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reetings, Is it November 2017 already? It seems like no time has passed since we were getting ready to publish our first issue of Natural Awakenings just three short years ago. I think when you learn by experience, the hard way, you really learn and we had so very much to learn about putting out a magazine every month. But we did it! It was a steep learning curve but the magazine came out every month regular as clockwork. Yes, we make mistakes but that’s how you learn. Since November of 2014, the magazine has grown from 32 pages to its current 40 pages. We feature lots of local content with news briefs and full-length articles by guest writers and our regular monthly columnist, Sarah Gish. Distribution has increased and become more focused on those locations that closely align with your values. We also distribute a digital edition via email which you can subscribe to FREE either by filling out the form on the website or by texting NAHTX to 66866. The new website is mobile receptive and updated weekly. If you subscribe to the digital edition you also get the mid-month newsletter with all the articles that wouldn’t fit in the magazine plus several pages of discount coupons from your advertisers. This month there are fewer events in the calendar but as it gets cooler just being outdoors can be an event. So, take in a show at Miller Outdoor Theater or a walk in the Houston Arboretum or along one of the bayou trails. Dine out or cook out. Invite your neighbors. After all the hard work of recovery, which isn’t over yet, take a break for a little while and recharge your batteries.

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EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites, won’t say from where.


he Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of “unidentified, potentially hazardous material” from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material came from, why the contaminants at issue have not been identified and whether there’s a threat to human health. The one-sentence disclosure about the 517 containers was made Friday night deep within a media release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency summarizing the government’s response to the devastating storm. At least a dozen Superfund sites in and around Houston were flooded in the days after Harvey’s record-shattering rains stopped. Associated Press journalists surveyed seven of the flooded sites by boat, vehicle and on foot. The EPA said at the time that its personnel had been unable to reach the sites, though they surveyed the locations using aerial photos. The Associated Press reported Monday that a government hotline also received calls about three spills at the U.S. Oil Recovery Superfund site, a former petroleum waste processing plant outside Houston contaminated with a dangerous brew of cancer-causing chemicals. Records obtained by the AP showed workers at the site reported spills of unknown materials in unknown amounts. Local pollution control officials

photographed three large tanks used to store potentially hazardous waste completely underwater on Aug. 29. The EPA later said there was no evidence that nearby Vince Bayou had been impacted. PRP Group, the company formed to clean up the U.S. Oil Recovery site, said it does not know how much material leaked from the tanks, soaking into the soil or flowing into the bayou. As part of the post-storm cleanup, workers have vacuumed up 63 truckloads of potentially contaminated storm water, totaling about 315,000 gallons. It was not immediately clear whether those truckloads accounted for any of the 517 containers cited in the FEMA media release on Friday. The EPA has not

responded to questions from AP about activities at U.S. Oil Recovery for more than a week. About a dozen miles east, the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site is on and around a low-lying island that was the site of a paper mill in the 1960s, leaving behind dangerous levels of dioxins and other long-lasting toxins linked to birth defects and cancer. The site was completely covered with floodwaters when the AP surveyed it on Sept. 1. To prevent contaminated soil and sediments from being washed down river, about 16 acres of the site was covered in 2011 with an “armored cap” of fabric and rock. The cap was reportedly designed to last for up to 100 years, but it has required extensive repairs on at least six occasions in recent years, with large sections becoming displaced or having been washed away. The EPA has not responded to repeated inquiries over the past two weeks about whether its assessment has determined whether the cap was similarly damaged during Harvey. The companies responsible for cleaning up the site, Waste Management Inc. and International Paper, have said there were “a small number of areas where the current layer of armored cap is thinner than required. There was no evidence of a release from any of these areas,” adding that “sediments there were sampled last week.” The EPA has not yet released those test results to the public.

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Pumpkin Valley by Catherine Holman In depicting simpler times, folk artist Catherine Holman portrays the pleasures of everyday life in colorfully detailed, whimsical scenes. She also accompanies each of her fine art paintings with imaginatively written stories about the people and animals that inhabit her gentle world. “As my brush works on the canvas, I dream of quaint villages where I would want to work and live,” remarks Holman. Of Pumpkin Valley, she writes: “Betty’s pumpkins were enormous this year. She’s been dreaming of all the wonderful pies, breads and desserts she’ll be able to make for the county fair. Her neighbor Hank thinks she should enter her pumpkin pie squares that he sampled. He’s willing to try all her new recipes, because Betty’s smile is as pretty as her desserts!” Holman lives in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, a small town not unlike those she captures on canvas. “My paintings remind us of the value of living life at a slower pace, with more time for family and friends,” says Holman. “Today, it seems that everyone thinks that bigger is better, but I still prefer small, cozy cottages and getting to know my neighbors.” View the artist’s portfolio at FineArt America.com/profiles/catherine-holman and visit her blog at CatherineHolman FolkArt.blogspot.com.

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cientists from the Gifu University Graduate School of Medicine, in Japan, examined the impact of a combination of acupuncture and traditional herbal medicine on the rate of delirium in cardiovascular patients admitted into an intensive care unit. Of the 59 patients studied, 29 were treated with conventional care and 30 were given the same care, plus herbal medicine three times a day and acupuncture once a day. In the treatment group, incidental rates of delirium were 6.6 percent, significantly lower than the 37.9 percent rate found in the control group. This group also required fewer sedative drugs traditionally used to combat aggressive behavior in delirious patients.

cientists from the Research Institute for Endocrine Sciences and Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, both in Tehran, Iran, investigated the impact on leading diseases of regularly eating onion and garlic (both belonging to the genus Allium). Using data from more than 12,000 people for an average of six years, researchers assessed their onion and garlic consumption using a food frequency questionnaire and compared those measurements with blood pressure and incidences of both cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease. The scientists discovered the subjects that ate more onion and garlic regularly had risk reductions of 64 percent in cardiovascular disease, 32 percent in chronic kidney disease and 25 percent in hypertension compared to those that ate less of them.

Cranberry Prebiotic Promotes Gut Health


esearch from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has found that the cell walls of cranberries contain xyloglucan, a complex sugar that feeds the beneficial, naturally occurring bifidobacteria, enhancing the body’s microbiome. “A lot of plant cell walls are indigestible, just like we can’t digest the special sugars found in xyloglucans,” explains nutritional microbiologist and researcher David Sela, Ph.D. “But when we eat cranberries, the xyloglucans enter our intestines, where beneficial bacteria can break them down into useful molecules and compounds.” Sela emphasizes the importance of prebiotics. “With probiotics, we are taking extra doses of beneficial bacteria that may or may not help our gut health,” he says. “But with prebiotics, we already know that we have the beneficial guys in our guts, so let’s feed them with more nutrients and things that they like.”

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yofascial Release is a muscle therapy used in chiropractic that has shown to provide positive results in your overall health. Muscle maintenance is complementary to chiropractic. As chiropractors, we deal with the relationship between muscles and the spine. With the age-old question of “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” The same concept can be applied to chiropractic, is it the spine affecting the muscles or the muscles affecting the spine? At HealthPro, we address both the muscles and spine to achieve greater benefit from our treatments.

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Fascia is a thin tissue that covers all the organs of the body. This tissue covers every muscle and every fiber within each muscle. All muscle stretching, then, is actually stretching of the fascia and the muscle, the myofascial unit.

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When muscle fibers are injured, the fibers and the fascia which surrounds it become short and tight. This uneven stress can be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body, causing pain and a variety of other symptoms in areas you often wouldn’t expect.

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Landfills generate environmental problems such as the greenhouse gas methane that warms the atmosphere and toxic chemicals from household cleaning products that pollute soil and groundwater. Installations are smelly, noisy and can breed disease-transmitting vermin, as well as harm wildlife. Recycling helps cut the volume of waste, but the bulk of all trash continues to fill these dumps. Sweden produces about the same amount of waste as other European nations, but less than 1 percent of its household refuse ends up in landfills. Thirty-two waste-to-energy (WTE) plants that have been operating across the country for years incinerate more than 2 million tons of trash annually—almost 50 percent of all waste. The country still recycles, but anything else normally ends up in the WTE incinerators, creating steam to generate electricity distributed on the grid. This system heats close to a million homes and powers more than a quarter-million, thus reducing Sweden’s reliance on fossil fuels. Sweden also helps to clean up other countries in the European Union by importing their trash and burning it. Because specific products contain materials that cannot be recycled or incinerated, some landfills are still necessary. Yaniv Schwartz/Shutterstock.com

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Pedestrian Power Smart Street Lights Powered by Footsteps Conventional street lights collectively emit more than 100 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. The city of Las Vegas, a leader in municipal sustainability, has contracted with EnGoPlanet, a New York City clean tech startup, to install the world’s first Smart Street Lights powered by pedestrians’ footsteps via kinetic energy pads and solar energy. When someone steps on a kinetic tile, energy is created and goes directly to a battery. Petar Mirovic, CEO of EnGoPlanet, says, “Clean and free energy is all around us. Urban cities have to build the smart infrastructures of tomorrow that will be able to harvest all of that energy. This project is a small but important step in that direction.” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman says, “Through our LEED-certified buildings, solar projects, water reclamation, alternative-fueled vehicles and sustainable streetlights, Las Vegas continues to lead the way.” The company also cites Smart Street Light projects in Chicago, Detroit, Auburn Hills (Michigan), Asbury Park (New Jersey) and at stadiums such as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, in New Orleans. View an illustrative video at Tinyurl.com/SmartStreetLights.

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Monsanto’s toxic Roundup herbicide glyphosate has been found in all 10 California vintages tested, including organic wines. While glyphosate isn’t sprayed directly onto grapes because it would kill the vines, it’s often used to spray the ground in the vineyard to be absorbed via the roots. Sometimes, glyphosate drifts from conventional vineyards into nearby organic and biodynamic vineyards. Other times, the toxin remains in the soil after a conventional farm has been converted to organic; the chemical may persist onsite for more than 20 years. Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic. Designed to kill bacteria, it harms both soils and human health, and has been cited as a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

In a major marker of renewable growth, sources of energy that includes wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning briefly generated more electricity—50.7 percent—than coal and gas in Great Britain for the first time on June 7. When nuclear sources are added, the number increased to 72.1 percent. Records for wind power are also being set across Northern Europe.

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Artificial Intelligence Helps Locate People and Wildlife Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping doctors and scientists worldwide do their jobs better. In wildlife preservation, many researchers want to know how many animals there are and where they live, but Tanya Berger-Wolf, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, states, “Scientists do not have the capacity to do this, and there are not enough GPS collars or satellite tracks in the world.” At AI-driven Wildbook.org, photos are uploaded by experts and the public and analyzed for species, age and even gender. One massive Kenyan study in 2015 prompted officials to alter their lion management program. Also, the locations of stranded victims of floods, earthquakes or other disasters can be determined via computer programmers writing basic algorithms that examine extensive footage. In flooded areas, AI technology can also find debris that harbors trapped people. AI techniques can even monitor social media sites to find out more about missing people and disasters.

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Dr. Neal Barnard’s Research on Diabetes Prevention & Treatment through a Plant-Based Diet by Sandy Pukel


ccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 million adults in the United States are currently living with diabetes or prediabetes. People who suffer from diabetes are at an increased risk of serious health complications, including heart disease, stroke, vision loss, and amputation of toes, feet or legs, among other illnesses. Diabetics often rely on treatment plans that include a “diabetes diet,” low in sugar and carbohydrates along with two or three different medications and/ or insulin injections. Doctors, dietitians and nurses say it’s a one-way street and never goes away. Based on recent extensive research by himself and his team, Neal Barnard, MD, FACC would disagree. A leader in nutrition and research, Barnard is president and founder of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Barnard Medical Center. His book, Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes (2008), outlines a completely new dietary approach to preventing, controlling and even reversing diabetes. It calls for a low-fat, vegan diet and the results have been transformational.

allows glucose to get into the muscle cell. When insulin isn’t functioning properly, it’s because there are intramyocellular lipids (fats within the cell) that interfere with insulin’s ability to work like a key and signal glucose coming in. In his book, Barnard writes: “The inescapable fact is that the problem is not carbohydrates (that is, sugar and starch). The problem is in how the body processes them. If we can repair your body’s ability to absorb and use carbohydrates, not only can you enjoy healthy carbohydrate-rich foods without worry, but diabetes itself ought to improve— perhaps even go away.”

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A couple of scientific discoveries turned the idea that diabetes was only a progressive disease on its head. One observation looked at cultures around the world where diabetes is not an epidemic. Diabetes was rare in many Asian countries, including Japan, China and Thailand as well as in many parts of Africa. Noodles and rice are high in carbohydrates, so it seemed that carbs (which turn to sugar) weren’t the issue as was previously FREE Monthly thought. AFFIRMATION Gathering! The second discovery came from June 24th 7:00 PM –and 8:30how PM insulin looking inside the4100 cell Westheimer Spectrum Center

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In 2003, the National Institutes of Health—the research branch of the U.S. government—provided a grant that would fund a new study for Barnard and his clinical research team at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The results of this study would later be accepted by the American Diabetes Association as one approach to addressing this disease. If fat is an issue, then what happens when the diet has no fat in it? The study involved 99 people with type 2 diabetes.

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Preventing, Reversing and Managing Diabetes Naturally by Linda Sechrist


ore health practitioners today are recognizing both the mind-body connection, as well as energetic and metaphysical insights into preventing and reversing illnesses. As a result, those facing diabetes and other health challenges are accessing contemporary resources such as Louise L. Hay’s explanation of the emotional roots of disease in You Can Heal Your Life, and the medical science and natural methods explained by health researcher and author Gary Null, Ph.D., in No More Diabetes: A Complete Guide to Preventing, Treating, and Overcoming Diabetes. Applying a “both” rather than an “either” approach illuminates the importance of recognizing the ways our thoughts, emotions and lifestyle choices can impact chronic illness and long-term health.

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Hay suggests that this metabolic disorder may be rooted in a feeling of being deprived of life’s sweetness and longing for what might have been, accompanied by a great need to control deep sorrow. Such chronic unease can show up as Type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes; Type 2, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes; latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), a slowly progressing variation of Type 1; or gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.




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Glucose, the human body’s key source of cellular energy, is the end product of the digestive system breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats for absorption in the intestines. From there, it passes into the bloodstream. Glucose also supplies energy for the brain. Normal blood glucose levels vary throughout the day. For healthy individuals, a fasting blood sugar level upon awakening is less than 100 milligrams (mg) per deciliter (dl) of blood. Before meals, normal levels are 70 to 99 mg/dl; otherwise, 100 to 125. Consistent readings above 126 indicate that lifestyle changes are needed to avoid eventual progression into full Type 2 diabetes. When there’s an inability to efficiently transport glucose from the blood into cells, cells don’t receive the energy they need to function properly. “Elevated glucose levels contribute to blood vessel damage, high blood pressure and inflammation among other issues. High glucose causes insulin levels to spike in an effort to draw the glucose into cells. This stresses the pancreas and causes a sugar crash, called hypoglycemia, which can lead individuals to make impulsive, poor food choices,” advises Marcy Kirshenbaum, a

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Eavesdropping on our repetitive inner mind chatter and observing its impact on outer experiences can reveal faulty thinking that disrupts the mindbody connection. Hay, a firm believer in the power of affirmations to send a message to the subconscious mind, recommends them to aid healing. For diabetes, she suggests, “This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.” Null cites medical evidence that explains how the physical causes of diabetes are related to the pancreatic production of the hormone insulin and the body’s use of it, together with rollercoaster blood sugar levels determined by food selections, stress, sleeplessness, insufficient rest and lack of exercise. His approach for preventing, reversing or managing this debilitating condition is to raise awareness of the physical, behavioral and mental causes that lead to its emergence, and making healthy lifestyle choices that regulate blood sugar levels.

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Nourishing myself is a joyful experience, and I am worth the time spent on my healing. ~Louise L. Hay board-certified clinical nutritionist and owner of Enhance Nutrition, in Northbrook, Illinois. She notes, “Elevated sugar and insulin levels raise triglycerides, a fat that circulates in the blood, and cholesterol, specifically the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels. Triglycerides and cholesterol are important measures of heart health. Triglyceride levels of 150 mg/dl in fasting blood is a risk factor for a stroke or heart attack.”

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According to the American Diabetes Association, 8.1 million of the 29.1 million individuals diagnosed with diabetes were previously unaware of any early symptoms such as dry mouth, excessive thirst, frequent urination, constant hunger (even after meals), unusual weight gain or loss and lack of energy. “Many individuals only learn of their condition from a doctor-ordered routine blood test such as the A1C glycated hemoglobin procedure, which reads blood sugar levels over a three-month period,” advises Dr. Nancy Iankowitz, a board-certified family nurse practitioner and founding director of Holistic and Integrative Healing, in Holmes, New York. Individuals that consume large amounts of simple carbohydrates and sugars, are overweight or are exceedingly sedentary and eat unhealthy processed natural awakenings

Making the highest-impact food choices is critical in the earliest stages of diabetes. That’s why nutritionist and holistic integrative health practitioner Saskia Kleinert, an independent practitioner who also serves as director of the Emeryville Health & Wellness Center, in California, helps patients integrate dietary changes into everyday life. “Patient education includes the necessity of eating low-glycemic index foods and reducing blood glucose levels, while increasing healthy fats with nuts, avocado and olive oil,” advises Kleinert. She notes that antioxidant-rich plant foods are another key component of an effective dietary plan for all age groups. The role of exercise is also vital for those needing to reverse pre-diabetes or managing diabetes aided by insulin injections. “Exercise increases the muscle cell’s demand for glucose, moving it out of the blood into muscle cells that use it as fuel, and so lowering insulin levels,” explains Jamie Coughlan, a naturopathic doctor who practices in Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill, California. Dr. Angelo Baccellieri, owner of Westchester Wellness Medicine, in Harrison, New York, introduces patients to intermittent fasting, an eating pattern that helps treat insulin resistance and control blood sugar. “The concept is predicated on going 14 to 16 hours without food, replicating how our primitive ancestors ate. They feasted when food was available and fasted during famines, sometimes going several days without eating,” advises Baccellieri, who notes that intermittent fasting can be done one day a week. “Our biochemistry actually does very well with this approach, which isn’t hard to do when your last meal is at 7 p.m. and you skip breakfast and delay lunch the next day until 1 p.m. You can drink water with lemon, teas and black November 2017


coffee throughout. By 1 p.m., the body has been 18 hours without protein and carbohydrates, allowing insulin levels to remain at a low level. Excess insulin from too much sugar shifts the body into a storage mode. Having no sugar stores available, the body can then switch into a ketogenic state that allows the body to burn fat for fuel,” explains Baccellieri. Herbs such as turmeric reduce inflammation. Berberine can help cells use glucose efficiently. Supplements such as vitamin C, B-complex, resveratrol and pycnogenol (pine bark extract) can raise antioxidant levels, in which most pre-diabetic and diabetic individuals are deficient, according to a study published in PubMed. Cautious health professionals tailor supplement recommendations to each patient.

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 Replace processed and sugary foods in meals and snacks with nutrient dense, whole foods. n Determine possible food sensitivities with an elimination diet. n Eat some protein with every meal. n Eliminate environmental toxins. n Perform some form of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training at least three to five times a week. n Add stress-relieving practices such as yoga, tai chi or qigong. According to Hamdy, “On average, diabetes has the potential to rob you of more than 12 years of life, while dramatically reducing the quality of life for more than 20 years through chronic pain, loss of mobility, blindness, chronic dialysis and heart disease.” Such serious consequences also include stroke, hearing impairment and Alzheimer’s, he adds. All provide good reasons to live responsibly every day, cherishing longterm goals of laying claim to the best possible health.

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Silent Retreats The Stepping Stone Towards Awake World by Co Pho Chon


n a busy world like today, it’s hard to even think about squeezing time in to just relax and not do anything… much less considering time spent in a quiet environment to practice silence. Could you imagine not talking for extended long hours at a time? Why would anyone want to do that? Here’s the little secret we would like to share. For a long time, the founder and Awake teacher at Universal Door Meditation Center, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, has known the benefits of silent retreats and has opened 1-3-5-day retreats as a stepping stone for people to help them discover a hidden treasure inside. This treasure is called Awake. For 16 years after Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien’s Awakening, there is not one minute that passes that she does not guide people to looking within themselves in order to touch and live with this Awake treasure of true happiness and freedom. Silent retreats are a great stepping stone and practice for beginners to get a chance to really know and understand who they truly are… Awake. Attending these types of retreats help many people to recognize the non-stop chatter that happens in their head, but not follow it or get pulled into the stories and drama. That may sound simple, but the results are profound; many realizations happen during silent retreats. However, at Universal Door it doesn’t end there. Recently Universal Door had their official Grand Opening, introducing Awake World: a place of no suffering, stress, conflicts, judging, blaming, no fear, no hatred, no more confusion. All that exists is true happiness, true freedom, complete wisdom, unlimited compassion; everyday life is open, easy, flexible, clear, bright, and much more that even words cannot describe. Many people came to learn more about what Awake World is, about the founding teacher, and why they need to Wake Up soon. In the

middle of this grand opening to introduce the Awake Center, was a 7-day retreat happening where people and students from all over the US and several different countries came together from different backgrounds, cultures, religions, and ages, to connect with the Awake teacher and her teachings. How could there be a huge Grand Opening event for hundreds of people in the middle of a meditation retreat?! Because of Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien’s guidance towards Awakening, the students had advanced from silent retreats to another level of retreats that offer the opportunity for students to speak, share, interact, work, volunteer, plan, organize, and have high levels of engagement all with the goal towards being Awake and turning towards the Zen Master for guidance to Wake Up. It was such a huge success and many students had deeper levels of touching the Awake treasure within. Zen Master’s many styles of retreats are never boring, and no two retreats are ever the same! Each and every retreat, whether 1, 3, 5, 7, or even 10 days, is totally unique yet brings the students closer and closer to living Awake. Her style to help people Wake Up is not ever stuck in a certain method. Beginning with silent retreats is a good intro, however it is also good to shift gears and bump it up a notch to

bring what we realized into our everyday living and apply it there. Can you live every day in silence? That wouldn’t make much sense… and truly this is the aspect that many people and students love and appreciate about Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. Her real-life examples, her spontaneous ways of teaching, and lessons that can be applied and brought into the students’ everyday lives are practical and profound. She Wakes people up to open their eyes to see the truth about life and themselves in ways that are so clear and easy to understand. Zen Master’s goal is to help everyone realize the original Awake already within themselves, return to it, and live from it. She tells students that we need to Wake Up soon, because only in Awake World can we know true silence within, able to go anywhere or do anything and be disturbed by nothing. We highly recommend that those of you who have not experienced a silent retreat to do so, and begin the journey towards Awake soon. At Universal Door, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien teaches in a way that reaches all levels of practitioners at the same time, opening their eyes to things they never knew before. Come and experience what Awake World is like step by step, starting with silent retreats and continue to move forward opening yourself to experience the world that Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien lives in day after day…the world of Awake, where nothing but true happiness exists and to live in that day after day, moment after moment. Hope to see you in Awake World soon! Please visit our website at www. universaldoor.org, or call us at 281-5659718 for our upcoming schedule or more information. See ad on page 29.

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Advancing Grid Resiliency for 21st-Century Challenges by Sheila Julson


he recent wrath of Hurricane Harvey reiterates the importance of disaster-resilient energy production such as smart grids powered by renewable energy. In addition to helping reduce emissions, renewables can ease economic fallout out when disaster strikes. In Texas, wind energy proved steadfast, thanks to forward-thinking engineering regarding the design and placement of wind turbine structures and farms. “Most of the coastal wind farms are south of Corpus Christi, and sustained minimal damage. They are designed to withstand the hurricanes,” says John Spicer, president of Dallas-based Breeze Energy. Spicer reiterates that Texas is still a stronghold for renewables such as solar and wind power, with wind a dominating force. A July 2017 report by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) states there are more than 19,000 megawatts of wind capacity in Texas, and solar has 787 megawatts. “Advancements in renewables may be slightly affected by the production tax credits and investment tax credits that are scheduled to phase out over time, but there’s still a keen interest in developing solar and wind in Texas,” he says. The international business law firm Latham & Watkins LLP compiled a report stating, “The Consolidated Appropriations Act, which President Obama signed into law on December 18, 2015,



re-enacts the production tax credit and investment tax credit for wind energy projects and modifies and extends the 30 percent investment tax credit for solar energy projects. For both forms, the act provides a five-year extension, with a step-down in the amount of credit available, depending on when construction of a project commences. For solar energy projects, the Act modifies the eligibility rules from a ‘placed-in-service’ requirement to a ‘begun-construction’ requirement, similar to the existing rules for wind energy credits. Assuming the Internal Revenue Service adopts guidance similar to the existing guidance for wind energy credits, the Act’s changes generally will allow developers at least seven years to complete new and existing projects.” The increasing intensity of natural disasters like Harvey may prompt people to embrace renewables from both a consumer standpoint and a development

standpoint, at least in Texas, but other states may be more challenged to employ renewables due to geographic location. “The drivers are more of a wholesale nature, and that hasn’t really changed.” Spicer says. “We just have good infrastructure for development here in Texas compared to other places. On the flip side, Florida has practically no wind farms because they don’t have the market or the wind that Texas has; it’s just where they’re geographically situated, and those market mechanisms don’t match up with what we have here.” Texas has a wholesale structure that allows wind developers to easily sell and deliver the electricity generated. Some hurdles to the future of renewables could be the tax and investment credit phase-outs, as well as an upcoming trade case regarding solar panel imports into the U.S. Petitioners Suniva, owned by Hong Kong-based Shunfeng International Clean Energy Ltd., along with German-based SolarWorld, both with subsidiaries in the U.S., seek to impose tariffs and a floor price on imported crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules. (Note: the Federal Trade Commission will take up the case September 22, after the October issue of Natural Awakenings Dallas has gone to press.) Another impact is the potential demise of the Clean Power Plan, which if repealed, could affect some states, but Spicer is optimistic that Texas would not be greatly impacted, due to continued robust growth in wind and solar. While we try to combat the future affects of natural disasters through resilient energy grids, compassion from individuals and businesses always shines through. Breeze Energy is taking measures to help those impacted by Harvey by waiving late fees, implementing deferred payment plans, donating to relief organizations in the Houston area and directing its customer donations/company match energy assistance program funds toward hurricane relief through the end of the year. For more information, call 855-391-9463 or visit BreezeEnergy.com. See ad page 40.

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way to ignite your life. Using neurobics helps keep your memory intact while also maintaining your ability to learn new information. We know to exercise daily but we don’t always do a “check-up from the neck up.” It’s equally important to take care of our brain! Another cool thing about learning is that it can ignite more curiosity. I learned some African dance moves, but now I want to learn more about the West African culture in general. And I’m sure that will lead me down many other paths. The internet can be an amazing treasure trove of information – we are in the “Age of Technology” – but be careful of doing too much armchair learning. Bringing in your five senses will enhance the experience and improve your brain the most. “Learn something new.” is one of my twelve ways to ignite your life daily – ways that, if followed, will stave off addiction, depression, anxiety, and isolation. Being ignited for your life does that!

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earn something new.” is the eleventh way to ignite your life in my “IGNITE YOUR LIFE!” art project and community campaign (www. IgniteYourOwnLife.com) and the word associated with this concept is “LEARN.” I went to an African dance class recently and it was all new to me! It was stimulating, both in mind and body, and I loved connecting with a new group of people – which woke up my spirit. Learning is like that – the more you learn, the more you connect, and the healthier you are. As kids, we needed to learn for school to get a good grade. But there’s more to it than that – kids need to learn because it stimulates their brains. And the more kids are stimulated that way, the better decisions they’ll make and the more productive citizens they’ll become. Learning comes about when neurons in the brain are fired, creating synapses. I first learned about how the neurons in our brains function in the book Now, Discover Your Strengths, which detailed brain physiology as it relates to our personality. Authors Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton wrote that from the time we are born, our brain begins to



create synapses – billions and billions of them – that indicate where our attention is going. By the time we are 16 years old, however, about half of those billions have died out and it was thought that the brain’s growth slows down dramatically. However, since that book was published, scientists have discovered that our brains are still growing and developing until we are 25. This means that early care of our brain and stimulation to create more synapses is now more crucial than ever. Adults no longer need to make good grades but we do need to have life-long brain expansion. My dad had dementia for nine years so I’ve spent a lot of time studying how to keep my brain sharp. I happened upon a fantastic program for the brain: neurobics, which you can explore at www.KeepYourBrainAlive. com. The term “neurobics” was coined by Lawrence Katz, Ph.D. and Manning Rubin and means exercise (aerobics) for the brain. They have all kinds of helpful ways to keep the brain alive and kicking, such as walking around a room with a blindfold, taking a different route home, introducing different and new smells. It was because of their research that I decided to add “learn” as a daily www.NaturalAwakenings-Houston.com

Sarah Gish is an igniter, a connector, an artist, a mother – and much more! See her work at www.GishCreative.com and contact her at sarah@gishcreative.com or 713-492-1173. She produces a weekly blog highlighting unique cultural activities for adults and kids in Houston, which is at www.GishPicks.com. Her IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project is at www.IgniteYourOwnLife.com; the complete list of her “12 Ways to Ignite Your Life Daily” can be accessed there. Bracelets with words from the project are sold at Lucia’s Garden and the Unity of Houston bookstore. Sarah also does private intuitive guidance sessions on Mondays at Body Mind & Soul; to schedule one, please call the store at 713-993-0550. See ad on page 13.


SACRED SILENCE Discover the Benefits of Quiet at a Silent Retreat


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ndividuals seeking to escape life’s ceaseless distractions, deepen their personal spiritual practice, enhance well-being and gain fresh perspective, are patronizing silent retreats in rising numbers. “Retreats are a special opportunity to enter a healing space where your natural energy, insight, intelligence and wisdom can arise,” says Linda Mary Peacock, known as Thanissara, a former Buddhist nun, cofounder of South Africa’s Dharma-giri Hermitage and Outreach and a retreat leader at the Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center, in Woodacre, California. Sheila Russ, of Richmond, Virginia, has participated in several retreats with silent components, hosted by spiritual traditions spanning Baptist to Benedictine. “People of different faiths all have the same need to reach inside and listen. If we don’t slow down and get quiet, we can’t hear what’s going on with us,” says Russ. “Spending time in contemplation is cleansing and freeing; I feel like mentally and spiritually I can breathe.”

Scientific Support

Attaining heightened well-being after a retreat may have a neurological basis, according to research from Thomas Jef-

ferson University’s Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia. Silent retreats appear to raise the brain’s levels of mood-boosting chemicals, according to Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of research there. Newberg’s team tested the brains of retreat participants before and one week after an Ignatian-based retreat, finding significant changes in their serotonin and dopamine systems. “Whether through prayers, walks or meditations, the single-minded ritualistic aspect of retreats seems to predispose the brain for peak spiritual experience,” he observes.

What to Expect

Formats vary, but most silent retreats entail extended periods of sitting meditation or prayer, often alternating with walking meditation or other mindful movement. Some may also entail a work detail, like sweeping the meditation hall or helping prepare meals. “Work tasks help bring mindfulness into everyday life,” says Chas DiCapua, a resident teacher for the Insight Meditation Society’s flagship retreat center in Barre, Massachusetts, who has led silent retreats teaching Buddhist practices for

20 years. “The community aspect is equally important; being surrounded by people that support your spiritual practice can encourage you on what can be a lonely path.” Silence doesn’t mean being static and somber or not thinking, counsels David Harshada Wagner, of Ojai, California, whose meditation retreats draw from the Indian mystical traditions of yoga, vedanta and tantra. “Silence is more than the absence of talking; it’s a powerful energy,” says Wagner. “Silent retreats are the loudest, as the energy is roaring within. It should be a joyous practice.” Yet retreats aren’t a cakewalk. Los Angeles author and mindfulness facilitator Jennifer Howd chronicles the challenges of her first nine-day silent retreat in Joshua Tree, California, in her memoir Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk. Seven retreats later, Howd says that although the journey isn’t always easy, she always gains insights about herself and the nature of the mind.

Choosing a Retreat

Retreat leaders caution that while it’s good to jettison expectations and approach the experience with an open mind, choose a retreat that fits individual needs. The level of personal attention at retreats can vary greatly, remarks Thanissara. “Some may host 100 or more people, relying largely on taped instruction without much interaction with group leaders. A small group might be better for a first retreat,” she suggests. Thanissara recommends an upfront review of instructor credentials and starting with a weekend retreat before embarking on one of longer duration. Regardless of length, retreats aren’t always for everyone. “If you’re going through emotional or psychological difficulties, it’s best to discuss your

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“Be Yourself... The Unveiling” Gala. 6:30pm. The masquerade-themed gala will celebrate 31 years of The Carole and Ronald Krist Samaritan Counseling Center providing high-quality counseling to underserved and uninsured individuals and families who otherwise are not able to afford mental health care services. Guests will enjoy live entertainment and bid on curated live and silent auctions. For more info, please contact the Center’s Executive Director Dennis Brown at DBrown@SamaritanHouston.org or 281-956-2731. Hotel ZaZa Museum District, 5701 Main St., 77005.


Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10:00am-5:00pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuinta Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. psychicfairs.com 713-444-3581 STEM Saturdays. 12:30pm-1:30pm. Girlstart leads a fun, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program for kids. Space is limited to 60 kids on a first come first serve basis. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com


Bayou Bikers. 8:00am. Meet at Market Square Park for 2540 mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston’s waterways. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark.com Amazing Parents, Amazing Kids. 12:15pm. Connection and mutual support for parents whose children have developmental, emotional, medical, or learning differences. Lunch and childcare provided. Meets 1st Sunday of each month. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, (Jones Building) 5501 Main Street, 77004. Essential Oils Blending Class. 2:00pm. Three to five oils are introduced and two to three blends made. The Data Sheets and GC/MS Reports are provided. The cost of the class is $45 per personThis class is by appointment only. Register by visiting the website at yogamixstudio.com, space is limited. Contact Deborah at yogamixstudio@gmail.com or by phone/ text at 713-269-5165 with any questions or concerns. Hosted by YogaMix, 2601-G Cartwright Rd. Missouri City, 77459. Peace & Love!! Evensong Service for All Saints. 4:00pm. Sung by the St. Paul’s Choir, this annual service of remembrance memorializes all whom we have loved. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org


Magical Winter Lights. Weekly hours are Sun-Thurs: 5:00pm– 10:00pm & Fri-Sat: 5:00pm–11:00pm. The 2017 Magical Winter Lights, founded and produced by People Generation, Inc. and Sichuan PG Salient Cultural Trade Company (China), will return to Houston for its third year to Gulf Greyhound Park this. The 50-day festival is one of the largest holiday lighting events in Houston, and the largest lantern festival of its kind to take place again in the U.S. The Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004, La Marque, 77568. For more information and tickets visit: www.magicalwinterlights.com * Runs through Jan 2nd (closed Nov. 13 & 27 and Dec. 4 & 11)*


Access Breathwork Session. 10:15am-1:45pm. A platform of specially choreographed music to support your breathing; designed to launch travelers on a psycho-spiritual journey of inspiration, exploration and integration. $55. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin, 77004. www.accessbreath.org

Reiki Share. 2:00pm. The Reiki Share is an opportunity for Reiki Master Practitioners and Teachers to come together to share their energies and experiences. Reiki Shares are by appointment only and space is limited. Please visit the website at yogamixstudio.com to register. Contact Deborah by email at yogamixstudio@gmail.com or by phone/text at 713 269 5165 with any questions or concerns. Hosted by YogaMix, 2601-G Cartwright Rd, Missouri City, 77459. Peace & Love!!

markyourcalendar YogaMass®. 5:00pm-6:15pm (followed by potluck and jam session until 7:30pm). A unique and participative worship experience engaging the senses and integrating body, mind, and spirit through the combined practice of yoga, breath work, meditation, and Holy Communion. Bring your mind, body, soul and mat. All levels are welcome. Chairs are available for those who wish to sit. The Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center, 8100 Greenbriar, Suite 220, 77054. For more information, contact Grace at 832-667-8601, info@graceinhouston.org or yogamass.com.


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


Planes, Trains and Automobiles at Market Square Park. 7:00pm. Join us for a movie under the stars as Alamo Drafthouse Houston presents a John Hughes classic, Planes, Trains and Automobiles (R). Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and grab a spot. Free. Market Square Park. 301 Milam, 77002. marketsquarepark.com


68th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade. 9:00am. The parade will begin at 9:00 am on Smith at Lamar, north to Walker, east to Milam, south to Pease, west to Louisiana, north to Clay, west to Smith, and north to end at Smith and Dallas. Free. www.houstontx.gov/thanksgivingparade/


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


Meditation Workshop. 10:00am-12:00pm. 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


DaVinci Biographer Walter Isaacson. 7:30pm. Brazos Bookstore presents this author visit with lecture, Q&A and book signing. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. Tickets at brazosbookstore.com


Mary & the Magnificat. 6:30pm-8:00pm. As we enter into the holy season of Advent, Professor of New Testament Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles will launch us into scholarship on the importance of the biblical Mary’s song of praise. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, (Jones Building) 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org

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Magical Winter Lights. Weekly hours are Sun-Thurs: 5:00pm–10:00pm & Fri-Sat: 5:00pm–11:00pm. The 2017 Magical Winter Lights, founded and produced by People Generation, Inc. and Sichuan PG Salient Cultural Trade Company (China), will return to Houston for its third year to Gulf Greyhound Park this. The 50-day festival is one of the largest holiday lighting events in Houston, and the largest lantern festival of its kind to take place again in the U.S. The Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004, La Marque, 77568. For more information and tickets visit: www.magicalwinterlights.com * (closed Nov. 13 & 27 and Dec. 4 & 11)*


Access Breathwork Session. 10:15am-1:45pm. A platform of specially choreographed music to support your breathing; designed to launch travelers on a psycho-spiritual journey of inspiration, exploration and integration. $55, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin, 77004. www.accessbreath.org

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Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire 3:30 - 7 pm 7112 Newcastle St, Bellaire Avenufitness West University 3:30 - 6:30 pm 6211 Edloe St, Houston, TX 77005


Local Foods in Rice Village 3:30 - 7 pm 2424 Dunstan Rd, Houston Dr. Blazek's Office in the Heights 3:30 - 7 pm 2310 Rutland St, Houston Pearland Elite Training Center 3:30 - 7 pm 4407 Halik St, Pearland University of St. Thomas 4 - 6:30 pm 1318 Sul Ross St., Montrose Plant It Forward Warehouse 3:30 - 7 pm 4030 Willowbend Blvd, Meyerland


Fondren Farm 3:30 - 7 pm 10611 Fondren Rd, Houston Dr. Blazek's Office in the Heights 3:30 - 7 pm 2310 Rutland St, Houston University of St. Thomas 3:30 - 7 pm 1318 Sul Ross St., Montrose


The Woodlands Yoga Studio 5 - 8 pm 25126 Grogans Park Dr, The Woodlands

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daily Houston Arboretum. 7am-6:30pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org St. Arnold Brewing Company - Brewery Tours. Mon.-Fri. Public Tours at 1:00pm and 3:00pm –Sat. Tours at 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm – no admission charge, food and beer a la carte prices. 2000 Lyons Ave, 77020. saintarnold.com 713-686-9494 Rothko Chapel. 10am-6pm (except during special events) The Rothko Chapel is an independent institution, a sacred place open to all people, every day. Free. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713-524-9839 rothkochapel.org Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. Sunset. Every evening at sunset, more than 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from crevices found in the Waugh Drive Bridge. These creatures are non-migratory and call the bayou home year-round. Free. Waugh Street at Allen Parkway 77019. houstontx.gov/parks/bats.html Healing Circles at St. Paul’s Houston. Healing Circles bring people together in the midst of difficult circumstances. Whether someone is experiencing grief, going through a divorce or raising a child with special needs, Healing Circles allow renewal to happen in community within a safe, accepting environment. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St., 77004. For available groups, times, and more info visit www.stpaulshouston.org/healing-circles

Beginners Yoga 7-8:30 pm. Discover your strengths and balances through a therapeutic approach to yoga alignment and mind/body integration. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, 5200 Fannin 77004. stanpolins@hal-pc.org. www.firstuu.org Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A fellowship of men and women recovering from alcoholism through mutual support and accountability. An open meeting called Calumet Friends meets on Mondays at 7 pm in J-203. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 5501 Main St., 77004. Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org

tuesday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Yoga Play. 10:00-11:20am. All ages and body types are welcome in Yoga Play, a totally supportive practice as we bend, stretch and balance. Brain Gym, pranayama and asana practice with props provide the student with a deeper understanding of their own body. $15 cash or check only. A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd., Suite T, 77025. ahealingcollective.com Molly Donovan - Mollyd@houstonplaytherapy.com

Addiction Recovery. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope. Groups meet at St. Paul’s on Sundays at 6 pm in S-109; Mondays at noon in S-109; and Wednesdays at noon in S-105. Additionally, a Spanish-speaking group meets on Sundays at 5 pm in A-101. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 5501 Main St., 77004.

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


HIIT/Yoga. 5:30pm. Join us for 30 minutes High Intensity Interval Training/30 minutes Hatha Yoga. All levels welcomed. All classes are 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.

Yoga Class. Mon. - Sat. visit site for daily times. Yoga brings the practitioner into intimate relationship with their Self. 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 Tai Chi at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 9am–10am. Meet in the Activity Center/Gym. No special clothing or gear is necessary. Free and open to the public. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St., 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org

Tom Turner Band. 5pm-7pm. Live music at The Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

T’ai Chi Ch’uan. 5:45pm-7:00pm. Intended for serious relaxation, this class concentrates on creating and moving Chi/Qi (vital force) through meditation while moving. Jon Naylor teaches the traditional Yang Style short form with martial arts references. Beginners are encouraged to arrive early. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, 77004. firstuu.org Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. South Community Center. 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 77380. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org

Hatha Yoga. 9:30am & 6:00pm. All levels welcomed. Bring Yoga mat, meditation pillow, water. Blankets, blocks & straps available if needed. All classes are 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.

Intro to Meditation 101. 7-8pm. Universal Door Meditation Center offers this free, beginner level class, open to the public. Here we begin to discover the difference between False Mind and Awake Mind by applying basic Zen Meditation. Donations Welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718

Barre Class. 5:30pm-6:20pm. In Barre Class, we use a ballet barre for isometric strength training. The class uses elements from Yoga and Pilates to build strength, flexibility, alignment and balance - helping us keep a nice, toned physique. Sign-up online 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.

Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7:00-8:00 pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! Connect with others in this non-competitive activity suitable for everyone. All body types and skill levels are welcome. Please bring a mat and towel. Extra mats are available for those new to Yoga. Free, donations accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2015 West 11th Street, 77008. Yoga@ResurrectionMCC.org




Oneness Blessing Meeting. 7-9pm. Our weekly meeting includes sharing, meditation, Oneness teachings, and the giving and receiving of the Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha. Connect with the Oneness Community to explore deeper experiences of Oneness, Divine Love and accelerated awakening. Child care is available, reservation required. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Vegan World Radio. 8:00 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 The Sidemen. 9pm-1am. Live music at The Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

wednesday Tai Chi at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 9am–10 am. Meet in the Activity Center/Gym. No special clothing or gear is necessary. Free and open to the public. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St., 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org Hatha Yoga. 9:30am & 6:00pm. All levels welcomed. Bring Yoga mat, meditation pillow, water. Blankets, blocks & straps available if needed. All classes are 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. Veterans Helping Veterans. 12pm–1pm. Facilitated by Gulf War veteran James Pride, this gathering is for veterans to come together to share their service experience and its impact on their lives. 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 Pilates. 12:00pm-12:50pm. A gentle and gradual approach to Pilates training — for those looking to add variety to their fitness routine! Sign-up online 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. Wednesday Oneness Blessing. 5:30-6:45pm. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Barre Class. 5:30pm-6:20pm. In Barre Class, we use a ballet barre for isometric strength training. The class uses elements from Yoga and Pilates to build strength, flexibility, alignment and balance - helping us keep a nice, toned physique. Sign-up online 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. Christian Meditation. 6:00-7:00pm. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities. Explore and study contemporary and ancient texts of the contemplative way. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. Parking is free and available at the Woodwind St. entrance. www.graceinhouston.org. Questions? info@graceinhouston.org or 832-667-8601. Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Be ready to roll at 6:30PM. The route is 20 miles. Riders should be comfortable keeping a pace of 18-20 mph. Helmet, front and back light, spare tube, and CO2 cartridges are required. Earphones are not allowed. Speed may vary depending on who shows. Safety comes first. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery, 4814 Nett St., 77007. judy@urbanbicyclegallery.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Kingwood Library, 4400 Bens View Lane, 77339. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org

Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-8:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. We have multiple rides that leave from our Heights location on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. Each ride has its own route and distinct pace, so come on out and decide which one works best for you and hop in! Free. Blue Line Bike Lab, 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713-802-1707 www.bluelinebikelab.com/shop-rides 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 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/ Hellina Bucket Band. 8:00 -10:00pm. Free dinner music. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Pot Roast. 10:00pm-12mn. Late night music outside under the stars. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Drum Circle at Midnight. 12mn-2am $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

thursday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Integrative Hatha Yoga Classes. 9:30am. Facilitated by Certified Yoga Therapist, Lin Weiss MH, CYT. Balance Mind, Body & Spirit. An integrative approach with classical Hatha foundations. Focusing on structural alignment, pranayama breathing technique and strength building. River Oaks Wellness Center, 2202 W. Alabama, Ste. C, 77098. Suitable for all levels. Call 713-859-8595 to reserve your class. Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are you waiting for? Free. MFAH, 1001 Bissonnet, 77005. 713-6397300 mfah.org 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. Houston Museum of Natural Science. 2-5pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world’s mineral wonders. Free. HMNS 5555 Hermann Park Drive 77030. hmns.org Free Family Thursdays at The Health Museum. 2:00pm7:00pm. Free entry into The Health Museum to enjoy permanent and traveling exhibits (DeBakey Cell Lab requires a $3 fee) on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr., 77004. thehealthmuseum.org 713-521-1515 Children’s Museum of Houston. 5-8pm. Enjoy all the interactive exhibits at the museum with your children. Free. Children’s Museum, 1500 Binz, 77004. 713-522-1138 cmhouston.org Shorin Ryu Karate. 6:00pm. Join us for Traditional Okinawan Karate. All classes are 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.

Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to realize Awake Mind is already within, they have the capacity to Wake Up, and how to apply meditation. This class provides a stable foundation for those who are ready to move to the next level, go deeper in their meditation practice, and touch with the Awake within. Suggested donation $50/month. Pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor.org. 281-565-9718 People of Earth. 9:00 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

friday HIIT/Yoga. 5:30pm. Join us for 30 minutes High Intensity Interval Training/30 minutes Hatha Yoga. All levels welcomed. All classes are 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. Houston International Folk Dancers. 7:30-10pm. Houston International Folk Dancers is a recreational folk dance group that celebrates ethnic dances from around the world: Eastern and Western Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean, and the Americas. You will delight in the diverse rhythms, melodies and unique dance styles of cultures from over 30 countries. Experienced folk dancers are always ready to help beginners. Singles welcome. Dress comfortably. Admission is $5. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, 5200 Fannin, 77004. Additional info at www.folkdancers.org 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.

Recycling Saturdays. 11:00am-2:00pm. The City of Houston provides a recycling station for plastic and now - thanks to I Recycle Glass, you can also bring your glass each week to be recycled. Please bring paper and plastic recyclables separately from glass. Please note: Recycling container is provided by the City of Houston Solid Waste Management. The schedule can be subject to change, but park staff will accept your recycling in the park office during the hours of 10am-2pm regardless of whether the container is on site. Recycling can be affected by street closures. Check discoverygreen.com each week for schedule updates. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Beginning Meditation. 11:00-11:30am. Enjoy relaxing meditation class at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/2kbWEst T’ai Chi Ch’uan. 10:30am-12:00pm. Intended for serious relaxation, this class concentrates on creating and moving Chi/Qi (vital force) through meditation while moving. Jon Naylor teaches the traditional Yang Style short form with martial arts references. Beginners are encouraged to arrive early. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, 77004. firstuu.org

sunday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center, 14375 Shiller Rd., 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. Sunday at Houston Zen Center. 8am-11am. We start with the practice of Morning Service. This is followed by meditation, then work practice, which involves mindful cleaning and straightening in the Meditation Hall and the Center’s grounds. Then a dharma talk, the teachings of Buddha. You are welcome to attend some or all of the Sunday program. Free. HOUSTON ZEN CENTER, 1605 Heights BLVD., 77008. 713-869-1952. houstonzen.org Sunday Oneness Blessing. After 9am and 11am services. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050.

Integrative Hatha Yoga Classes. 9:00am. Facilitated by Certified Yoga Therapist, Lin Weiss MH, CYT. Balance Mind, Body & Spirit. An integrative approach with classical Hatha foundations. Focusing on structural alignment, pranayama breathing technique and strength building. River Oaks Wellness Center, 2202 W. Alabama, Ste. C, 77098. Suitable for all levels. Call 713-859-8595 to reserve your class.

Christian Meditation. 9:00am-9:30 am. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities in preparation for receiving Holy Communion at the 10am worship service. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. graceinhouston.org. Questions? info@graceinhouston.org or 832-667-8601.

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

Free Yoga Lab! 9:00am-10:00am. Join us for this dedicated class for new teachers and teachers in training to practice their classes and express their awesomeness! Free. The Heights Medical Tower, 427 West 20th St., Suite 602, 77008. fourdragonsinstitute.com 713-322-9736

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 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 Young Writers Workshop. 10:30am-11:30am. Kids learn to express their thoughts an develop language skills. Presented by Houston Public Library/HPL Express and Discovery Green. Houston’s only free and open writing workshop for kids conducted by Writers In The Schools. Limited to 25 students, first come first serve. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com. For more information please call 832-393-1375. Pranic Healing. 5pm Interested in meditation. If you have ever wanted to learn meditation or experience Energy Healing we offer free sessions. Renew Clinic 6060 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, TX 77081

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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 The Conversations with God Study Group. 9:30am-10:45am. Study materials provided, this ongoing gathering is facilitated by Dr. Obidike Kamau. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania,77587. carmeltemple.org Sunday Service at Unity of North Houston. 10:15-11:15am Experience joy-filled vibrations and high-energy spirituality in motion that is our Sunday service! With live music, singing, affirmative prayer, and dynamic sermons, this is a Sunday service that will feed your body, mind and heart. Now is the time to stoke your inner spark by sharing in the light everyone brings to our community. Unity of North Houston, 11738 Grant Road Cypress, 77429. 281-374-7085. unitynorthhouston.org

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Semanal Programa de Meditación. 10am-1pm. Ciencia de la Espiritualidad es una organización global, no religiosa, sin fines de lucro, espiritual dedicado a la unidad del amor y de la paz. Nuestro grupo de meditación Houston ha estado activo durante más de 52 años y se reúne regularmente. Cada semana nuestro grupo se reúne para meditar juntos, reflexionar sobre las palabras de los grandes santos y místicos y pasar algún tiempo con otras personas que comparten el objetivo de llevar una vida espiritualmente enriquecida y satisfactoria. Gratis. Trini Mendenhall Sosa Center, 1414 Wirt Road 77055. houstonSOS.org 832-304-0767. Acoustic Jams. 10:30am. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Ecstatic Dance Evolution. 10:30am-1:00pm. Dance. Pray. Sweat. Play. With a growing freeform conscious dance community. Shake out the stress from your week and let your spirit soar with enticing music movement and community! All people welcome. No experience required. Just be your authentic self. $15-$20. MATCH: Midtown Arts and Theatre Center, 3400 Main Street, 77002. ecstaticdanceevolution.com Carmel Temple All Faith Service. 11:00am. Different guest speaker every week. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania, 77587. carmeltemple.org Mapping Our Faith Journey. 11:05am-12:00pm. Your own unique path of faith follows along routines of daily work, rest, leisure, and relationships. Examine what uncharted spaces you might explore next. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org *no event 11/26* Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am-12noon. Join us for guided meditation suitable for everyone. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain community. Free. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A, 77054. dawnmountain.org Sunday Discussion Circle. 11:30am-12:30pm. You are invited to join us for facilitated, fun, educational discussions on a variety of topics. We practice our UU values of keeping an open mind, listening respectfully, learning from differing perspectives, entertaining new ways of thinking about issues, following guidelines, and being welcoming. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St. Rm 304, 77004. 713526-5200 www.firstuu.org Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1pm-6pm. Angel oracle readings, psychic medium, tarot card readings, soul oracle readings, tea leaf astrology, astrology and past life readings, foot reflexology, energy healers, jewelry, crystals and more! Coffee, lemonade and nutritious snacks. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building), 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org

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Independence Heights Farm. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm (except during extreme cold or rainy weather). Come and get your hands in the dirt. Help with the work of the farm and harvest your share. Check in with Farmer Kelvin or Farmer Mike. A project of Last Organic Outpost, Food Everywhere Coalition and Natural Awakenings-Houston. Independence Heights Farm 100 East 45th @ Yale, Houston 77018.


Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market. 6am-8pm (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) Over 20,000 square feet of Texas produce. Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market 2520 Airline, Houston 77009. 713-862-4027 caninoproduce.com

NuWaters Food Co-Op. 11am-7pm Mon-Sat. 1-5pm Sun. We are a retail food cooperative located in the area currently known as Midtown and historically known as the 3rd Ward. Our store is in the historic old Eldorado Ball Room building. We provide fresh food to a community recently identified as a food desert. NuWaters is a fresh twist on a very old idea. We are not recreating the wheel, we are dusting off the wheel and using it again. We invite you to join us on this journey to community and food wholeness. NuWaters Food Co-Op 2320 Elgin, Houston 77004. NuWatersCo-Op.com


Spring Branch Farmer’s Market. 2-6pm. Unitarian Fellowship of Houston, 1504 Wirt Road, Houston 77055. facebook.com/springbranchfarmersmarkethouston Rice University Farmer’s Market. 3:30pm-6:30pm. Rice University, Entrance 13B off of Greenbriar Dr, 5600 Greenbriar, Houston 77005. farmersmarket.rice.edu/


Central City Co-Op. 9am-6pm. Kindred Church, 2515 Waugh Dr., Houston 77006. centralcityco-op.com City Hall Farmer’s Market. 11am-1:30pm. City Hall. 901 Bagby Street, 77002. urbanharvest.org Finca Tres Robles Farm Stand. 3pm-7pm. 257 North Greenwood, Houston 77011 smallplaces.org

Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center, 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/

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

Sunday Love Feast. 7:00pm. A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston.org 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



Meyerland Farmer’s Market. 9am-1pm. 8601 Chimney Rock Rd., Houston 77096. Energy Corridor Farmer’s Market. 9am-1pm. 14710 Grisby Road, Houston 77079. Energycorridor.org/ shopping-services/farmers-market Finca Tres Robles Farm Stand. 9am-1pm. 257 North Greenwood, Houston 77011 smallplaces.org Fulshear Farmer’s Market. 9am-1pm. 9335 Bois d’Arc Lane @ FM 1093, Fulshear 77441 foreverfulshear@ gmail.com Sienna Community Farmer’s Market. 4th Sunday only. 1-5pm. 9600 Scanlan Trace, Sienna Plantation 77459. https://www.siennafarmersmarket.com/ Eastside Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market. 8am12n. 3000 Richmond at Eastside, Houston 77098. urbanharvest.org The Farm Stand at Petrol Station. 9am-1pm. Petrol Station, 938 Wakefield Dr., Houston 77018. 713.957.2875 http://bit.ly/1oD6m8F The Woodlands Farmer’s Market at Grogan’s Mill. 8am-12n. 7 Switchbud Place, Spring, 77380. grogansmillvillage.com Farmer’s Market on Grand Parkway. 8am-12n. Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway, Katy, 77494. farmersmarketongrandparkway.com Heights Epicurean Farmer’s Market. 8:30am-1:30pm. First Saturdays only. Grace UMC, 1245 Heights Blvd., Houston 77008. HeightsEpicurean.com Memorial Villages Farmers Market. 9am-1pm. First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn Rd., Houston 77024. http://bit.ly/1YfwDWD Farmer’s Market at Imperial. 9am-1pm. 198 Kempner, Sugar Land, 77498. Imperialfarmersmarket.com Tomball Farmer’s Market. 9am-1pm. 205 W. Main St. on the corner of Main Street (FM 2920) and Walnut Street in downtown Tomball, 77377. tomballfarmersmarket.org Conroe Saturday AM Farmers Market. 9am-1pm. 135 N Main, Conroe, 77301 facebook.com/ConroeSamM/


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


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

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

How often do you find yourself saying you are tired or you just don’t have the energy to do this or that or feel out of sorts or not yourself? We are not just a body and a set of experiences – we are energy. Come for an energy medicine session with Cecilia and see results. Cecilia Timon is an Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner and a Reiki Master. EnerBodyBalance is conveniently located in the Montrose neighborhood.


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

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


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

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




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

A cute little shop just outside the Old Town Tomball district. Featuring: candles, crystals, jewelry, oils, incense, herbs and more. Also by appointment only: meditation classes, tarot readings and Christian numerology. Meditation 101 each Wednesday at 6-7pm. Call for more information.


Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097 info@AlbertasPainRelief.com www.albertaspainrelief.com

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.


(by appointment only) 281-849-4610 cautry@gmail.com claudiaautry.com

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

Silence is a source of great strength. ~Lao Tzu


INTEGRATIVE DERMATOLOGY INTEGRATIVE DERMATOLOGY CONSULTATIONS 2030 North Loop West, Suite 120 Houston, TX 77018 integrativedermconsults.com 832-639-3376

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


Shannon McLain, MS 1728 Bissonnet Street Houston, TX 77005 262-470-8944 thecenterforintentionalhealing.com

Intentional healing is an active force of energy that exists in the universe, something that we can tap in to, like a river or stream, to manifest needs, wishes, and desires. If you need to manage or reduce stress, improve sleep, prevent burnout from work stress, cope with and manage chronic pain, or mobilize your inner resources for healing, call Shannon today to schedule your FREE 30 minute phone consultation. Relax the body, quite the mind and open the heart.


“The Hippest Little Place in Midtown” 3204 Emancipation Ave., Ste.102 A Houston, TX 77004 832-594-9306/ 281-227-0435/281-788-6494 Healwithnaturalherbs.com

Tired of suffering from muscle aches, chronic pain, inflammation, low energy, migraines, allgeries, bloating gas. Ion Foot Detox Special Saturday all-inclusive $50 includes ion foot detox, massage chair, Oxygen Therapy. Call or book online. Saturday appointments only! Available for private parties on days other than Saturday. Call TODAY!


LIN WEISS MH, CYT Holistic Healer Medical/ Spiritual Intuitive - Master Teacher Houston, Texas 77025 713-858-8595 linweiss@earthlink.net conscioushealingnow.com

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

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

Beginning Meditation: (A)Wed, 7:30–9:30pm. (B)Sat, 10am–noon. Children Meditation: Sat. 10am– noon - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sunday, November 12, 9am-noon Meditation Workshop: Sunday, November 26, 10amnoon. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., 10am-noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 7.

ISHA FOUNDATION India House Houston 8888 W Bellfort St, Houston, TX 77031 houston@ishausa.org 832-408-0663

Inner Engineering is a course that provides tools and solutions to empower yourself to create your life the way you want it. The course gives you the opportunity to intellectually explore the basics of life using methods that are the distilled essence of yogic sciences. The course imparts practical wisdom to manage your body, mind, emotions, and the fundamental life energy within. You will also learn a 21-minute kriya called Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya,a powerful and purifying energy technique using the breath. Call or email today for more information or to reserve your place and be sure to mention Natural Awakenings when you do. Thurs., Nov. 2, 6:30–9:45pm. Fri., Nov. 3,6:30–9:45pm. Sat., Nov. 4, 8:30am–7:00pm. Sun., Nov. 5, 7:30am–7:00pm. See ad on page 8.

15202 Dora Lane Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 UniversalDoor.org

Are you ready to Wake Up? D i s c o v e r Aw a k e m i n d through Zen meditation. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to apply this life-changing tool in all situations. Find out how Awake mind can transform stress, struggles, health issues, and conflicts that you thought were unchangeable facts of life! Attend our FREE Tuesday Meditation 101 class. Tue: Meditation 101, 7-8pm, FREE Drop In Class. Thurs: Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm*. Sun: Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body. 9:30-10:30am* Sun: Youth and Teen Program 11am12:30n*. * = requires pre-registration/class fee. See our ad on page 29.


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

Say goodbye to hot flashes, night sweats, depression, PCOS, thyroid problems, low libido and more. There is a 100% natural way to restore your body’s hormone balance without using either synthetic prescription hormones or bio-identical hormones. Your body already knows how to produce the correct amount of hormones. It’s just a matter of stimulating it to do so. Call me today for your FREE consultation and be on your way to a younger body and a good night’s sleep.


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

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


12900 Queensberry Lane, Suite 201 Houston, TX 77079 281-794-5255 drnettie.net

If you or someone you care about is suffering from addictions, compulsive behavior patterns, unhealthy relationship patterns, anxiety, phobias, depression or feeling stuck New Decision TherapyTM can help. NDT uses applied and behavioral kinesiology to identify emotional trauma which may be the root cause of the problem. Once the traumatic experience that caused the behavior has been identified, the negative impact on body and mind can be cleared. Call Dr. Nettie Ramsay, N.D. today to schedule your initial consultation.


7921 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024 713-468-5665 factoryfineeyewear.com

Do you need new eyeglasses? Whether you are looking for premium or generic eye ware, Alex Atuesta at Factory Eyeglass Outlet has something for you. They feature both premium Zeise lenses cut in house and generic lenses starting at $99 along with a wide selection of the latest frames. Alex and his staff also do eyeglass repair and offer lifetime adjustments for their customers. Experience their friendly, professional one on one service the next time you need new eyeglasses or need your eyeglasses repaired. Factory Eyeglass Outlet accepts most insurance plans.


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

Join the Farm Share Program Today! Enjoy your own weekly box of our local, organically grown produce by enrolling in our Farm Share Program. Get 6-8 different varieties, enough for a family of 3-5 each week. Purchase a 5-week miniseason for $132, a perfect gift for your healthconscious loved ones or purchase a 20-week season for $507. The summer vegetables include edamame, eggplant, basil, peppers, okra, arugula, basil, cucumbers, green onions, roselle, malabar spinach, possibly cantaloupe if weather cooperates, and even watermelon if weather cooperates. Sign-up today for the Summer 2017 Season! See ad on pages 6 & 31.


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10500 Deer Lake Lode Rd. Montgomery Tx 77316 936-647-1383 DeerLakeLodge.com

Can’t lose weight? Feeling Sluggish? Don’t have the energy you used to have? Let us help undo the damage from over-consumption and poor food choices. Our program of fasting, juicing, cleansing and colonics is designed to energize, strengthen and enlighten. All natural, organic, resort and spa. Immerse yourself in personal attention from our staff while indulging in our many body-pampering and beautifying spa treatments. Call of visit our website to book your stay today! See ad on page 2.

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

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


OZONE THERAPY ACTIVATE OZONE SAUNA THERAPY 2034-A W Gray St Suite 113 Houston, TX 77019 713-294-8075 activateozone.com

Discover the amazing effects of ozone sauna therapy which helps to oxygenate your blood vessels and aids in relieving muscle soreness in athletes, pain due to arthritis, cancer treatment symptoms, and more. Ozone sauna therapy removes harmful toxins from the body while cleansing and refreshing it as well. We are dedicated to providing the best ozone sauna therapy in the Houston area and are open 7 days a week from 10am-6pm. Book your appointment online today. You will leave feeling more refreshed than ever before!


1208 Pennsylvania Street South Houston 775804. 713-944-0014 CarmelTemple.org

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

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

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

ST. PAUL’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 5501 Main Street Houston, TX 77004 713-528-0527} stpaulshouston.org

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St. Paul’s Houston centers itself around vibrant worship that moves us to Christian mission, hospitality and faith formation for all peoples and communities. St. Paul’s is also home to ProjectCURATE, a multi-ethnic leadership program on race, solidarity and kinship. Weekly worship on Sundays at 8:30 am, 9:45 am and 11:05 am Check out our other offerings in the Natural Awakenings calendars. We hope you'll respond to the Spirit leading you to connect and grow with us.

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

Unity of Houston offers positive, practical teachings t h at su p p or t s pir itual evolution and abundant living. The Unity movement is open and welcoming of all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation. We take an extremely positive approach to life, emphasizing our Oneness in God and the goodness in people and all of life. We believe…”Life is meant to be good!” Come and discover it for yourself!

UNITY OF NORTH HOUSTON 11738 Grant Road Cypress, Texas 77429 281-374-7085 http://www.unitynorthhouston.org/

Ours is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus - as well as other master teachers - and the power of prayer. Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the world. Unity recognizes that there are many expressions of family life. All are welcome. Unity creates an affirming environment that fosters positive self-image, personal responsibility and unconditional love and acceptance. If you want to know God and to experience God at work in your life, join us on Sundays! You’ll discover a warm, caring community of ordinary people living extraordinary lives.


Angel Marlow, CNHP, CAHC, CCT 24550 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, TX 77494 713-621-4406 angel@thermalimagingtexas.com ThermalImaingTexas.com

No Compression, No Radiation, Painless. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography, creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The thermal images are analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business through Thermal Imaging Services for Corporate Wellness. Locations in: Houston, Lake Charles, LA, Katy, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Tyler and Kingwood. Call for current schedule and to make an appointment. See ad on page 19.


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