Letter from Publisher: Love and Light
Dec 02, 2016 11:22PM
December has a way of shining celestial light on us. Sparkling holiday lights, home hearth fires and clear-night stars glow brightly, while sacred celebrations shine goodwill and blessings into the world.
How lovely to carry such high expectations into this special season, with heightened awareness of the contrasts it presents and the choices we have. It can be a time of quiet reflection and noisy celebration, of giving and receiving, of inspiration and disillusionment.
We hope you’ll find this month’s issue a special gift to open and enjoy and share. The theme is Uplifting Humanity, and we’re in awe of the timing of Linda Sechrist’s feature article, “Loving Large: Scientists Say We’re All Connected.” In love we find the compassion to see through to the commonalities that unite us.
Our good friend Richard Brendan speaks to the power of connection in his feature article, “A Story of Love and Compassion for the Holidays.” His personal account of how a chance encounter can change a life reminds us again of the myriad opportunities we have to create a ripple effect with small acts of kindness, today and every day.
We hope you’ll join Brendan for the next inspirational speaker series “Walk the Talk: Creating an Epic Shift,” on the subject of Compassion, December 14 at The Vogue. He and Vogue owner Steve Ross are the creators and producers of this TED Talk-inspired series geared to spread awareness of spiritual global concepts from the standpoint of our local community.
If you happen to find yourself in a place of fear or anxiety for any reason this season—from overextended personal obligations to world events—remember to pause and b-r-e-a-t-h-e and apply a holistic technique that’s proved to bring peace and calm. Eleanor Roosevelt remarked, “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” Rekindling this little light of ours through selfless loving kindness illuminates any darkness.
It’s a truism that the feelings we generate toward others continue to resonate within us. Let us forever remind ourselves that we feel more peaceful, loving and happy when we spread peace, love and kindness. In much the same way, bringing serenity within to a fearful situation releases its hold on us, expanding peace.
May we connect with one another more deeply in this season of light, sharing and reveling in all of the pleasures and wonderment it has to offer.
Teona Wright, Publisher and Kimberly Miller, Associate Publisher