Letter from the Editor, May 2017

May—the last month of the colorful spring season and the early part of turtle nesting season here in Broward. As of this writing, I’ve yet to spot any cordoned off sections of beach near my home, noting the arrival of the turtles. Every year they come en masse and I believe this year will be no different.

May—Natural Awakenings’ annual celebration of feminine energy. Included in this issue are a few articles and briefs for women of child-bearing age along with helpful tips to be used during that life stage. While pregnant, I became a voracious reader, educating myself about my body, what was happening, and how to “go with the flow,” being fully present, paying attention to my changing needs. Building one’s team, one’s support system during this special time is important on so many levels.

One of the articles I especially resonated with in this issue is “When We Set Out.” I have often used the sailboat and holding onto the rudder to set one’s life’s course as a metaphor. I have been sailing ever since, making course corrections as the wind changes. That process puts a smile on my face and says to me, “Yes, I’m heading in the right direction.”

As you know, sailing is never about “set it and forget it.” It’s an active process of continually assessing the moment. As in life, we’re in constant motion and, according to a recently heard talk on e-motion (energy in motion), we are systems reacting to mostly what is happening in our subconscious mind. The science is interesting and there is value in knowing the numbers, understanding our mind-body connection and being able to make choices to improve the results we want to achieve.

I can get caught up in trying to fix myself or my thoughts and can get frenzied feeling that I need to be something different than I am. I believe the important thing is to know when to hold and when to let go. The tandem ride with some of these thoughts is birthed by my current read, The Code to an Extraordinary Mind, by Vishen Lakhiani. It’s a mind-bender and has set me on yet another chapter in my life—one in which I breathe deeper into perfecting the questions I ask of myself for my life. It’s about taking a fresh look at the rules of the culture in which I exist and determining more closely what fits and what doesn’t, allowing myself to break free from those that no longer serve, aligning the inner and outer. I find this process to be quite empowering and can feel some shifts in the way I make my choices.

A side note: For those reading this in April… I’m inviting you to help keep our county beautiful and participate with a public collaborative art project as part of THE WALLS Street Art Project, from 1-7pm, April 29, at House of Art, 813 NE 13th St., Ft Lauderdale 33304. For my project, “THE POLE,” in the lot east of House of Art, I’ll be orchestrating an artistic covering of a non-utility pole with metal objects collected from parking lots and streets (flattened cans, bottle caps, washers, etc.). Safely collect street metal for the project. If you cannot attend, drop off your street finds at the gallery. Event includes House of Art exhibit with three artists and adjoining lot spaces to the east with art jewelry designers, live muralists, fine artists, ceramist, art students, DJ Adora and live performance by Circ X. Food truck will be there too.

MAY this month reflect nature’s ever-changing landscape; focus on the colors you enjoy.

Love the rainbows; plan on it.

SusieQ Wood, Publishing Editor

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