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Natural Awakenings San Diego

Letter from Publisher

Elaine Russo

There’s always a lot to be thankful for in our November issue. I immersed myself in Bhatkifest last month. It was beyond amazing. Ever since, I’ve been slowly but surely sliding back into my daily reality and routines. During that transformational event, my heart chakra was wide open. I released and released and so I’m grateful for my ability and willingness to be vulnerable.

Now let’s talk food. Foodie April Thompson brings joy to the season’s table with her take on Zenful Eating: Mindful Meals in Quiet Gratitude.” Three of the nation’s top Zen chefs share their wisdom about being grateful, present and peaceful at mealtime—just in time for Thanksgiving!

Holidays and traditions can pull triggers and families together. It’s a mixed bag for sure. When I see my daughter, Kathryn, carry on with our holiday traditions, it makes me glow. We spent last Saturday making Halloween cupcakes together. She was in control of the baking operation. I did make some extra unapproved Halloween drawings with the icing. It’s so funny how parents can become the kids. I surely have a good time feeling younger. I was referred to as zenma instead of grandma yesterday…I like that name and think I’ll use it. Zen holidays stuffed with gratitude sounds yummy.

On page 24, Ronica O’Hara offers parental tips for instilling thankfulness—one of the most teachable, growable strengths—in our children. “Kids With Gratitude: Making Thankfulness Second Nature” is based on emerging research that shows gratitude to be one of the easiest, most effective ways to kick-start happiness and well-being—at any age. Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, a leading figure in a worldwide gratitude movement, puts it all in perspective in this month’s Inspiration piece: “Gratitude: A Path to a Better World,” which can be found in our digital edition. Be sure to check our online-only edition for more articles, along with our events calendar.

We also have some good editorial on sleep—how we need it and how it definitely becomes an issue for most of us as we grow older. I’ve learned many different remedies. Cannabis and CBD definitely help. My next sleep aid resolution is my new bed from Mattress Makers. Why did I choose them? Read their article on page 14 and visit their warehouses and you’ll know why. Their products are organic, natural, comfortable and attractive. I look forward to many good night’s sleep in my future. Peace and rest to all of us during the hustle and bustle of holidays season.

Blessings to all,