-5pm. Experience all sorts of different healing techniques today, free. Also available for a fee: Tarot, Nutritionist, massage, Reflexology, Pet psychic/healing, Ion detox foot bath, ear candling, aura reading and more. Psychics and Palmist readings available ($20). Center Point, 1920 Holister, 77080. 713-932-7224. Spirit Quest Psychic and Holistic Fair – 2pm-6pm. We feature Crystal Color Light & Sound Bed sound, color and energy work, Reiki, Aura Photos, Angel Therapy, Reflexology, Ear Candling, Ion Foot Baths, Massage, Qi Gong, and Animal Healing. Free. Spirit Quest Center, 303 Main Street, Old Town Spring, 77373. 281-288-7815.

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Living Your Voice: 101 – 10am-5pm. A workshop by Doyle Ward for beginning and experienced speakers and singers. Experience the joy and power of reclaiming your unique voice by conquering your limitations. True You Creativity Studio in the Heights. 77008. 713-826-9811.


Blessing Ceremony – 10am-12n. Come and experience peace and blessing. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568.


5 Day Intuitive painting Workshop. Expand your consciousness through creating. You will learn and experience how to receive, remove limiting blocks and connect to your creative expression. $495. In the Houston Heights, 77008. Reserve your space email or call 832545-8488.

EQUINE THERAPY RECONNECT WITH NATURE AND ANIMALS! Outdoor organic learning and meditation for all ages with horses plus spiritual life coaching. 16-Hands of Love 281-948-0739

ESSENTIAL OILS DOTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS Sign up fee $35 and all products are 25% off. Visit to join or email me at for more information. 832-527-2450 HEALING ARTS SCHOOL JULIA ELIZABETH CARROLL SCHOOL OF HEALING ART    MARCH 8~ART THERAPY CLASS APRIL 11~NU-REIKI ONENESS CLASS Check the website for further information: 713.822.7380

daily Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market. – 6am-8pm (except Christmas and Thanksgiving) Over 20,000 square feet of Texas produce. Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market, 2520 Airline, 77009. 713-8624027. Houston Arboretum – 8am-6pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. Last Organic Outpost Harvest – 9am-4pm (except during extreme cold or rainy weather). Come and get your hands in the dirt. Help with the work of the garden and harvest your share for free. Free. Last Organic Outpost, 711 Emile Street, 77020. 832422-8407. 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. 713524-9839. Prasadam, free vegetarian meal – 12:30pm. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple, 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482.

monday Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz, Jr – 11am5pm. Access your past life to heal current life issues. Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Center, 7800 Amelia Road, 1B., 77055. Call 832-530-3360 to make an appointment.,-Jr.html.

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tuesday Introductory Tai Chi with Greg – 9-10am. Experience the soft, smooth movements of Tai Chi Chuan while enjoying a view of the forest. $15. Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. Call to register 713-366-0421 or come 15 min early. Iyengar Yoga with Daryl – 10:30am-12n. Slow down and relax in the peaceful beauty of the Arboretum during a 90-minute Iyengar yoga session. $15. Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. Call to register 713-366-042 or come 15 min early.

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Eden Energy with Stania – 1:30-3:30pm. $18. Green Planet Sanctuary, 13424B Briar Forest, 77077. 713253-4208, call to RSVP. Spring Branch Farmer’s Market – 2-6pm. Free. Unitarian Fellowship of Houston, 1504 Wirt Road, 77055. Rice University Farmer’s Market – 3:30-6:30pm. Free. Rice University, West Stadium Lot, 5600 Greenbriar,77005. Circus Arts – 5:30-7:30pm. Discover a new art form consisting of ground arts and acrobatics from Houston based Cirque La Vie. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. Core Focused Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Yoga postures train the body for strength and flexibility. Dynamic flow sequences get the body warm and the heart pumping, while long-held poses strengthen and stretch the muscles. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney 77010. Yoga Skills for a Changing World with Brandy Deutsch – 6:30pm. $60 per month or $20 drop in. Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer at Midlane, 77027. 832-754-5022. Meditative Fitness – 7-9pm. An introduction to Qigong, Tai Chi, meditative Fitness and beginner meditation. Free. Nurture Soul Therapeutics Center, 9834 Spring Cypress Rd, 77070. Call Tameka Jones at 832-755-0270 or email:

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Yoga – 7-8pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! Connect with others in this non-competitive activity suitable for everyone. All body types and skill levels are welcome. Please bring a mat and towel. Extra mats are available for those new to Yoga. Donations Accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2015 West 11th Street 77008.

wednesday Central City Co-Op – 9am-6:30pm. Free. Grace Lutheran Church, 2515 Waugh Drive, 77006. Oneness Blessing – 5:30-6:45pm. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-7824050. Zumba – 6:30-7:30pm. The exercise craze that has everyone moving to the beat! Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. Diamond Way Meditation – 7-7:30pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center, 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281., 77018. 281-436-6081. DiamondWay. org/Houston/. Meditative Fitness – 7-9pm. An introduction to Qigong, Tai Chi, meditative Fitness and beginner meditation. Free. Nurture Soul Therapeutics Center, 9834 Spring Cypress Rd., 77070. Call Tameka Jones at 832-755-0270 or email: Blue Line Bike Ride – 7pm. Starts at the bike shop and heads east for a loop through the 5th ward and over the viaduct into downtown. Then it heads west on Washington to TC Jester and north up to 43rd St. The second half of the ride continues west on 43rd/ Clay Rd to Blalock and south to Westview where it heads back east to the Heights. Free. Blue Line Bike Lab, 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713-802-1707. Beginning Zen Meditation – 7:30–9:30pm. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. Food Not Bombs – 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Countyard, 521 Lamar, 77002.

thursday Museum of Fine Arts-Houston – 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are your waiting for? Free. MFAH 1001 Bissonnet, 77005. 713-639-7300. City Hall Farmer’s Market – 11am-1:30pm. Free. City Hall, 500 McKenny, 77002 (parking available at 400 Rusk) Houston Museum of Natural Science – 2-5pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world’s mineral wonders. Free. HMNS, 5555 Hermann Park Drive 77030. Westchase District Farmer’s Market – 3-6pm. Free. 10503 Westheimer, 77042. (1 block west of Beltway 8) Kingwood Farmer’s Market – 3-7pm. Free. Town Center Park, 8 N. Main in Kingwood 77339.



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. Tai Chi by the Reflecting Pool – 5-6pm. Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art whose physical practice offers general health benefits, stress management, increased energy and improved physical mobility. The physical and meditative aspects of Tai Chi, which uses slow, repetitive movements, are recognized as relieving the physical effects of stress on the body and mind. Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713-524-9839. New Class: Parkour – 6:30-8pm. Turning “working out” into “play,” Urban Movement teaches a realistic, scalable approach to natural movement like running, jumping, climbing, crawling, balancing, and vaulting. Ages 12-18 must have parental consent. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. Free EFT Tapping Thursdays with Helen Racz – 7-8:30pm. EFT is a healing modality based on the same principles as acupuncture but without the needles. Free. Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233, 77027. 713-922-8895. Bohemeo’s Badass Bike Ride – 7pm. Every kind of bike is welcome but note the first and third Thursday of the month the ride is fast paced (16-18 mph) and contains about 20-25 miles with bridges. The other Thursdays it is a more social and slower ride, maintaining pace at 12-14 mph for about 1215 miles. Free. Bohemeo’s, 709 Telephone Road, 77023. 713-923-4277.

friday Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz, Jr – 11am5pm. Access your past life to heal current life issues. A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Road, 1B, 77055. Call 832-530-3360 to make an appointment.,-Jr.html. Meditation Circle with Ken Pitman – 7:30pm. Join us for our meditation circle class. Any changes in time will be texted to you if you sign up. Free. First Spiritualist Church of Houston, 2115 Turner Drive, 77093. Food Not Bombs – 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Count Yard, 521 Lamar, 77002.

saturday Eastside Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market – 8am12n. Free. Parking lot behind 3000 Richmond at Eastside, 77098. The Farm Stand at Petrol Station – 8am-12n. Free. Petrol Station, 985 Wakefield 77018. 713-957-2875. Grogan’s Mill Village Farmer’s Market – 8am-12n. Free. 7 Switchbud Place in The Woodlands 77380. Farmer’s Market on Grand Parkway – 8am-12n. Free. Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway in Katy, 77494. Farmer’s Market at Imperial – 9am-1pm. Free. 198 Kempner, Sugar Land, 77498.

Tomball Farmer’s Market – 9am-1pm. Free. Corner of Main (FM 2920) and Cherry in downtown Tomball, 77377. Blissful Warrior Yoga – 9-10am. A practice for enhanced awareness and a strong healthy body. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. Yoga on the Plaza – 9-10:30am. Instructors from Bayou Bliss Yoga will lead a 60-minute invigorating practice of yoga postures. This practice focuses on building strength and flexibility through a sequence of flowing postures, followed by meditation. The event will be canceled in case of inclement weather. $10. Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon 77006. 713-5249839. Beginning Zen Meditation – 10am-12n. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-5681568. Recycling Saturdays – 11am-2pm. Bring your glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum to a recycling station at Discovery Green. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. City Hall Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market – 11am1:30pm. Free. 901 Bagby, 77002. 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.

sunday Oneness Blessing Meeting – 10-10:30pm. The Oneness Blessing is a direct transfer of intelligent sacred energy which causes the heart to open, quiets the chatter of the mind, opens the door to higher states of consciousness and initiates a process of Awakening into Oneness. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. Dance Evolution-Central – 10:30-1pm. Free-form barefoot movement community. Free. Planet Funk Academy, 5731 Logan Ln. 77008. Discovery Hoop Dance – 10:30-11:30am. Have a blast burning calories! Free. Discovery Green,1500 McKenney, 77010. Magnolia Farmer’s & Artisan’s Market – 11am3pm. 1st & 3rd Sundays. Free. Intersection of FM 1488 and FM 1774 in Magnolia, 77354. Diamond Way Meditation – 5-5:30pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center, 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281-436-6081. Houston/. Food Not Bombs – 7pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Countyard, 521 Lamar, 77002.

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Beginning Meditation: (A) Wed, 7:30–9:30pm. (B) Sat, 10am– noon. Children Meditation: Sat 10am–12pm - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun, Mar. 8, 9am-noon, Sun, Apr. 5, 9am-noon. Sunday Services & Meditation: Sun, Mar. 15, 10am-noon, Sun, Apr. 19, 10am-noon. Blessing Ceremony: Sun, Mar. 29, 10am-noon, Sun, Apr. 12, 10am-noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 10.

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THERMOGRAPHY THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES Angel Marlow, CNHP, CAHC, CCT 3300 Chimney Rock, Ste. 208 713-621-4406

No Compression, No Radiation, Painless. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography, creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The thermal images are analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business through Thermal Imaging Services for Corporate Wellness. Locations in: Houston, Lake Charles, LA, Katy, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Tyler and Kingwood. Call for current schedule and to make an appointment. See ad page 17.

WELLNESS INSTITUTE JOYCE LONG’S DETOX LYMPHATIC WELLNESS INSTITUTE SINCE 1989 1308 James Street , Rosenberg,TX, 77471 281-232-7336 • 281-344-0095

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