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Today is filled with rich opportunities by Doyle Ward
You have more than 55,000 thoughts each day. Many are the
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Today is filled with rich opportunities. The only thing that you are guaranteed in life is this moment. Working with positive affirmations can radically change your mindset. Say them and write them repeatedly with the feeling that they are your truth. You have the power to make great changes in yourself and the world. I know this is true because I have made huge changes in my life by changing my thoughts.
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PARENTING Preparing Kids for the Future by Meredith Montgomery
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to change the world than ever before. Teenagers are organizing global activism movements, LEGO lovers are mastering robotics and young entrepreneurs are launching successful businesses before they’re old enough to drive. But for Mom and Dad, this fast-paced, technology-driven childhood looks drastically different from their own. To help kids thrive, parents must learn to mindfully embrace today’s modern advances without losing sight of timeless virtues and skills such as kindness, creativity and critical thinking.
After-school hours used to be filled with outdoor free play in which kids independently developed their natural capabilities as self-learners and creative problem-solvers. The Children & Nature Network has reported that just 6 percent of children ages 9 to 13 play outside on their own. Instead, stress and anxiety are on the rise in our competitive culture as many kids attempt to balance heavy homework loads with an overflowing schedule of extracurricular activities. With the ability to connect to the world at our fingertips, Thomas Murray, director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, in Washington, D.C., notes that devices can also disconnect us from those right next to us. “It’s a massive struggle to find balance and mindfulness, but it’s vitally important. How often do we see an AP [advanced placement] kid that is falling apart emotionally? As parents, we need to recognize that kids have a lot on their plate—more than ever before.” Salt Lake City-based Courtney Carver, author of Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More, worries that parents are creating résumés for a life their children probably don’t want. On her BeMoreWithLess.com website, she focuses on living with less clutter, busyness and stress to simplify life and discover what really matters. “It’s challenging to maintain close connections when we’re overwhelmed with what’s in our inbox, or on Instagram or what the kids are looking at online,” she says.
On her own journey to practical minimalism, she gained a greater sense of presence with her daughter. “When you can pay attention to a conversation and not feel distracted and antsy, especially with young kids, that is everything,” says Carver.
The ubiquity of digital devices is a defining difference between today’s youth and that of their elders, making it difficult for parents to relate and know how to set boundaries. As senior parenting editor at the nonprofit Common Sense Media, Caroline Knorr helps parents make sense of what’s going on in their kids’ media lives. “We can think of media as a ‘super peer’: When children are consuming it, they’re looking for cues on how to behave and what’s cool and what’s normal.” Parents need to be the intermediary so they can counterbalance the external messages with their own family’s values. Today’s devices are persuasive and addictive. “As parents, we need set boundaries, model good digital habits and help kids to self-regulate more—which is our ultimate goal,” Knorr says. To raise good digital citizens, Richard Culatta, CEO of International Society for Technology in Education, in Arlington, Virginia, believes conversations about device use shouldn’t end with screen time limits and online safety. “Ask kids if their technology use is helping them be more engaged and find more meaning in the world or is it pulling them out of the world that they’re in,” he says. “Talk about how to use technology to improve the community around you, recognize true and false info, be involved in democratic processes and making your voice heard about issues you care about.” Parents are often uncomfortable with their kids socializing digitally, but Culatta encourages the introduction of interactive
media sooner rather than later, so they understand how to engage with the world online before they are old enough to have social media accounts. Geocaching, which uses GPS-enabled devices to treasure hunt, and citizen science apps provide family-friendly opportunities to engage in both outdoor activities and online communities. “The majority of our kids will need these digital communication skills to be able to work with anyone at any time,” says Murray. He’s witnessed the impact of connecting classrooms around the world observing,“When students learn to navigate time zones and language barriers to communicate and collaborate, they see that they can solve the worlds’ problems together.”
It’s a massive struggle to find balance and mindfulness, but it’s vitally important. How often do we see an AP [advanced placement] kid that is falling apart emotionally? ~Thomas Murray
“The world doesn’t care how much our children know; what the world cares about is what they do with what they know,” says Tony Wagner, senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, an education research and policy nonprofit in Palo Alto, California. In his latest book, Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for The Innovation Era, he emphasizes the importance of creative problem-solving and the joy of discovery, especially as more jobs become automated. “We’re born with a temperament of creative problem solvers. But then something happens. The longer kids are in school, the fewer questions they ask, the more they worry about getting the right answer and fewer and fewer think of themselves as creative in any way,” he says. “Instead of listening and regurgitating, kids need to learn how to find and be a critical consumer of information,” says Murray. Fewer employers are asking for college transcripts—including Google—as they discover the disconnect between what students are taught and what innovative skills they actually need. While most schools are slow to adapt to the modern needs of the future workforce, parents can proactively foster the entrepreneurial spirit and discourage a fear of failure at home by offering safe opportunities for risk-taking and independence. After speaking extensively with compelling young innovators around the world, Wagner discovered that their parents explicitly encouraged three things: play, passion and purpose. Their children were provided with many opportunities to explore new interests, as well as to learn from their mistakes. “The parents intuitively understood that more important than IQ is grit, perseverance and tenacity. You don’t develop that when Mom is yelling at you to practice; you develop it because you have a real interest.” To create a culture of innovation, Murray encourages teachers and parents to get to know the interests, passions and strengths of today’s children “and prove to them every day that they matter.” When that interest blossoms into a passion, it can lead to a deeper sense of purpose and a desire to make a difference. According to Wagner, this happens when parents and teachers instill one simple, but profound moral lesson, “We are not here on this Earth primarily and only to serve ourselves; we have some deep, profound obligation to give back and to serve others.”
In a culture that is obsessed with selfies and threatened by cyberbullies, it’s a tough task for parents to teach compassion and kindness. “We need to create an intentional family culture where virtues like kindness
We need to create an intentional family culture where virtues like kindness and respect are talked about, modeled, upheld, celebrated and practiced in everyday life. ~Thomas Lickona and respect are talked about, modeled, upheld, celebrated and practiced in everyday life. What we do over and over gradually shapes our character, until it becomes second nature—part of who we are,” says Thomas Lickona, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist and education professor emeritus at the State University of New York College at Cortland, and author of How to Raise
Kind Kids: And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain. Sesame Workshop’s 2016 Kindness Study found that 70 percent of parents worry that the world is an unkind place for their kids, but Scarlett Lewis believes it’s all in our mind, saying, “When you choose love, you transform how you see the world from a scary and anxiety-producing place to a loving and welcoming one.” After losing her 6-year-old son Jesse in the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, she attributed the tragedy to an angry thought in the mind of the shooter. Her compassion fueled the founding of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement to educate and encourage individuals to choose loving thoughts over angry ones. “Although we can’t always choose what happens to us, we can always choose how to respond,” she says. The evidence-based Choose Love Enrichment Program teaches children to live a life with courage and gratitude, practice forgiveness and be compassionate individuals. While we don’t want to overwhelm kids with all the evils in the world, Lickona notes that it is valuable to make them aware of human suffering and how we can help. “Cultivate the belief that we’re all members of a single human family. Teach [them] that one of the most important ways to show gratitude for the blessings in our life is to give back.”
Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).
Common Sense Media (CommonSenseMedia.org) provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children. They provide independent, age-based, media reviews for TV shows and movies. Each detailed review includes pertinent information for parents, plus talking points to foster critical thinking skills. Let Grow (LetGrow.org) seeks to restore childhood resilience by pushing back on overprotection, and shows concern that even with the best intentions, society has taught a generation to overestimate danger and underestimate their own ability to cope. Its programs work with schools and parents to give kids more of the independence to do the things their parents did on their own as children—bike to a friend’s house, make themselves a meal or simply play unsupervised in the front yard. The Choose Love Movement (JesseLewisChooseLove.org) offers a free social and emotional learning program for educators and parents. Students learn how to choose love in any circumstance, which helps them become more connected, resilient and empowered individuals. 14
Exploring Health & Higher Consciousness Through the Chakra System By: Lin Weiss MH/MHT
Energetic Healing addresses the subtle
energy systems within and around the physical body. Clearing & balancing the Chakra system involves a deep understanding of the psychological patterns that are pertinent to each chakra and each level of the auric field. The study of multi-dimensional healing realities through the Chakra system offers freedom from habitual, negative behavior patterns, making it possible to achieve radiant, vibrant health. Chakras are vortices of energy located in the physical body working in alignment with the endocrine system. When these become blocked and stagnant, energetic imbalance occurs and disease in the physical body ensues. When chakras are open and clear the opportunity for physical healing increas-
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es exponentially. Proper energy flow, chi or prana is essential for creating health and vitality in the physical, emotional, mental and soul bodies of an individual. Clearing psychic residue, unresolved trauma & negativity is a major component of this work as it integrates the mind and body, helping one to become more aware of how energy follows every thought and how we are creating our physical realities moment by moment. Chakra Balancing works on the seven whirling energetic centers within the physical body, each known as a “Chakra”. Our entire body vibrates at a basic frequency of approximately 8 cycles per second, which is the same frequency as the basic electromagnetic field of the Earth. Chakras are measurable patterns of electromagnet-
ic activity for receiving, assimilating, and transmitting life-force energy to and within the body. Located deep within the center of the body along the spinal column, each chakra draws in energy (called chi or prana) from the Universe and distributes this vital energy to the glands and organs within the body, and through the bloodstream and nervous systems for optimum health and well being. Imbalances in the chakras are known as energetic blocks. When there is unreleased emotion such as fear, anger or guilt accumulated from past experiences or when there’s been a lack of nurturing, love, and encouragement during the developmental period, the energy flows less freely to and from the chakras. Whenever a person blocks an experience, he/she blocks the flow of energy to/from their chakras. When the chakras become blocked and clogged with stagnated energy, they can spin irregularly, backwards or can even become distorted or torn. When the chakras are functioning normally, each one will be open and spin properly to metabolize the particular energies needed from the universal energy field. Energetic healing opens the chakras and recalibrates one to the appropriate life-giving frequencies, affording the body and the individual an opportunity to heal and begin again. To study and embrace the chakra system as a map of conscious awareness can reconnect us to the elements of nature, each other, and ourselves, transforming our lives for the better and capturing the spirit of our higher purpose. Lin Weiss is a Mind/Body Practitioner, Life & Wellness Coach in private practice in Houston, TX. Lin has developed and honed her professional abilities as an Energy Healer to inspire personal growth, physical well being and a renewed sense of life’s purpose. She specializes in Brain Balance; Chakra Attunement; Homeopathy; Nutritional Healing; & Zero Energy Balance Technology. To schedule a private session or register for the 2019-2020 curriculum beginning in September, contact Lin at 713.858.8595 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See ad on page 18
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“As PV systems become more and more common on U.S. homes, it will be increasingly important to value them accurately, using a variety of methods,” says co-author Sandra Adomatis, an appraiser who helped develop the Appraisal Institute’s Green Addendum. She noted, “Our findings should provide greater confidence that PV adds a quantifiable premium to a wide variety of homes in California and beyond.” The growth in home PV systems means realtors need reliable methods to value these homes appropriately. The solar market is still young and many real estate appraisers are not informed about the value of a rooftop solar system, and what it adds to a house. However, Gerard O’Connor, an appraiser on Long Island, says Fannie May has just amended its rules to allow appraisers to include the value of a home solar system when doing a home appraisal. That one change could help boost the number of home solar systems on American homes substantially. Download the report, “Selling into the Sun: Price Premium Analysis of a Multi-State Dataset of PV Homes”, http://eta-publications. lbl.gov/sites/default/files/lbnl-6942e.pdf and the report, “Appraising into the Sun: A 6-State Solar Home Paired-Sales Analysis https://emp.lbl.gov/sites/default/files/lbnl1002778.pdf Interested in more of Shen Ge’s on solar energy and other energy-related posts? Follow his blog on impacthound.com
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Interview with Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack Part 2
Conducted by Publisher Damon Damato DD: Why is Qigong Healing so profound compared to other remedial modalities? JP: “Qigong works directly with your LIFE ENERGY to a greater degree than yoga or traditional exercise by using slower movements. Postures are ‘Rooted’ in one place where grounding and electrical charges build stronger. Graceful hand motions move the Qi and blood in profound ways while the person is very relaxed. Qigong’s relaxation response allows for greater microcirculation in the frontal lobes of the brain. Qigong practice can improve intelligence and even deepen one’s connection with God, the source of life.
DD: You coined the phrase, “Press on Qi!” Why is this emphasized so often in your
JP: “Press on Qi is describing subtle movement on the edge of your magnetic field. When a person practices Qigong and learns to PRESS on the energy field it immediately strengthens blood circulation, digestion, metabolism and improves important body functions. I trademarked the term, ‘Press on Qi’ as our way of expressing this idea unique to our Qigong style.” DD: How did your father’s work impact you by working in the medical field growing up as a child? JP: “My dad is a pharmacist at a hospital and he loves people. He knows pharmaceuticals have side effects and believes in preventing disease using food. At first, my dad didn’t believe in Qigong. Once he felt the energy for himself he began practicing Qigong and studying Chinese medical models. My choice to enter the wellness field was influenced by my dad and his emphasis to a scientific approach. I have a healthy skepticism and present with scientific method. DD: What was the driving force for you to absorb so much from the most respected masters of Qigong? JP: “As a graduate from University of Florida College of business, I founded Supreme Science Qigong Center to be successful and took my job seriously. Many Qigong teachers
I found did not provide the training I was looking for. I did a lot of research and found a Qi master, Paul Dong, who wrote a book entitled, ‘Empty Force’. I flew him from China to Florida in 2001, because he claimed to have practiced Qigong every day for over 20 years. We arranged a seminar and I gathered a hundred people to hear Paul share his forms, which were light years ahead of any Qigong learned previously. His presence activated my Qi and I practiced more because of coming in direct contact with him. After Paul flew back to China I craved to find another Qigong expert who could explain more. Master Weizhao Wu was my most influential teacher for Qigong and he practiced since age 7. Although he passed away, his memory lives in the most excellent posture corrections that he carefully gave. He would open my thumb and relax it so the tendons were not hard anymore. That thumb correction makes a huge improvement to Qi flow and has been passed to my forms.” DD: Through this process of education and discipline, how long did it take for you to create the Supreme Science Qigong healing forms? JP: “After 5 years traveling and producing seminars for other Qigong masters, I finally created my Level-1 Qigong Healing Form. It was first published in our books 2003 and only a few dozen instructors memorized it, but by 2007 we had certified a thousand people to teach the routine. Our videos were ‘Qi-Animated’ to show energy graphically and it assisted people in becoming sensitive to energy. In 2013, we upgraded our Qigong videos to HD animation and in 2017 we finally released our remastered Level-2 video with Ultra HD 4K animation. Spirit continues to reveal better ways for us to share these healing practices.” DD: Will participants get to experience these Forms at the Qi Revolution Event? JP: “All 3-levels of our Qigong program are shared in detail along with Breath Empowerment, Nine-Breath Method, Tui Na Acupressure, Foot Reflexology and Food-Healing. Qi Revolution is balanced in presentation and practice. After the event, most people choose to continue practicing Qigong from home.” DD: Fitness classes normally get me amped up. Strength Training you share at Qi Revolution challenges me, but it has more mastery of breath than any workout I’ve done. What is significant in your Qigong strength practices for longevity?
JP: “Most important is to slow down breathing in Qigong Strength Training, but most athletes increase respiration when using force. Slowing breathing during pushups changes hormones we make. To demonstrate this relaxing skill during exercises, I performed 750 pushups with twenty students counting and making sure I went up and down all the way. Qi Breathing allows for the ATP to replenish faster so that muscle contractions can occur sooner. This also dilates arteries and increases production of Nitric oxide to lower blood pressure during strenuous exercise.” DD: If there was one take away at the end of the Qi Revolution, what would you wish for each person to embody? JP: “The most important embodiment I’d like people to walk away with is that we can BREATHE through life’s challenges and allow God’s Healing Qi to bring strength and guidance.
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water is infused with the essence of other organic matter, including flowers, herbs and spices. Herbal tea is also known as tisane, which is pronounced tee-zahn. There are two etymologies as to where the word tisane originated. In Greek, ptisanē is defined as a medicinal drink made from barley-soaked water. In French, the word tisans literally means “tea without tea”. The practice of mixing water with spices and herbs dates back to prerecorded time, especially when preparing it specifically for medical treatment. One of the first recorded entries of the popularity of tea dates back to 1550 BC in the Egyptian Ebers papyrus. Egyptians used tea to pay tribute to the gods, prepare the dead for burial and cure the afflicted. Herbs like dill and basil were prepared into tisanes to help digestion and to aid with heart issues. With countless plant material combinations, how is it that a comprehensive list of benefits from the many different types of blends came to be? It is believed that Shennong discovered that chewing the leaves and other parts of different plants produced beneficial outcomes for certain maladies. For years, Shennong experimented and made what scholars would today call numerous medical breakthroughs. Apparently, even after chewing on poisonous plants, a combination of certain herbs and spices in water acted as an antidote for the poison. For the last 5,000 years, tea (whether true tea or herbal tea) has been traveling the world spreading its goodness and healing qualities. Through the years and with discovery after discovery, the list
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of medicinal benefits of tea has continued to grow. Tea was first brought to the early colonists in 1650 by Peter Stuyvesant. The early settlement of New Amsterdam, known today as New York City, consumed more tea in 1670 than all of Europe combined. So how did coffee become the drink of choice over tea in this country? Before the U.S. became its own country, English rule made it difficult for the colonists by taxing products and services provided by the Motherland. In 1763, England won the French and Indian War. It was costly. In 1767, England decided to recoup some of the cost from the war by increasing
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J. Garnet, M.A., is an educator and freelance writer. Garnet’s studies have led him to the world of Plant Medicine and its many benefits. His work is centered on educating the public on alternative medicine. Garnet can be reached at jeffrey@ naturaltucson.com or 520-437-8855.
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Biofield Tuning Workshop 3pm Come learn about a new, ground-breaking form of sound therapy that is sweeping the world of holistic health. In this free workshop, local Biofield Tuning practitioners Randy Becker and Laurie Maloney will explain the theory, and science behind it, and give hands on demonstrations.Free.Unwind Meditation Studio 3222 Mercer Street Houston, TX 77027. Visit our websites for more information. unwindstudio.org or biofieldtuninghouston.com SUNDAY AUGUST 25TH What’s the Health of the Bay? Galveston Bay Report Card. 6:00pm. T’Noya Thompson, Advocacy Programs Manager for Galveston Bay Foundation, will discuss the health of Galveston Bay. The Galveston Bay Estuary is the largest estuary on the Texas coast and has weathered significant challenges over the years. Contact Lisa Brenskelle at email@example.com with any questions about this talk. Please register here: https:// bit.ly/2xM57ey FRIDAY AUGUST 30TH Critical Mass-Houston. Assemble at 6:30 pm. Roll at 7:15pm. A casual bike ride starting from downtown Houston and going wherever. Cars rule the road every day, but one day a month we get together to celebrate our love for bicycles and have fun riding. Free. Guadalupe Plaza Park, 2311 Runnels St., 77003. criticalmasshouston. com 8
plan ahead SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH YogaMass®. 5:00pm. YogaMass is a community who worships on our yoga mats, integrating yoga, breath work, meditation, and holy communion. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1819 Heights Blvd., 77008. Donation-based. For more info, contact Grace at 832-667-8601,YogaMassAwakening@ gmail.com or yogamass.com. FRIDAY AUGUST 24THSUNDAY AUGUST 26TH Qi Gong Revolution 9am-6pm. Qi Revolution is the largest qigong event in North America and has been praised by experts of yoga and naturopathic medicine. During three-day event, qigong exercises and food-based healing are taught in detail by Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack and 20 other instructors. Cost is $199 for all three days. Advance regestration required. Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez St #4th, Austin, TX 78701. 800-298-8970 QiRevolution.com
daily Houston Arboretum. 7am-Dusk. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. 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. https://bit. ly/1nPoGbg Yoga Class. Mon. - Sat. visit site for daily times. Every teacher at The Hines Center provides the best class for the practitioners who arrive — helping students grow their practice regardless of experience, strength or flexibility. Sign-up at hinescenter.org/class-schedule/ or drop-in before class. $15 per session, 10% discount for registering online, or unlimited movement classes $50 per month. The Hines Center, 500 Fannin St., Ste. 100, 77002.
monday Morning Practice. 6:00am-6:45am. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) is best practiced early in the morning as the Sun is rising, as it helps restore energy and vitality. We will practice the physical postures Surya Namaskar and the mantra as well, to be followed by 12-minute meditation. Free. Levy Park (On the hill), 3801 Eastside St, 77098. Contact: allthingsfantastical@ gmail.com Hatha Yoga. 6:00pm. All levels welcomed. Bring Yoga mat, meditation pillow, water. Classes by appointment only - space is limited. Private sessions available upon request. Please visit yogamixstudio.com or call 713-269-5165 to register. YogaMix, 2601-G Cartwright Rd, Missouri City, Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org
tuesday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/2kbWEst T’ai Chi Ch’uan. 5:45pm-7:00pm. This class concentrates on creating and moving Chi/Qi through meditation while moving. Jon Naylor teaches the traditional Yang Style short form with martial arts references. Beginners please arrive early. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, 77004. firstuu.org Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation so you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. South Community Center. 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 77380. 361-228-0433. info@Houston-Meditation.org Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7:00-8:00 pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! All body types and skill levels welcome, please bring a mat and towel. Free, donations accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2015 West 11th Street, 77008. Yoga@ ResurrectionMCC.org Vegan World Radio. 7:00 pm. Hosted by VWR Collective. Telling the story of the vegan revolution that’s saving the animals, the planet and our health. KPFC: Community Radio 90.1 FM. kpft. org
wednesday Hatha Yoga. 9:30am & 6:00pm. All levels welcomed. Bring Yoga mat, meditation pillow, water. Classes by appointment only - space is limited. Private sessions available upon request. Please visit yogamixstudio.com or call 713-269-5165 to register. YogaMix, 2601-G Cartwright Rd, Missouri City, 77459. Yin With Lin. 9:30am. If you are looking to reduce stress and balance your energy, while also improving your physical flexibility and self-healing power, you should definitely give it a try. Untie the knots that bind you! $20 Drop-in / Residents $15. 5000 Montrose At The Museum in the Party Room, 6th floor, 77006. Facilitator: Lin Weiss, Certified Yoga Therapist - 713-858-8595 firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans Helping Veterans. 12pm–1:30pm. All military veterans are invited to participate with this weekly group meeting. Veterans also exchange resources with each other and request support. Lunch is provided. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St., 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org/veterans Blissful Quests® with Doyle Ward-The Podcast. LIVE ON AIR: Wednesdays at 1:00pm.Are you looking for answers? Have you ever had a “hunch” or a “gut feeling” that came true? Are you wondering if you are intuitive? Maybe the real question to explore is not IF you are intuitive, but HOW you are intuitive. Doyle Ward is an experienced intuitive medium, teacher, grief recovery specialist, and life coach. Call in during the show at: 1-760-456-7277, access on-demand episodes or listen live! blissfulquests.com/podcast/ Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Route is 20 miles. Riders should be comfortable keeping a pace of 18-20 mph. Helmet, front/back light, spare tube, CO2 cartridges are required. Earphones not allowed. Speed may vary. Safety comes first. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery, 4814 Nett St., 77007 judy@ urbanbicyclegallery.com
thursday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are you waiting for? Free. MFAH, 1001 Bissonnet, 77005. 713-639-7300 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://bit.ly/2kbWEst 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.
Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. Multiple rides leave from the Heights location on Wednesday evenings. Each ride has its own route and pace, so come out and decide which works best for you! Free. Blue Line Bike Lab, 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713-802-1707 https://bit.ly/2CP6zSI
Houston Museum of Natural Science. 6pm9pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world’s mineral wonders. Free. HMNS 5555 Hermann Park Drive 77030. hmns. org
People of Earth. 7:00 pm. Hosted by Jacquelyn Battise. A program created to provide Native American and non-Native people with timely news and information about culture, news and realities. KPFC: Community Radio 90.1 FM. kpft.org
Free Family Thursdays at The Health Museum. 2:00pm-7:00pm. Free entry into The Health Museum to enjoy permanent and traveling exhibits (DeBakey Cell Lab requires a $3 fee) on Thursdays. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr., 77004. thehealthmuseum.org 713-521-1515
Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org
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
Diamond Way Meditation. 7-7:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center, 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 281-436-6081. diamondway. org/houston/
Shorin Ryu Karate. 6:00pm. Join us for Traditional Okinawan Karate. All classes by appointment only - space limited. Private sessions available upon request. Please visit yogamixstudio.com or call 713-269-5165 to register. YogaMix, 2601-G Cartwright Rd, Missouri City, 77459.
Hellina Bucket Band 8:00 -10:00pm. Free dinner music. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Pot Roast. 10:00pm-2am. Late night music outside under the stars. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com Drum Circle at Midnight 12mn-2am $6.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-2268563 www.lastconcert.com
Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:45-7:45pm. Come and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation so you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Sahaja Yoga Meditation Center, 4510c Hwy 6 N, 77084. 409-828-1714. info@Houston-Meditation.org Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to realize Awake Mind is already within, they have the capacity to Wake Up, and how to apply meditation. Suggested donation $50/month. Pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center, 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor.org 281-565-9718
friday Children’s Story Hour. 10:00am-11:00am. Bring your little ones to listen to a story and after the reading, children are invited to participate in a fun activity like coloring a picture or planting a seed to take home. For more information, visit hermannpark.org. The Family Garden in the McGovern Centennial Gardens, 1500 Hermann Dr., 77004. 713-524-5876 Houston International Folk Dancers. 7:3010pm. Join us for a recreational folk dance group celebrating ethnic dances from around the world. Singles and beginners welcome. Dress comfortably. $5. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, 5200 Fannin, 77004. Additional info at www.folkdancers.org Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard, 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-8pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
saturday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center 14375 Shiller Rd. 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. Farmer’s Market. 9am-5pm. We seek out the highest quality local meat, milk, eggs, produce, cheese, artisan bread, honey and probiotic rich foods. Come and meet the small, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful staff that is ready to support you in eating for health. Victoria’s Natural Market, 20158 Bauer Hockley Road, Tomball, 77377. 713.815.8513. email@example.com Beginning Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Children’s Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Open to children ages 4-12. Parents must be present and participate. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org
Awake Tour. 10am-11am. Drop in for the grand tour of our Awake landscape at Universal Door Meditation Center! Everyone is welcome! Come and find out what is Awake, who is our Awake teacher Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, and have a
chance to touch with the Awake already within. Free, donations welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center - 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. www.universaldoor. org 281-565-9718*Please arrive 10 minutes prior as tours begin on time*
Ecstatic Dance Evolution.10:00am-1:00pm. Freeform movement for all ages! Meet creative fun high vibe tribe and get a healthy workout! No experience needed, no steps to learn, no shoes necessary. Adults $12-$20, Kids $4. Planet Funk, 5731 Logan Ln. , 77007! ecstaticdanceevolution. com Samadhi 281-748-8080
Yoga at India House. 10:00-11:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit. ly/2kbWEst
Acoustic Jams. 11am. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com
Recycling Saturdays. 11:00am-3:00pm. What sparks joy? Bringing your sorted glass, paper, plastic and aluminum to recycling stations provided by the City of Houston and iRecycle Glass, of course! Take advantage of this opportunity to tidy up your space and do good for the environment too. Check discoverygreen.com each week. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010.
sunday Sunday at Houston Zen Center. 8am-11am. We start with Morning Service followed by meditation, then work practice - mindful cleaning and straightening in the Meditation Hall and the Center’s grounds, then a dharma talk. Free. HOUSTON ZEN CENTER, 1605 Heights BLVD., 77008. 713869-1952. houstonzen.org Farmer’s Market. 9am-5pm. We seek out the highest quality local meat, milk, eggs, produce, cheese, artisan bread, honey and probiotic rich foods. Come and meet the small, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful staff that is ready to support you in eating for health. Victoria’s Natural Market, 20158 Bauer Hockley Road, Tomball, 77377. 713.815.8513. firstname.lastname@example.org Christian Meditation. 9:00am-9:30 am. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer in preparation for receiving Holy Communion at the 10am worship service. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www. graceinhouston.org email@example.com or 832-667-8601. Sunday at Self-Realization Fellowship. 9:40am12noon. Paramahansa Yogananda’s how-to-live spiritual principles for adults and children. Energize. Meditate. Learn. Grow. FREE. Self-Realization Fellowship, 3425 Golf Dr, 77018. srfhouston. org Sunday Service at Unity Spiritual Center of Greater Houston. 10:15-11:15am Experience joy-filled vibrations and high-energy spirituality in motion with live music, singing, affirmative prayer, and dynamic sermons. Unity Spiritual Center of Greater Houston, 13615 Kluge Rd, Cypress, 77429 . unityspiritualcenterhouston.org (832) 653-7980
Public Dharma talk with Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. 11:30am-1:00pm. We welcome people of all cultures, religions, and backgrounds to attend the public Dharma talks with Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. (Free, donations welcome. Optional lunch follows.) www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am–12:30pm. For youth grades 1-12. This weekly program guided by Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien allows youth to have a chance to open their eyes to the Awakened happiness already within and discover the world of AWAKE. Registration required, call for more details. Universal Door Meditation Center, 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am12noon. Join us for guided meditation suitable for everyone. Led by senior members of the Dawn
Mountain community. Free. Institute for Spirituality and Health, 8100 Greenbriar Dr Suite #300, 77054. dawnmountain.org
Awake Tour. 10:30am-11:30am. Drop in for the grand tour of our Awake landscape at Universal Door Meditation Center! Everyone is welcome! Come and find out what is Awake, who is our Awake teacher Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, and have a chance to touch with the Awake already within. Free, donations welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center - 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. www.universaldoor.org 281-5659718 *Please arrive 10 minutes prior as tours begin on time* Food Not Bombs. 7pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate, or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002 houstonfoodnotbombs.org Sunday Love Feast. 5:00pm. A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713686-4482 iskconhouston.org Whole Mother. 7:30 pm. Hosted by Pat Jones. A show that discusses the political and practical aspects of being a mother today. KPFC: Community Radio 90.1 FM. kpft.org
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The Cereset™ Gavston location is part of a national network of client centers focused on next-generation brain wellness helping you relax your brain to managerestful sleep through patented BrainEcho™ technology, which empowers the brain to reset itself as it hears and “sees” its own reflection. To schedule an appointment call: 409-599-7268. See ad on page 8
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BEGIN THE CAREER YOU WILL LOVE TO PUT YOUR HANDS TO! As a Licensed Massage Therapist you can enjoy life as you work at a spa, wellness center, doctor’s office, or even begin your own practice. Begin today, the career that will change your life! Call the school for more information and to schedule a FREE tour.
SOUND THERAPY INTUNE ARTISTRY BIOFIELD TUNING Randy Becker 1907 Sabine St. #112 Houston, TX 77007
BiofieldTuningHouston. com Biofield Tuning is a sound therapy modality that uses tuning forks on and around your body. Sound can help improve our ability to think clearly under stress and remove blocks preventing us from reaching our highest potential. Visit my website for more information.
BIOFIELD TUNING with Laurie Maloney 3222 Mercer Street Houston, TX 77027 UnwindStudio.org
Biofield Tuning is sound therapy using tuning forks to bring well-being to your body, mind & spirit. All disorders can be perceived as “dissonance” in our energy field.By diminishing the dissonance, BT can alleviate & even eradicate physical, mental and/or emotional symptoms. Visit my website for more information.
SPIRITUALITY GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH 4040 West Bellfort Street Houston, TX 77025 713-666-1408 GraceInHouston.org
We are a welcoming, inclusive and affirming Christian community, committed to abundant, holistic living in the way of Jesus of Nazareth. Guided in our life together by the Episcopal Church tradition, we are committed a way of love. Come walk on our Tree of Life Labyrinth by appointment anytime. Grace: you are welcome here.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~Edith Wharton
FIRST SPIRITUALIST CHURCH OF HOUSTON 2115 Turner Dr. Houston, Texas 7093 713-695-2550 firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org
Spiritualism is a common sense religion, one of knowing and living. We accept all truths and endeavor to prove their validity. Truths are found in nature, in other religions, in writings, in science, in philosophy, in Natural Law and are received through spirit communication. We are a growing family and would love for you to visit our Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. and our Wednesday evening service at 7:30 p.m.
ECKANKAR CENTER FOR HOUSTON 11110 Steeplecrest Houston, TX 77065 281-759-1130 eckankar-texas.org/site/ centers/houston/
The Path of Spiritual Freedom redefines the experience of religion. It offers an individual the spiritual tools needed to walk one’s own journey home to God. Our website lists our many spiritual opportunities. You are warmly invited to join us
UNITY SPIRITUAL CENTER OF GREATER HOUSTON “Grow Your Life!” 11131 North Eldridge Pkw., #700 Houston, Texas 77065 281-653-2007 unityspiritualcenterhouston. org
Ours is a positive path for spiritual living, based on the teachings of Jesus - as well as other master teachers and the power of prayer. If you want to know God and experience God at work in your life, join us on Sundays!
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Do you feel you are missing something in your life? All questions answered and more with a tarot reading session from Laura. Laura specializes in questions of love & marriage decisions, soul mates, romance & relationships, and career decisions. Call today and be sure to mention Natural Awakenings.
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WOMEN’S HEALTH Rev. Michelle Dowell-Vest, BMsc, ACCH
Family Trauma Mapper, Constellation Facilitator, Clinical Hypnotist Connecting the Dots to Empower Healing & Release the Flow of Love Founder of The Women’s Holistic Healing Collective Holistic Healing for Our Community WomensHHC.com 832-304-4674 Using hypnosis, I specialize in helping women with emotional wellness, ego strengthening, addiction recovery, trauma recovery, inherited family trauma, health & wellness, reproductive health, fertility, pregnancy and life transitions. Call today to schedule an appointment.
YOGA Yoga for Mental & Physical Happiness The Good Space 5757 Woodway, # 150 Houston, TX 77057 713-858-8595 conscioushealingnow. com Lin has moved to a new space. Experience Lin Weiss’s warm & personable teaching style. Small classes that allow individual instruction making progress attainable for all students. Yin Yoga for Deep Tissue Release-9:30 am Wed. Integrative Hatha Yoga for body, mind and spirit: 9:00 am Sat. Call today to reserve your space! see ad page 11
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