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

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Choosing Meat that’s Sustainable and Safe by Melinda Hemmelgarn

22 PREDICTIONS FOR MARCH

Based on Your Moon Sign by Varshaa Sachdev

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23 HAVE YOU EVER

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25 RENEWABLE ENERGY IN TEXAS VERSUS GERMANY

27 MY BOTTLED WATER MUST BE GOOD… Do you really think so?

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reetings! Let me share a little about this crazy job of a Natural Awakenings publisher and what it’s taught me this month. As a former teacher, the only thing I can compare it to is writing a term paper. Unlike a term paper that is due once a semester, the magazine is due once a month. Also unlike a term paper that is read only by the teacher, the magazine is read by thousands of people all over the city. I have been stressing out every month as we get ready to print. What mistake will I make this time? Will I get an ad wrong or leave out an article or just misspell something on the front cover? While it’s good to be conscientious, it doesn’t help to be stressed out over what might happen. In fact, the fear of failure may well just cause me to make mistakes that I wouldn’t have made otherwise and if it turns out that there were no mistakes this time, I’ve been stressed out for a couple of weeks for nothing. I am learning to accept that mistakes will happen (or not) and that, when they do, I can take care of them. It will all be good one way or the other. I tend to be a person who focuses on fixing what is wrong or at least trying to make things a little better than they are. Nothing wrong with that except it puts the focus on what is “wrong” rather than what is right. Today, as I write this we are getting ready for the final proofing of the March issue. I had to go across town and visit with an ad client about some last-minute changes in her ad. I decided that, since it’s a nice early spring day, I’d go by light rail and bike. So I got to spend the day seeing the sights and the people on the light rail and then enjoy biking along Brae’s Bayou. After my meeting, it was back downtown for a slice of pizza and a short ride home along Buffalo Bayou bike trail. What other job could I do that on a beautiful Thursday morning? None that I’ve ever had. So life is good. Hope you enjoy this month’s magazine and that it inspires you to have a little more fun and a little less stress in your life.

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newsbrief A Lucky 13th Birthday at Universal Door Meditation Center!

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hirteen may be an unwelcome number for some, but at Universal Door, our 13th birthday marks a very auspicious year! This March, we will also break ground on our new, 9 acre property that will become our future and forever home near Highway 6 and W. Airport, just a mile away from our current location in the southwest area. Universal Door has always been a spiritual home for people of all ages, cultures, religions, and backgrounds, as a place to discover more about ourselves and realize the true happiness of the Awake that is already within each person. Founded and guided by Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, UDMC offers many kinds of weekly meditation classes in English and Vietnamese, as well as an outstanding youth program, public dharma talks, monthly meditation retreats, workshops, Buddhist ceremonies, and many other special events. Everything done at the Center aims toward helping students to realize the Awake mind and live free from the endless stress and conflicts created by False mind. Meditation is the practical, user-friendly, transformative tool that makes real and lasting changes in our lives that we never thought possible. Whether it is the basic everyday stress that is wearing you down, relationship conflicts, addictions, depression, or any other challenge in mind or body, there is an A to Z roadmap available for your journey to return to genuine peace and wellbeing, inside and out. Come join any of our programs, apply the practice, and find out for yourself why we say the impossible is now possible! For more information, check out our website at www.universaldoor.org or call us at 281-565-9718. See ad on page 6.

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all for entries in Vision of a Compassionate City youth film festival. Open to Houston artists ages 13-19. Submit your original, threeminute video dreaming or documenting compassion in action in Greater Houston and you could be a featured artist in Houston’s Second Annual Compassion Week this spring. Upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo or other public platform and send the link to it at compassionatevideos@gmail. com or save it to a flash drive and mail it to: Compassionate Videos c/o Dawn Mountain, 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A, Houston, TX 77054. Deadline for entries March 25, 3016 at midnight. For more information email Maryscott at compassionatevideos@gmail.com.

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Attention College Students! Need less stress and clear decisions?

Discovering Wild Edible Plants Workshop Hosted by Deer Lake Lodge and Spa Saturday, March 19, 2016

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unday, March 6th, 2016, is the return of our very popular one-day Zen meditation workshop tailored just for the needs of college students! Universal Door Meditation Center offers a very interactive setting in which you will learn how to literally transform stress and enable clear decision making. Learn what meditation is, why meditate, and how to meditate, with plenty of Q & A along the way. The workshop is guided by Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien and facilitated by senior meditation students and college graduates, allowing you will discover many things about yourself that you didn’t realize before. It is not book knowledge that transforms our lives, but the wisdom that comes from being fully in the present moment that allows us to connect with our Awake mind which sees things very clearly, handles any situation, and knows what to do. Don’t miss this great chance! Every graduate who has ever attended our meditation classes wishes they had this amazing tool in their pocket to deal with all the mental, physical, personal, and emotional challenges that come with the dynamic college years!

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Cost is $50 and registration deadline is Friday, March 4th. Call (281) 565-9718 with questions or to register, or visit our website for more details – www.universaldoor.org. The workshop will be held at Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land. See ad below right.

Saturday, March 19, 2016, 9am – 1pm. at Deer Lake Lodge & Spa, 10500 Deer Lake Lodge Rd. Montgomery, TX 77316. COST: $45. For more information about Deer Lake Lodge, please visit www.deerlakelodge.com or email info@ deerlakelodge.com deerlakelodge.com. See ad on page 38.

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eer Lake Lodge and Spa, a boutique wellness resort and holistic spa, will host a class with Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen, an expert in wild edible plants, Saturday, March 19, 2016. The class will be in conjunction with Deer Lake Lodge’s regular health and cleansing program. Guests will have the opportunity to explore Deer Lake Lodge’s 50-acre oasis and learn about Texas’ edible wild plants and the basics of foraging. During nights and weekends, Merriwether spends his time exploring the wild and by day, he is a chemist. His blog, Foraging Texas is dedicated to edible wild plants, where to find them in Texas and how they can be used. The class with Merriwether is as follows: Guests will spend four hours exploring Deer Lake Lodge’s property with Merriwether as their guide. The class will teach guests how to identify edible and medicinal plants in the wild. He will also show the class how to identify which part of the plant can be safely eaten raw. Along the hike, Merriwether will explain how foraging nature’s wild can help heal the body, mind and soul.

When The Inner Light Is On, EVERYTHING IS CLEAR True happiness & true freedom are already within us. However, our perceptions & holdings block us from living with it. Realize the source of these blocks to live truly happy… anywhere, anytime, always. Universal Door Meditation Center 281-565-9718 • UniversalDoor.org 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498

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Association For Global New Thought Wednesday March 9 from 7-9:30 pm

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he Association for Global New Thought was co-founded in 1996 to represent the leading edge of the New Thought lineage. This year’s conference will be hosted by Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Drive Houston, Texas 77057 Wednesday March 9 from 7 to 9:30pm. Its constituent member churches and centers (700-800 in network) among Unity, Religious Science, and nondenominational New Thought spiritual communities are called forth by a deep commitment to bring the principles and practices of co-creation to a sacred and troubled world. Leading New Thought Speakers: Dr. Roger Teel, Rev. Wendy Craig-Purcell, Dr. Kenn Gordon, Rev. Temple Hayes, Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones, Dr. David Alexander followed by a meet and greet in the Courtyard. We stand with a conscious majority of people who know that by connecting, supporting, and mobilizing one another towards the common good, we can create a world that works through everyone. Attend this special Wednesday event and learn from leading contributors to the New Thought movement what this means to you and how your community can participate. Childcare is available by reservation for on-campus classes and events for an additional fee. Please make your reservation by going to www.unityhouston.org/ childcare at least 48 hrs in advance. Learn more about AGNT: http://www.agnt.org/ about. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Drive. Houston, TX 77057. See ad on page 17.

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Conquering Time

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o you have enough time to do everything you want? What if you could just shift your beliefs about time, and through that totally alter your relationship with time and the way you live your entire life? What if you knew the secret to have time for both everything you need to do and everything you want to do? Please RSVP to attend the FREE Conquering Time workshop presented by H.H. Paramahamsa Nithyananda. March 4 & 5 from 8:30pm until 1am at the Edgar Cayce ARE Center 7800 Almelia Road, Houston, TX 77055. A light lunch will be provided. Register at tiny.ccc/conquering-time For more information visit: nithyananda.org.

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eventbriefs Hines Center Speaker to Explore Concept of “Spiritual, But Not Religious”

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he Bishop John E. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer will host a presentation by acclaimed author Dr. Linda Mercadante on the changing nature of faith in the United States. This speech, which is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17 in the Hines Center’s labyrinth and is free and open to the public, also will serve as the opening session of Rice University’s Rockwell Symposium, which will continue through March 20. The symposium’s theme is “Being Spiritual but Not Religious: Past, Present, Future(s).” This presentation highlights the ongoing collaboration between the Hines Center and Rice University. “It is such an honor for the Hines Center to host Dr. Mercadante and serve as a coDr. Linda Mercadante sponsor for the Rockwell Symposium,” said Hines Center Director Brooke Summers-Perry. “Our collaboration with Rice on this symposium began long before the Hines Center opened to the public. We look forward to continuing this partnership as we create new offerings that help individuals think deeply about their spiritual formation.” Dr. Mercadante’s speech, entitled “Belief Without Borders: Inside the Mind of the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious,’” will investigate the evolution of faith at the individual level. A 2012 survey on religion conducted by the Pew Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life found that approximately 20 percent of Americans -- including a third of adults under the age of 30 -- described themselves as religiously unaffiliated. However, this finding does not suggest that a significant number of Americans does not believe in a higher power; instead, many U.S. adults who are religiously unaffiliated describe themselves as being religious or spiritual in some way. The Hines Center is a ministry of Christ Cathedral Church, the seat of the Episcopalian Diocese of Texas. Grounded in ancient traditions of Christianity and drawing upon wisdom from other faiths, the Hines Center’s goal is to support the human journey toward spiritual wholeness and provide guidance to individuals as they contemplate how they identify and relate to God. In support of spiritual formation, a variety of educational and experiential offerings provide strategies to increase each individual’s awareness, acceptance and compassion. The Hines Center, 500 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77002. 713-590-3320. Hinescenter. org. See ad on page 9.

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oin some of the world’s top spiritual teachers as they share their unique and collective wisdom for the Soulawakening event of the year. Anita Moorjani, Marianne Williamson, Iyanla Vanzant, Dr. Jean Houston, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Gay Hendricks, Sunny Dawn Johnston and Bryant McGill are among this year’s speakers. Connect with your soul family. Open and expand your awareness. Enrich your life experiences. Celebrate in the light. Find your gifts radiating out into the world. Join us and become a part of this movement. For more information visit. mishkaproductions.com. Unity of Houston, 2919 Unity Drive, Houston TX 77057. 713-782-4050. See ad on page 17.

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ames Trapp once wrote “Easter is not merely the celebration of the life of Jesus. It reminds us that we are capable of doing even greater things than he had enough time to do. We love and celebrate the master teacher by practicing his principles, living his teachings, and following his example. When we do, our life shines and glorifies the power, the presence, and the love of God. All of us emanate from that loving presence. When that is our self-concept, we will be able to say as Jesus did, “When you see me, you see the presence that sent me,” and you will experience Easter every day of your life.“ Easter is a day to celebrate Jesus and his message of overcoming and eternal life. We also celebrate the resurrection of all that is sacred, good and of God in each of us. We express that Christ spirit in all we do. Join us for a sacred Sunday of family and tradition with services by Rev. Howard Caesar at 9am & 11 am Followed by Youth and Family activities in the Courtyard 12p-2pWe invite you to celebrate and rejoice in spirit! Unity of Houston, 2919 Unity Drive, Houston TX 77057. 713-782-4050. Unityhouston.org. See ad on page 17.

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Join Us Join us at Dawn Mountain to learn the profound Tibetan practice of Powa, or Transference A practice so swift it is known as “Buddhahood Without Meditation” This retreat spans two weekends with weekday and evening practices in between. Attendance at the first weekend is REQUIRED of all participants. Powa refers to the transference of Retreat Dates and Times consciousness at the time of death into the “Pure Land” of enlightenment. We sing sacred words to practice sending Friday, April 15 - 7:00 to 9:00pm the consciousness to the pure land so Saturday, April 16 - 9:30am to 5:30pm we may do so for ourselves or another Sunday, April 17 - 9:30am to 4:00pm person who is dying. Dawn Mountain’s Powa text comes to Monday - Thursday, April 18-21 us from our teacher in Tibet, and the Day and evening practices, as possible. practice dates back to at least the 12th Friday, April 22 - 7:00 to 9:00pm Century. Come discover its significance and Saturday, April 23 - 9:30am to 1:00pm relevance to your contemporary American life! Questions? Email Jerri: info@dawnmountain.org Dawn Mountain Ready to register? Members Receive Visit: dawnmountain.org 20% off Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism Founded by Anne C. Klein, PhD (Lama Rigzin Drolma) and Harvey B. Aronson, PhD (Lama Namgyal Dorje) in1996

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rey Hughes a licensed professional counselor and re-connective healing practitioner with over 27 years’ experience in the mental health field. He is the type of therapist that is willing to be both vulnerable and open, speaking directly and honestly. In his extensive work with adolescents and adults he has learned the importance of being genuine and down-to-earth, and thus, he works best with clients who prefer a straightforward approach. Rather than viewing others as sick or broken, he see all people as powerful, magnificent beings, who have the ability to create their lives in any way they choose. Most of his work is focused on helping the client to: a) learn to accept and love him/herself, and b) change false and negative interpretations. In addition to having strong clinical skills as a psychotherapist, his recent training in reconnective healing has greatly added to his repertoire. This form of energy work is extremely powerful, often producing profound healing on all levels in just a few sessions.

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Midtown Mojo Manufacturers Grand Opening Midtown Mojo Manufacturers will be having their grand opening March 8 from 7pm until 2am at their new location 4002 Chartres Street Houston, TX 77004. After many years in private practice, Oskar “Doc Mojo” Yetzirah will be reopening his business to the general public. The spiritual apothecary located in Houston’s 3rd Ward seeks to aid patrons with their spiritual & holistic needs, promoting wellness for people’s spirit and body is their goal, by encouraging positive living which leads to success and happiness.

rank Rising is an Intuitive Ancestral Bone Reader and Spiritual Counselor with over 20 years of working with various Diviation and Oracular Systems. Pulling from West African Sangoma, Southern US, and Appalachian styles of Bone Reading, along with experince in over 30 years of other magical systems, he offers you a unique, yet deep look into your present, past & future. Combining a background in Psychology and Counseling work, along with various other paths of Herbal, Spiritual & Metaphysical backgrounds, together we can achieve a path of success. When you schedule your Reading or Consultation with Frank, you will receive a detailed and highly accurate reading that covers the aspects of your life that your Ancestors have detailed for you, touching where together we feel you need the most guidance. Franks is usually at Center Point’s Sunday fairs and is available for private consultations. Frank “Brother Racoon” Rising,Ancestral I ntuitive R eadings , Facebook.com/ BrotherRaccoon or RaccoonBone.wix. com/BrotherRaccoon. 832-233-6568 or 832-922-1382. See ad on page 45.

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Holistic Homeopathy for Wellness

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nusha Thiagarajan has been practicing Homeopathy in Houston for several years with offices both in Houston and Missouri City. Being new to Natural Awakenings Anusha Thiagarajan magazine, an introduction is in order. Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit Homeopathy is an art and science. The word “homeopathy” is derived from the Greek words homeos “similar” and pathos, “disease”. Homeopathy means “to treat with a remedy that produces an effect similar to that of the disease”. Homeopathy is a medical science developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a brilliant German physician and chemist. It is based on the principle “Like cures Like” meaning that any substance which can produce symptoms in a healthy person can also cure similar symptoms in a sick individual. This “Law of Similars“ was understood by Aristotle and Hippocrates and mentioned in ancient Hindu manuscripts. Having personally benefitted from the Homeopathic treatment, she decided to become a Homeopath myself and heal patients with the gentle touch of Homeopathy. Today, by sheer inspiration, Anusha is extending this miraculous and life-saving science to others. Holistic Homeopathy for Wellness, Anusha Thiagarajan, 4100 westheimer, Suite 233, Houston, TX 77027. 7335 TX-6, Suite 200, Missouri City, TX 77459. Holistichomeopathy.net. 832671-263. See ad on page 44.

National Fitness Expert Opens Boutique Fitness Studio In Spring - The Workout Barre

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n an era when most businesses are expanding form brick and mortar to the Internet, national fitness expert, author, and President of Workouts For Women, Inc, Joni Hyde, has done the opposite. Moving away from decades of a strong online presence, in October 2015, Joni opened The Workout Barre, in Spring, Texas. Although Barre has been around for decades, it’s popularity in the United States began within the last decade. Barre’s roots are traced back to Lotte Berk, a dancer who fled Germany in the late 1930’s. Berk collaborated with orthopedic physicians after she experienced significant back injury. Together, they combined her Ballet training with rehabilitative therapy, creating an effective non-impact method designed to sculpt a slimmer, stronger, and healthier body. It’s upon this approach that The Workout Barre was founded. Virtually anyone can participate in the class. You don’t need any dance experience or superior coordination. “We see clients of all ages, the overweight, post–injury, the very fit, and pregnant women.” The Workout Barre, 18425 Champion Forest Drive #250, Spring, TX 77379. Office: 832-761-0688. Mobile: 346-2214350. joni@theworkoutbarre.com. www.theworkoutbarre.com

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lmost 20 years ago, Houston Gym opened as an alternative to big, impersonal fitness centers with staffs of high-pressure salespeople. They 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. Houston Gym is committed to providing its members with the tools they need for an effective, efficient and enjoyable exercise program. That’s led to a well-earned reputation as a great place to work out. Their knowledgeable, professional counselors take an active role in each member’s individual success, creating an atmosphere of assistance and encouragement. Nationally Certified and Accredited Personal Trainers will take your fitness to the next level. Having outgrown their original location, their awesome new 15,000 square-foot facility is at 1501 Durham. Whether you’re interested in weight loss, toning, competitive bodybuilding or just starting out, apply online for a FREE TRIAL PASS and find out whether Houston Gym is the right place for you. Houston Gym, 1501 Durham Street, Houston, TX 77007, 713-880-9191. HoustonGym.com. See ad, page 44.

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ace Reading is an ancient branch of Chinese Medicine based on the 5 Elements. It was originally used as a diagnostic tool providing clues about an individual’s personality patterns and their inherent strengths and weaknesses. Each person is born with their own personal blueprint. The secrets of people’s inner nature and their own potential are beautifully and perfectly inscribed in the features and liens of their face. In conjunction with specific information from their birthdate, Face Readings are a very empowering experience explaining our true nature to better understand ourselves. Julie Parker has been studying nutrition and alternative healing for over 30 years and was recently introduced to Face Reading and 9 Star Ki. Julie combines her knowledge and skills to help people understand themselves on a deeper level so they can thrive in their life (personally or professionally) – from a place of love and unconditional acceptance vs judgement and condemnation. Julie Parker, Face Reading. YourInnerBlueprint.com. 832-305-5498 . See ad, page 45. 

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Every Day Can Be A Day Without Pain!

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r. Susan Moss started her career by volunteering at Dr. Jacob Liberman’s office in Miami, Florida in 1978. Dr. Liberman is famous now for his practice of Syntonic Optometry and improving vision. She continued to work for him as she Dr. Susan Moss studied chemistry and biomedical engineering as an undergraduate. The chemistry provides me with information about nutrition. I love chemistry and nutrition. The biomedical engineering portion helps me learn about products easier, design vision related products for patients. She is a member of the Ocular Nutrition Society, the only optometrist in the Houston area who is a member. She is a member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control. She has been practicing orthokeratology for over 30 years. She is a practitioner of Syntonic Optometry, which was created by Dr. Harry Riley Spitler, M.D., OD. This is one of the main types of color therapy that optometrists utilize. This can help patients with all types of oculo-motor problems, eye muscle problems and much more. .” She is a professional practitioner of Dr. Peter Mandel’s Esogetic Colorpuncture. Dr. Moss says, “I have only been interested in improvement ... I have never been interested in ruining people’s vision or prolonging their condition. I am always studying, learning more. It is a great time to be involved in this field - we can help so many people.” For more information about how Dr. Sue Moss is different than other optometrists. Visit her website at YourEyesArePrecious.com or call her at 713-524-2525. Dr. Susan Moss, OD, 5218 Cedar Street, Suite A, Bellaire, TX 77401, 713-524-2525. eyesareprecious@gmail.com. See ad on page 37

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ating an apple before buying groceries may help consumers make healthier shopping decisions. This was the finding of three studies on healthy food purchasing conducted by Aner Tal, Ph.D., and Brian Wansink, Ph.D. In the research, published in the scientific journal Psychology and Marketing, 120 shoppers were given an apple sample, a cookie sample or nothing before they began shopping. The researchers found those that ate the apple purchased 28 percent more fruits and vegetables than those given the cookie, and 25 percent more fruits and vegetables than those given nothing. A related study by Tal and Wansink investigated virtual shopping decisions. After being given a cookie or an apple, 56 subjects were asked to imagine they were grocery shopping. They were shown 20 pairs of products—one healthy and the other unhealthy—and asked to select the one they would buy. Consistent with the results of the first study, those that ate the apple most often chose the healthy option.

Metal and Mineral Imbalances May Produce Migraines

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ead and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth, throat (pharynx and larynx), sinuses and salivary glands. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, more than 55,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancer, and almost 13,000 die from these diseases annually. A study from the University of Alabama and the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center found that a magnolia herb extract called honokiol may treat these cancers. It tested human cancer cell lines in the laboratory from different parts of the body, including the mouth, larynx, tongue and pharynx. The researchers found that the honokiol extract halted the growth of each of these cancer cells and induced cell death. Lead researcher Dr. Santosh K. Katiyar and his colleagues wrote, “Conclusively, honokiol appears to be an attractive, bioactive, small-molecule phytochemical for the management of head and neck cancer, which can be used either alone or in combination with other available therapeutic drugs.”

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High Harvest

Nixing Monsanto The government of Guatemala has repealed legislation dubbed the “Monsanto law”, which was approved last year to grant the biotech giant special expansion rights into ecologically sensitive territory, after widespread public protest. The demonstrations included groups of indigenous Mayan people, joined by social movements, trade unions and farmers’ and women’s organizations. Following political party battles, the Guatemalan Congress decided not to just review the legislation, but instead cancel it outright. The Monsanto law would have given exclusivity on patented seeds to a handful of transnational companies. Mayan people and social organizations claim that the new law would have violated their constitution and the Mayan people’s right to traditional cultivation of the land in their ancestral territories. Lolita Chávez, of the Mayan People’s Council, states, “Corn taught us Mayan people about community life and its diversity, because when one cultivates corn, one realizes that a variety of crops such as herbs and medicinal plants depend on the corn plant, as well.”

The world’s largest indoor farm, in Japan, covers 25,000 square feet, with 15 tiers of stacked growing trays that produce 10,000 heads of lettuce per day, or about 100 times more per square foot than traditional methods. It uses 99 percent less water and 40 percent less power than outdoor fields, while producing 80 percent less food waste. Customized LED lighting helps plants grow up to two-anda-half times faster than normal, one of the many innovations co-developed by Shigeharu Shimamura. He says the overall process is only half automated so far. “Machines do some work, but the picking is done manually. In the future, though, I expect an emergence of harvesting robots.” These may help transplant seedlings, harvest produce or transport product to packaging areas. Meanwhile, Singapore’s Sky Farms, the world’s first lowcarbon, hydraulically driven, urban vertical farm, runs on a Sky Urban Vertical Farming System, making the most of rainwater and gravity. Using a water pulley system, 38 growing troughs rotate around a 30-foot-tall aluminum tower. A much bigger project, a 69,000-square-foot vertical indoor garden under construction at AeroFarms headquarters, in Newark, New Jersey, will be capable of producing up to 2 million pounds of vegetables and herbs annually.

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The food truck industry is good for a quick, cheap meal or even a gourmet meal, but emissions from these portable feasts are a growing concern, given the estimated 3 million trucks that were on the road in 2012. New York state has launched an initiative to put 500 energyefficient, solar-powered carts on city streets this summer. A pilot program gives food truck vendors the opportunity to lease the eco-carts for five years at little to no extra cost. They are expected to cut fossil fuel emissions by 60 percent and smog-creating nitrous oxide by 95 percent. If the technology was implemented nationwide, it could spare the atmosphere an enormous carbon footprint. Conventional mobile vendors may spend more than $500 a month on fossil fuels; in addition to the gasoline consumed in driving, truck lighting and refrigeration systems are powered by diesel generators and propane fuels the grills, sometimes all running up to 10 hours a day. The annual nationwide load can add up to hundreds of billions of pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill has written that in a pivotal case of animal cruelty undercover reporting, the Idaho Dairymen’s Association responded to the negative publicity by drafting and sponsoring a bill in a class known as Ag-Gag legislation that criminalizes the types of surreptitious investigations that expose such violent activities. Seven other states currently have similar Ag-Gag laws on the books. Winmill declared the law unconstitutional in his decision, stating that its only purpose is to “limit and punish those who speak out on topics relating to the agricultural industry, striking at the heart of important First Amendment values.” The law was deemed to violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, “as well as preemption claims under three different federal statutes,” cites Winmill. “This ruling is so clear, so definitive, so sweeping,” says Leslie Brueckner, senior attorney for Public Justice and cocounsel for the plaintiffs in the case. “We couldn’t ask for a better building block in terms of striking these laws down in other states.”

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Meaty Truths Choosing Meat that’s Sustainable and Safe by Melinda Hemmelgarn

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n his essay The Pleasures of Eating, Wendell Berry, a Kentucky farmer and poet, writes: “If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.” He, like a growing number of conscious eaters, wants no part of the industrial meat system in which animals are raised in concentrated animal feeding operations. Media coverage has helped educate consumers previously unaware of how their food is produced and why it matters. The documentary film Food Inc., as well as books like Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser and The Chain, by Ted Genoways, describe common livestock industry practices that mistreat animals, pollute water and air, endanger workers and threaten public health. With increased understanding of the connections between diet and health, climate, environment and social justice, even many Americans that still like the taste of hamburger and steak have sided with Berry; they want sustainably raised, humane and healthful red meat.

attempted to include the concept of sustainability. The committee, which included top nutrition scientists, defined sustainable diets as “a pattern of eating that promotes health and well-being and provides food security for the present population while sustaining human and natural resources for future generations.” It made the case that a diet higher in plant-based foods and lower in animalbased foods both promotes health and protects the environment—resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions, and less energy, land and water use. But political pressure from the livestock industry prevailed, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell jointly announced, “We do not believe that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for

Americans are the appropriate vehicle for this important policy conversation about sustainability.” Instead, they advised the committee to focus solely on nutritional and dietary information. I n h e r b o o k Fo o d Po l i t i c s , nutritionist and author Marion Nestle explains that recommendations to decrease consumption have never been popular with the food industry. Nonetheless, Roni Neff, Ph.D., who directs the Center for a Livable Future’s Food System Sustainability and Public Health Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, recommends consuming less red meat in particular, because of its large environmental footprint. Neff points out, “Thirty percent of greenhouse gas emissions are connected to red meat.” However, not all red meat is created equal. In her book Defending Beef, environmental lawyer and cattle rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman makes a case for sustainable meat production, noting, “Well-managed grazing could be part of an effective strategy to combat climate change.” In their book The New Livestock Farmer, authors Rebecca Thistlethwaite and Jim Dunlop praise the increase in farmers producing pasture-raised, ethical meats and the growing number of farmers selling directly to people that reject the industrial system. Neff likewise supports such sustainable livestock agriculture, which integrates pasture-raised animals on farms, rather than isolating them on feedlots, where they typically eat a grain-based diet (such as genetically engineered corn) and receive growth stimulants, including hormones and antibiotics.

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Risky Hormones and Antibiotics Mike Callicrate, a St. Francis, Kansas, rancher educated in the industrial model of meat production, is considered an expert on its negative consequences. He served as an advisor for Food Inc., and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Callicrate observes, “The same chemical compounds that athletes are banned from using in baseball are used to produce our food animals, which our children eat in the hot dogs at the ballgame.” According to the USDA, about 90 percent of feedlot cattle receive hormone implants to promote growth. Yet the European Union Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures Relating to Public Health reports that the use of natural and artificial growth hormones in beef production poses a potential risk to human health, especially among children. Concerns about growth-promoting drugs led the American Academy of Pediatrics to call for studies that directly measure their impact on children through milk and meat. The President’s Cancer Panel Report on Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk also states, “Growth hormones may contribute to endocrine disruption in humans.” Their dietary recommendations include choosing meat raised without hormones and antibiotics.

Rising Resistance Antibiotic resistance is now one of the world’s most critical public health problems, and it’s related to misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Antibiotic resistance—when bacteria don’t respond to the drugs designed to kill them— threatens to return us to the time when simple infections were often fatal.” Veterinarian and food safety consultant Gail Hansen, of Washington, D.C., explains that bacteria naturally develop resistance anytime we use antibiotics. “The problem is overuse and misuse; that’s the recipe for disaster.” She explains that more than 70 percent of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. are not used to treat sick animals, but to promote growth and reduce the risk of infection 20

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related to raising animals in unsanitary, overcrowded spaces. A recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states: Adding antibiotics to the feed of healthy livestock “often leave the drugs ineffective when they are needed to treat infections in people.” The AAP supports buying meat from organic farms, because organic farming rules prohibit the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics. Stacia Clinton, a registered dietitian in Boston who works with the international nonprofit Health Care Without Harm, assists hospitals in both reducing meat on their menus and increasing purchases of meat from animals raised without antibiotics. The goal is to reduce the growing number of antibiotic-resistant infections that cost hospitals and patients billions of dollars each year. A Friends of the Earth report, Chain Reaction: How Top Restaurants Rate on Reducing Use of Antibiotics in Their Meat Supply, revealed that most meat served by American’s top chain restaurants come from animals raised in industrial facilities where they are fed antibiotics. Only two out of 25 chains, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread, report that the majority of their meat is raised without routine antibiotics. A recent study by Consumers Union also found antibiotic-resistant bacteria on retail meat samples nationwide. In California, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 27, making his the first state to ban the use of routine low doses of antimicrobial drugs that are medically important to humans to promote livestock weight gain or feed efficiency. The bill doesn’t go into effect until January 2018, but will contribute to making meat safer and antibiotic drugs more effective.

Red and Processed Meats Targeted Dietary advice to reduce the consumption of red and processed meats, regardless of how the animals are raised, is not new. Kelay Trentham, a registered dietitian in Tacoma, Washington, who specializes in cancer prevention and treatment, points out that joint reports from the World Cancer Research Fund International and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) since 2007 have recommended

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restricting consumption of red meat to less than 18 ounces a week and avoiding processed meats. I n 2 0 1 5 , t h e Wo r l d H e a l t h Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified processed meat (like hot dogs, ham, sausages, corned beef and beef jerky) as “carcinogenic to humans” and red meat (beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse and goat) as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Risk increases with amount consumed, and the evidence is strongest for the relation of processed meats to colorectal cancer. Trentham explains some factors that make red and processed meats risky. “Heating or smoking meat creates cancer-causing compounds. Processed meats contain salts, nitrates and nitrites; a chemical mélange of preservatives that can increase risk,” she says. Trentham and Karen Collins, a registered dietitian and advisor to the AICR, concur that the form of iron found in meat also contributes to cancer risk. Still, the IARC report recognizes, “Eating meat has known health benefits.” Meat is a rich source of protein and B vitamins, iron and zinc. Livestock feed further influences nutritional composition, with meat from cattle raised on pasture (grass) containing higher levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids compared to meat from animals fed grain. According to medical doctor and National Institutes of Health researcher Captain Joseph Hibbeln, consuming fewer omega-6 fatty acids and more omega3s may be one of the most important dietary changes for cutting the risk of chronic diseases, reducing inflammation, improving mental health, enhancing children’s brain and eye development and reducing worldwide incidence of cardiovascular disease by 40 percent. When it comes to eating meat, the agricultural practices, quantity consumed, and methods of processing and cooking make a difference. It turns out that what’s good for the environment is good for animals and people, too. Melinda Hemmelgarn is an awardwinning registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with KOPN.or g, in Columbia, MO. Connect at FoodSleuth@gmail.com.


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Predictions for March Based on Your Moon Sign by Varshaa Sachdev

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arshaa Sachdev writes our monthly Vedic Moon Sign column. If you don’t know your moon sign in the Vedic system, you can find out at no cost by visiting OpenMindAstrology.com. Aries – This month you may begin to struggle with relationship with spouse, in-laws. Loss of focus on spirituality possible. Legal issues could be of concern in first half of month, especially from the 7th to 15th. Lucky days this month are the 11th and 12th. Hurdles in regards to education, romance and children could stress you out. Take care of the left side of your face, especially left ear. Taurus – This month your parents’ health and legal issues could be subjects of concern. There may be struggle at home and with your spouse. Short distance travels may be fruitful in first half of the month. You could experience some relief from legal issues second half of the month. Lucky days this month are the 13th and 14th. You might feel mentally disturbed or low during the last week of the month. Keep a watch on your parents’ health and keep in constant touch with them. Gemini – In the first half of the month, you might be facing issues with father, government or authority figures. You might feel mentally disturbed, too, at least until the 18th. Lucky days this month are the 15th and 16th. Short distance travels may not prove to be fruitful. You may begin to struggle with communication, relationship with younger siblings. Cancer – This month your attention will be on struggling with inflow of money and extended family. You may experience mixed emotions in regards to romance and spouse. Be very careful while driving. Students may have to struggle even more to get the same results. Take care of your health, especially lower abdomen section. You could feel a little relief as your lucky days this month are the 17th–19th and most challenging days are the 7th and 8th. Leo – During the mid-month, your focus will be on taking care of your health and legal issues especially between the 7th–22nd. Quarrels with spouse may increase so try to be patient. Sudden hurdles can arise in all aspects of life so try to

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be on guard especially when driving. Tensions and arguments at home will start to increase so try to stay calm. Lucky days this month are the 20th and 21st. Virgo – In the first half of the month, take extra care of your health. You may become aggressive / harsh with your younger siblings and in your communication so be careful. Romantic relationship may be positive during first half of the month. Sudden hurdles may arise at your job, foreign travels and spirituality. Lucky days this month are the 22nd–24th. You could experience some relief in the second half of the month. Libra – In the first half of the month, positivity and harmony at home but take extra caution when driving. Be careful with your speech as you may sound aggressive or harsh, especially with extended family. Sudden hurdles in income, relationship with network circles. You might start to feel a little detachment from your children and romantic interest especially during the second half of the month. Lucky days this month are the 25th and 26th. Keep a close watch on your children’s health and keep in touch with them. Scorpio – Stay calm; you will have to put conscious effort to not lose your temper. Be careful when operating any machinery, at home and driving as you have chances of accidents. Keep a watch on your parents’ health and keep in constant touch with them. After the 10th you may buy some luxury item for home or trade in your car. Possible financial gains from authority in the later part of the month. Once again be cautious especially during the last week. Sagittarius – This month you may desire to travel for spiritual reasons but may experience sudden hurdles and in association with your gurus and mentors. You may have to do some written correspondence with government / authority. There may be a disagreement / detachment on some issues with younger siblings. There is a great chance of getting hurt on your face, especially eyes. Lucky days this month are the 2nd–4th and 30th and 31st. Capricorn – This month there could be a dispute in regards to your finance and with older siblings. You might have to have verbal communication with government / authority figures but take care of your speech as you may come across as being harsh. You could experience sudden hurdles in relationship with in-laws. You may be romantically inclined in the first part of the month. Lucky days this month are the 5th and 6th. Aquarius – Starting this month, you may begin to feel down or detached from things. Take care of your health, especially your back and spinal cord. You could have dealings with the government / authority figures. Sudden hurdles will start to disturb your marriage / partnership. There could be quarrels or disputes at workplace throughout the month so take care of your temper. Lucky days this month are the 7th and 8th. Pisces – In the first part of the month, you could have financial gain. You may start to experience sudden hurdles at work. Take care of your health, especially your eyes. Possible dealings with the government / authority during the second half of the month. There could be struggle with mentors and if traveling. Lucky days this month are the 9th and 10th. See ad on page 32.

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Have you ever wished you could… get rid of stress completely? Well, now there’s a way… Here’s how… by Pho Chon

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ost people believe that stress is normal ... actually, everyone I know believes that, including me, up until just some years ago. There was a time in my life when my stress and sadness were so extreme that I could not hide it from others any longer. I was moving through life like a zombie—just doing what needed to be done and masking my stress and unhappiness with smiles or trying to stay busy with something so that I wouldn’t have to deal with the turmoil brewing deep inside— until one day, my co-worker saw what was happening to me. I could no longer

hide my tears; they would start to swell up in my eyes with just a simple question like, “How are you?” She kept telling me that I should look into meditation. At first I thought, “Meditation? Sure, I could use some relaxation and calmness but that can only do so much, and that’s just a temporary fix-it thing.” She went further to say she knew a very good meditation teacher at Universal Door Meditation Center (UDMC) who could help me transform my stress completely and by doing that I could live truly happy, forever. Even though I could see my co-worker was truly changing a natural awakenings

lot for the better in her own life, I was very doubtful because it all sounded too good to be true. Stress happens all the time, but was she really implying that I could get rid of stress forever? But even that “forever” part didn’t matter to me. All I knew was that I needed help fast, and for me, taking medications was not an option. “It’s worth a try,” I thought. Upon first meeting the meditation teacher, I could feel her unlimited compassion and understanding immediately in how she greeted me and how she began to interact with me. Then there it was—the simple but March 2016

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dreadful question—“How are you?” The next thing I knew the volcano that had been brewing inside just exploded … emotions of all sorts began to surface. Normally, I would never reveal to anyone all the stress I was going through, but for some reason when I met her, there was a sense of trust, openness, no judgment and natural ease that allowed me to be honest and open, to take off my mask and just be myself. One particular part of our first meeting that I will never forget was our conversation about stress. As I shared with her about my stress in life, she said something that really surprised me. “All that sadness, worry, fear and anxieties that you are experiencing are not normal. Did you know that there is a way for you to live life without any of that ever happening again? Did you know that stress is not normal?” I just looked at her with a blank stare as if I had heard her wrong. I could see my mind internally repeating what she had just said, to make sure I heard her right. She saw the look on my face and smiled. Dead silence. I didn’t exactly know what to say or even ask. She continued, “What is normal is to be Awake; that is your original, before it was covered over and lost. Living Awake and being truly happy is normal. If you are stressed, that is a signal that something is not right and you need to look inside to find out what is causing your stress so you can return to your original as soon as possible.” That little conversation was a wake-up call and created an intense curiosity in me because I really wanted to see if it was true, and this is what began my meditation journey at Universal Door. I came to find out very soon she was no ordinary teacher. In fact, she was a Zen Master. I didn’t know it at the time, but Zen means “Awake” and a true Zen Master is the person who has realized and broken the whole system of habits and suffering and only lives with the original Awake, which is unconditionally happy and free. And never could I have imagined how much my life would transform after meeting her. She became not only my teacher but also my guide, my coach, my mentor, my lifesaver. Step by step, she taught me what meditation was really about. 24

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She teaches no ordinary method; what she teaches is called Zen Meditation, which is to “Wake Up” and transform our everyday stress, struggles and conflicts so that we can live truly happy and free no matter what situations are happening around us, no matter who we are around. Through her interactive guiding and practical lessons, it wasn’t long before I saw that my stress did not only happen less, it started to permanently dissolve because for the first time ever, someone was able to show me that stress has a core root, and until we “Wake Up” from the core system that is running constantly, we cannot live stress-free. Without waking up from the core, we just continue to manage the symptoms of stress, endlessly. Imagine trimming tree branches; they always keep growing back because the root is alive. She was the first person ever that could help me see from my very own experience that stress is not normal. That in fact what is normal is to live truly happy. If we are not truly happy in our everyday life, then something is off-track or missing. I love her examples and stories that she shares because I can easily relate to what she is saying. The example of the sun and clouds is one of my favorites. She reminds us that our original Awake is like the sun, always shining, always bright, always having the capacity to see things clearly, to be open, radiant, fresh, full of energy and light. The clouds in the sky represent our everyday stress, sadness, irritation, fears, anxieties, anger or unhappiness. Sometimes these clouds are light and scattered; sometimes they are so dark and heavy that they completely cover the sun and we forget that it’s back there behind the clouds. Regardless of whether or not we can see the sun in that moment, the sun is always there, always shining and available. Like that, we are already Awake and have the capacity to be truly happy, but we don’t know it; we keep identifying with the clouds, mistaking them to be so real and solid. My Zen Master shows us how we can return back to our Awake and live truly happy with no more stress. It’s like life’s best kept hidden treasure. All a person has to do is to be open, be honest, and apply the practice into their everyday life, and then watch as their stress

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begins to dissolve not temporarily, but permanently. Back in 2003, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien had the vision of opening a meditation center to help all people of any background, religion, age, gender or culture (hence the name Universal Door) to “Wake Up” and break free from their illusion and stress in order to live a truly happy and free life in any situation. Isn’t that amazing? And for 13 years there has been a secret hidden treasure right here in our area that very few people know about. In all my years of reading, researching, listening to CDs, watching videos, attending workshops and lectures, I have never seen anything so rare and special. What she has been teaching about meditation challenges and breaks the stereotypes of what anyone has ever thought about meditation practice. All the time I hear people who say, “I can’t meditate; I can’t stop my mind from thinking” or “It’s boring, what’s the point?” or “I can’t sit still in one position for five minutes; how can I do 30 minutes?” The point isn’t to control the mind or be completely still and silent. The point of meditation is to bring mind and body together in the present moment, observe whatever is happening, and return back to the Awake and discover the true happiness already within. It’s a journey of understanding oneself to see why we are stressed, struggling or unhappy. There’s so much more to it than what I had thought. You will start to discover an inner exploration filled with many fascinating insights, and so much wisdom and clarity. Each step is very interesting as we uncover who we really are. We begin to see our mistakes and understandings, and the stress and struggles begin to disappear— relationships begin to mend, decisions are easier to make, life becomes full of meaning and purpose, compassion arises, and true happiness emerges because the inner light is finally on— and when this happens there’s no more darkness, no more confusion, no more stress. As more people have come to touch with the Zen meditation practice at Universal Door, there is more and more proof that what Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien teaches is real and that it actually


works. Those who apply the practice see that it not only transforms their own life but also positively affects the lives of others close to them as well—it’s an automatic domino effect. As more people are able to touch with what Awake really is, they have a chance to taste a different kind of happiness that they never knew about before. Now the time has come for expansion because the current property at Universal Door has become overcrowded and we need a much bigger space, bigger classrooms and bigger meditation hall to continue to help more people “Wake Up”. It’s exciting to say that for our 13th anniversary this month, not only will Universal Door Meditation Center celebrate 13 years of making wishes for stress-free living come true, but we will celebrate with a ribbon-cutting and groundbreaking at our new 9 acre property located in southwest Houston. Happy 13th Birthday to Universal Door Meditation Center, and I look forward to many more birthdays with Universal Door so that I can show my appreciation, gratitude and support by sharing this message of hope to others on the journey to living a stress-free and happy life, not just sometimes, but always!

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Renewable Energy in Texas Versus Germany

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report published by Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance looked at three of the world’s largest economies and largest energy jurisdictions in an attempt to compare their approaches to ramping up renewable energy. Included in the report is a comparison of electricity rates in Germany to those in Texas and California, as well a discussion of how renewables contribute to overall costs. Germany is the world’s fourth-largest economy and an aggressive adopter of renewable energy; California and Texas are the world’s number eight and 12, respectively, and both are leaders in the U.S. with respect to wind and solar deployment. The report illustrates that moving to a higher share of electricity sourced from wind and solar need not put a large burden on ratepayers. Germany’s average electricity rates are about three times higher, but a closer look at the breakdown of the components of this high rate shows that only about 21 percent of Germany’s average retail electricity rates can be attributed to levies imposed to pay renewable generators. The balance can be attributed to other factors, including the high cost of natural gas in Europe where cheap U.S. natural gas is not available. In Texas, one of the world’s largest producers of natural gas, the impact is just the opposite. The abundance has led to cheaper electricity rates. Another huge chunk of Germany’s high rates can be attributed to legacy costs from the country’s relatively early natural awakenings

and aggressive push into solar power. The report implies that early German investment in solar indirectly subsidized the global solar buildout of the last several years by leading to the buildout of Chinese capacity required to fulfill German need for solar panels. According to energy commentators quoted in the report, this precipitated the huge drop in cost that the rest of the world has enjoyed the past several years. German commitment to solar power drove the economies of scale that brought down prices worldwide. As the Texas economy expands, electricity usage per unit of economic output has actually fallen. This is a fact that came as somewhat of a surprise to Texas grid planners that realized that their projections of electricity shortages based on the continued economic growth of the state were overly pessimistic. Consider the housing sector, which is a large contributor to Texas economic growth. New houses are substantially more energy-efficient than older houses. On the one hand, early and aggressive movers into renewable energy such as Germany seem to have paved the way for jurisdictions such as Texas to take advantage of rapidly improving technology and falling production costs for wind and solar equipment. The report suggests that deployment of wind and solar need not add substantially to consumer costs. Reprinted with permission fr om Renewable Energy World. March 2016

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s bottled water the best for you? Most people feel that they are getting safer, better tasting water by buying it bottled. However, here are some facts that might surprise you. Think about them the next time you reach for that bottle of water. Most bottled water is just tap water in a plastic bottle. So it is no safer or better tasting than water straight from the tap. It would cost 1.3 tenths of a cent to fill a 16.9-ounce bottle with genuine tap water. The same bottle pre-filled with tap water costs upwards of a dollar a bottle. If you filled the bottle yourself and drank one every day, it would cost 48 cents for an entire year as opposed to $346 a year from the store. That’s more than 700 times the cost. Tap water is constantly tested for the worst health contaminants, but water bottling facilities are required to test only about once a week and only recently started testing for E. coli after several recalls of bottled water for E. coli contamination. They are not required to test for a number of other potential problems and do not have to report to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as all municipal water facilities must do. In the U.S., we use over 50 billion bottles of water per year. Eighty percent are not recycled and end up in landfills, covered up, taking up to 1,000 years to disintegrate and to seep harmful chemicals into the groundwater. It takes 3 liters of water to bottle just 1 liter, plus there is the huge carbon footprint left by transportation and shipping the bottles to stores. An enormous amount of bottled water is shipped in from China, Fiji and other parts of the world, and then trucked throughout the U.S. This is just water—you can get it almost free from your tap. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) urges the public to carefully read the labels on different brands of bottled water, i.e. where the water comes from, the treatment, and to call the

bottler direct to get more detailed information. The labels are not standardized or controlled. Some bottles contain fluoride and some do not. If you are thinking, “I’ll just buy a bottle and refill it,” don’t. Harmful chemicals can leach out of the plastic into the water. So let’s think more about drinking tap water in our homes. We know it is generally OK, but is that good enough for you and your family? More than 10 percent of the community water systems in the U.S. do not meet the Safe Water Drinking Act standards that are set and controlled by the EPA. Also, 10 percent of Americans get their water from wells with no controls or protection at all. Our Houston tap water is the 4th or 6th worst water in the country, depending upon which report you read. There are many contaminates that are still in your tap water that are known to be harmful to your health. The government EPA standards are the minimum standards that have not been updated recently since the Safe Drinking Water Act was introduced. Houston has fallen short several times trying to just meet these old minimum standards. Some of the community water systems around Houston have horrible water. The smell and taste of chlorine and by-products are very strong as they come out of the faucet. You have probably already heard about some of these areas. These old problems are real and affect your health. The only real answer to all of these problems— if you want better water, safer water consistently— is to filter it yourself. In previous articles I have discussed the advantages and disadvantages of the various systems: countertop filters, under-counter systems and whole house systems. Then you can buy yourself and family members the reusable water containers and fill right out of any faucet in your home to take with you wherever you go. You and the health of your family are worth it. Your life can be longer because you are drinking purer, healthier water, every day. For more information contact Henr y Pine. Accent H2O, 23206 Interstate 45, Spring, TX 77373. 281-7735441 or 281-651-7600. Henry@AccentOutdoors.com. See ad on page 46.

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Allergy shots can be painful and require a doctor’s visit for administration. Avoiding allergens isn’t always possible, and medicines are costly and often come with side effects. However, one less common yet promising treatment method involves taking probiotics. Numerous studies have supported the use of probiotics as a treatment for allergies including rhinitis, food allergies and allergies in children.

Allergic Rhinitis

Probiotics Are Effective Allergy Treatments, Backed by Scientific Research by Dr. Lawrence J. Hoberman

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n estimated 50 million people suffer from allergic rhinitis in the United States, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI). As much as 30-percent of adults and 40-percent of children are affected by allergic rhinitis. This statistic doesn’t even include the percentage of people with food allergies, skin allergies, allergies to medicine or asthma. “Allergic diseases, which include asthma, are the fifth most prevalent chronic diseases in all ages, and the third most common in children,” explains the ACAAI. The World Health Organization asserts that the number of people who deal with allergies has continued to rise for over 50 years in industrialized areas like the U.S. Allergies are a chronic health disorder people have to manage for the rest of their lives. Allergies are not curable, but there are ways to deal with them. Treatment depends on the type of allergy, but the most straightforward way to avoid allergy symptoms is to avoid allergens: dust, pollen, foods, etc. Other common options include taking antihistamine medications or immunotherapy (allergy shots). Unfortunately, all of these options can be inconvenient for people with allergies.

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In a study conducted at Vanderbilt University, researchers conducted 23 substudies. In all but six of the studies, participants demonstrated some improvements in at least one aspect of their health after starting a probiotic regimen. Specifically, there was “statistically significant improvement in both the rhinitis-specific quality of life of those patients and in their nasal specific quality of life,” said lead author Dr. Justin Turner, an associate professor of otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University. In another study, published by PLOS ONE, 60 participants were separated into two groups. One group consumed a drink with no probiotic bacterium, and the other group was given a drink containing a proprietary strain of the Lactobacillus casei bacterium probiotic strain. The researchers found that the drink containing the probiotic strain of the Lactobacillus casei bacterium altered how test subjects reacted to exposure to grass and pollen, as measured by positive microscopic changes in their collective immune systems.

Food Allergies

Eight types of food account for about 90 percent of all reactions: eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy. Currently, the preferred treatment is avoidance, but that may change as probiotics gain empirical support as a treatment for allergies. Researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences developed mice with limited gut bacteria that displayed a strong reaction to peanuts when compared to normal mice. When researchers introduced a strain of Clostridia into their microflora, the peanut sensitivity was reversed. These results are encouraging in light of the fact that food allergies in children are on the rise, “affecting nearly 6 million or 8 percent of children,” according to the ACAAI.

Allergies in Children

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headaches; however, the original intent of chiropractic was much larger. Your nervous system is the master system of your body and mind; it gives life to and animates your entire being. Your relationship with others and your environment is dependent upon a clear and flexible nervous system. When your spine is free of interference to the nervous system there is a more effective connection between the emotional, chemical, physical and spiritual aspects of your being. The purpose of the chiropractic adjustment is to reduce and correct spinal subluxations and restore nervous system communication & function. Th e m o s t w i d e l y a c c e p t e d definition of a subluxation, is when one vertebra loses its normal relationship natural awakenings

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follow our innate wisdom. The long-term effects become a dishonoring of our true essence. This becomes even more life threatening when we turn to addiction and other unhealthy behaviors. This is also where psychological problems can set in like major depression, alcoholism, nervous breakdowns, and other stressrelated disorders. We are then seeking a power outside of ourselves to fix us. We establish patterns of looking for someone or something else to resolve our problems--and we blame these problems on outside causes. The cycle continues and becomes endless. Subluxation has a profound and global effect on everyone around us. Network Spinal Analysis is a chiropractic technique based on the scientific fact that your nervous system controls every system in your body and mind, and the philosophy that the power that made the body can heal the body. It is a scientific yet holistic approach to health and wellness that utilizes lowforce techniques. The determining factor as to which adjustive contacts are used on any given visit is based on honoring and responding to the present time state

of the body’s needs. N e t wo r k ch i r o p ra c t o r s f u l l y embrace the philosophy and the original intent of chiropractic; that chiropractic adjustments are performed to release interference to the innate wisdom within the body so that the body can heal itself. Many research studies show that chiropractic is extremely successful in the treatment of conditions such as low back pain, disc problems, headaches, shoulder pain, neck pain, and other spinal-related disorders. Research studies on Network Spinal Analysis, conducted at the University of California College of Medicine, Irvine, demonstrate that Network Care is associated with significant and profound improvement in the following areas:

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My March topic was scheduled for Easter TRADITIONS... I put out a call to anybody who read my January column to get involved by emailing a small paragraph describing a favorite tradition. As an update, I didn’t receive one response. I couldn’t even coerce my friends. Admittedly, I was a bit disappointed. SO, what to do? change the topic to coloring eggs with natural dyes? Well, the Universe stepped in with inimitable divine guidance, and, as coincidence (ha) would have it, I picked up a copy of the February Indigo Sun. Thumbing through I was stopped dead in my tracks when I found Dorothea’s, Oz Wellness Ranch, Waller, article The Gift of Ceremonies. When I finished reading it the fourth time, I realized it was mandatory to share our combined messages and thoughts regarding ceremony and traditions. So, with Dorothea’s permission, here are random excerpts from her article. ...Her Guide spoke to her of the importance of ceremonies and said it was time to begin them again. He said, “Center on how powerful and healing are the sacred ceremonies that native people throughout the world practice. Ceremonies / Traditions create balance in the many Kingdoms of the Earth and it is important now more than ever to give back to the Earth as she gives to you.” Ceremony is the time we take to respect, honor, appreciate, balance nature and the natural rhythms of the Earth. Each of us has the power and ability to assist all of creation that includes ourselves and family. HOW? start by lighting a candle, make your intentions and say Dorothea’s prayer ...”I walk in Divine Grace…” Find Dorthea’s prayer at healthylivingwithstyle.com

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Why Vegan? The Connection Between Humans, Animals and the Planet by Tracey Narayani Glover Too often human beings fail to see the interconnection that exists between the non-human animals and the environment that surrounds us. As some vegans adopt a plant-based diet upon learning about the suffering of farmed animals, others are influenced by the devastating impact of animal agriculture on the environment, while many make the switch to benefit their own health. The truth is, these issues are not separate. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector consumes more edible protein—40 percent of the entire world’s agricultural output—than it produces, while occupying 30 percent of the planet’s total land surface.

Animal-based foods such as meat, dairy and eggs are highly resourceintensive compared to plant-based foods and product labeling that indicates varying levels of humane and sustainable practices entices conscious consumers but is often misleading. As an example, it cannot be assumed that a grass-fed label is indicative of sustainability. Living conditions involve less suffering and fossil fuel use than in factory farms, but according to a study published in Environmental Science and Technology, pasture-raised cattle produce at least 20 percent more methane than grainfinished animals, on a per-pound-ofmeat basis, and they also require more land and water.

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The United Nations reports that at least 20 million people worldwide die each year as a result of malnutrition while estimates have been made that if Americans alone reduced their meat intake by just ten percent, 100 million people could be fed with the land, water and energy that would be freed up as a result. As pointed out by The World Watch Institute, the continued growth of meat output creates competition for grain between affluent meat-eaters and the world’s poor. As much of the world’s population struggles to obtain enough food, many Americans are consuming too much protein and suffering from “diseases of affluence” that correlate with the consumption of animal protein. But there is good reason for hope, as a growing body of nutrition science shows that a high percentage of these diseases can be prevented, or even reversed, with diet. According to Nutritional Biochemist T. Colin Campbell, who co-authored The China Study, “The same diet that is good for prevention of cancer is also good for the prevention of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and other diseases. That diet is a whole foods, plant-based diet.” Note that there’s more to worry about than the antibiotics, steroids and hormones found in most animal products available today, making organic options less than ideal as well. “The real danger of animal products is the nutrient imbalances, regardless of the presence or absence of those nasty chemicals. Long before modern chemicals were introduced into our food, people still began to experience more cancer and more heart disease when they started to eat more animal-based foods,” says Campbell. Is it a coincidence that the diet that can prevent suffering of animals is the same diet that can reverse the process of global warming and keep humans healthy into old age? What is good for the animals is good for the planet and good for our own health. Tracey Narayani Glover, JD, E-RYT 200 is an animal advocate, writer, chef/ owner of The Pure Vegan and a yoga and meditation teacher in Mobile, AL. Connect at ThePureVegan.com and ARCForAllBeings.org.


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& Wellness Center, in Fort Myers, Florida, take such a preventive and integrative approach. They recommend good whole foods nutrition, supplemented with antioxidants and plant-based formulations of omega-6 and omega-3 oils, together with adequate sleep and exercise. Key complementary treatments can be effective in improving sight and reversing some conditions. Grossman, also a licensed acupuncturist, explains in his book Greater Vision: A Comprehensive Program for Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Clarity how he incorporates the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of vision into his philosophy of eye care. At Somers Eye Center, in Somers, New York, he uses a full range of mind-body therapies, combined with conventional methods to address dry eye syndrome, nearsightedness, farsightedness, macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. Kondrot, a leading board-certified homeopathic ophthalmologist, uses a slit-lamp binocular microscope to examine the complex living tissue natural awakenings

of the eyes. The author of 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, he’s experienced in regeneration nutrition and maintains that our overall health impacts our vision. His toolbox includes multimodal protocols like homeopathy, detoxification, oxygen therapy, low-level microcurrent to stimulate cellular activity, palming (using the hands over closed eyes) and other alternative methods to reverse visual loss. He regularly uses the Myers’ cocktail, an intravenous therapy with a high concentration of B-complex and C vitamins, taurine (an amino sulfonic acid), trace minerals and zinc. “Regardless of your eye condition, regular eye exercises can increase eye muscle flexibility and support circulation for better delivery of oxygen, essential nutrients and the flow of energy to the eyes,” says Grossman. He notes that “Aerobic Exercise Protects Retinal Function and Structure from Light-Induced Retinal Degeneration,” a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2014, was the first of its kind to link physical exercise with improved retinal health and prevention of common eye diseases. While Kondrot emphasizes that vitamins A, C, D and E are essential to eye health, particularly in preventing macular degeneration, he cautions that taking a supplement is no substitute for expanding the diet to include foods such as kale, spinach, parsley, collard

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plans. “As the eye is bathed in the same chemicals and nutrients as the rest of the body, eye conditions can be affected by problems affecting the rest of the body,” she says. “Low adrenals can contribute to macular degeneration. Additionally, disruption of the energy flowing through acupuncture meridians related to teeth affected by root canals can also affect the eyes. “ She likes the book Whole Body Dentistry, by Mark Breiner, a doctor of dental surgery, because it includes numerous case histories of systemic illnesses, including eye disorders,

that improve with better oral health. “Trying to sustain good health and avoiding toxins such as tobacco and excess sugar can definitely help in maintaining good vision,” explains Casebolt. Sensitive, complex and composed of more than 2 million working parts, the eyes are their own phenomenon. Annual eye exams are important at every age to help us do what’s needed to maintain our precious gift of sight. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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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 500 McKenny, 77002 (parking available at 400 Rusk) urbanharvest.org

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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/

Westchase District Farmer’s Market. 3-7pm. 10503 Westheimer, 77042. (1 block west of Beltway 8) westchasedistrict.com/market

Farmers Market at Bridgeland. 12:30-3:30pm. 2nd Saturdays. 16902 Bridgeland Landing, Cypress 77433. farmersmarketatbridgeland.org/

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

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

The Farm Stand at Petrol Station. 9am-1pm. Petrol Station, 985 Wakefield 77018. 713.957.2875 facebook.com/The-FarmStand-at-Petrol-Station The Woodlands Farmer’s Market at Grogan’s Mill. 8am-12n. 7 Switchbud Place in The Woodlands 77380. grogansmillvillage.com

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WEDNESDAY MARCH 2

Wellness Webinar - Holistic Prenatal Care. 7pm Join us as we continue our Holistic Birthing Series. During pregnancy the four womb bodies become fully activated. Although women and families are traditionally taught to give them much attention, the evolving necessity for wholeness in the birthing process is giving new light to how birth is guided and nurtured. Explore the benefits of no morning sickness meals, pure pregnancy thoughts, alternative prenatal therapies and more! Join Dr. Maat Dey for a look into the holistic realm of birthing for mother, daddy, and baby. Complementary Online * RSVP http://alifeofpeace.org/WellnessWebinars.html

THURSDAY MARCH 3

Thermal Imaging Services. Angel Marlow Thermal Imaging will be open in their satellite location in Humble. Contact the main office 713-621-4406 or go online to schedule services. 323 Main St. Humble TX 77338. http://thermalimagingtexas.com/

TUESDAY MARCH 8

Thermal Imaging Services. Angel Marlow Thermal Imaging will be open in their satellite location in Spring. Contact the main office 713-621-4406 or go online to schedule services. 26110 Oak Ridge Dr. Spring, TX 77380 http://thermalimagingtexas.com/

WEDNESDAY MARCH 9

markyourcalendar Creating a World that Works Through Everyone: Association for Global New Thought. 7-9:30pm. Attend this special event and learn from some of the top leaders in the New Thought Movement: Dr. Roger Teel, Rev. Temple Hayes, Rev. Wendy Craig-Purcell, Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones, Dr. David Alexander and Dr. Kenn Gordon. Free. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org

SATURDAY MARCH 5

Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10am-5pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuina Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. 713-444-3581 psychicfairs.com. Creativity Coaching & Intuitive Painting – True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com

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Lunch Coach is on Call! Noon-12:45pm Cherie Ray, MLA, 3 Principles Coach. This month the focus of our conversation is confidence. Why do they have it and I don’t? Free. Call-in instructions at trueyoucreativity.com

Houston Yoga & Ayurvedic Wellness Center’s Community Festival. 11am-2pm. “Houston Yoga & Ayurvedic Wellness Center offers our community the treasure of health and wellness and now they team up with Art and Culture to bring our community a family friendly festival where all ages can enjoy the talent of local artists, live music and dance performances along with the beauty of our center’s heart: “Inspire Health and Wellness!” Free. Houston Yoga & Ayurvedic Wellness Center 13602 Kluge Rd. Cypress, TX 77429. 281-256-8461 Parking across the street at The Ark Fellowship Church. houston-yoga-ayurveda.com/

SUNDAY MARCH 6

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

FRIDAY MARCH 11

Thermal Imaging Services. Angel Marlow Thermal Imaging will be open in their satellite location in Spring. Contact the main office 713-621-4406 or go online to schedule services. 26110 Oak Ridge Dr. Spring, TX 77380 http://thermalimagingtexas.com/

SATURDAY MARCH 12

Bayou Bikers. 8am. Meet at Market Square Park for 25- to 40-mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston’s waterways. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark.com

Sunday Drum Jam in the Park. 2:30-5:30pm. Informal Free Flowing Drum Circle. Dancers, Hoopers, Poi & Fire Spinners Welcome. No Experience Required. Bring drum or any percussion instrument. Lawn chairs, blankets, yoga mats welcome. Also bring drinks, food, and snacks. Mandell Park 1501 Richmond @ Mandell 77006. LinksRun. 5:30-7:30pm. LinksRun is the first foot race where you can run a 5K or a 10K on the pristine fairways of a golf course. Afterwards, runners sit down to a 3 course dinner and chat with local farmers at the pop up restaurant and farmer’s market, Green at the Finish Line. The race will take place at Cypresswood Golf Course 21602 Cypresswood Dr, Spring, TX 77373 Register at LinksRun.com

SUNDAY MARCH 13

Half-Day Zen Retreat. 9am-noon. Open to everyone; prior meditation experience recommended. There will be three sessions of sitting and walking meditation. Silence is observed. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org

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Oneness Meditation with Rev. Howard Caesar. 12:30-1:30pm. The Oneness Meditation is a powerful transmission of Divine Energy which helps one move into higher states of consciousness; allowing the individual to deepen their spiritual journey. The results are transformative, bringing lasting changes and sifts in consciousness. Each person will have their own unique experience during the meditation. Free. Child care is available. No reservation required. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org

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

THURSDAY MARCH 17

Awake Now Happening. 7 p.m. -- Movement, music and meditation. Drum circle at 8:30. Fun, leading edge activities to promote well-being. Pyramid, 2929 Unity 77057. $10 suggested gratitude gift. AwakeNow.org.

FRIDAY MARCH 18

markyourcalendar Recovering Your Innocence with John Bradshaw. 7:309:30pm. Bestselling author John Bradshaw presents concrete, specific ways to Reclaim Your Inner Child. $25. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org GuGu Drum Group of Shanghai. 8pm. This award winning and top rated drum group from Shanghai presents theatrical drum drama and excitement! A spectacle depicts historical and culturally significant drum compositions, GuGu Drum Group showcases profound insight into unity, human evolution, awareness, wisdom, social commitment and communication through percussive movements. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030. Milleroutdoortheatre.com

SATURDAY MARCH 19

One Day Meditation Retreat. 8:00am-3:00pm. Why stress and conflict in everyday life? Find out how to truly transform it all through Zen Meditation. Through clear and direct teachings, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind and to apply meditation through various daily activities such as sitting, walking, eating, and movement, to Wake Up and live truly happy in any situation. Pre-registration is required by Mar.14. Suggested donation $50, includes refreshments and lunch. 281-565-9718. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org Womb Love Day. 10 am. This is the time when ALL women gather to celebrate, educate and connect with their womb energies. Dr. Eshe Faizah, affectionately known as “The Herb Lady”, will be the speaker of wisdom for this empowering event. Join us as we laugh, dance, sing, release and forgive through this healing journey. SHAPE Community Center, 3903 Almeda Road Houston, TX Ticket $20 Register: http://womblovehouston.eventbrite.com

markyourcalendar Becoming a Child-like Adult Workshop. 10am-5:30pm. Bestselling author John Bradshaw presents concrete, specific ways to Reclaim Your Inner Child. During this expanded workshop you will learn to find ways to repair your developmental dependency, become more resilient, fun loving and accepting, and be “present” and stop rehearsing unresolved issues. $70. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Noche Caliente featuring Angelo Pagan. 8pm. music fans know him as a salsa recording artist and band leader – performing all over the world including some of LA’s hottest Latin dance clubs, where he garnered a following salsa regulars such as Eva Longoria, Selma Hayek and Jennifer Lopez. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030. Milleroutdoortheatre.com

SUNDAY MARCH 20

Zen Meditation Workshop. 10-11am Join us for this one-hour meditation workshop. It is open to all beginners and is free of charge. No prior registration required. Learn the simple technique of meditation and boost your mental health. Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery No fees. Donations are welcome. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd. 77072. 281-568-1568 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. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org

TUESDAY MARCH 22

Thermal Imaging Services. Angel Marlow Thermal Imaging will be open in their satellite location in Tomball. Contact the main 713-621-4406 office or go online to schedule services. 27920 Tomball Parkway #240 Tomball, TX 77375. http://thermalimagingtexas.com/

THURSDAY MARCH 24

Live Stream Oneness Meditation with Rev. Howard Caesar. 11:30-12:30pm. The Oneness Meditation is a powerful transmission of Divine Energy which helps one move into higher states of consciousness; allowing the individual to deepen their spiritual journey. The results are transformative, bringing lasting changes and sifts in consciousness. Each person will have their own unique experience during the meditation. Free. Child care is available. No reservation required. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org

FRIDAY MARCH 25

The Path of the Soul. March 25-30.Explore with us at Easter the Initiations through which each one of us must pass and the teachings related to each one of these initiations. We will study the perfect guidance we have been given through the example of the Master Jesus and his ‘hidden’ life as shared through the White Eagle Teaching. Retreat Cost – $300 + Accommodation & Meal Rate – $425 = Total $725 For more information or to book this retreat: retreats@whiteaglelodge. org Saint John’s Retreat Center 2615 St. Beulah Chapel Road Montgomery, TX 77316. whiteaglelodge.org 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

markyourcalendar Free Monthly Affirmation Gathering with Doyle Ward. 7 – 8:30pm. March is focused on Planting Seeds of Change. Do your thoughts influence your life? Find out by joining us this month to learn about the impact of affirmative thinking! ~Donations welcomed~ Spectrum Center’s NEW Location! 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205, Houston, TX 77018. For more information and to sign up for a FREE weekly affirmation newsletter, visit: www.blissfulquests.com or call 832-628-4113.

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Crazy About Collage! Noon-4pm. Rid yourself of the common, wrong belief that only some of us are creative. In this workshop you will learn basic principles that govern creativity as you explore collage. You will have the opportunity to experiment with many different collage methods. $95. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. . For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com

Crazy for You. 8pm. Led by director Chesley Santoro Krohn, over 40 HITS Theatre students will bring to Miller the Tony award-winning Broadway musical Crazy for You. A high-energy comedy of mistaken identities, plot twists, fabulous costumes and dances, and classic Gershwin music. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030. Milleroutdoortheatre.com

SUNDAY APRIL 3

Half-Day Zen Retreat. 9am-noon. Open to everyone; prior meditation experience recommended. There will be three sessions of sitting and walking meditation. Silence is observed. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Three Refuges Ceremony. 1:30-2:30pm. Three Refuges Ceremony following the retreat. Contact the monastery for more details. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org

SATURDAY APRIL 9

LinksRun. 5:30-7:30pm. LinksRun is the first foot race where you can run a 5K or a 10K on the pristine fairways of a golf course. Afterwards, runners sit down to a 3 course dinner and chat with local farmers at the pop up restaurant and farmer’s market, Green at the Finish Line. The race will take place at Cypresswood Golf Course 21602 Cypresswood Dr, Spring, TX 77373 Register at LinksRun.com

THURSDAY APRIL 14

Lunch Coach is on Call! Noon-12:45pm Cherie Ray, MLA, 3 Principles Coach. This month, the focus of our conversation is: Transitions and Change, not a scary goblin. Free. Call-in instructions at trueyoucreativity.com

FRIDAY APRIL 15

markyourcalendar Dawn Mountain Powa Retreat. Powa refers to the transference of consciousness at the time of death to the “Pure Land” of enlightenment. Come discover its significance and relevance to your contemporary American Life. The retreat includes 2 weekends and evening classes each week night between. 713-630-0354. Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A 77054. Dawnmountain.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

THURSDAY APRIL 21

Enjoy Life! The Happiest of Happy Hours. 6-7:30pm. Kim Kasse and Cheri Ray are kicking off a series of evening events called “Enjoy Life| The Happiest of Happy Hours”. We will lead a short group discussion, enjoy some wine and snacks and engage in lovely conversation with fellow explorers here in Houston. Our intention is to create an opportunity for community and connection. Free. Call 832-545-8488 for availability.

SATURDAY APRIL 23

Demystifying Creativity. 10am-3pm. Release the belief that the creative process is elusive, temperamental, and only available to some. Rather, creativity is abundant and limitless and not dependent on having certain skills or talents. The Jung Center of Houston 5200 Montrose Blvd 77006. To register visit, junghouston.org

SATURDAY APRIL 30

A Walk for Healthy Minds. 8:30 a.m Join others who care about mental health at the eleventh annual Houston NAMIWalks April 30, benefiting the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Houston. The family-friendly 5K walk will bring together as many as 3,000 participants. The walk starts at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby Street. Individual and team advance registration is now open at www.namiwalks. org/greaterhouston. 713-970-4419.

THURSDAY MAY 19

Blossom: A Yoga & Spirit Renewal Retreat. Plan for a little rejuvenation in 2016! Attend a 4 day retreat beginning at 5pm on Thursday May 19 and running through Sunday May 22. Nurture your body, mind, and spirit at our spring yoga retreat in the magical high desert of Santa Fe, NM on a five-star oasis. Come to Blossom! Packages start at $2350. Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe, NM. Brought to you by Soul Bliss Yoga. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit: www.soulblissyoga.com/blossomsantafe2016 or contact:retreats@soulblissyoga.com or 720-295-2127.

THURSDAY JUNE 2

John Edward. 8-10pm. 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. 800514-3849. - See more at: http://johnedward.net/event/8151/ houston-tx#sthash.USUYcXvW.dpuf

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

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ongoingevents Guided Meditation on the Green. Noon-1pm. Life has a way of provoking us with traffic jams and never ending hassles. This free event explains how mindfulness helps us cope with stress by managing our own reactivity. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com

daily Houston Arboretum. 8am-6pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org

Open Mic with Jimmy Deen. 7:00-11:00pm. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

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 iskconhouston.org 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 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 iskconhouston.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 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 iskconhouston.org

Yoga on the Green. 11am-noon. Strengthen, relax and recharge. Presented in partnership with Texas Military Veterans Network. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com

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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. 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

tuesday 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

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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. Kendall Neighborhood Library. 609 Eldridge Parkway, 77079. 832-433-2415. info@ Houston-Meditation.org

The Self-Invest Series with Helen Rucz. 11am-2pm. 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 Circus Arts. 6-8pm. Circus Arts will consist of ground arts and ground acrobatics such as, contortion/flexibility, Low Tight wire, Partner acrobatics, juggling and hand balancing. Circus Arts is taught by instructors Nosa and Susie Edebor, who also teach Acro Yoga at classes outside Discovery Green. Must be 13 and up for class. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Tools for Life–Learning to Use the Alexander Method. 6:307:30 pm. Chris Lidvall will be offering a group class in the Alexander Technique. $20/class, $72 for 4 classes. A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd, Suite T, Houston, Texas 77025 Chris Lidvall, 281-989-8574. Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. South Community Center. 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Houston, Texas 77380. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org

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 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, no reservation required. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org

wednesday Weekly 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 is available, no reservation required. 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. judy@urbanbicyclegallery.com Zumba on the Green. 6:30-7:30pm. ACE certified personal trainer, Oscar Sajche shows you how to make your workout a party! 6:30-7:30 pm. Come see why hundreds of Houstonians come out to the park to move it and lose it! Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com 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, TX 77479. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. Starts at the bike shop and heads east for a loop through the 5th ward and over the viaduct into downtown. Then it heads west on Washington to TC Jester and north up to 43rd St. Second half of the ride continues west on 43rd/Clay Rd to Blalock and south to Westview where it heads back east to the Heights. Free. Blue Line Bike Lab - 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713.802.1707 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/

The Self-Invest Series with Helen Rucz. 6:45-8:45pm. 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

Hellina Bucket Band 7:30-10:00 Free dinner music. Free. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

Charles Bryant Showcase. 7-11pm. Dinner music at Last Concert Café. Get your Vegan Tex-Mex On! Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 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 Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org

Intro to Meditation 101.7-8pm. Universal Door Meditation Center offers this beginner level class open to the public. Here we begin to discover the difference between False Mind and Awake Mind by applying basic Zen Meditation. Donations Welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718

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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

Pot Roast. 10:30pm-12mn. Late night music outside under the stars. 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 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 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

Introduction to Intuitive Painting & Open Studio. 10am12:30pm. Rid yourself of the common, wrong belief that only some of us are creative. The process of intuitive painting— which requires no skill or prior training—reflects the five guiding principles of all creativity, which you will experience in this workshop. An awareness of these principles helps you to relax and access deeper levels of creativity. $55. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com

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.

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

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

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

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

Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 LastConcert.com

Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:00-7:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Houston Public Library, Central Branch, 500 McKinney Street, 77002. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Parkour. 6:30-8pm. Experienced, certified coaches utilize a unique, deconstructed approach to teaching running, jumping, climbing, crawling, balancing, vaulting, and fluidly moving through any environment…Turning “working out” into “play”. Class will meet on the Deck under the Oak Trees. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Thrive Tapping with Helen Racz. 7-8:30pm. The Thursday Night Group Tapping is an amazing gift. The work is alive and, as in all living things, it has evolved. This evolution is taking us deeper into creating positive change on purpose with purpose. The beautiful meridian based science of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) was originally used to clear blocks in our energy fields. What we know now is that EFT is capable of much, much more. Donations accepted. Spectrum Center at The Preserve 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205 77018. helenracz.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. 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. 8-10pm. One of Houston’s top blues bands. $7. 00 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

friday Recycling Fridays. 8:30am-12:30pm. Drive by and drop off sorted plastic, aluminum, paper, glass, and flattened cardboard boxes. Free. Emerson Church. 1900 Bering Dr., 77057 (between Westheimer and San Felipe) 713-782-8250. Emersonhouston.org

Meditation for Spiritual Awareness. 7-8:30pm. Science of Spirituality is a global, non-religious, non-profit, spiritual organization headquartered in Chicago and under the leadership of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. We are beginning a new workshop series dealing with meditation for spiritual awareness. For registration and details visit our website: houstonSOS.org/carmel or call 281-766-4767. Carmel Temple 1200 Pennsylvania, South Houston 77587.

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. 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

sunday Sunday Oneness Blessing. After the 9am and 10am 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 is 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 -- 9:30 – 10:30am With an emphasis on bringing together mind, body, and movement to be in the present moment, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind, which is profoundly healing, and also restores and refreshes every aspect of our being. Suggested donation $50/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Semanal Programa de Meditación 10am-1pm. Ciencia de la Espiritualidad es una organización global, no religiosa, sin fines de lucro, espiritual dedicado a la unidad del amor y de la paz. Nuestro grupo de meditación Houston ha estado activo durante más de 52 años y se reúne regularmente. Cada semana nuestro grupo se reúne para meditar juntos, reflexionar sobre las palabras de los grandes santos y místicos y pasar algún tiempo con otras personas que comparten el objetivo de llevar una vida espiritualmente enriquecida y satisfactoria. Gratis. Trini Mendenhall Sosa Center 1414 Wirt Road 77055. houstonSOS.org 832-304-0767. 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 Ecstatic Dance Evolution. 10:30-1:00pm. Ecstatic Dance Evolution is a unique transformational Ecstatic Dance practice developed by Houston’s Sydney Samadhi Strahan. This Dance has been actively evolving since 2003, giving Houstonians a consistent place to be free in mind-body-spirit and express themselves through movement with an accepting creative community. Free. MATCH: Midtown Arts and Theater Center 3400 Main Street 77002

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

Kind Mind, Happy Mind. 11am-noon. In these six one hour sessions children will learn simple techniques to help them navigate stressful situations and better understand their own experiences. Children will practice mindfulness and related life skills they can take into whatever their future holds. Space is limited. Register online. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naome Street, Suite A 77054. http://dawnmountain.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

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

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

Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am – 12:30pm. For youth grades 1-12, starts Sept. 13. Through games and activities, they are introduced to basic meditation practice and life skills needed to understand more about themselves and how to be truly happy. Call for more details. Suggested donation $60/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 universaldoor.org 281-565-9718.

Science of Spirituality Meditation. 12:15-2pm. Science of Spirituality is a global, non-religious, non-profit, spiritual organization headquartered in Chicago and under the leadership of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. Each week our group gathers to meditate together, reflect on the words of the great Saints and Mystics and spend some time with others who share the goal of leading a spiritually enriched and fulfilling life. Spiritual Discourse, Meditation, Vegetarian Meal. Free. India House 8888 West Bellfort 77031. houstonSOS.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 Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563. LastConcert.com

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Science of Spirituality Meditation. 1:30-3:45pm. Science of Spirituality is a global, non-religious, non-profit, spiritual organization headquartered in Chicago and under the leadership of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. Each week our group gathers to meditate together, reflect on the words of the great Saints and Mystics and spend some time with others who share the goal of leading a spiritually enriched and fulfilling life. Spiritual Discourse, Meditation, Vegetarian Meal. Free. Carmel Temple 1200 Pennsylvania, South Houston 77587. houstonSOS.org Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:30 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Food Not Bombs. 7pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002 houstonfoodnotbombs.org.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email cindy@naturalawakeningsmag.com to request our media kit. ACUPUNCTURE JONELL NORCINI, L.AC.

Cypress Area Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine 10330 Lake Road, Building D Houston, TX 77070. By appointment only 713-825-1636. CypressAreaAcupuncture.com

At Cypress Area Acupuncture, I strive to provide quality health care at affordable prices. I believe that I am your partner in helping you obtain optimal health. I provide treatments in a relaxing atmosphere where you will seldom, if ever, have to wait and you will never feel rushed. Questions are always welcome and I will do everything possible to make your treatments comfortable and relaxing. See ad on page 29.

BIOLOGICAL DENISTRY MARILYN K. JONES, DDS

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

Natural Dentistry supports the body and the mind by finding the cause of dental problems. The dental examination includes noticing systemic and habitual influences. Setting the stage for the body to heal itself includes removing infection and toxins, correcting structure, and providing the best dental materials for you which will promote an outstanding environment for your overall health. Dentistry is my true love and as a true Biological Dentist, I combine modern technology, safe protection protocols, advanced knowledge of biological dentistry and medicine, and a patient-centric approach to enhance the wellness of all my patients. See ad on page 30.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE DR. BOBBIE STOWE, DC

2400 Augusta Dr., Ste. 210 Houston, TX 77057 713-667-6656 FunctionalMedicineOfHouston.com

GYMS HOUSTON GYM

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

Twenty years ago, Houston Gym opened as an alternative to big, impersonal fitness centers with staffs of high-pressure salespeople. We built a facility that boasts NEW 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.

HEAL YOUR LIFE PATRICIA J. CRANE, PH.D. AND RICK NICHOLS

Authors, speakers, trainers of Heal Your Life programs Patricia@heartinspired.com (800) 969-4584

HealYourLifetTaining.com/Teacher-Training HEAL YOUR LIFE WORKSHOP LEADER TRAINING. Become a licensed workshop leader in Louise Hay’s philosophy. Complete manuals and materials provided plus follow-up. Cost includes hotel lodging in San Diego and meals. This training is approved by Louise and Hay House. April 16 – 23.

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

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!

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HOLISTIC SHOP THE CHAKRA HAVEN

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

A cute little shop just outside the Old Town Tomball district. Featuring: candles, crystals, jewelry, oils, incense, herbs and more. Also by appointment only: chakra balancing, tarot readings, angel readings, angel healings and Reiki. New Angel Classes start Jan. 10.

HOMEOPATHIC AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097 www.healnbloom.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 $13. All natural ingredients! Refer a friend and get 10% off your purchase. Read what people are saying about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy at our website.

HOLISTIC HOMEOPATHY FOR WELLNESS ANUSHA THIAGARAJAN 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233 Houston, TX 77027 7335 TX-6, Suite 200 Missouri City, TX 77459 Holistichomeopathy.net 832-671-2631

Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit Homeopathy is an art and science. The word “homeopathy” is derived from the Greek words homeos “similar” and pathos, “disease”. Homeopathy means “to treat with a remedy that produces an effect similar to that of the disease”. Anusha Thiagarajan practices traditional homeopathy with offices both in Houston and Missouri City. Visit her website for more information and call her today for a consulation.

INTUITIVE COUNSELOR CHUCK MURPHY SPIRITUAL INTUITIVE La Quinta-Galleria 1625 West 610 Loop Houston, TX 77027 ChuckMurphy.me

Let me help you discover your unique place in creation. In person readings at Marva’s Fair on the 1st Saturday of each month. Visit my website for information about phone and SKYPE readings. Mention this ad for a 10% discount.


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. Let me help you find answers to your questions about relationships, career, dating, self-improvement or other areas of your life.

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Throwing the bones is an ancient divination technique where bones, shells, stones, coins, and other curios are thrown on a cloth and the pattern in which the objects fall give insight and answers to questions. Let me help you find the answers to your questions. I work in various locations around the Houston area. Check my Facebook page to find my schedule. I also do private readings, parties, classes and consultations. Call me to inquire about or schedule one with me.

ION FOOT DETOX 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.

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

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 foocuses on creating a supportive & joyful environment for her students. Private sessions available by appt.

MEDITATION CLASSES 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. (B) Sat, 10am– noon. Children Meditation: Sat 10am–noon - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun., Mar. 13, 9amnoon. Sun., Apr. 3, 9am-noon. Three Refuges Ceremony: Sun., Apr. 3, 1:30-2:30pm. Meditation Workshop: Sun., Mar. 20, 10-11am. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., Mar. 27, 10am-noon. Sun., Apr. 17, 10am-noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 19.

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. Led by senior dawn mountain 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 10.

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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 will provide a wide variety of opportunities to know and experience God. We will provide 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. See ad on page 9.

SCIENCE OF SPIRITUALITY

“Transformation through Meditation” 281-766-4767 HoustonSOS.org

Tap into the profound wisdom through the teachings of saints and mystics; Learn a powerful meditation technique called Jyoti or Light Meditation and experience deep bliss and joy. Jyoti Meditation Workshops for Spiritual Awareness - every Friday from 7:00-8:30pm and Spiritual Discourse with Meditation - every Sunday from 1:30-3:00pm both conducted at Carmel Temple 1208 Pennsylvania St, South Houston TX 77587. Spiritual Discourse with Meditation - every Saturday from 12:00-2pm at India House 8888 W Bellfort Blvd, Houston TX 77031.

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

Unity of Houston offers p o si t i v e , p r a c tic a l 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!” See our ad on page 17.

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UNIVERSAL DOOR MEDITATION CENTER

NATURAL HEALTH BUSINESS COACH

2619 Charles Lane Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 UniversalDoor.org

AMY’S HEALING APOTHECARY

Are you ready to Wake Up? Discover Awake mind through Zen meditation. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to apply this life-changing tool in all situations. Find out how Awake mind can transform stress, struggles, health issues, and conflicts that you thought were unchangeable facts of life! Tue: Meditation 101, 7-8pm, FREE Drop In Class. 7- 8pm* Thurs: Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7- 9pm*. Sun: Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body. 9:30-10:30am* Sun: Fall Youth and Teen Program 11am-12:30n*. * = requires pre-registration/class fee. See our ad on page 6.

NATURAL FOOD GRACE’S NUTRITION MARKET

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

Grace’s Nutrition Market, your friendly neighborhood health store, packed full of 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.

281-853-4729 facebook.com/Amys-Healing-Apothecary amyshealingapothecary@yahoo.com

Working with Gritman Oils, Amy uses her training and intuition to create an oil blend especially for you to enhance your life. She also is trained in the use of Healing Touch and the far infared BioMat. By appointment only either at her office or at your home. Call today and experience the difference Gritman Oils make.

CHRIS KIRSCHBAUM 801-592-4476 utkirsch@msn.com

Are you a massage therapist, yoga teacher, or holistic health coach? Are you tired of always scrambling to find clients so you can pay your bills? Are you searching for a vehicle that will allow you to combine your passion for natural health with a Business that pays you over and over for doing the work once? Over the last five years I’ve helped empower hundreds of women and health professionals apply one simple technique that has allowed them to deliver better results, have more free time, and create an income that grows even when they are not working. Schedule a free strategy session today to learn the simple steps to implement this technique .

NATURAL OPTOMETRY

Houston

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. Call Henry 281-773-5441

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. Sign-up today for the Winter-Spring 2016 Season! See ad on page 6.

DR. SUSAN MOSS, OD

5218 Cedar Street, Suite A Bellaire, TX 77401 713-524-2525 eyesareprecious@gmail.com YourEyesArePrecious.com

Did you know that affordable and e f f e c t i v e N AT U R A L e y e treatments are available? Dr. Sue Moss has been helping people improve their vision naturally for 25 years. Call today for an appointment. See ad on page 37.

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www.NaturalAwakenings-Houston.com

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

All natural, organic, resort and spa. Semi-fast juicing cleanse, raw food classes, yoga, life enhancement classes, and a variety of natural spa and salon services. See ad on page 38.


PACKAGED MEALS NURTURE GOURMET MEALS 10402 Shadow Oak Drive Houston, TX 77043 NurtureMeals.com OrderYourMeals.com

Healthy meals in less than 2 minutes for less than the cost of a cheese burger. Prepared fresh. Locally sources ingredients. No preservatives or additives. Delivered to your home or office. Inner loop areas delivery by our environmentally friendly cyclist team. Portion controlled. Vacuum sealed. Fully recyclable packaging. Order conveniently online. Healthy meals without sacrificing taste. See ad on page 21.

RECONNECTIVE THERAPY TREY HUGHES, MA, LLC

PYSCHOTHERAPY/RECONNECTIVE HEALING Offices in The Museum District & Clear Lake 713-208-8837 TreyHughesHealing.com

Trey is a licensed professional counselor and re-connective healing practitioner with over 27 years of experience in the mental health field. His extensive work with adolescents and adults has taught him the importance of being genuine and down-toearth, and thus, he works best with clients who prefer a straightforward approach. In addition to having strong clinical skills as a psychotherapist, my recent training in re-connective healing has greatly added to my repertoire. This form of energy work is extremely powerful, often producing profound healing on all levels in just a few session. Visit his website for more information. treyhugheshealing.com. See ad on back cover.

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

Julia was the first Reiki Master in the State of Texas, has written 5 healing books and has had university based Reiki research published. She taught psychology at the University of Houston for 12 years and in addition to teaching and practicing Reiki also does counseling. Her education includes a post-grad degree in Art Therapy which she also teaches and utilizes in her healing practice. Julia teaches NUREIKI, which is an accelerated form of Reiki, incorporating both Reiki I and Reiki II in the same class. Her book, NU-REIKI ONENESS, is free to read on her website.

TAPPING THRIVE TAPPING.

Spectrum Center 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205 Houston, TX 77018. HelenRacz.com

Using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to create Thrive Consciousness with Helen Racz every Thursday Night 7-8:30 pm at the new Spectrum Center. EFT is a form of acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments but without the invasiveness of needles. Claim your wholeness! How good can you feel? FREE, donations accepted. Spectrum Center at the Preserve 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205 77018 http:// spectrumcenter-houston.com/our-history/ map-and-directions/

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

No Compression, No Radiation, Painless. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography, creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The thermal images are analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business through Thermal Imaging Services for Corporate Wellness. Locations in: Houston, Lake Charles, LA, Katy, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Tyler and Kingwood. Call for current schedule and to make an appointment. See ad on page 36.

YOGA YOGA FOR MENTAL & PHYSICAL HAPPINESS

FACILITATED BY LIN WEISS, CERTIFIED YOGA THERAPIST INTEGRATIVE HATHA YOGA Saturdays @ 9:30am Bellaire, Texas 713.858.8595 linweiss@earthlink.net conscioushealingnow.com

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

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