Remember when we were little and we had so many questions we felt we were going to explode? “Why do planes fly? Why is the sky blue? What are clouds? Where does the rain come from?” Back then, we thought our parents or teachers or grandparents had it all figured out, and the answer was just one grown-up away.
But now that we’re adults, do we have it all figured out? I suspect your answer, like mine, is a resounding no! The number of questions are probably still the same, but the answers are harder to come by. “What’s the purpose of my life? Am I doing it right? Why am I here? Is this really what I want to do? What’s the point of everything I’m working towards? Should I make a change? What am I afraid of?” For most of us, the right answer is often the one found in our hearts. With all the distractions available to us at the touch of a button — or a screen — the trick is to learn how to listen.
This month, actress Shiva Rose opens up for our Cover Story. I spent an afternoon with Shiva and her daughter Charlotte in Pacific Palisades, where they grow organic vegetables and keep hens for fresh eggs. Shiva, who was married to actor Dylan McDermott for 14 years, is raising their two daughters with kindness and compassion. Her un-Hollywood life is an inspiration for purposeful — and beautiful– living.
I’m also excited to introduce you to one of my favorite women, Orange Is The New Black‘s Alysia Reiner, who is this month’s My Tribe feature. And as usual, we’ll have a new Healthy Treat, an exclusive Home article and more.
In the next ten days, I’m going to make an effort to listen to my own heart. To help, I’m finally committing to a meditation routine. I’ve downloaded the app My Headspace and will start on my ten-day challenge tomorrow. Join me if you like! I know it’s a step in the right direction.
Photograph by Elizabeth Messina ©2014.