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Natural Awakenings Lehigh Valley

Publishers Letter

Feb 01, 2013 04:29PM ● By Reid Boyer

 

Lao Tzu once said, “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Loving and being loved is so vital to our health and happiness that we can’t live well without it. Love is the core motivation for every positive action we undertake. Did you know that gratitude for love brings even more love? Thank you for joining us this month as we tune into fresh ways in which to show our love more fully for people and the planet.

Stephanie Coontz reveals go-to guidelines for courting marriage success; Lisa Shumate explores conflict resolution; and Meredith Montgomery provides encouraging ways to promote kindness among schoolmates. That’s just a start. By promoting peace in every kind of relationship we will all enjoy the benefits of the love boom that must surely ensue.

A related focus in the natural living community is the concept of self-care, loving yourself enough to consciously nurture your health and take responsibility for your own well-being. As Linda Sechrist points out in “Bodywork Goes Mainstream,” receiving bodywork treatments is an amazing way to cultivate optimum wellness. Our Bodywork Guide details the myriad modalities available locally and gives readers the local resources they need to take this exciting step toward full actualization.

We must also ask, “Where is our love for Mother Earth, a love that supports her in sustaining this and future generations?” If you love your kids and grandkids, it’s imperative that you acquaint yourself with the clear and present dangers of Hydraulic Fracking, it is already undermining the health of our state for centuries to come. Now new research reports the radioactive impact of this assaultive practice (in our global briefs).

Aside from petroleum company profits, the bottom line for the rest of us is that Americans are allowing the creation of wide-ranging carcinogenic and radioactive environments that will remain toxic for 32,000 years. With political will, the temporary energy gained can be generated in alternative, nontoxic and job-producing ways.

There are clearly two contrasting opinions about the safety of this practice that will move quickly to the Delaware River Basin unless caring citizens make ourselves heard. It is wise to take the truly conservative view and actively protect the healthy land and clean water we all need to survive. A more courageous expression of love for all has never been more needed. 

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