November 2011 Publisher Letter
Oct 31, 2011 11:29AM
This past month I connected with 50 fellow Natural Awakenings publishers at our annual conference, held this year at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in upstate New York. As our country and world continue to change at the speed of light before our eyes, and not always for the better, I’m happy to be part of a group engaged in a larger global movement working to enlighten consciousness. Together we can create a healthier society and a safeguarded planet, one community at a time.
Appropriate to this month of national Thanksgiving, our local Natural Awakenings team is grateful to provide a forum for sharing information helping to enhance the lives of families across our region. We realize that we have only scratched the surface of what is possible and aim to expand our contribution as we grow.
In this issue we are pleased to initiate the Natural Awakenings Network (NAN), a reader membership discount program that grants you access to an extensive, network of natural-health practitioners and sustainable product and service providers here and around the country. We are currently building our local provider list, so please tell your favorite resources to contact us; your reward will be budget-saving deals for your favorite practitioners and products.
That’s just one of our ideas for supporting a vibrant and sustainable local economy. I see remarkable synchronicity between this month’s theme of Local & Personal Economy and the burgeoning Occupy Wall Street movement. No one knows the path this global protest for financial integrity and fairness will follow, but it marks a definitive watershed in collective consciousness about the uses and distribution of wealth. It has the potential to usher in an age of much needed reform.
You can participate locally in Carlisle, Harrisburg and Lancaster via a helpful global meditation flash mob planned for November 11.
Complementary articles this month speak to the power of supporting local businesses, shopping local for food and other supplies and ensuring that our communities remain resilient. You’ll find much more on “The Economics of Happiness: The New Economy.” I am particularly enthused about this feature article, because it contains a reference to Harrisburg’s own Charles Eisenstein, an internationally renowned and farsighted economist. If you haven’t met him yet, you’ll have the opportunity to hear this prolific author and dynamic speaker on December 1 at Basildon Wellness.
Each of us has the opportunity to grow, learn and participate in shaping peaceful, positive change, starting with ourselves and our communities. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in your village, to get out and meet your neighbors. You’ll discover ready ways to make a difference for good in your world. Why not join in the excitement?
Until next time,
Dave Korba, Publisher