April 2020 | Healing Strategies for Uncertain Times!
Healing Strategies for Uncertain Times!
While not everyone has the time or inclination to sail across the Atlantic in a zero-emissions yacht, as activist Greta Thunburg did, there are steps individuals can take to combat climate change on a grassroots level. There are peaceful protests worldwide, already scheduled throughout 2020 initiated by various organizations, but a growing number of individuals who want to do more are using their imaginations and creative endeavors, and inspiring others to unique action. Our feature, “Planet Rescue” by Julie Marshall, brings us an inspiring story of hope and a call to action for those who want to join in making a difference for the planet.
In “A Home that Heals”, Marlaina Donato shows us that no matter where we live, be it a humble studio apartment or a dream house, it is a critical facet to wellbeing, that it be a spiritual headquarters from which good health springs. Creating nourishing corners that feed the senses and a system of functional ease can be a deep and rewarding act of self-care. Color, texture, fragrance and order all play a pivotal role in creating a healing inner sanctum.
The naturalist and author of Dancing with Bees: A Journey Back to Nature, Brigit Strawbridge Howard discovered that bees became a portal to finding her way back to the natural world. Her fascination with these essential pollinators affirms her belief that it’s never too late to reconnect and find the curiosity and awe that we experienced as a child.
Flowers and other budding botanical elements this spring aren’t just eye candy to dress the table; they can bless an everyday beverage with intoxicating new scents, flavors and colors. In “Flower Power” April Thompson introduces us to the many wonders of drinkable medicinal plants that can be plucked from the garden or purchased in dried (an even more flavorful form) from local suppliers.
A healthy home for kids looks much like what’s needed in a healthy planet: Clean air, clean water, and clean food, all of which create a space in which our children can be well and thrive. In today’s world, that means taking active steps to eliminate the common, everyday contaminants that can harm their developing organs and brains. Writer Ronica O’Hara explains how parents can best maintain a healthy home.
We are inspired by Yeyati’s “Climate Warriors Unite.” Awakened by personal concerns and ignited by emerging role models, activists of all ages are learning how to become effective climate warriors. Meet some of the players and what inspired them to act—from young teens and mothers, to a septuagenarian who trained with Al Gore to spread the word of An Inconvenient Truth.
In “Moving Through Chronic Pain”, we learn that about 20 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain that can restrict mobility, reduce quality of life and cause fatigue, anxiety and depression. Conventional wisdom once prescribed rest as an antidote for pain, but studies show that the right kinds of exercise help to release endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
Updates from Julie Peterson on Veterinarians certified in acupuncture, acupressure and cool laser stimulation of acupoints who are bringing relief and renewal for a variety of conditions, from pain and neurological issues to arthritis and gastrointestinal problems. Dogs, cats, horses and even birds and reptiles can benefit from this holistic, ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
I especially resonate with “Making Luck” which offers insights into how to lead a charmed life—on purpose. During these times of such uncertainty, setting our positive intentions for each day seems like a healthy way to live our lives. Panic and anxiety depress our immune system and make us more susceptible to disease. Each day I set my intention to revel in simplicity, knowing that the spread of this virus will soon turn the corner and in the interim our magazine will remain steadfast in bringing you the latest in natural health news!
To conscious living,
Pamela Gallina, Publisher