Letter from the Publisher December 2017
Happiest of holidays, dear readers! Last month was focused on gratitude, and this month is all about gathering with our loved ones and looking ahead to an exciting New Year. As we enter this festive and celebratory time, the latest issue of Natural Awakenings is bringing you inspiration and enlightenment to make this season both “merry and bright.”
Our theme for this month is on uplifting humanity, nurturing connections and doing our parts to establish peace on earth. In fact, our feature article is about “Nonviolent Conflict Resolution” which delves into how communities join together in times of uncertainty or discord. These communal efforts promote love, compassion, unity, social justice and care for the planet instead of the division that can overtake our media outlets or Facebook newsfeeds.
Speaking of harmony, this month’s “Healing Ways” article offers tips for a peaceful holiday to help you access and embrace a sense of inner calm during the season’s characteristic “hustle and bustle.” Self-care is important this time of year, and it’s just as essential to invest in yourself as it is to connect with those around you. This means being mindful of how the body is functioning and giving it the proper nutrients to fuel a busy schedule which can be difficult when faced with pumpkin pies, gingerbread cookies and other indulgences. Our “Conscious Eating” article discusses the benefits of adding local, seasonal produce to holiday meals––complete with recipes to tempt all your friends and family with.
And of course, since 2018 is just around the corner, we’re also talking “New Year Inspirations” with ideas on how to become more active and involved in our community. From volunteering at a non-profit organization to participating in an ocean clean-up initiative to donating food or clothing to a homeless shelter, there are numerous ways to make a difference right in our own backyard. Change begins locally, and the New Year is an ideal time to start making an impact.
I hope you find enjoyment in these articles and everything else our December issue has to offer. Please send any comments, questions or feedback to [email protected] I encourage you to keep your loved ones close this season, and thanks for allowing the Natural Awakenings team to partake in your holiday celebrations. We’ll touch base again in 2018!