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Letter From Publisher : Feel Good, Live Simply, Laugh More

Jul 03, 2011 04:31PM ● By Nancy Caniff

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Perhaps Confucius said it best. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” A study by the American Medical Association found that stress is a factor in 75 percent of all illnesses and diseases. What we think and feel has a powerful influence on our bodies. And we spend so much time rehashing the past and stressing about the future that we live in a constant state of reaction.

I recently went wild and dared to take a little bit of stress-free time for myself. I stepped away from the overwhelming to-do list, ignored the mountain of laundry, disregarded the very disorganized closet and, though I never thought I could do it, actually left my laptop in the office. Do you know what happened? The world didn’t stop turning, people in my life survived on their own and that dust in the corner did not lead to a nuclear meltdown. Who knew?

I have begun to find that with this new vigorous lifestyle, I feel that I’m neither here nor there. Too often I stop noticing the beautiful, uncomplicated moments that surround me and instead, allow myself to get lost in mental chatter. My incredible fiancé has taught me (on more than one occasion), to live in the moment, to be present now and feel and experience the richness of the opportunity at hand and to silence the worry of what may or may not happen in the future. Good things come to us in our moments of being – let them come!

As we enter these dog days of summer, I am officially taking a step back from the craziness, and I hope to help you do this as well. That’s why this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings is dedicated to “Living Simply”. Speaking of dogs this summer, be sure to check out the article on page 21 about summer safety tips for your dog and surprisingly – your cat too!

One of the recent additions to the American lexicon is “staycation”, a rather hip word that’s also a great way to spend time with friends and family this summer. With all that we have available around Indianapolis, and with our dedication to making smaller footprints on our planet, what better way to spend the summer than making use of it all for entertaining. The things to do and places to be are endless. Be sure to check out our website at for this and more great articles and our online calendar for local events to keep you happy.

Here’s to feeling good, living simply and always laughing more!

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