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Natural Awakenings South Jersey

Letter From Publisher

By and large, most of us cherish a heartfelt desire to engage in a deeply meaningful romantic relationship, and I’m no exception. Having married and divorced twice, I know how hard it is to keep a relationship compatible enough to pass the test of time. Both of my wedding days enjoyed auspicious storybook settings. The first took place in a roadside chapel amidst Vermont’s peak fall foliage with a minister tying the knot in an open-air ceremony beside a babbling brook. The second was performed in my older sister’s 18th-century Cape Cod-styled house amidst 30 acres of picturesque trees decorating Connecticut hills. Both ceremonies were private family affairs with everyone gladly offering their loving support of the newlyweds’ good intentions. After my second set of vows was completed, my 10-year-old nephew stepped up to play his gift to us. He had recently started playing trumpet for his school and we all laughed good-naturedly when we realized the only song he knew was Taps. Perhaps an omen of things to come?

Time has healed all wounds and I’ve realized the wisdom of accepting the necessary lessons learned with gratitude and without assigning blame. Character is refined in such furnaces of experience. Today, our children and grandsons continue to bring us together in love and appreciation of what counts most in life.

Releasing the burden of personal emotional baggage frees us all to manifest a more content relationship, one we may even consider perfect for us. Through meditation and increasing self-awareness we can come to see the essence of who we are as a perfect lovable being. I’ve come to see that intending that my new relationship has the opportunity to flourish requires a commitment to “do the work” by giving my all. Opening myself to receive and live such enlightened relationship means taking off any judgment hat and seeing past shortcomings to behold a beloved’s true self, and whole-heartedly embracing time spent together. This allows real love to flow.

Valentine’s Day brings out the romantic in us all and Judith Fertig’s feature article, “Happily Coupled,” on page 14, gives us insightful clues on creating a loving relationship with a special someone that will not only survive, but thrive. All the couples interviewed point to the ongoing connections we make and nurture as just as important to a lasting love as the mutual attraction that sparked it all in the first place. I love how they consciously strengthen their bond by creating memorable moments together. Love needs to be cultivated daily and is always a work in progress—as we all are.

Sharing healthy foods is yet another way to support mutual well-being. Lane Vail’s “Happy Meals” meal plans, on page 18, sheds light on one more way to help lift a partner above a rough patch. Eating the right things can benefit your attitudes and romance.

May Cupid strike your sweet spot,

Don Moore, Publisher