Letter from The Publisher
Having fun w/ friends & clients
I mentioned in my recent May Women’s Wellness issue that June was going to be our men’s issue. However, apparently in the busyness of life, I didn’t realize that June, which used to be reserved for men’s health and wellness, has transformed to Livable Communities and Natural Beauty. So, let us welcome in this new theme!
The article “Doing Nothing” in this month’s online issue resonated the most with me this month. Last month, I came down with pneumonia right as we were getting the magazine ready for the press—the most stressful time for publishers. I managed to get my publication to the printer on time, but boy, was I wiped out. After we went to the printer, I completely shut down and surrendered out of sheer necessity to heal. With the help of both Eastern and Western medicine, along with my ability to surrender, I beat this awful energy vampire of an illness.
While sharing the story of my woes, I discovered how many others have also suffered through pneumonia at one point or another. It’s a bear of an illness to deal with, and hopefully my immune system is stronger for going through it. Oddly enough, there was an upside to being isolated and, because I had no energy, stuck inside my home for weeks. I ended up doing a whole lot of nothing. And you know what? I was taken to an unexpected place of heightened awareness. I realized that doing nothing, which is the polar opposite of what I normally do, is actually quite vital to my existence. My body appreciated it, more than I could have ever known.
Whenever I felt anxious about my seclusion, Netflix helped me settle in. My daughter’s recommendation on the film Shameless was a hit. It portrays family dysfunction with truth and humor and an amazing cast. Ironically, the word “fun” is dead center in the spelling of dysfunction. We buried everything in the old days. Now we table everything and must monitor what our young children are exposed to. We swing the pendulum all the way to one side before coming back to par. Like in golf, we all have our own handicaps in dealing with life’s challenges. We all need to find what works best for our individual needs; for me its self-nurturing, down time and being in nature.
I’m officially announcing the sale of Natural Awakenings San Diego (See ad, page 31). Meanwhile, I will continue to grow this wonderful publication, so the new passionate owner will have a strong foundation. I am manifesting the sale of my publication to be the springboard for Natural Awakenings’ branding in the entire state of California and the entire West Coast. Natural Awakenings is heavily saturated on the East Coast and its time for our coast to benefit, too. Mentorship is available for qualified people interested in becoming a publisher. Feel free to contact me. Every day is the first day of a new journey.
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