December celebrations and holidays abound. From all of us within the Natural Awakenings family, we wish you peace, health and happiness in the pursuit of your dreams. From where I sit now, the sense is that it is the pursuit of one’s dreams that sets the tone for a healthy, happy and peaceful environment. Within that pursuit, I’m talking about dreaming with action.

Each month a theme emerges within the thoughts and subsequent action of writing this letter to our readers. This month I’m feeling the word persistence. Perseverate is a word I heard in one of the recent Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) films about a group of researchers in pursuit of discovering a drug to offset memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients. After the film I asked “Siri” what it meant.

Perseverate | pərˈsevəˌrāt | VERB repeat or prolong an action, thought, or utterance after the stimulus that prompted it has ceased

The conclusion of that research noted that, if started early enough, maintaining a good diet and exercise program was the major factor in reducing or eliminating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

The last FLiFF film I watched was about the sculptor known as Forrest ‘Frosty’ Myers and his unending pursuit of creating art. He allows himself to explore and pursue his own personal guidance system, not following just one type of art, seeks out mentors and relationships that allow him to explore new mediums and combinations and, over time, has become a master with those materials. I applaud him as an example of persistence.

When I speak with local healers, practitioners and business owners, I note it is those who are persistent, who have an innate curiosity about their world, expressed through stretching themselves with new challenges, expanding their business or learning new skill-sets that appear to be very successful / happy people. These individuals are an ever-present inspiration to me.

This edition is an awesome read. Please share with your friends. The feature article this month is about a wake-up that’s happening globally. Breathe in this consciousness shift and dance in your light or however you express your personal love. Spending time volunteering with an organization whose mission resonates with you is a great way to give back and “be green”. Do you feel it?

January’s annual special edition will be filled with messages from our local community, an expression of our expanding health and wellness as we reach tipping point.

May this season set the perfect stepping stone for the new year and all that is to follow.

May your heart be filled with joy and the blessings be.

Be persistent with heart; plan on it.

SusieQ Wood