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Letter From the Publisher

Begin with the end in mind. –  Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People

What powerful words to consider from Mr. Covey. Without a clear vision of how we want something to turn out, we have little possibility to influence a successful end. It’s hard in the middle of the turmoil of our daily lives. It can also take a lot of time to prepare your vision and plan the needed steps to get there while dealing with all the uncertainty that comes along the way. Covey goes on to say, “If you don't make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in life, then you empower other people and circumstances to shape you and your life by default.” Wow, that’s alarming! Without a vision, a plan and without taking the needed actions, we’re basically allowing other people or even chance to decide our fate.

As I read this month’s feature article, “Sacred Passage: Conscious Dying as a Transformative Healing Journey,” I realized that Covey’s words apply to both how we live, and how we die, and can have all manner of impacts on our final days and on those loved ones we leave behind.

This month, we tenderly explore how the ultimate transition can be beautified by compassion and dignity when thoughtfully approached. One of our local experts joins us this month. Dawn Whelan is an End of Life Doula with My Last Gift. She aids individuals and families in preparing and planning for the end they desire. She also offers a range of other thoughtful and compassionate services for those preparing to leave us. This is the first I have heard of this type of service and as I learned more, it seems to me that planning and preparation for our end are one of the greatest gifts we can leave our families.

And because life is short, we must work effectively with our mind to develop our thoughts and beliefs. To help, Natural Awakenings has partnered with MindPT, a new, cutting-edge technology that blends positive psychology with neuroscience. This fun and engaging platform helps users build and reinforce positive mental messaging, which helps transform thoughts, beliefs and lives. We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to experience the benefits of using MindPT by giving you a free MindPT video session entitled ‘NATURAL AWAKENINGS,’ which helps reinforce the message to feel good, live simply and laugh more. See the ad on page 25 for details.

I hope that this month’s issue will cause you to take a fresh look at how to create the life, and the end, that you so dearly deserve.

Naturally Yours,

Shawn

 

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