Jacksonville St. Augustine Natural Awakenings: December 2019Nov 29, 2019 11:20AM ● 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 our local volunteer fire department gave a box of candy 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 model. Persephone Healing Arts Center is hosting their annual holiday potluck on Friday, December 13. See the back cover for more information on this event.
During the 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 and Dr. Melissa Fenton on page 19.
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 16. 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.
From the Natural Awakenings Northeast Florida team to your family, we wish you a December to remember, filled with joy and peace.
Rebecca Young, Publisher