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Letter from Publisher

Nov 03, 2016 01:06AM

Teona Wright, Publisher

November brings a fresh crispness to the air along with the joyful anticipation of Thanksgiving celebrations and the ensuing holiday season. This time of year also usually calls for a dose of frenzied time management, which can interfere with our enjoyment of present moments.

I sense that a major underlying and increasing interference is a four-letter word: busy. It seems to be the new energy and buzz word bouncing around in our conversations and psyche these days. Generally defined as having a great many things that keep us occupied, if not overwhelmed, I feel that it interferes with my life as well. I also know that I’m not alone.

While running an errand recently, I overheard a woman recounting a schedule jam-packed with activities including kid’s sports, adult college classes, events and life’s other daily obligations. Then she lamented how her family no longer does as many things together because they are too busy.

The same day, a friend texted me from a business conference noting how it was keeping her “busy with activity.”

“Busy-ness” is threatening to become an ingrained 21st-century habit, one driven by endless opportunities to engage in activities 24/7 and a spiraling expectation of what can be accomplished at all times. Are we tending toward thriving or leaning into being burnt out?

At a minimum, I believe it’s important to be aware of the level and quality of our personal energy. Mindfully focusing on self-care helps. Having a tight or overflowing schedule can be a roadblock to the healthy things we need to do to keep going at full speed.

It will serve us well to assess, regroup and choose to be self-indulgent when it comes to ensuring we stay up with healthy habits and not forego them for competing demands on our time. In addition to foundational nutrition and exercise, mixing in some new approaches to calm our brain and body might include meditation, acupuncture and Emotional Freedom Technique, or tapping, which is gaining traction as an alternative therapy for a host of maladies. Check out this month’s Therapy Spotlight to learn more.

In Lisa Marshall’s feature article, “Stay Sharp: Powerful Ways to Avoid Mental Decline,” we learn about groundbreaking research underscoring the case for maintaining brain health through a healthy diet and other beneficial changes in our lifestyle.

Linda Sechrist’s local article, “Preventing, Reversing and Managing Diabetes Naturally,” offers helpful insights from Indianapolis holistic practitioners. Again, lifestyle changes focused on nutrition as well as exercise and stress-relieving practices win the day.

Give yourself the gift of a truly nourishing life this season, one filled with more peace than busyness—it’s never too early or too late to make improvements. Natural Awakenings is full of local resources to help you and your loved ones attain optimal wellness.

Wishing you peaceful energy,

Teona Signature

Teona Wright, Publisher

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