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n today’s turbulent world, conflicting information and disturbing facts, it is easy to find someone or something to blame. According to the interpretation of the ancient symbols there is no one to blame. The challenge toward finding solutions is nearer and closer to us than we think. Ariel Rosenthal, speaker, while attending the University of Houston, started a language school in 1982 which is still in existence today and has become very successful. In 1997 he was exposed to Carl Jung’s functions, and began the journey toward decoding symbols that could unlock mysteries. Ever since then, Ariel has been studying ancient symbols and has devoted the last couple of years to intense research. Tracy Gee Community Center 3599 Westcenter, 77042. Friday June 12 from 7:00-8:30 pm. Free and open to the public.For more information contact Barbara at bwrtx2011@gmail or Flem at 281-493-4542. Hosted by West Houston Theosophical Study Group, www.westhoustontheosophy.com
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RECOVERY Holistic Approaches to Healing Addictions by Lisa Marshall
hrough 15 years of alcohol and prescription drug addiction, one prominent Virginia business owner tried it all to get clean: three inpatient rehab centers; talk therapy; Alcoholics A n o ny m o u s ( A A ) a n d N a rc o t i c s Anonymous (NA), spending roughly $200,000 in the process. “I would follow through for about a year, and then start to feel like I was on top of things and get complacent,” says the 52-year-old, who asked that her name not be used. She’d treat herself to “just one drink” and soon find herself in a familiar downward spiral. She last relapsed in October 2012. Three months later, she was on the interstate in the morning, a half-empty four-pack of mini wine bottles on her front seat, when she swerved and slammed head-on into a semitrailer truck. She escaped her flattened car with minor head trauma, gratitude that her children didn’t have to “bury their drunk mother,” and a renewed will to sober up
and rediscover happiness. Today, she’s done just that, thanks to a comprehensive, holistic approach that included hiring a life coach that specializes in addiction, overhauling her diet, making time for daily physical and spiritual exercises and reframing her addiction, not as a disease she is cursed with, but as a predisposition she has the power to keep at bay. “Yes. I was passed a gene by my alcoholic father. Yet that only becomes a threat to me when I make a choice to ingest something that cuts the beast loose,” she says. “I work hard every day, using a whole bunch of different tools to keep that from happening again.” She is one of a growing number of alcoholics and addicts reaching beyond the standard trifecta of 28-day rehabs, 12-step programs and psychotherapy toward an approach that addresses mind, body and spirit. More than 40 million Americans over the age of
12 (16 percent of the population) are addicted to alcohol or drugs, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at New York City’s Columbia University. Yet the standard treatments yield less-than-stellar success rates. Sixty percent of addicts return to drug use within a year after rehab, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and only 5 percent of AA attendees continue with meetings after 12 months, according to AA research. David Essel, a Fort Myers, Florida, life coach who specializes in working with substance abusers, says that when examining all the data, only about one in 10 addicts or alcoholics that use conventional means alone are still clean after one year. Fortunately, because people vary widely in emotional needs and physiologies, other complementary options are also catching on.
Mending Brain and Body
Enter a group meeting for recovering addicts or alcoholics and chances are there will be a pot of black coffee, plus donuts or cookies. “Having poor eating habits is a primary contributing factor to relapse,” says Registered Dietitian David Wiss, founder of NutritionInRecovery.com, which provides nutrition consulting for recovery programs in Los Angeles. Because substance abuse can deaden appetite and many of the same neurological circuits that drugs and alcohol stimulate are also activated by salty or sugar-laden foods, newly recovering addicts tend to be ravenous and drawn to junk food. “After 30 days in treatment, people can gain 10 to 30 pounds. They often turn back to addictive substances they’ve abused to get their appetite back under control,” says Wiss. (Because smoking deadens taste buds, drawing
people to seek out more intense salty or sugary flavors, it exacerbates the problem.) In a subconscious attempt to get maximum stimulation of now-neglected reward centers in the brain, users often eat little most of the day, then binge later, leading to erratic blood sugar levels that can impact mood, further sabotaging recovery. After years of abuse, addicts also tend to suffer deficiencies of proteins and good fats—key building blocks of a healthy brain. “The brain has been rewired due to the use of substances. Without healing it, you can attend all the meetings in the world and you’ll still struggle with cravings,” reports Essel. He starts new clients with 500 milligrams (mg) daily of the dietary supplement DLphenylalanine, an amino acid precursor to feel-good neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine. He also gives them tyrosine, an energizing amino acid said to quell sugar cravings. For relieving a craving in progress, he recommends 500 to 1,000 mg of glutamine, placed under the tongue. Wiss says he generally recommends food over supplements, yet asking newly recovering addicts to also revamp their diets can be tough. “I wouldn’t expect anyone to make a big nutritional change
in their first week of sobriety,” he says. After that, he encourages small steps: Drink eight glasses of water per day. Eat three meals and three snacks to keep blood sugar stable. Load up on fiber, which can help heal the gut and replenish it with healthy bacteria. Eat plenty of lean protein to promote production of feel-good brain chemicals. Load up on nuts, seeds, fatty fish and other omega-3 fatty acids that suppress inflammation in the brain and have been shown in some studies to quell depression. Daily exercise is also key as Wiss notes that it “circulates our blood and gets all those healthy nutrients into our brain.” Physical activities can also help fill the void and even provide a new sense of identity for someone whose selfesteem has been shattered, says Scott Strode, founder of Denver, Colorado’s Phoenix Multisport, which hosts group cycling, running and climbing outings for recovering addicts and alcoholics. Strode kicked his own cocaine habit 18 years ago by immersing himself first in boxing, then climbing and triathlons. He founded Phoenix in 2007 to help fill what he sees as a gaping hole in recovery support services—a place where people with similar pasts can gather and talk
without dwelling exclusively on their dependence issues. He has since served 15,000 people in Colorado, California, and Boston, offering 60 free outings a week for anyone at least 48 hours sober. “By being part of something like this, you can let go of the shame of being the addict, the junkie or the one that let down the family. Now you are the climber or the mountain biker,” says Strode. He stresses that Phoenix programs aren’t intended to replace treatment. Still, “For some, just that redefining of self may be enough. For others, it’s a powerful tool in a broader toolbox.”
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12-step approaches for reducing alcohol dependence or problems.” Such concerns have prompted some alternative recovery fellowships, including Moderation Management (Moderation.org), which helps people that want to drink less; and Smart Recovery (SmartRecovery.org), which supports an ethos of self-empowerment via cognitive behavioral therapy, nutritional changes and group discussions. Other programs focus on renewing the soul by applying metaphysical practices to the traditional 12 steps. “The conventional 12 steps talk about a higher power outside of you,” says Ester Nicholson, a singer, author and addictions counselor. In her book Soul Recovery: 12 Keys to Healing Addiction, she describes a descent into crack cocaine addiction beginning in her teens, and the long climb out of it. At first, she says, the 12 steps helped her break free of what she calls the “spiritual malady, mental obsession and physical allergy,” that is addiction. But after a decade of being clean, followed by a near-relapse, she discovered meditation and other spiritual practices. “I realized that this higher power can restore me to sanity, but the higher power is actually within me. I found this wonderful bridge between the 12 steps and universal spiritual principals, and it is rocking my world.” Patti Lacey, 54, an Essel client, likewise found lasting sobriety by extending her toolbox, learning to focus not only on past pain, but on bringing forth her best self. According to the International Coach Federation, which reports an uptick in interest in recovery coaching, a coach helps to establish individual goals and map a journey to success. Two years into recovery, Lacey still takes her supplements daily, rises at dawn to meditate, attends 12-step meetings and is part of a nondenominational church community. She also regularly meets with her coach to report progress and update goals, including getting a handle on her finances, a frequent casualty of addiction. “Everybody’s journey is different,” Lacey confirms. “What I needed was someone to tell me exactly what to do in the beginning, and then be around to hold me accountable. That changed everything.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.
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n her book, Soul Recovery: The 12 Keys to Healing Addiction, Ester Nicholson offers a metaphysical take on the 12 steps. Here’s a look. You are the Power. Through my conscious union with the infinite universal presence, I am powerful, clear and free. Through the realization that God is within me, expressing as me, my life is in divine and perfect order. Restored to wholeness. Through my conscious connection with the one power, I reclaim my spiritual dominion and emotional balance. I am restored to my original nature of clarity, peace and wholeness. I am restored. Complete surrender. I turn my life over to the care of the God I understand, know and embody as love, harmony, peace, health, prosperity and joy. I know that which I am surrendering to, and I do so absolutely. Knowing that this power is the very essence of my being, I say with my whole heart and mind: Thy will be done. An examined life. Through my absolute surrender and conscious connection to the one power and presence, I courageously, deeply and gently search within myself for all thought patterns and behaviors that are out of alignment with love, integrity, harmony and order. Living out loud. I claim the courage and willingness to share the exact nature of my mistakes with another spiritual being. I am heard with compassion, unconditional love and wisdom. In this loving vibration, clarity, peace and balance are restored. Honoring the inner child. I a m n o w r e a dy t o r e l e a s e a l l t h o u g h t p a t t e r n s a n d b e h av i o r s unlike my true nature, which is wholeness. I free-fall into the loving presence of spirit within, and allow it to heal every known and unknown false belief. I am transformed by the renewal of my mind. natural awakenings
Never give up. In loving compassion for every aspect of my being, I humbly surrender to the love of spirit. I know myself as a perfect expression of life. I surrender all, and I am restored to the life I am created to live. Willingness. I acknowledge the people I have offended based on false beliefs, fear, doubt and unworthiness. I am willing to go to any lengths to clean up my side of the street. Cleaning up the wreckage. Backed by all the power of the universe, I lovingly, directly and honestly make amends in a way that supports the highest good of all concerned. Spiritual maintenance. I am in tune with my inner self. With integrity, love and self-compassion, I acknowledge my mistakes and continue to clean up the mistakes of my past and present. Conscious contact. Through daily prayer and meditation, I deepen my conscious connection to the divine and experience the fullness of the universal presence as the dynamic reality of my life. L ov i n g s e rv i c e . Th r o u g h my awakened consciousness, I am now prepared to carry the message of truth out into the world. I am now a clear channel to support the awakening of others to their true identity of wholeness.
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CREATING A HEAVEN ON EARTH Heal Your Mind to Heal Your Life by Gladys Wesley-Kennedy
n last month’s article, “Climbing Out of Mind Hell,” I stated that the quality of our health and life conditions are determined entirely by the quality of our mindset. How we think and what we think dictates our daily reality. Our thoughts, emotions, beliefs, and behaviors are directly connected to and reflected back to us through the conditions of body, environment, and circumstances. Therefore, each of us is solely responsible for the state of our health and life conditions. At The WHAI (The Wellness & Healing Arts Institute), we refer to this fact of life as the, “From mind to manifestation principle.” The mind to manifestation principle is quite simple and apparent in daily life. What we think about comes about. Let me explain. In our mind, we unconsciously and habitually generate particular types of thought patterns, which determine the formation and quality of our health, relationships, circumstances, and even our environmental conditions. Moreover, specific types of thoughts cause specific chemical and physiological reactions in our body. For example, if, in mind, we generate angry thoughts, adrenaline is released into the bloodstream, body heat rises, face and skin flush, muscles tighten, heart and respiratory rates increase; our environment fills with heaviness and tension; our voice deepens and becomes more sharp and loud; and, usually some form of conflict ensues. Consequently, obstacles arise, causing projects or activity delays and frustration. On the contrary, if, in mind, we generate thoughts of contentment, happiness, and gratitude, endorphins are released into the bloodstream, our face brightens or smiles, muscles soften and become more flexible; heart and respiratory rates slows; the environment becomes bright and peaceful; we speak more softly and in higher tones, and show kindness towards others. As a result, projects or activities go smoothly and successfully, and
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An excellent time-honored tool to start with is to adopt a meditation practice. Through meditation, we can calm our mind, identify and correct toxic thought patterns that express as pain, pathology, or disharmony in our body and daily life. Meditation also helps us to live mindfully, at all times. Specifically, continuously practice breathing properly and maintain an “attitude of gratitude,” throughout all circumstances and conditions. Such meditative mindfulness enables us to identify and deconstruct our former diseased mindset, and intentionally create a healing mindset, based on focusing on wellness, gratitude, and harmony. To summarize the initial steps to creating a heaven on earth, practice meditation and mindfulness to master your mind, body, and life circumstances. Throughout each day perform yogic breathing to stimulate a calm clear mindset, promote healthy cell growth, and improve circulation and physiological functioning. To reinforce this practice, also join a reputable Yoga or Qi-gong class, such as the Meditative Fitness Program™.
So remember, creating a heaven on earth starts within. Everyone can achieve it. Simply, begin to practice awareness and management of your mind, thoughts, breath, and behaviors. Once in conscious command of these formative aspects of your life, your heavenly life has begun. The journey of a thousand miles is well underway. In the meantime, you are also claiming your divine birthright—as the rightful master of your overall health and life conditions. My name is Gladys Wesley-Kennedy, Founder and Qi Gong Master of The WHAI & Meditative Fitness Programs. At The WHAI (pronounced “the way”), we teach the ancient yoga and qigong principles and philosophies expounded on in this article. Our educational therapeutic programs are based on my personal healing journey from a life of disease (cancer) to a renewed life of health and well-being. Today, I devote my life to the propagation of spiritual energy practices, such as Yoga, Qigong, and Meditation, so that I can share with others the blessings of their profound wisdom and life-enhancing benefits.
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Mike: What do you mean by raising the Kundalini? How would that help to make a man more balanced? Ravi:There are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to raise one’s Kundalini. Many people think that it’s a kind of Spiritual Fourth of July. What it really is, is firing on all cylinders, all chakras, and a whole brain entrainment. It’s living on fire and inspired. It’s also the birthright of every human and something we are all meant to express every day. Kundalini Yoga is a daily practice to manifest this ideal. Men can certainly relate to finding an edge in life and expressing one’s excellence. All things being equal, when Kundalini, the energy of Spirit Rising, is in evidence, then we are more consistently victorious in every area of our lives.
Yoga and Men An Interview with Ravi Singh by Mike Hart Mike: Most yoga classes are primarily made up of women. Why do you suppose this is? Ravi: Women are much more comfortable with their spirituality. A big part of honoring Spirit is to be open and receptive which is a feminine trait. Men want to always appear in control. We’ve seen that many men dread coming to yoga class because they’re afraid that they will look foolish because may not be able to do various yoga poses, or even sit cross-legged. On the other hand, simply attending a yoga class does not a spiritual man make. Of course, many of the most spiritual men have never set foot in a yoga class. Mike: What are some ways men can benefit from practicing yoga? Ravi: Men typically tend to internalize stress and try to appear to the world as if they have everything covered until things start to fall apart, physically and mentally. Yoga helps us to neutralize stress and give us better coping mechanisms going forward. It also helps men with nerve strength, focus, and capacity for commitment. In addition it opens men to their softer side and helps them embrace authentic self-expression and a true lightness of being. Mike: What is Kundalini Yoga and how similar and different from other styles of yoga? Ravi: In a sense, Kundalini Yoga picks up where other systems leave off because it’s energy work. It’s also very physical in a way that is more than skin deep. It works on nerve strength which is where real strength emanates from. In Kundalini Yoga we practice what are called kriyas. These are groups of exercises that create a synergistic effect. Ultimately, Kundalini Yoga is all about Spirit and is a technology designed to allow this energy of our higher potential to inform everything we do and are.
Mike: What advice do you have to men who are thinking about taking up yoga? Ravi: It’s no accident that there as many yoga centers now as MacDonald’s! That’s because all forms of yoga answer some important questions about life as we know it: Why am I here? What am I meant to do and be? How can I honor my out responsibilities and still honor my inner prompts? How can I get more energy and stay healthy when so many things seem to be conspiring to compromise these? Yoga wouldn’t be as popular as it is if there wasn’t something to it. The reality is that no government is going to save us. No boss. Not even a significant other. We have to take responsibility for ourselves. Yoga, especially Kundalini Yoga helps us get everything covered in the time we have. Mike: Speaking from your own experience, how has yoga helped you to become a more balanced man? I (Ravi) was born in the 50’s so I’m basically straddling the line between the world of our fathers and the Age of Aquarius (which has arrived). Yoga has helped me realize (over time) that it’s okay for men to be men (in a good way!) but also to cultivate reverence for the beautiful inner dimension of Self. I am a poet from way back and Kundalini Yoga has helped me to cultivate my inner warrior. Mike: Are there any other things you’d like to tell our readers about yoga? Ravi: Yoga is more than a group of various poses. It’s a way of life and life itself. It is a noble and beautiful path. It gives us elegant methodologies to fulfill the main areas of work on ourselves: bringing our mind under conscious control, creating a relationship with energy, turning past pain into infinite gain (clearing karma), and cultivating our unique gifts and using them to heal uplift and inspire. We are all in process and the process never ends. Yoga is the perfect companion for this journey. Ravi Singh and Ana Brett will be leading a Kundalini Yoga workshop at Samadhi Yoga Studio, 106 Aurora Street, Houston, TX 77008. For more information and to register visit samadhistudios.com or call 979-739-8875. www.raviana.com
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DADS How They Raise Conscious Kids by Lane Vail
athers are more involved in their children’s lives than ever before, embracing their roles of leader, nurturer and protector, and they’re reaping extraordinary benefits. According to a 2014 study published in the Academy of Management Perspectives, fathers that spend more time with their kids are both happier at home and more satisfied at work. Today, many mindful dads engaged in a natural lifestyle apply that same health consciousness to their parenting. Support Mama. Natural fathering begins during pregnancy, with an informed birth plan. “Support whatever birthing decision the woman feels will provide her the most comfort and relaxation,” advises Dr. John Douillard, an ayurvedic chiropractor and author of six books, including Perfect Health for Kids. Hold her hand, rub her back, advocate for her rights and after the birth, support her efforts to breastfeed whenever, wherever and however long she wants. “Fathers should recognize that the burden of care is clearly on the mother for at least the first year, so her opinions and wishes deserve special consideration and respect,” says Ben Hewitt, father of two, home unschooler and author of The Nourishing Homestead. Embrace physical closeness. Bonding through nurturing touch is powerful and rewarding for father and child. A recent study published in the Journal of Perinatal Education found that fathers that practiced infant massage experienced significant stress release and bonding with their offspring. Wearing a baby or toddler in a
sling, wrap or carrier is another comforting way to spend time together. Co-sleeping helps foster a more natural sleep rhythm with a nocturnally hungry baby, while also offering another way to connect. “Any stress my family may have experienced during the day dissipated when we reconnected at nighttime,” Hewitt attests. “Looking back, I can’t imagine having missed out on that opportunity to be so close with my kids.” Feed healthy habits. Natural dads are educated about both naturopathic a n d We s t e r n m e d i c i n e t o m a k e informed choices regarding prevention and intervention. Douillard applies the ayurvedic principle of seasonal eating in order to bolster the immune systems of his six children and clients. Cooling foods like fruits and vegetables in summer prevent overheating; warming foods like soups, nuts and meats in winter lubricate mucus membranes and facilitate fat and protein storage; light foods like leafy greens in spring detoxify the body. His experience is
When dads are calm and present, they become a calming presence. ~Hal Runkel that when kids with robust immunity catch the occasional malady, its severity and duration are reduced, and natural herbs often provide a gentle first step toward recovery. Douillard treats colds with a spoonful of equal parts turmeric and honey mixed into a paste. “Turmeric is a powerful antiinflammatory and antiviral herb that also helps liquefy mucus in the respiratory tract,” he says. For tummy troubles, he suggests offering kids an herbal tea of cumin, coriander or fennel. Above all, parents must exemplify good health habits. “Eat better, exercise regularly, change your diet with the local season and your kids will follow along,” says Douillard. Impart green morals. Earth-conscious parents teach their children how to leave a faint ecological footprint by supporting local eco-friendly companies, reducing the presence of toxic chemicals in the home and consuming and wasting less. However, wagging a finger and imploring kids to be eco-friendly is not enough; model helpful behaviors and illustrate the implications of their choices. “Instead of saying, ‘You should recycle,’ show kids online pictures of the giant flotillas of plastics polluting the oceans,” says Hewitt. Maintain an experiential dialogue about respecting, preserving and enjoying nature. Encourage adventure and resourcefulness. “Historically,” says Hewitt, “children learned alongside their
parents and community, immersed in their environment, an arrangement that allowed them continual opportunities to prove their own resourcefulness.” All dads, like homeschoolers, will find satisfying fun in sharing problem-solving, hands-on projects with their kids, like building a debris shelter in the woods, planting a garden, or using repurposed materials to engineer something with form and function. Learning doesn’t have to be a hierarchical activity, wherein dads teach children, says Hewitt. “The opportunity to learn and explore together is powerful.” Play. Hewitt encourages dads to look for opportunities to relieve kids of their often overwhelming and scattered schedules. “It’s incredibly important for kids and adults to set aside time for free play and exploration,” he says. “Go outside with them,” says Douillard. “Make up games, goof off, run around, roll around and just be with them. It makes a world of difference in their lives.” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina and blogger at Discovering Homemaking.com.
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n terms of discipline, natural fathering is neither tough nor timid, punishing nor permissive. The mindful dad is calm, connected and capable. He’s able to harness introspection and observe himself as he parents, because he focuses more on managing his own behavior than that of his kids. “Fathering is a leadership role, not a management role,” says Hal Runkel, a licensed marriage and family therapist and author of the bestseller ScreamFree Parenting. “If I manage myself with calmness and clarity, I can lead my children to learn to manage themselves.” Runkel says the first step is “committing to cool.” Find an anxietyor anger-managing technique that feels natural, such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing, visualization, prayer or counting beads on a bracelet, and call on that skill to maintain coolness when
challenged by a child, advises Runkel. It’s a misconception that emotions need to be released or they will consume us, he says. “Emotions just are; it’s the thoughts about emotions that drive us crazy.” Learning to name, tame and befriend feelings through introspection and mindful exercises allows space for calm conversations with children to emerge. “We fathers have a special responsibility to lead with calm because we are physically imposing in children’s eyes,” he says. “The approachable dad has teachable kids, and he lets natural and logical consequences do the teaching.”
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Marva’s Psychic and Holistic Fair. 10am-5pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuina Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. 713-444-3581 psychicfairs.com. Chuck Murphy, Spiritual/Psychic Intuitive and Medium . 10am-5pm. Put your hands in Chuck’s hands and let him tell you what Spirit tells him. He’s a “rare medium, well done.” $20. Marva’s Psychic Fair. LaQuina Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. chuckmurphy.me/. Activate Your God-Self - Coming into Your GodSelf with author and speaker Michael Rhodes, 7-9 pm Pre-registration is available at www.AncientEldersPress.com CenterPoint, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713-932-7224-prepaid $35 $40 at door www.centerpointhouston.org
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Run for Wellness 5K-Heights. 8am. A free 5K every month! All paces are welcome. Want to test your fitness level, see how you are doing with your training, or just want to start doing something healthy; come race with us! Free but must pre-register. University of Houston-Downtown, Naylor Parking Lot, 77002. 831-387-5348 thehwp.org Bayou Bikers. 8-11am. Free. A 25- to 40-mile bike ride exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston’s waterways.Free. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark.com Youth Mini-Camp. 10:00am - 4:00pm Kick off Summer with a fun, one-day mini-camp for kids grades 1 - 12! Guided by Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. Suggested donation $50, includes games, crafts, refreshments and lunch. Pre-registration is required. Universal Door Meditation Center - 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Learning the Principles of Creativity Through C o l l a g e & A r t J o u r n a l s S u n d a y, J u n e 7th, 1-4:30pm. True You Creativity Studio, www.trueyoucreativity.com Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-730-3017 centerpointhouston.com Open House and Meditation. 5-6:30 pm. Whether you’ve never sat on a meditation cushion, or it’s just been a while, this is the perfect event to learn how to meditate and how it can be beneficial. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281-436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/
Hairspray! 8:15pm. The 1950s are out and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight TONY Awards—including Best Musical—is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. A performance by Theatre Under the Stars. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030.
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Healthy Living. 7-9 pm Discussion of Different Body Systems Angel Marlow, 713-621-4406 , CenterPoint, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713932-7224 www.centerpointhouston.org Hairspray! 8:15pm. The 1950s are out and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight TONY Awards—including Best Musical—is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. A performance by Theatre Under the Stars. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030.
SUNDAY JUNE 14
Half-Day Zen Retreat. 9am-noon. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Evergreen’s Bring your dog mixer. 11am-1pm. Tour the Arboretum with a naturalist, enjoy food and adult beverages courtesy of St. Arnold’s Brewery and learn about the Evergreen program. $10. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Houstonarboretum.org Centerpoint Father’s Day Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-7303017 centerpointhouston.com Eat It Raw with Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram. 2-4 pm. Learn to make delicious means from raw and organic foods. $35. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Houstonarboretum.org
MONDAY JUNE 8
Stimulate Your Social Life! 7 - 9 pm Join Cinda to explore your “I’m OK, Deserving, Rich & Good Enough” archetypes! CenterPoint, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080. 713-932-7224-prepaid $20 $25 at door. www.centerpointhouston.org
What is Gluten Sensitivity ? 7-8:30pm. Come and be educated. Take non-invasive sensitivity test. LaZelle Bradley, Nutritionist/Gluten Practitioner 281-440-3136 Center Point. 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713-932-7224 www.centerpointhouston.org ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights. 8:30pm. Join the Houston Symphony for ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights. This summer concert series, a Houston tradition, has special guest artists, conductors, and music to excite and exhilarate audiences of all ages. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030.
FRIDAY JUNE 19
Live Creatively with Permission, Passion, and Purpose: Intuitive Painting Series & Open Studios – True You Creativity Studio in The Heights 77008 www.trueyoucreativity.com “Intuitive Painting Weekend - Get Connected: Wake Up the Creativity Inside YOU!” Friday, 6:308:30pm, Saturday, 10am-6pm, Sunday, 10am-4pm. Do you long to connect to creativity but you’re just not sure how? This is the workshop for you. You will learn 5 Principals of Creativity that demystify how creativity works and how you can enjoy it with ease. Paid in full by May 19th, $230. After May 19th, $255. Registration deadline: Wednesday, June 18. True You Creativity Studeo 77008. www.trueyoucreativity.com
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Intuitive Development with Janette Moore. 1-2 pm. Learn to connect with Spirit and learn how to meditate. $20. Spirit Quest Center, 303 Main Street, Old Town Spring, 77373. 832-276-1100 email@example.com
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Houston’s Juneteenth Celebration. 7pm. Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth in Houston with traditional Gulf Coast music. Lineup includes: Jewel Brown Trudy Lynn & Steve Krase The Peterson Brothers. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030. Sitting in Spirit. 7-8pm. Come sit in Spirit and gain knowledge and wisdom. $20. Spirit Quest Center, 303 Main Street, Old Town Spring, 77373. 832-2761100 firstname.lastname@example.org Juneteenth Fund Raiser. 8:00-10pm Featuring Urban Animals, My Dolls Hershel Berry & the Natives and the Footnotes. $10 For Kevin’s Defense Fund. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-2268563 www.lastconcert.com
SATURDAY JUNE 20
One Day Zen Meditation Retreat. 8am-3pm. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind and to apply meditation through various daily activities. Suggested donation $50, includes refreshments and lunch. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718. Edible Wild Plants. 9 am-1 pm. Hands on identification and preparation of local edible wild plants. $65. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Houstonarboretum.org Heal Your Life® 1-Day Workshop with Doyle Ward and Sandra Filer. 9am to 6pm Discover the mindset that has limited your success in business, financial abundance, intimate relationships, spiritual growth, and much more. This amazing event is held only once a year. $150.00. Edgar Cayce’s - Houston A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Road 77055. For more information and to register, visit www.blissfulquests.com or call 832-628-4113. Moving Meditation TM . 11:30am-2:30pm. An immersion into various forms of guided moving meditation. Learn how to meditate with chimes, drums, silence and mantra recitation while sitting, walking, or holding ancient yoga and qigong poses. $125. Pre-registration required. Nurture Soul Therapeutics 9834 Spring Cypress Rd. 77070. Contact Tameka Jones 832-755-0270 or email@example.com thewhai.com Spirit Quest Psychic and Holistic Fair. 2pm-6pm. We feature Crystal Color Light & Sound Bed sound, color and energy work, Reiki, Aura Photos, Angel Therapy, Reflexology, Ear Candling, Ion Foot Baths, Massage, Qi Gong, and Animal Healing. Admission Free. Spirit Quest Center, 303 Main Street, Old Town Spring, 77373. 281.288.7815 thespiritquestcenter.com Discovery Green Flea by Night. 6-10pm. Treasure-hunt at this monthly, one-of-a-kind market nestled in the shady southeast end of the downtown park. Admission Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com BBQ, Telescopes and a Night in the Woods. Celebrate the Solstice with BBQ and wine, take a night hike through the woods and observe the night sky from the meadow. $35. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Houstonarboretum.org ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights. 8:30pm. Join the Houston Symphony for ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights. This summer concert series, a Houston tradition, has special guest artists, conductors, and music to excite and exhilarate audiences of all ages. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030.
SUNDAY JUNE 21
Zen Meditation Workshop. 10-11 am. Learn how to meditate. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-730-3017 centerpointhouston.com Celebrate the Solstice. 11am-1pm. See the image of the noon sun at Summer Solstice project through a hole in the gnomon onto floor of the sundial in front of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Stand on the sundial floor, look at the shadow of the gnomon and wait for the bright spot of sunlight to appear. FREE Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr. 77030
MONDAY JUNE 22
Nurture & Direct Your Values! 7-9:00pm Join Cinda to discover how to handle new and uncomfortable situations Summer 2015! Center Point 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713-932-7224-prepaid $20 $25 at door www.centerpointhouston.org
THURSDAY JUNE 25
Sounds Like Houston Concert. 6:30pm. Featuring Ian Moor and the Lossy Coils. Free. Anheuser-Bush Stage Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com
FRIDAY JUNE 26
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 Practice Card Readings with Janette Moore. 7-8:15pm. Learn and practice basic and advanced card reading skills. Everyone gets a reading. $20. Spirit Quest Center, 303 Main Street, Old Town Spring, 77373. RSVP 832-276-1100 firstname.lastname@example.org Monthly Affirmation Gathering with Doyle Ward 7-8:30 pm. June’s topic is Mental Vacationing. Donations welcomed. Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233 77027. For more information and to sign up for a FREE weekly affirmation newsletter, visit: www.blissfulquests.com or call 832-628-4113. ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights. 8:30pm. Join the Houston Symphony for ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights. This summer concert series, a Houston tradition, has special guest artists, conductors, and music to excite and exhilarate audiences of all ages. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030.
SATURDAY JUNE 27
Healthy Living. 7-9 pm Discussion of Different Body Systems Angel Marlow, 713-621-4406 , CenterPoint, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 713-932-7224 www.centerpointhouston.org
ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights. 8:30pm. Join the Houston Symphony for ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights. This summer concert series, a Houston tradition, has special guest artists, conductors, and music to excite and exhilarate audiences of all ages. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030.
SUNDAY JUNE 28
Beginning Birding. 8:30-11:30 am. Explore the beauty of birds in their natural setting. Learn to identify local species. $65. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Houstonarboretum.org Blessing Ceremony. 10am-12n. Come and experience peace and blessing. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Centerpoint Free Healing Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-7303017 centerpointhouston.com
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Half-Day Zen Retreat. 9am-noon. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org
WEDNESDAY JULY 8
Fiesta for Frida Kahlo 6:30-10:00pm. Begin a love affair with a beautiful intriguing woman in the Kitchen with Lucia. In Frida’s honor, we will prepare red snapper Veracruz, Mexican flag rice, shrimp ceviche escuinapa, squash salad, Jamaica water and tres leches cake. $65. Lucia’s Garden 2213 Portsmouth 77098. Please call to register. 713-523-6494.
SATURDAY JULY 11
Living Your Voice: 101. 10am-5pm. A workshop by Doyle Ward for beginning and experienced speakers and singers. Experience the joy and power of reclaiming your unique voice by conquering your limitations. $190. True You Creativity Studio in the Heights. 77008. 713-826-9811 LivingYourVoice.com Crossing Over with John Edward. 6pm. A John Edward “group” event or seminar is reading intensive. There will be question and answer sessions and messages from the other side. No one attending any John Edward event is guaranteed a reading. $150. Doubletree Hotel 15747 JFK Boulevard 77032. See more at: johnedward.net/ 800-514-3849.
SUNDAY JULY 12
Meditation Workshop. 10-11 am. Learn how to meditate. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org
SUNDAY JULY 19
Blessing Ceremony. 10am-12n. Come and experience peace and blessing. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org
ongoingevents daily Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market. 6am-8pm (except Christmas and Thanksgiving) Over 20,000 square feet of Texas produce. Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market 2520 Airline, 77009. 713.862.4027 caninoproduce.com Houston Arboretum. 8am-6pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org Breakfast Prasadam, free vegetarian meal. 9:00am. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482 iskonhouston.org 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 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 Lunch Prasadam, free vegetarian meal. 12:30pm. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482 iskonhouston.org
Bum-ba Toning. 6:30-7:30pm. Tighten and tone your bum and body. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com
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 yearround. Free. Waugh Street at Allen Parkway 77019. houstontx.gov/parks/bats.html Dinner Prasadam, free vegetarian meal. 7:30pm. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482 iskonhouston.org
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. email@example.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 Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002.. houstonfoodnotbombs.org
monday Tarot & Intuitive Counseling with Allison Miller. 10am-7pm. Compassionate support and guidance for healing the heart and soul. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713-721-4056 for an appointment. Light Language & Sound Healing with Robert Tang. 10am-7pm. Experience the language of love and light. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-799-8545 for an appointment. www.robertctang.com Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz, Jr. 11am5pm. Access your past life to heal current life issues. Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Road, 1B., 77055. Call 832.530.3360 to make an appointment. edgarcaycehouston.org/Eppie-Munoz,-Jr.html Open Mic Night and Longest Happy Hour 5-midnight. No cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 LastConcert.com
Introductory Tai Chi with Greg 9-10am. Experience the soft, smooth movements of Tai Chi Chuan while enjoying a view of the forest. $15. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. Call to register: 713-366-0421 or come 15 min early. houstonarboretum.org Light Language & Sound Healing with Robert Tang. 10am-7pm. Experience the language of love and light. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-799-8545 for an appointment. www.robertctang.com Energy Balancing & Clearings with Celilia Wheelis. 10am-7pm. Cecilia is a healing-energy worker and practitioner who assists individuals in order to heal and recover their vitality. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-799-8545 for an appointment. http://www.ceciliawheelis.com/
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Iyengar Yoga with Daryl 10:30am-12n. Slow down and relax in the peaceful beauty of the Arboretum during a 90-minute Iyengar yoga session. $15. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. Call to register: 713-366-042 or come 15 min early. houstonarboretum.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 Eden Energy with Stania. 1:30-3:30pm. This energy class will focus on working directly with the body’s energy systems to help create health and wellness. Benefits from this class include: Boosted energy level Enhanced metabolism Improved memory Reduced stress. $18. Green Planet Sanctuary 13424B Briar Forest, 77077. 713-253-4208, call to RSVP. greenplanetsanctuary.com Spring Branch Farmer’s Market. 2-6pm. Admission Free. Unitarian Fellowship of Houston 1504 Wirt Road, 77055. facebook.com/springbranch farmersmarkethouston Rice University Farmer’s Market. 3:30-6:30pm. Admission Free. Rice University, West Stadium Lot, 5600 Greenbriar,77005. farmersmarket.rice.edu/ Circus Arts. 5:30-7:30pm. Discover a new art form consisting of ground arts and acrobatics from Houston based Cirque La Vie. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Yoga at the Temple. 5:45-7:00pm. Level 1 yoga class. $5-$15 donation. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482 iskonhouston.org Turnstyled, Junkpiled and Railroaded 6:008:00pm. Free dinner music. Free. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Core Focused Yoga. 6:30-7:30 pm. Yoga postures train the body for strength and flexibility. Dynamic flow sequences get the body warm and the heart pumping, while long-held poses strengthen and stretch the muscles. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney 77010. Discoverygreen.com. Yoga Skills for a Changing World with Brandy Deutsch. 6:30pm. $60 per month or $20 drop in. Spectrum Center 4100 Westheimer at Midlane, 77027. 233. 832.754.5022 holisticchanges.net A Course in Miracles Meeting 7-9 pm-hosted by Daileen 432.517.8311 CenterPoint, 1-5 PM, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080. 713-932.7224 $25/ month www.centerpointhouston.org Intro to Meditation 101 -- 7-8pm Universal Door Meditation Center offers beginner level class open to the public. Here we begin to discover the difference between False Mind and Awake Mind by applying basic Zen Meditation. Donations Welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498. www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7:00-8:00 pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! Connect with others in this non-competitive activity suitable for everyone. All body types and skill levels are welcome. Please bring a mat and towel. Extra mats are available for those new to Yoga. Donations Accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2015 West 11th Street 77008. Yoga@ResurrectionMCC.org
Capoeira Angola. 7:30-9:30pm. Capoeira Angola is a martial art incorporating dance, music and philosophy. It was developed by Africans in Brazil during colonial times. $15. The Flamenco Room 4212 Canal Street, 77003. lipanurban.org
wednesday Central City Co-Op. 9am-6:30pm. Admission Free. Grace Lutheran Church 2515 Waugh Drive, 77006. centralcityco-op.com Subtle Energy Therapies with Connie Silva. 10am7pm. Healing touch and light therapy. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-613-1075 for an appointment. Oneness Blessing. 5:30-6:45pm. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713.782.4050. unityhouston.org Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Friendly cycling group. All routes go through inner city – each day of the week we have a different route. Please obey the rules of the roads. Stop at all traffic lights and stop signs. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery 4814 Nett St. 77007. firstname.lastname@example.org Zumba. 6:30-7:30pm. The exercise craze that has everyone moving to the beat! Free. Admission Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com
Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30–9:30 pm. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. cthouston.org Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Drum Circle at Midnight 12mn-2am $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
thursday Reflexology & Aromatherapy with Sandi Borup. 10am-7pm. A luscious foot reflexology treatment with a fragrant blend of essential oils, herbs, salts and flowers. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713-870-1779 for an appointment. Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are your waiting for? Free. MFAH 1001 Bissonnet, 77005. 713.639.7300 mfah.org City Hall Farmer’s Market. 11am-1:30pm. Admission Free. City Hall 500 McKenny, 77002 (parking available at 400 Rusk) urbanharvest.org
African Dance. 6:30-8:00pm. Lessons in African dance offered by Lipan Urban. $15. Tango Cielo 3710 Main Street, 77009. Lipanurban.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
Reiki, Sound & Share Events 7-9 pm, Come enjoy natural healing energy Accompanied with crystals and the sacred sound frequencies of the Solfeggio tuning forks. Stefanie Nelson CenterPoint, 1-5 PM, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713-932-7224 $20/ class www.centerpointhouston.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.
Diamond Way Meditation. 7-7:30 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 436.6081. diamondway.org/houston/
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
Hellin A Bucket Band 7:30-10:00 Free dinner music. Free. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
Westchase District Farmer’s Market. 3-6pm. Admission free. 10503 Westheimer, 77042. (1 block west of Beltway 8) westchasedistrict.com/market
Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. cthouston.org
Kingwood Farmer’s Market. 3-7pm. Admission free Town Center Park, 8 N. Main in Kingwood 77339. facebook.com/kingwoodfarmersmarket
Spiritual Unfoldment Meditation Class- 7:30PM -9PM Join us for our meditation circle class. Any changes in time will be texted to you if you sign up. Love Offering, First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC 2115 Turner Dr. Houston, Tx. 77093 713695-2550 firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org Liana Liles 713-240-0058 Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. Starts at the bike shop and heads east for a loop through the 5th ward and over the viaduct into downtown. Then it heads west on Washington to TC Jester and north up to 43rd St. The second half of the ride continues west on 43rd/ Clay Rd to Blalock and south to Westview where it heads back east to the Heights. Free. Blue Line Bike Lab - 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713.802.1707
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 Tai Chi by the Reflecting Pool. 5-6pm Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art whose physical practice offers general health benefits, stress management, increased energy and improved physical mobility. The physical and meditative aspects of Tai Chi, which uses slow, repetitive movements, are recognized as relieving the physical effects of stress on the body and mind. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713.524.9839 rothkochapel.org New Class: Parkour. 6:30-8pm. Turning “working out” into “play,” Urban Movement teaches a realistic, scalable approach to natural movement like running, jumping, climbing, crawling, balancing, and vaulting. Ages 12-18 must have parental consent. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com
Free EFT Tapping Thursdays with Helen Racz. 7-8:30pm. EFT is a healing modality based on the same principles as acupuncture but without the needles. Free. Spectrum Center 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233, 77027. 713.922.8895. efthouston.com Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within 7-9pm Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to connect with Awake mind and to apply meditation. This class provides a stable foundation for those who are ready to move to the next level, go deeper in their meditation practice, and touch with the Awake within. Suggested donation $50/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Bohemeo’s Badass Bike Ride. 7pm. Every kind of bike is welcome but note the first and third Thursday of the month the ride is fast paced (16-18 mph) and contains about 20-25 miles with bridges. The other Thursdays it is a more social and slower ride, maintaining pace at 12-14 mph for about 12-15 miles. Free. Bohemeo’s 709 Telephone Road, 77023. 713.923.4277. Annie B Band 7:30-10:00 free Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Hightailers 10:30-2 am Longest running house band in existence. Gulf Coast Rhythm and Blues - $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
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Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body -- 9:30 – 10:30am With an emphasis on bringing together mind, body, and movement to be in the present moment, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind, which also restores and refreshes every aspect of our being. Suggested donation $50/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718
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Beginning Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. cthouston.org
The Healing Point-Acupuncture & Herbs with Randy Udovich. 9am-7pm. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 979-235-7256 for an appointment.
Children’s Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Open to children ages 4-12. Parents must be present and participate. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. cthouston.org
Massage & Colon Hydrotherapy. 9am-7pm Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call Denee at 281635-8298 for an appointment. Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz, Jr. 11am5pm. Access your past life to heal current life issues. A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Road, 1B, 77055. Call 832.530.3360 to make an appointment. edgarcaycehouston.org/Eppie-Munoz,-Jr.html Houston International Folk Dancers. 7:30-10pm. Houston International Folk Dancers is a recreational folk dance group that celebrates ethnic dances from around the world: Eastern and Western Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean, and the Americas. You will delight in the diverse rhythms, melodies and unique dance styles of cultures from over 30 countries. Experienced folk dancers are always ready to help beginners. Singles welcome. Dress comfortably. Admission is $5. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston 5200 Fannin 77004. Additional info at www.folkdancers.org Spiritual Unfoldment Meditation Class- 8PM -10PM Join us for our meditation circle class. Any changes in time will be texted to you if you sign up. Love Offering. First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC 2115 Turner Dr. Houston, Tx. 77093 713695-2550 firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org Ken Pitman 832-692-3666 Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Count Yard, 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.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 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://www.indiahouseinc.org/programs/ yoga-classes Recycling Saturdays. 11am-2pm. Bring your glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum to a recycling station at Discovery Green. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com City Hall Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market. 11am1:30 pm. Free. 901 Bagby, 77002. urbanharvest.org. Drumming Class: djembe. 1:30-2:30. Group djembe drumming class by Lipan Urban. $15. The Eye of Africa Gallery 709 11th St., 77008. Lipanurban.org. Falun Dafa. 4-6pm. Falun Gong also known as Falun Dafa is a traditional Chinese qigong practice. It uses gentle movements and meditation to cultivate the body, mind, and spirit. Falun Gong is a complete and powerful system, which consists of five simple exercises, which can be performed by anyone regardless of age, physical condition, or prior experience. If you plan to visit a practice location, please call the contact person beforehand. Outside of Chinese Consulate 3417 Montrose Blvd., 77006. Henry 956.844.2835. falun-houston.org
East End Farmer’s Market. 10am-2pm. Admission Free. 2800 Navagation Blvd 77003. Eastendhouston.com Oneness Blessing Meeting. 10-10:30pm. The Oneness Blessing is a direct transfer of intelligent sacred energy which causes the heart to open, quiets the chatter of the mind, opens the door to higher states of consciousness and initiates a process of Awakening into Oneness. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org H e a l i n g S e r v i c e , L e c t u re , a n d M e s s a g es from Spirit. 10:30 am First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC. Music by Dwain Briggs. 713-695-2550 2115 Turner Dr. 77093 firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org Acoustic Jams. 10:30am-12n. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Dance Evolution-Central. 10:30-1 pm. Freeform barefoot movement community. Free. Planet Funk Academy- 5731 Logan Ln. 77008. ecstaticdanceevolution.com/ Discovery Hoop Dance. 10:30-11:30am. Have a blast burning calories! Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am-12noon. Join us for guided meditation suitable for everyone. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain community. Free. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naome Street, Suite A 77054. http://dawnmountain.org Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center 11:00am – 12:30pm For youth grades 1-12. Through games and activities, they are introduced to basic meditation practice and life skills needed to understand more about themselves and how to be truly happy. Suggested donation $60/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Magnolia Farmer’s & Artisan’s Market. 11am-3pm. 1st & 3rd Sundays. Admission Free. Intersection of FM 1488 and FM 1774 in Magnolia, 77354. sweetmagnoliapickins.net Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:30 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281. 436.6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Food Not Bombs. 7pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002 houstonfoodnotbombs.org
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