WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS MONTH?
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Each month I cull through HUNDREDS of events in Houston and curate the best for you by highlighting six inspiring events (“PICKS”) and one “SPIRIT SPOTLIGHT” (an inspiring person or bricks-and-mortar place) as well as products, classes and workshops, and services. I focus on culture and art, meditation, spiritual events, healthy living, one-of-a kind moments, and organizations that enlighten and inspire Houstonians. I’m so amazed by this city and I want to share my delight with you!
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As I write this, I am on a plane headed to San Francisco to gather more photos for my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project. I’m reflecting on things and realize that I overwork and overplay so I plan on slowing the pace a bit while enjoying myself making art. I look forward to it and am so grateful to my fiscal sponsors that helped make this dream come true! I’m looking at this trip as a combo me time/work time thing, which was inspired by this recent article about taking better care of ourselves. That article, and this one about sleep deprivation, drew me up short because my work has taken a toll on me lately. I look forward to regrouping in the birthplace of my parents and brother (which is part of the reason I’m heading to Cali: one of my IGNITE-ing tips is to know your family history).
Since I’ll be out of town, my “First Saturday Community Labyrinth Walk” that would be tomorrow, October 3, is a “Walk on Your Own Day”– choose a labyrinth you’re curious about (or one you’ve walked already) and go for it without me. If you need ideas for places to go, click on my handy dandy list of labyrinths here. On another topic, if you’d like the skinny on indie and art films, check out my monthly column, GISH AT THE MOVIES in Local Houston Magazine. This month’s article, here, focuses on the newly revitalized Southwest Alternate Media Project/SWAMP.
A terrific way to support the cause of mental health is to join the annual Walk for Mental Health Awareness, a labor of love organized by my friend Patrick McIlvain that is on October 10. It’s actually three days of healthy fun, so I hope you’ll check it out and support this very important cause.
Music is a doorway to mental health as well as to harmony and connection among all people and the “Daniel Pearl World Music Days” is a terrific homage to that. It’s an online and in person festival that has featured 11,000+ concerts in over 129 countries since its inception in 2002. Check it out and submit your own music!
This month’s VIDEO PICK is a guided meditation to reduce anxiety and worry by “The Honest Guys” – get your headphones ready to start relaxing! But before you click on that, check out this wonderful meditation room designed by Dag Hammarskjöld, a Swedish diplomat and the second Secretary-General of the United Nations. It’s in the United Nations headquarters in New York City and I just love it! And now, that video:
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Have a great October, hug those you love, and happy PICK-ing!