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reetings, Thanksgiving Day isn’t just a time for turkey and football. It is a day to give thanks. But actually, we shouldn’t just give thanks one day a year. We should give thanks every day. Articles about having an attitude of gratitude can inspire us but I feel that it is possible to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Let me explain… I h av e s t a r t i n g t o p r a c t i c e meditation. Sitting calmly, focusing on my breathing… When my mind begins to stray, gently acknowledging it and bringing my mind back to my breath. After a few meditation sessions I began to wonder when I would get it, when I would be able to keep my mind in the now without all the wandering off on tangents, when I would be able to meditate? Then an older student explained that it wasn’t a matter of one day being able to meditate but that the process of focusing, wandering and refocusing was meditation. I wasn’t going to meditate one day. I was meditating already. I believe it is the same with gratitude. While being thankful in and for everything at all times is a goal we shouldn’t feel guilty we aren’t. If you can say, “Today I got up on two good legs. It could have been otherwise.” you have made a start. You have that attitude of gratitude if just for a little while. The next day be grateful for that and just a little bit more. Some days you may not feel thankful but if you make the effort to give thanks for something it will get easier and you will be happier. Give it a try and see what happens!

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he national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) recently released its latest quarterly clean energy jobs report, showing that nearly 10,500 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced nationwide between April and June. Texas was the top state with more than 2,160 jobs, most of which were tied to solar and wind projects. The report comes on the heels of President Obama’s cross-country trip to highlight the dangers of and solutions to climate change. “States across the country are realizing that clean energy doesn’t just mean clean air and water, it also means good-paying jobs,” says Bob Keefe, E2 executive director. “The sun doesn’t just shine on Texas and California doesn’t have a monopoly on energy efficiency. With the federal Clean Power Plan as a road map, there’s no reason every state in America shouldn’t be adding more clean energy and the jobs that come with it.” States that take action to meet the plan can be expected to create more jobs and drive economic growth, the report notes. John Spicer, founder of Texas only 100 percent wind energy electric provider, says, “Texas has been and is a great state for wind energy development owing to the fact that Texas is the number one state in wind capacity. I expect that Texas will continue to be the number one state for renewable energy jobs for years to come.” According to the American Wind Energy Association, Texas installed wind capacity will increase by 40 percent when projects under construction are completed. For more information, see

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he Holidays are coming! Are you ready for the busyness, joys, stress. . . and the ups and downs of family gatherings? Zen meditation is a practical, amazing, user-friendly tool that can be applied by people of all backgrounds in all types of situations. Not only will it help to stabilize and calm us, mentally, physically, and emotionally, but going further you can discover much more about yourself and touch with the true happiness of our Awake Mind that is waiting within. Universal Door Meditation Center is opening the doors wide to welcome everyone to the annual Fall Open House from 7-9pm on Tuesday, Nov. 10th! Come hear the Zen Master give a talk, enjoy tea and snacks, find out more about meditation, see the Center, hear students share the many real benefits of meditation in their lives, participate in Q & A, join in the prize raffle, and much more. In this relaxed, fun, and casual environment you can pick up a lot of great tips to help you not just handle the holidays, but to enjoy every moment. Universal Door Meditation Center – 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 – 281-565-9718 – See ad on page 19.



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here’s a new radio show in town – Wake Up Call – broadcasting on Houston’s own KPFT 90.1FM (HD3 stream) every Wednesday night from 7:00 - 8:00pm! Guided by Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, students of Universal Door Meditation Center co-host the weekly shows about Zen Meditation—the basics, the benefits, and practical how-to! Each shows include discussion topics, special guests, live Q & A, and some guided meditation. Recent topics have included: The Basics of Zen, The Present Moment, Healing Mind and Body with Meditation, and Parenting and Meditation. You can listen live Wednesdays at 7:00pm – go online to listen and click on HD3 in the middle of the screen. Or catch past shows in the archives link. Supporting people to discover more about themselves, wake up from stress, struggles and conflicts to be truly happy, the show is available everywhere there is internet access. We hope you can join our listening community or our in-person classes and start your journey to true happiness soon! Universal Door Meditation Center – 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 – – 281-565-9718. See our ad in the community resource guide. See ad on page 19.

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’d like to welcome Natural Awakenings-Houston’s newest columnist, Sandra Joblonicky. Career wise, Sandra Joblonicky is recognized as a marketing and advertising specialist. Before opening her Houston direct marketing agency she served as general manager of a Manhattan based, boutique upscale catalog company. Throughout her catalog career she was responsible for client merchandise development that was taken to the marketplace through direct mail. Along the way she entered the Woman’s Day James Beard Creative Cookery Contest, with James Beard as Chief Judge, and placed in one of the three runnerup positions. The late 60s found Sandra’s young family of 3 on 135-acre farm in Southern Ohio planting 7000 French Hybrid root stock...equaling 13 acres... with long term plans to open an Ohio boutique winery and hospitality room. An active owner, she operated a corporate catering business in Ohio for 10-years, accommodating guests up to 125. With a lifelong love and passion for the culinary arts, Sandra, at age 69, had completed two programs of raw food study: A Chef Certification from Alissa Cohen in 2008, and in February 2009 earned her Raw Culinary Arts Chef & Instructor Certification from the Living Light Raw Culinary Arts Institute, Ft Bragg, CA; an experience she states that was extraordinary! Sandra teaches adult and children’s nutrient dense plant based food classes with recipes to honor the raw, vegan, vegetarian and revamped standard American diet, and offers dessert classes as well. She is available for small catering parties and offers specialty services that help refresh and re-design your rooms; declutter and organize you kitchen; food shopping—where to go and what to buy and will help you create personal space for quiet moments and meditation. She will tell you that her self-appointed job is to do her share to heal the planet; to teach and heal the people and children of this world by giving them healthy choices in all aspects of their lives. Her food recipes and techniques are simple, easy to make and don’t have a list of ingredients to compete with Wikipedia. You will find this statement on her website... http://healthylivingwith “conscious living & conscious eating…without deprivation…for radiant health through a preservative, sugar, gluten, dairy free lifestyle” Sandra celebrated her 75th birthday in July 2014. Her sign off message... Remember, anything is possible at any age with desire, commitment, love and passion! (and a lot of forgiveness)


Having Gratitude Yields More Happiness than Having Things


wo studies from Baylor University have confirmed that materialism can lead to feeling less satisfied with life, while a sense of gratitude reverses some of the negative effects of the pursuit of things. The research, led by Professor James Roberts, Ph.D., included questionnaires sent to 246 marketing students from another university, focusing on happiness and satisfaction with a 15-minute survey that included a 15-point materialism scale. The study found that individuals that focused on achieving material goals were less satisfied with their lives, less happy and had lower self-esteem. Meanwhile, the study found that grateful students found more meaning in their lives and felt a greater sense of satisfaction. “Individuals high in gratitude showed less of a relationship between materialism and its negative affect. Additionally, individuals high in materialism showed decreased life satisfaction when either gratitude or positive affect was low,” note the researchers.

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ccording to the Centers for Disease Control, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) now affects about 1 in every 68 children in the U.S., up from 1 in 150 in 2000. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls. Contact with animals may help ameliorate this troubling trend. A recent study of 114 children between 5 and 12 years old has found that autistic children having greater contact with animals have less anxiety related to social situations. The research was led by Marguerite O’Haire, Ph.D., from the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. Colleagues from the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia, also participated in the study. The researchers divided the 114 children into 38 groups of three. Each group had one ASD child and two children without ASD. Skin conductance, which provides an objective way for researchers to gauge social anxiety, was measured among the children as they read silently and aloud. As expected, skin conductance was significantly higher among the ASD children as they read aloud in front of their peers. In successive sessions, when researchers introduced pet guinea pigs for the children to pet prior to their readings, the ASD children’s skin conductance levels dropped significantly. “Previous studies suggest that in the presence of companion animals, children with autism spectrum disorders function better socially,” says James Griffin, Ph.D., of the Child Development and Behavior Branch of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. “This study provides physiological evidence that the proximity of animals eases the stress that children with autism may experience in social situations.” natural awakenings

Ingrown Nails Linked to Over-Trimming


study from the UK’s University of Nottingham published in the journal Physical Biology has found that over-trimming nails can lead to structural ch a n g e s t o t h e shape of the nail that increase the risk of ingrown nails and other nail conditions. The risk was more prevalent in larger nails, such as large toenails and thumbnails. Th e r e s e a rch e r s f u r t h e r e d a hypothesis called the theory of nail plate adhesion that links the nail’s healthy growth to the side-to-side curvatures of the nail plate. The researchers identified that when this nail plate adhesion becomes weakened through trimming, it can result in one of three potential nail conditions: spoon-shaped or pincershaped nails, or ingrown nails. The paper noted deficiencies among many nail salons regarding these potential conditions. While they may be reversed over time with careful maintenance, prevention is the best medicine, according to the researchers.

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Formaldehyde Found in GMO Soybeans


esearchers from the International Center for Integrative Systems, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have determined that genetically modified (GM/GMO) soybean plants accumulate the carcinogen formaldehyde. The researchers utilized a scientific method called CytoSolve to analyze 6,497 diverse laboratory studies conducted by 184 scientific institutions in 23 countries worldwide. The study data showed that GMO soybeans significantly accumulate formaldehyde, a class-one carcinogen. The research also found that genetic modification forces a depletion of glutathione among the plants, which weakens their immune system. This contrasts with the proposals put forth by the GM industry that GMO soybean plants are stronger, allowing them to endure environmental hardships better than non-GMO soybean plants. The research was led by V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, Ph.D., a biologist trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and published in the peer-reviewed journal Agricultural Sciences. “The results demand immediate testing, along with rigorous scientific standards to assure such testing is objective and replicable. It’s unbelievable such standards for testing don’t already exist. The safety of our food supply demands that science delivers such modern scientific standards for approval of GMOs,” states Ayyadurai. Former Environmental Protection Agency Senior Scientist Ray Seidler, Ph.D., comments about the study, “The discovery reported by Ayyadurai reveals a new molecular paradigm associated with genetic engineering that will require research to discover why the extent of formaldehyde and glutathione concentrations are altered, and what other chemicals relevant to human and animal health are affected. We need the kinds of standards Ayyadurai demands to conduct such research.”



Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raises Risk of Hypertension in Kids


n a large study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from participating universities found mothers that take antidepressant drugs during pregnancy face the risk of heart issues for their children. The researchers tested 3,789,330 pregnant women between 2000 and 2010. Of these, 128,950 took at least one prescription for antidepressants during their pregnancy. High blood pressure among children of mothers that didn’t take antidepressants was about 21 percent. Children that were exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant drugs during pregnancy experienced high blood pressure in 31.5 percent of the cases. Those that were exposed to non-SSRI antidepressants experienced high blood pressure 29 percent of the time. This represents a 50 percent increased risk of hypertension for babies of mothers that take SSRIs during pregnancy and a 40 percent increased risk for children exposed to non-SSRIs. In their conclusion, the researchers note, “Evidence from publicly insured pregnant women studied may be consistent with a potential increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn associated with maternal use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in late pregnancy.”

Cloves Inhibit Cancer Growth


esearch from China has determined that cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) inhibit the growth of several cancers. Researchers tested an extract of whole cloves against several types of human cancer cells, including those of ovarian, cervical, liver, colon, breast and pancreatic cancers. Published in the journal Oncology Research, the test used an incubation system that simulated the ability of these cancer cells to grow within the body. The researchers found that the clove extract stopped such development. The active constituents they identified within the clove extracts include oleanolic acid and eugenol. “Clove extract may represent a novel therapeutic herb for cancer treatment, and oleanolic acid is one of the components responsible for part of its antitumor activity,” the researchers commented. Cloves, one of the oldest medicinal spices, have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for many centuries.


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Beginning November 15, farmers will be able to implement flying drones to perform important tasks in their fields. That’s when changes in Federal Aviation Administration regulations will loosen many of the current restrictions on this new technology. Advocates believe the devices can improve precision agriculture management that uses GPS and data collection to boost crop yields and profits while aiding water conservation. For the first time, the drones will be operated legally during an entire growing season, allowing companies to test their business models and technologies together. This boost in crop intelligence should make farms more efficient and help smaller operations compete with well-funded big agribusiness conglomerates whose fields are typically rife with genetically modified (GMO) crops. “This is the first year we’ll actually be able to see, by the time the growing season is over, the impact on the farmer and the impact of the quality of the grapes,” says David Baeza, whose precision agriculture startup Vine Rangers uses drones and ground robots to gather data on vineyard crops. “The biggest thing to watch is what’s going to happen to giants like Monsanto. How you define this market is changing, and the incumbents are in for a battle.”

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Solving Hunger France Tackles Food Waste with New Law

French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed under a law set to crack down on food waste. Supermarkets will also be barred from deliberately spoiling unsold food so it cannot be eaten. Larger stores will have to sign contracts with charities by July 2016 or face penalties. The law will also introduce an education program about food waste in schools and businesses, and follows a measure enacted last February to remove best-before dates on fresh foods. The Gars’pilleurs, an action group founded in Lyon, warns that simply obliging supermarket giants to pass unsold food to charities could give a “false and dangerous idea of a magic solution” to food waste, failing to address the core issues of overproduction in the food industry and wastage in food distribution chains. Source: The Guardian

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Shared Laughter Creates Happier Workers Researchers Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock and Joseph A. Allen have written in the Journal of Applied Psychology about their research into the effect of group humor on workers by studying the behavioral patterns of 54 real-world teams from two businesses. Humor and laughter were examined and each interaction was coded, based on recordings made at meetings. Performance ratings were collected immediately afterward and also several years later. Results showed that levity can reduce body pain and stress and help with relaxation. Cognitively, it bolsters creativity, memory and problem-solving ability. Humor reduces anxiety, elevates mood and increases self-esteem, hope, optimism and energy. In terms of society, it attracts connections, promotes bonding and altruism and leads to happier partnerships. The researchers also found, “At the team level, humor patterns [but not humor or laughter alone] positively related to team performance, both immediately and two years later.” The positive aftereffects of humor on team performance include question-asking, proposals of innovative ideas, new people speaking up and kudos given for jobs well done or problems solved. Source:

Recycling Revolution

Global Rise Bolsters Sustainability On November 15, thousands of events in communities nationwide will celebrate America Recycles Day ( A program run by national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful since 2006, the event is dedicated to promoting recycling in the U.S. via special material collection drives and educational activities. Materials available to groups include advice on setting up collectibles stations and customizable templates for promoting activities to increase recycling awareness, commitment and local action. There’s plenty of room to grow: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the amount of waste that the average citizen composts or recycles has increased from 17 percent in 1990 to 33 percent today. Some other countries have been conducting their own national programs longer. For the 19th year, Australia will celebrate a weeklong National Recycling Week ( in November. More than 90 percent of Aussies feel it’s the right thing to do. Recycle Now (, England’s national program, supported and funded by the government and implemented by 90 percent of municipalities, conducts its annual weeklong program in June. Organizers contend that six out of 10 citizens now describe themselves as committed recyclers, compared to fewer than half when the campaign launched in 2004. Germany also celebrates recycling for two days in June; many other countries do so in July.

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Monsanto Pushback More Countries Ban Toxic Roundup

Countries are gradually banning the use of Monsanto Roundup herbicide around the world as a danger to the environment and human health, and Bermuda is one of the latest to join the ranks. These moves come soon after a recently published metastudy conducted by the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer published in The Lancet Oncology determined that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is probably carcinogenic to humans. Colombia stopped using Roundup to kill illegal coca plants. France banned the sale to homeowners, and Germany is poised to do the same. A group of 30,000 Argentine physicians are calling for a ban there, where it’s blamed for boosting birth defects and cancer. Others, including the Brazilian federal prosecutor, are demanding that Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, be pulled off the shelves. In the U.S., the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) is assisting efforts in cities, counties and school systems to enact immediate bans of glyphosate-based sprays. IRT is also calling for schools to measure the amount of glyphosate residues in school meals and to take steps to eliminate them if found. Source: EcoWatch


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A Soulful Celebration of Body, Mind and Spirit Making the most of the original spirit and intention of the season’s holiday of gratitude feeds mind, body and spirit. Consider these happy and healthy choices. Turkey: Free-range and organic gobblers are less likely to carry diseases and contain synthetic additives. Heritage turkeys are raised outdoors, freely roam pastures, are genetically diverse and eat the varied diet that nature intended ( Spare a bird: Turkey alternatives include fun, seasonal staples such as vegetable lasagna, butternut ravioli and acorn squash filled with onions, beans and dried fruits. Beverages: Serving locally made apple cider, beer or wine supports local farmers and businesses, plus avoids the carbon footprint that distant choices incur in transport. Festive preparations: Refrain from using Styrofoam, as it isn’t recyclable and can emit chemicals when meeting up with hot turkey; use washable cloth napkins instead of paper brands that go to the incinerator or landfill; and ask guests to bring a container to take leftovers home to avoid food waste. Get kids involved: suggests giving children construction paper that can be made into decorations and recycled later. Baker’s clay, a mixture of flour, salt and water, can also be molded into creative pieces. Revive the traditional atmosphere: The first Thanksgiving was a communal affair, so invite neighbors to join family members. Besides enhancing friendships, their proximity reduces auto emissions by keeping them off the road or encouraging shorter trips. Honor peace and brotherhood across all races and ethnicities by sharing with guests the essence of the first successful summer harvest by pilgrims in 1621. According to Listening to America, by Stuart Berg Flexner, members of the Native American Wampanoags were also invited to the celebration because the tribe had taught them to plant native Indian corn, a key to recovery after their first difficult winter. Perhaps read a passage from the Iroquois Thanksgiving Prayer, encouraging us to “return to our mother, the Earth, which sustains us.” Visit natural awakenings

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Sahaja Yoga Meditation by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi


hat is Sahaja Yoga Meditation? Saha means ‘with’, Ja means ‘born’. Sahaja also means effortless or spontaneous. Yoga literally means union or connection. This method of meditation is born with every human being and it connects us with the inner peace and silence that exists deep within each of us. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is meant for everyone who desires to find his or her true self, which is full of peace, joy of life and love for others. It is not just a book or a set of exercises but a living science. Sahaja Yoga was founded by Her Holiness Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi in 1970. It involves the awakening of a subtle spiritual energy known as the Kundalini which lies dormant in the sacrum bone, rolled up in a spiral of three-and-a-half coils. The gentle awakening of this Kundalini energy and the inner journey of self-discovery is known as Self-realization. This process of self-realization is centuries old and was practiced by

saints throughout the history for example Confucius, Moses, Sai Nath, Guru Nanak, etc. However this technique was passed by these primordial masters to just one or two disciples and this could never become popular. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, developed this method by which a normal householder can experience this awakening siting in his or her house. Shri Mataji was born in India, and was brought up with a Christian background. She started teaching the technique of Sahaja Yoga meditation to a couple of people in India, to begin with in the early 1970’s. Then slowly more and more people in India started to practice it. In the late 1970’s Shri Mataji moved to London, England. There she also started to teach Sahaja Yoga meditation to a small group of people. Now the meditation is practiced in over 50 countries, at no cost. Sahaja Yoga meditation is free, and no money is charged for the classes. Previously to get kundalini awakening the person would have to dedicate a number of years of his life to get the experience. He would have to find a genuine guru who would then open one chakra at a time. Shri Mataji through the technique of Sahaja Yoga meditation is able to awakening the kundalini and the chakras in seconds. Our body is made up of 3 channels and 7 energy centers. The left channel controls our emotions, the right channel controls the actions and planning and the central channel gets us into balance and is responsible for our assent. The 7 energy centers, which are also referred as plexus in medical science, are responsible for controlling one or the other organ and also the qualities associated with these organs. The 3 channels and 7 centers together control an individual’s emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual state. Any disease is caused by imbalance in one or more of these channels or chakras. Through Sahaja Yoga meditation the kundalini is awakened and it brings us into balance and cures our channels and energy centers. However, we should keep in mind that curing is just a side effect of kundalini rising. Getting connected to the power of God is the ultimate blessing of self-realization. Other yoga’s or meditation techniques generally operate on outer manifestations like breathing techniques, basic exercises, concentration on a particular aspect or object etc. Since these methods are utilizing our own mental process in trying to achieve something higher they are limited in their reach. Moreover these techniques do not discriminate which type of technique or asana is required for which type of problem and people go on practicing all techniques indiscriminately.

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Sahaja Yoga Meditation starts with enlightenment instead of this being the unobtainable dream of a distant goal. Traditionally, only a few souls were able to achieve Self-realization after many years of passing through various stages like yama, niyama, breathing techniques, postures, etc. For those few souls, it was like trying to cleanse a completely obscure room without having any light. In these modern times – that Shri Mataji called as the blossom times because of the state achieved by human consciousness collectively – she has devised a method by which this happening of Self-realization is achieved spontaneously, without any effort. A little light is then lit within us and through Sahaja Yoga Meditation we can then grow much faster, without having to go through any penances, while living normal lives amidst our own families and societies. It is a very easy to practice meditation. There are no complicated asanas or postures required. Practitioners can sit comfortably on chairs or ground as per their desire and are guided through few easy to follow steps. Mother kundalini realizes our innate desire to meditate and rises to help us achieve the state of inner peace. The meditation takes us into a state of thoughtless awareness which is practically verifiable through a slight cool breeze on our palm and top of head. There are immediate benefits in stress relief and a feeling of peace and contentment. Physically, it helps

in prevention and cure of illnesses which are otherwise difficult to cure mentally and emotionally. Practitioners of Sahaja Yoga have easily given up smoking, drinking and drugs, and lead a very normal, balanced life. Apart from the numerous physical, mental and emotional benefits, the biggest benefit of Sahaja Yoga is that it reveals to us the eternal, divine being that is truth, awareness and bliss. We become part and parcel of the whole, like a drop in that ocean of Love, and in meditation we melt into that Primordial being.

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Sahaja Yoga and its classes are completely free. No money is charged anywhere anytime. We are a non-profit organization. Seekers who wish to achieve their awakening can visit our centers, which are run in various parts of Houston, Monday through Thursday in the evenings. Details can be found out at There are no prerequisite for the class. Just come and experience the awakening within yourself. Other good websites where further information can be obtained are and

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TRUE WEALTH Living a Life We Love is Real Affluence by Judith Fertig


raditional economics has us thinking in opposites—in terms of assets and liabilities. We consider the value of the material things we’ve accumulated: We add up our assets, which may include stocks, bonds, real estate, bank accounts and retirement savings. Then we subtract what we owe: Our liabilities may include



a home mortgage, credit card debt, insurance premiums and student and vehicle loans. The balance is deemed our net worth. Figured this way, our net worth changes every minute and can sometimes shift dramatically. There is a better way to assess our wealth, because we are overlooking,

dismissing or squandering valuable resources and benefits such as time, personal health, spiritual well-being, social connections or community in order to buy temporal things that will only depreciate over time. Golden, Colorado, author David Wann explores this theme in his book Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle. He remarks, “The U.S. may be on top when it comes to spending, but we also lead the world in debt per capita, children in poverty, percent of people in prison, obesity and infant mortality.” In fact, the U.S. has recently been ranked 42nd among countries in longevity—right below Guam and just above Albania.

“So where is all the spending really getting us?” he asks. “We need to be getting more value out of each dollar, each hour, each spoonful of food, each square foot of house and each gallon of gas. The secret of success at the local, national and global scale is not really a secret; it’s in plain sight, and it’s called moderation.”

Choose Lasting Wealth

“Imagine an economy in which life is valued more than money and power resides with ordinary people that care about one another, their community and their natural environment,” says David Korten, Ph.D., the co-founder of Positive Futures Network and author of Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. “When we choose real wealth,” says Korten, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, “we can have exciting hobbies and adventures; work that challenges and stimulates us; and spiritual connection with a universe that’s infinitely larger than a stock portfolio. Instead of more stuff in our already-stuffed lives, we can have fewer things, but better things of higher quality—fewer visits to the doctor and more visits to museums and friends’ houses.”

Step One: Taking Inventory of Our Stuff

Suze Orman, owner of the Suze Orman Financial Group, in Emeryville, California, and the bestselling author of The Courage to Be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance, ponders whether having stuff is worth it and suggests we take an inventory of what we own. “Think about the value of each object—what it cost you when you bought it, what it’s worth in dollars today, and what it’s worth in an Earthly, material representation of who you are now,” she says. Orman suggests that we go through every closet and cupboard and recycle or throw away items that no longer serve us well, and then reconnect with items we cannot part with, such as family mementos. “Think of these items so precious to you and how little, in fact, they cost you,” she says. In this way we define for ourselves the true meaning of worth, and it’s never about the stuff. Once we have a handle on what we

own, it’s time to turn to what we want and how we can get there.

Step Two: Re-Evaluating Life Goals

and be more productive when she blocks out day parts. “When I focus, I shut out interruptions, stop feeling rushed and get my work done with ease,” she says.

Our Health Just as we would do a personal One high-impact way to support financial assessment before we make personal health is to value food plans to achieve financial goals, a more, maintains Wann. “We life audit helps us determine need to spend more of our our priorities for living household budget for food, not happily and productively. less,” he says. “By rearranging Ximena Vengoechea, a design both our household and national researcher for Twitter, Inc., in expenditures, we should give a San Francisco, recently did higher priority to fresh, healthy this using 100 sticky notes food and a lower priority to electronic during one dedicated afternoon. She gadgets, shopping, cars, lawns and wrote a single wish, one thing she’d even vacations. Our overall expenses like to do, on each note. don’t have to go up, they just need During this “spring cleaning for to be realigned with our changing the soul,” as she calls it, Vengoechea values. By choosing higher quality reaffirmed her thirst for learning and food and supporting better ways adventure. Taking it a step further, of growing it, we also begin she analyzed how she spent to reshape the American her time and how often How we spend culture,” he says. she saw the people most our days is, of important to her, mapping the data as pie charts. She course, how we Our Community The community, rather discovered that most of her spend our lives. than the stock market, is time was spent in workthe better source of real related activities and not ~Annie Dillard wealth—both personal and enough in adventure or global—maintains Korten. seeing the people she loved. “Your community economy is part of the Drawing it up in the visual medium of glue that binds people together. It’s the charts helped her identify her life goals key to physical and mental health and and see the changes she needed to make. happiness.” Giving less control over our Doubtless, we can all find better ways to financial well-being to Wall Street and utilize our assets. more to Main Street will help us think in terms of livelihoods, instead of mere Our Time Arianna Huffington, of New York City, jobs. For Korten, this equates to not founder of The Huffington Post, knows only how we make money to live, but firsthand about having so many demands also how we live—valuing our homes, on our time that days feel rushed, which communities and natural environment. Priceless social capital comes can increase our stress and negatively from investing our time and money in impact our productivity. She says, “On local communities. Korten observes the flip side, the feeling of having enough how, when freely and wisely spent, time, or even surplus time, is called ‘time these efforts can lower crime rates, affluence’. Although it may be hard to make schools more productive and believe, it’s actually possible to achieve.” help economies function better. Korten Huffington recommends simple steps cites Oakland, California’s Well-Being like getting enough sleep and putting in Business Lab, which works with time limits on work and online activities. the Greater Good Science Center at Belinda Munoz, a social change the University of California, Berkeley, activist in San Francisco who blogs at, observes, “Time is to provide local communities with a neutral. We either use it wisely or waste research-based model for prosperity. it, so the onus is on us to make it an In socially abundant communities and asset.” Munoz can both let go of stress nations, individuals don’t have to earn natural awakenings

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as much money to be comfortable, because their quality of life is partly provided by the strength of social bonds.

Heeding the Call to Change Finding and doing what “lights us up” will bring us abundance, claims David Howitt in Heed Your Call. The Portland, Oregon, Meriwether Group entrepreneur who consults for consumer companies, maintains that finding our heroic purpose (that heart-centered thing we feel we were meant to do) is the first step toward true wealth. Howitt says the secret is in one small word—and. Instead of choosing either/ or, our world expands with “and”. He urges us to integrate the intuitive and analytic parts of ourselves: “poet and professional, prophet and profit, soul and success.” I t ’s n o t j u s t a b o u t Finding and doing philanthropy, but truly making what “lights us your community and your world up” will bring a better place through your work, he observes. “You’re us abundance. doing good in the world, and when you live that way, money ~David Howitt follows you.” Judith Fertig blogs about living well at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.


Conducting a Life Audit


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ere’s one approach to doing a life audit in order to both discern more keenly what’s important and figure out how to allocate resources better to make those things happen. Step 1: Take a few hours and 100 sticky notes. Write a wish—something you’d like to do or have happen in your life—on each one. Arrange them on a flat surface.




Step 2: See what patterns evolve. Rearrange the notes by themes or categories, such as family, physical health, adventure, profession, giving back and skills. Those that contain the most notes indicate the realm of your most powerful wishes. Step 3: Evaluate your time. Take stock of a typical day, week and month to analyze how you are spending it. Step 4: Prioritize. Some wishes need to be fulfilled every day or soon, while long-term wishes aim for “someday”. Step 5: Make a plan. Just as with a smart financial strategy, which typically involves investing money over time, you can now allocate your time to make your wish list happen. For more details, visit




Natural Facial Essentials Few Skincare Product Labels Tell the Whole Story by Linda Sechrist


The skin, your t age 25, Paula Begoun, author of “There are no U.S. Food and Drug AgencyThe Original Beauty Bible and other standards for the organic labeling of protective organ, approved bestselling books on skincare, makeup skincare products sold in salons and spas or is meant to be and hair care, read her first label on a skincare over-the-counter. The cosmetics industry hasn’t product she was using. Although she’d tried on one set of standards either. U.S. “worn” for life. It is agreed many different products to control her acne and Department of Agriculture certification is costeczema since age 11, she hadn’t thought about not a luxury, but a prohibitive for most small cosmetic companies the contents, which was partially why she was use clean, certified organic ingredients, so necessity to take that distraught to discover that acetone (nail polish some uncertified organic products exist and it’s the best possible wise to read labels,” explains Elina Fedotova, remover) was the fourth ingredient listed. That moment became the inspiration for founder of the nonprofit Association of Holistic care of it. Begoun’s lifetime devotion to skincare research Skin Care Practitioners. She counsels that we and education and customer advocacy. Today, ~Charlene Handel Google any unfamiliar ingredient to learn if it’s as founder of the Seattle-based Paula’s Choice toxic or safe. Skincare, she continues to help women understand when Fedotova, a cosmetic chemist and aesthetician who product claims are misleading or factual. makes her professional skincare line, Elina Organics, by hand in a laboratory, compares the difference between Buyer Be Aware salon and commercial products to fine dining versus fast One of Begoun’s core conclusions is that the terms organic and food. “Salon products are made in far smaller quantities all natural are largely responsible for fueling the misconception that all synthetic ingredients in cosmetics are automatically bad When The Inner Light Is On, and that all organic or natural ingredients are automatically good. She further notes that many products labeled organic EVERYTHING IS CLEAR and natural include synthetic chemicals, meaning that the term organic doesn’t apply to the entire formula. Fragrances are True happiness & true freedom are already within us. common synthetic ingredients, as is the triethanolamine that’s However, our perceptions & holdings block us from often used to adjust the pH or as an emulsifying agent to convert living with it. Realize the source of these blocks to acid to a salt, or stearate, as the base for a cleanser. live truly happy… anywhere, anytime, always. To help consumers avoid overpaying for skincare products which may not be as natural or organic as touted, Begoun Universal Door Meditation Center encourages skepticism regarding marketing messages. She suggests that an important key is to choose the best formulation 281-565-9718 • for an individual’s skin type and specific skin concerns. 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 natural awakenings

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than mass-produced brands and offer higher concentrations of ingredients. They are generally shipped directly to the salon and have a higher turnover rate. Because they don’t have to be stored for indeterminate periods or endure warehouse temperatures, they are fresher and more potent,” she says. Although a facial can easily be performed at home with salon or commercial products, Fedotova, who owns spas in Chicago and Kalamazoo, Michigan, recommends having a professional facial every four to five weeks. Charlene Handel, a certified holistic esthetician, holistic skin care educator and owner of Skin Fitness Etc., in Carlsbad, California, agrees.

three times a week with a honey mask. Another form of exfoliation performed in a salon uses a diamondtipped, crystal-free microdermabrasion machine to gently buff away the surface layer of skin. An additional option is a light glycolic acid and beta hydroxy acid treatment. This can be purchased over the counter or prepared at home using organic papaya (glycolic) and pineapple (beta hydroxyl) for more even skin tone. These treatments, sometimes referred to as acid peels, can be applied to the face for no more than 10 to 15 minutes, typically


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Handel chooses treatments that penetrate and nourish the layer of skin below the epidermis, the outermost layer, consisting of mostly dead cells, with 100 percent holistic (edible) products and freshly brewed organic tea compresses. “Without a gentle exfoliation, the first step in any effective facial, not even skincare formulas with penetration enhancers, can nourish the lower layer of live cells. One key nourishment among others is vitamin C, an antioxidant which brightens, protects against sun damage and promotes collagen production,” advises Handel. She explains that skin cells produced in the deepest layer gradually push their way to the epidermis every 30 days and die. Dead cells can pile up unevenly and give the skin’s surface a dry, rough, dull appearance. As we age, cell turnover time increases to 45 or 60 days, which is why gentle sloughing is necessary. This can be done at home

every two to four weeks or every few months. Treatment serums, moisturizing lotions and eye and neck creams are all elements of a complete facial. The simplest sequence of application is layering from the lightest to heaviest— eye cream, serum and moisturizer. Give them a minute or two to absorb. No facial is complete without a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, applied last.

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Follow with organic toner per skin type.

Dry complexion: Cleanse the skin with a mix of baking soda and coconut oil. Gently scrub on and rinse off. Oily complexion: Cleanse the skin using a mixture of yogurt and baking soda. Gently scrub on and rinse off. Refresh the skin after cleansing with distilled rose water or herbal tea, adding in a few drops each of lemon juice and a favorite essential oil. For dry skin, choose chamomile tea; for oily skin, go with burdock root tea and juniper berry essential oil.   Exfoliate the skin with a gentle, healthy alternative to chemical peels by massaging with organic papaya; its enzymes help dissolve dead cells. It also infuses skin with beta carotene and other beauty nutrients.   After rinsing skin, apply a mashed banana mask, which benefits all complexions by nourishing and moisturizing the skin. It’s also high in anti-inflammatory vitamin B6. Remove the banana with a wet wash cloth, and then apply a favorite moisturizer. Dry skin does well with coconut oil. For very dry skin, use shea butter or sesame oil. Use a zinc oxide-based natural sunblock, especially after a facial, because the skin is more sensitive to ultraviolet rays after exfoliation. Eating foods rich in antioxidants helps prevent sun damage.

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Fruit Smoothie Mask Prep time: 15 minutes Increase sun protection with this antioxidant- and resveratrol-rich soothing smoothie mask. Use fresh, organic ingredients. 6 medium strawberries 12 red grapes ½ banana 1 Tbsp honey Combine first three ingredients in a standard or bullet blender until mixture becomes creamy. Remove and put in a bowl. Gently fold honey into mixture. Cleanse face. Apply mask to skin, preferably with a fan brush, and lightly massage with fingertips for two minutes. Allow to sit on skin for 20 minutes. Remove mask with warm water.

practice that I’ve learned from Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien at Universal Door Meditation Center has totally changed the way I handle stress during the holiday season. It feels wonderful to have a measure of equanimity amid the shopping crowds, and while cooking or traveling. Here are just a few incredibly helpful reminders for handling the stresses of the holiday season.

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f the holidays are the happiest time of year, why are they so stressful? Many of us feel the pressure: Will I have enough money for holiday expenses? Which presents should I buy? Did I bake enough cookies for all my friends? What should I bring to the holiday party? How can I get through another Thanksgiving dinner with my in-laws? etc. The Zen meditation

1. Bring your mind back to your body It may sound odd at first to “bring” our mind back to our body, but it is often the case that our body is in one place but our mind is somewhere else, busy with something other than what is happening here and now. The way to bring the two together is straight forward: Close your eyes (if the situation allows). Then, slowly inhale and exhale. When your thoughts start to wander, don’t follow them. Just recognize they are wandering and bring your attention back to your next breath. Again and again, return to the breath when you get distracted by anything. After following a few breathing cycles, you will feel your heart begin to slow, stillness calming it to an easier comfort level. The best part about taking time to intentionally breathe is that you can do it anywhere – whether you are standing in line at the store or putting the final touches on a three-course meal before the relatives arrive. It reduces the tension in mind and body down a notch. The longer you can give yourself to apply it, the more things settle down. 2. Let go of the mental pictures of “how things should be” Without noticing it, the images generated in our head can ruin the holiday season! Expectations turn up in many forms - from what we expect of ourselves to what others expect of us. You may expect the perfect gift will make someone love you more, or believe you can be in control of time spent with family, or be convinced that the holidays would not be complete without particular components. Expectations are premeditated disappointments. Our Zen Master teaches that our mental pictures are like dark clouds that prevent us from seeing and connecting with the sunlight behind them. They are especially tormenting during the holiday season because we usually carry with us more expectations of how we want things to be than at other times of the year. When the unfolding reality does not match with our the pictures in our head (expectations), it causes us to be irritable, disappointed, and disillusioned. The problem is not the reality happening as it does, but the fact that

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it is not what we expected, and so we fight with the reality, judge it, and usually blame someone or something for the fact that things are not looking like the video in our minds. Many times the fallout from the disappointments doesn’t end there; they lead us to say unkind words, act unskillfully, or make poor decisions that all create even more consequences to deal with. Left unnoticed, these expectations become all-powerful. Just think of the amount of suffering–yours and the suffering of others–that comes from these unrecognized expectations; it is a call to Wake Up and choose not to let the holidays be defined by our expectations. 3. Develop an Attitude of Gratitude Transform expectations into appreciation! A couple of years ago while taking a morning walk, I began making a mental list of all the things I needed to do to prepare for the crowd I was expecting for Thanksgiving the next day - clean the house, buy groceries, put up the Christmas tree, set up the tables and prepare the food I’d been assigned. Just



then I got a phone call from my daughter, upset because her car wouldn’t start. She needed a ride downtown to an important appointment. Suddenly my plans were completely turned upside down, and stress and irritation started to creep in. While waiting downtown for my daughter, I reflected back on the feelings bubbling in myself, and saw how they were just the results of things not going as I planned, not going in a way that fit best with my ideas and my personal comfort. Things shifted for me, and my mind and heart re-opened. And then I noticed a lot of homeless people on the street that I had not seen just minutes ago when I was caught in my own inner conflicts. Suddenly I realized what a blessing it was to have a messy house to clean and a family to take care of, both an convenient times and nonconvenient times. When we are not trapped in the storms of our reactivity, what is happening in the present moment is full of opportunity and gratitude for what is there. When you find yourself with stress during the holidays, by catching that

feeling or thought, you have a chance to return to your breath and de-rail the expectations that are moving like a train on a track. That is the pivot point that shifts the situation from being the beginning of a long and awful day into one that can be happy, complete, and enjoyed to its fullest! Zen meditation starts with selfdiscovery by bringing mind and body back together. From there we go further, to begin to transform the habits and reactivity in ourselves, until we finally break that whole system all together and Wake Up. To Wake up is to live every moment with unconditional happiness that is not dependent on our life circumstances, plans working as expected, or the season of the year. For more information about Zen master Thich Dieu Thien, Universal Door Meditation Center, or Zen meditation, please check out our website at: www., see our Facebook page, or call 281-565-9718. See our ad on page 19 and our listing in the community resource guide.

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Some of the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture are: • • • • • • • • •

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n the current era where life expectancy has jumped to an average of 80 years and 50 is the new 30, it is no wonder that people are looking for ways to improve upon their appearance. Many Americans are changing their eating habits and adding regular exercise to help them feel better. But what do you do if your facial appearance does not match how you feel on the inside? Some people resort to Botox, injectable fillers, and/or a face lift. While these are all viable options, these procedures are very expensive and carry with them many undesirable risks and side effects. Another option for those of you seeking to rejuvenate your appearance is cosmetic acupuncture. Cosmetic acupuncture – also known as acupuncture facial rejuvenation or acupuncture facelift- has been around for thousands of years. It was originally reserved for royalty in the eastern dynasties, but since acupuncture has been gaining popularity in the United States, so, too, has cosmetic acupuncture and for good reason. Cosmetic acupuncture is not a facelift! There are no incisions, sutures or chemicals peels that produce drastic results or change the underlying structure of the face. A

Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet Softening of deep lines and wrinkles Fading of age spots and sun damage Lifting of eyebrows and reducing the appearance of droopy eyelids Improved skin tone and texture Reduction in the size of under-eye bags Improvement in the symptoms of acne and rosacea A more defined jaw line and minimizes jowls Very beneficial for those suffering from facial paralysis, Bell’s Palsy or TMJ

But the benefits do not stop there. A cosmetic acupuncture treatment also includes a full body treatment in an effort to address the underlying causes of aging. When you combine a full body acupuncture treatment with cosmetic acupuncture the results are astounding!

These benefits not only include the ones mentioned above but also: • • • •

Reduction in hot flashes and night sweats Increased energy and improved sleep Improved digestion and weight loss Lifted mood, less stress and tension.

A typical course of cosmetic acupuncture is one treatment, two times per week, for five weeks. This repetitive treatment over a short period of time allows the production of collagen and elastin to plump up the skin, smooth out the lines and wrinkles and tighten up the overall appearance of the face. Results are typically seen between the fifth and eighth treatment and results last anywhere between two to five years. For maximum benefits, maintenance treatments are recommended one time every four to eight weeks. Cosmetic acupuncture is an excellent choice for anyone one who wants to look and feel revitalized without changing their original appearance. It is a safe, natural, cost-effective way to look and feel younger. Please remember, that only a licensed acupuncturist with advanced training outside of the four-year graduate/ Chinese Medical school setting is qualified to provide cosmetic acupuncture. Feel free to contact me at 713-825-1636 or visit www. to set up your free 30-minute consultation. Cypress Area Acupuncture is located at 9834 Spring Cypress Road, Houston, Texas 77070 inside Nurture Soul Therapeutics in northwest Houston. Here’s to a younger looking you!

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construction is about 20 percent cheaper than after a house is built. Homeowners can choose to spend the extra $10,000 to $20,000 cost in return for free power. A 3-kilowatt system, enough to power a typical mid-size home, costs less than $15,000 and can be rolled into a mortgage, said Tom Werner, CEO of San Jose, California-based SunPower. That’s similar to how some buyers decided to pay $5,000 or $10,000 for a kitchen countertop that would be from natural materials and would outlast a Formicastyle top.

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maller footprints and greener features ranked at the top of the trends list among the 2015 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey. 74 percent of respondents said that their next homes would be smaller while 68 percent of respondents said that their homes would get greener in 2015, trends which far surpass the others on the survey. This corresponds with the growing interest by homebuilders. According to Energy Wire, homebuilders and industry experts say the number of newly constructed homes with a solar energy system preinstalled is surging, from as little as a few hundred units a decade ago to tens of thousands of units entering the market today. According

to newly published data from McGraw Hill Construction and the National Association of Homebuilders, more than half of all U.S. homebuilders are expected to offer solar PV energy systems as an option in new single-family homes by 2016, up from just 12 percent in 2013. “Solar panels are a very visible manifestation of a home’s construction,” Kevin Morrow, NAHB’s director of sustainability and green building, said in an interview. “Increasingly, people understand what they can do for them, either by reducing their environmental footprint or by reducing their energy costs.” Lashing panels to roofs during

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Lennar, the nation’s second-largest home builder, has more than 100 developments in California, 11 in Colorado and a handful in Nevada. Almost all their new houses have solar panels. The company plans to expand the program to more states, focusing on locations that have programs to encourage renewable energy. “We aren’t offering homes with solar as an option—it’s a standard feature in certain communities,” said David Kaiserman, president of Lennar Ventures, which oversees the builder’s solar project. Lennar allows buyers to decide whether to purchase the system and generate their own electricity, or lease the system from a Lennar subsidiary, which retains ownership of the equipment and sells the power to the homeowner at prices Lennar promises will be 20% cheaper than the local utility’s. Lennar is not alone. Meritage Homes Corp. of Scottsdale, Arizona, the nation’s ninth largest homebuilder by volume, has a partnership with SunPower Corp. of San Jose, California to provide solar-ready homes to customers across its eight-state market from North Carolina to California, with applications ranging from small-scale solar water heaters to large rooftop arrays capable of powering all of a home’s major systems. “For most of our customers that choose to go solar, it boils down to a simple financial play, just like better windows or better insulation,” Herro said. “It creates value in your home and lowers your operating costs.” When factoring overall energy savings, Herro said such systems can be

“cash-positive from day one,” meaning the additional monthly mortgage costs are lower than what the homeowner would have paid for electricity in a conventional grid-connected home. Recently, on February 10, 2015, KB Home, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, announced the grand opening of its newest Phoenix-area community, Copper Ranch Villas, which not only will have appliances be ENERGY STAR certified but also give homebuyers the option to include solar power systems.


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In his May 9, 2014 executive order aimed at expanding solar power and energy efficiency in the United States, President Obama applauded the efforts of two dozen homebuilders that have committed to building solar homes, including a private-sector program by 22 firms to build nearly 10,000 solarequipped houses as part of an effort to advance zero-net-energy housing. California has been leading this trend locally. R. Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, California, pushed through legislation in March 2013 requiring the equivalent of at least 1 kilowatt of solar power on all new homes starting next year. About 97 percent of city buildings are considered “net zero,” producing as much power as they consume, he said. The entire city, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Los Angeles, may be net-zero within three years, he said. Sebastopol, California, a town about 55 miles north of San Francisco, passed a similar measure in May 2013 that applies to new residential and commercial buildings. As a homebuilder, you may be interested in working with Simplify Solar on adding solar panels to your new homes. Feel free to contact us at 1-877-786-0759 or info@ for more information. Follow Simplify Solar on Twitter at @simplifysolar and Facebook at for more up-to-date information on solar energy and our suite of products for you. Interested in more of Shen Ge’s posts on solar energy and other energy-related posts? Follow the author on Twitter @ shenge86.


he secret to happiness and finding the enduring joy we all seek is Thanksgiving—the simple act of continually giving thanks. To realize wonderful positive outcomes, up to and including seeming miracles, do one thing: Show gratitude all day long. Seeing everything in a new light, through a refreshing prism of love and appreciation, imparts a deep inner well of peace, calm and joy, making us feel more alive. We can feel that way every day, in every aspect of life, awaking each morning excited to create the day ahead and enthusiastic about each moment and then falling asleep at night embracing a profound feeling of gratitude for all the good we know and have. Happiness is contagious and becomes an upward spiral of joy naturally shared with others. Start today by launching a daily gratitude journal. This single action, the simplest and quickest way to get results, will foster a habit geared to change everything forever. It fills up our love tank, sparks success and benefits everyone. To embrace better relationships, health, clarity, life and tangible and intangible wealth: n Set a daily time for journal writing. n Pick a handful of things that prompt gratitude that day. Perhaps begin with people that support you in some way. Everything counts, from expressions of beauty to basic conveniences. Eventually the daily list will grow, generating the joy of gratitude at ever-higher levels. n It’s important to write with love and joy, because such feelings create your natural awakenings

world. Even if something’s a work in progress, like encouraging steps in a relationship, focus on what makes you feel good and want more of and you’ll start seeing more evidence of them. n Elaborate in detail about a particular thing that earns extra gratitude. This carries more benefits from intense feelings than creating a list. When we see how blessed we are with what we already have, it creates more of what we are grateful for, generating an endless cycle of gratitude. n Take notice of the surprises and little miracles that occur, and be sure to make note of them to evoke an even stronger level of awe and gratitude. Robert Emmons, Ph.D., of the University of California-Davis, a leading authority in researching the science of gratitude and its impact on well-being, instructs his study participants, “Be aware of your feelings and how you ‘relish’ and ‘savor’ this gift in your imagination. Take the time to be especially aware of the depth of your gratitude.” In other words, don’t hurry through this exercise like a to-do list. An all-day-long attitude of gratitude ramps up our awareness of life’s pleasures. It takes an already good life to a whole new zone of zest. Mar y Lynn Ziemer is a master of Advanced Life Concepts, certified life and business coach, motivational speaker and author, with more than 30 years as an entrepreneur and corporate executive at two Fortune 100 companies. Connect at November 2015


Getting Out of Mind Hell by Gladys Wesley-Kennedy


n last month’s The WHAI ™ article entitled, “Transforming Disease Patterns into Healing Habits,” I expressed that to heal or improve any aspect of our health or life conditions, we must recognize our disease patterns in mind, and intentionally replace them with healing thoughts and behaviors. Specifically, all health problems are the formed effects of persistent dis-eased thoughts, (i.e., toxic emotions and negative mind patterns). The main tenet was that the state of our health and life conditions are the direct reflection of our mindset. At The WHAI™ (The Wellness & Healing Arts Institute), I regularly meet with people who want to begin a healing program. They have the need, the time, and the resources; however, what is often dreadfully lacking is their willingness to face and climb out of the hell they created and entrapped themselves in. Here, ‘hell’ refers to the state of disease manifesting in their mind, body, and daily reality. ‘Dis-ease’ means a persistent, unconscious, negative state of mind, (i.e., irritation, depression, anger, and self-loathing). Hence, to live with a dis-eased mind, is to exist in a form of “hell on earth.” Hell on earth describes those of us who, for years, live with dis-ease patterns in mind, body, and reality—actually, they are one and the same. It is impossible to have a dis-eased mind or body yet have a heavenly reality or vice versa.

So, how do we climb out of our mind hell? First, recognize and admit that we are in a hell. Unfortunately, for many, this initial recognition is extremely difficult…if not impossible. Why? Because, we want to maintain our illusions; we don’t want to admit that we created our own hellish prison. The other problem is if we take responsibility for having independently created and locked ourselves in hell, we must also take the sole responsibility for getting ourselves out. This is our big dilemma!

Next, we must honestly face our dis-eased reality and endeavor to change its causes, (e.g., dis-eased thoughts, intentions, and behaviors). At The WHAI™, when I offer to teach potential healing program participants how to do this, many balk at the opportunity because they are not ready to release their false beliefs that the way out of hell is by being “fixed,” “healed,” or “saved” by someone else (e.g., doctor, healer, therapist). Or, they habitually consume and rely on things outside themselves, such as pharmaceuticals, food, sex, or entertainment. It is exactly these types of beliefs and habits that imprisons us. Until we trade the imprisoning belief of being healed with the liberating truth of heal thyself…we remain locked in our own mind prison. An example is someone who, many years ago, participated in The WHAI ™ Wellness and Healing Program. At that time, they were a business owner, health-conscious, physically fit and active, yet manifested dis-ease in the form of a life-threatening embolism, chronic anxiety, financial instability, coffee addiction, and multiple failed relationships. Upon completing two WHAI™ healing programs, and participating in Meditative Fitness™ classes, all dis-ease manifestations were dramatically improved. However, once healed and out of hell they disappeared, not to be seen or heard from for several years. Recently,

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however, they contacted me again to request another WHAI ™ healing program because their former dis-ease manifestations recurred, (including another strained relationship). After hearing their litany of problems, I suggested they return to Meditative Fitness™ classes to resume the process of self-healing. Not surprisingly, their responses were: “I have to think about it,” “My budget is limited,” “My schedule is demanding,” etc. Hence, they wanted to be healed by a healer, but did not want to do their own healing work. Such reactions are so common I no longer accept potential clients who are unwilling to attend the self-empowering aspects of The WHAI™ (e.g., Meditative Fitness Programs™). Our excuses form the framework for dis-ease prison. Unconsciously, we use excuses to justify our laziness and fear of climbing out of our hell. Instead, we want the healer or physician to free us—as painlessly and cheaply as possible. Whether we believe it or not, each of us is solely responsible for the state of our health and life conditions. Climbing out of dis-ease hell requires us to recognize and correct our imprisoning thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. The root of pain or disease lies in our mind. The quality of our life is determined entirely by the quality of our mindset. To establish a heaven on earth—create a heaven in mind. A mind consumed with gratitude, peace, acceptance, and contentment manifests a heaven on earth. A mind filled with selfdoubt, fear, tension, resentment, or anger manifests a hell on earth. So, how can we create a heaven on earth? Endeavor to think, act, and live well. Intend to manifest a heavenly life. Most importantly, remember, true wellness is not a destination, but rather, a way of life. We hope you will join us again, next month for the The WHAI™ article entitled, “Creating a Heaven on Earth.” Gladys Wesley-Kennedy is the founder and QiGong Master of TheWHAI™ & Meditative Fitness™ Programs. Our educational therapeutic programs are based on my personal healing journey from a life of disease to renewed life of health and well-being. Visit online at See ad on page 31.

DESIGNED TO INSPIRE food + recipes + conscious living + lifestyle tips column and photography by Sandra Yearms

Welcome to Designed to Inspire! A new column featuring healthy recipes, lifestyle tips, conscious living reminders, ‘things’ trending and farmers market insights. As a Raw Culinary Arts Chef & Instructor, I will include delicious raw (plant based) recipes, not heated above 118º, and food ideas for the gluten and lactose/dairy intolerant. Because November brings a focus to the Smells & Flavors Of Thanksgiving… and to help you experience a positively zen holiday…here’s a Mini Feast Plan for a make-ahead Wednesday…with a relaxed heat-and-eat Thanksgiving Thursday!


Thanksgiving Time Table Monday beat the crowds; prepare shop list; ‘get to market’ before the crazies. Tuesday set up your buffet and tablescape. Wednesday prepare chicken and sides including yam topping. Thanksgiving bake yams, warm food, serve, enjoy!

D Oo d 1-Pot Chicken with Bisque Gravy Serves 4-6

300º preheated oven – in covered Dutch oven TIP Prepare food in oven-to-table service ware to save on extra dishes and clean-up time. TIP evoo: extra virgin olive oil. TIP Mise en Place – French phrase “everything in place.” Read recipe! Confirm availability of all required ingredients, tools and equipment.

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Search for a generic food item at to see how brand-name products rank in nutritional value. Cereal: Steel-cut or rolled oats, farina (Cream of Wheat) and grits are low-calorie and nutritious options for a warm start to the day. All can be found as organic; farina in whole wheat or white wheat that is certified kosher. Cold cereals should list whole grains as the first ingredient and be high in fiber and low in sugar, like organic Oat O’s. Snacks: Unsalted nuts, full of fiber, protein and vitamins, are highly prized at food pantries. Packed in juice, fruit cups make a healthy treat. Dried fruit and sunflower seeds are another favorite. Low-salt, low-sugar peanut or sunflower butter packs protein. Honey is a healthy sweetener. Collecting Party: “A group of us collected and donated 600 pounds of food for babies, pets and adults to Extended Hands Food Bank,” says Dee Power, in Fountain Hills, Arizona. For babies, include food without added sugar or salt and single-grain cereal. Alternative Giving: Especially popular during the December holidays, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank offers prepacked bags to grocery store patrons, paid for at checkout. Customers can see what’s included and the food bank picks them up. (Tip: Cash donations allow lower cost bulk purchases with no need to transport or sort items.) Non-Food: Make sure the food pantry has storage space before donating wet or dry food for cats and dogs and birdseed; baby wipes, shampoo and soap; and adult soap, deodorant, shaving supplies, toothpaste, shampoo and toilet paper. “A $5,000 grant gave us added storage space,” says Byrnes. The bottom line is what food pantries need is much the same as what’s found in any healthy home pantry—comestibles rich in flavor, vitamins and fiber and free of unhealthy additives. Please be generous year-round, sharing well beyond the holidays. Connect with the freelance writer via November 2015


Rejuvenate Your Mind, Body & Spirit by Carrie Harmon


ver feel like you just need to press the reset button? Our daily life consists of stress, bad food choices and toxins has worn you down. All of a sudden you notice you are feeling sluggish and cannot seem to lose the five pounds that you have been meaning to shed since January. You must be in balance to live optimally, but your body, mind and spirt are overworked. Your body is telling you that it is time take your mind off your daily toxic routine and get your spirit back to a healthier lifestyle. Whether you are trying to kick a sugar addiction, take charge of your health or weight loss, a detox cleanse might be for you. As Spa Director at Deer Lake Lodge & Spa, I suggest a weekend gateway to a wellness resort that can offer you the right detox program for you to refresh, reset and rejuvenate. I am passionate about the holistic concept and believe in a complimentary blend of detox cleanse, exceptional treatments and conscious lifestyle education. Specifically this is to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit through organic spa treatments, juice-fasting programs,



colonics, yoga and spiritual enrichment workshops in a tranquil, private setting surrounded by nature. Common results after completing a spa detox program such as this include increased energy, increased mental clarity, bright eyes, clearer skin and improved sleep. You will suddenly crave the crunch of vegetables, not of Cheetos Puffs and return home not only feeling cleansed and relaxed, but energized and educated about living an enhanced and healthier life. The cleansing may be physical, but the results are profound both mental and spiritual. Some choose a detox program to get healthier or lose weight, and gain a renewed sense of energy and enlightenment. Others find that they are able to reduce their dependencies on sugar, caffeine, nicotine or other substances which have been blocking their body from functioning at its optimal capacity. Detoxing might sound scary at first, but at the end, it will transform you both inside and out. However, you can’t just jump in to a detox cleanse. It takes some preparation. You must be dedicated

to cleanse your mind body and spirit even before the process begins. It is essential to prepare yourself three to four days prior to beginning your fast. You should begin by eating only fruits, raw and steamed vegetables, and drinking juices, herb teas and smoothies. Before bedtime consume two table spoons of olive oil and herbal laxatives. In the morning, eight ounces of prune juice. I also suggest avoiding potatoes, bananas, all grains, nuts, pasta, meat, dairy and processed food. For the best results, also eliminate caffeine and alcohol prior to committing to a detox program. Once you are done with the predetox, you are ready to fully reset and refresh. The process begins by consuming lemon water and during the cleanse, you will keep your body hydrated by drinking liquids throughout the day until bedtime. Along with lemon water, you will also consume herbal teas, supplements, organic vegetable juices and a daily vegetable-based soup to encourage the elimination process. During your detox program, it is important for you to be in an atmosphere free of distractions so you can focus on your relaxation status. You should enhance your detox with yoga, life enhancement classes and spa treatments. Health and wellness classes are informative, enlightening, and therapeutic. Spa treatments can help enhance your overall detoxing experience. Yoga classes open your energy and elevate your spirit by gentle stretching and assuming postures. Meditation is achieved in a variety


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magine having a ballerina’s physique, grace, strength and flexibility. That’s the potential of barre. “Barre is a combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates principles. We use small, isometric movements to temporarily fatigue muscles and make them long and lean. The so-called fatigue is what causes muscles to shake, and therefore, change,” explains Nadia YokariniKotsonis, a certified barre instructor at Physique Fitness Studio, in Grove City, Ohio. Students use a ballet barre to support themselves while doing the exercises. Yokarini-Kotsonis is among many former dancers that have embraced barre fitness. Trained in ballet, tap, contemporary and traditional dance in Athens, Greece, she discovered barre when she moved to the U.S. “I fell in love with how challenging it was and the effects and changes I saw in my body. I got certified a year later and have been teaching ever since. I’m still in love with

practicing it, no matter how tired I might be beforehand,” she says. Rather than a cardiovascular regimen, “Barre is good for developing core strength. You gain overall flexibility, muscle strength, improved posture and range of motion,” says Lisa Juliet, West Coast regional director of the teacher certification program (Barre

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While barre has had some U.S. presence since the 1950s, “It’s having a resurgence now,” says Charlene Causey, a certified natural health professional and ballet body barre instructor in Pueblo, Colorado. Newfound interest began on both coasts and is quickly becoming a Midwest mainstay, according to YokariniKotsonis, who says it’s one of the most popular classes she teaches, and other studios are following suit. She remarks, “Everyone wants to offer barre, and natural awakenings

“What makes this workout brilliant is that the classes are designed to fit the goals and ability levels of all participants. Each set of exercises provides options ranging from the beginner to the more advanced barre enthusiast. Effective, yet safe, lowimpact techniques provide ongoing challenges,” says Causey. Those that regularly practice realize many positive effects. “Your body becomes long and lean, similar to a ballet dancer’s. You learn to stand tall and become stronger with each class,” says Yokarini-Kotsonis. However, don’t expect it to be easy. “Even when you do it every day, you’ll still find it extremely challenging,” she adds. M o s t t e a ch e r s i n d iv i d u a l i z e modifications for beginners. “I tell my students to do what they can. There’s no judgment here,” says Causey. Many yoga teachers offer barre classes as a beneficial complement to other sports and activities such as running. “It supplements your other endeavors,” notes Causey. Today’s barre classes feature bare feet and typical workout wear, specialized equipment and props, contemporary music and of course, the ballet barre. The whole experience is highly positive and upbeat, says Causey. Most fitness experts would agree that it’s good to add variety to workouts, and trying something new adds spice to the mix. Plus, for those that keep at it, says Yokarini-Kotsonis, “Barre can be the fastest results-oriented program you can undergo. Expect to see a change in your body in a month if you attend three to four classes a week.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer near Boston, MA. Connect at LyndaBassett@ November 2015



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traits. Carver was cautioned that Riley was an active animal, needed long walks and would ultimately top 100 pounds. Now age 11, he’s a companionable 135 pounds. “I was surprised at how easy it was to change my routine to accommodate playtime, mile-long walks and training. He’s laid back and gentle for his size,” comments Carver, a blog talk radio show host in Parma, Ohio. Danielle Nay, an expat from the UK, researched for two years before choosing Freeway, her neighbor-friendly löwchen. He’s a mid-size dog, big enough to be a manly companion, but the right size for a high-rise apartment. “When his humans are busy, Freeway flings his own ball down the hall and then runs after it,” she says.

Choosing the Perfect Pet Not Just Any Dog or Cat Will Do by Sandra Murphy


he old line, “He followed me home, can we keep him?” used to get a kid a dog or cat of his own. In today’s homes, it’s not that easy. Choosing a pet is a personal choice not to be taken lightly nor made on another person’s behalf. A surprise pet is a bad idea. Rather than gift a pet during the holidays or at any other time, give a coupon to be redeemed after extensive and careful consideration. Involve the whole family in listing pros and cons, deal breakers and must-haves. Lifestyle adjustments by everyone are to be expected, but pets shouldn’t make all the sacrifices. Available time and space, daily routines and costs all matter in determining the perfect pet.


Account Coordinator for z11 Communications, public speaker and author Michael Holtz, of Knoxville, Tennessee, admits he would’ve fallen in love with any dog. His wife, Sarah, searched to find the one that would work best for them. Based on past experience, Sarah knew that she didn’t want a herding, massive, shedding or miniature pet. She was drawn to Labrador types and found Marley, a golden/basset mix rescue that moved in as Michael was undergoing cancer treatment. “She’s calm, playful and wants to be near, but doesn’t smother, is stubborn, yet trainable, and mostly obedient,” Sarah says. “Plus, she’s content to nap or go on three-mile walks. Walking Marley helped Michael’s recovery after surgery. She was good with just sniffing the green off of a blade of grass until he was ready to head home.”


Small dogs and those that need extensive grooming were on Melinda Carver’s no-adopt list. “I read books, visited websites, shelters, adopt-a-thons and rescue groups,” she says. “As a single person with a full-time job, I wanted a dog that would fit with my work, volunteer and exercise schedules.” Riley, a bloodhound/Lab mix, fit the bill. Shelter workers can project how large a dog will get when fully grown, as well as their temperament and other breed

Not Quite Perfect

The perfect pet doesn’t have to be perfect in looks or health. Dorie Herman, of Jersey City, New Jersey, a graphic designer for Martha Stewart Living, in New York City, is the human behind Chloe Kardoggian, a Chihuahua and puppy mill rescue, age 11, which she describes as “three pounds, two teeth, one giant tongue and an Instagram sensation.” Due to poor nutrition, mill dogs often lose their teeth as young adults, causing their tongues to hang out. She advocates for older dogs and an adopt/don’t buy policy. “With senior animals, you know what you’re getting. They have personality,” says Herman. “With my work schedule, I wanted an older pet, small and piddle-pad trained.”

Take Two

Herbert Palmer, of Morris Plains, New Jersey, now with Green the Grid Group, worked for a moving company when three kittens showed up near the loading dock. A co-worker took one. Not in the market for a cat, much less two, Palmer tried to find them good, safe homes. After five days, he realized, Lucky and Day had a home—with him. “Sometimes we adopt them. Many times they adopt us,” he confides. Falling in love doesn’t depend solely on what looks good on paper. Everyone deserves to find their “heart” pet—when that first exchanged look proclaims, “He’s mine.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

More Factors to Consider n A yard isn’t a must, but dogs need regular exercise and socialization. n Adult children boomerang home after college or a divorce, often with pets. A new baby also alters a home’s equilibrium. Many hours away due to work, school activities, elder care and/or volunteering can lead to a bored pet that will produce its own entertainment, often to the family’s dismay. n Some pets are easily washable, while others need professional grooming. Daily brushing minimizes shedding. n A yearly wellness exam, required inoculations, a microchip and pet insurance add to the tab.

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Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224


Being “Herd” 9:00-11:00 AM Fine-tune your relationship skills with Beverly Walsh, Ph.D., Ange Finn, EFT, and the horses at Red Dun Ranch. No riding, no horse experience necessary. $90 Red Dun Ranch, 14034 Hooper Rd., Houston, TX 77047 Beverly Walsh, 713-540-1528 Scorpio: Psychic Turn-On! With Cinda Johnson. 7-9pm. Detect, clarify, re-evaluate, strengthen and your relationships. $25. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224


Houston Zoo. 12n-7pm, last entry at 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. The Houston Zoo. 6200 Hermann Park Drive 77030. 713-533-6500. The Retirement Lifestyle? 6:30-8:30pm. A free informative and entertaining lifestyle (not a finance sales) seminar by John Jons, the author of “How to successfully make the lifestyle change from working to retirement.” This seminar is designed for people who did not or will not be receiving the retirement lifestyle orientation and training prior to their retirement. The Wayne Johnson Community Center (Carbide Park), 4102-B Main Street (FM 519), La Marque, TX 77568. Website: http:// Tools for Life–Learning to Use the Alexander Method 6:307:30 pm Chris Lidvall will be offering a group class in the Alexander Technique. Drop-ins are welcome! $20/class, $72 for four classes. A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd, Suite T, Houston, Texas 77025 Chris Lidvall, 281-989-8574 Auras with Master Toledo. 7-9pm. Learn how to see your own aura. You will also learn to see the auras of others in attendance. $30. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224


HU Sing. 7:30pm. Singing HU, the ancient name of God is a direct way to experience the all encompassing presence of the Holy Spirit. Free. 281-759-1130. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224


Experience Vortex Energy with Nathan Main. 6:45-8pm. His technique is designed to remove the conscious blocks that are interfering with an otherwise harmonious vibration field. $20. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224


Color of Nature with Kelsey Low. 9-11am. Nature is a colorful place. Explore the beauty of nature’s colors by learning about what colors are and how we see them. Discover that other animals may see colors very differently than humans. Experience the fascinating colors of the Arboretum on a nature hike. $35. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024.



Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10am-5pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuina Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. 713-444-3581 HTX BikeFest. 10am-6pm. Hosted by Black Gold Cycling, this festival brings cyclists and bike enthusiasts from all over the city to celebrate their favorite mode of transportation: bikes! The event kicks-off with an all-day swap meet boasting more than 50 vendors focused on the bike friendly lifestyle. A huge obstacle race course and sprint contests presented by Texas Gold Sprint’em. Free. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000


Tools for Life–Learning to Use the Alexander Method 6:307:30 pm Chris Lidvall will be offering a group class in the Alexander Technique. Drop-ins are welcome! $20/class, $72 for four classes. A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd, Suite T, Houston, Texas 77025 Chris Lidvall, 281-989-8574 Our annual FALL Open House! 7:00pm - 9:00pm Join us in this fun, casual environment to hear a talk from our Zen Master, enjoy tea and snacks, learn some basics about meditation, Q & A, hear students share about their benefits from meditation, enter a prize raffle, visit the Center and more! Universal Door Meditation Center - 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 Julia Childs French Dishes for an American Kitchen. 6:3010pm. Like so many of you, Lucia loved the movie “Julie & Julia” and was inspired to offer an evening of some of Julia Child’s classic recipes. Step by step, follow the master’s advice, learning new techniques to help you enjoy your time creating in the kitchen. Come prepared for a delightful evening. $65.00 Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098. 713-523-6494.

Cayce’s Vision for the 21st Century. 1-3pm. Humanity is ready for a fundamental change. Not fine tuning what came before but a radical transformation. $10. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224


Imago theatre: ZooZoo. 6:30p. Imago Theatre, best known for FROGZ and internationally acclaimed for its special brand of vaudeville, comedy, acrobatics, and illusions, presents its latest family hit, ZooZoo — a masterful combination of mime, dance, music, and special effects. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030.

The World of Salvador Dali. 7pm. Danielle Johnson, curatorial assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA, will consider both Dali’s art and his often flamboyant career as an artist. Free. The Menil Collection. 1533 Sul Ross St. 77006 713-525-9400.

Screen on the Green: Cinderella. 7pm. Catch a free flick in the shadow of Houston’s skyline. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. Beer, wine and concessions are available for purchase. A live-action take on the classic fairy tale. Come an hour early for activities. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney 77010.

Dynamic Meditation with Karen Free. 7-8pm. Learn and practice a unique technique to move more quickly into a deep state of meditation. Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-9327224


Bayou Bikers. 8-11am. Free. A 25- to 40-mile bike ride exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston’s waterways. Free. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 Meditation Workshop. 7:30-9:30 pm Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. No fees. Donations are welcome. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd. 77072. 281-568-1568 Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 Spirit Quest Holistic Fair. 1-6:00 pm. Tarot and oracle card readings, psychic reading, angel readings, and astrology readings. Also reiki, stone healing, angel therapy, reflexology, ear candling, ion foot baths and much more. Admission Free. The Spirit Quest Center, 303 Main Street, Spring, TX 77373 Create a Terrarium. 1-3pm. Making a Terrarium lets you create your own miniature green space to bring a little nature indoors. On an inspiring walk through our woodlands, we’ll gather moss, lichens, and other natural elements. Choose a glass container from our collection, or bring a favorite of yours from home, and we will provide all the ingredients to create this fun mini-ecosystem! $30. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Healing the Lower Chakras. 2-5pm. Meditation teacher Nina Patel offers this workshop on healing the lower chakras: root, sacral and solar plexus. You will learn the basics of each chakra function, be guided to unblock, activate and balance each of the lower chakras. $75. Yoga Heart Studio 5959 Westheimer #210 77057.

Lunch Coach is on Call! Noon-12:45pm Cherie Ray, MLA, 3 Principles Coach. This month, the focus of our conversation is: Appreciation, The catalyst for living in the flow. Free. Call-in instructions at



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One day Meditation Retreat 8:00am - 3:00pm. Through Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien’s clear teachings she guides students to connect with Awake Mind and to apply meditation through various daily activities such as sitting, walking, eating, and working, to Wake Up and live truly happy in any situation. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 14. Suggested donation $50, includes refreshments and lunch. Universal Door Meditation Center - 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 “Ask Kim Live!” 11:30 am – 2:00 pm. Free Event! Mark your calendar! Kim will present secrets to building psychic ability and then channel for audience members in a lottery-type drawing. Edgar Cayce’s Houston Center 7800 Amelia Rd, Houston, Texas 77055 (For directions) (713) 263-1006. Who am I really? Why am I here? with Jeanette Welch. 1-3pm. The unique arrangement of the astrological symbols I your birth chart reflects your soul’s intentions for growth in this lifetime. $15 for one class. $20 for both. 832-545-4084. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 Learn Self-Hypnosis with Master Toledo. 5-7pm. Learn how to relax your mind and body. $30. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 William Close and the Earth Harp Collective. 7:30pm. Experimental musician and innovator William Close turns Miller into a musical instrument with help from dancers, aerialists, artists, and the Earth Harp — the largest stringed instrument on the planet. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030.


Half-Day Zen Retreat. 9am-noon. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 Who am I really? Why am I here? with Jeanette Welch. 6-8pm. The unique arrangement of the astrological symbols I your birth chart reflects your soul’s intentions for growth in this lifetime. $15 for one class. $20 for both. 832-545-4084. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224


Power Archetypes! With Cinda Johnson. 7-9pm. Fortify yourself with the power of the archetypes. $25. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224


Tools for Life–Learning to Use the Alexander Method 6:307:30 pm Chris Lidvall will be offering a group class in the Alexander Technique. Drop-ins are welcome! $20/class, $72 for four classes. A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd, Suite T, Houston, Texas 77025 Chris Lidvall, 281-989-8574


Outwit Stress with Laughter Yoga. 6-7pm. Laughter yoga oxygenates the brain and the body, strengthens the immune system, and restores a sense of joy and well-being. There are no on-the-floor exercises. No yoga mats, special exercise clothing, or sense of humor required! A concluding guided meditation and talk follows the exercises. $15. The Jung Center 5200 Montrose Boulevard 77006. Awake Now Happening. 7 p.m. movement and meditation, 8 p.m. featured musician Ginger Doss, 8:30 p.m. drum circle. Create the climate in which we thrive. We thrive in joy. We thrive in peace. We thrive in the creative energy of the universe. Casual, relaxed, fun event in the Unity Pyramid, 2929 Unity 77057. $10 suggested gratitude gift. 713-782-4050. or


Free Monthly Affirmation Gathering with Doyle Ward. 7 – 8:30 PM Join us in November for a special Thanksgiving Meditation focused on Gratitude. This is a powerful evening focused on affirmative thinking to help you achieve your dreams! Using affirmations is the beginning to transforming and healing the past allowing barriers to dissolve. Every area of life can be enhanced with affirmative thinking: relationships, health, career, and prosperity. Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233. 77027. or call 832-628-4113. West Side Story. 7pm. Forget about trekking to the ‘burbs for your Alamo fix. Join us for a film under the stars as the Rolling Roadshow presents West Side Story. Watch as two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, and tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. Free. . Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000


Winter Birding with Gary Clark. 8:30-11:30am. Let your ornithological odyssey begin in these great winter birdwatching class with our renowned birding instructor, Gary Clark. $55. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. 21st Annual Pilgrim Fest. 10am-4pm. Family Fun, Food, Crafts for sale, Petting Zoo and a sharing of historical facts about those who arrived in the “New World” aboard the Mayflower. Offered without charge to the Houston community just before Thanksgiving, this unique event is a joy to all! Free. First Congregational Church 10840 Beinhorn 77024.


Blessing Ceremony. 10am-12n. Come and experience peace and blessing. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. Special Thanksgiving Expo Sunday 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224


Tools for Life–Learning to Use the Alexander Method 6:307:30 pm Chris Lidvall will be offering a group class in the Alexander Technique. Drop-ins are welcome! $20/class, $72 for four classes. A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd, Suite T, Houston, Texas 77025 Chris Lidvall, 281-989-8574


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.


Centerpoint Free Healing Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224


Creative Meditation: “Holidays with Ease”. 6:30-7:45pm, True You Creativity Studios in The Heights. RSVP at www.

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Half-Day Zen Retreat. 9am-noon. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568.


Meditation Workshop. 7:30-9:30 pm Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. No fees. Donations are welcome. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd. 77072. 281-568-1568

ongoingevents daily Houston Arboretum. 8am-6pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. Breakfast Prasadam, free vegetarian meal. 9:00am. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482 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 Lunch Prasadam, free vegetarian meal. 12:30pm. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482 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. bats.html

Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz, Jr. 11am-5pm. Access your past life to heal current life issues. Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Road, 1B., 77055. Call 832.530.3360 to make an appointment. edgarcaycehouston. org/Eppie-Munoz,-Jr.html Yoga. 11am-12n. Strengthen, relax and recharge. Presented in partnership with Texas Military Veterans Network. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. Mindful Meditation. 12n-1pm. Life has a way of provoking us with traffic jams and never ending hassles. This free event explains how mindfulness helps us cope with stress by managing our own reactivity. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney 77010. Open Mic with Jimmy Deen. 7:00-11:00pm. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 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. Kendall Neighborhood Library. 609 Eldridge Parkway, 77079. 832-433-2415. info@ Bum-ba Toning. 6:30-7:30pm. Tighten and tone your bum and body. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010.

Dinner Prasadam, free vegetarian meal. 7:30pm. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482

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.


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..

Tarot & Intuitive Counseling with Allison Miller. 10am-7pm. Compassionate support and guidance for healing the heart and soul. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713-7214056 for an appointment.


Light Language & Sound Healing with Robert Tang. 10am7pm. Experience the language of love and light. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-799-8545 for an appointment.

Light Language & Sound Healing with Robert Tang. 10am7pm. Experience the language of love and light. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-799-8545 for an appointment.

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Energy Balancing & Clearings with Celilia Wheelis. 10am7pm. Cecilia is a healing-energy worker and practitioner who assists individuals in order to heal and recover their vitality. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-799-8545 for an appointment.

Core Focused Yoga. 6:30-7:30 pm. 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 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. programs/yoga-classes

Yoga Skills for a Changing World with Brandy Deutsch. 6:30pm. $60 per month or $20 drop in. Spectrum Center 4100 Westheimer at Midlane, 77027. 233. 832.754.5022

Meditation and Aura Cleansing. 11:30am-12:30pm. This meditation opens the heart and crown hakras, enabling you to draw large amounts of divine energy into the crown. Free. CenterPoint, 1-5 PM, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713932-7224 Eden Energy with Stania. 1:30-3:30pm. The class will focus on working directly with the body’s energy systems to help create health and wellness. Benefits from this class include: Boosted energy level Enhanced metabolism Improved memory Reduced stress. $18. Green Planet Sanctuary 13424B Briar Forest, 77077. 713-253-4208, call to RSVP. Tools for Life–Learning to Use the Alexander Method. 6:307:30 pm. Chris Lidvall will be offering a group class in the Alexander Technique. $20/class, $72 for 4 classes. A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd, Suite T, Houston, Texas 77025 Chris Lidvall, 281-989-8574. 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, Houston, Texas 77380. 832-433-2415.

Growing into your future with health, grace and beauty doesn’t have to take all your time. It rather requires a dedication to caring for yourself as if you were rare and precious, which you are, and regarding all life around you as equally so, which it is. ~Victoria Moran

Wellness Education. 7 – 7:30 p.m. Come, learn about the latest breakthrough in all-natural healthcare. This category-creating technology has been featured by the National Institute of Health and is redefining anti-aging. Free informational presentations held Tuesdays at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, TX 77055. RSVP to Angelle at (832) 472-1366. Charles Bryant Showcase. 7-11pm. Dinner music at Last Concert Café. Get your Vegan Tex-Mex On! Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 Intro to Meditation 101.7-8pm. Universal Door Meditation Center offers this beginner level class open to the public. Here we begin to discover the difference between False Mind and Awake Mind by applying basic Zen Meditation. Donations Welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor. org 281-565-9718 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. Donations Accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2015 West 11th Street 77008. Capoeira Angola. 7:30-9:30pm. Capoeira Angola is a martial art incorporating dance, music and philosophy. It was developed by Africans in Brazil during colonial times. $15. The Flamenco Room 4212 Canal Street, 77003.

wednesday Subtle Energy Therapies with Connie Silva. 10am-7pm. Healing touch and light therapy. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-613-1075 for an appointment. 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. Oneness Blessing. 5:30-6:45pm. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713.782.4050. Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Friendly cycling group. All routes go through inner city – each day of the week we have a different route. Please obey the rules of the roads. Stop at all traffic lights and stop signs. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery 4814 Nett St. 77007. Zumba. 6:30-7:30pm. The exercise craze that has everyone moving to the beat! Free. Admission Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. 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@ African Dance. 6:30-8:00pm. Lessons in African dance offered by Lipan Urban. $15. Tango Cielo 3710 Main Street, 77009. 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, TX 77479. 832-433-2415.



Psychic Development with Grendl. 7-9pm. We all have psychic abilities. They just need to be developed. Check the website for cost and registration. CenterPoint 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713-932-7224 Diamond Way Meditation. 7-7:30 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 436.6081. Hellina Bucket Band 7:30-10:00 Free dinner music. Free. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. Spiritual Unfoldment Meditation Class- 7:30PM -9PM Join us for our meditation circle class. Any changes in time will be texted to you if you sign up. Love Offering, First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC 2115 Turner Dr. Houston, Tx. 77093 713-695-2550 Liana Liles 713-240-0058 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. 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 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. Pot Roast. 10:30pm-12mn. Late night music outside under the stars. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 Drum Circle at Midnight 12mn-2am $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563

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 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. programs/yoga-classes Buffalo Soldiers Museum. 1-5pm. Buffalo Soldiers Museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of African American soldiers in the United States. Free. Buffalo Soldiers Museum 3816 Caroline Street, 77004. 713.942.8920. Houston Museum of Natural Science. 2-5pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world’s mineral wonders. Free. HMNS 5555 Hermann Park Drive 77030. 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 Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:00-7:00pm. 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. Houston Public Library, Central Branch, 500 McKinney Street, 77002. 832-433-2415. 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. or 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.

Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within 7-9pm Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to connect with Awake Mind and to apply meditation. This class provides a stable foundation for those who are ready to move to the next level, go deeper in their meditation practice, and touch with the Awake within. Suggested donation $50/month. Suggested donation $50/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 Bohemeo’s Badass Bike Ride. 7pm. Every kind of bike is welcome but note the first and third Thursday of the month the ride is fast paced (16-18 mph) and contains about 20-25 miles with bridges. The other Thursdays it is a more social and slower ride, maintaining pace at 12-14 mph for about 12-15 miles. Free. Bohemeo’s 709 Telephone Road, 77023. 713.923.4277. Hightailers 10:30-2 am Longest running house band in existence. Gulf Coast Rhythm and Blues - $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563

friday Recycling Fridays. 8:30am-12:30pm. Drive by and drop off sorted plastic, aluminum, paper, glass, and flattened cardboard boxes. Free. Emerson Church. 1900 Bering Dr., 77057 (between Westheimer and San Felipe) 713-782-8250. Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz, Jr. 11am-5pm. 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 Yappy Hour. 5:30-7:30pm. Enjoy a drink on our patio with your pup! It’s a dog friendly happy hour! Whole Foods 1407 South Voss Rd. 77057. 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 Spiritual Unfoldment Meditation Class- 8PM -10PM Join us for our meditation circle class. Any changes in time will be texted to you if you sign up. Love Offering. First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC 2115 Turner Dr. Houston, Tx. 77093 713-695-2550 Ken Pitman 832-692-3666 Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Count Yard, 521 Lamar, 77002. Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. $7.00 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

Children’s Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Open to children ages 4-12. Parents must be present and participate. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. Kitchen Kraft with Grendl Tucker. 11am-12:30pm. We will be demonstrating how to create candles, herbal tinctures and teas, natural herbal medicinals, aromatherapy, rune making and many other hands-on body, mind and spirit projects. Check the website for cost and registration. CenterPoint, 1-5 PM, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713-932-7224 www. 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. programs/yoga-classes Beginning Meditation. 11:00-11:30am. Enjoy relaxing meditation class at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. programs/yoga-classes Recycling Saturdays. 11am-2pm. Bring your glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum to a recycling station at Discovery Green. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. Community Open Forum. 1-4pm. All are invited to create and participate, ask questions, and share ideas. Topics are unlimited, and can include paranormal, psychic, metaphysical and spiritual subjects. Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-7303017 Drumming Class: djembe. 1:30-2:30. Group djembe drumming class by Lipan Urban. $15. The Eye of Africa Gallery 709 11th Street, 77008. Tai Chi Sun Dragons. 3-4:30pm. Tai Chi Chuan classes taught by Black Belt Certified Tai Chi instructor Mary Griffin (lineage of Grand Master Her Yue Wong) Saturday. $25 at the door. $80/ month prepaid. Center Point 2727 Fondren (corner of Westheimer and Fondren) 77063. 713-932-7224 www. 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. Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert. com

sunday Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body -- 9:30 – 10:30am With an emphasis on bringing together mind, body, and movement to be in the present moment, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind, which is profoundly healing, and also restores and refreshes every aspect of our being. Suggested donation $50/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 Oneness Blessing Meeting. 10-10:30pm. The Oneness Blessing is a direct transfer of intelligent sacred energy which causes the heart to open, quiets the chatter of the mind, opens the door to higher states of consciousness and initiates a process of Awakening into Oneness. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. Healing Service, Lecture, and Messages from Spirit. 10:30 am First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC. Music by Dwain Briggs. 713-695-2550 2115 Turner Dr. 77093. Acoustic Jams. 10:30am-12n. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 Dance Evolution-Central. 10:30-1 pm. 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. Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am-12noon. Join us for guided meditation suitable for everyone. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain community. Free. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naome Street, Suite A 77054. http:// Fall Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am – 12:30pm. For youth grades 1-12, starts Sept. 13. Through games and activities, they are introduced to basic meditation practice and life skills needed to understand more about themselves and how to be truly happy. Call for more details. Suggested donation $60/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:30 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281436-6081. 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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MARVA MASON’S HOLISTIC FAIR La Quinta Inn-Galleria 1625 West 610 Loop Houston, TX 77027

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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 •

Beginning Meditation: (A) Wed. 7:30–9:30pm (B) Sat. 10–noon. Children Meditation: Sat. 10am– noon. - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun., Nov. 15, 9-noon. Sun., Dec. 13, 9-noon. Meditation Workshop: Sun., Nov. 8, 10-11am. Sun., Dec. 20, 10-11am. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., Nov. 22, 10-noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 5.

UNIVERSAL DOOR MEDITATION CENTER 2619 Charles Lane Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718

Are you ready to Wake Up? Discover Awake mind 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! Tue: Meditation 101. 7- 8pm* Thurs: Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7- 9pm*. Sun: Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body. 9:30-10:30am* Sun: Fall Youth and Teen Program 11am-12:30n*. * = requires pre-registration/class fee. See our ad on page 19.

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Learn this spiritual way of living including: Healing methods, your soul’s contracts and life purpose, ceremonies, finding your totem and power animals, creating your power stones and building your healing mesa. Four days of training. Houston location or online life webcast. Nov 7, 8, 14 and 15 from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Get course details, cost and register online at http://returningtotheoneness. com or call Aurora at 281-923-9388.

TAI CHI CHUAN TAI CHI SUN DRAGONS Mary Griffin, Instructor 713-205-6960

Tai Chi Chuan classes taught by Black Belt Certified Tai Chi instructor Mary Griffin (lineage of Grand Master Her Yue Wong) Saturdays 3-4:30pm at Center Point 2727 Fondren (corner of Westheimer and Fondren) Houston, TX 77063. Prepaid $80 per month or $25 at the door. NEW QIGONG CLASSES starting September 12. Call to reserve your space. 713-205-6960.

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