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Natural Awakenings Twin Cities

Natural Awakenings Twin Cities - August 2020 Issue

Featuring:  Biological Dentistry and Social Justice

Letter from the Publisher

Candi Broeffle

August is traditionally the time Minnesotans focus on enjoying the final days of summer before school begins, shop for our children’s new clothes and school supplies, and attend our family reunions, weddings and other large events. Yet 2020 continues to throw our plans out the door with the uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

As humans, we strive for certainty—we innately want stability—to know what to expect. At this time in our country, in our world, we do not have that luxury. The stress that is caused for all of us is great, but the stress for parents with school-aged children is intensified. They are responsible for making the best choices for their children, and the worry of making the wrong decision weighs heavily on their minds. If their school determines in-person learning is appropriate, they need to determine whether they should send their child or keep them home. If their own livelihoods are contingent on their child going back into the classroom, they are left without much of a choice.

As a small business owner and a business coach who works with business owners, I understand our need to get back to work. Many businesses have already closed and more will not survive through the end of the year. This not only impacts their employees, but it impacts their own families. Business owners are going into debt to pay their creditors and the employees who they love and are responsible for, while not being able to pay themselves a wage. The business that they have spent years building can be gone in a matter of months.

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to the problems we face. However, I am confident that we can do better and circumstances are providing the opportunity. We are creative, innovative and caring. Instead of focusing on making sure our opinion is right, we can be flexible, open to hearing the other side, move beyond duality and come together to help each other become wiser and more "whole"-istic, both individually and collectively. We are not perfect—we will stumble and perhaps make mistakes—but with unity consciousness and heartfelt intent, we will learn. I’m willing to give it a try. Will you?

Wishing you wellness,


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