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Meditative Training on the Rise

Natural Childbirth Local Houston Resources

Animal Asanas Goats on the Yoga Mat

Plant Medicine

What the Hemp is CBD?

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14 Animal Asanas:

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16 Natural Childbirth: local houston resources

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20 What the HEMP is CBD? plant medicine-nature is my medicine

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4 letter from the publisher

19 sustainability

5 affirming naturally

20 plant medicine

8 book review

24 calendar of events

6 eco briefs

28 resource guide

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Greetings! Cindy and I are looking forward to cooler weather. Not cold, just cooler, ok? Somehow the summer vegetables in the garden just kept on growing but there are two rows that we didn’t plant that are ready to become our fall garden. For us this has always been the time of the year to look back and remember good times past, to remember our parents and their parents and to celebrate where we came from. We look forward to the lifting of the burn ban so we can cook outdoors and although living in The Cabin kind of is like camping out, go on some fall camping trips together. October’s issue brings an abundance of health and environmental news that underscores the importance of paying attention to the little things. For example, educators all over the world are starting to focus on the mind-body connection with curriculum aimed at bringing mindfulness to the classroom. Studies show the result is calmer, happier, more focused kids. Read all about it in “Mindfulness in the Classroom: Meditative Training Helps Kids Thrive.” If your child’s school is not open to teaching meditation in the classroom, we have two great local resources you should check out: Chung Tai Zen Center and Universal Door Meditation Center. This month’s Action Alert gives you something you can do to help stop the Amazon Fires. Our Sustainability Section deals with the concept of moving toward a “circular economy”. This month is Natural Childbirth Month and we celebrate with our directory and an informative article about this most special joy. In our Plant Medicine section we have a locally written article on CBD. So, lots to learn about and lots to do this month. Cindy and I hope you enjoy this month’s issue of our little magazine. Be sure to thank our advertisers because they are the folks who make it possible. Blessings,

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Happiness is my inner partner. by Doyle Ward

You have more than 55,000 thoughts each day. Many are the

same thoughts over and over again. Every single one is an affirmation; this also includes everything that you say. By reducing your negative thoughts and words and increasing the positive ones, you can reshape your life. Expecting a better day helps to create a better life. The only place we have to take action or make changes is the present moment. One of the biggest wants that people mention is to be happy. When we rely on something or someone outside of ourselves to make us happy we can find ourselves disappointed. Being comfortable with who you are is a good place to start your happiness journey. Find ways to be kind and considerate to yourself. And incorporate kindness and gratitude for yourself and others in every aspect of your daily life. Here’s my affirmation for this month:

Happiness is my inner partner. 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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Nanoparticles Purify Water Askwsar Hilonga, Ph.D., a chemical engineer and public health scientist in Tanzania, grew up dealing with waterborne diseases such as cholera that made him ill. According to the World Health Organization, he has used his scientific expertise and local knowledge to develop a purification system based on nanomaterials. While the filter is still under study, stations have been set up throughout Tanzania, mostly managed by women, to help those that otherwise would not have safe drinking water.

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Unexpected Aquatic Rebound Overfished and struggling widow rockfish are returning to the Pacific coast. Legal protections since 2001 had made it illegal to take the fish commercially, and fisheries managers implemented “catch share” regulations as the fishing fleet dwindled from 400 to 50 trawlers. But the fish have made a faster comeback than expected. National Marine Fisheries Service biologist Jason Cope notes that scientists were surprised by how quickly some rockfish species can reproduce. “We thought it might take a century or so for them to rebuild themselves; it’s now taking maybe a decade.”

Superfund Success Story Toxic Site Now Welcomes Walkers

A wood-treating process for telephone poles that caused soil and groundwater contamination prompted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate 47 acres in Bellingham, Washington, as a Superfund site in 1997. The cleanup, including removal of 28,000 tons of contaminated soil to a repository, reestablishment of a natural stream and restoring wetlands, is now complete, with walking and bicycling paths, newly planted native trees and wetland shrubs, and returning birdlife. The Oeser Company, which cooperated with the cleanup, has operated at the site since 1943 and continues to do so.

October is National eco briefs Non-GMO Month October is National Non-GMO month and it’s the perfect month to learn more about them. So what exactly is a GMO? Genetically Modified Organisms are organisms and food that have been altered in a lab to be different from nature. This creates new species that have been crossbred with other plants, animals, bacteria and viruses that are unnatural. We have been cross breeding plants for more than 30,000 years but it wasn’t until the mid 90’s when we began altering the species beyond that for our actual food supply. The technology was touted to help with crop production, reduce the need for herbicides and pesticides and help add vitamins and nutrients that may be lacking in our diet. As it turns altering the genes of our seeds have depleted our soils of natural nutrients making more fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides necessary than before. So what do GMOs do to our health? It wasn’t until a decade ago that documents were released showing the actual impact of GMO foods on the human body. GMOs have been linked to the following problems: 1. Increase in food allergies 2. Toxicity in liver and kidneys 3. Infertility problems 4. Increase in gluten sensitivities 5. Increase in birth defects, 6. Increase in tumors and cancers. Currently 64 countries label GMOs however the U.S. and Canada do not. In 2012 a big movement started in the U.S. to get GMO’s labeled so consumers could be informed about their purchases. So how do you avoid GMOs? If you buy organic by definition it is supposed to be non-GMO. There are also Non-GMO certifying entities such as The Non-Gmo Project. Look for Non-GOlabels or look up the company to see what their philosophies and practices are regarding GMOs. Shop Farmers markets or co-ops where you can ask your farmer if he uses non-GMO seeds. Another good resource for the Houston area is Natural Living Food Co-op in League City. They are the only certified 100% Non-GMO business in all of Southeast Texas. When you can’t purchase all organic produce you want to avoid the top high risk fruits and vegetables for GMOs. Here’s a list of conventional produce with the highest risk for GMOs: corn, alfalfa, sugar beets, soy, zucchini, yellow squash, papaya, and potatoes. Most conventional meats, eggs, dairy, fish and gelatin are also at high risk for GMOs as the feed they are given are laden with it. Remember to look for products made from these ingredients such as canola oil or cotton oil as well. For even more information you can watch a couple of documentaries on GMOs such as “Genetic Roulette” or “GMO OMG”. Lisa Piper Owner of Natural Living Food Co-op and Cafe 219 N Michigan Ave, League City, TX 77573. Natural Living is 100% NonGMO and 95% organic. Natural Living is a certified retailer of The Non-GMO project. https://shopnaturalliving.com/

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Stop the Amazon Fires Pressure the United Nations to Act The Amazon rainforest is in a critical state

of near-collapse with a record number of fires in Brazil this year—twice as many as in 2018. The fires have been deliberately set to deforest the Amazon and displace its indigenous populations to make way for soybean and cattle farming and oil drilling, actions encouraged by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. The Amazon is known as the as the “lungs� of our Earth; its oxygen is an essential, irreparable link that holds our global ecosystem within balance. Scientists say that with another 5 percent burned, the Amazon could reach the tipping point of ecosystem collapse. Dramatic and swift action needs to take place, and the United Nations has the power to do so. A global online petition at Change. org urges the UN to:

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1. Send in immediate humanitarian support to all the indigenous and local groups that have lost their homes and way of life. 2. Coordinate a large-scale effort with Brazil and neighboring countries to fight the fires in the highest-risk areas, such as those affecting indigenous peoples, animals and the most fragile ecosystems. 3. Create economic sanctions on Brazil that would make the cutting, selling and buying of timber and meat produced in the country illegal.

The petition can be signed at Tinyurl.com/AmazonCatastrophe. Natural Awakenings magazine will be

dedicating the coming year to covering the climate crisis and providing personal choices that people can make to reduce their own carbon footprint. To learn more and view a video on the role of the rainforest in human and planetary health, go to: https://youtu.be/FWbwy39-XCc

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MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM

Meditative Training Helps Kids Thrive by Ronica O’Hara

When I feel like I really want to get angry

and yell, I sometimes, like, take deep breaths. My brain slows down and I feel more calm and I’m ready to speak to that person.” Those self-aware words come from a 5-year-old Los Angeles girl in the film Just Breathe. A 9-year-old boy in a tough British neighborhood forgets about “all the scary stuff” when he does “petal breathing”— opening and closing his fingers in time with his breath. “If I concentrate on my breathing, the worrying thoughts just go ‘pop’ and disappear,” he confided to The Guardian newspaper. This is the effect that mindfulness training in the classroom often has on students, and it’s key to why it’s happening all over the world—not just in the U.S. and the UK, but in more than 100 countries, including Australia, Taiwan and India. What started a few decades ago as a small experiment in progressive schools is rapidly gathering speed as emerging research documents the strong positive effects of mindfulness on

developing brains. A 2015 meta-review from researchers at the University of Melbourne, in Australia, which evaluated 15 studies in six countries involving 1,800 students, showed three broad outcomes: higher well-being, better social skills and greater academic achievement. They were more optimistic, self-accepting and happier, more likely to help others, more able to focus on lessons and be creative, and less likely to be angry, anxious or disobedient. “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally,” is how it’s described by Jon Kabat-Zinn, whose pioneering research at Harvard in the 1980s helped kick off mindfulness as a scientifically based, nonsectarian approach to a calmer, clearer mind. It has spread since then into business, health care and professional sports, as well as schools: Googling “mindfulness in education” brings up 116 million links. “Mindfulness offers children the skills they need today to meet the age-old

challenges of growing up within the new context of social media and often absurdly high expectations,” says holistic doctor Amy Saltzman, co-founder and director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education. Mindfulness is now being taught in urban, suburban and rural schools in 50 states. Such programs can be low- or no-cost, structured in many ways, taught any time and conducted without special equipment— important for cash- and time-strapped schools. As a grassroots movement, mindfulness programs run the gamut. Hundreds of schools and districts nationwide have incorporated into curricula such evidence-proven mindfulness programs as those developed by MindfulSchools.org, Learning 2Breathe.org and MindUp.org, which often involve teacher training and structured lessons. Sometimes mindfulness is simply a grade school teacher ringing a bell signaling five minutes of silence, giving children something to focus on with closed eyes: a sound, a bite of fruit, a stuffed animal. A middle school teacher may use a five-minute guided app meditation from Calm or Headspace to settle down students after lunch. Some schools offer moments of silence during the day, a quiet room to go to or an optional class in mindfulness. Others find that teaching mindfulness during “detention” has a soothing effect, offering oft-traumatized kids a rare feeling of peace. “Because everyone has distractions and strong emotions, learning to observe these inner experiences with curiosity and openness is an important part of all children’s education,” says psychologist Patricia Broderick, Ph.D., founder of Learning2Breathe, a mindfulness curriculum for junior and senior high school students. Schools sometimes use parental consent forms to counter concerns about any potential religious implications. Often, a school’s program expands organically as

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one impassioned teacher draws in others. “The one single factor that determines a program’s effectiveness is the depth and consistency of personal practice of those teaching it,” says Saltzman. In fact, a University of Wisconsin 2013 study found that teachers that practiced a guided meditation 15 minutes a day for eight weeks had less anxiety, stress and burnout during the school year; those conditions worsened in the control group. In Middleton, Wisconsin, high school counselor Gust Athanas has watched as mindfulness exercises have made students calmer, kinder, more focused and feel closer to each other and to teachers: “A number of students have told me it’s the part of the school day they look forward to the most!”

Mindfulness offers children the skills they need today to meet the age-old challenges of growing up within the new context of social media and often absurdly high expectations. ~Amy Saltzman

Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@ gmail.com.

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for their first goat yoga experience, it’s a bit awkward and there’s not much interaction— until the goats come in. “It is an immediate icebreaker, and the place suddenly fills with giggles and laughs,” says Sharon Boustani, whose family runs Gilbertsville Farmhouse, in South New Berlin, New York. There is just something about miniature goats walking around on people’s backs while they do yoga that immediately de-stresses people and makes them downright happy, she adds. It may be fun, but it’s also a form of serious therapy that’s taken off across the nation and around the globe in recent years. Yoga by itself is proven to help with stress and pain relief, better breathing, flexibility and cardiovascular health. Add goats to the mix and the benefits are compounded by the well-documented benefits of human and animal interaction. A number of studies, like one published in June by the American Educational Research Association, have shown that spending time with animals can lower blood pressure and decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Other studies from the fields of psychology, animal welfare,

counseling and anthropology note that these interactions offer additional positive health impacts and can reduce loneliness, boost moods and increase feelings of social support. So combining adorable goats with a physically and spiritually beneficial yoga regimen just made sense to Lainey Morse, of Corvallis, Oregon, widely regarded as the mother of goat yoga. In 2015, Morse was diagnosed with a disease and was going through a divorce. “I would go out to my barn or out in the field and just be around my goats,” she says. “I wondered why they didn’t use goats for therapy like they do with horses.” Goats, she says, have a sense of calm. “When you are around them, you take on that energy, and it’s hard to be stressed out and have anxiety. But they are also really funny animals. They make you laugh.” She started with goat happy hour at her farm, inviting friends she knew

People say it’s the best day of their life. It’s something you kind of have to experience to know why it’s so popular. ~April Gould

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were going through issues of their own. “Everybody left happy,” she recalls. When she discussed it with a yogi friend, goat yoga was born. Morse now has 13 partnerships around the country where others teach the classes and she handles the business end. “For me, it’s still about nature and getting out in nature.” Morse says she’s not quite sure why it took off like lightning, but she guesses it’s just because many people love the interaction. April Gould and Sarah Williams run their Arizona Goat Yoga classes at the Welcome Home Ranch, in Gilbert, Arizona. It is now a major tourist destination for the state. “Three to four times a week, we walk about 150 people out into one of the pastures,” Gould says. A lot of visitors from out of state return every time they’re in the area, she adds. And many Arizona residents come once, and then bring back friends and family. “People say it’s the best day of their life. It’s something you kind of have to experience to know why it’s so popular,” says Gould. Those that are more experienced can

make it as difficult as they want. “And some people just want to play with the goats.” For Bisk Education, an eLearning company based in Tampa, bringing goat yoga to its campus was a way to inspire and de-stress employees. “There is a way to integrate wellness into your corporate programs that makes you a differentiator,” says Chief People Officer Misty Brown. “When it comes to a perk, I want to make sure those investments are memorable. It gives Bisk the reputation as more of a progressive culture.” Boustani calls it an escape experience. “That’s primarily what it is. Yoga in general is kind of geared toward letting go of your everyday worries and trying to come to some peaceful or therapeutic state.” Introducing something so lighthearted to something that many people take so seriously, like yoga, is interesting to watch, Boustani says. “It is nice to see that even dedicated yogis are so open to it.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at YvetteHammett28@hotmail.com.

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Natural Childbirth by Cliodhna Griffin

Natural Birth, you may be considering it but with so many amazing

resources throughout Houston you might not know where to start. How you choose to birth is very personal and must be respected. What is important is that every new mother and family is celebrated, supported and cared for during their pregnancy, birth and postpartum stages. Whether you are a pregnant woman seeking a medicated vaginal birth, a cesarean section birth or a natural/instinctive birth, you are fortunate to have a plethora of great care providers and birth workers who will help you navigate through your pregnancy and birth with ease and comfort. With so many options available why are pregnant mothers opting for a natural birth? Many women choose to birth naturally to avoid what is known as the cascade of interventions that may occur in a more medicated birth. It is known that medications such as pitocin and anesthesia a woman receives during the birth crosses the placenta and may affect the unborn child, not only that but narcotics come with side effects that are not always clearly made known to the laboring woman in the heat of the moment. Women who do experience a natural or medication-free birth report the following benefits: Easier recovery in their postpartum, better bonding with baby, better breastfeeding journey, less risks of side effects from medications, faster mobility after the birth, better mobility during the birth, less trauma or damage to the body, lower costs with regards to billing and a more alert newborn in the immediate aftermath of birth. If your aim is to have a natural or instinctive birthing experience you may be inundated with lots of great advice and maybe some not so great advice too. So, where to start? The first thing I will suggest to all my families once they decide on the natural birthing experience they desire is to find a care provider that is supportive and experienced in attending natural births. Midwife For many pregnant women, a midwife is the preferred option when seeking a primary care provider. Midwives are professionally trained and licensed medical professionals who tend to women during their pregnancy, births and postpartum recoveries. “National research shows that midwives achieve the same outcomes as physicians without disrupting the natural birth process as often. Research also shows that midwives have reduced cesarean section rates by more than 50% with no compromise in safety. In fact, care from midwives has significantly lower rates of induced labor, episiotomies, and forceps births. Midwives are most actively involved in a woman’s preparation for childbirth. That kind of support reduces the length of labor, avoids unnecessary interventions and improves birth outcomes. Midwifery care is proven to be safe!” (Source: http://houstonmidwives.org/what-is-a-midwife) Midwives may attend births in hospitals, homes and free-standing birth centers. Besides the excellent level of care and personalized attention every family will receive,

the sheer flexibility of where midwives can attend births is one of the reasons they are so beloved and highly sought after. Midwives can also care for women who are wishing to enjoy the benefits of a water birth. Water births are known to offer a woman more comfort during her labor as the buoyancy encourages or promotes improved blood circulation, less pain, lower blood pressure and in some cases more efficient contractions over all.

OBGYN

Whether it is for medical or personal reasons, a pregnant woman may choose an OBGYN to care for her during her pregnancy and birth. An OBGYN attends births in hospitals but cannot attend a water birth. They work within the restrictions of the hospital they are contracted through, if a natural birth is the goal, as with any care provider, it is incredibly important to interview your OBGYN and choose one that is fully supportive of your birthing wishes. You may benefit from knowing their cesarean section and induction rates as well as the hospitals CS and induction rates too. You may also want to know how supportive the labor and delivery personnel are in the hospital you will be birthing in. Are they well trained and experienced in natural birth? Do they promote movement in labor, mothers desire to eat in labor or mothers desire to birth in a position comfortable for her and her baby etc. We have great OBGYN’s in Houston, you may have to do some work and find them, but the effort will be worth it.

Doula

A doula is a birth attendant or support person who offers the mother physical and emotional support during her pregnancy and birth. A well trained or experienced doula can lend a wealth of knowledge to any birthing experience or environment. They may present many massage and comfort techniques to the birthing woman, they will help the mother in and out of various laboring and birthing positions as well as help the partner to better support the mother. A doula knows that their role is not to replace the partner but to enhance the couples birthing experience and help them together, welcome their baby in joy and comfort. After having the support of a doula during a birth, many families report a better overall experience and come away from their births feeling strong and empowered as they enter into parenthood. Dr. John H Kennell is quoted as having said “If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical NOT to use it”. It is important to note however, a doula is not a medically trained professional and they do not give medical advice or speak to care providers on behalf of the mother.

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Childbirth Classes

With your care provider and your doula secured you will now want to consider educating yourself on everything birth related. Houston has an abundance of great quality and evidenced based childbirth education options. Methods such as The Bradley Method, Christian Faith Based , Birth Boot Camp, and HypnoBirthing to mention a few, are widely available throughout the Houston area, as are independently formed and run childbirth classes. Private classes are offered but will vary from method to method and instructor to instructor. Do your research, investigate them all and decide on a method of preparation that will align with your beliefs and birthing goals. Great care providers love a well educated family, there is less work for the care provider to do and you will stand a better chance of achieving the birthing outcome you desire as you will ahead of time know all your options going into the birthing day. Education is key and a well educated family is essential. Along with a great birthing team and education behind you, there are many other components to a wonderful birthing experience. Preparing the body and mind for the upcoming birth is incredibly important not only for the laboring woman but for the unborn child too. Pregnant women would hugely benefit from the services of a Webster-certified chiropractor, a professionally trained and certified prenatal massage therapist, a prenatal yoga class, reiki ses-

sions and so on. Joining a pregnancy group in your area will give you a better scope of local resources and activities to take part in that will help you on your journey. When you find your village and your core support group, you may find your entire pregnancy and birth will be an altogether more sacred and enjoyable experience. Cliodhna Griffin HBCE, CMT, APPAC is the founder of Born Free Birthing and is a certified and experienced HypnoBirthing® Practitioner, Master Trainer and Faculty Member of the HypnoBirthing® Institute. Cliodhna is also proudly Houston’s first APPA triple certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist providing professional placenta encapsulation services to Houstonian families. Cliodhna hails from Ireland but currently lives in Kingwood, Texas with her husband of over 10 years and their 2 fantastic daughters, 1 of whom is a darling HypnoBirthing® baby. Her group HypnoBirthing® classes are taught in Houston, The Woodlands and Kingwood. Private classes are also available. Practitioner Certification Classes are held throughout the USA. She is a dedicated practitioner and loves to help moms have happy births and through her placenta services, strong postpartum recoveries. For more information go to www.bornfreebirthing.com. You can follow Born Free Birthing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ bornfreebirthing and on Instagram at www. instagram.com/bornfreebirthing

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When Yale researcher Reid Lifset began

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The emphasis has always been on recycling, but as that becomes more difficult due to saturation levels, the emphasis is shifting to the more comprehensive goals of a circular economy—or should be, says Stahel, an engineering professor at the University of Surrey. Tinia Pina, a program leader at NY Cares, joined the movement after observing the poor food choices her Harlem, New York, students were making and the amount of waste attached to them. She founded ReNuble, a small manufacturing operation in New York City, to transform food waste into fertilizer pellets that can be used in hydroponic farming. “There is a strong need to try to reduce the volume of waste,” Pina says. “There is also a strong need to produce sustainable—and, ideally, chemical-free—food and make it affordable for all.” She hopes to eventually replicate her process for creating fertilizer in other large cities across the country. Leasing is another classic example of how the circular economy might work, Lifset says. “If the entity that made [a product] ends up with it when it becomes waste, that company will handle it differently.” The company can instead design a product so that it remains in the economy instead of becoming part of the waste stream, he notes. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was established in the UK in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. It offers numerous case studies, including a San Francisco effort called Cradle to Cradle Carpets for City Buildings. Last year, the city passed legisla-

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tion requiring all departments to use carpeting containing no antimicrobials, fluorinated compounds or flame retardants. Both the carpet fibers and backing materials “must contain minimum amounts of recycled materials and ultimately be recyclable at end-ofuse.” Most important: It must be Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver or better. The certification is a globally recognized standard for safer, more sustainable products made for the circular economy. Meantime, the European Union has embraced the circular economy as a boon to job creation and a way to significantly address climate change. By shifting to a circular economy, the European growth rate can be increased by an additional 0.6 percent a year and carbon dioxide emissions reduced by 48 percent by 2030, according to a 2017 report by McKinsey & Company. Just how much of the world’s industries must participate to meet these goals is yet to be determined. “That,” Stahel says, “is the billion-dollar question.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at YvetteHammett28@hotmail. com

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Co2 extraction uses expensive specialized machinery to extract specific compounds from the hemp plant using varied temperatures and pressure. Using this extraction method ensures that only the specific compound needed is being extracted without the use of any toxic solvents that may compromise the product. Co2 extraction also acts as a sanitizing agent that helps prolong shelf life and yields medical grade oils. This method of extraction is by far one of the

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Distillation

Distillation has also become a sought-after extraction method since more whole plant components such as the hemp oil and terpenes can be extracted along with the CBD compound. This is a big one for people who may have heard of “the entourage effect”. In this process a distillation tank and condenser are used to separate the oil from the hemp plant using steam. This process can yield some of the cleanest and potent oil available but if too much heat is applied during the distillation process the chemical properties of the cannabinoids and terpenes can begin to decompose. Which is why 3rd party lab reports are something that you should request when purchasing CBD products, some states have even required CBD companies to label their products with QR codes for their customers convenience. When shopping for a distillate look for a product green or golden in color and taste should be floral, piney or earthy.

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This process is like steam distillation except solvents replace water in this extraction.

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Two different kinds of solvents can be used in this process Hydrocarbons or Natural Solvents. Hydrocarbons used could be naphtha, petroleum and butane, these solvents usually evaporate out of the CBD oil but that’s not always the case, studies have found trace amount of these chemicals in CBD products using solvent distillation, these solvents are not only toxic but can have serious side effects such as increasing one’s risk for cancer. Toxicity from these solvents can be prevented using natural solvents such as olive oil or ethanol. However, using natural solvents does not evaporate very well which leaves a low levels of CBD oil compared to other extraction methods. So, one of the first questions you should ask when you are purchasing a CBD product is, what extraction method was used. Ask for 3rd party lab reports and quiz the person behind the counter! If the person selling you CBD products is knowledgeable and willing to educate you chances are, they know their stuff! In future articles I will cover other important topics such as nanoparticle technology, sourcing and isolate vs broad spectrum vs complete spectrum CBD. If you have questions about CBD that you’d like me to cover, you can email me at houstonheightscbd@gmail.com Pricila Rodriguez is the owner of Sacred Leaf Zero CBD-The Heights. Sacred Leaf Zero CBD-The Heights 4721 N Main St #G Houston, TX 77009 832-409-5790 instagram.com/eatsleepbreathecbd

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October 2019 WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2ND Eco-Challenge. Oct. 2 – Oct. 23, 2019, online The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites Houstonians of all faiths to join their team for this year’s Eco-Challenge. This online event offers you the opportunity to care for the earth by taking on a challenge in: waste, food, health, transportation, energy, community, nature, water, simplicity, or a custom challenge of your own. Create a new environmental stewardship habit over the course of the 3 weeks of the challenge!! Join the team at https://peoples.ecochallenge.org/! SATURDAY OCTOBER 5TH Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10:00am-5:00pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuinta Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. psychicfairs.com 713-4443581 Native American Drumming. 11am. Sponsored by Daniel Antoon and Dr. Homer Garcia. Learn history and meaning of drumming. Drums and rattles available to use. Suggested fee $5.00. First Spiritualist Church of Houston 2115 Turner Dr, Houston, TX 77093. firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org SUNDAY OCTOBER 6TH Bayou Bikers 8:00am Bayou Bikers meet at Market Square Park on the first Sunday of the month for 25- to 40-mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark.com Blessing Ceremony. 9:00am-3:30pm. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568 The Ecological Crisis & The Response of Faith: An Interfaith Discussion on Action & Advocacy. 4 p.m. People of all faiths are invited to learn about our present ecological crisis and consider how our faiths can enable us to respond. What is our present ecological crisis? What specific issues are central? Using the United Nations’ Global Environmental Outlook, issued earlier this year, the speaker will address these questions. All attendees, of all faiths, will then engage in facilitated discussions of how our faiths both inform and enable our response to this crisis, thru both personal and collective action and advocacy. FREE. Register at EventBrite.com 1st Unitarian Universalist Church 5200 Fannin St. Houston, Texas 77004 firstuu.org Contact Lisa Brenskelle with any questions at gcs.lrc@gmail.com. 1000 Lights for Peace. 6pm. Come celebrate the 150th Birthday of Gandhi, Beginning with a 5K Walk for Peace at Miller Outdoor Theatre, the evening concludes with a ceremony where all present have the opportunity to light a candle representing their pledge for peace. Miller Outdoor Theatre 6000 Hermann Park Drive 77030. FREE/ Ticketed Event. milleroutdoortheatre.com TUESDAY OCTOBER 8TH Body By Broadway. 6:30pm partnership with Theatre Under the Stars and DEFINE body + mind, sing, squat and plank along to some of your favorite Broadway tunes. Enjoy a FREE, hour-long sweat sesh while unleashing your inner Broadway star at the park. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark. com

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12TH A Night at Market Square. 6 pm. Join us for our annual Historic Market Square neighborhood block party!! We honor Hispanic heritage through a traditional Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). Learn more about the significance of this day through art installations and community activities along with great live music by David Beck’s Tejano Weekend and El Tule. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark. com SUNDAY OCTOBER 13TH Full Moon Drumming. 7:30pm. Join us in honoring the Hunter Moon. Drums and rattles available for use. Suggested fee $5.00. First Spiritualist Church of Houston 2115 Turner Dr, Houston, TX 77093. firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org THURSDAY OCTOBER 17TH Blanket Bingo. 6-9 pm. This ain’t your grandma’s bingo! Bring your blanket, lawn chairs or snag one of the tables at the park for a night of music and great prizes. $10 admission includes one bingo packet (approx 9 games). Additional games and daubers can be purchased for $1 each. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark.com SATURDAY OCTOBER 19TH

MARK YOUR CALENDAR YOUniverSOUL Fest. 10am-8pm. YOUniverSOUL Fest is a one-day mindfulness festival empowering attendees to live their best lives through the 9 Limbs of YOUniverSOUL Fest – Yoga + Art + Enlightenment + Movement + Music + Healing + Community + Environment + Children. Kids 12 and under can attend for free. Midtown Park 2811 Travis Street, Houston, Texas 77006. For more information, please visit www.YOUniverSOULfest. com. Native American Drumming. 11am. Sponsored by Daniel Antoon and Dr. Homer Garcia. Learn history and meaning of drumming. Drums and rattles available to use. Suggested fee $5.00. First Spiritualist Church of Houston 2115 Turner Dr, Houston, TX 77093. firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org The 9th Annual Houston Halloween Fest. 5-10pm. The festival is open to the public with a $10 donation to enter. Children 11 and under FREE with a ticketed adult. Featuring entertainment and activities for the entire family including live music on the Bud Light stage, food trucks, business & art vendors, beer tents supporting Pup Squad Animal Rescue, HZW special FX blood splatter zone, kids costume contest, photo ops and more. The Houston Heights. West 19th St, Houston, TX 77008. Electric Satsang with Dwain Briggs 6:30pm. Music, Mantras, & Meditation. Love donation of $10.00 suggested. First Spiritualist Church of Houston 2115 Turner Dr, Houston, TX 77093. firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org SUNDAY OCTOBER 20TH Half-day Retreat. 9:00am-12:40pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org cthouston.org 281-568-1568

TUESDAY OCTOBER 22ND Body By Broadway. 6:30pm partnership with Theatre Under the Stars and DEFINE body + mind, sing, squat and plank along to some of your favorite Broadway tunes. Enjoy a FREE, hour-long sweat sesh while unleashing your inner Broadway star at the park. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark. com FRIDAY OCTOBER 25TH 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

MARK YOUR CALENDAR SATURDAY OCTOBER 26TH The Witches’ Ball. 8pm-1am. The Witches’ Ball is a Halloween masquerade party where you can join our magical community in raising money for local charities that make an impact on Galveston Island! This year your attendance will be supporting the Galveston Island Humane Society and Artist Boat! Galveston Scottish Rite Cathedral, 2128 Church Street, Galveston, Texas 77550. Tickets may be purchased at The Witchery, 2116 Postoffice Street in Galveston or over the phone at 409-515-0669. http://witcheryonline.com/calendar.html SUNDAY OCTOBER 27TH Meditation Workshop. 10:00am-11:00pm. Open to everyone - especially for beginners to meditation. The master will give a brief introduction to meditation and guide the participants to do meditation. Free, donations welcome. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston. org 281-568-1568 BCO & HTXO 12th Annual Haunted Hike. 6pm. Get your spook on with BCO & HTXO as we slither our way through the deep, dark forest trails. Taunt the forest trolls with us on Halloween night in Memorial Park! For those who make it out of the forest in one piece, we’ll calm our nerves with pizza and beverages (bring $5 for pizza and BYOB beverages. Memorial Park Rugby Field Parking Lot, North Picnic Lane , Houston, TX 77007. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2YYHBdy for additional information, please e-mail to info@ bayoucityoutdoors.com    

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plan ahead SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2ND Annual Fall Festival 11 AM - 5PM. Join us at this annual family event. Games and Haunted House for the kids. Native American Drumming to take place. Various foods available. Private readings available upon request. First Spiritualist Church of Houston 2115 Turner Dr, Houston, TX 77093. firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3RD Blessing Ceremony. 9:30am-3:30pm. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

MARK YOUR CALENDAR SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9TH MD Anderson Boot Walk to End Cancer. 1pm. Put on your favorite boots and join us at the Boot Walk to End Cancer® on Nov. 9, 2019, in the Texas Medical Center. Every dollar raised brings us closer to our mission to end cancer. FREE. Texas Medical Center. mdanderson.org/bootWalk SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16TH Houston Black Heritage Music & Arts Festival. 12:00noon–9:00pm The HBHMAF experience is a cultural experience that promotes diversity and cultural sensitivity filled with performances by both local and world-renown musical artists, visual art exhibits, guest speakers, presentations, poets, crafts people and more! Midtown Park 2811 Travis Street Houston, TX 77006. houstonblackheritagefest.com SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17TH Half-day Retreat. 9:00am-12:40pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568 THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28TH Thanksgiving Day Parade 9am. Join us Thanksgiving morning for the H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Parade is located in downtown Houston and is FREE for all. For those who would like to purchase general seating, there is an opportunity to do so on this page that will post November 2019. Union Station 501 Crawford St. Houston, TX. houstontx.gov/thanksgivingparade/index.html

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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

monday 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 Yoga at Bodhi. 6:15-7:15pm. Basic beginner level yoga for all stages and student. Men’s and women’s mixed small group class focuses on just the fundamentals and function of movement with breath. Mats and props provided. Bodhi Essential Oils 505 8th Street Kemah, TX 77565. 281-5496051. bodhiessentialoils.com Meditation at Bodhi. 7:30-8:00pm. Come learn the basics - its easy and soo incredibly good for you! Guided Nidra (yogic sleep), Mala (prayer beads), & Mantra (Sanskrit chanting) will also be offered. Bodhi Essential Oils 505 8th Street Kemah, TX 77565. 281-549-6051. bodhiessentialoils.com 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 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 linweiss@conscioushealingnow.com 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 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 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 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 Wednesday Open Healing Meditation 7:30 p.m. Healing Meditation followed by Message service using psychometry and messages from Spirit. Service fee $5.00. First Spiritualist Church of Houston 2115 Turner Dr, Houston, TX 77093. firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.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 Drum Circle at Midnight 12mn-2am $6.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-2268563 www.lastconcert.com

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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 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 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 Yoga at Bodhi. 6:15-7:15pm. Basic beginner level yoga for all stages and student. Men’s and women’s mixed small group class focuses on just the fundamentals and function of movement with breath. Mats and props provided. Bodhi Essential Oils 505 8th Street Kemah, TX 77565. 281-5496051. bodhiessentialoils.com Meditation at Bodhi. 7:30-8:00pm. Come learn the basics – it’s easy and soo incredibly good for you! Guided Nidra (yogic sleep), Mala (prayer beads), & Mantra (Sanskrit chanting) will also be offered. Bodhi Essential Oils 505 8th Street Kemah, TX 77565. 281-549-6051. bodhiessentialoils.com 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 Unfoldment Meditation Class. 8 p.m. Class Led by Pastor Ken Pitman. Learn to meditate, connect with the Divine within, and deliver messages from Spirit.. Event fee $10.00 First Spiritualist Church of Houston 2115 Turner Dr, Houston, TX 77093. firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.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 Simply Wonderful Fridays. 6pm. Bhakti Urban Farm is an oasis of learning, located just 10 miles from downtown Houston. The word Bhakti means love and devotion which implies service through peace, harmony and sustainability. Join us for cow feeding, hatha yoga, sacred chanting spiritual talk and a free veg dinner. FREE. Bhakti Urban Farm 5415 Wheatley Street, Houston, TX 77981. 832-570-8252. facebook.com/bhaktiurbanfarm

saturday 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* 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

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 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 info@graceinhouston.org or 832-667-8601. Sunday Celebrations at Creative Life Spiritual Center. 9:30am and 11:00am. Founding minister Jesse Jennings speaks on the basics of the Religious Science path. Love offering. Creative Life Spiritual Center, 5326 Spring-Stuebner Rd., Spring, 77389. Contact info@creativelife.org or visit creativelife.org 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 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

Sunday Services First Spiritualist Church of Houston. 10:30am-12:30pm Spiritualism is a common sense religion, one of knowing and living. Healing Service followed by lecture then Spirit Greetings Message Service. Music Director Dwain Briggs. Private readings available after service. First Spiritualist Church of Houston 2115 Turner Dr, Houston, TX 77093. firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org 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 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 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. 713-686-4482 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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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

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DEER LAKE LODGE AND SPA 10500 Deer Lake Lode Rd. Montgomery TX77316 936-647-1383 deerlakelodge.com

Can’t lose weight? Feeling Sluggish? Let us help undo the damage from over-consumption and poor food choices. All natural, organic, resort and spa. Immerse yourself in personal attention from our staff. Call of visit our website to book your stay today! See ad on page 2

PAIN RELIEF AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097 info@AlbertasPainRelief. com albertaspainrelief.com

NEW DECISION THERAPY WELLNESS CONSULTATIONS

12900 Queensberry Lane, Suite 201 Houston, TX 77079 281-794-5255 drnettie.net Suffering from addictions, compulsive behavior patterns, unhealthy relationship patterns, anxiety, phobias, depression or feeling stuck? New Decision TherapyTM can help. Call Dr. Nettie Ramsay today to schedule your initial consultation.

Need Relief from Arthritis? Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease muscular aches and joint pain. Her Remedy is a homeopathic pain relief cream that penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues. Get beneficial relief from sciatica, fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuralgia, gout, and more. All-natural ingredients! Do you want to feel a real difference from the nagging aches of arthritis? Feel less pain & have more range of motion? Use Aunt Alberta’s Pain Relief Cream! Get relief today! Great buy, get a 4oz jar for $15! See website for other options. See what people say about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy and Purchase Now on our website. albertaspainrelief.com.

PSYCHOTHERAPY OPTICIAN FACTORY EYEGLASS OUTLET 7921 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024 713-468-5665 factoryfineeyewear.com

Mere steps away from Kemah Boardwalk we are a peaceful shop featuring Charlotte’s Web CBD, doTERRA Oils, Yoga & Meditaton classes. Open Mon-Sat 12n-6pm. Mention this ad for a 15% discount on your entire puchase.

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Dr. LaTronica Fisher, DNP, ANP, GNP, RN 4544 Post Oak Place Dr. STE #254 Houston, Texas 77027 DrFisherRoad2Wellness.com 713 520-8188 Services:

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SKEETZ EDINGER FAMILY THERAPY

Couples, Individuals & Family Psychotherapy D. Skeetz Edinger, LMFT Associate 823-731-4881 skeetzedingerfamilytherapy.com With offices conveniently located in Katy and in West University, Skeetz Edinger believes in empowering couples, individuals and families to be the expert in your own lives. Don’t suffer any longer. Call today to schedule a FREE 30-minute phone consultation and find out how Skeetz can help you and those you love.

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SCHOOLS PHOENIX SCHOOL OF MASSAGE 6600 Harwin Drive Houston, TX 77036 713-974-0360 themassageschool.com

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.

See ad page 8 BIOFIELD TUNING with Laurie Maloney 3222 Mercer Street Houston, TX 77027 UnwindStudeo.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. See Ad page 8

SOLAR ENERGY SUNSHINE RENEWABLE SOLUTIONS 4011 Valley Green Circle Houston, TX 77059 832-280-8838 sunshinerenewable. com If you’re a homeowner thinking about solar panel costs in the Lone Star State, then now’s the best time to make the switch to Solar! Installing solar panels can help you discover energy independence and enjoy unlimited savings. We’ll provide you with a detailed report tailored exactly to your home and your electricity consumption which will show you how you can pay off the cost of your solar system with zero net change in your monthly electricity costs. Call or visit our website to schedule a FREE Site Inspection. Use Promo Code 400Sunshine for a $500 Discount. Call TODAY! See Ad on page 32

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.

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 us Sunday Healing & Spirit Greetings 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Open Healing Service 7:30 p.m. Friday Unfolding Mediation Class 8:00 p.m.

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THERMOGRAPHY Thermal Imaging Services

24550 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, TX 77494 713-621-4406 info@thermalimagingtexas.com thermalimagingtexas.com Thermography views what cannot be seen by the naked eye using a high definition infrared camera. It senses temperature patterns and changes which provide information for evaluation. Offering Full Body, Health with abdominal and Breast Study at our Katy location as well as limited dates in our satellite offices. Visit us online at thermalimagingtexas.com or phone us at 713-621-4406 See ad on page 8

YOGA YIN With Lin 9:30am Wednesdays 5000 Montrose At The Museum 6th Floor Member’s Room 713.858.8595 conscioushealingnow.com Yin Yoga is a slow, soothing, & meditative style of yoga that targets the deep connective tissues, bones, joints, fascia, & ligaments in the body. The more we work our fascial system & deep tissues, the less dense & tight our bodies become as we age. Movement and stretching hydrate the fascia system and literally help slow the aging process.Small classes afford individual instruction making progress attainable and real. Lin’s knowledge & passion for Yoga are evidenced by her warm and personable teaching style. Visit conscioushealingnow.cin for more information. See ad on page 7

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What can you gain from using solar? Energy Independence Environmental-Saving Financial Savings

Call or visit our website to request a FREE Site Inspection. Use Promo Code 400Sunshine for a $500 Discount Sunshine Renewable Solutions 4011 Valley Green Ct, Houston, TX 77059 832-280-8838 sunshinerenewable.com

Natural Awakenings Houston October 2019  

Houston's only lifestyle of sustainability and health magazine.

Natural Awakenings Houston October 2019  

Houston's only lifestyle of sustainability and health magazine.

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