Letter from Publisher – February 2014

By February 1, 2014Local

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller

Despite the commercialization of almost every holiday, including precious Valentine’s Day, I love that it still illustrates the heart of what matters—our heart! In this month’s feature article, “Rethinking Heart Health,” Dr. James Forleo reminds us that, “It’s no coincidence that we address our physical and emotional heart by the same name. Our physical heart usually reflects the state of our emotional heart, and vice versa.”

Once we realize the tie between our physical health and emotional well-being, we can start to positively affect it by consistently making heart-happy choices. I like the “Simple Stress Busters” that Kathleen Barnes rounded up; they are easy and fun to do anytime we feel the need. One sure-fire practice that I have found highly rewarding is a daily remembrance of all that I am grateful for, which changes day by day.

Gratitude gently and immediately alleviates fear by replacing it in our thought and, as a bonus, begets even more to be grateful for. It’s neat how that works. Consider this: The most enlightened person you know is probably the most grateful person you know. Their example works to inspire us all. We can start simply. As Meister Eckhart eloquently stated, “If the only prayer you ever said was ’Thank you,’ that would suffice.” I feel that being grateful is essentially saying “Thank you” to the universe.

For me, it helps to set a special 4 o’clock phone alarm that unfailingly reminds me to pause and express thanks. It makes me smile when the “gratitude” reminder pops up, no matter what kind of day I am having, especially ones for which I am less than grateful. It’s always a good surprise. In that moment I stop whatever I am doing to reflect on what I am grateful for and wrap it up with a bow by being grateful for remembering to be grateful.

We all have much to be thankful for in this cool city we call home, especially the incredible events and other opportunities for growth and progress that find their way into the pages of this magazine. February’s Calendar is especially rich with heart-healing seminars and workshops, starting on page 27.

From my heart to yours,


Shelly Searle, Publisher