The World Health Organization asserts that at least 90 percent of illness is caused by stress. Having a method to release physical, mental and energetic stress is a must in our fast-paced yet sedentary Western society. A lesson can be learned from tribal societies that have developed ways to expend such destructive energies.
Many people get acupuncture treatments for pain, but what they do not know is that acupuncture is also very effective for internal medicine. Chinese internal medicine takes a holistic look at the individual, not their disease or diagnosis. It deals with aspects of the mind, body and spirit that can help patients gain and maintain an optimal state of health and well-being. Drawing upon 2,000 years of case histories, acupuncture and Chinese medicine practitioners employ unique approaches to identify the root causes of health issues. Here are a few examples.
Massage and essential oils have been used together for hundreds of years, and for good reason, as they complement each other well. Both massage and essential oils improve circulation, detoxification and lymphatic drainage, as well as relieve depression and anxiety, reduce stress, energetically sedate or stimulate and restore physical and emotional well-being.
The American Honey Bee Protection Agency (AHBPA) is hosting a bee-themed art show and fundraiser dedicated to saving feral honey bees in Central Texas through bee rescue, relocation and education. The event will be from 6 to 10 p.m., October 29 at the Omni Hotel, in downtown Austin. Accomplished artists are donating jewelry, textiles, ceramics, paintings, drawings and photography to the cause. Food, live music and signature cocktails will also be provided.
By Sandra Yeyati
Approximately 43 million years ago, a volcano erupted sending out plumes of ash hundreds of miles before settling in a lake in what today is Death Valley, California. With the passage of millions of years, that ash turned into a clay ore called calcium bentonite.
Bestselling authors and renowned spiritual teachers Denise Linn, Colette Baron Reid and Lisa Williams are co-creating the Divine Wisdom Retreat, November 7 to 9, at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Designed to generate joy, healing and transformation into participants’ lives, these three powerful spiritual teachers will share their divinely guided gifts and talents to create a powerful, life changing experience. Taking place in the beauty and peace of Scottsdale and surrounded by Native American land, these three powerful spiritual leaders will guide participants on a sacred journey into the depths of their souls to help let go of the past, embrace the present and manifest their future.
Look to the sky for our water supply and learn how to capture and use it at the fifth annual Rainwater Revival, which returns to Dripping Springs, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on October 25. The popular and free “edufest” event is put on by the Hill Country Alliance. “We began our part-educational, part-fun fest in Dripping Springs in 2010, and after two years there we took the event on the road to other parts of the Hill Country,” said Event Chair Karen Ford. “We’re happy to be coming home to share the latest information about rainwater conservation and harvesting at Dripping Springs Ranch Park. With increasing population growth and development, we know there continues to be a huge interest in rainwater harvesting to take some pressure off local aquifers and dwindling surface water supplies.”
Lillian J. Hunter writes and speaks about the power of compassion to transform our personal and professional lives. She will be appearing at the Texas Book Festival at the State Capital Grounds, from 10 a.m. to noon, on October 25, at the Texas Author’s Association booth, to sign copies of her book, What If I Had Taken the Roads Not Traveled, which was awarded first place by the Texas Authors Association in the categories of self-help and women.
Reuse Alliance, a national nonprofit, and the city of Austin are co-hosting ReuseConex 2014, the third international reuse conference and expo, October 23 to 25, featuring industry experts sharing best practices; city agencies embracing reuse to meet zero-waste goals; and international companies incorporating reuse into their operations to save time, money and resources.
Patricia White Buffalo will present and share her love of music and shamanism with its power to heal at two Shamanic Sound- Journey events both starting at 7:30 p.m.—on October 20 at the Toltec Center of Creative Intent, Austin, and October 21 at the Houston Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Center, in Cypress.