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From the Editor

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Lana Kelmenson

The letter from the editor kicks off each issue and helps set the tone for the magazine. Over the next six issues, members of the S&H team will be writing the letter. This issue’s writer, Kalia Kelmenson, is our editorial director and resident book lover, surfer, and mind-body explorer.

I recently had an exchange with someone I consider a friend that left me feeling confused and hurt. There had been signs along the way that it wouldn’t be a smooth process, but I felt we could work through any obstacles that might come up. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I opened myself up to come from a place of vulnerability and not-knowing, and was met with a harsh reality: Sometimes people need to vent. While, ultimately, I realized that it wasn’t really about me personally, being on the receiving end of what was clearly a deep-rooted issue for this person was painful. Relationships are tricky business. They offer some of the greatest spiritual teachings of our lives. And just when we feel we’ve gained some tools along the path and developed capacities to engage in kinder and more compassionate ways, we are handed another teacher, exposed to another part of ourselves that still has much to learn. Pema Chödrön offers us valuable tools in “Overcoming Polarization.” Her insights into recognizing when we begin to separate ourselves from others, making us “right” and them “wrong,” are especial …

About the Author

Kalia Kelmenson

Kalia Kelmenson is a curator of wellbeing and has been in the health and wellness field for over two decades. She founded...

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