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Letter from Publisher: Give Good Gifts

Throughout my early years of growing up in Michigan, this time of year unfailingly brought a sense of excitement and wonder. Family gatherings centered around traditional fare, sacred celebrations, the promise of presents and our holiday school break. All was well in my little world.

While that innocent sense of goodness has matured along the way, I’m happy to have held on tight to the best the season offers. Beyond the excitement of the material aspects and sometimes frenzied pace of this month, we can consciously choose to focus on the true gifts of the season. Expressing kindness, compassion and hope in our daily thoughts, words and actions brighten our experiences.

Gifts from the heart of our time, talent and treasure—be it of cherished experiences, charitable works and considerate gestures—recognize others in a meaningful way. As a bonus, they often resonate inside us too in a deeper sense of fulfillment. As the prophet Khalil Gibran observed, “It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

As you read this month’s pages, we trust you will find ideas that enable you to embrace the spirit of the season, discover stillness and healing, and share blessings and gifts that nurture. As we each embrace our own blessings, we are keenly aware of the universal yearnings for safe shelter and caring love in today’s complicated and conflicted world. Local and global peace and goodwill toward others are the gifts most of us place at the top of our wish lists for humanity.

In Linda Sechrist’s feature article, “Peace on Earth: Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides,” we learn about the healing power of recognizing our core oneness. Local personality Richard Brendan highlights three groups working to instill hope and make a positive impact in our immediate community in “Uplifting Humanity in Indy.” We’ve also included reviews of inspirational CDs and books that just might wind up on your gift list.

A song I replay often during the holidays is Amy Grant’s “Grown-Up Christmas List.” Each year, the lyrics hold more meaning to me than ever before; perhaps it’s part of my ongoing maturing process. Here’s an excerpt of the lyrics. I hope you’ll be encouraged to listen to the whole piece.

So here’s my lifelong wish My grown-up Christmas list Not for myself But for a world in need

No more lives torn apart That wars would never start And time would heal all hearts Everyone would have a friend And right would always win And love would never end This is my grown-up Christmas list

Our Natural Awakenings Indy family is thankful for you and yours. We wish you joyous holidays and love and success in the new year.

And peace on Earth with goodwill for all

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Teona Wright, Publisher

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