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 Natural Awakenings Lancaster-Berks

Letter from Co-Publishers

Kendra & Jacqueline, Co-publishers

Ah spring! A time to clear out, refresh, move forward. Heavy sweaters are swapped for lighter layers. Brightly colored foods and flavors are added to the plate, in the form of tender spring greens, freshly picked asparagus and spicy radishes. We spend more time outside, sowing seeds with anticipation for what is to come.

The energy of regeneration, newness, emergence and anticipation is stronger than ever as individually and collectively we are creating a new normalcy after what feels like a year-long winter season of hibernation, seclusion and quiet. We eagerly anticipate warm weather gatherings with friends and family to reconnect in the fresh air of a new season.

We have the opportunity to take stock, adding those things back into our lives that meet us where we are now rather than trying to recreate who we were before. Over the past year we’ve likely changed … we’ve learned new things about ourselves and each other … what we are capable of … even things we never thought possible. Our friendships may be deeper, though perhaps our circle is smaller. We’ve found that everything is connected in a most profound way. We affect one another, and we affect our world. We realize the impact of our choices on health and well-being; our own and those of others. 

We may have even noticed how the decrease in travel across the world and across town has affected and benefited the planet. This month our feature delves deep into climate change and the many ways that we can make an impact on our environment now. If we can tune in to the natural world around us and our effect on it, the better our chances in steadying ourselves in taking actions that will help us mend and preserve our world.

Our interior realms also benefit from attention and care. In this issue, we offer ways of creating our own slice of heaven in primary living spaces, ensuring that the energy within our own homes contributes to a healthy, balanced life. To round out the spring renewal, pure options for detoxification, clean diets and refreshing our own personal care for mind, body and spirit are also offered as we honor the intention of living simply, and with intention. 

As new life springs forth from the soil and from within dens and nests, we acknowledge that which is precious in the natural world-all that is to be honored, nurtured, cared for and respected. We also acknowledge our own lives along with those of friends, family and strangers. In the words of Neil DeGrasse Tyson, “We are all connected; to each other, biologically. To the Earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe, atomically. We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.”

Wishing you a bright and beautiful spring,

Kendra and Jacqueline