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Natural Awakenings Fairfield & Southern Litchfield Counties

Letter From Publisher September 2021

Aug 31, 2021 10:01AM ● By Erica Mills
Erica Mills

Erica Mills

It’s time to get inspired! This issue of Natural Awakenings is all about creativity. There are so many different ways to find creativity in your life—through art, healing, dancing or anything else that gets your wheels spinning.

Inspiration can come in many forms, and we take a good look at creativity on page 31 in “Art’s Embrace: Healing Through Creativity”. Whether that art is created with paints or danced with the body, the creativity that comes alive in any form can have profound healing effects for many. Have you taken time to do something creative lately? Even if just for an hour a week, see if this practice has a positive impact on you. Creativity can be a sort of “recess” from our typical, busy day—and ultimately a vital part of our lives. Read more about this idea in “Recess for Adults: Making Time for Creativity” on page 34.

As you’ll see from our cover, this is a special edition featuring the 10th Annual Health, Wellness & Lifestyle Expo, a local favorite event for all things healthy living. If you’re holding this magazine, there’s something for you at the expo!

The Passport for Life program insert for the 10th Annual Health, Wellness & Lifestyle Expo is located in the center of this issue, starting on page 21. This resource is intended to be your guide throughout the jam-packed two-day expo. Those at the event or who are going to the event can simply pull out the entire center spread to use throughout the weekend of September 11 and 12, and save the rest of the magazine to read later. Please consider attending this fun annual event with your whole family—we’ll see you there!

September is National Yoga Month, so maybe this is the time to start a new practice or
restart an old favorite that you haven’t enjoyed in a while. Did you know that trauma-informed yoga practices are using specific poses and routines to help those dealing with trauma and pain, such as veterans, prison populations, bullied teens and women rebounding from abuse? Read more about this powerful practice in “Yoga to Heal Trauma: Soothing Poses Calm the Nervous System” on page 16.

I hope these pages inspire you to try something new this month, to attend a healthy event or to pass an article along to a friend or family member who could use a boost of encouragement.

Be well,