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 Natural Awakenings Lancaster-Berks

Letter from Co-Publishers

Kendra & Jacqueline, Co-publishers

As we look with hope to a new year and new beginnings, setting intentions and giving voice to our innermost yearnings, let’s consider that there are spaces in this universe that only we are here to fill.   
In these excerpts from her poem, A You-Shaped Hole, writer Tara Sophia Mohr suggests there is wisdom in seeing our unique selves, noting that we can act to affect our world in ways large and small;
“…The world has a you-shaped hole in it.
It is missing what you see.
It lacks what you know and so you were called into being.
To see the gap, to feel the pain of it, and to fill it.
Filling it is speaking what is missing.
Filling it is stepping into the center of the crowd, into a clearing, and saying, here, my friends, is the future.
…The world was made with a you-shaped hole in it.
In that way you are important.
In that way you are here to make the world.
In that way you are called.”
Our January feature highlights the expanding realm of medical care, which by research and consumer demand is moving to a place that values and attends to the whole person. Many visionaries, such as those in our pages, have helped to forge this new perspective by bringing reiki, massage, acupuncture, aromatherapy, meditation and organic foods to medical institutions formerly hesitant to use these less invasive and highly therapeutic modalities. We’ve seen many changes in the culture of medicine over the past decade as communities everywhere are becoming more aware of the powerful healing that can be experienced through these interventions. Research is catching up with the visionaries, affirming the need to focus on overall wellness and supporting advanced medical institutions that have pivoted to begin treating the whole person.
By taking one step at a time, the efforts and contributions of these pioneers have led to significant change. Many acted upon a calling or were led down a path by their own health crises or personal revelations, generating energy into meaningful careers for helping others. When we respond to our own intentions and callings, we not only improve our own lives, but have an influence in the world around us.
What intentions will you set for yourself this year? What do you hope to illuminate within and without?
Wishing you a healthy, peaceful, and inspiration-filled new year,  
Kendra and Jacqueline