by Katarzyna (Kasia) Szumal –
A few days ago I took my bike ride on my favorite Cal-Sag trail, and I could not believe my eyes when I saw so many leaves had fallen down from trees. Even though it is September, and the temperature is still in the 90s; nature is giving us some signs that fall is coming.
My favorite thing about fall is observing how the tree leaves change color, from yellow to brown, until they fall to the ground. They do that without any question or hesitation. They are a part of nature, and changing colors is one of their natural transformations. This reminds me of humanity; we are constantly changing from the food we put on our plates, to clothes we wear, to the different ways we see things. I’ve never seen a movie twice without noticing things that I had not noticed before. Change is a part of life; whether we learn and grow with it or we become resentful depends on us.
As many of you saw on TV and the Internet or heard on radio, there were recently several hurricanes, which resulted in flooding around our country. Like many of you, I have some friends and family that were affected by one of these of natural disasters. My friend, Elizabeth Rose from Georgia, was hit by hurricane Irma. She was one of few people on her block whose house was not flooded or damaged by water and wind. To help her community in Georgia, she bought bottles of detergent and made cleaning buckets, kid packs, and personal hygiene kits to give for free to people to start cleaning. I experienced flooding once in my life, after a few days the smell of the mold is just awful. As a Conscious Community, I want to ask you to donate some money to help her to buy cleaning supplies for hurricane Irma victims. The more you donate, the more she can help. The link where you can donate money is: https://www.youcaring.com/elizabethross-950266. If you have any questions, please give Elizabeth a call at 757-339-1074.
The Gateway Foundation, Inc. in Chicago has also contacted us, and they need our help. They are looking for volunteers who can share their knowledge of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and/or spirituality, as well as their time, to save lives from the pit of addiction. It is a national, not for profit organization committed to reducing substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems through effective and efficient treatment programs. If you have any questions regarding how the groups work you can contact Nannette R. De Los Santos directly at 773-826-1916 ext. 2820. By helping others, we help ourselves change, growth and transform. Let’s grow together!
In this October issue, you can find a great interview with author, historian and speaker Max Dashu, Behind the Mask: The History of Witches and Halloween, where you can read about the history of Halloween and its traditions. Also, you can read about yoga, balance your pitta, as well you can try to bake Aunt Annette’s pumpkin muffin recipe. It is so delicious! Enjoy!