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Natural Awakenings San Diego

April 2013 Publisher Letter

Green Living has become the new craze and it seems like every business and person is talking about “going green.” It means many different things to many different people.

Our bodies are our temples and our earth is our universe. We are being offered so many different products, services and information promoting green. It can be overwhelming with all the new and changing information flowing into and out of our lives on a daily basis.

The first step to green living is to take our health in to our own hands. This means educating and emulating a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and our family. We have to fill our bodies, minds and spirit with healthy food, habits and environments to go green and lean. More often than not, people will self-medicate—especially during stressful times. Self-medicating means many things as the phrase going green does. We can self-medicate with food, drugs, alcohol, and other bad choices. Going green means making the right choices.

Once the choice is made to begin living a green lifestyle, it will eventually become mainstream. Our children eat and drink what is in our cupboards. Unfortunately this often includes alcohol, drugs and processed junk food. Taking responsibility for the choices we make available to our families is the first step in going green. We all need to be on the same page to make the transition and stop blaming the other guy for the choices we bring on ourselves.

Being an entrepreneur all my adult life, I am passionate about restoring and promoting the creativity in our children. I just finished reading the book Delivering Happiness by the founder of Zappos and it hit home for me in a very big way. I, too, believe it is necessary for us to find our purpose and passion in life to achieve happiness. I also want to allow our children the opportunity to achieve this goal. Their future and the future of our earth is in their hands and we need their ingenuity and desire to make healthy, creative choices so we can be green. There is an extreme amount of competitiveness with grades, admissions, sports, etc. It makes parents’ heads spin. Imagine what it is doing to our children?

A kiss from a wolf dog and the sheer delight of experiencing it with a three-year-old little girl ignited my heart and reinforced our Natural Awakening’s theme of feel good, live simply and laugh more.

I hope you all enjoy the upcoming Earth Day events and green activities that are taking place this April right in our back yard.

Smiles to a greener way of life,