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Letter From Publishers December 2016

Nov 28, 2016 08:50AM

Jacqueline Mast & Kendra Campbell, Co-Publishers

We are connected with each other in many subtle and not so subtle ways. Our actions, thoughts and words reach out and wrap around the planet’s greater soul collective, an ongoing and dynamic interpretation. This interwoven energy is the core of our reality, a unified field presenting endless opportunities for giving and receiving every minute of every day.

What leads us on our way? The impulse of spirit, or the life force, known by many names and in myriad cultures, continues to guide personal journeys of discovering joy, authenticity and meaning in the reciprocal nature of our universe. Research in the areas of quantum physics, biorhythms and consciousness is beginning to explain how we are all connected, revealing an unseen realm of potential in the merging of science and spirituality. Amidst the subtle vibrations that rule the dance of frequencies, awareness is a primary factor for elevating conscious responses within a world desperately in need of softer, gentler ways.

We seek refuge this month in the hope of the season, choosing light over darkness and creating time for the comforting traditions and wise voices that inspire and sustain. Our feature contributor, Linda Sechrist, provides a heart-warming look into the layers of love and how we unfold into each other. Being present with the experience of personal gratitude taps into this source of equilibrium and wholeness, which further expands in the context of fellowship and genuine human interaction.

Giving to ourselves first by creating a personal space of safety and balance allows a heart-centered locus of control to flourish. Simply showing up in the greater world community affords us endless opportunities to affirm each other with sincere and respectful contributions. Engaging eye contact, focused attention, and coordinated efforts at work, play and creativity all dignify the shared gift of coexistence.

When connections become collisions, electricity can spark into dissonance, calling for integrity to lift the tension, so that solidarity and understanding can prevail. The gift of conversation and beauty of language to share story, belief and perspective is another way to impart pieces of ourselves to each other. Space to process, lament, laugh and express provides a release for levity and reduces the need for defensiveness. Learning how we fit together and what we each have to offer reignites and preserves the truth that we are all valuable, an imperative belief in our common and precious humanity.

This attunement is a key principle in the work of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, well-known Harvard researcher and professor of psychiatry at Boston University of Medicine, who has devoted his life’s work to the study of mind-body connections in human development and healing. His experience and observations affirm the power in personal volition and agency for addressing change together, being soulfully in touch, and gently and courageously staying open to receive. The magic of relationship can be our strength and a most powerful source of joy.


Love is relentless; transcending pain, forging bonds, spreading hope: it is our ultimate gift.

                        ~Kendra Campbell & Jacqueline Mast, Co-Publishers

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