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Letter From the Publisher

Nov 26, 2014 06:48PM
The Joy of the Season to You All –

Thank you, to all the loyal readers of Natural Awakenings, for being such a wonderful, thoughtful and encouraging band of supporters. As this year comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to convey my deep gratitude for you all. The year 2014 has flown by but yet, in looking back, so much was accomplished. We gained thousands of new friends, brought insight and reflection on a wide variety of topics, expanded our outreach through Facebook and Twitter and launched a new website (, which I hope you will check out at some point.

I waited until I received every article for the December issue to write my letter to you this month, to see where the local pieces would complement our end-of-year general theme of “Awakening Humanity”. This topic is one that fills me with great hope. In spite of the problems that we face—as a community, as a nation and as a part of the global citizenry, there is much for which we should feel blessed. Perhaps the deepest hope I hold, which is echoed in our feature this month, “Sacred Activism” by Judith Fertig, is that there is a growing movement of ordinary citizens who seek change on a profound level. This awakening has the potential to transform the world as individuals claim a part in this global unfolding.

The theme is woven throughout this issue of Natural Awakenings. Contributing editor Grace Ogden was granted an interview with music icon, Bruce Cockburn, exclusively for our readers. One of the great truth-tellers to the powers and principalities that favor the mighty over the oppressed, Cockburn has been on a life-long spiritual (as well as musical) journey. In the interview, he continues to embolden his listeners—to add their voices to the chorus of truth and justice seekers. For the full interview, check out the online version at

Dr. Chas Gant, M.D., Ph.D., adds to this conversation from a scientific position. According to the latest research, humans have a dormant section of the brain that when activated through training, generates feelings (and actions) of compassion. Just as a beginning piano player must practice, practice, practice, the section of our brain that is designed to evoke compassion can be stimulated through mindfulness-based practices. But, as the adage goes, if we don’t use it, we lose it, which is another grand reason to live a life of giving and gratitude.

Finally, if you feel that 2015 is your year to make some dramatic changes, you may want to follow the insightful advice of Julie Reisler, a wonderful local life coach. She offers some practical advice to bring success to the process of making resolutions to begin the new year.

It is with great joy that we close out this year. Thank you again for making Natural Awakenings a part of your journey to healthy and balanced living.


Happy Holidays!


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