Natural Awakenings Twin Cities Magazine - January 2021 Issue
Featuring: Integrative Hospital Care and Staying Fit in 2021
Letter from the Publisher
It is December 21 as I pen this letter and I am feeling very melancholy. I am sitting in my home office and the house, though full of people, is eerily quiet. One of our adult foster care (AFC) clients naps in the living room as the sounds of Cartoon Network can be heard in the distance, while another client is busily creating beadwork masterpieces at her desk. There is a sense in the house that this is a time for quiet, calm and ease. Perhaps this is due to the last member of the AFC family who is now on the final leg of her journey with leukemia. She is resting comfortably in her recliner surrounded by all her valued items and listening to her favorite Christian rock artist. By the time this issue reaches the stands, I fully anticipate her transition will be complete.
Losing a loved one to any disease is incredibly difficult, but we can be so grateful to the healthcare workers who do everything in their power to alleviate as much pain and distress as possible, for both the patient and the family. We are so grateful for the many general practitioners, specialists, nurses, CNAs, social workers, counselors, spiritual advisors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, holistic providers, and more who have supported our work over the past 29 years. They are nothing short of miracle workers who come in, provide guidance, make sure all needs are met, and listen at a level at which most people are incapable.
I know there are many of you who have had these same experiences, so this month we honor the work of our healthcare providers. We honor those who are open to new ideas, find value in holistic practices, support the patient’s decision to seek alternative medicines, and promote wellness across the spectrum. Medicine is changing, and like all good things, it takes time.
In the years ahead, I foresee a medical community that is inclusive of holistic approaches as they continuously prove themselves of cumulative value. Until then, please join me in ongoing support for all our healthcare providers, allopathic and holistic, for their service and dedication to the family of humanity in this global healing process. Inclusivity is a keyword for 2021—within individuals, the local community and the world-at-large—and especially within the true wellness spectrum which includes all the bodies—mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and energetic.
Wishing you inclusive wellness,