Letter From the Publishers, June 2014
May 28, 2014 07:39AM
“And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to bloom.” ~Anais Nin
Timing is crucial in the delicacy of emerging new life, and a glimpse in any garden this month affirms the brilliance in such unfolding. The sweet June air is rich with hints of organic opening, so honest in delivery and clearly unapologetic of its place in the natural order of things. Authentic expression most often honors this style of intuitive release, an exquisite display of vulnerability and strength in exchange for life-altering moments of grace. In the art of human transformation, such courage prepares the heart for personal miracles, resonating across cultures, species and generations, empathetically unifying all.
The talking stick has been passed for centuries as a way to honor the moment and each sacred, individual story; thankfully, the practice carries on in various ways, even in the midst of our current tech-driven society. My earliest experiences of sharing stories around a glowing campfire conjure feelings of being safe and connected. Since then, I’ve had the blessed opportunity to sit in many types of sharing circles, listening deeply and offering details from my own journey, grateful for the synergy of the group.
Words of sincerity carry their own magic, and each one is a valuable step in the reclaiming of wholeness. As illustrated in this month’s feature by Judith Fertig, “The Healing Power of Story,” transparency offers infinite potential and eventually can only elevate those in its wake. Experiences shape the course of our lives and holding them up to the light opens the door for re-writing the narrative.
Nearly mid-way through the year, we pause to acknowledge the essential perfection and beauty all around. This issue on “Inspired Living” presents examples of creative collaboration for honoring gifts, losses and lives in transition. The opportunity to decode the past and appreciate the present builds self-compassion and echoes a language of dignity for all.
Join us in lifting up the journey, sharing memories and telling our stories.
~Jacqueline, Kendra, & Lois