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 Natural Awakenings Lancaster-Berks

Letter from Co-Publishers

Kendra & Jacqueline, Co-publishers

Fall brings a certain energy – a freshness to the air and to our steps.  We are caught by surprise by the cool breezes and leaves falling from the trees, wondering just who is underneath the costumes of the trick-or-treaters at our door. The sights and smells of autumn evoke memories of breathing in deeply the scent of multi--colored leaves beginning to decay in the beautiful wooded hills and hiking trails of Pennsylvania. There is something so satisfying about that scent – it reminds me, much like the spring, that there are seasons and cycles to life and there is a pulsing rhythm to it all.

Rich with fresh and colorful wisdom on caring for one’s body, mind and spirit, our October issue sheds light on the way our body structure and our oral health connect to our overall health. Several local chiropractic care providers explain specialized interventions, while one of our feature articles offers insights into how one region of the body might affect a seemingly unrelated area in “Spinal Solutions: Chiropractic Care Yields Unexpected Results,” written by Marlaina Donato.  In Ronica O’Hara’s article, “Mouth Matters: A Holistic Approach to Oral Health,” we learn that without proper care, this “doorway to the body” can usher in heart issues, inflammatory response and even Alzheimer’s.

In the wisdom shared by Mother Teresa, a familiar figure, we are reminded that in addition to the mouth being a “doorway to the body,” a ready smile is a bridge to connecting with others.

Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. – Mother Teresa

It used to be that I would get into an elevator or walk down a busy sidewalk and so often could share my smile with someone whose eyes met mine. It was a blessing, this experience of connection with humanity––a “we are one” kind of feeling. These days, finding eyes is not so easy––eyes are hard at work, checking devices for the news of the day, what’s happening on Snapchat or Instagram, caught up with not wanting to miss a single thing, and not realizing the result is missing the single most important thing…the link to heart-felt community.  

During this exhilarating month of October, I invite you to join me in putting down the devices while in public places (or at home) and offering your perfect––or not so perfect––smile to a stranger, to neighbors, to family members. Let’s go on an autumn adventure together and see what happens. I have a feeling that we’re going to have fun, feel good, live simply and laugh more, don’t you?

With warm gratitude for all that this community means to us,

Jacqueline & Kendra

Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile. -Chinese Proverb

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