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ary Beth Haubrich, Certified LifeLine Practitioner and Teacher since 2008, can help you stay connected and access the peace you desire using the LifeLine Technique™. S o , wh a t i s t h e L i f e L i n e Technique™ ? It is both an ancient and advanced complete system of transformation and wholeness developed by Dr. Darren Weissman. It is a kinesiology-based system that integrates the science and philosophy of the Five Element Theory, Acupuncture, and Ayurvedic Medicine combined with aspects of many modern healing modalities. The cornerstone of The LifeLine Technique™ is the unique view of symptoms, stress and disease. Rather than something being wrong with a person; symptoms, stress and disease are the language a person’s body and life uses to awaken them to their authentic power of transformation and create change. At the root of every symptom, stress and disease is a subconscious emotional pattern of reaction. When activated this pattern of reaction will cause both behavioral and biological stressors. The LifeLine Technique™ enables a person to activate their subconscious mind and thus have a direct impact on genetic expressions affecting the health of their body and the relationships in their life. It focuses on the Five Basics for Optimal Health-the quantity, quality, and frequency of water, food, rest, exercise and owning your power. The LifeLine Technique™ is for anyone who is passionate about taking responsibility for their life and wanting to consciously give the gift of their presence. Create sacred space for yourself this Holiday season by scheduling a LifeLine session with Mary Beth and harmonize yourself to your Holiday intention. Sessions can be conducted in person, over the phone or Skype. Visit the website to learn more about the LifeLine Technique™. Call or email today to schedule an appointment and be sure to mention Natural Awakenings magazine. Mary Beth Haubrich, CLP, Certified LifeLine Practitioner. 864-2668501, marybethhaubrich@gmail.com. JoyfulHealingArts.com. See ad on page 40.

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he eyes are the window that opens into the soul, an energy that occupies but one dimension of the human body, mind, and spirit. As the soul travels the Cosmos in search of love, it finds its way to the Earth with a thirst to create an experience in the physical world that will ultimately lead to growth, understanding, fulfillment, and an awakening into a higher consciousness. Within the dimension of every soul, you will find an exact replica of our Universe, giving each person a limitless domain from which to create their world. Every individual has the potential to experience an awakening that becomes a calling, taking them into a life of service with a strong desire to alleviate the suffering and hardships of others. The IEL Institute was developed for such a soul. IEL is an acronym for intuit the energy of love, and was developed over a ten-year period of working with thousands of clients, studying many gifted teachers, and listening to the whispers of spirit. The purpose of the program is to provide knowledge, personal growth, training, resources, community, support, and a network of consciously connected individuals with a common goal. Designed specifically for those interested in using their intuitive senses as a tool to help themselves or others, the IEL Institute was created for those interested in starting a practice, or those who are currently interested in expanding an existing practice in the areas of intuitive reading, energy healing, medical intuitive services, excelling as a modern shaman, and for personal spiritual growth, knowledge, and increased awareness. Chris Carpentier is a Certified Teacher with the IEL Institute and is offering classes for the first time in the Houston area. Join a community of like-minded people, have some fun, and learn how to advance your intuitive skills. On Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Chris will be discussing the IEL Energy Intuitive Certification Program and demonstrating the Forsyth Crystal Light Table at Spectrum Center at The Preserve, 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205 Houston, TX 77018. Visit Chris’s website chris-carpentier.com or call 713-303-7107 for more information.

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ew York author Joshua Greene and guitarist/vocalist Godfrey Townsend will appear in Houston to offer a special musical and multi-media tribute to George Harrison of the Beatles on Friday, December 9th at ISKCON's Gauranga Hall, 1320 West 34th Street, Houston, 77018. The program includes a vegan dinner from 6:30-7:30 pm and the musical tribute begins at 7:30 pm. Greene, author of Here Comes the Sun, the Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison and an Emmy Awardnominated filmmaker, met Harrison as a teenager and was inspired years later to Harrison, with Hare Krishna devotees Shyamasundara write a book that examines the spiritual Dasa and Mukunda Goswami, in front of Jiva Goswami and musical influences in George's life. Samādhi in Vrindavan, India, 1996 Godfrey Townsend has performed with rock artists John Entwistle, bassist of The Who; Jack Bruce of Cream, Dave Mason, guitar/vocalist of Traffic; and Alan Parsons. Greene's multi-media presentation traces how Harrison’s musical and spiritual evolution was influenced by sitarist virtuoso Ravi Shankar, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Swami Vivekananda, Paramahansa Yogananda, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Townsend will sing Harrison classics such as “Here Comes the Sun,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Something” or “My Sweet Lord." A theme that runs throughout is George Harrison’s spirit of devotion, his attempt to share spirituality with his fellow Beatles and the public, his vulnerability in doing so, and his willingness to give of himself and to inspire other rock stars to cooperate in projects such as the benefit concert for Bangladesh. Greene, who helped record a Krishna conscious music album with Harrison at Apple Studios, will also discuss George's involvement in ISKCON. The tribute is part of a several-day celebration of ISKCON 50, the 50th anniversary of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, beginning with a gala on Thurs. December 8th, the Harrison tribute on Friday the 9th, and Gita Jayanti--celebration of the appearance of the Bhagavad-gita--on Saturday, December 10th.

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Fracking Linked to Asthma Attacks

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esearch published in the Journal of Marketing Research links bright light to healthier food choices. The study observed 160 diners at four separate metropolitan locations of a chain dinner restaurant between 6 and 8 p.m. Two of the restaurants used bright lighting (250 lux luminance) and the other two locations had dim lighting (25 lux luminance). The researchers found that diners at the well-lit locations were more likely to choose healthy options such as baked or grilled fish and chicken than the patrons at the dimly lit restaurants. These results were replicated in a laboratory test of 700 college students where scientists attributed students’ healthier choices to the alert feelings that being in a bright room elicits.

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esearchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health have found that individuals living close to a natural gas hydraulic fracking site have a significantly higher occurrence of asthma attacks. The study examined health records from the Geisinger Health System, a healthcare provider in Pennsylvania, where the fracking industry has experienced incredible growth of more than 9.000 natural gas wells in the past decade. The records of more than 35,000 Geisinger asthma patients between the ages of 5 and 90 were studied between 2005 and 2012. Patients that reported attacks were mapped and studied in relation to the fracking well locations, and the results compared with other patients not reporting attacks in the same year. The researchers discovered that those that lived in close proximity to multiple or larger active natural gas wells were 1.5 to four times more likely to experience asthma attacks. Brian S. Schwartz, a medical doctor and a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Services at the Bloomberg School, in Baltimore, Maryland, was the senior author of the study. He states, “We are concerned with the growing number of studies that have observed health effects associated with this industry. We believe it’s time to take a more cautious approach to [fracking] well development with an eye on environmental and public health impacts.”

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study in the journal Pediatrics, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, has found that the common childhood habits of thumb sucking and nail biting can reduce the risk of adolescent and adult allergies. Researchers followed more than 1,000 individuals from 5 through 32 years old, monitoring these two habits at ages 5, 7, 9 and 11. The subjects were tested for allergies at 13 using a skin-prick test and again at 32. Of all participants, 31 percent were frequent thumb suckers and nail biters, and those children had a lower incidence of allergic reactions than the others. These results support a hygiene hypothesis suggesting that early exposure to microbial organisms reduces the risk of developing allergies.

Teens Hooked on Ear Buds Prone to Tinnitus

esearchers from the University of São Paulo Medical School, in Brazil, have found high levels of tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing in the ear, and hearing loss in adolescents that use ear bud speakers. They examined the hearing of 170 students between the ages of 11 and 17 and asked them about their experiences with tinnitus in the previous year. More than half of the respondents had experienced the condition. The principal investigator for the study, Tanit Ganz Sanchez, an associate professor of otolaryngology at the medical school, notes that the prevalence of tinnitus among adolescents should be viewed as an early warning of a serious hearing loss risk. She says, “If this teenage generation continues to expose themselves to very high noise levels, they’ll probably suffer from hearing loss by the time they’re 30 or 40.” natural awakenings

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The study Greening of the Earth and its Drivers, published by an international team in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows significant greening of a quarter to one-half of the Earth’s vegetated lands based on satellite data from the past 33 years. This represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees that produce sugars using sunlight energy to mix atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) with water and nutrients from the soil. These sugars are the source of food, fiber and fuel for life on Earth. More sugars are produced when there is more of this greenhouse gas in the air in a process called CO2 fertilization. About 85 percent of the Earth’s land is free of ice and covered by vegetation, currently encompassing 32 percent of the planet’s total surface area. Lead author Dr. Zaichun Zhu, a researcher from Peking University, in China, states, “The greening over the past 33 years reported in this study is equivalent to adding a green continent about two times the size of mainland USA, and has the ability to fundamentally change the cycling of water and carbon in the climate system.” The effect may serve as a carbon sink to help counter climate change.

Th e N o r w e g i a n Pa r l i a m e n t Standing Committee on Energy and Environment has pledged that the government will follow a deforestation-free public procurement policy, meaning that any product that contributes to deforestation will not be used by the country as part of an Action Plan on Nature Diversity. Rainforest Foundation Norway was the main lobbying influence behind this recommendation and has worked for years to bring the pledge into existence. “This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest,” says Nils Hermann Ranum, head of policy and campaign for the committee. “Over the last few years, a number of companies have committed to cease the procurement of goods that can be linked to destruction of the rainforest. Until now, this has not been matched by similar commitments from governments. The Norwegian state is now following suit and making the same demands when it comes to public procurements.” Deforestation is estimated to comprise about 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change and disrupting natural cycles and livelihoods, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Removal of trees can disrupt a region’s water cycle, resulting in changes in precipitation and river flow that also contribute to erosion.

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Humans an Endangered Species The UK-based nonprofit Global Challenges Foundation’s annual report on global catastrophic risk (Tinyurl.com/ GlobalExtinctionReport) has found that the risk of human extinction is higher than we might expect. The Stern Review (Tinyurl.com/The-Stern-Review), the British premier government report on the economics of climate change, estimates a 0.1 percent risk of human extinction every year. “We don’t expect any of the events that we describe to happen in any specific 10-year period. They might— but on balance, they probably won’t,” says Sebastian Farquhar, director of the Global Priorities Project. United Nationsapproved climate models estimate that temperatures might rise six to 10 degrees Celsius, which pushes the probability of extinction beyond 3 percent, even with a considerable decrease in carbon emissions. Nuclear war, natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, genetic engineering gone awry and pandemic plagues figure in too, but the biggest threat might be the ever-increasing human population. According to a paper published in the journal Nature by Elizabeth Hadly, a professor of environmental biology at Stanford University, such growth has followed the trajectory of a typical invasive species and suggests there may be a looming global population downturn. Still, humans are capable of exponentially growing their population several times over through the invention of new technologies and cultural shifts, regardless of Earth’s natural carrying capacity.

2016 was a mixed year for whales and dolphins and by extension, humans. Marine Biologist Sylvia Earle states the importance of ocean health this way: “With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. The ocean is the blue heart of the planet. There’s still time, but not a lot, to turn things around.” Scientists have discovered a new, black-colored species of whale that’s onethird the size of a Baird’s beaked whale. Yet to be named, it’s rarely seen, feeding in deep canyons in the Bering Sea. The oldest-known orca whale, Granny, at 105, swims Washington’s coastline. Wild orcas usually live 60 to 80 years; captives, 40 years at most. Iceberg, the only known adult white orca, age 22, was spotted in Russian coastal waters earlier this year. In 2013, a Korean marine park retrained five dolphins to feed naturally and released them into the sea, where they rejoined their original pod. Recent sightings found them thriving, affording hope for the 2,900 dolphins in marine parks, aquariums and zoos worldwide. Pink dolphins in Hong Kong’s bustling harbor remain endangered. In 2003, there were 158; by 2014, only 61. The Baiji River dolphin, only found in China, has been declared extinct. Vaquitas, small porpoises in the Gulf of California, declined from 97 in 2014 to 60 this year, most drowned in commercial fishing nets; it may be extinct by 2018.

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LOVING LARGE Scientists Say We’re All Connected by Linda Sechrist

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rue love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield that true love and awareness—a sense of universal connectivity and the idea that divinity, or the sacred, is found in all things—are indistinguishable.

Scientific View

This state of being, generally denoted by strong feelings of love or acceptance toward others, brings us into contact with universal energy which connects all of humanity with the natural world. Clues to our united commonality are explored in two 21st-century books, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become, by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., and A General Theory of Love, by medical doctors Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon. These authors explore the brain science that’s related to love and awareness. 14

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Cosmic View

During their 30-year friendship, Bob Staretz collaborated with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., the lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, to research and write “The Quantum Hologram and the Nature of Consciousness,” published in the Journal of Cosmology. Their scientific theory explains how all of creation learns, self-corrects and evolves as a selforganizing, interconnected holistic system through love. “Without exception, everything in nature exists and works together in total balance, resonance and harmony, interacting as one. From this perspective, Edgar and I reached the obvious conclusion—the organizing principle of the cosmos is agape love, an ultimate form of unconditional love that accepts all things existing in nature without regard to conditions, expectations, shortcomings, flaws or faults,” explains Staretz. The former executive director of Eternea, an organization focused on spiritually transformative experiences

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Fredrickson notes is far more ubiquitous than previously thought possible. Her research shows that it requires only connection, not the intimacy or shared history that comes with any special bonds. Micro-moments of the connected oneness we feel as life-giving reverberations occur via shared smiles or laughter, a common compassion or an engaging story. Humans all hunger for such moments. The prerequisites are perceived safety and authentic sensory connection with another, even if it’s fleeting. In Fredrickson’s perspective, such neural coupling is a biological manifestation of oneness in which a habitual focus on “me” expands to a life-expanding “we”.


and the study of consciousness, Staretz says individuals that undergo such an experience attest that loving one another and all of nature, of which we are a part, is the central reason for our existence. Anita Moorjani’s latest book, What If This Is Heaven? reiterates the life lesson she learned from her dramatic near-death experience in which she identified herself as a state of pure consciousness connected with everything in the cosmos. She clearly heard: “Your only work is to love yourself, value yourself and embody this truth of self-worth and self-love so that you can be love in action. That is true service, to yourself and to those who surround you.” This message continues with her, and she explains that by not loving ourselves, we are denying the part of God that expresses itself through us. An overarching insight from her life-changing journey is, “Unconditional love is a state of being, not an emotion. It’s not just one side of the coin—it’s the whole coin.”

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. ~William Blake

How-to Resources Interest in this deeper perspective led The Shift Network, which offers online transformative education, to host a recent Advanced Teachings for Truly Loving Yourself with Margaret Paul, P.h.D., co-author of Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved By You?

Many others are working to spread the word about a larger sense of life-giving love, including Cleveland, Ohio, intuitive psychologist Debra L. Reble, Ph.D., author of Being Love:

How Loving Yourself Creates Ripples of Transformation in Your Relationships and the World. She says, “Our soul’s purpose is to be and express love. We dream of love, yearn for love and make love, but rarely do we realize that we are love, a source of divine energy.” Reba Linker, a New York City life coach and author, hosts a Leaders in Self-Love Facebook page and the Paint Yourself into The Picture online coaching show. Linker’s philosophy on love resembles that of New Thought leader Michael Beckwith, minister, author and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Culver City, California—to discern that our true nature is love is to know that we are created in the very image and likeness of love, the essence of life itself. Gary Sinclair, author of Healing Memories in Seconds, views his life from an altitude of oceanic oneness. His 35 years of study in a field that uses energy to heal spirit, mind and body led him to develop Soul Link, a memory energy therapy. His work is changing the face of therapy for those with post-traumatic stress disorder and led to the revelation, “Love pulls whatever it touches to its highest potential.” Teaching what he knows “beyond a shadow of a doubt” helps to shift his

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Treat Yourself to a Holiday by Carrie Harmon

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his is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but most of us are over stressed during the holiday season. The holidays are in full swing which means you are sleeping less and eating more. With holiday parties and family gatherings, you are constantly putting other’s needs before yours. If you are anything like me, you are a people pleaser and are always making sure that everyone is happy. You tend to feel complete knowing that everyone is well taken care of, but you fail to take care of yourself. When stress takes over and you do not take care of yourself, your body takes notice. It is important to find a quiet place where you can take a moment or two to breathe. Treat yourself to a little gateway in the midst of the holidays. If you have an overwhelming urge to get away from it all, visit the woods, stay in a cabin and disconnect from it all. Deer Lake Lodge & Spa is the ideal staycation to escape from the hectic holiday season. To help you treat yourself to a little holiday you do so with yoga, a juice cleanse and take it a step further with Colon Hydrotherapy.

Yoga

Just one hour of yoga in the morning, can help you feel relaxed and at ease all day. You will sleep better and also increase

your blood flow. It is amazing what our bodies can do and with regular practice, you can increase flexibility. You will also start to notice that your posture will improve and you will be able to prevent neck and back pain. Other benefits include strength building, lower blood pressure and it also helps boost your immune system.

Juice Cleanse

If you are over-consuming during the holidays, you might want to consider doing a liquid cleanse. It is important to take a break from food and give your body a small break. Cleansing will help you hit your internal reset button and give you time to focus on your mind, body and spirit. A juice cleanse will increase your energy, help break unwanted cravings and give you glowing skin. Flushing your system with solely liquids can help undo the damage of over-consumption and poor food choices from all those holiday parties.

Colon Hydrotherapy

Over a long period of time, waste accumulates and it becomes toxic. Colon Hydrotherapy is a safe and allnatural way of removing waste from the colon without the use of drugs. Colon Hydrotherapy is the gentle infusion of natural awakenings

filtered water into the colon by way of a sterile and disposable rectal tube. A colonic exercise breaks down and releases fecal matter, toxic waste, bile, mucus and debris that are lodged deeply in the colon. When this exercise has been completed, it allows for the body to function more efficiently. When your colon is functioning correctly, it helps reduce the burden on other organs in the body. It is important to take a moment and listen to your body. Give yourself a holiday that will help you relax and rejuvenate. After a weekend at Deer Lake Lodge, you will thank yourself for taking the moment to breathe a little. You can then go back to the holiday season with total control of your body. Carrie Harmon is the Spa Director at Deer Lake Lodge & Spa, a health resort that promotes enhanced living through holistic cleansing and other therapeutic practices in a relaxing, secluded environment. Deer Lake Lodge & Spa aspires to improve guests' health in an environment where they can enjoy a multi-faceted cleansing program in a rustic-chic resort atmosphere, located on a 50-acre rustic-chic oasis in Montgomery, TX. www.DeerLakeLodge.com. See ad on page 20. December 2016

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two walnut-sized adrenal glands, one atop each kidney, produce vital hormones that help control heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and many other functions, including how the body deals with stress.

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Identifying the Core Issue

Heal Adrenal Fatigue

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Practical Ways to Regain Vitality by Linda Sechrist

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atigue due to physical or mental exertion is common in those beleaguered by stress, poor eating habits and insomnia, struggling to balance the needs of family and career and too often using caffeine and other stimulants to artificially rebound energy.

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James L. Wilson, Ph.D., a doctor of chiropractic and naturopathy, educates medical professionals about an even more serious health issue he identifies as “adrenal fatigue”; it’s characterized by below-optimal adrenal function induced by an overload of such stressors. Our

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In his book, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, Wilson sheds light on the scope of the problem. “The fact that adrenal fatigue is unrecognized by conventional medicine has left millions of people suffering from an untreated problem that interferes with their ability to function normally and capacity to enjoy life. For those whose adrenal glands are ‘running on empty’, even something as basic as happiness seems almost out of reach,” comments Wilson, who resides in Tucson, Arizona. Individuals suffering from adrenal fatigue are most concerned about their low moods, energy, mental acuity and libido, for which conventional medicine typically prescribes antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs. These medications do nothing to revive adrenal functioning. This faulty condition also affects weight gain and a propensity toward the development of some diseases, including fibromyalgia. “Your resiliency, energy, endurance and very life depend on the proper functioning of the adrenals,” Wilson says. We’ve inherited our sympathetic nervous system and its stress response of


fight-or-flight from our prehistoric ancestors. It hasn’t evolved to differentiate between an acute threat to survival and the chronic threats from looming deadlines, financial pressures and other modern-day worries. “The adrenal stress response to physical danger or any perceived psychological threat is identical—the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine responsible for cascading physiological reactions,” explains Dr. Vijay Jain, who treats fatigue from an integrative perspective at his Mind Body Wellness Center, in Palm Coast, Florida.

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Adrenal fatigue is mainly a self-induced health problem that doesn’t just appear. It results from an accumulation of ongoing choices that we can change. Jain applies ayurvedic principles to reestablish balance in the body’s three prominent mind-body types that influence personal well-being. These are known as vata, pitta and kapha. For people primarily characterized by vata and pitta typology, fatigue is the result of being overactive and burning the candle at both ends. For those with kapha constitutions, fatigue is the outcome of a sedentary lifestyle with insufficient movement and eating the wrong foods for them. He further recommends getting more sleep with regular bedtimes, practices such as yoga nidra meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing) and a slower-paced yoga practice with longerheld meditative poses, as well as massage and a diet designed to restore our biological energies, or doshas, to a balanced state. “Depending on a patient’s constitution I advise some to slow down and burn 50 percent less of their candle, while I tell others to increase their physical activity and

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he earliest signs of adrenal fatigue are low energy and the need for several strong shots of caffeine to kick-start the morning or get through an afternoon slump. If these symptoms arise, take steps to begin nourishing, restoring and de-stressing the adrenal glands. Eliminate stressors. Reevaluate daily schedules to make room for a regular session of yoga, meditation, tai chi or qigong. Establish a regular sleeping schedule aligned with the body’s natural cycle. Slipping between the sheets no later than 10 p.m. can mean better and deeper rest. Make dietary changes, starting with 40 grams of protein each morning. Limit the intake of stimulants, including caffeine. Eliminate sugar and processed grains. Add adaptogenic herbs and organic coconut and olive oils to dishes and food preparation. Eat nutritious foods such as greens and brightly colored vegetables. As a result, blood sugar and insulin levels will take fewer rollercoaster rides, easing the work of the adrenals. Refrain from over-exercising. Excessive cardio or endurance training is hard on the adrenals, so substitute more relaxing forms of exercise. Practice calming mindfulness and deep, controlled, diaphragmatic breathing.

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improve their diet.” Jain also recommends a type of ayurvedic purification and detoxification treatment that involves a series of five therapies including massage and herbal treatments. Performed in sequence, these allow the body and mind to drop into a state of peacefulness. Acupuncture treatments are also helpful, along with a regimen of adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, schisandra and ashwagandha, according to Jain. In Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally, author Andrea Beaman writes about how she

recovered naturally from adrenal fatigue. To restore energy and vitality to the body, she further recommends the healing practices of hatha yoga, qigong and tai chi. “These modalities build energy, whereas power yoga, and cardiovascular exercises drain energy in fatigued individuals,” advises Beaman. She notes that it can take six months to two years to restore desired energy levels. Beaman counsels individuals with behavioral characteristics that make it more challenging to burn less of their candle. She grabs their attention with the critical nature of their situation. “‘You are in and out of life in a blink. If you’re exhausted at age 48, how are you going to live a vibrant, happy and exuberant life right up to the finish line?’ That generally works,” she says. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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Your heart sees an ogre as an angel, Just waiting to be born… (with a soft kiss). Are you brave enough to pucker up? Your mind would rather run from sleeping tigers that had, several decades ago, promised to eat you, than face the unknowns of life. Your heart knows that overwhelming darkness is a miracle waiting to happen.

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Restorative Drinks Revive Good Cheer by Judith Fertig

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u r i n g j a m - p a ck e d s p e c i a l occasions like holidays, our drinks should multitask, too. We need festive tipples to refresh us without overdoing it, restore equilibrium if we overeat or drink or revive us when we’re feeling low from a seasonal cold or flu. In addition to traditional offerings that family and friends might expect, why not add a new and improved signature drink to everyone’s repertoire? These feel-good beverages, featuring winter fruits high in vitamin C, anthocyanins, therapeutic herbs and fresh ginger, deliver delicious boosts to help us feel our best.  

Refresh

The season of hospitality is happily also the season of pomegranates, blood oranges and Meyer lemons (a sweeter, thin-skinned, aromatic variety). These

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Healthy Holiday LIBATIONS vibrant fruits give a taste of good cheer to anything we can pour, shake, muddle or simmer. Whether we offer fresh-squeezed blood orange juice in the morning, a nonalcoholic cocktail of pomegranate juice and sparkling water, or a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice in a hot toddy or tea, the tart flavor is a sure pick-me-up. The red color in antioxidant-rich blood oranges and pomegranates indicates the presence of anthocyanins, compounds that might help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as treat eye disorders, according to an article published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. Meyer lemons are a good source of vitamin C, essential for producing collagen needed to support the formation of new bone, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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After an evening of over-imbibing, our systems need to reboot. The stomach needs help in processing alcohol, plus we may be dehydrated and feeling a little queasy. Filtered water, coconut water or a sweet, caffeine-free coffee or carbonated beverage of the lemon-lime variety rehydrate, as well as help our digestive system break down and flush out the alcohol. According to Registered Dietitian Aicacia Young, in Austin, Texas, founder of ClimbHealthy.com, the simple act of drinking water before we go to bed can assist in the recovery process. Research published in the Food & Function journal found that lemonlime soda helps the body metabolize alcohol better by speeding up its ability to process the compound aldehyde dehydrogenase, the main cause of hangover symptoms. For nausea and motion sickness, ginger or peppermint tea can help, according to studies in the American Journal of Physiology and the French Prescrire International.  

Revive

Sometimes the stress of holiday to-dos, often combined with travel, can lower the resilience of our immune system. When we feel symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, the classic hot toddy can help us feel human again. The alcohol in whiskey is a natural decongestant; plus, it helps get us to sleep. Honey soothes and perky lemon juice gives us hope that we’ll feel better the next day.   Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at JudithFertig.com.


Perk-Me-Ups

Holiday Sangria

Seasonal Drinks that Revitalize Courtesy of Heather Crosby, author of YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, WholeFood Lifestyle; YumUniverse.com/ fresh-peppermint-tea.

Combine 1 liter of cabernet sauvignon, a quart of pomegranate juice, ¼ cup agave nectar, 1 thinly sliced Meyer lemon and 1 thinly sliced pear in a pitcher. Add ice and stir. Pour into glasses to serve.

Blood Orange French 75 Yields: 1 serving

Meyer Lemon Hot Toddy

Fresh Hot Ginger Tea

Yields: 1 serving

Yields: 2 servings

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the juice of half a Meyer lemon, a tablespoon or two of honey and a jigger of whiskey. Serve hot in a mug.

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and then add 1 small knob of fresh ginger, precut into thin slices. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain out the ginger slices and serve in a mug.

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In a champagne flute, pour a jigger of gin, the juice of half a blood orange and a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice. Top up with champagne. Courtesy of Kathryne Taylor, a whole foods and vegetarian blogger; Search CookieAndKate.com.

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The best holiday drinks are festive and taste great. They should also be easy to fix. Here are five to get us started.

Yields: 8 servings

Fresh Hot Peppermint Tea Yields: 1 serving

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. While it’s boiling, place 7 to 10 fresh organic mint leaves in a tea cup. Pour the hot water over the mint leaves and let them steep in the cup for 5 minutes. Strain out leaves as desired, and enjoy. natural awakenings

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popcorn (listing unpronounceable ingredients) and instead making the treat at home—popping kernels in coconut oil and topping the result with maple snickerdoodle flavorings. Many moms turn to online boards for party ideas. Fun photos posted there guide kids in creating naturally sweet treats, such as fresh fruit skewers shaped like elves or magic wands inspired by The Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy.  

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hen sugar was a commodity only the wealthy could afford, “visions of sugarplums” danced in the heads of children ensconced in Clement Moore’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. Now, cheap candy is everywhere and not all that special. What is special is making memories aligned with contemporary traditions while enjoying naturally sweet, healthy treats that kids will remember helping to create. “It’s important to limit sugary snacks, even during the holidays,” says Claire McCarthy, a Boston Children’s Hospital pediatrician, Harvard Medical School assistant professor of pediatrics and senior editor for Harvard Health

Publications. She is also a mother of elementary school kids. “We need to use the opportunity—any opportunity these days—to teach children and families about eating healthy.”

Healthier Holiday Snacks

Mothers Amy Roskelley and Natalie Monson, of Provo, Utah, agree that raising healthy kids is a challenge. Dealing with picky eaters, getting family members to exercise and sourcing organic baby care products are all in a day’s work for them. It’s why they founded SuperHealthyKids.com. Subscribers have access to meal plans, recipes and healthy parenting tips. Recent advice includes ditching prepackaged

Gingerbread House Update

“Building a gingerbread house is a timehonored tradition for many families,” says Jacquie Fisher, a Kansas City, Missouri, mom who masterminds the educational blog and kid-friendly adventure postings at KCEdventures. com. Learning to construct the edible structure is intriguing fun. “Testing out how to balance the walls, construct a roof and put together a fun little structure is the perfect intro to some basic physics principles,” she notes. Because she’s not a fan of sugar icing and candy add-ons, Fisher’s kids connect over how to make Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s stable with wholewheat graham crackers “glued” together with a homemade maple caramel mixed with coconut milk. They decorate using dried fruit, nuts, dry cereal and flaked coconut.  

Christmas Stocking Stuffer and Hanukkah Gelt For healthy alternatives to sugary candy, savvy parents source sweet treats made with 100 percent fruit juice and fair trade chocolate available at health food stores and markets. Registered Dietitian Abbie Gellman, in New York City, reinvents the Hanukkah gelt, or foil-wrapped chocolate coins, that Jewish children traditionally receive. She flattens dried apricots with a kitchen mallet, dips them in melted dark chocolate and then sprinkles the treats with sea salt. We can always make wonderful memories true to the spirit of holiday traditions, and do it today in a healthier way. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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Sugarplums Update Healthy Sweets for Kids

Maple Snickerdoodle Popcorn Yields: About 5 cups

Rudolph the Reindeer’s Stable

Popcorn: 1 tsp coconut oil, melted ½ cup popcorn kernels

Yields: 1 stable

Maple Snickerdoodle Topping: 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup ½ tsp cinnamon Sea salt to taste Heat the coconut oil in a medium saucepan, with a lid, over medium heat. Add 3 kernels of popcorn and wait for them to pop. Once the test kernels start to pop, add the rest, cover and allow to pop, shaking occasionally until popping slows to a near stop. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and set aside. For the topping, whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon, until well combined. Pour over the popcorn and mix well. Sprinkle the top with a few pinches of sea salt, mix again and taste. Serve immediately making additional sea salt available. Cour tesy of Amy Roskelley and Nat alie Monson, SuperHealthyKids.com/maple-snickerdoodle-popcorn.

Yields: 12 servings (6 pieces per person) 1½ lb dried apricots 1 lb dark chocolate chips 1 Tbsp coarse sea salt

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Using a heavy skillet or mallet, flatten apricots to ¼-inch thickness and set aside.

Graham crackers Small paintbrushes Assorted fresh and dried fruits for decoration, such as blackberries, pomegranate arils and kiwi fruit Dry cereal, such as Rice Chex, and flaked coconut for decoration Pecan halves for roof shingles Vegan Maple Caramel “Glue”: 1 cup canned coconut milk (shake the can well before opening and measuring) 3 Tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract Pinch sea salt  For the vegan maple caramel, place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Keep cooking until the caramel thickens and darkens to a caramel color, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and let cool until just warm to the touch, then use for glue. If you like, make the caramel mixture ahead, store in the refrigerator and then microwave until just warm. Dab the bottom of 1 double graham cracker with the maple caramel glue; then attach it to a dinner plate to make the stable floor. Glue on three walls, a fence and a roof. When the structure is solid, use more warm caramel mix to attach the desired decorations on the stable, fence and perhaps a courtyard out front. If necessary, reheat the edible glue in the microwave. Let dry for 1 hour.   Courtesy of Jacquie Fisher, KCEdventures.com/blog/healthygingerbread-house-ideas.

Place chocolate in the top of a double-boiler over simmering water and stir until the chocolate has melted. Dip each apricot in chocolate, coating ½ to ¾ of the apricot. Place on wire racks set over parchment or wax paper and sprinkle with sea salt. Let stand until set. Transfer apricots to baking sheets lined with parchment or wax paper and refrigerate until firm. The gelt may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three days. Adapted from a recipe by Abbie Gellman, SPECertified.com/ blog/view/apricot-gelt-recipe. natural awakenings

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The Tree

A Gorgeously Greener Holiday Fresh Thinking About Décor by Avery Mack

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ature’s holiday decorations can transcend cliché pine wreaths or farmed trees to make highly personalized indoor décor that supersedes traditional greenery. Yet mistletoe, holly leaves and berries, eucalyptus, poinsettias, tree needles, acorns and a cut tree’s water reservoir can be harmful to both pets and children. Here are some better choices.

For smaller spaces or to make a statement, try grouping topiary trees of varying heights draped with solar twinkle lights and small ornaments or fresh flowers to create a focal point in a bay window. “A lemon-lime cypress lends another burst of unexpected color on an entry hall table,” says freelance floral designer Janet Corrao, in Nutley, New Jersey. “It smells good, too.” Plants six inches tall work well. Corrao suggests setting the pots in colorful, inexpensive metal buckets from craft stores for added glamour. Unless deemed a hazard to active kids or pets, set up a mid-sized stepstool on a table or open a six-foot ladder in a corner and hang ornaments down the center space; add garlands and lights and set potted flowers and small gift boxes on the steps. Search “alternative Christmas trees” at Pinterest. com for more ideas. Another option uses hedge-like plants in lieu of a tree. Consider an English or Japanese boxwood plant or evergreen lilly pilly, and then trim to the desired size and shape. Plant it outdoors as weather and climate permit.

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“While we were working on a photo shoot, the photographer decided to include a Christmas scene. I was able to add fresh greenery from the property to the red ornaments and white orchids that I’d brought along. It made a striking centerpiece running the entire length of the table,” says florist Angie Zimmerman, of Angie Zimmerman Designs, in El Dorado Hills, California. “For the fireplace mantel I used branches with red berries to add height on either side of the central mirror and

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then duplicated the centerpiece design between them.” A festive table can be dressed with appealing edibles. Use a bread wreath as a base and stud it with skewered basil leaves, cherry tomatoes and small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese for an easy, self-serve, Caprese appetizer. A colorful dish of balsamic dressing or another dip in the center, along with small plates and holiday napkins, completes the offering. For a sit-down dinner variant, place a few Caprese skewers in small, clear, glass vases along the table with individual finger bowls of dip. Flat-leafed green parsley sprigs add another special touch. Zimmerman further suggests using deep-red Roma apples, cored, as candle holders. Make living place cards with small pots of herbs. Chalkboard paint identifies the plant and guest seating. Also consider colorful painted pots sporting a small cactus. Transform oranges into aromatic pomanders by scoring the rinds with a citrus stripper in a spiral, circle or other pattern. Use a small nail to make holes and stud the fruits with whole cloves. Adding seasonal greenery and sterilized pine cones makes a beautiful and fragrant centerpiece.

The Front Door

“I love to use pine cones for centerpieces,” Corrao says. “Our weather is cold enough that I don’t have to worry about bugs when collecting cones in the neighborhood.” For warmer climates, bake the pine cones for 30 minutes in a 200-degree oven to melt excess sap, kill insects and fully open them. Sold online or in kitchenware stores, a bay leaf wreath offers cheer at the door. After the holidays, hang it in the kitchen for easy access. “Kumquats, lemons, tangerines, small oranges and crabapples add color to green wreaths,” notes Corrao.

Garlands

For many, Christmas demands the smell of fresh pine boughs. Spice up the traditional greenery with carnations or other lighthued flowers colored with the juices of fresh, canned or frozen fruits and veggies—red from cranberries, beets and cherries; yellow and orange from yellow onions and carrots; purple from blackberries; green from spinach; pink from strawberries; and blue from red cabbage or blueberries. Freshly cut the flower stems and put them in the liquid from crushed produce or the can to absorb color. Hang garlands out of reach of young children and pets. Navjot Kaur, of Navjot Designs, in Chicago, says, “We all have greenery in our yard or patio gardens that can be used for the holidays. It’s fun to alter the design based upon what is available.” Imagination and inspiration can spark new, greener traditions. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com. natural awakenings

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they stop to sniff, do hamstring stretches by leaning against a wall, fence or tree. Once the warm-up portion is completed, add sprints to burn more calories. Ask for a sit, pick a goal a short distance away and then give the cue to run together fast. After arriving at the goal, ask for another sit. “Our favorite time to go is before 7 a.m. to avoid cars and when the asphalt isn’t too hot for his paws,” says Monica Weintraub, a food and travel blogger currently working from Beijing, China. FREE Monthly “Carl loves the burst of energy, and we AFFIRMATION Gathering! both build muscle.” June 24th 7:00 PM – 8:30course PM Spectrum A backyard agility Center 4100 Westheimer can

complement or even substitute for walks. It’s easy to make with weave poles, jumps and tunnels. Vary the order of the obstacles and run alongside the dog to call out each one. When it’s excessively wet, cold and icy or hot outside, create an indoor agility course. Use blankets and upturned chairs for tunnels, cardboard boxes to designate a weaving trot and a hula hoop for jumps. Set it up on top of rugs that foster firm footing. Balance can also be improved with exercise balls. While some dogs only see a soccer game, others try to balance on the ball, strengthening core muscles like their humans. L e a r n i n g d o g a , o r yo g a f o r dogs, incorporates a canine’s natural trainability, flexibility, mimicry of human moves and desire to please. Kristen Corral, who’s also certified in animal massage, teaches Anima yoga fusion classes for people and pets of all ages in Las Vegas. “Anima means an expression of one’s true inner self,” she explains. “We work on balance and never force the dogs into poses. They’re excited during the first sessions, but as you move and breathe together, it becomes a calming and relaxing activity.” Floor exercises with the help of a dog also helps strengthen core muscles. Do leg lifts and teach the pet to walk under a raised leg to ensure it stays raised for the proper amount of time. Incorporate fetch games with sit-ups; throw the toy when sitting up and accept it back while reclining. Alternate arms— the dominant one has better aim, while the other one adds steps for the dog as it runs to fetch an errant toss. For chair exercises, use a toy to lure the dog under the chair, moving it from

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Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market. 6am-8pm (except Christmas and Thanksgiving) Over 20,000 square feet of Texas produce. Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market 2520 Airline, 77009. 713.862.4027 caninoproduce.com Last Organic Outpost Harvest. 9am-4pm (except during extreme cold or rainy weather). Come and get your hands in the dirt. Help with the work of the garden and harvest your share for FREE. Last Organic Outpost 711 Emile Street, 77020. 832.422.8407 facebook.com/lastorganicoutpost.com Nu Waters Food Co-Op. 9am-5pm Tue-Sun. 2320 Elgin 77004. NuWatersCo-Op.com

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

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

THURSDAY

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

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Eastside Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market. 8am-12n. Parking lot behind 3000 Richmond at Eastside, 77098. urbanharvest.org The Farm Stand at Petrol Station. 9am-1pm. Petrol Station, 985 Wakefield 77018. 713.957.2875 facebook.com/The-FarmStand-at-Petrol-Station

NOTE: All Calendar events must be received via email by the 10th of the month prior to publication and adhere to our guidelines. Email Mike@NaturalAwakenings-Houston.com for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please. Introduction to Intuitive Painting & Open Studio. 6:00pm8:45pm. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. When you understand the nature of creativity and its principles, you begin to relax and trust. You will learn these principles during this series. No experience is needed. No critiques are permitted. All materials included. $55/session multi session discounts available. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com Body Mind & Soul Annual Christmas Party. 4:00pm–9:00pm. Join us for a festive evening full of music, food, and drinks. For this one evening only, all merchandise will be discounted 20%. Not available on the 1st? Presale begins Saturday, November 26th. FREE. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste., 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

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markyourcalendar 97th Annual Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting. 6:00pm-8:00pm. This spectacular event is a holiday tradition of music, Santa, fireworks and family fun. A towering Holiday Tree, glowing with energy efficient LED lights, shimmering ornaments and a stunning star topper will light up the streets of downtown Houston this holiday season. Also the public is invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Reliant booth at the Mayor’s Holiday Celebration to help make the holidays brighter for a child this season. Everyone who brings a toy will receive a light-up Santa hat from Reliant! Free! The event takes place in Hermann Square at City Hall 901 Bagby, 77002.

Heights Epicurian Farmer’s Market. 8am-1:30pm. First Saturdays only. Grace United Methodist Church 1245 Heights Blvd. 77008. HeightsEpicurian.com Memorial Villages Farmers Market. 9am-1pm. First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn Rd. 77024. facebook.com/mvfm Farmer’s Market at Imperial. 9am-1pm. 198 Kempner, Sugar Land, 77498. imperialsugarland.com/ farmersmarket Tomball Farmer’s Market. 9am-1pm. Corner of Main (FM 2920) and Cherry in downtown Tomball 77377. tomballfarmersmarket.org Conroe Saturday AM Farmers Market. 9am-1pm. 135 N Main Conroe 77301 facebook.com/ConroeSamM/

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

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Farmer’s Market on Grand Parkway. 8am-12n. Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway in Katy, 77494. farmersmarketongrandparkway.com

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DesignCraft Holiday Art Market. 10am. DesignCraft is AIGA Houston’s 7th Annual Holiday Market featuring the work of local artists, crafters, creatives and more. Find the perfect gifts and enjoy demonstrations by local artisans, live music and local food trucks. Market Square Park. 301 Milam, 77002. marketsquarepark.com Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10:00am-5:00pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuinta Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. psychicfairs.com 713-444-3581 Angelic Anchoring of the Divine Feminine with Cathy Chapman & Amma the Divine Mother. 10:30am–1:00pm. In this class we will work with Amma and members of the Angelic Realm who are responsible for anchoring in the Divine Feminine in this and other galaxies. You will receive information to assist your understanding and be guided through exercises and attunements to facilitate the anchoring in of the Divine Feminine. $55.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste., 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com Holiday Concert - Do You Hear What I Hear! 7:00pm 9:00pm. Join us for the 5th annual Unity Holiday Concert , an evening of great music performed by Unity’s talented musicians, soloists, and choirs. This event has quickly become a must-see for our church family and the Houston community; all offered in the spirit of Joy and Celebration! Don’t miss it! Stay after the concert for pictures with Santa plus warm cider and cookies in the Courtyard! Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, free admission for children 12 and under. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org

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markyourcalendar Dawn Mountain’s Annual Holiday Open House. 10:30am Free Dharma Talk with Anne and Harvey. 11:00am - Enjoy a free one-hour guided meditation, followed by festive refreshments, mingling, & unique holiday shopping at 12 noon. Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism, 2010 Naomi St, Suite A, 77054. www.dawnmountain.org ECKANKAR Sunday Worship. 11am - 12pm. You, your friends, and your family are warmly invited to the ECK Worship Services at the Houston Eckankar Center. Each service focuses on an aspect of Eckankar. They often feature a reading from ECK works, singing HU, talks, creative arts, and a group discussion of spiritual principles at work in daily life. Activities are provided for the youth, ages 5–17, on the first and third Sundays. Houston Area Eckankar Center, 11231 Richmond Avenue Suite D106, 77082. eckankar-texas.org/site/ centers/houston/ 281-759-1130 Messages from Archangel Gabriel’s Trumpet with Melanie Harrell. 1:00pm–2:30pm. Have ever wondered who the Angels and Archangels are? Or how they can assist you in your daily life? Receive a basic introduction to Angels and learn how to raise your vibration to better facilitate Angelic communication along with signs & symbols of the Angels. $35.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste., 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com Connecting with the Angel Tarot Cards with Kevin Casey. 3:00pm–4:30pm. In this introductory tarot class you will explore the meaning behind tarot’s archetypal imagery with the angels as your personal guides using Doreen Virtue’s best-selling Angel Tarot deck. Enjoy a card by card journey. $35.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste., 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

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markyourcalendar GEORGE HARRISON TRIBUTE CONCERT 6:307:70pm Vegan Dinner. 7:30pm Concert Begins. New York author Joshua Greene and guitarist/vocalist Godfrey Townsend will appear in Houston to offer a special musical and multi-media tribute to George Harrison. Tickets for the Harrison Tribute, including dinner, are $15. For more information on these events, iskcon50galatx.com/

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Farm Shares Schedule Plant It Forward Farms invites you to enjoy your own weekly box of our fresh, local produce through our Farm Share program which helps ensure our efforts to give newly arrived refugees access to the American dream. You, the socially and environmentally conscious consumer, will be supporting local refugee farmers and their families to earn a living wage by farming sustainably on urban farms in Houston. Farm Shares may be picked up at the following locations. Visit our website for more information or to sign up. http://plant-it-forward.org/our-produce/ farm-share/

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Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire 4pm-7pm 7112 Newcastle St, Bellaire

TUESDAY:

Local Foods in Rice Village 3:30 pm - 7 pm 2424 Dunstan Rd, Houston Dr. Blazek’s Office in the Heights 3:30 pm - 7 pm 2310 Rutland St, Houston Pearland Elite Training Center 3:30 pm - 7 pm 4407 Halik St, Pearland University of St. Thomas 3:30-7 pm 1318 Sul Ross Montrose

WEDNESDAY:

The Corner of Fondren and Willowbend 3:30 pm - 7 pm 10611 Fondren Rd, Houston Dr. Blazek’s Office in the Heights 3:30 pm - 7 pm 2310 Rutland St, Houston American Health Foods 3:30-6 pm 21202 TX-249 #500, Houston University of St. Thomas 3:30-7 pm 1318 Sul Ross Montrose Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center 3:30 - 7 pm 5601 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston

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Summerwood Elementary School 3:30 - 7 pm 14000 Summerwood Lakes Dr, Houston

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Book Signing and Public Dharma Talk. 4-7 pm "The Power of AWAKE" by Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. #1 new release and #3 best seller in Zen philosophy on Amazon.com. Meet the Zen Master, hear her talk about the power of Awake, get your autographed copy, and join the celebration of her first book release! Held at Barnes & Nobles (First Colony, Sugar Land) -- 16535 Southwest Fwy #4000, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Call 281-565-9718 for more details.

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLE LIGHTING SERVICES WITH REV. HOWARD & DIANE CAESAR. 4:00, 6:00* & 8:00 pm and ONE SERVICE only on Sunday December 25th at 11:00am. Give yourself an awesome gift by attending one of these beautiful heart opening services. The inspirational message will touch your heart, the music will fill your soul and the candle-lighting will give you an experience of oneness with God. Arrive early for seating and enjoy some special Christmas music prior to the service. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org *Deaf interpreter during this service. Childcare provided for children 7 and under not attending service.

Love Actually at Market Square Park. 7:00pm. Join us for a movie under the stars as the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow presents, Love Actually, (R). Market Square Park. 301 Milam, 77002. marketsquarepark.com

SUNDAY DECEMBER 11TH

ECKANKAR FREE Book Discussion. 11:00am-12:00pm. You are invited to a free book discussion on Eckankar. Explore your own spiritual experiences and learn more about the teachings of Eckankar. Learn how to look within for answers to spiritual questions. Houston Area Eckankar Center 11231 Richmond Avenue Suite D106, 77082. eckankar-texas.org/site/centers/ houston/ 281-759-1130 Crystals for Angel Connection with Anna Silver. 12:00pm– 2:00pm. Using crystals and stones helps you to hear, feel, see and know your angel's guidance and message. In this you will discover 10 fantastic crystals to use for angel connection, learn which unique stone enhances your connection with each archangel, and receive a crystal grid template. $40.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste., 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

SUNDAY DECEMBER 25TH

ECKANKAR FREE Spiritual Discussion/Community HU. 11:00am-12:00pm. You are invited to the ECK roundtable discussions. A roundtable discussion is a small, open discussion on a spiritual topic, facilitated by an ECK Spiritual Aid, a specially trained member of the ECK clergy. The spiritual topics being discussed are: - The Road to God, an Adventure of a Lifetime - Open your Heart to a Greater Love for God - What Our Relationships Teach Us Spiritually. Bring your friends! Open to persons of all faiths. Community HU singing followed by Spiritual Discussion. Houston Area Eckankar Center, 11231 Richmond Avenue Suite D106, 77082. eckankar-texas.org/site/ centers/houston/ 281-759-1130

markyourcalendar Youth Christmas Pageant - “THE Child Is Born”. 12:30pm. Join us for our 21st century version of the Nativity Story, "The Child is Born", told through the voices of the Manger animals. This original musical is exciting and energetic and has fun characters like a rapping goat, a country cow, rockin’ animals, glorious angels, doddlin’ birds, and a donkey that sings the blues. This story demonstrates how the love of Jesus changes our lives and our hearts. You won’t want to miss this one! Please join us for refreshments after the pageant. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org

TUESDAY DECEMBER 13TH

Senior Wellness Day: Scent-sational Holiday Living. 9:00am12:00pm. Join us for an engaging and informative three hours which will inspire you in maintaining your overall wellness through interactive activities, lab experiences, active participation, and role playing! Special rates for Groups/Seniors available – register your group today at reservations@ thehealthmuseum.org or 713-521-1515 ext. 119. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr 77004. thehealthmuseum.org Oneness Blessing Meeting with Golden Orb Deeksha and Holiday Potluck. 7:00pm-9:00pm. Join your Oneness Community as we share food, drink and merriment at our Annual Holiday Potluck! Please bring a side dish or dessert to share with the group. The Oneness Trainers will provide the ham and turkey. Next, experience the newest form of Deeksha released from Oneness University, the Golden Orb Deeksha! All are welcome to attend and experience this special Blessing! Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-7824050 unityhouston.org

SUNDAY DECEMBER 18TH

ECKANKAR Sunday Worship. 11am - 12pm. You, your friends, and your family are warmly invited to the ECK Worship Services at the Houston Eckankar Center. Each service focuses on an aspect of Eckankar. They often feature a reading from ECK works, singing HU, talks, creative arts, and a group discussion of spiritual principles at work in daily life. Activities are provided for the youth, ages 5–17, on the first and third Sundays. Houston Area Eckankar Center, 11231 Richmond Avenue Suite D106, 77082. eckankar-texas.org/site/ centers/houston/ 281-759-1130

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WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 28TH

2017 Launch it with Intentionality, Engagement, and Play. Coaching & Creating! 6:00pm-9:00pm. In this coaching and creating workshop you will gain tools of awareness that open your heart and mind to the real potential and possibility that exists for you. You will also create a New Reality board for reminding you of the potential and possibility that's true for you throughout the year! $65. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www. trueyoucreativity.com New Moon in Capricorn Forecast and Meditation with Kimberley McSherry. 7:00pm-9:00pm. The New Moon of Capricorn heralds a month long opportunity to explore the quality and level of emotional satisfaction we derive from our definition of reality and the systems and structures we have created to support it. $25. Body Mind & Soul 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. www.bmshouston.com 713-993-0550

THURSDAY DECEMBER 29TH

2017 Launch it with Intentionality, Engagement, and Play. Coaching & Creating! 10:00am-1:00pm. In this coaching and creating workshop you will gain tools of awareness that open your heart and mind to the real potential and possibility that exists for you. You will also create a New Reality board for reminding you of the potential and possibility that's true for you throughout the year! $65. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www. trueyoucreativity.com

FRIDAY DECEMBER 30TH

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


SATURDAY DECEMBER 31ST

World Peace Meditation and Breakfast. 6:00am. World Peace Meditation involves millions of people in a simultaneous global mind, linked together. It is coordinated all around the world at noon, Greenwich Mean Time, which is 6:00 am here in Houston. Be a part of this beautiful consciousness as Rev. Farolyn Mann leads this sacred meditative experience. Claim peace for your life, our nation, and our world. Refreshments will be served in Wallet Hall following the service. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org New Year’s Eve Services at Unity of Houston. 6:00pm & 8:00pm in the Sanctuary. New Year’s is a perfect time to reflect and release the past and that which no longer serves your highest good. Make room for the sacredness of Spirit and a fresh start I the New Year as Rev. Howard Caesar leads us through a very special Burning Bowl Ceremony. Come and let go of the past and begin anew! Childcare provided for children 7 and under not attending service. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org

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White Stone Ceremony. 7:00 pm. The white stone is an ancient ritual from biblical times. When people were released from bondage of any kind, they were given a white stone. Receive the name of your new Divine Nature for 2017. Join Rev. Farolyn Mann for this very powerful and contemplative service as we set our intentions to receive the blessings of the New Year upon which to write a new name. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org

THURSDAY JANUARY 19TH-21ST

markyourcalendar The Tom Bird Method Retreat: Write Your Book In A Weekend (3 Days). Jan 19th at 9:00am – Jan 21st at 3:00pm. When done from the holistic Divine Author Within space, the magic of writing provides a heart-centered connection that uncovers life’s mysteries and creates permanent life-changing transformation. Over the course of these long weekends, 95% of attendees finish the writing of their books for a wide-array of reasons, including publication, creative expression, professional development, healing, and transformation. Tickets available: www.unityhouston. org $495. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713782-4050. unityhouston.org

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Where Hearts & Minds Meet... Magic Happens! A Weekend Coaching Workshop. Friday evening, Saturday & Sunday. Do you want this year to be more about enjoyment and ease and less about stress and striving? Feel energized and hopeful this year in an easy, natural way. This happens when your heart and mind sync up. No more internal tug-of-war. To learn more visit www.trueyoucreativity.com

SUNDAY JANUARY 22ND

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

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New Year’s Ceremony. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center Of Houston 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www. cthouston.org 281-568-1568

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17TH-19TH

markyourcalendar Texas Yoga & Music Conference 2017. Friday Feb. 17th to Sunday Feb. 19th! We inform adults and youth through educational materials, workshops, classes and trainings about the benefits of breathing techniques, meditation, and yoga to promote wellness. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street 77018. For schedule, registration and ticket info please visit www.texasyogaconference.com

ongoingevents daily Houston Arboretum. 7am-7pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org St. Arnold Brewing Company - Brewery Tours. Mon.-Fri. Public Tours at 1:00pm and 3:00pm – no admission charge, food and beer a la carte prices. Sat. Tours at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm - $10 Admission Charge (includes souvenir glass and four 8oz samples). 2000 Lyons Ave, 77020. saintarnold.com 713-686-9494 Rothko Chapel. 10am-6pm (except during special events) The Rothko Chapel is an independent institution, a sacred place open to all people, every day. Free. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713-524-9839 rothkochapel.org Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. Sunset. Every evening at sunset, more than 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from crevices found in the Waugh Drive Bridge. These creatures are non-migratory and call the bayou home year-round. Free. Waugh Street at Allen Parkway 77019. houstontx.gov/parks/ bats.html

monday Tai Chi & QiGong in The Woodlands / Spring. 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:30pm. Have you heard about the benefits of Tai Chi and QiGong and wanted to try it out? Or, do you have experience and are looking to deepen you practice? Come join us and learn simple, time tested methods and movements to clear the mind, circulate energy and relax the body. First group class free! Multiple membership options and private sessions available. 427 Carson Ridge Dr, Spring, 77386. Please call 281-702-3389 or visit www.groundyourdivinity.com for details and to register. Open Mic at The Last Concert Cafe. 6:00-10:00pm. Last Concert Café 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com Beginners Yoga 7-8:30 pm. Discover your strengths and balances through a therapeutic approach to yoga alignment and mind/body integration. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, 5200 Fannin 77004. stanpolins@hal-pc. org. www.firstuu.org Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org

tuesday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes The Self-Invest Series with Helen Racz. 11am-1pm and 6:45pm-8:45pm. Happiness, Success can often seem illusive, mysterious or even magical, like we need a special chant, a favor from the Divine or to find just the right key to make it a regular part of our lives. LEARN how to apply SPIRITUAL LAWS to your everyday life EASILY & with FUN and HUMOR. Cost: $125 Monthly. Spectrum Center, 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205, 77018. HelenRacz.com

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Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. South Community Center. 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 77380. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Intro to Meditation 101.7-8pm. Universal Door Meditation Center offers this free, beginner level class, open to the public. Here we begin to discover the difference between False Mind and Awake Mind by applying basic Zen Meditation. Donations Welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. www.universaldoor. org 281-565-9718 Oneness Blessing Meeting. 7-9pm. Our weekly meeting includes sharing, meditation, Oneness teachings, and the giving and receiving of the Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha. Connect with the Oneness Community to explore deeper experiences of Oneness, Divine Love and accelerated awakening. Child care is available, reservation required. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org (No meeting on 12/27/2016 due to holidays) Tom Turner Band. 7pm-9pm. Live music at The Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com James Wilhite. 10pm-Midnight. Live music at The Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com

wednesday Wednesday Oneness Blessing. 5:30-6:45pm. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org (No blessings on 12/28/2016 due to the holidays) Christian Meditation. 6:00-7:00pm. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities. Explore and study contemporary and ancient texts of the contemplative way. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. Parking is free and available at the Woodwind St. entrance. www.graceinhouston.org. Questions? info@graceinhouston. org or 832-667-8601. Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Be ready to roll at 6:30PM. The route is 20 miles. Riders should be comfortable keeping a pace of 18-20 mph. Helmet, front and back light, spare tube, and CO2 cartridges are required. Earphones are not allowed. Speed may vary depending on who shows. Safety comes first. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery 4814 Nett St. 77007. judy@urbanbicyclegallery.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Kingwood Library. 4400 Bens View Lane, 77339. 832-433-2415. info@ Houston-Meditation.org Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-8:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd. Sugar Land, 77479. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. We have multiple rides that leave from our Heights location on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. Each ride has its own route and distinct pace, so come on out and decide which one works best for you and hop in! Free. Blue Line Bike Lab, 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713-802-1707 www.bluelinebikelab.com/shop-rides

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Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. *Classes begin January 11th!!* Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Hellina Bucket Band 8:00 -10:00pm. Free dinner music. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Pot Roast. 10:00pm-12mn. Late night music outside under the stars. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Drum Circle at Midnight 12mn-2am $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

thursday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Integrative Hatha Yoga Classes. 9:30am. Facilitated by Certified Yoga Therapist, Lin Weiss MH, CYT. Balance Mind, Body & Spirit. An integrative approach with classical Hatha foundations. Focusing on structural alignment, pranayama breathing technique and strength building. Bellaire Triangle Yoga Studio. Suitable for all levels. Call 713-859-8595 to reserve your class.

friday Introduction to Intuitive Painting & Open Studio. 10am-1pm. Dec. 2nd, 9th, & 30th, 2016. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. When you understand the nature of creativity and its principles, you begin to relax and trust. You will learn these principles during this series. No experience is needed. No critiques are permitted. All materials included. $55/session multi session discounts available. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www. trueyoucreativity.com Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Count Yard, 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 7-9pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com

saturday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center 14375 Shiller Rd. 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org.

Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are you waiting for? Free. MFAH 1001 Bissonnet, 77005. 713-6397300 mfah.org

Integrative Hatha Yoga Classes. 9:30am. Facilitated by Certified Yoga Therapist, Lin Weiss MH, CYT. Balance Mind, Body & Spirit. An integrative approach with classical Hatha foundations. Focusing on structural alignment, pranayama breathing technique and strength building. Bellaire Triangle Yoga Studio. Suitable for all levels. Call 713-859-8595 to reserve your class.

Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes

Beginning Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. *Classes begin January 14th!* Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org

Buffalo Soldiers Museum. 1-5pm. Buffalo Soldiers Museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of African American soldiers in the United States. Free. Buffalo Soldiers Museum 3816 Caroline Street, 77004. Buffalosoldiersmuseum.com 713-942-8920.

Children’s Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. *Classes begin January 14th!* Open to children ages 4-12. Parents must be present and participate. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-5681568. cthouston.org

Houston Museum of Natural Science. 2-5pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world's mineral wonders. Free. HMNS 5555 Hermann Park Drive 77030. hmns.org

Yoga at India House. 10:00-11:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes

Free Family Thursdays at The Health Museum. 2:00pm7:00pm. Free entry into The Health Museum to enjoy permanent and traveling exhibits (DeBakey Cell Lab requires a $3 fee) on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr 77004. thehealthmuseum.org 713-521-1515 Children’s Museum of Houston. 5-8pm. Enjoy all the interactive exhibits at the museum with your children. Free. Children’s Museum 1500 Binz, 77004. 713-522-1138 cmhouston.org Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to realize Awake Mind is already within, they have the capacity to Wake Up, and how to apply meditation. This class provides a stable foundation for those who are ready to move to the next level, go deeper in their meditation practice, and touch with the Awake within. Suggested donation $50/ month. Pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor. org. 281-565-9718 Chaz and the Plastik Flask. 7-9pm. Upbeat musical style with a rock and roll sound. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Hightailers. Starts at 9pm. Longest running house band in existence! Gulf Coast Rhythm and Blues. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com

Hatha Yoga on the Green. 9am-10am. A practice for enhanced awareness, and a strong, healthy body. No pre-registration required. Participants must sign a waiver upon arrival. PLEASE NOTE: Due to public health reasons, yoga mats will no longer be loaned out but can be purchased in the office from 9 am-6 pm. You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat, a towel and water. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Young Writers Workshop. 10:30-11:30am. Kids learn to express their thoughts and develop language skills. Presented by Houston Public Library/HPL Express and Discovery Green. Houston's only free and open writing workshop for kids conducted by Writers In The Schools. Limited to 25 students, first come first serve. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com For more information please call 832-393-1375. Beginning Meditation. 11:00-11:30am. Enjoy relaxing meditation class at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/1rfNLkl Meditation: Enhance your Spiritual Journey. 11am-1pm. This spiritual program examines techniques and concepts on how to develop accuracy in Meditation. The cornerstone of the Sant Mat teachings is meditation, because only through meditation we can experience spiritual realization. Spiritual Discourse, Meditation, Vegetarian Meal. Free. India House 8888 West Bellfort, Rm 217, 77031. houstonSOS.org

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sunday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center, 14375 Shiller Rd. 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. Sunday Oneness Blessing. After 9am and 11am services. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body . 9:30am– 10:30am With an emphasis on bringing together mind, body, and movement to be in the present moment, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind, which is profoundly healing, and also restores and refreshes every aspect of our being. Suggested donation $50/month, pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center - 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 www.universaldoor. org 281-565-9718 Christian Meditation. 9:00am-9:30 am. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities in preparation for receiving Holy Communion at the 10am worship service. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www. graceinhouston.org. Questions? info@graceinhouston.org or 832-667-8601. The Conversations With God Study Group. 9:30am-10:45am. Study materials provided, this ongoing gathering is facilitated by Dr. Obidike Kamau. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania,77587. carmeltemple.org Carmel Temple All Faith Service. 11:00am. Different guest speaker every week. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania,77587. carmeltemple.org Acoustic Jams. 10:30am. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Sunday Discussion Circle. 11:30am-12:30pm. You are invited to join us for facilitated, fun, educational discussions on a variety of topics. We practice our UU values of keeping an open mind, listening respectfully, learning from differing perspectives, entertaining new ways of thinking about issues, following guidelines, and being welcoming. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St., Rm 304, 77004. 713526-5200 www.firstuu.org Fall Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am–12:30pm. For youth grades 1-12. Under the guidance of Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, youth are introduced to the Awake Mind within, and through basic meditation as well as other activities and games, they learn how to return to it. Registration required, call for more details. Suggested donation $60/month. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 universaldoor. org 281-565-9718 Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am-12noon. Join us for guided meditation suitable for everyone. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain community. Free. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A, 77054. http://dawnmountain.org Food Not Bombs. 7pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate, or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002 houstonfoodnotbombs.org Sunday Love Feast. 7:00pm. A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston.org

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

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COACHING ABOLISH YOUR INNER SABOTEUR!

Houston, Texas March 17-19 tinamarie.com

Learn how to transform negativity in your life; people, jobs, health concerns, memories all into emblems of peace, calm and power. Over the past five years, the powerful transformation toolset has been experienced by thousands in private sessions, in workshops and now ABOLISH YOUR INNER SABOTEUR – THE EXPERIENCE is being released … Space is limited. Visit our website, take advantage of the Early Bird Special and sign up today! See ad on page 2

BLISSFUL QUESTS

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

Are you ready to achieve your dreams and enjoy balance and success in every area of your life? Find out how, in just 12 weeks, you could be happier and more successful thanks to Heal Your Life® Coach Doyle Ward, who has already helped hundreds of people achieve their dreams! I offer both online and private one-on-one coaching. What are you waiting for? Take that first step toward happiness now! See ad on page 30.

COLONICS JOYCE LONG’S WELLNESS INSTITUTE

1308 James Street Rosenberg, TX 77471 281-344-0095 JoyceLong.biz

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


KEN ROGERS, ND, CNCMH, NATUROPATH

Nutritional Assessments/Colonics 8388 W Sam Houston Pkwy Suite 228 Houston, TX 77072 281-988-7770

GYMS HOUSTON GYM

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

Our facility, class-1 equipment, and supervision enable you to do your own private colonic. We also feature: Nutritional A n a l y s i s , We i g h t L o s s , Nutritional Blood review, Premium Grade Nutrition to match your analysis, and more. Call us for more information or to make an appointment. 10% Discount. Call now. Feel better soon.

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

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ZILLA ADAMS, BA, CHTP, EFT, MH

Energetic Wellness Center - Holistic Healing Katy Office: 439 Mason Park BLVD, Suite C, Katy, Texas 77450 Houston Office: The Preserve, 2060 N. Loop West, Suite 205 Houston, Texas 77018 808-280-3111 zillaadams@gmail.com www.zillaadams.com www.ptsdwarriorwellnessprogram.com

Why not give yourself and your family the special gift of energy medicine and GET FREE AT LAST! Zilla has over 20 years experience as a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, including work at Kaiser Permanente and Stanford University School of Medicine. She combines five therapeutic modalities for powerful results, customizing each session specifically for your issues. These include, Healing Touch, TFT (Thought Field Therapy), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Advanced Reiki and MA, Clinical/Medical Hypnotherapy. She calls this the “Grand Slam Healing Intensive”. Call for a FREE 15 MINUTE consultation or book a session. The FIRST 20 MINUTES ARE FREE! “Nothing binds you except your thoughts. Nothing limits you except your fears. Nothing controls you except your beliefs.”

ENERGY MEDICINE ENERBODYBALANCE

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

Do you want to relieve your pain or tension and maintain those good results? Cecilia Straub Timon, EEMCP, has used and taught Eden Energy Medicine with her clients for several years. She started with Reiki and Brain Gym. She now uses Eden Energy Medicine and tapping as well in her work with clients. These non-invasive techniques derived from ancient healing practices relive tension and pain and increase energy and vitality. Contact her today to see if she can help you.

TUSCANY VILLAGE SALON

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

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

VENUS HAIR DESIGN

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

COME & BE HEALED 713-302-1313

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

BARBIE BUTLER, SOUND HEALING & MEDITATION 3000 Sage Road, Suite 1165 Houston, TX 77056 281-799-6889

Are you stressed? Feel scattered? Having trouble staying grounded and centered? Experience a sound healing session with Barbie sitting under the pyramid as she plays the crystal bowls that that are attuned to your chakras. Let her lead you in a meditation especially designed just for you. She offices in The Phychic Healing Center conveniently near The Galleria. Call her TODAY to schedule an appointment or for more information.

HOLISTIC FAIR MARVA MASON’S HOLISTIC FAIR La Quinta Inn-Galleria 1625 West 610 Loop Houston, TX 77027 PsychicFairs.com

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

Houston’s largest and longest continually running holistic fair is held on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am until 5 pm. Featuring readers, alternative health practitioners and vendors. Admission is free. Come and join the fun!

HEALING

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MINDY KING

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

Leadership Training for individuals and corporations; Grief Recovery; Quantum To u c h ® I n s t r u c t o r a n d Practitioner, Heal Your Life® Teacher and Coach; fun workshops with LMT CEU’s available. Call today to schedule an appointment. See Ad on page 18.

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THE CHAKRA HAVEN

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

A cute little shop just outside the Old Town Tomball district. Featuring: candles, crystals, jewelry, oils, incense, herbs and more. Also by appointment only: meditation classes, tarot readings a n d C h r i s t i a n n u m e r o l o g y. Meditation 101 each Wednesday at 6-7pm. Call for more information.

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HEAL WITH NATURAL HERBS

“The Hippest Little Place in Humble” 404 Avenue E Humble, TX 77338 281-227-0435 HealWithNaturalHerbs.com

Looking for a nice peaceful place to just hang out. Well, you’ve found it. We feature ion foot detox, chair massage, an oxygen bar, herbal teas, essential oils and much more. Come by for the Lady’s Tea or the Gentlemen’s Mini-Golf and you won’t want to leave. Visit our website for store hours and times of special activities and join in the fun!

THE PSYCHIC HEALING CENTER 3000 Sage Road #1165 Houston, TX 77056 713-377-2002

Houston’s newest holistic healing center located in the Galleria Area. Featuring sound healing sessions and Intuitive Life Coaching by Zia Evans. You can find an array of metaphysical items such as candles, crystals, salt baths, books, jewelry and more. Zia also offer individualized meditation programs, chakra clearing and balancing, crystal healing bowls and an amethyst healing bed. Call today for an appointment.

HOMEOPATHIC AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY

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

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

HYPERBARIC OXYGEN HBOT AMERICA

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

HBOT America of Houston provides hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for a wide variety of clients, from athletes to those wishing to speed healing after surgery. HBOT has been medically approved by the FDA for 14 uses, including severe anemia, osteomyelitis, arterial insufficiencies, diabetic skin treatments, wound healing and more. Hundreds of studies have been done on the use of HBOT for other conditions. Introductory “Ah-Ha” session just $49. Visit our website today to arrange a tour of our facilities or book an appointment

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

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

INTUITIVE COUNSELOR JULIE PARKER

FACE READING YourInnerBlueprint.com 832-305-5498

Each individual is born with their own personal blueprint. The secrets of your inner nature and your own potential are beautifully and perfectly inscribed in the features and lines of your face. Face Reading is an ancient branch of Chinese Medicine, originally used as a diagnostic tool, it provides clues regarding an individual’s personality patterns, their inherent strengths and weaknesses, where they tend to excel and where they might face challenges. Call today and let me help you find answers to your questions about relationships, career, dating, self-improvement or other areas of your life.

LIFELINE TECHNIQUE MARY BETH HAUBRICH, CLP Certified LifeLine Practitioner 2245 Texas Drive, Suite 300 Sugar Land, TX 77479 864-266-8501 marybethhaubrich@gmail.com JoyfulHealingArts.com

The LifeLine Technique® is a way to access the subconscious programs of the mind so we can create sustainable change at the root of painful and stressful patterns. We use muscle reflex testing and a conscious intention to harmonize the subconscious reactive patterns of emotion, facilitating the body’s innate ability to heal, regenerate, and thrive. Are you ready to transform pain into power, fear into courage, and live fully in the present moment? If so, Grab the LifeLine! Call Mary Beth today. Sessions available in person, via phone or Skype.

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MEDICAL INTUITIVE INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES FOR NATURAL HEALING & WELLNESS LIN WEISS MH, CYT Holistic Healer Medical/ Spiritual Intuitive Master Teacher Houston, Texas 77025 713-858-8595 linweiss@earthlink.net conscioushealingnow.com

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

MEDITATION CARMEL TEMPLE

1208 Pennsylvania Street South Houston 77587 713-944-0014 CarmelTemple.org

Carmel Temple is a quiet sanctuary far away from the outer world of seeming chaos. It is a place of peace, healing, study, teaching, meditation, love, warmth, and friendship. Opened in 1970, Carmel Temple is a loving place made available for all seekers of the Light. Join us in this welcoming environment, this Sunday where enlightenment, healing, and especially love are found. See ad on page 7.

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

Beginning Meditation: (A) Wed, 7:30–9:30pm, classes begin Jan. 11. (B) Sat, 10am–noon, classes begin Jan. 14. Children Meditation: Sat 10am–noon, classes begin Jan. 14 - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun., Jan. 22, 9am-noon. New Year's Ceremony: Sun., Jan. 29. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 16.


DAWN MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR TIBETAN BUDDHISM 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A Houston, TX 77054 Dawnmountain.org

Join us every Sunday morning from 11:00 to 12:00 for free, guided meditation suitable for everyone. You dawn mountain don’t need to know how to meditate before you come. Just need to come and experience meditation for yourself. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain sangha (community), this meditation offers a chance to take a mindful pause from your busy life, enjoy serenity and fellowship, and learn a bit more about Buddhist practice at Dawn Mountain. See ad on page 9.

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

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

THE HINES CENTER FOR SPIRITUALITY AND PRAYER 500 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77002 713-590-3320 HinesCenter.org

The Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer is a co-created response to the community’s longing for rich spiritual formation and expression. The center provides a wide variety of opportunities to know and experience God. We provides classes, lectures, workshops, and programmed group settings to foster connection, understanding, and compassion for self, other, and the mystery that beautifully and expansively holds us. Visit our website for a complete listing of offerings and join with us soon. See ad on page 11.

UNITY OF HOUSTON 2929 Unity Drive Houston TX 77057 713-782-4050 UnityHouston.org

Unity of Houston offers positive, practical teachings that support spiritual evolution and abundant living. The Unity movement is open and welcoming of all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation. We take an extremely positive approach to life, emphasizing our Oneness in God and the goodness in people and all of life. We believe… ”Life is meant to be good!”. Come and discover it for yourself! See ad on page 12.

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

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! Attend our FREE Tuesday Meditation 101 class. Tue: Meditation 101, 7-8pm, FREE Drop In Class. Thurs: Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm*. Sun: Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body. 9:30-10:30am* Sun: Fall Youth and Teen Program 11am-12:30n*. * = requires pre-registration/class fee. See our ad on page 24.

NATURAL FOOD GRACE’S NUTRITION MARKET

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

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

NATURAL WATER FILTRATION & TREATMENT ACCENT NATURAL WATER

Whole House Water Treatment 23206 I-45 North Spring, TX 77373 281-773-5441 AccentH20.com

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

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NUTRIGENOMICS ANGELLE ADAMS

(832) 472-1366 Angelleadams1@gmail.com

Learn about an all-natural breakthrough that’s redefining healthcare! Activate your body at the cellular level with category-creating technology in the field of nutrigenomics. This unique science has been featured on major television networks and validated in peer-reviewed studies posted by the National Institute of Health! Contact us for more information and a free consultation.

ORGANICALLY GROWN PRODUCE PLANT IT FORWARD

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

Join the Farm Share Program Today! Enjoy your own weekly box of our local, organically grown produce by enrolling in our Farm Share Program. Get 6-8 different varieties, enough for a family of 3-5 each week. Purchase a 5-week mini-season for $132, a perfect gift for your health-conscious loved ones or purchase a 20-week season for $507. The summer vegetables include winter squash (hard squashes), edamame, eggplant, basil, peppers, okra, arugula, basil, cucumbers, green onions, roselle, malabar spinach, possibly cantaloupe if weather cooperates, and even watermelon if weather cooperates. Sign-up today for the Summer 2016 Season! See ad on page 24.

ORGANIC HEALTH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES

Felecia Hunt, Independent Consultant 832-226-6957 huntfelecia@gmail.com https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/ feleciahunt facebook.com/NYROFeleciaHunt

Ethical organic products from London since 1981 offering s k i n c a r e , b a t h , b o d y, aromatherapy, mommy/baby, herbal remedies, supplements, teas, gifts & more. Contact Felecia to schedule a no obligation consultation or for free samples! Free samples? So what are you waiting for? Call today!

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Can’t lose weight? Feeling Sluggish? Don’t have the energy you used to have? Let us help undo the damage from over-consumption and poor food choices. Our program of fasting, juicing, cleansing and colonics is designed to energize, strengthen and enlighten. All natural, organic, resort and spa. Immerse yourself in personal attention from our staff while indulging in our many bodypampering and beautifying spa treatments. Call of visit our website to book your stay today! See ad on page 20.

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REIKI CLAUDIA AUTRY, REIKI PRACTITIONER

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

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and a Micro-needle Therapy treatment. While you are there consider receiving Reflexology as well to increase circulation in the hands and feet, and promote specific bodily and muscular functions as well. Finish up your day of pampering yourself with an Ionic Detox Foot Bath which uses a painless, non-invasive micro-current to detoxify, boost energy, slow the aging process and boost the immune system. We also feature various forms of massage: Swedish, deep tissue, therapeutic and hot stone. Call for an appointment and enjoy “Beauty’s Luxury” today.

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SPIRITUAL HOUSE CLEANSING LIO SPIRITUAL HOUSE CLEANSINGS

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Do you feel negative all the time, depressed, can’t concentrate, can’t sleep and don’t know why? Maybe the problem isn’t you but it is your house. Call me, Lio (pronounced leo) for a FREE phone consultation to see if my spiritual house cleansing services can be of help and when you call, ask for my Natural Awakenings discount. Se habla español!

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

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

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YOGA AYUSH WAVE-AYURVEDA AND YOGA 15263 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-870-2772 ayushwave.com

Maharshi Patanjali is believed to be the founder of yoga through his writings, Patanjali Yoga Sutras. Our Yoga studio teaches patanjali yoga. Ayush Wave specifically focuses on yoga as therapy of specific conditions. We offer yogic classes specific based on your requirements. Please visit our website for information on class timings and pricings.

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analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business through Thermal Imaging Services for Corporate Wellness. Locations in: Houston, Lake Charles, LA, Katy, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Tyler and Kingwood. Call for current schedule and to make an appointment. See ad on page 13.

5305 Bissonnet, Suite D Bellaire, TX 77401 713-218-6300 mchughtea.com facebook.com/mchughtea

Tea rooms are trendy and organic teas are ALL the rage, but did you know there’s an elegant, Afternoon Tea that serves over 60 organic teas right under your nose? McHugh Tea Room is setting the pace, serving it up 6 days a week with Texas flare. Owners, Kim McHugh and Billie Stafford tell their customers to “come hungry!” For lunch, foods such as chicken salad sandwich on croissant with chipotle mayo and a side of fresh cut fruit and grandma’s tomato basil soup are served or maybe you prefer a cast iron grilled cheese on sourdough! For special occasions, make a reservation for Afternoon Tea and enjoy inlaid breads of swirled rye and challah which hold between them the family pimento cheese recipe cut into hearts or even adorable ducks shapes for baby shower themes. It’s the perfect place to recharge your spirit or celebrate special moments and wonderful friendships.

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BAYOU BLISS YOGA 808 West Main Street Houston, TX 77006 713-955-0500 bayoublissyoga.com

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


CHANDRA YOGA 4 LIFE

TRANQUIL HEART YOGA

Welcome! Namaste! Chandra Yoga 4 Life focuses on the 3 major aspects of Yoga incorporating asanas, pranayama and meditation. We work closely with each student, meeting the student where they are Welcome! Call 281-541-8336 Se habla espaĂąol.

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

708 Telephone Rd. #C Houston, TX 77023 281-541-8336 chandrayoga4life.com

JENNYOGA

at Interface Samaritan 4803 San Felipe Houston, TX 77056 713-539-7418 jennyoga.me

Have you always yearned to experience the many health benefits attributed to yoga, but never known where to begin? Or are you a master yogi already well acquainted with all the physical and mental benefits of yoga, but on the hunt for a new challenge? Either way, you are the perfect candidate for Jennyoga, the ultimate Houston destination for anyone looking to add a calming influence into his or her lifestyle. Classes Wed 12:30 pm and Sunday 11:30 am.

LITTLE DHARMA YOGA: KIDS YOGA AND ART Mobile Yoga Studio-we bring yoga to you! 832-444-2800 www.facebook.com/littledharmayoga/

At Little Dharma yoga for kids we foster creativity, cooperation, and confidence in an environment where all children are perfect just the way they are. Through yoga postures, meditation, art, literature, music, and games children develop flexibility, focus, and coordination for a happy, healthy, balanced life. Our mobile yoga studio will come to your home, school, camp or other organization to teach kids yoga. Call today and let us bring yoga to you!

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

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

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

YOGA FOR MENTAL & PHYSICAL HAPPINESS

FACILITATED BY LIN WEISS, Certified Yoga Therapist, Integrative Hatha Yoga, Tuesdays @ 7:00pm Saturdays @ 9:30am Bellaire, Texas 713-858-8595 linweiss@earthlink.net conscioushealingnow.com

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

YOGA TRAINING NURTURE SOUL THERAPEUTICS

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

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

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