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Letter From the Publisher, Maureen Hart Cary
It’s hard to believe that another year is just about gone and the holiday season is upon us yet again. Where ever did yet another year go? Pretty much everyone you talk to says the same thing, they are busy, busy, busy. I myself frequently give the same answer, and then pause to reflect on what it is we are all so busy doing? Sometimes it starts to feel like we are all on hamster wheels, running and running endlessly. Energetically, it seems, the earth is spinning faster on its axis and we are all just challenged to keep up. I think it’s important to remember that the earth isn’t turning any faster, we have one life to live and love, and that as we all make the world a better place, it does not depend on us to keep turning.
I’ve been working with saying I have a full life, rather than I am overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done. In truth, I wouldn’t be doing all these things if I didn’t love what I do. Our words have so much power. Try saying both things to yourself and notice how different they feel in your body. I recently read about someone who decided last year to respond to everyone who asked him how he was with “I feel happy, for no reason”. He said the first part typically elicited a sudden, bright smile, while the second was often met with puzzlement. Seems interesting we can accept someone being happy but not that they don’t have a reason for it.
Imagine, collectively, what our thoughts and intentions have the power to create? “In Power of Group Intention” on page 20 by Lynne McTaggart we learn that it can take as few as 8 people setting an intention to create change. Working with the University of California and Penn State in groups ranging from 8 to 25,000 they were able to see things like seeds growing twice as much and the pH of water change by a full number.
It’s one of the things that make Natural Awakenings so much more valuable. Every month, with informative, inspiring articles, we are filled with gentle reminders to take care of our family, our community and ourselves. Editorial filled with hope, positivity, natural solutions and alternative ideas help remind us of all the good there is and that we have the power of creating our own realities.
The kindness of a genuine smile as our face lights up at the presence of another is one of the most precious gifts we have to give. I hope to meet you one day soon in person, on the street, at an event or wherever we get to share the connection made through smiling eyes and being happy, for no reason. This season, if we do meet, wish me a Happy Holiday, a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, Felices Fiestas , Boas Festas, or just give me a smile. My wish for you, not just this month but every month, is to be as happy as you can be. May you always find something in these pages to lift you up.
In gratitude and peace,
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