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Letter from the Publisher

Dec 27, 2014 04:27AM
Happy New Year-

Sometimes the source of my inspiration for the magazine, with my family and friends, for my nonprofit comes from a glimpse or snatch of sight, sound or smell. As I was wrapping up the January issue in the midst of holiday preparations and parties, I came upon on a song that has quickly become my new year’s anthem. I love holiday music and always purchase a new album each December as a gift to myself to enjoy throughout the season.

This year, I was introduced to Thea Gilmore, a British singer-songwriter, whose lilting voice elevates my spirit every time I hear her. From her 2009 album, Strange Communion, Gilmore offers the following thoughts from her Midwinter’s Toast:

It’s been a crazy year but through all the damage done—I have turned, I have learned to make next year a better one…This won’t be hearts and flowers, more like tears and sweat and blood. I could bend these words for hours till they sound the way they should. Some will lose and some will win and that’s the way it’s always been but all my friends and my wild and brave one will always be right here with me.

Oh hallelujah; oh, I’m home.

I wish I could offer a sound version of this hauntingly beautiful piece but the words will have to suffice at the moment. I appreciate her carefully crafted words that convey the hope for every new year. Inevitably, there will be sadness and pain but the next one will be better with friends and family beside our side.

We focus this month on the whole body—specifically the “self-regulating, self-correcting and interdependent” metabolic systems that keep us moving and thinking—and hopefully—healthy. One of Natural Awakenings wisest writers, Linda Sechrist, shares fascinating and vitally important information on how metabolism affects the physical and chemical processes functioning in each of our body’s 73 trillion cells.

Sechrist notes that our bodies are like complex machines with simultaneous processes occurring at any moment, yet most physicians tend to narrow their focus (and their diagnoses) only to one symptom or dysfunction. Understanding how the “dots are connected” between the systems of the body is an important conversation that is now taking place within the medical community and that conversation is, thankfully, spreading to practitioners throughout the country.

With the start of the new year, many of us look at the places in our lives that could be made healthier, smarter, kinder or more open to empowerment. In this January issue, we offer wise words on these topics from one of the founders of the self-help movement, Louise Hay, as well as inspiration and confidence to set boundaries from Grace Ogden, advice to energize the gray days of winter from Dr. Debbie Norris and real help from Dr. Chas Gant on tackling addictions.             As always, we hope and pray that these words become lessons that resonate in your life—to become your own new year’s anthem.




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