Natural Awakenings Twin Cities July 2021
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Letter from the Publisher
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to spend time outdoors working in the gardens and reading on the deck. I am blessed to have a park that backs up to our backyard. The summer of 2020 had several people spending time in small groups, quietly getting out of the house and into the fresh air. This summer, there are more group events—softball games, graduations, family reunions, etc. I was relishing in listening to the music and laughter and watching children playing together. It feels like we may be on our way back to normal.
I say “normal” with the understanding that there are so many changes in our lives brought on by the pandemic. I have had conversations with family, friends, and clients who share how much their lives have changed, in many ways for the better. Below are a few of the changes I hear most often shared:
· Time has slowed down—and sped up: It is quite the dilemma how this is happening, but in some ways, it feels like time is more expansive; there is time to breathe, enjoy the simple things in life and connect with family and friends. Yet in other ways it feels like time is flying by; we wake in the morning with a number of things we want to accomplish, and before we know it, we are getting ready for bed again. It causes me to wonder as to the meaning of this.
· We have smaller groups of people in our life: The pandemic helped us identify what and who are most important, with whom we want to spend our time and precious energy. It has caused us to seriously consider quality over quantity, and for many people I know, they feel more connected than ever before.
· Inner work no longer could be ignored: We all have work to do; people to forgive, people to ask for forgiveness; and the shadows of our personality that need to be examined. It has allowed many of us space and time to consider who we are and how we want to show up in the world and finally do the work that has needed to be done. It has helped us realize that it is not as scary as we may have thought, and as we become aware and accept the events of our lives and the people in it, we can release the fear and anger. It is ongoing work—the never-ending story. But once we start to see, realize and feel the upsides and benefits/advantages, we are more motivated to continue.
I am committing to making July a time to reflect, rejuvenate and move forward. With the sun on my face and the occasional storms to wash away the things that no longer serve me, I am excited to move into the second half of 2021. How will you show up in July?
Wishing you everything wonderful!