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At Mile High Natural Awakenings, our mission is:

  • To be an optimistic, invaluable and highly credible community resource that inspires, educates and challenges our readers to live the healthiest life possible for themselves, their families and community;
  • To help local, green, eco, sustainable and positive businesses prosper and connect to the public that will benefit from their goods and services;
  • To 'overdeliver' in terms of service, value and accountability.

First Issue: May 2010 Publisher's Letter
Year Anniversary: May 2011 Publisher's Letter
Our latest: November 2017 Publisher's Letter

November 2017 Publishers Letter

CONSTANT Acts of Kindness
There may be good reason to believe that this time on Earth is mired in a dense, heavy energy. Many ancient wisdoms such as the Vedic and Mayan calendars were aware of the 26,000-year “Precession of the Equinoxes” and believed in the cycling of high Golden ages with dense Iron ages. The 2012 end of the Mayan calendar was marking the low point for human consciousness on the planet. It sure feels that way and makes sense intuitively.

This shows up in the concentration of power, wealth and control amongst a relative few; in the polarization of politics and society; blaming and fi nger-pointing; the mass shootings and police shootings; the unmasking of latent racism; and “needing” to make people act, think and feel in certain ways deemed “acceptable” to society so that we feel comfortable, while confi ning them into virtual prisons of uniformity.

At Natural Awakenings, we seek always to be positive-focused and solutionoriented. Complaining about what’s wrong in the world or in our lives can become a self-defeating habit. We continually see proof in our lives that perceptions and judgements help to create the reality we live in. We’ve also witnessed enough “miracles” to know that possibility is only limited by our imagination.

Humans are capable of tremendous love, compassion and enlightenment. We could create a world where we work together to solve problems; listen to every idea; support everyone in demonstrating their individuality, inspiration and creativity; where everyone is safe and protected; where every member of society is valued for their contribution; where hunger, poverty and ignorance are the enemies – not each other!

We look to inspiration from great teachers such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Jesus, and all who’ve led non-violent forms of protest. Even Einstein said, “We can’t solve a problem with the same state of consciousness that created it in the fi rst place.” Let’s face it, if we hate the haters, then we are just another hater!

This isn’t easy, but we must learn to love and respect and bless even those with whom we see absolute disagreement. Everyone’s suffering is tremendous right now, and we can’t know their path nor their choices. It is only the Ego that must be right, must be heard, must prove that someone else is wrong, and must strike back at its perceived enemies. Now, more than ever, we need to express our Divine selves.

We are absolutely committed: to allowing all others to be who and how they are; to committing constant acts of kindness in a world where so many are angry/ stressed/impatient; to looking for the good in our lives and others; to forgiving those that say and do hurtful things; and to drawing our own boundaries in loving and appropriate ways that don’t lay blame on others.

We author our experience with the thoughts we think, the words we speak, and the actions we do. Each of us is valuable, important, unique, and capable of unlimited wisdom and creativity! We add our light to the growing power of lovingkindness consciousness on Earth in order to bring about new possibilities. Won’t you join us?

May 2011 Publishers Letter

May 2011 is our anniversary issue – one full year since we took the reins of Natural Awakenings here in Colorado. A year ago mid-April, we were driving cross-country, a compact car in the lead and a dangerously overloaded rental truck towing a trailer - like Smokey and the Bandit, but with cell phones.

What a rollercoaster year this has been! Luckily, there are a lot of local resources for stress relief inside these pages.

Webster’s defines wellness as: the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal. Myrtle Fillmore, founder of the Unity movement over 120 years ago, proclaimed “I am a child of God, and therefore I do not inherit sickness.” What if our natural state is to be vibrantly healthy and glowing with joy?

Happy Mother’s Day! This month, we honor all women, mothers, the female perspective, the feminine energy, the Goddess that is every one of YOU!

This past year has taught us much about ourselves, how to still be friends and business partners (not easy!), how grateful we are for all the changes we’ve had the courage to make, and for those hurdles we have yet to overcome. We’ve learned that no matter how busy the day is, you better make time for yourself or the next time you look up, it’ll be 8 p.m. and you’ll wonder where the time went! We’ve learned that having a pet is one of the great joys of life, no matter how long it takes to clean the hair out of your clothes, carpet, etc.

We’ve made a lot of progress in our commitment to Natural Awakening’s wellness: doubling our distribution; hiring a better-quality printer; upgrading our paper stock to make the colors sizzle; hiring a new layout expert; new email newsletter; new editing team; combining Boulder/Denver; new website and more. More of you are coming across our magazine than ever before from Castle Rock to Longmont and everywhere in between, but you won’t find us out in the street in box. No, you’ll have to go inside a local business to pick us up because we support local businesses!

Our first priority is to you, our reader, to provide educational and inspirational articles to keep you moving along in your journey of self-discovery. Our goal is to empower you to take charge of you and your family’s health and well-being. We want to connect you with local businesses and foster wellness and prosperity in our community.

Thank you so much for being a part of our adventure; we can’t wait to see what our 2nd year brings!
Gracie

Dedicated to our beloved and loyal Gracie, whose playful and loving spirit will never die in our hearts.

May 2010 Publishers Letter

What an exciting change and a new beginning for us.

Our mission is to live lives full of motion, energy, love and service to others. We have both been corporate warriors most of our lives; now we are business owners. And with that comes an enormous responsibility to help others, become even more of an important resource to the community, and learn and grow along with our readers and advertisers.

We have been led to Denver. Maybe it's because of the 300 days of sunshine, the Rocky Mountains on our doorstep in which to hike, bike, camp, and ski. Maybe it's because studies show a correlation between weight loss and altitude. Perhaps it's the 200,000 acres of organic farmland in surrounding areas or the diversity of neighboring hippy Boulder and right-leaning Colorado Springs. We know it's beautiful here. This area has a unique identity, great people, amazing culture, sports and great recreational opportunities. Because what Denver does, it really does big! --from that crazy airport to the Jefferson County government building in Golden, to the miles of bike trails and parks.

We came to pan for gold. And the gold is YOU, our readers. Our mission is to support you in living a healthy, connected, environmentally-harmonious life, to help you access providers and merchants that you feel good about. You deserve the best mental, physical and spiritual health. Whether it be consulting an intuitive, cleansing your system, holistic dentistry, a hydroponic garden, a health-centered medical professional, attending a class, finding a like-minded support group or spiritual guidance, you will find the best of the best within these pages.

If you don't do something different today, how can you expect anything to change tomorrow?

Just like we are finding our own new beginning, we hope that you find an opportunity for a new beginning every month within the pages of Natural Awakenings.

Looking forward to the future, Doug and Terry

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