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Natural Awakenings Spokane WA/Coeur d'Alene ID

Just Flow With It

May 09, 2018 11:00PM
“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.” ~ Maya Angelou

My goal is to flow. To navigate and roll with life and its lazy Class I to extreme Class VI rapids. Easier said than done, of course. There are times when everything feels connected and opportunities arrive and synchronicities happen, and I think, “Oh yeah, I got this thing locked in!” Only to then be flowing along and: DAM. No seriously—I hit a dam. Fear, insecurities and uncomfortable emotions bubble up threatening to block my progress and drown me. Deep breaths. Quiet the mind. Listen. And know that all is well and the flow must go on. Until it ends.

Show up. I recently attended the celebration of life for an extended family member and learned that his magical power was ‘showing up.’ Supporting those he loved and being there when it mattered most. What a beautiful gift to be remembered for. I am sad to report that Jason, my sweet friend from New Zealand, passed away in April. I wrote about Jase in the February issue when he shared with me his struggle during those final months. His words hurt my heart, but his vulnerability, courage and resilience strengthened it. He was a gift to me, and I will miss him dearly. Since my mom’s death almost two years ago now, I’ve come to realize the amazing, transformative and powerful teacher that death is. A teacher whose class you would never voluntarily enroll in, but one that transforms you in ways you could never anticipate. All part of the flow.

Now let’s flow right into this month’s issue! May is dedicated to women’s health and is chock-full of fabulous local content from area naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists and more. I’m super excited that my own naturopath of 14 years, Dr. Alycia Policani, writes about the important role of thermography in overall breast health. We also have an informative Q&A with Dr. Pamela Langenderfer on bioidentical hormones during menopause. Dr. Toby Hallowitz details the power of chasteberry and curcumin for PMS symptoms and Dr. Chad Johnson explains the vital importance of the pelvis in pregnancy. But wait, there’s more. Our local spotlight features an inspiring little boy named Tristan who has Pulmonary Hypertension (PH), an extremely rare disease with very few treatment options. Tristan wants us to know May 5 is PH Awareness Day, and there are ways we can help find a cure. Additional spotlights this month feature the awesome Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile and their expanded South Hill store, as well as the Downtown Grocery Outlet.

And finally, it’s Farmers’ Market season! We have a listing of all the area markets by day on page 25, and if I’ve forgotten any, let me know.

Show up, read up and enjoy the flow my friends, Amber

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