Letter from the Publisher ~ April 2013

By April 1, 2013Local

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

Spring’s annual orchestra of nature’s magnificent creatures pulls at my heartstrings and prompts me to seek anew great outdoor adventures. Throughout the ages, mystics, philosophers, poets, scientists and Native Americans have been among those believing that all of the answers to life’s questions can be found in nature.

The more time that I spend among natural wonders large and small, the more I learn to appreciate the planet and its inhabitants and so cherish the need to lovingly care for it all. A simple nightly sunset walk around Lady Bird Lake allows me to reset and reestablish a sense of rightness no matter what kind of day I have had; even if I have to force myself to go, I am always happier when I return.

In focusing this issue on Green Living, we are joining with millions of others in this country and millions more around the world in celebrating Mother Earth. I like to honor her, and myself, by finding new ways to leave less of a footprint on the planet while making an ever more positive impact on the world through more efficient use of resources via conserving, recycling, reviving and creative repurposing. As the experts interviewed for Linda Sechrist’s feature article, “The Next Level: Education for a More Sustainable World” (page 16) remind us, “When more individuals commit to working toward a sustainable and just world, a tipping point can occur.”

Spiritual growth teaches that each of us is responsible for all of the happenings occurring on the planet because they start with ideas, our own thinking reflected in our life, family and community. For me, I find that gratefully employing “The Ancient Practice of Ho’oponopono” (page 19) places at my fingertips a powerful and simple mantra for healing myself, and consequently, blessing those around me. Each one of us inevitably finds the daily practice that calms, uplifts and catalyzes active hope in us.

My hope is that we can continue to heal ourselves and the planet by being more connected to Mother Earth and all the goodness she bestows upon us. There are many ways to be involved in better stewarding and giving back to her; this month you will find opportunities to gather with likeminded spirits sharing helpful ideas throughout these pages, including our community’s inviting Austin Earth Day Festival on April 20. We look forward to seeing you there.

Infinite blessings,


Shelly Searle, Publisher

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