Valentine’s Day brings back old memories. My very first remembrance is the excitement I felt as a 6-year-old when my older sister took me shopping for valentines to exchange with schoolmates. The valentine for our mother had to be special, though. We would take red construction paper, lace doilies and sequins and craft an elaborate heart, and then find words that would rhyme to let her know just how important she was as our mom.
25 Years of Natural Awakenings by Jan Hollingsworth The year was 1994. America Online opened the first gateway to the World Wide Web; Jeff Bezos founded the fledgling behemoth Amazon; and Deepak Chopra installed the first bricks on his path to enlightenment with the publication of his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams.
Many of the readers of Natural Awakenings are aware that we are part of a national franchise of healthy lifestyle, green living publications known as Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation (NAPC). As you can see from our cover and the article on page 25, we are celebrating, in this new year of 2019, NAPC’s 25th year of publishing.
As I write this in late November, we are knee deep in the season of thanksgiving and goodwill toward others. The hectic celebration of Christmas will soon be here, followed by the hard work of self-assessment and self-improvement as we greet the new year with resolutions to become better versions of ourselves.
On September 25, Upstate Natural Awakenings presented the documentary film HEAL at Zen Greenville. Prior to the start of the film we served light refreshments that were included in the ticket cost. A dozen or so Upstate natural health vendors were on hand to display their products and services and to interact with those attending. I am happy to report that 120 people purchased tickets on EventBrite and by all accounts, gave a big thumbs up to HEAL and to our presentation of more films in the future.
The “mind-body connection” is described by Yogapedia as “how the brain and thoughts influence the body and its functions”. An article published in Scientific American in 2016 provided new evidence of the power of the mind to help people stay well and resist illness.
September is shaping up to be a busy month with lots of activities in the Upstate. On September 25, Natural Awakenings is presenting the documentary film, HEAL, at Zen Greenville. You will find more details on this event here. We are excited
For our yoga issue this month we ran a local cover featuring a few of the Upstate’s yoga instructors. The cover photo and some of the Yoga Profile photos—also in this issue—were taken by local photographer Jonathan Doyel. For more information on Jonathan, visit his website JonathanDoyelPhotography.com or see his Community Resource Guide listing (under the heading Photography) in our print and digital issues.
Natural Awakenings will present the award-winning documentary film, HEAL, at Zen Greenville on September 25. Tickets are available on EventBrite for $13.50. The ticket price includes light refreshments, a raffle, and the opportunity to visit with natural health vendors before the film starts. The film, directed by Kelly Noonan Gore, features such notables as Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Gregg Braden, and Anita Moorjani, to name a few.
Most wedding anniversaries are celebrated by a romantic dinner over candlelight, or a lovely bow-wrapped gift together with a romantic card. Wayne and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary on July 13. His gift to me was a whitewater rafting trip on the Chatooga River. It was a day filled with fun, adventure, a lot of water, and a little bit of gut-wrenching fear.