Volume 17 Issue 4 — November/December 2011
by Melva Armstrong
I have made a decision to pull up my long-time roots from Saskatoon and plant them in rural Saskatchewan. I have always wanted to live in the country and now I am doing just that, and WHOLifE Journal is coming along with me. Yes, I am going to continue publishing the journal from an acreage near Kamsack, which is next to the beautiful Duck Mountain Provincial Park and very close to the Manitoba border. It is a stunningly beautiful area and the acreage is on a hill that overlooks the Assiniboine Valley. I’ve been a city gal most of my life, so this will be a whole new learning experience for me.
It is one thing to say you are going to move and another thing to actually do it. So far, it has been quite a stressful experience. Getting rid of all the clutter and extraneous stuff I have around has been quite a chore.
As I have been doing it, I thought to myself, why didn’t I clear this a long time ago, or at least do it gradually over the months and years, so it didn’t have to be all done at once?
As I remove and release things, I actually feel a lot lighter and am grateful for this opportunity to let go of the old and make way for the new. I feel it is like a birthing process as I embark on this rural adventure and create a new life for myself. It will give me an opportunity to meet lots of local folks in that eastern area of our province, an area in which I have never spent much time before, and with which I look forward to becoming more familiar. I’ve already been looking up lots of things on the internet and have travelled to the area two times. I know this new life will be full of all kinds of adventures that will enrich my life and make me a stronger and softer individual. I am trusting I will also bring lots of love and light to share with those whose paths I cross. I feel we are all very blessed to live in this part of the planet, where folks support one another in each community by sharing with and caring about each individual who comes into their lives. I think life is all about community.
I am trusting the journal will grow and expand and we will be finding more new places for deliveries, as well as many more new advertisers and contributing writers. So be sure to keep in touch, keep reading, and keep more things flowing into the journal so we can keep disseminating the material to help you continue on your life journey of wellness and wholeness.
Because our world is experiencing so many changes and shifts, and our stress levels have thus been elevated, I felt it would be helpful to publish an article called Prayer That Works (p. 24) by ministers August Gold and Joel Fotinos. This article is based on their book called The Prayer Chest: A Tale About the Power of Faith, Community, and Love. According to Gold, “The secret of prayer is that you don’t have to beg or plead for anything to happen. You have to be open to receive what life is longing to give you.” So when we are feeling overwhelmed, it would be good to go within oneself through prayer, so it can bring more of the wishes we want and deserve, and thus bring us more peace and happiness.
As you search the table of contents, you will find a wide array of articles that are written so they may speak to your heart, mind, soul, and body. They are submitted from each author’s heart-felt place so that all who read them may benefit. We are ever grateful for the articles that are submitted, as well as for our many advertisers, whose contributions allow the journal to be printed, as well as being online. We encourage people to continue submitting articles and advertising, so that we can keep the flow of material coming to you, the readers. We also love to have any feedback you care to give us, so keep those cards and letters coming.
May you enjoy the colourful leaves of autumn as they blow gently across the fields and the meadows, the lawns and the streets, and brighten your days. May the December holiday season be a time of gratitude, harmony, love, and truly delightful pleasures.
Until the new year, be well and happy.
(The Spirit in me honours the Spirit in you)