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Letter from the Publishers

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

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

The new year offers us an opportunity to make new healthy life choices. We can manage our daily life stressors by deciding to become a more active piece of the peace. Ram Dass states, “Turn your melodrama into a mellow drama.”

As new publishers of Natural Awakenings Twin Cities (NATC), it is our intention for you to live your best life and thrive. We may not be able to control the world around us, but we can control our thinking. Is your mind full or are you mindful? Distress can be moved to a healthy level of eustress when mindfulness is present.

In December, we had the privilege to visit the corporate office in Naples, Florida, to learn more about our magazine and how we might use it to better serve our readers. The trip reinforced that we made the right decision and we were reinvigorated to get everything running smoothly.

The stressful feelings, accompanied with trying to keep up with everything, have been overwhelming at times. We know that the underlying components of stress contain feelings of both hurt and worry. Have you noticed that when you are worried and full of anxiety you are merely thinking of things that haven’t occurred yet? Your thoughts are focused on the future rather than on the now and the stress grows. Likewise, when you are feeling hurt and angry, you are allowing yourself to relive past events. Focusing on past thoughts can cause a lot of unnecessary tension.

Coming back to the present moment and being here now allows you to be more natural and relaxed. One mantra that has worked well for us is, “I am figuring it out.” It has kept us grounded and on task. We’ve even chalked up some of our mistakes as “good character building moments” so we can remain calm and centered during the process. In other words, we have learned it is important to be easy on one’s self.

Another mindset we have adopted is the shift from “have to” thinking to “choose to” thinking to “get to” thinking. We have realized that we don’t have to do anything. We chose this path and will continue to choose it each month. Better yet, we have come to see that we get to do it. We get to work with people like you who have chosen a similar mindset. We are all in this together. Our Facebook question this month is: What do you do to reduce the stress in your life? Please visit us at Facebook and join the discussion. We would love to hear successful tips from our readers.

As we move into 2018, we encourage you to continue to consciously make choices that will improve your life. Our point to ponder this month comes from the late Dr. Wayne Dyer, who urged us to “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

Happy New Year Everyone!

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