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Natural Awakenings Twin Cities

Natural Awakenings Twin Cities - April 2020 Issue

Featuring:  Grassroots Climate Crisis Strategies PLUS: Healthy Home


Letter from the Publisher

Candi Broeffle
Publisher NATC

Hello dear friends!

I pray this letter finds you all healthy and happy and that you are turning this time of upheaval into a time of peace and love. We are experiencing a time of uncertainty which can feel unnerving and downright scary. We long to pull those we love close to us, keeping them sheltered and safe, as we try to figure out what will happen next. Just like so many of you, my family is self-isolating, having chosen on March 14th to dramatically reduce contact with others, including not allowing anyone into our home and only making trips into the community when necessary. It’s unlike anything we’ve experienced in the past, but for the wellbeing of those we love and care for, and for our community, it’s what we are all called to do.

Though we are being asked to isolate, I see so many of us connecting in a much deeper, more meaningful way. People are checking in on one another, taking time for phone and online conversations. Thoughts of our friends and family are frequenting our minds more often, and we are spending more time with the memories of our time together.

My son Xander was sharing with me some ways that he is staying connected to his coworkers and friends. As millennials, he and his wife are both very comfortable with technology and creative in how they are using it. Below are just a few tips you may want to use to keep your connections strong:

  • Facetime your family from near and far for virtual Sunday dinners – best part is, you get to decide what you want to eat, and so does everyone else.
  • Utilize an online platform like Zoom, GoTo Meeting or EyesOn to host a virtual game night with board games, charades or cards.
  • Invite your friends to a virtual scrapbooking or crafting night – wine is optional!
  • Grab some popcorn, choose your favorite movie and host a Netflix Party complete with private chat rooms or use FreeConferenceCall.com to join by phone.

This slowing down period is also a time to reflect, learn about ourselves, and spend time with our thoughts. If we choose, this can be a time of growth and healing. As always, we at Natural Awakenings, along with our advertisers and contributors, strive to provide to you the quality resources you need to do this important growth work. Within these pages there are numerous articles and resources to help you on your journey of wellbeing. There are even more resources available to you on our website and social media pages. We have created a new section on our website called Ready Resources where you can find free and low-cost online classes, articles for your physical, mental and spiritual health, and people you can reach out to for needed support.

Now more than ever we ask that you please support our advertisers with your business. Most of them are local small business owners who rely on your business to make a living. Many are able to offer services on-line or by phone. Consider purchasing gift certificates for yourself or your loved ones for services you can schedule at a later date. Imagine how nice it will be to enjoy healing services once this time is over.

We are holding you all in our thoughts and sending you prayers for good health, deep connections, and all the joy you so richly deserve.

Wishing you wellness!

Candi Broeffle, Publisher

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