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Letter from the Publisher

Dear Readers,

This month’s issue is all about green living in celebration of Earth Day on April 22. Many articles in Natural Awakenings refer to the mind, body and spirit connection within us, but the environment is another integral part of our beings—our connection to a healthy Earth is critical for our own health.

Ela and I think of our last vacation where we lived simply and enjoyed time being close to nature and we wonder about why walking barefoot on green grass or in fine sand feels so good. The same wonder comes in when we think about why the sun shining on our skin is so energizing after a long winter. Why is it that the sound of waves lapping the beach or a breeze blowing through the trees sounds so right? If you reflect on this, you may come to feel as we did: It’s because we are born of this environment. We are a part of it and it is a part of our entire being and reason for being.

The human race has developed a great capacity to create and solve problems in ways that no other species ever has. To quote Uncle Ben from Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.” We believe that we must be active in caring for our environment, lest we become a cause for unrecoverable consumption of the Earth and all the benefits it provides.

We are hopeful. It appears that more people are coming to realize that our modern lives have removed us (perhaps too far) from our natural environment. Closed within the protection and comfort of our homes and offices, we are denying ourselves direct connection with the Earth. The longer we separate ourselves from the sensations of the Earth, the more unnatural our lifestyle becomes. We believe this poses consequences to our long-term health and wellbeing.

If you embrace the connection between our lives and the Earth, this issue is for you. Read on and discover “The Next Level—Education for a More Sustainable World” to learn how thought leaders are creating new ways to educate our children and ensure they cultivate a connection and awareness of our environment. You can also read about one family’s determination to vacation and explore our vast National Park System and what they gained from the experience in “Park It Here”. Perhaps their story will in inspire you to similar natural adventures.

We hope you enjoy this issue. If you choose to get out and make a difference on Earth Day, visit to see how others are doing the same.

Naturally Yours,

Shawn and Ela
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