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Natural Awakenings Fairfield & Southern Litchfield Counties

July 2024 Letter From Publisher

Jun 30, 2024 10:02AM ● By Erica Mills
Erica Mills

Erica Mills

Hello Summer! Grab your picnic basket, spread out a blanket under the shade of a tree in the park or by the river and settle in for this vibrant edition which combines many stimulating and soul-fulfilling topics. As we welcome the warmer temperatures, this month we’re reminded of the importance of self-care, eating with the rhythm and bounty of the season, enjoying adventures with our families (and pets!) and celebrating the spirit of independence on July Fourth. It’s also an ideal time to add a healthy dose of fresh, organic fruits and veggies to your plate for cool salads, luscious smoothies and other hot-weather eats and treats. 

This month’s feature story on page 14 delves into the Ayurvedic concept of prioritizing foods which are currently in-season and encourages us to seek out locally harvested options. Doing this can actually sustain and nourish us better, balance our internal energy systems and even enhance our connection with the earth. What’s more, seasonal eating helps support local farmers, reduces carbon emissions and maximizes the nutritional value of what we consume. Sounds delicious, right? 

Whether you’re taking inspired action towards improving your body, mind and spirit today or simply out playing the day away (also important for well-being!), I hope you’ve packed your sunscreen. Our July Conscious Eating department article explores how dietary choices can affect skin health, and will have you armed with many tools to support a more healthy, radiant complexion. 

For our pet lovers, “Taking Dogs for a Swim” on page 22 offers valuable insights about safeguarding our furry friends for outdoor fun on the water this summer. Understanding your dog’s comfort level with swimming and taking necessary precautions can make water activities enjoyable and safe. I know that our family is looking forward to getting the new puppy out for some watery adventures this year! 

There is so much within this month’s issue that will surely enrich your summer, and I encourage you to explore the services, products and events being offered by our advertisers. From holistic health treatments and healing techniques to upcoming wellness workshops, retreats and expos, our advertising partners provide countless options to enhance your well-being all year long. Their support also allows us to continue delivering valuable content to the community through this publication. 

Hopefully, the pace of July encourages you to pause, savor the weather and carve out some quiet moments for yourself. Focus on rejuvenation, celebrate with loved ones, embrace the warmth of the summer sun and take in all the beauty that surrounds you. What a blessing to live in this free nation and to collectively come together each month through Natural Awakenings.   

To savoring every moment,

Erica Mills