On Mission




Ever since we launched Natural Awakenings Boston in 2010 and I daily walked door-to-door asking for distribution sites and introducing practitioners and businesses to the magazine, we’ve promoted it as a bridge between traditional medicine and more natural and holistic approaches to healing. Although we’ve continued to evolve, our mission remains true.

Our intention is to meet readers wherever they are on their wellness journey. All that we do furthers our aim to serve as your go-to resource for options and education that keep the conversation open to healthful solutions—whatever that might be for an individual.

Reflecting on my professional publishing experience these last eight years, it seems to me that it’s influenced how I approach life overall in terms of becoming much more solution oriented. When difficulties or roadblocks appear, instead of freaking out, hiding and procrastinating or retreating, I’ve noticed that my near-automatic response is, “Okay, if this isn’t going to work, what possible solutions are out there?” I’ve found that this subtle shift in thought has yielded tremendous mental health benefits.

Dealing with life’s speed bumps surely builds character and helps shape us during our personal evolution, as well. For me, facing obstacles with a mindset already leaning in the direction of an answer immediately takes the edge off a problem and allows space for helpful results to show up.

Our team is always thrilled to meet readers and hear your stories; it’s often about how something you’ve read or a practitioner you’ve visited has changed life for the better. I hope to see you out and about this spring and hear a bit of your inspiring story.

May you find an idea that resonates with you as you turn these pages this and every month.

Peace,

Maisie Raftery, Publisher

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Peace on Earth

My latest favorite author is 20th-century new thought leader and philosopher Emmet Fox. His piece below feels like a perfect fit in light of the world’s celebration of our planet on Earth Day this month.

Go for Flow

I love how simply noticing a negative emotion before it has time to take hold and expand in my thought and life made it easy to skip right past it.

Inner Whispers

I’ve come to believe that every human being battles a belief of duality, an outward egoistic personality along with another mindset that exists beneath it. It’s like there are two of us: a rational mind and a quieter inner mindset that speaks through our gut instinct, intuition and heart.

Inner Calm

This month’s feature story, “Dial Down Stress: How to Stay Calm and Cool”, by Lisa Marshall got me thinking a bit about how I deal with anxiousness.

Feeling Uplifted

Two of the trickiest topics to discuss are politics and religion. I’m giving myself a pass this month because what’s resonating within feels deeper than what the general term religion evokes for me.
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Weight Loss Without Dieting

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Mindfulness for Happiness

ONU will be holding a series of mindfulness classes from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., May 6, 13 and 20, at Alchemy Yoga.

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