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Letter from the Publisher October 2017

Don’t be fooled by the weather outside––snowbirds are beginning to arrive from up north, pumpkin spice lattes are making their annual resurgence, and there’s a slight breeze rustling through the palm trees. That’s right, autumn is officially back here on the Suncoast, and this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings is full of inspiration to keep you feeling vibrant, renewed and healthy in the new season we’re entering into! 


Our feature article for October is all about “Transformative Travel,” and it’s a must-read for anyone who’s planning a vacation to slow down and de-stress before the holiday season approaches. This article points out the influence that experiencing different cultures and diverse ecologies can have on your well-being, and it even offers suggestions on how to take your mindfulness practice on the road.      


Speaking of mindfulness, this month’s “Healthy Kids” article discusses the benefits of meditation and spiritual awareness for children. Teaching young minds to pause the mental chatter and enter a state of deeper consciousness has a positive effect on their development and ability to self-regulate. The Sarasota area offers multiple youth-centered meditation programs to help your kids become more focused in school, committed in their activities and grounded in life. 


Finally, as we transition into cooler temperatures (by Florida standards, of course!), it’s important to make sure our bodies can adapt to the change. If you’re prone to cold or flu symptoms around this time of year, alternative modalities such as chiropractic treatments can help strengthen your nervous system which benefits immune function as well. Our “Healing Ways” article guides you through the process of choosing the right chiropractor and treatment regimen for optimal health maintenance––both during this season and all year-round.  


All these and more await you inside this month’s Natural Awakenings issue, and I hope you’ll be enlightened and entertained while flipping through the pages. As always, don’t hesitate to send comments, questions or feedback to Here’s hoping your autumn is delightful and your pumpkin spice lattes are delectable!    


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