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Natural Awakenings San Diego

Letter from Publisher

Nov 30, 2016 08:42PM

Elaine Russo

Will Smith’s new movie, Collateral Beauty and our feature article “Loving Large” both depict our editorial theme and belief that “we are all connected.” I feel that human connections are such a vital part of our existence especially during such volatile times when our country is so divided. Perhaps the reason for such extreme reactions and change is to bring us all together? Doesn’t it make better sense to reunite than to fight? Loss does reveal love, peace and beauty when given the time to heal and accept what is.

       The need to be right is overrated. Expecting everyone to agree is an impossible goal. Trying to force one’s opinion on someone else is a recipe for disaster and war. Religion and politics have surely demonstrated this fact throughout history.

       My feeling is to look at all the ingredients you have to work with, and simply make lemonade out of lemons.  When our backs are pushed to the wall, we can confront, process and—most  importantly—face the truth. We fall apart so we can come back together. No downs, no ups.

       We are more alike than we are different, yet it appears our differences dominate our behavior in times of strife.  I’ve been fortunate in my life to experience love. I discovered later in life that my soulmate resides within me. When I am comfortable in my own skin and love what I do and who I am, then the rest seems to fall in place at its own pace. The search for love is not “out there.” It’s not found in an online dating site. It is within us. When we are honest with ourselves, our real holiday spirits will visit us just like in A Christmas Carol. Scrooge’s haunting and daunting truths appear to him as ghosts. We can see through ghosts and pretend they don’t exist, or we can learn from them. The choice is ours to make.

       Publishing this magazine has fortunately given me privy to spiritual leaders, medical professionals and an abundance of alternative health care practitioners. I continue to endorse the need for western and eastern medicine to unite. This month’s issue I am focused on our conscious emergence.

       This is my time to show my gratitude to all of you, who have taught, nurtured, healed, empowered and helped me love myself without having to prove myself.

       If you are reading this, and you don’t know me, know that you have helped me.

 

We are all connected and loved.

~ Elaine

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