Dear Fellow Adventurers
People tell us that they enjoy the variety of articles in Livingnow, and I think we have an extremely diverse array this issue. From architecture to food cravings, bullying to meditation and prayer, spiritual matters to detoxification and tiredness to money – a multi-faceted gem for sure.
I’d really like to point out a couple of special articles, starting with Liliane Grace’s recommendation to teach bullying in schools. Don’t get up on your high horse about the title, but read it and see how amazingly sensible and indeed what a revolutionary idea it is. As you and I both know, there’s no use declaring war on anything, or stamping out a problem, because then you are just contributing energy to the problem, and trying to treat it with some of its own bad medicine. I urge you to read the article and then, if you’re as convinced as I am about the efficacy of the method, take it to your local school and see what they think. It’s probably easier to start locally than to go to the head honchos of the education department.
Have you ever been conflicted about duality vs non-duality, ie, a belief that there is a God outside of us vs the idea that we are in fact God? I must admit that I’ve vacillated from moment to moment very often. Well, there is an exciting take on it by Barry Vissell in his story on only two spiritual paths. He lets us off the hook as to having to believe just one theory. So I feel vindicated in my indecision. Yay! We have a most comprehensive feature on mindfulness and meditation, with nine very different articles. So if you want to try meditation but have been scared, just read the articles and I think you’ll see that there’s not one actual way to do it, and that more or less anything goes. No-one mentioned chanting in their articles, sadly, because it is a personal fave of mine, and I don’t know how I’d have worked so hard and so long (27 years this July) on this magazine without having chanting in my life.
Actually, speaking of chanting, we have a gorgeous CD gift for subscribers this issue. It’s not chanting but some of the tracks affect me the same as chanting – others are quite different – but they are all lovely, as is Tenzin Choegyal, the Tibetan musician. If you’re in Brisbane you might like to take advantage of visiting his Festival of Tibet, something he organises every year, giving the funds to the Tibetan orphans. The details for this are to be found in purple ads on the astrology article and also in the People Pages Directory.
An event in Melbourne that I’d really like to invite you to is to hear Raym Richards, the guy who writes all the ghost stories for us (and they’re true BTW – just names and places changed ‘ to protect the innocent’). He’s speaking with us at lunch in Melbourne on 10th April. The details are on p.9.
Next month’s features are Women’s Health and The Importance of Touch. We seek advertising and editorial submissions for the latter, and please be aware that we must of course favour articles from people who advertise with us. I suppose you realise that the magazine is funded by advertising… While mentioning that, I do wish you’d tell our advertisers when you see them in the magazine, albeit that you most likely go to their website and contact them via that. It just helps them know that their ads in Livingnow are working, and therefore it ensures the viability of a free title. You’d be doing a favour for all print publications (your local paper and any other print magazines you read) if you did that because, in these days of online everything, it’s not so easy for advertisers to track which of their promotions is working. If you are considering submitting an editorial for The Importance of Touch feature, please email us for guidelines – oh, and don’t leave it too long.