I confess that I don’t generally thoroughly read through our content ahead of time. We leave that for our illustrious editor. Each month I get busy reading content when it comes time for writing this letter. My reason: I was a reader of Natural Awakenings before purchasing the Boston edition in 2010. I loved being a Natural Awakenings reader when I could snuggle up with a cup of coffee and enjoy exploring and absorbing the content that resonated as it was all new and fresh to me.
A few years after learning the ropes and becoming more familiar and comfortable with publishing, I decided that it felt good to save the thorough reading for when it was time to write the publisher’s letter.
This allows me the ability to enjoy the content as a reader, as well as finding an inspiration for this letter. December’s content did not disappoint as several of the articles align perfectly with topics I’m currently exploring.
In the Wise Words department, author Marlaina Donato shares insights through a conversation with bestselling author, Thomas Moore, in “Thomas Moore on the Art of Soulful Listening.” Despite what we see and hear from media outlets, Moore offers hope for humanity through learning the art of deeply listening to others.
In “Circles of Healing: The Power of Gathering in Community,” Natural Awakenings Staff Writer Linda Sechrist offers an outline for creating conscious community where mutual support, authentic sharing and listening are the foundation of each circle. For readers interested in exploring the creation of their own sacred circle, Justine Willis Toms, host of New Dimensions who is featured in Linda’s article, provides “Ideas for Starting and Maintaining a Circle”.
Vitally important as we head into winter, health writer Ronica O'Hara provides three pillars for a robust immune system with, “Amp Up Immunity: Proven Boosters for Good Health,” in the Healing Ways department.
I can’t wait to try some of the low- and no-sugar recipes in Conscious Eating. Health and wellness writer Christy Ratliff shares critical information on hidden sugars in, “The Sweet Danger of Sugar: Ways to Enjoy Healthier Holiday Fare,” along with recipes to try. If you whip up any, let us know how you like them at [email protected].
We’d love to hear from you! In our News Briefs and in a few ads this month, you will see the invitation to share your feedback in our readership survey. All submissions received by December 31, 2021, will have the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to help us grow and give you more of what you love.
Our theme this month is “Uplifting Humanity.” I pray you find something within these pages that offers you hope for your future and the future of humanity.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
Maisie Raftery, Publisher