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Mike & Cindy Hart

Letter from the Publishers


In trying to find inspiration for my monthly letter to you, I read many supposedly inspirational quotes. Know what? Not only was I not inspired, I was more frustrated than before I read them. Most of them were true and contained some sort of good positive advice. The problem was that saying some variation of “look on the bright side”, didn’t help. It actually made me more frustrated because apparently, I wasn’t able to be inspired from these obviously inspiring words. Then I stumbled onto this advice:

“Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Feel the breath going down deep into your lungs, focus all your attention on that breath, feel your body taking it all in, then let it go completely. Take your time over this breath and keep your attention entirely focused on it. You don’t have to worry about anything else. After you’ve taken one deep breath, and let it go, take another. Focus completely on that breath, nothing else matters, just that breath. Keep your thoughts coming back to that breath. Savor it, feel it, really experience it. So far, you have taken 3 deep breaths, and I bet you already feel better don’t you?”

And you know what? I did feel better. This wasn’t the first time I’d experienced the calming effects of breath-work, but I had forgotten and needed to be reminded. We all have our stressors. There are many ways to deal with them, some effective and some not so much. This is one way and it works. If you are experiencing stress in your life, and who isn’t, try it. Add it to your tool box of spiritual practices.

As you read through this month’s Natural Awakenings, Cindy and I hope that you can find both the information and the inspiration that will make your life and the lives of those you come into contact with just a little better.

Brightest blessings,

Mike and Cindy Hart

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