Welcome To The December Edition Of Natural Awakenings Volusia Flagler 2019
Nov 29, 2019 01:30PM
● By Rebecca Young
In December, I tend to get delightfully distracted and immerse in nostalgic side trips to a time when life moved at a slower pace. Being present and living in the moment work for every other month of the year, but December begs us to pause and remember.
Growing up during the 1960s and early 70s in a small city, traditions revolved around family, neighbors and community. There was a strong sense of belonging as we gathered around a giant pine tree in the town square, and the local volunteer fire department gave a box of candy and an orange to every child. Songs were sung, hands were held as we circled the tree and our community was strengthened. Looking back, it was a surreal time, and I feel blessed to have many similar scenes in my memory bank.
In the spirit of the season, one of this edition’s main themes is “Awakening to the Evolution of Community.” Many of our wellness partners create community groups by incorporating events, collaborative projects and group activities into their business. This evening I attended the second annual Friends Giving event hosted by New Journey Chiropractic in Ormond Beach. Families gathered to share covered dishes prepared from recipes on Dr. Jayme’s website, and many new friendships were made.
During this season of giving, we experience transformative healing benefits from the most simple and selfless acts. Learn how giving increases balance, connection and happiness from Cindy Ricardo on page 29.
This month’s Wise Words takes us on a spiritual journey through the eyes of Mary Neal, an orthopedic surgeon and author of 7 Lessons from Heaven: How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy-Filled Life. Neal relays her near-death experience in which she believes she penetrated the veil dividing the physical and spiritual worlds. Her life-altering experience prompted her to pay more attention to those things that are truly important: faith, family and relationships with others.
The theme of joy appears again in “Inhaling the Joy of Life: Conscious Breathwork,” on page 14. Simply breathing with depth and quality can help us to be aware of our emotional states and be a doorway to achieving the benefits of deep meditation. During this busy and sometimes hectic season, breathwork will help you center and savor the joy in every moment.
From the Natural Awakenings Volusia-Flagler team to your family, we wish you a December to remember, filled with joy and peace.
Rebecca Young, Publisher