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Letter From the Publisher, Maureen Hart Cary
It seems in a world where we have constant distractions and noise, silence is becoming rarer. At a workshop recently, one of the things that we talked about in regards to self-care was meditation, and when, if ever, it is that we quiet our minds. People had different practices, some not at all. While having a regular, consistent practice is something I’m always going to ‘get around to’, I do enjoy silence whenever I can. \
One of my favorite times is when driving. I leave the radio off in the car, and enjoy letting my thoughts wander as I drive around our beautiful state. Fortunate to have several great views in my daily lives, they will catch my eye and I regularly pause and focus my breath on being in the moment of gratitude and appreciation. I feel like that counts, and am forgiving of myself for not doing more.
In Sacred Silence by April Thompson on page ??, we learn about the growing popularity of silent retreats. I find this idea intriguing, although 10 days sounds rather challenging. I think a weekend only would be a good trial test in keeping my thoughts to myself rather than verbalizing my ongoing stream of consciousness.
My sense of silent peace has been challenged recently when I learned that the publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island, Kelly Martinsen, woke up in the middle of the night to an electrical fire burning her house to the ground. She posted on Facebook, “We had a fire and I know that there is word out there that we ‘lost everything’. I want to assure everyone that this is not the case. While our house may be totaled, ‘everything’ I need was found the morning after the fire as I held my kids (all three!) and my husband in my driveway… for now we have no needs.”
She went on to thank Waleska Sallaberry who was staying with her and woke Kelly in time to get everyone to safety. Waleska publishes Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico with her husband, Luis Mendez (see September’s cover yoga photo); the family had relocated Waleska and the kids to New York after Hurricane Maria so she could enroll them in school. Luis remained in Puerto Rico and together they are doing everything they can to help rebuild their beautiful seaside village and natural health community.
After having her life turned upside down and then witnessing fire demolish Kelly’s home, Waleska even posted a picture of her new 2018 planner laying claim to the “Best Year Ever.” What if we all lived with such a healthy unattachment to material things, and maintained a peaceful sense of trust in what lies ahead?
As headlines swarm with reports of hurricanes, fires and shootings, these positive stories of people helping others abound, shine a bright light on the power of perspective. Thanksgiving is but a special reminder to express gratitude for all the good in our lives—especially that which can’t be bought, flooded or burned down. Whether it’s good health, a beautiful sunset, a kind hand or the embrace of a loved one, those are the things that really matter most.
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