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 Natural Awakenings Lancaster-Berks

Letter From the Publishers, April 2015

Apr 01, 2015 12:00AM

Beth Blackledge

Home is where you settle in, laying down your head and heart and all those things that matter the most. A refuge where energies from the day and night meet, this special place can affirm and sustain the moments, like an extension of self that hugs back.

I always gravitate toward spaces that invite in nature to refresh and calibrate the biorhythms that comprise my inner landscape. The simplest of designs can bring natural light, pure air, color and plants together, in celebration of the amazing intelligence that is interwoven throughout all of life. In our home, this is expressed through a small water feature that offers irreplaceably soothing qualities and a recent shift in layout that is redefining flow and allowing new patterns of sunlight to trickle in.

Wise transitions in letting go of excess, simple acts of reuse, as well as elements of the outdoors can ripple in magnitudes of serenity, wherever we feel our roots. This month’s edition unfolds and embraces the vibrant themes of Nature’s Wisdom and Healthy Home, illustrating the inherent power in living mindfully attuned to the very environments from which we take and to which we give back every day. The editorial offers an inspiring line-up of expertise and passion in food, home detox and gardening, as well as a personal trek/adventure of healing on the Appalachian Trail.

Reverence for the backdrop of plenitude and beauty this planet provides is shown in the myriad ways we work to save what is left of the magnificence and the resources at risk. Paul Stutzman’s personal journey, portrayed on page 22, also speaks to the significance of focused immersion in nature, and the experiences and healing that can occur there. Self-preservation has become an integral part of the equation that takes into account social justice and the environment, expanding the concept of “home” outward into the splendor of the universe.

Whether inside or out, whatever portions of our Earth evoke the familiar bliss of knowing and being known, may we all find these havens readily. The niches we carve out are all unique and most poignant when kept simple.

                                    ~Jacqueline

Join us in welcoming a spring that illuminates all those places we hold dear.

                                    ~Jacqueline & Kendra, Co-Publishers

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