Letter from Publisher – July 2013

By July 10, 2013Local

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson’s quote immediately came to mind when I had the good fortune to meet Dr. Joe Dispenza, a internationally renowned scientist who appeared in What the Bleep Do We Know!?, when he recently visited Austin to teach us “How to Create A New Reality.” What I love about him most is his ability to remind us of the blessing in finding humor in everything and everyone, especially ourselves.

Part of evolving our self-concepts and creating a new reality for ourselves is doing things that break our self-imposed routines and prompt us to “step out of the box”. After thinking it over, I decided to look at all the things I have wanted, waited or wished to do and started doing them… from two-stepping at the Round Up and crew-rowing lessons on Lady Bird Lake to ecstatic dancing and joining the March Against Monsanto up to the steps of our State Capitol. I’m not saying it was easy, but once I stepped out of the box, I am finding it even harder to squeeze my newly expanded view of life back into it.

Next up on my bucket list are things I want to do to be of more service to people and the planet. These include joining a community garden, volunteering for kids and the elderly, creating a Free Hugs Day at City Hall, feeding the homeless and learning about aquaponics (a sustainable food system that combines conventional aquaculture with hydroponics).

We have a wealth of cool resources at hand to educate ourselves on how to live our days in healthier and sustainable ways, starting with Natural Awakenings. A good place to start this month is with the heads-up tips in Food Sleuth Melinda Hemmelgarn’s feature article, “Six Ways to Eat Safe.” High on the list is lobbying grocers and legislators to stop selling products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO), while also voting with our food dollars. Whole Foods markets and Trader Joe’s, soon to arrive in our town, have recently committed to not selling GMO seafood. This is great news for Austin!

My immediate wish list also includes seeing you at the August 3 premiere of the award-winning documentary, Unacceptable Levels, at the Stateside at the Paramount theatre. It opens our eyes to the far-reaching, damaging effects of too many manmade chemicals on human and environmental health. The evening includes a post-film question-and-answer session with filmmaker Ed Brown. I can’t wait for this next installment in expanding consciousness.

Let us choose natural health and human sustainability,

Shelly Searle, Publisher