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Natural Awakenings Greater Boston - Rhode Island

Resonating With Something New

Many years ago, just after I had signed the contract to purchase the Greater Boston area Natural Awakenings franchise, then Vice President and Director of Franchising John Voell II told me, “Okay, now that you’ve signed on the dotted line, I can tell you that you have no idea how significantly you have just changed the trajectory of your life.” While I didn’t know it at the time, I’ve come to understand more about what he meant as the years tick by and I am exposed to more outside-the-box products and therapies.

Having been a reader of the Rhode Island edition for just over a year at the time, I had fallen in love with the publication and was drawn to learning more about alternatives to allopathic medicine. So, with no previous experience aside from the occasional visit to the chiropractor, I eagerly dove in to experimenting and conducting interviews with acupuncturists, reiki practitioners, Alexander Technique teachers, naturopaths, compounding pharmacists, spiritual teachers, and too many more to mention, to learn more and start building a base of advertisers to support my new business.

One of the most significant things I’ve learned since then is that complementary medicine (by complementary, I encapsulate all those words that are synonymous like natural, holistic, integrative, functional, biological, regenerative, etc.) and allopathic medicine are like a marriage. They work best when both parties are open to the possibility that the other can be “right” and that there is no one-size-fits-all for any one of the nearly 8 billion beings inhabiting this Earth.

What works for one, most certainly will not work for all. We exist to provide the opportunity for exploration of something new or different that may not have been previously considered. Personally, I recognize that if something resonates, it’s worth my attention. Conversely, if it doesn’t resonate, I try something else. I highly recommend this approach.

As humans living in an uber-fast-paced technologically advanced age, most prefer the magic pill—something that will take the pain away, relieve symptoms seemingly magically in a day or a week, satisfying the basic human desire of instant gratification. Unfortunately, that’s not how healing always works. In many cases a long search for solutions, within both the natural and allopathic worlds, can be arduous and frustrating.

If we truly wish to find and experience optimal health, it becomes our responsibility to be patient and allow the proposed solutions to work, which may mean months of trial and error. Additionally, we must be open and willing to try something different until we find what’s best for achieving our health goals.

This month, we bring forward oodles of trends expected this year including top trends in health and wellness, coffee and coffee alternatives, functional lab testing, wellness tools and what to expect in the cannabis industry. I hope you thoroughly enjoy this issue!

May 2022 bring you countless opportunities to thrive in this time of significant change, growth and expansion throughout the world.