Letter from the Publisher

April mornings are awesome. The opportunities to create yet another meaningful day in paradise are upon us. Many times, the monthly focus for Natural Awakenings is synergistic with my writings as is this month with the focus on climate change updates; I like to think of April as Earth Month. I was asked to participate with a couple of local events, utilizing our publication and my Global TRASHformation artwork, spreading the message of wellness and self-responsibility. (See News Briefs for details.)

Our planet’s climate patterns are more pronounced these days. The swings from hot to cold and wet to dry are more extreme. Scientists worldwide confirm this. The good news is that we are in more of a global conversation about pollution—the existing presence and/or the introduction of harmful or poisonous substances or items into the environment.

We are becoming more vocal about demanding change. The survivors of the recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in my mind, are leading the way for change in such a beautiful and profound way. The event’s underbelly includes a discussion of Promise Program. As with any issue of broad-reaching conversations about policy and money, “it’s complicated.”

When I speak to groups which include youngsters, I remind them of their power and their voice as individuals and as small groups which can alter the course of events with passion and dedication to a cause. I believe that success is a mindset and that creating opportunities for small successes leads to repeating for larger successes. A suggested activity is owning and using one’s own “spork” when away from home, thereby being able to easily turn down a “free” plastic fork. I invite them to think about making it a habit. It takes more work to be responsible for that item. Is it worth it? What’s the long term effect on the environment of seeing that plastic fork as an object of no value (disposable) each day? What happens to all those forks? Asking probing questions is critical to the process. What are you inquiring about? Is there a classroom out there willing to modify their habits—taking responsibility for their own cutlery—that would be interested in sharing their inspirational story? I’d be proud to run it in my publication.

In terms of solutions, I appreciate the article in which Paul Hawken speaks about defining the climate change situation from a multi-faceted approach. It’s not just about the pollution, it’s about how we are as civilizations. Author Sechrist notes in the article that Hawken was surprised that higher education of women/girls ranked so high in importance. It’s a key component in bringing about economic growth, independent thinking and many more sustainable choices affecting climate change.

I attended a talk the other day and was reminded about the importance of habits for a healthy lifestyle. I am certainly a creature of habits and repetition. I embrace them. To me, my health is based on my habits and the choices I make every day to connect with family and spirit, exercise, eat healthy, give back to the community, engage in ongoing education, and inspire others to live life full-on. It’s taken me decades to get to these habits of health and peace.

I am grateful for the mornings that allow the mysteries to unfold.

May this April be the most important April ever in developing your voice for positive change. May you feel and experience the ripple effect of your choices through the Universe.

Be the song; plan on it.

Susie Q Wood

Publishing Editor

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