Volume 12 Issue 6—March/April
by Melva Armstrong
It feels warm and invigorating to have the light return after spending the darkness of winter in a cocoon-like atmosphere. I chose the front cover photo of the little girl with her arms outstretched to the sky because she is reaching out and welcoming in the light of the Spring sun as it bathes her from head to toe and renews her spirit and soothes her soul; her joy is self-evident, as is that of the other girl happily sitting in the field of brilliant purple and white flowers. These are some of the gifts of this glorious new season of awakening and rebirth which we are now entering and greeting with open arms.
I have noticed there has been a substantial positive change, a shift in energies in Saskatchewan. At WHOLifE we are receiving more calls, emails, and inquiries than ever before. I also see more alternative and complementary health and wellness events, speakers, workshops, and seminars, as well as environmental talks and meetings being held at many locations throughout the province. This is absolutely wonderful. We are definitely in a time of dynamic changes, and I believe it is for the better. It may feel chaotic, but I assure you that chaos is an inevitable part of change.
There are more opportunities now than ever before for individuals to learn about themselves, and about others, in ways that can help lift them out of their old habits that no longer serve them, and encourage them to take responsibility for their health and wellness, their happiness, their abundance, and ultimately their peacefulness. I feel that WHOLifE Journal is able to help in this process by providing information on the abundant choices that are available in order for individuals to fulfill a healthy and wholesome lifestyle. Therefore I encourage people to contact us with any ideas they feel would be suitable for articles and/or advertising, for we are here to be of service to all.
I continue to feel totally blessed doing this work, especially because I meet the most fantastic folks. I could write a book about the many fascinating personalities who have crossed my path during the 12 years of publishing and editing WHOLifE. I have had lots of tear-shedding laughs, plenty of warm fuzzy hugs, earfuls of charming stories, and a whole lot of genuine love. Thank you all for being who you are and for being in my life, and many blessings to you and yours now and always. I look forward to more of the same as each day unfolds.
This issue contains an excellent group of unique and informative articles to help you on your path towards wellness and wholeness. On the nutrition side we have our regular writer, Paulette Millis, with her latest well-researched and educational article, What's the Fuss About Yogurt? (p. 8). This is a must read as it contains facts that will make you look at yogurt from a new perspective, and if you like, she has recipe instructions for making it yourself. Joining us this issue is U.S. nutrition writer and activist Sally Fallon with her article, What's Wrong with "Politically Correct" Nutrition? (p. 22). Ms. Fallon is author of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats, and she will be presenting talks and workshops in the province (see display ad page 23).
In our feature article, Luk Pra Kob, or Herbal Stem Compress (p. 16), by Thai yoga practitioner Marvin Swartz, he introduces us to another aspect of Traditional Thai Medicine in which medicinal herbs, plant resins, and spices are wrapped in a bundle of cotton cloth and used like a poultice on specific parts of the body for healing various conditions.
In Allison Costron's article, The BodyTalk System™ (p. 14), she tells us this is one of the fastest growing complementary health-care systems in the world. She explains what this modality is, how it came to be, and what it can do for you.
For a natural way to relieve pain and reduce stress see Rhonda Graves' Muscle Release Therapy article (p. 12). To learn about natural ways to relieve emotional pain and stress, read Rob Roy's article, Emotional Freedom Techniques: Tapping Into Your Well-Being (p. 24). Finally, you can read about a Canadian study done on the benefits of sweating in a sauna on pages 10-11.
April is Earth Month, April 22 is Earth Day! Let us celebrate and honour Her each day of the year!
May the scents and warmth of Spring uplift your spirit and brighten all your days!
(I honour the Spirit in you!)