December 2014 Publisher Letter
“Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.”
Spiritual activism is action for the benefit of something, not against something. I believe this is why, when Mother Theresa was asked why she didn’t attend an anti-war rally, her answer was “When you have a pro-peace rally, I will be there.” It’s all about the vibes and energy and where it’s being put. Putting our energy towards the greater good, rather than against something harmful, just feels better all-around. When we’re doing things that make us feel spiritually better, we create more of a positive outcome.
My Dear Santa list is quite different from when I was younger. I always enjoy new toys, especially water toys like paddle boards. My recreational pursuits keep me energized, focused and positive. After all, paddleboarding is like walking on water and does create a feeling of empowerment. But what I really want most is the strength to continually better myself as a person. I ask for a continued awakening. Our article Sacred Activism implies that first an awakening has to happen where we gradually transform and progress from a concerned citizen to a spiritual activist. I want to serve my highest self and not my ego and to be of purpose for the good of all, not just the good of me.
I have always been a heart-centered person. Compassion and passion have been major driving forces throughout my adult life. I would say compassion has grown with age and wisdom and I ask that it continues to grow. Our hearts know the real solutions to our challenges. Our minds envision only the problem. I ask that my heart continues to stay in charge.
I want to embrace mindfulness, integrity and honesty in all that I set out to accomplish so my methods will naturally achieve honorable results. I ask to be kind and remain positive. I want to live the change I want to see in our community and in our world. I want to help our world seek sustainable choices via my publication.
While continuing to evolve and embrace these qualities in myself, I also recognize the need for synergy and teamwork. They both must concur to magnify the effect an individual cannot achieve alone. Thank you to all that make this Natural Awakenings magazine possible. That is the kind of teamwork and synergy I’m talking about!