I often hear people say things like, “I am not religious, but I am very spiritual.” According to Wikipedia, there is a difference, but it’s a relatively new difference: “Traditionally spirituality has been defined as a process of personal transformation in accordance with religious ideals. Since the 19th century spirituality is often separated from religion, and has become more oriented on subjective experience and psychological growth. It may refer to almost any kind of meaningful activity or blissful experience, but without a single, widely-agreed definition.”
I think that spirituality is hard to define because it is an entirely personal phenomenon. Spirituality is as unique as the individual who embraces it. In this issue of Maine Women, we are looking at the connection of body, mind and spirit and talking about a variety of things and people who live in our communities.
First, many will notice a familiar face on our cover. Vicki Monroe, our own local “spirit messenger,” has shared some of her story with us. I have been to see Vicki as part of a group of women, and have spoken with her on the phone a couple of times when she was doing some work at a local radio station. I can say from my somewhat skeptical vantage point that I found her to be “spot on.” Vicki, I think, is a kind and compassionate individual who has a very unique gift. You can read more about that on page 4.
Have you heard of biodynamic foods? I had not until I read Joanne Lannin’s Table Talk column in this issue. I learned that biodynamic foods are sort of a new phase of organic foods that are grown as part of a self-sustaining farm system. You can read more about this on page 16.
The word “namaste” is often heard in yoga classes. Namaste is a greeting and/or a goodbye of sorts, coupled with a gesture, that means, “the spirit in me honors and respects the spirit in you.” I hear this often when I attend a local yoga class. I, like many women (and men), find yoga to be a perfect combination of physical and mental challenge, along with physical and mental relief. Yoga requires concentration, courage, and in my case, humility. We have a great piece on a variety of yoga offerings, along with the appropriate lingo, on page 6.
Season’s Greetings, Happy Holidays, Best Wishes for a peaceful 2015. Namaste.
– Lee Hews, Publisher