Natural Awakenings Twin Cities Magazine - November 2020 IssueOct 31, 2020 08:00AM ● By Candi Broeffle
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Letter from the Publisher
As I write this letter, I am reminded that just one year ago we were moving our family from Moose Lake to our new home here in the cities. It was a time of excitement, hope and exhaustion. This past year has also been a time of great change—for our family and for our world.
As many of you know, my husband and I have owned and operated an adult foster care home for the past 29 years. We have three adults who live in our home and to whom we provide care. One of our clients, who lived with us for 20 years, took his final breath on January 31. Though we miss him dearly, we are also deeply grateful for all the love and learning he brought into our lives. He was a gentle spirit, always happy, smiling and ready to greet everyone who walked through our doors. He taught us so much, as all our clients do, but one of the biggest and most valuable lessons is to see the good that is all around us: being a love finder rather than a fault finder.
It is easy to get caught up in all the negativity in the media and social media platforms. When I find myself going down this hole, I simply sit with one of our clients who is unaware of all the negativity and consider what their life is like. It is beautifully unchanged. They are safe and loved. They have a home that is warm, plenty of food to eat and all their needs are met. They are content. In the end, I see that I am, as well.
The months ahead can be isolating in the best of times, but this year, with COVID-19 requiring us to continue taking precautions, promises to be even more so. However, social distancing does not mean that we cannot stay connected, and this month our local contributors bring many opportunities and resources to do just that:
- Senior Community Services and the Minnesota HomeCare Association present the virtual conference, Reimagine Aging: Combating the Loneliness Epidemic with Technology, on November 10.
- Annette Rugolo offers the online class, Learn How to Dowse, teaching us how to use dowsing to clear and raise the energy in our home, ergo our self and our family.
- Melissa Baker invites those with whom it resonates to the Soul Weavers Virtual Symposium, a six-week virtual conference that brings together spiritual leaders to help us do the inner work necessary to transform our world.
- Our friends at Eckankar are providing a month-long free Soul Adventure Seminar focused on transforming our lives through the power of gratitude.
Information on the above can be found in the following pages. These are just a few of the ways we can stay connected and find companionship during difficult times. Please social distance, but do not isolate. Your presence is needed.