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In This Issue: December 2019

Nov 30, 2019 03:03PM ● By Cat Carrel

Letting Go

December is a time to celebrate—family get togethers, holiday parties with friends and coworkers and celebrations of another year gone by. But it’s also a time to let go. Winter Solstice presents an opportunity to go within and release those things that have held us back from living our best lives. The solstice happens on December 21, the shortest day and longest night of the year. When letting go, think of emerging from the darkness, into the light.

A great way to tap into your subconscious light is to practice meditative breathing. In Inhaling the Joy of Life: Conscious Breathwork, Marlaina Donato explores how different ways of deep breathing can reduce stress, help us move through difficult emotions and even digest food better. With all that holiday eating, a little mindful breathwork might be just the ticket to ease that after-dinner discomfort and the stress of the family dynamic.

In addition to feeding the soul, we focus on nourishing ourselves with Earth-friendly holiday practices, from updating family traditions and serving vegan treats, to reducing food waste and choosing safe and eco-smart pet toys.

Some of my favorite traditions during the holidays revolve around my community—caroling, experiencing the great light shows around town and picking an “angel” from a giving tree—each of these activities takes me outside of myself and into the worlds of others. In The Emerging Power of ‘We’: Awakening to the Evolution of Community, Linda Sechrist looks at how moving from “me” to “we” via intentional communities (from virtual to in-person) has helped us find fellowship in an otherwise isolated world.

And couldn’t we all use a little more community at this time of year? Here is my wish for you: May your heart be warm, your rosé cold and your nights a little less dark. Here’s to a joyful holiday season.


Cat Carrel, Publisher

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