Dear Best Selfers:
Awakening… it stirs up something different within each of us. Sometimes monumental and other times subtler…
It is nonetheless often a beckoning from within, gently whispering, it is time to wake up.
In this present moment, I am simply delighted to see the landscape around me awakening to full bloom, its most vibrant potential, following a dark, cold winter slumber. And with it comes a restorative surge of energy. Perhaps these seasonal distinctions mirror the cycles of life, as there are moments of rebirth and others of retreat. Years ago, I heard rumblings about a young woman and something about “Crazy Sexy Cancer”talk. My interest was piquedat “crazy sexy.” As perhaps the unwitting cancer-thriving poster girl, the go-to-resource gal, the green juice maven — our featured cover girl, Kris Carr, transformed her wake-up call into a global self-empowerment brand. Today she is at the forefront of prevention.
Her mission isn’t surviving, it is of living: deeply, profoundly, authentically — in this present moment.
Just aweek prior to our scheduled interview and photo shoot, out on a routine walk with my dog, I spotted something on the distant horizon that caught my attention — a dog in a contraption with wheels, playfully frolicking on a dirt path set amid a mountain landscape with soft breezes and a golden late afternoon light (there might as well have been violins playing softly in the background — it was that cinematic). Hold on a minute, isn’t that Buddy? You know, that Buddy of #GoBuddyGo? Delighted to come upon Kris Carr of Crazy Sexy Wellness, with her husband Brian and their other dog Lola, it was in fact that Buddy. Seeing is believing. While familiar with the Buddy story, it was quite another thing to witness it first hand, like capturing a slice of grace — fireflies in your hand before they slip away.
The interaction between Kris, Brian, and their rescue pup is simply pure love personified. Their paths crossed one fateful day on a mountaintop: a sickly abandoned dog and two guardian angels — the rest is history, gentle and compassionate history.
They heal each other in ways divinely orchestrated in the cosmos.
We are availed of the opportunity to awaken each day to the gift of love — to be given and to create the space for it to be received. We never know what will cross our path, but rest assured it is there for the taking in each present moment in ways both big and small. Inspired by the work and spirit of Kris Carr, this issue is dedicated to the theme of awakening. And as our unique co-creators share in their distinct voices, it arrives in the most wondrous of ways.
Are you prepared to heed the call? It’s time to wake up.
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