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Letter From the Publisher, Maureen Hart Cary
Here we are a few weeks into the New Year and I am happy to report that I’m still on track with my first resolution: to stop procrastinating. This letter gets me in trouble in that department every month. Even though I spend most of the month writing it in my head, all too often I don’t commit it to paper until close to the last minute. I hate that. I recognize procrastination only adds stress, but in the moment, it is much too easy to aim for instant gratification, putting things off that are not on fire. That can be an especially shortsighted way of being, hence, my revived commitment to minimizing procrastination. 2018: The Year of Proactivity.
This month’s editorial theme is “What’s Your Meditation Style.” I am pleased that I have not only been continuing with my daily meditation that I committed to before the New Year, but I am feeling calmer and look forward to the sessions. More and more meditation opportunities are popping up in our calendar section, including free public libraries bringing this peace to our communities. Keep an eye out for one near you!
Our feature article, on page ??, looks at some of the different meditation styles. As with so many things, it is not a one-size-fits-all. While there is great power in meditating with others, it is not always possible or practical on a daily basis, so I urge you to explore different styles and find a way to incorporate this into your life on a daily basis, of only for five to 10 minutes a day. I promise you won’t regret it.
Tying in with meditation is our powerful article on overcoming adversity. I have always loved stories of those that have faced and overcome great odds. What is it that makes some choose resilience over defeatism? For some to persevere in challenging times while others might throw in the towel? Can we change our way of being?
Studies tell us 60 to 80 percent of people grow in many ways from personal trauma. It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. What if we were to do that without the trauma, understanding that some difficulty in our lives is inevitable? What could we become? There are resistance resources out there; have a look on page ??. The stories where people make the conscious decision to use their personal challenges to help others can be awe inspiring and something to value in both trying and good times.
We are meant to be connected to each other.
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