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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Publisher's Letter for August 2022

Jul 31, 2022 11:23PM ● By Dana Boulanger

Dana and Marilee

This summer feels different to me in an exciting, positive way. I finally feel firmly grounded, fully present and am proceeding with purpose. I am ready to be ready! And I am happy to report that this month’s edition has an abundance of fabulous articles that I really feel aligned with. It’s as if they were written especially for me; however, I’m confident readers will find these pages will resonate with them as well. 

This month’s Fit Body article, “Taking a Silent Hike,” on page 42, offers great tips on walking mindfully in nature, and really speaks to me because nature has become my go-to source for peace, comfort and clarity. I love listening to nature and observing the subtle changes that occur daily. Nature has taught me to trust the journey and have faith in what is to come. I listen to the birds, the trees and universal messages. For me, nature is where I find my flow—where I have my most creative thoughts and seem to easily discover ingenious solutions to everyday challenges. I feel daily time spent in nature is key to my health and happiness, and I suspect most healthcare professionals would agree.

Being fully present has allowed miracles to flow into my life. The past is gone and the future is not here yet. Staying in the moment and appreciating what each day has to offer simplifies my life and allows me to live in joy. Our Wise Words article, “Mark Mincolla on the Healing Power of Our Superconsciousness,” on page 30, explains this beautifully. 

Our feature, “Raising a Well-Rounded Child,” on page 26, is not only useful for parents, grandparents and others with children in their lives. In fact, all of us can benefit from the simple-yet-important life skills the article addresses such as being mindful, fostering creativity, connecting with nature, and learning to take a breath and feel grounded. 

Have you heard that what you think and what you say are powerful tools for creating the life you want? The article in this month’s Inspiration department, “Change Your Words, Change Your Life,” on page 38, sums this up wonderfully. I have learned to pivot my thinking to what feels good now. Thinking and saying things like “I am ready to be ready” allow my heart and soul to be loving, open and eager to embrace each day.

If you have been thinking of trying something new, then be sure to see our News Briefs section on pages 6 through 10. If you are interested in healthy places to eat and shop, our Foodie Guide on page 21 is a great resource. And if you are seeking to find local happenings like yoga with horses, men and women’s healing circles, wilderness walks, farmers markets, educational lectures, yoga and qigong classes, a summer writing course or a sunflower extravaganza, then do check out our monthly calendars on pages 44 through 50. You can find even more happenings in our online calendar at