Welcome to February 2020! The groundhog will soon tell us if we have the worst part of winter behind us. February has a knack of being one of those months that can be truly depressing. Does your life feel like Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day? Are you living the same day over and over? Stepping into deep icy puddles with a “Weeeell, that first step can be a duzie!” Not enough sunshine on the face and body? Not enough daylight hours? Too much TV? Too many soft drinks or hard drinks? I’m not sure what it is, but I often get winter blues in February. So what better time to make a fun guide!Here is the essence of this guide: We have been working on stories for months that we are putting in here. The story on the child stars required three writers and six months to produce—it’s a fun story. We write about two great escape towns, both of which offer clean air: Moab and Escalante— really fun! Get out of town or risk dying from asphyxiation from noxious chemical air. We have fun activities in the back along with a bars and pubs guide. Why a fun guide?
Millennials often agree that life should be more about experiences than material satisfaction. I think we can take this a step further and in a better direction (than posting all your amazing experiences on social media). Life is a gift if you wake up and find that nothing is hurting. Life is a gift if you have some moments where you escape the confines of your noisy thoughts and realize the majesty of each moment. We believe that meditation, stillness, and quiet time in nature offer everything we will never quite find from the endless pursuit of material satisfaction or pleasure seeking.
A sense of this was offered in the SCPTR (Intermountain Psychedelics Symposium). From this conference, we get a sense of the rise of elevating our own human consciousness and evolving past the destructive thought patterns of popular material consciousness. The rise of long-format podcasts demonstrate that we are far more intellectually curious than the main-stream media conglomerates assumed. With the rise of medical cannabis (CBD, CGD, THC) and psychedelics, we find there are so many natural solutions that the FDA, USDA and governments have banned. As these ancient medicines rise, we will witness the decline of Big Pharma, Big Ag, factory farms, the insanity of unconscious materialism, and the rise of strong local communities.
Why does local matter? Because BIG (ag, media, pop stars, textiles, government policies) is not always better. Economies of scale make things cheaper, but when we have strong local communities we maintain our sovereignty. We can realize we actually have power to make our local community a better place. Tune out of Big cheap crap, tune into small, local community. Have fun in February! Read this issue cover-to-cover and be in the know. Also, please support our local advertisers and thank them for their support of Utah Stories. We need a few more advertisers, so by doing this and showing them their ROI, we will gain the few more we need to continue to bring you this magazine (in 750 locations from Ogden to Saint George) every month free of charge.
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