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Happy April - Let's Celebrate Mother Earth!

Mar 31, 2014 02:46AM

Dear friends,

This month, Natural Awakenings is about living— how to do it better, healthier, less expensively and greener. And, it is about time to focus on something other than snow, ice and cold. I am ready to shed the sweaters, and take a nice long walk in the warmth of the sun. After feeling like I have been living on the inside, nestled in the warmth of my home, I am ready to do some living on the outside.

Our feature articles this month help us to focus on some fundamental questions each of us must make about our own lives—the decisions that we make about the type of house in which we live; the way that we purchase our daily necessities; the cars that we drive and the way we clean our living space affect us and also affect our precious world. As consumers, we are constantly bombarded by messages about products and services, that will be the miracle we are looking for, to create a perfect life. It is so easy to become complacent and accept the limited choices that are before us, as we, often times, pick the first item on the shelf with the flashiest packaging. 

In Crissy Trask’s “Live Green, Save Big,” she challenges us to become mindful consumers, as we fully consider alternatives about the big things we must purchase. I encourage you to let her challenge you, by reading her piece and then, taking steps to be fully present in your decisions about consumption—a worthy goal for April as we, as a nation, celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

Some local events can open your eyes to the myriad of choices for healthy and green products and services that abound in this area. Again this year, the Green Living Expo, on April 26 at George Mason University in Arlington, will be full to overflowing with helpful information, local experts and products to make your life a bit greener. And, the Green Festival is right around the corner, at the end of May. Natural Awakenings is, once again, a media sponsor of the Green Festival and readers enjoy a special benefit of 50% off regular ticket prices with the code: NATAWAKDC14. 

I am also pleased to present to you some very wise words from Wayne Dyer, including an excerpt from his latest book, I Can See Clearly Now. Dyer’s message is about living too, and choosing to, do it with joy. Your chance to see Dyer in person, locally, is coming soon. The I Can Do It! Conference is coming to Baltimore this June (but is sure to sell out soon), with many great Hay House authors, including Iyanla Vanzant and Cheryl Richardson.

So let’s make the decision to start living—intentionally, mindfully and with joy (but without the sweaters). I’m ready for the sun!

With warm wishes,



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