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April/May 2020 Letter From Publisher

Apr 23, 2020 05:55PM ● By Nicole Miale

Nicole Miale

“May you live in interesting times” is an English expression which purports  to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. While seemingly a blessing, the expression is normally used ironically; life is better in “uninteresting times” of peace and tranquility than in “interesting” ones, which are usually times of trouble. ~ Wikipedia

I’m sure I speak for many of us when I say I’ve had my fill of “interesting”. I found some peace and tranquility during quarantine when I could turn off the tape loop in my head endlessly pondering the what-if’s, what now’s, and what then’s. When I was successful in being mindfully present right NOW, I felt grounded, sometimes even great and energized as I moved through my daily routine. It has been instructive to realize anew that despite living in the midst of uncertainty, the human brain and being has the ability to reframe and feel just fine when focused on the moment. That results from instinct and coping skills designed for survival, an awareness that the current moment is all that truly needs to be dealt with. This is a huge shift for so many of us, accustomed to living with too many tabs open, multi-tasking and projecting our lives away. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has tasked us all with unfamiliar situations and often challenged us with the rawness of unexpected feelings. That may actually be the pearl within the oyster of this whole experience. For it is when we push the edges of our comfort zone—by choice or fate—that we learn what we are truly capable of. That is when we are forced to evaluate where our boundaries need shoring up or loosening, where we can learn something surprising about ourselves. This situation has me marveling at the jaw-dropping consequences as well as the potential of whatever is to come… we are at the edge of what could be a changed world. I, for one, am holding out hope that this experience will ultimately change things for the better, though the path may be rocky and may not lead where we intended to go. Believing in the beauty of possibility, maybe the new journey and destination will reveal horizons and opportunities we couldn’t dream of before. The landscape has shifted and with it our expectations can adjust as well. 

Thank you to our loyal readers, advertisers and distributors for allowing Natural Awakenings to be a source of inspiration, comfort and familiarity when so much else may feel uncomfortable and even unsafe. We exist to serve the community and are grateful to have that opportunity even at this time. We hope you enjoy our carefully selected assortment of articles this month and look forward to keeping you company through the coming weeks of discovery and rebuilding.
Welcome to the 2020 Natural Living Directory! Each April we present a showcase reference guide spotlighting the businesses and practitioners in the region; this edition is a celebration and gathering of the many unique resources our area has to offer. In this special issue, we expand and move the Community Resource Guide toward the front of the magazine. We include profiles of many wellness providers and businesses ready to support your efforts to become a healthier, happier you. You can also find the digital edition on NAHRT.com or visit our Facebook page for the link. 

Empowering positive lifestyle change is the driving mission for this publication. Learn to surf the waves of uncertainty and use your infinite power for your own good. Let the amazing resources in this edition guide and support you on your journey. Use the ideas and tools that
appeal to you; then let your increased positive energy ripple back out into the world around you. It will make a bigger difference than you could ever know, especially in this time between what was and what will be next. 

Wishing you vibrant good health, this month and always,
With love and light,
Nicole
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