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- Thich Nhat Hanh


Editor's Notes

It is impossible in today’s world to ignore the fact that there are serious challenges facing the human race. One of the biggest of these is the damaging effect human society has had on the environment. It’s clear that action needs to be taken, both individually and globally so that the human race can take responsibility for the health and wellbeing of this planet– our home. For me personally, having a child has transformed the way I see my home and what it represents in my life. My concern for the safety of the home that shelters my family has gone way beyond the idea of “childproofing,” covering electrical outlets, cushioning sharp corners and keeping cleaning products out of reach. The more research I do, the more I realize how many of the things we consider to be modern conveniences are actually at the root of many of the health and environmental challenges that our society is facing. So as I began to prepare for our annual Home and Sustainability issue, the old familiar question kept echoing inside my head. It said, “You have this amazing opportunity to influence people through this magazine. How can you do more to leave the world better than you found it and help people live healthier, happier lives?” 

One of the answers to this ever-pressing question came in the form of Ron and Lisa Beres, founders and owners of Green Nest, an e-commerce company devoted to helping people create sustainable homes. In our cover story, Sense and Sustainability, Ron and Lisa remind us that our five senses are the greatest tools we possess in our efforts to create healthy, environmentally responsible homes. When we trust our instincts and the information we receive from our senses, we have a good chance of making the right choices. They point out that living sustainably is not about giving up our comforts or our desire to live a life of convenience. It just means that we need to continually seek information and education so that the choices we make support our efforts to live life in balance with the needs of the environment and our own health. In addition, I am continually amazed and inspired by the proliferation of individuals and businesses in recent years that are devoted to providing consumers with practical, approachable services, resources and information to help them create sustainable lifestyles. We are all pioneers exploring a new century that looks to be one of growth, development and promise. Let’s acknowledge ourselves for having taken steps forward and for walking the green path.

On another note, our July/August issue was a milestone for Yogi Times. It was our fifth anniversary issue and to celebrate, we took a look back at some of the people, places and events that have inspired us and our readers, capturing the essence of the vibrant communities that we exist to serve. If you have any favorite stories or moments that we’ve captured over the years that you’d like to share with us, we’d love to hear from you so that we can share in your special memories and commemorate the growth and diversity of the conscious community of people and businesses that Yogi Times is built upon. You can send your thoughts to We are looking forward to hearing from you.

| Editor in Chief

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