Well, I’m happy to report I followed through on the commitment to expand my food experience comfort zone by trying more seafood and shellfish last month! Admittedly, being able to do so was shored up as the result of putting it in writing, but nonetheless, I got it done.
It wasn’t so bad. I was quite pleasantly surprised to enjoy grilled oysters, lobster pizza and even some calamari. The best part of the whole experiment though, was the satisfaction enjoyed after following through on the commitment. So often in the past, I would make promises to myself only to ultimately shrug it off as though the promise never happened.
Without realizing it, this little experiment opened my eyes to how significant it is to keep the promises we make to ourselves above all else. Like so many, I can’t count how many times I’ve “committed” to living a healthier lifestyle only to leave myself disappointed and at times even disgusted. Ultimately, this led to more of the same unhealthy patterns and a vicious cycle of what amounts to self-abuse. While the desire to feel better was always present, I lacked the key of commitment to seal the deal.
As if like magic, the seeds of desire grow into that which we plant when we take the time to nurture and lean into its fulfillment which is why I’m so encouraged by our feature article this month.
In “Growing Younger: Longevity Strategies that Help Reverse the Aging Process,” author Marlaina Donato shares the great news that in most cases, it is lifestyle, not genes which determine our destiny. Recognizing that we have far more control over age-related illness and decline is only step one on the path to living vibrantly through the golden years. Step two becomes the commitment to choose better for oneself, one day at a time.
September always seems to come alive within the Natural Awakenings community and this year is no exception. This month, you can learn to grow mushrooms at Boston Gardener, try local foods from all over New England at the Boston Local Food Festival, take advantage of free workouts and yoga classes, attend the Green Festival, or perhaps check out the first annual IntentionFest. Whatever your jam, we’re sure to have something for you within these pages, at least that is our hope and intention.
In the words of one of my favorite songs these days, the Metta Song by Tim Hamm, “May you be well, may you be happy, may you be peaceful and at ease” … today and every day.
Maisie Raftery, Publisher