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Letter from the Publishers

Dr. Jody Janati (L) and Candi Broeffle (R)

Dr. Jody Janati (L) and Candi Broeffle (R)

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are going. ~ Lao Tzu

 

This February we focus on courage and urge our readers to expand their horizons by letting go of the familiar. We are at the crossroads to make a choice and take a chance, or our lives will never change. We’re not able to directly impact all the things that concern us in the world, but we can change how we approach them. It’s time to move away from fear-based living and focus on being fierce.

Publishing a monthly magazine has shown us that we don’t need a lot of resources to be resourceful; we’ve learned success has more to do with tackling what’s in front of us and maintaining a positive attitude. Most spiritual traditions have an adage that suggests we “turn the other cheek”. We interpret this statement as consciously looking away from the things we don’t want, which come from a place of fear. Instead, we choose to focus on and move towards the things we do want. Simply put, fear stifles us. There are varied interpretations for fear that can help shape an individual’s mindset. For example, when one is struggling, fear feelings arise akin to, “forget everything and run”. When embracing courage, those same experiences can be felt more like, “face everything and rise”.

We encourage you to subscribe to the idea of being courageous. Brene Brown asserts, “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” What action steps are you taking to ensure your needs are being heard and fulfilled this year?

Look closely and you might notice that when you are stuck and fearful, your self-talk chooses to use the word “can’t.” Why can’t I lose weight? Why can’t I ask for a raise?, etc. By mindfully changing this one word to “don’t,” you will find your true, brave voice. Why don’t I lose weight? Why don’t I ask for a raise?, etc. Living a bold life has to do with following your heart and feeling fear, yet choosing to act anyway. We each have the right to stand up for what we believe, with dignity and strength. May we not only persevere in the face of adversity, may we grow and learn and transmute the negative into positive.

Our Facebook question this month: What is the most courageous thing you have done or witnessed? Join the discussion at Facebook.com/NaturalAwakeningsTwinCities.

Our point to ponder this month comes from Yoda: “Do or do not; there is no try.”

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