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Deep Dives

Here at Natural Awakenings, we like exploring subjects in depth; living on the surface will not lead to true awakenings... Deep dives are the way to go. 

But the magazine format does not favor deep dives, so we lean on two ways to go deep: Special Sections, which is our term for the treatment of a topic that includes at least three articles in the same issue, and Series, two or more articles on a topic that are published in consecutive months. 

The following are the deep dives we’ve published since September 2017.  

Healing the Trauma of Slavery

A Special Section – February 2021

A 12-page, four-article + sidebar + resource page exploration of the ongoing trauma experienced by African Americans as a function of centuries of servitude, humiliation, and neglect. We look into the possibility of genetic memory as factor in sustaining trauma and maladaptive behavior; at the works of Dr. Joy DeGruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing, and Resmaa Menakem, author of My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies; healing modalities and obstacles to healing.  

The Enneagram and Spiritual Practice

A Three-Part Series, June – Aug 2020

The Enneagram of personality is a personality typing system that holds tremendous potential for personal evolution, for those who devote themselves to the work. While the question “What is your number?” might be the most frequently asked question pertaining to the Enneagram, it is important to understand that none of us is a number, a single personality or even a collection of many personalities. That's the strength of our presentation of the Enneagram; it gets beyond the most common perceptions about it to give readers a sense of its depth—in only three articles.   


A Three-Part Series, Sept – Nov 2019

Ayurveda, along with Traditional Chinese Medicine, is one of two ancient healing enhancement and maintenance systems in the world. With millennia of experience and success, a large portion of the West still has much to learn from the East about health, wellness, and living in alignment with nature. ~ In our series we look at body composition—the Doshas; digestive health, the key to overall health; and panchakarma, the variety of Ayurvedic therapies. Plus, we catalog all of our additional Ayurveda articles that follow up the initial series.    

Black and Vegan in Atlanta

A Special Section, August 2019

Staff writer Noah Chen, after moving to Atlanta's historic West End in 2018, remarked that he thought there were more Black-owned vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Atlanta than white-owned. This special section doesn't attempt to confirm that idea, but it did prompt interesting questions. Why does veganism seem to be a trend among African Americans? How is Black veganism different from white veganism? And, who are some of the pioneers in the area? 

This two-article, three-recipe and resource list became our first special section focused on Atlanta's African American community. And it was not the last.  

Energy Healing

A Special Section, April 2019

A 12-page, five-article, two-sidebar exploration of touchless energy healing. We look at the different modalities of energy healing, the most common conditions for which people seek out energy healing, a personal look at the experience of energy healing from practitioners and their clients, the balance between male and female energy, and an overview of books on the subject.  

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