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Letter From the Publisher, Maureen Hart Cary
I’ve always loved the Buddhist quote that goes something like this: “Meditate for an hour every day unless you are too busy. In that case meditate for two hours.” I’ve worked to create a regular meditation practice, doing it first thing in the morning because that seems to be the ‘norm’ and is my best time of day. The problem is, as a morning person, I’m often more ready to get started with my day than take the time to meditate.
Then I had an epiphany—I typically eat lunch at some point in the day, so why not set an alarm on my phone, extend lunch by 10 minutes and take a nice midday meditation break? I’m pleased to report it has been working out well. It may not always happen with lunch, but it happens far more often than ever before. Often early for appointments since I hate that rushed feeling, instead of checking email or getting sucked into social media, I now set a meditation app on my phone that lets me determine how much time I have and off I go.
I had been feeling stressed when I recommitted to this choice; publishing a monthly magazine can certainly bring on its fair amount of stress along with all the joy. I can’t say I’m stress-free, and I’m certainly not meditating for an hour a day, but I have started to feel a greater sense of calm.
According to our feature article “Dial Down Stress” on page 22, a staggering one in five people rate their stress level at eight or more. The impact on our physical health shows up in 80 percent of the visits to primary care physicians being stress related, with chronic stress leading to high blood pressure and a multitude of other physical ailments. It even accelerates aging!
The good news is we have resources to change that. This issue is packed with practical solutions to manage one’s stress. With articles on acupuncture, cannabidiol, supplements and diet, it is filled with information on how to counteract our daily stress.
While I don’t believe the New Year is the only time we can make changes in our lives as we are always changing and evolving. But, there is something special about standing at the precipice of a new year, with all the possibilities it holds. Dream big, but take time to slow down and de-stress so you can enjoy the journey along the way.
To fresh starts,
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