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Suffering from Post Harvey Stress Syndrome? Try the Forsyth Crystal Light Table©
hris Carpentier uses the Forsyth Crystal Light Table©, which is a unique energy tool invented by Russell Forsyth that combines ancient and modern techniques in order to bring balance and harmony to the human body. Magnet therapy, Sound therapy, Chromo therapy, Crystal therapy and an Angelic gateway come together to form a Reiki crystal grid for the human body. The most practical benefit to use of the Forsyth Crystal Light Table© is the balancing and blockage release of the chakras and the body’s energy centers. The tones from the crystal bowls stream into the chakras with true harmonic vibrations that remove or displace the current flow and allows energy to move freely along the path of the individuals own needs and goals. The 7 major chakras, beginning with the Root and finishing with the Crown each receive between one and five minutes of toning from the crystal bowls and the Vogel-Cut® crystals overhead. An angelic gateway, magnetic energy and color added to the crystal elements, complete the different modalities that combine to create movement of energy focused by the client’s intentions and supported by the Higher Realms. A follow-up discussion at the end reveals the client’s experience and the practitioner’s intuitive messages. People are drawn to the crystal light table as a tool for the following: • releasing blockages • balancing energy • tuning the chakra system • connecting with spirit • gaining insights and information • releasing and balancing disharmony in the body • manifestation, attuning to spirit • breaking attachments or spirit-based contracts • releasing addictions, overcoming grief • creating wellness and optimal health or anything the mind will allow as a possibility Come and experience a crystal light table session to help support you in reducing stress from Hurricane and the flooding of our city. Chris is running a special through the end of October: $45.00 for 30-minute session. Book online at www.chris-carpentier.com. See ad on page 23
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welve years ago, Jill Johnson left corporate America and went back to school to be a hair stylist. It clicked right away. The artistic part of it was just a cool creative outlet and the social part was very gratifying. Just five years ago Jill opened Bombshell Hair Shop on White Oak Street. She has really enjoyed the location but things change and it’s time to move. Bombshell Hair Shop will be re-opening at 406 Barkley St. Of course, Jill and her staff (Shayna and Alicia) can do all sorts of hair styles for both men and women, kids and seniors, but their specialty is Fashion Colors. So, if you want an hombre, mohawk, mermaid, balyage, Brazilian blowout, a retro men’s style or just a regular dry cut, Bombshell Hair Shop is the place to go. Visit their website today for more information or to book an appointment. Bombshell Hair Shop, 406 Barkley Street, Houston, TX 77022. bombshellhairshop.com. See ad on page 10.
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atural Awakenings magazine is sporting a new look. After being unveiled in Florida’s Collier/Lee edition that serves Naples and Fort Myers—the first of a family of magazines that has grown to encompass 85 U.S. cities, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic—in July, the new logo and cover design will appear in all editions starting in October. Other design elements are expected to be refreshed in the near future to align with the evolution of the national content already underway. The plans were announced at the Natural Awakenings’ Publishers Conference in Orlando in May. “We’ve kept up with new, cutting-edge trends and developments in all areas of sustainable, healthy living through the years, so it’s only natural for our look to also evolve,” says Sharon Bruckman, CEO and founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation. “The new cover format enables us to highlight more of the content offered inside the issue. The changes also reflect the success of our mission in supporting the presence and growth of the natural living movement to the point where it’s beneficially influencing mainstream media content.” Launched by Bruckman with a single magazine in 1994, Natural Awakenings is now one of the largest, free, local, healthy lifestyle publications worldwide, serving approximately 3.5 million readers.
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Benefit Concert for Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy featuring Traveler
n Saturday, Oct 7 at 7:30 pm, enjoy a concert by the band Traveler and a special guest while sipping coffee/beer/wine and nibbling tasty food at Bohemeo’s. The concert benefits the new Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston (IENoH), the Houston chapter of Texas Interfaith Power & Light, a division of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy. The IENoH aims to educate and empower the faith community in Houston to advocate and act as stewards of the environment. A suggested donation of $20 will be accepted at the door. For more information, contact Lisa Brenskelle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Rd., Houston, TX. 713-923-4277.
YOUniverSOUL Fest Experience consciousness, universality, wellness, and fun! Saturday, October 14 8am-8pm
OUniverSOUL Fest is a one-day, plantbased, environmentally-conscious, kid-friendly, ticketed event that will focus on stage presentations and workshop event spheres with a focus on wellness, art, music, and connection. Types of workshops, presentations, and performances will include but not be limited to yoga, dance, art gallery/installations, philosophically and spiritually inspired presentations, music, healing, social interactivity, and children’s programming. Visit the website to get your tickets. YOUniverSOUL Fest, Midtown Park, 2811 Travis Street, Houston, Texas, 77006. youniversoulfest.com or at facebook.com/youniversoulfest/
Samaritan Counseling Center Annual Gala
he Carole and Ronald Krist Samaritan Counseling Center is one of the largest mental health providers in the Houston area. The Center helps children, adults and families throughout the greater Houston/Galveston area attain emotional, mental and spiritual health through quality counseling, education and professional training programs. To continue providing accessible health services, the Center is hosting its annual gala on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Hotel Zaza Houston Museum District. The masquerade-themed “Be Yourself...The Unveiling” gala will celebrate 31 years of providing high-quality counseling to underserved and uninsured individuals and families who otherwise are not able to afford mental health care. Gala chairs Katherine and Ryne Poncik, alongside gala co-chair Carlo Chiocchio, will highlight this year’s gala Good Samaritan honorees, legendary professional football quarterback Brett Favre and WigOut founder Nancy Riviere, for their significant contributions to helping others. Guests will enjoy live entertainment and bid on curated live and silent auctions led by Emcee KPRC’s Andy Cerota. For more information, contact Dennis Brown at email@example.com or 281-956-2731.
Grand Opening of The Awake Center Sunday, October 8th, 2017
ou are invited to attend the Grand Opening of Universal Door’s new Awake Center on Sunday October 8 starting at 9:00 am, including vegetarian lunch • Meet the Zen Masters, Thich Dieu Thien and Thich Thong Hoi, and hear them talk about Awake World • Ribbon cutting ceremony • Introducing Zen Master Thich Dieu uThien’s bestselling book The Power of Awake For many years the Zen Masters have traveled all over the world, helping countless people, regardless of age, culture, religion, or background to find Awakened happiness within, and from there, to live happier and more meaningfully lives. The Awake Center is now officially open at this new location, bringing Awake to all people everywhere and many future generations to come through practical meditation classes, retreats, youth & teen program, special events, and much more…. 281-565-9718 - RSVP’s are helpful. Thanks. Universal Door Meditation Center, 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498. universaldoor.org. See ad on page 24.
What is Graston Technique? by Dr. Alayna Pagnani he Graston Technique® incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.
Why is scar tissue a problem?
Scar tissue limits range of motion, and in many instances causes pain, which prevents the patient from functioning as he or she did before the injury.
How are the instruments used?
Skilled clinicians use the stainless steel instruments to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.
Is treatment painful?
It is common to experience minor discomfort during the procedure and some bruising afterwards. This is a normal response and part of the healing process.
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Historically, the Graston Technique® has had positive outcomes in 75–90 percent of all conditions treated. It is equally effective in restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and preand postsurgical patients.
Is Graston Technique® something new?
The concept of cross fiber massage is not new but the use of specially designed instruments and protocol is new. Graston Technique® has become standard protocol in universities and hospital-based outpatient facilities as well as industrial on-site treatment settings such as Indiana University and the University of Michigan. The technique is also being used in college sports programs and by NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball trainers. Dr. Alanyna Pagnani, HealthPro Chiropractic & Acupuncture, 4101 Greenbriar Dr #135, Houston, TX 77098. See ad on page 35.
Spirulina Reduces Weight and Cholesterol
pirulina platensis, a single-celled blue-green algae used in supplements, is often taken for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. A new study from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, tested the efficacy of spirulina supplementation on the body mass index (BMI), weight and cholesterol levels of 64 obese adults between the ages of 20 and 50. Subjects were divided into intervention and placebo groups. The intervention group took twice-daily supplements of Spirulina platensis for 12 weeks. BMI, fasting blood samples and lipid profiles were assessed at the beginning and end of the study, and food intake and appetite were reported daily. The scientists found more than double the reductions in both body weight and BMI in the spirulina group, compared to the control group. In addition, reductions in both total cholesterol and appetite were found in the intervention group.
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Paul Bond Paul Bond’s magic realism art illuminates a dreamlike world where anything is possible as he deftly juxtaposes and rearranges common elements to convey universal spiritual or metaphysical ideas. Sometimes his paintings are simply uplifting illusions, expressing the whimsical, surreal and fantastic sides of life. They are always soothing, visual meditations that delight the imagination and stir the soul. Rearranging familiar objects gives Bond the symbolic language to reflect an emotion or thought he’s entertaining at the moment. “Often, a painting is born from something randomly seen from a car window or a line in a novel or song,” he explains. “If it stirs my curiosity, it finds its way into my work.” About Happiness in Perpetuity, he says, “We create our experience and physical environment based on our beliefs and thoughts. Those who wait for outer experiences to make them happy are at a disadvantage—happiness is simply a choice, based on our desire for it.” View the artist’s portfolio at PaulBondArt.com.
Court Removes Manmade Barriers A legal challenge in Washington state may require spending nearly $2 billion to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a 2013 ruling ordering the state to fix or replace hundreds of culverts that allow streams to pass beneath roads, but block the salmon. Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, states, “This is a win for salmon, treaty rights and everyone that lives here.” The group represents 21 tribes in western Washington that challenged the state over the culverts in 2001, part of decades-long litigation over tribal fishing rights. She advises, “Fixing fish-blocking culverts under state roads will open up hundreds of miles of habitat and result in more salmon.”
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n the world of healing, most of us have heard of and have experienced many amazing modalities. We become generalists, knowing a little about a lot of approaches. Chiropractic, as most of us understand, is something that helps with back pain and general alignment, and is something we tend to use on an “as needed” basis (when we have pain or a problem). But there’s one form of chiropractic that helps you go so much deeper into an experience of your brain and spine as the cause of your wellness, energy, and vitality. It’s an empowering and life changing experience that thousands of people, including personal development guru Tony Robbins, swear by. NETWORK SPINAL ANALYSIS™ (often called NSA or simply Network Care) is an advanced neurological healing technology founded, developed and perfected over the last 30 years by Dr. Donald Epstein, a chiropractor. NSA is exclusively practiced by doctors of chiropractic. Like all forms of chiropractic, NSA addresses the nervous system as a means to promote healing in the body. Unlike other forms of care, Network Spinal Analysis promotes a more lasting change through reprogramming your brain and nervous system to feel better and get more out of life so that you can effortlessly express the best and brightest version of yourself. With all the helpful healing modalities and forms of chiropractic out there, what’s the point of learning about yet another one? Consider that your spine is a powerful conductor of
energy. It’s like a gigantic antenna that is in charge of the brain and the body being able to work together for your highest expression (wellness), or, if there are problems with how the antenna is tuned, to instead express illness, symptoms, bad posture, and dysfunction. When that “spine antenna” is tuned in the best it can be, you get to experience yourself not only as having less pain,
better posture, being vital, bright, and well, but you get to experience yourself as creating that result from inside your body, as your central nervous system reprograms. Not only does your spine act as the antenna for brain-body communication, but also as the antenna between you and the outside world. What signals are you bringing in, and what signals are you putting out? Network Spinal Analysis uniquely helps the nervous system better adapt to future stress. Dr. Donald Epstein has said that “If you haven’t made the change you want to make in life, it’s because you haven’t felt what you need to feel yet to make that change.” When we are stuck in painful patterns of stress, we act accordingly. When we feel something different, because the brain and spine create a different experience, we can do something different. When we do things that are different we create the basis of a new life and can awaken to our true, authentic self. NSA is not a replacement for any type of wellness care or treatment that you might be doing. Rather, it augments the results
of your other activities, by ensuring that your brain and body can properly utilize the nutrition, yoga, exercise, and the like. Furthermore, by tuning and upgrading your nervous system routinely, you will find that you are continually guided toward the activities and experiences that best promote your health and wellness, and you will find it easy to know what you can stop doing that no longer serves you. Research has demonstrated that even if a patient changes their diet, maintains regular exercise, meditates and performs other health promoting practices, the results on their wellness are magnified beyond what they would have been when combined with the NSA care they receive. History has repeatedly proven that new technologies, strategies, inventions, and human developments take a while to become commonplace. But with time they do become commonplace because when there is truth, genius, knowing, and need behind something it will become normal to the culture it serves. We look forward to a future when care for the spine and nervous system is rightly seen as a necessary part of the health and wellness of every individual and family. In the meantime, you owe it to yourself to experience this form of care and learn more about how your nervous system, with a little tuning and upgrading, can bring you to a whole new realm of experiencing. Dr. Katie Ray, DC, was introduced to life-changing spinal transformation through NSA care in 2005 and has been in practice since 2012. Her practice, New Day, focuses on young professionals, creatives, influencers, and their families, and is located in Chicagoâ€™s north-center neighborhood.
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An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.
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Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.
Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.
Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.
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“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.
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To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into
an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Jour-
neys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”
Lasting Travel Gifts
When you give while traveling, yo u o f t e n g e t b a ck e ve n m o r e , says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what
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modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.
Drive Home Transformation
Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau. The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousin-
eau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring.
n Akbar Travels of India Limited, Sherin Zacharia, 5353 West Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77056. 832-231-2635. Akbartravels.us.
n The blog at AyanaJourneys.com explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites.
n Evergreen Escapes at EvergreenEscapesIntl.com specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling.
n InteleTravel, Alexandria Smith, 9757 Windwater Drive #3102, Houston, TX 77075. 832-264-2049. alexandriasmith.inteletravel.com.
n InteleTravel, Marion Collins. 281-380-4130. Marioncollins.inteletravel.com.
n “The Travelers” podcast via Holocene.io/travelers features stories and advice from 200-plus change-makers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers.
n Muddy Shoe Adventures at MuddyShoeAdventures.com offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences.
n OuterTravelsInnerJourneys.com connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature.
n Phil Cousineau (PhilCousineau.net) hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites.
n Responsible Travel at ResponsibleTravel.com offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesser-known ports of call.
n Transformational Travel Council’s website Transformational.travel conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for change-seekers.
n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (wwoof.net) links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.
SOUL SHINE by Marianne Williamson
ur deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. From A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson.
IGNITE YOUR LIFE “Explore Your Creativity” by Sarah Gish
xplore your creativity.” is the 10th 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 “CREATE.” I have the quote “Art is a roaring realization of oneself (Edward Albee).” where I can see it in my studio every day. It’s a reminder to me of why I create art and why I encourage others to create art: you discover yourself. And it is because of this discovery that you ignite your life. We are nothing without selfknowledge and art is the most direct path towards it. I majored in Art History in college, I became an “Artist” (you know, the
capital A kind that creates for public consumption) in 2000, and began teaching workshops with art as an important component in 2005. I am a BIG believer in the importance of art and have seen how art frees up the mind to express itself fully in all its glory. I teach art to kids and they are always so relieved when I tell them there are no rules. They then relax, create, and listen to the song of their soul. Art is good for us physically: it forces us to connect the right and left side of our brains and stimulates the right side which is often dormant due to the pressures of living in a left-brained, rational, analytical world. There are many ways to create – dance, writing, visual art, theatre, film, music – so there is something for
everyone. As Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” The children I work with are wildly creative and fully focused on the art at hand. When we become adults, we often lose that spontaneous approach as we struggle to make ends meet and deal with deadlines, co-workers, and getting meals on the table. Art doesn’t know all that – it’s a world of suspended reality and I hope you’ll enter it soon! If you don’t know where to begin, buy a child’s pack of watercolors and paper and unleash it. Or grab some colored pencils and start coloring a mandala. Carl Jung had his patients do that after he noticed that they calmed his patients and provided him some insights to a person’s medical condition based on how they drew. “Explore your creativity.” is one of my 12 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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Choosing a Chiropractor How to Find the Best One
by Marlaina Donato
hiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individualized care and getting the most out of chiropractic.
Address Specific Needs
First, find out if a chiropractor has embraced either a conventional medical or holistic model, and then delve more deeply to find the right approach and level of care. “Ask how long a doctor has practiced and their governing philosophy. Do they treat the full spine or focus on the point of pain, and what range of techniques do they apply? You want them to know your spine before they adjust it; make sure they conduct a new patient exam,” suggests St.Cyr. An exam may include a thermography scan and X-rays. Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition. Because most chiropractic offices offer compatible treatments, also ask about complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, heat therapy, and interferential current therapy using minute electrical pulses for deep tissue pain relief.
Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life. “Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of Your Wellness Connection and the educational DrMichelleRobin.com website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see more than one chiropractor, as each has their own strength.” Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. “Chiropractic care encompasses many styles, so one of the biggest variables is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, mid-back and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St.Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room
“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.
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Kids Calm Themselves with Meditation by April Thompson
choolchildren are learning the to help kids living in challenging urban calming effect of tuning into their environments better manage stress, minds and bodies through a pio- anger and other heightened emotions. neering program in Baltimore, Maryland, Today, the organization is sowing the that’s replacing time outs and school seeds of mindfulness with some 7,500 detentions with mindful moments. students a week across 18 Baltimore-arTrained staff—including many former ea schools, usually beginning through students—teach yoga, mindfulness daylong, school-wide interventions and practices, meditation, centering and afterschool programs supporting targeted breath work that empower kids to populations. resolve conflicts peacefully. Frustrated kids cool off and center Brothers Atman and Ali Smith and themselves through breathing exercises friend Andres Gonzalez founded the and meditation in the Mindful Moment nonprofit Holistic LifeExperience FoundationYour (HLF)Special RoomDelivery in the HLF flagship Robert W. in 2001 in response toIn theApressing need Intimate Coleman Elementary School. “SomeComfortable Setting
times when I get mad, I just breathe deep. I picture being in a certain place I like and I just stop being mad… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do,” advises one fifth-grade participant. “When we had to take a big test, before I took it and in the middle, I took deep breaths to stay calm and finish the test. When everybody around you is making a lot of noises, you just try to tune them out and be yourself, do your breathing,” says another fifth-grader. The training starts with educators learning mindfulness techniques both to help their students and also manage their own stress in the classroom. “The program was a fantastic experience,” says Lori Gustovson, a teacher at Baltimore’s Lincoln Elementary School. “We integrated the exercises into our daily schedules, helping many students and teachers focus their attention and regulate emotions such as anxiety, anger and frustration. We are a better school because of the time they spent in our classrooms teaching us the beauty of paying attention to breath, movement and each other,” she observes. Participating schools have reported fewer fights, better attendance and higher grades, among other benefits, according to Ali Smith, all results backed by independent research. Recent studies in schools from San Francisco to Columbus, Ohio, have shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can heighten attentiveness, self-control and empathy, while reducing stress, hyperactivity and depression, and improving academic performance. The kids also apply their newfound skills at home. “To take ownership of the practice and understand the benefits, you have to know how to explain it, so we
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Loving Hut Houston
his was my first time to dine at Loving Hut Houston. I seldom get out to Kirkwood Road so when I learned that the Vegan Society of PEACE was having their monthly meeting there, I decided that this was a good time to try them out. They are a bright sunny place in a small shopping center. The This meditation exercise is recommended by the Holistic Life Foundation to help kids slow down, relax, de-stress local menu is Chinese, Vietnamese and south Asian inspired vegan dishes but they also offer several burgers and other or clear their heads: American food. Sit comfortably with one hand on your belly, with your Not feeling very adventurous and not knowing how they head, neck and spine in alignment. Breathe through your nose. season the food, I chose the Savory Spaghetti and iced hibiscus As you inhale, feel your belly expand and pause for a second. tea. I’m not a fan of flavored teas but this was really good with Then, exhale and feel the belly fall. Repeat for 10 breaths. a slightly sweet citrusy flavor. The pasta was cooked just right. This mindfulness instruction is excerpted from a starter Not over cooked but not al dente. The sauce was a surprise. lesson at MindfulSchools.org: Although it was red, it was not your typical marinara sauce. Mindfulness is noticing what is happening in the present It was not sweet but was truly savory. I could really taste the moment. It can help calm us when we are angry, sad or frusred bell peppers and onions but they weren’t overpowering. trated. It can help us notice when we are happy or grateful and I am definitely going to have to find an excuse to go back. also to focus, whether in school or in sports. Maybe be more adventurous. Loving Hut Houston is more than It’s important to let our bodies be very still. When that just a restaurant that serves vegan food but they are committed FREE Monthly happens, it gets very quiet. When we have still and quiet bodies, to the whole vegan ethic of harming no sentient beings. AFFIRMATION Gathering! that’s what we call our mindful bodies. Now, let’s close our eyes June 24th 7:00 PMLoving – 8:30 Hut PM Houston, 2825 S Kirkwood Rd, Suite 100, Houston, and just sit like this for one minute. Spectrum Center 4100TXWestheimer 77082. 281-531-8882. https://lovinghut.us/houston.
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Fermented Foods Revival Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig
Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.
my obsession. I also love eating cheese, beer, chocolate, coffee, yogurt and many other products of fermentation.” Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started
“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked
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Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).
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ermented foods are well known for building gut health. Now a growing body of research shows that they improve immunity, brain and heart functions,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. The board-certified doctor of natural medicine, certified herbalist and author blogs from Vancouver, Canada. Get started with this simple, plant-based recipe from her latest book, The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.
Salvadoran Salsa Yields: about 1 quart This gingery and spicy salsa, also known as curtido, is a traditional Salvadoran food. The twist here is added turmeric and green apple. Serve on its own, as a condiment with chips, on sausages or over salad. Maybe mix a couple of heaping spoonfuls with freshly mashed avocado for a fresh take on guacamole. ½ green cabbage 1 to 2 carrots 1 green apple, cored and quartered
One 2-inch piece fresh ginger ½ cayenne chili ½ small purple or red onion One 2-inch piece fresh turmeric 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water Use a food processor with a coarse grating blade to shred the cabbage, carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.) Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the saltwater over the salsa mixture until all ingredients are submerged, leaving a couple of inches at the top for expansion. Place a snug-fitting plate inside the crock or bowl over the salsa-water mixture; then weigh it down with food-safe weights or a bowl or jar of water, so the vegetables remain submerged under the brine as they ferment. Cover with a lid or a cloth, and allow it to ferment five to seven days, checking periodically to ensure the salsa is still submerged below the water line. If any mold forms on the surface, simply scoop it out. It won’t spoil the salsa unless it gets deeper inside the crock. (It may form where the mixture meets the air, but it rarely forms deeper.) After one week, put the salsa in jars or a bowl, cover and place in the fridge, where it usually lasts up to a year.
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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
Houston Arboretum. 7am-7pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org
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
St. Arnold Brewing Company - Brewery Tours. Mon.-Fri. Public Tours at 1:00pm and 3:00pm – no admission charge, food and beer a la carte prices. Sat. Tours at 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm - $10 Admission Charge (includes souvenir glass and four 8oz samples). 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 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.
markyourcalendar 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.
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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. Open Mic at The Last Concert Cafe. 6:00-10:00pm. Last Concert Café 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.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.
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Yoga on the Green. 11:30am-12:30pm. Strengthen, relax and recharge. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com
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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.
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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 Tom Turner Band. 5pm-7pm. Live music at The Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com 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. 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 The Self-Invest Series with Helen Racz. 6:45pm-8:45pm. Happiness and success can often seem illusive, mysterious or even magical, like we need a special chant, a favor from the Divine or to find just the right key to make it a regular part of our lives. LEARN how to apply SPIRITUAL LAWS to your everyday life EASILY & with FUN and HUMOR. Cost: $125 Monthly. Spectrum Center, 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205, 77018. HelenRacz.com 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 Circus Arts. 6-8pm. Circus Arts will consist of ground arts and acrobatics such as contortion/flexibility, Low Tight wire, Partner acrobatics, juggling and hand balancing. Circus Arts is taught by instructors from Cirque la Vie, a Houston Contemporary Circus company formed by Reyie Nal. Must be 13 and up for class. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com 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 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 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
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. 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. Everyone is welcome to receive the Blessing! Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, Houston, TX 77057. 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? email@example.com or 832-667-8601.
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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. firstname.lastname@example.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. 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 Wednesday Meditation. 6:30-7pm. We create our life experiences through our way of thinking. One way to align ourselves with Spirit is through meditations. Unity of North Houston, 11738 Grant Road Cypress, 77429. 281-374-7085. unitynorthhouston.org Zumba on the Green. 6:00-7:00pm. ACE certified personal trainer, Oscar Sajche shows you how to make your workout a party! Come see why hundreds of Houstonians come out to the park to move it and lose it! Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com 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/
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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 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 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 The Self-Invest Series with Helen Racz. 11am-1pm. Happiness and success can often seem illusive, mysterious or even magical, like we need a special chant, a favor from the Divine or to find just the right key to make it a regular part of our lives. LEARN how to apply SPIRITUAL LAWS to your everyday life EASILY & with FUN and HUMOR. Cost: $125 Monthly. Location is in Katy, address will be sent to you after registration. HelenRacz.com Buffalo Soldiers Museum. 1-5pm. Buffalo Soldiers Museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of African American soldiers in the United States. Free. Buffalo Soldiers Museum, 3816 Caroline Street, 77004. Buffalosoldiersmuseum.com 713-942-8920. Houston 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. Parkour. 6:30-8pm. Experienced, certified coaches utilize a unique, deconstructed approach to teaching running, jumping, climbing, crawling, balancing, vaulting, and fluidly moving through any environment…turning “working out” into “play”. Class will meet on the Deck under the Oak Trees, participants must arrive by 6:45pm. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com
Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to realize Awake Mind is already within, they have the capacity to Wake Up, and how to apply meditation. 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 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. 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. Beginning Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Children’s Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Open to children ages 4-12. Parents must be present and participate. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org 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.
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 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
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. 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. Questions? email@example.com or 832-667-8601. www.graceinhouston.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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit creativelife.org Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body . 9:30am–10:30am With an emphasis on bringing together mind, body, and movement to be in the present moment, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind, which is profoundly healing, and also restores and refreshes every aspect of our being. Suggested donation $50/month, pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center, 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718
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 Carmel Temple All Faith Service. 11:00am. Different guest speaker every week. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania, 77587. carmeltemple.org 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 *Summer* Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am–12:30pm. For youth grades 1-12. Under the guidance of Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, youth are introduced to the Awake Mind within, and through basic meditation as well as other activities and games, they learn how to return to it. Registration required, call for more details. Suggested donation $60/month. Universal Door Meditation Center, 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 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. 713-526-5200 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 Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center, 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Food Not Bombs. 7pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate, or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002 houstonfoodnotbombs.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
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SUNDAY OCTOBER 1ST
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 email@example.com www.cthouston. org 281-568-1568 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
SATURDAY OCTOBER 7TH
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
Svasta Meditation Immersion and Teacher Training. 1:00pm-6:00pm. (2nd session Sat. 11/4, & 3rd session Sat. 12/2) Whether you want to deepen your practice or begin leading meditation classes, this immersion will expand your experience in, and understanding of, meditation. The 3-session training will introduce and outline several meditation methodologies. $350 for Hines Center members, all others $375. Visit www.hinescenter.org for more. The Hines Center, 500 Fannin St., Ste. 100, 77002. 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 person. This class is by appointment only. Register by visiting the website at yogamixstudio.com, space is limited. Contact Deborah at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!! Benefit Concert: Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston. 7:30pm. Enjoy a concert by the band Traveler & a special guest, the concert benefits the new Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston (IENoH). $20 suggested donation will be accepted at the door. For more information, contact Lisa Brenskelle at email@example.com. Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Rd, 77023.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 8TH
markyourcalendar Special Grand Opening Ceremony. 9:00am. Please join us for the grand opening ceremony of Universal Door Meditation Center at our new location. Everyone welcome. Lunch included. RSVP’s helpful. 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Intuitive Advancement & Spiritual Unfoldment Course. 12:30pm. Meets 2nd Sunday of each month. St. John’s Retreat Center, 2615 St Beulah Chapel Rd, Montgomery, 77316. $25 per class - Consistent attendance required. RSVP: 713-858-8595
SATURDAY OCTOBER 14TH
A Weekend of Release and Renewal: An EMDR and Hypnosis Approach.Oct. 14th-15th 9am-6pm. Join Claudia Autry Consulting Hypnotist and Reiki Practitioner and Dee Gardner LMSW, LCDC,EMDR-II, CSAT-C, Learn about relieving anxiety with Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming (EMDR), rewiring the brain, reprogramming trauma, improving sleep, digestion and uplifting hopelessness with hypnosis in this highly intensive, experiential and uplifting workshop. Space limited for individualized experiences. $350. 3207 Mercer, 77027. RSVP Claudia Autry (281) 849-4610. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!!
SUNDAY OCTOBER 15TH
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 email@example.com www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568
SATURDAY OCTOBER 21ST
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or yogamass.com.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25TH
Psycho at Market Square Park. 7:00pm. Join us for a movie under the stars as the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow presents Psycho (R). Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and grab a spot. Free. Market Square Park. 301 Milam, 77002. marketsquarepark.com
FRIDAY OCTOBER 27TH
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
SUNDAY OCTOBER 29TH
PATH Foundation Hypnosis Certification Courses. Learn the art of hypnosis for making changes in your life and in others. Learn about using hypnosis for pain relief, self-improvement, self-confidence, stress management, weight loss and stop smoking and more. Learn about past life regression and the magic behind stage hypnosis. For more information and to register for class, call Claudia at (281) 849-4610. Blessing Ceremony. 10:00am-12:00pm. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 email@example.com www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568
YOUniverSoul Fest. 8am-8pm. YOUniverSOUL Fest is a one-day, plant-based, environmentally-conscious, kid-friendly, ticketed event that will focus on stage presentations and workshop event spheres with a focus on wellness, art, music, and connection. Types of workshops, presentations, and performances will include but not be limited to yoga, dance, art gallery/installations, philosophically and spiritually inspired presentations, music, healing, social interactivity, and children’s programming. MidTown Park, 2811 Travis Street, 77006. youniversoulfest.com
planahead THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND
“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.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH
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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH
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, email@example.com or yogamass.com.
farmers’markets 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 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. 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
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/
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/
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2017 THROUGH TUESDAY, JANUARY 2ND, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568
Kingwood Farmer’s Market. 3-7pm. Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood, 77339. facebook.com/ kingwoodfarmersmarket
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 Westchase District Farmer’s Market. 3-7 p m . 10503 Westheimer (at Rogerdale), Houston 77042. (1 block west of Beltway 8) westchasedistrictfarmersmarket.com
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)*
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
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ACCESS BARS UDI ALATTA – ACCESS BARS 4621 Montrose Blvd., Ste B210 Houston, TX 77006 Facebook: BMountainAccess BMountainTX@gmail.com 617-935-9479 linktr.ee/energetic_accessbars
Would you like to experience deep relaxation, restful sleep, calmer emotions, more ease with the body, more energy less anxiety, less stress, better mental clarity and mood? Access Bars is an amazing relaxation technique which consists of lightly touching 32 points on the head to dissipate limiting points of view and stagnant energy to help create a sense of ease and space in the mind and body. I also offer mobile sessions at your home or office. Until the end of September, Mention Natural Awakenings magazine and the first 30 minutes of your first session are FREE. All sessions by appointment only. No walk ins. Call or email to book your appointment or you may book online.
ART THERAPY TRUE YOU CREATIVITY STUDIO In The Heights trueyoucreativity.com/
True You Creativity Studio explores the spiritual aspects of Creativity and Play. We offer art and creativity classes in a relaxed, critique-free studio where you can tap into your full creative power - the power that makes you feel passionate about your life. Experience creativity in a new way, a way that gives you more of what you’re longing for. When Your Creativity has permission to be expressed, your life becomes delicious! Please browse our website and contact us with any questions. See ad on page 13.
BIOLOGICAL DENISTRY MARILYN K. JONES, DDS
Houston Dental Health Center 800 Bering Dr. Houston, TX 77057 712-785-7767 MarilynKJonesDDS.com
Natural Dentistry supports the body and the mind by finding the cause of dental problems. The dental examination includes noticing systemic and habitual influences. Setting the stage for the body to heal itself includes removing infection and toxins, correcting structure, and providing the best dental materials for you which will promote an outstanding environment for your overall health. Dentistry is my true love and as a true Biological Dentist, I combine modern technology, safe protection protocols, advanced knowledge of biological dentistry and medicine, and a patient-centric approach to enhance the wellness of all my patients. If you have dental issues or currently have silver amalgam fillings, call me today to schedule an appointment. See ad on page 20.
communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email email@example.com to request our media kit. BOOKS THE POWER OF AWAKE by Thich Dieu Thien
Known internationally as a very inspiring teacher full of w i s d o m , c l a r i t y, a n d compassion, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien easily engages people of all ages, cultures, religions, and backgrounds, and helps them to discover more about who they really are, transform all stress and conflict in daily life, and return to the Awake already within each person. Based on her own personal experience, she reminds readers that our goal is not just to recognize ego but to fully realize the source and nature of it, break the system of ego, and live truly happy and free in any situation. In Awake, ego doesn't exist; in ego, Awake cannot appear."You are not the voice in your head, or the emotions, or the stress... You are what can recognize the voice, the emotions, and the stress. You are Awake." -- Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. Available on Amazon.com
INNATE CHIROPRACTIC HEALING ARTS CENTER 230 Westcott St suite 220 Houston, TX 77007 (713) 521-2104 n8chiro.com
Our team is pleased to welcome you to the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center in Houston where we offer a variety of gentle healing modalities to enhance your LIFE FORCE, ENERGY and PEAK PERFORMANCE, naturally! Dr. Jackie’s approach to health and wellness incorporates a “fullspine, whole-person” approach utilizing the gentle techniques of Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) and Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI). For those interested in deeper healing and personal development, we also offer a variety of classes and workshops including collage, life goal setting, and empowerment drumming. Visit our website and give us a call today! See ad on page 14.
CLOTHING CHIROPRACTIC HEALTHPRO CHIROPRACTIC & ACUPUNCTURE
4101 Greenbriar Dr., Ste. 135, 77098 281-506-0105 9720 Cypresswood Dr., Ste. 130, 77070 281-809-0100 HealthProChiro.com
HealthPro is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. It is our commitment that we help our patients return to a natural state of health and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We achieve this by addressing the patient as a whole and not just a condition. We provide a variety of treatment options including adjustments, muscle therapy, acupuncture, nutritional support, and rehabilitation to name a few. Dr. Alayna PagnaniGendron focuses on woman’s health and pediatrics and has her Webster Technique Proficiency Certification and is completing her Pediatric Certification. Visit our website for more information or call to schedule an appointment.
5901 Hillcroft Street Suite B2 Houston, TX 77036 713-785-1600 ThredzUSA.com
THREDZ offers a wide selection of hand woven unstitched fabrics, ready to wear clothing for both men and women as well as formal wear. They provide simple, but timelessly cut pieces that have set the bar high as a prestigious fashion label. Whether you need a brand new outfit, or an entire wardrobe, their in-house stylists are more than happy to provide you with assistance to make you look your very best. Visit our website or come by our store, today!
COACHING BLISSFUL QUESTS Positive change starts now! 832-628-4113 http://blissfulquests.com/
Are you ready to achieve your dreams and enjoy balance and success in every area of your life? Find out how, in just 12 weeks, you could be happier and more successful thanks to Heal Your Life® Coach Doyle Ward, who has already helped hundreds of people achieve their dreams! I offer both online and private one-on-one coaching. What are you waiting for? Take that first step toward happiness now! See ad on page 25.
a course to elevate your spiritual guide conversations Houston, Texas Classes begin October 19th
In this intimate, first ever revealed class of ancient spiritual practices used by sages over the eons. You will learn to hear and trust your intuition, remove self-doubt, gain pure SOUL ENERGY and be led by your “spiritual guides”. Based on the Sacred Cord Clearing Book by Tina Marie St.Cyr. Eight week live course starting September 8. Visit the website for more information or to register. Tinamarie.com. See ad on page 3.
DAY SPA LIVE LOVE DAY SPA
“Beauty Starts from Within” Laynette Holmes, master esthetician 19121 West Lake Houston, Suite 306 Humble, TX 77346 Vagaro.com/livelovedayspahouston
Live Love Day Spa offers a fullbody wellness experience. Laynette promises a pampering experience that will relax, reconnect, and rejuvenate. Come in and spend a few relaxing hours with us and enjoy our calming facility. We specialize in waxing, vegan skincare, facials and Lavish Lash eye lash extensions. Our day spa provides an experience not just a service and we only use Lycon hard and soft wax. Book our services online, today. Mention Natural Awakenings for a 15% discount. (may not be combined with other discounts.)
ENERGY MEDICINE ENERBODYBALANCE
832-423-8318 enerbodybalance.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
HAIR DESIGN TUSCANY VILLAGE SALON
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.
VENUS HAIR DESIGN
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.
HOLISTIC SHOP THE CHAKRA HAVEN
402 East Main Street Tomball, TX 77375 346-234-7754 facebook.com/thechakra.heven
A cute little shop just outside the Old Town Tomball district. Featuring: candles, crystals, jewelry, oils, incense, herbs and more. Also by appointment only: meditation classes, tarot readings and Christian numerology. Meditation 101 each Wednesday at 6-7pm. Call for more information.
HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097 healnbloom.com
Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease joint and muscular aches and pains from sciatica, gout, arthritis, neuralgia, fibromyalgia and more. Great buy, a 4oz jar for $15. All natural ingredients! Refer a friend and get 10% off your purchase. Read what people are saying about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy our website and order some today. See ad on page 11.
HYPNOSIS CLAUDIA AUTRY, HYPNOTIST (by appointment only) 281-849-4610 email@example.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.
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.
THE CENTER FOR INTENTIONAL HEALING 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.
ION FOOT DETOX/ OXYGEN THERAPY HEAL WITH NATURAL HERBS
“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!
MEDICAL INTUITIVE INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES FOR NATURAL HEALING & WELLNESS
LIN WEISS MH, CYT Holistic Healer Medical/ Spiritual Intuitive - Master Teacher Houston, Texas 77025 713-858-8595 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 • email@example.com CTHouston.org
Beginning Meditation: (A)Wed, 7:30–9:30pm. (B)Sat, 10am–noon. Classes start Sept. 2. Children Meditation: Sat. 10am–noon - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Classes start Sept. 2. Half-day Retreat: Sun., Sept. 10, 9am-noon. Sun., Oct. 1, 9amnoon. Meditation Workshop: Sun., Sept. 24, 10amnoon. Sun., Oct. 15, 10am-noon. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., Sept. 17, 10am-noon. Sun., Oct. 29, 10am-noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 6.
ISHA FOUNDATION India House Houston 8888 W Bellfort St, Houston, TX 77031 firstname.lastname@example.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 19.
UNIVERSAL DOOR MEDITATION CENTER 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 24.
NATURAL HORMONES DR. FISHER ROAD 2 WELLNESS
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.
NEW DECISION THERAPY WELLNESS CONSULTATIONS
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.
OPTICIAN FACTORY EYEGLASS OUTLET 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.
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NATURAL WATER FILTRATION & TREATMENT ACCENT NATURAL WATER 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
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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 11 & 30.
ORGANIC RESORT & SPA
2919 Unity Drive Houston TX 77057 713-782-4050 Unityhouston.org
REIKI MASTER JULIA CARROLL, PH.D.
DEER LAKE LODGE AND SPA 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.
SCHOOL of HEALING ARTS 713-822-7380 firstname.lastname@example.org JuliaCarroll1.com
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! See ad on page 19.
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.
UNITY OF NORTH HOUSTON 11738 Grant Road Cypress, Texas 77429 281-374-7085 http://www.unitynorthhouston.org/
OZONE THERAPY ACTIVATE OZONE SAUNA THERAPY 2034-A W Gray St Suite 113 Houston, TX 77019 713-294-8075 activateozone.com
UNITY OF HOUSTON
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
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.
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. See ad on page 2.
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.
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