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Fall 2019: Focus
Welcome to the Fall 2019 issue of Parvati Magazine.
The American mythologist Joseph Campbell coined the phrase “follow your bliss” based on his study of the ancient Hindu scriptures known as the Upanishads. He said, “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you.”
To follow your bliss requires discernment, constant vigilance, and commitment to honouring the call of your unique inner voice. It is based on the belief that the universe is not against you. Instead, it converges in each moment to support your greatest joy.
To live our bliss, we must be willing to remain focused on the incredible support around us, especially when we face the inevitable ups and downs of life. We may see help and we may not. Even if we feel alone at a crossroads, we can return to the simple yet powerful gift of our breath and feel our interconnection with the whole.
In this special double issue on the theme of Focus, you will discover the power of focus in all areas of life. Best-selling author, speaker and entrepreneur Kate Northrup tells us why connecting with Nature has led her to success (an experience I share!). Punk rock trailblazer Bif Naked shares about the gifts of humor, gratitude and mentorship. 5 Gyres founder Marcus Eriksen shares his passion for stopping ocean plastic pollution. Swiss Impact Investment Association co-founder Ben Banerjee focuses on the financial sector’s capacity to effect global change. World music guitarist Jesse Cook explains the powerful alchemy of Toronto’s multicultural music scene. Dr. Izabella Wentz tells us how she took her Hashimoto’s thyroiditis diagnosis, recovered from the disease and became a bestselling advocate for others to do the same. We speak with YogaFest and Fields of Yogis, two of the latest yoga festivals to join Yogis Unite for MAPS. I share potent YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine practices to increase your focus and follow-through. Plus, much more.
And of course, all of this is dedicated to the singular focus in my life, all of us at Parvati.org and the extraordinary group of volunteers from around the world: we need MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary now for the good for all. We are in this together.
On the cover this month: photo by Jeff Gerald, design by Jellyfunk. Dress by Parvati.
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