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Letter from the Publisher

With all the discord in the world, it’s sometimes difficult to imagine a peaceful way of being. It can be so overwhelming with news from near and far of all the danger, angst, cruelty and suffering, it’s difficult to even imagine peace, happiness and contentment, much less find it in our lives. As many of us have heard, all of the great teachings agree that peace begins from within.

As we transition from summer to fall, try to take a minute each day to observe what changes and what stays the same. Take a simple breath to rebalance. Notice the colors, the sounds, the birds and animals and the plants around you, no matter how deep into the city or how far into the rural areas you may live. Meditate, daydream, stand outside, breathe in awareness or otherwise reflect on what a peaceful world means to you and how you can keep peace in your daily life.

As I write this, we have recently had the shared experience of a solar eclipse. Isn’t it amazing that all across humanity, we all have this in common? Granted, we have different perspectives and different understandings of the event, including geography, historical context and expectations, but in the end we share this bond.

Like so many aspects of living a more conscious lifestyle, it’s these moments of awareness and attention that lead to bigger shifts. We may not be able to give peace to the whole world, but we each are capable of bringing inner peace to our own lives and helping to bring peace into the lives of those we share. There are many events beyond our control, but we are in charge of ourselves.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

I hope you’re planning to enjoy September in all its autumnal glory. I know I am. I will remember to use every new day as an opportunity to nurture and grow the peace and understanding in my heart, and in so doing, add unto the Light of the world.

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