Skip to main content

Natural Awakenings Boston

Grateful Reflection

Oct 30, 2014 11:50PM

Maisie Raftery, Publisher

As the big 5-0 milestone approaches, I am gratefully reflecting on how successes as well as perceived mistakes have all boosted me into the place I stand today. Coming to realize that “mistake” is just another name for a growth-inducing learning experience is undeniably one of the most empowering and enlightening experiences of life’s journey.

I am not one of the rare few that learn well by watching others. It usually takes a few jolts to get my attention. It’s been refreshing for me to finally understand how even doubtful choices in my own life have culminated and conspired to reveal helpful, game-changing lessons that no amount of reading, conversation, therapy or self-help immersion could have ever accomplished.

In our feature article this month, “Powerful You!”, Judith Fertig relates that, “Personal empowerment is all about taking a stand—developing the vision, countering misguided beliefs, having a plan and then moving forward to be the best version of one’s true self.” It’s comforting to know that even the future boo-boos we’ll all inevitably make have the power to carry us on to a new “best version” of ourselves when we allow them to do so. I’m excited to consider the possibilities of what’s up next in major aspects of life’s ongoing adventure.

As to Natural Awakenings of Boston, it too continues to evolve and I’m happy to share a new department called Mind-Body Connection, added this month. We lead with “Just Say Yes!” by Alison Shaw of Bodymind Resourcing, in Arlington, in which she explains how turning resistance into acceptance creates an empowered, healthy life. We look forward to exploring the abundance of mindbody techniques available throughout Greater Boston and beyond.

The idea for the department comes on the inspiring heels of Boston’s premiere of the new documentary film, The Connection ( Produced and directed by Shannon Harvey, it explores how pioneering research is proving a direct connection between our thinking and our health. Harvey, who at age 24 was diagnosed with a debilitating autoimmune disease, refused to settle for a hopeless diagnosis and set out to heal herself. What she discovered on her journey evidences the epitome of self-empowerment.

Our hope is that those searching for a better approach to treatment will have the opportunity to learn about and locate the right combination of integrative medicine and complementary therapies to help them be well. We all deserve to live our optimum life.

I hope you find nourishment for mind, body and soul in these pages. From our home to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy and empowered holiday season of gratitude!


Maisie Raftery, Publisher

Upcoming Events Near You
Current Digital Issue
2019 Healthy Living Profiles


Get to Know Groton Wellness
Health Brief Video
Global Brief Video