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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

There a new Chicago holistic magazine out now: Mindful Metropolis. I’ve read the first few issues and it reminds me of a cross between the former Conscious Choice and the defunct Monthly Aspectarian. (Content is similar to Conscious Choice, ads similar to those of the former Aspectarian).

According to the Mindful Metropolis website, the magazine aims to bring communities in Chicago together with fresh ideas about green art and culture.  The magazine and website showcases ways we can live  sustainable lifestyles in an urban setting.  MM promotes businesses, non-profits, local organizations and educational institutions that aim to inspire people to to act responsibly.  MM says it is “low impact and high concept” and is  “eco-active, enviro-sensitive and socially involved. ”

The magazine looks like it’s about 50-60% advertisements and 40-50% content. Hopefully as time goes on they will add more content. For now, it’s fairly small and an easy read on the bus or train. Hard copies are available for free  in stores like Whole Foods.

In the April issue, (June issue available here in digital form), some of the articles include:

• Growing Healthy kids

• Meditation for Beginners

• Eat Here; Karyn’s on Green

• Let’s redo lunch (about healthy kids lunches)

• Sometimes less is More (Colin Bevan talks about consumption, finding ecological balance and how we can all make an impact)

• Bursting the water bubble (Info about Chicago water shortages and how to avoid them)

Some of the June issue articles:

• Leave your car at home (tips on commuting without your car)

• A walk on the wild Side (Info on Lincoln Parks’ new nature walk)

• Finding balance with preventative health care

Who is Behind Mindful Metropolis?

Richard McGinnis Publisher & CEO

Richard lives by four basic principles: Nothing is impossible; abnormal is the new normal; do your best every waking moment; inspire and support others. He combines these principles with three simple …

Richard lives by four basic principles: Nothing is impossible; abnormal is the new normal; do your best every waking moment; inspire and support others. He combines these principles with three simple career concepts: If it is rewarding, keep doing it; if it is not rewarding, stop doing it; if it is not rewarding and you have to keep doing it, make it rewarding.

A born entrepreneur, he owned his first business at 16 (a commercial interior painting and cleaning service). A Business Management graduate from LSU, he has since owned and operated a vegan restaurant, a mail consolidation business, and a commercial incentive/premium packaging, marketing and consulting company. Not rewarding, not rewarding, and not rewarding. It turns out he had to wait a few decades for the rewarding stuff to happen.

After 10 years in sales management in commercial printing, four years in corporate healthcare marketing (totally not rewarding on any level), and seven years of LOHAS media publishing, he is very happy to have settled in with his Chicago community and “family” to facilitate publication of Mindful Metropolis, where he can apply all the tools experience has laid at his feet.

James Faber Editorial & Production Director

James Faber has a B.A. in Journalism along with a science writing concentration from Columbia College Chicago. He graduated in 1998. Faber began at Conscious Choice magazine as an intern in 1997, then became a full-time staff member.

After working as associate editor, senior editor and managing editor, Faber became production manager in early 2001 and produced nearly 100 issues of the magazine before the magazine closed it’s doors in April 2009.

In his free time, James enjoys writing fiction, watching Chicago sports (mainly the Bears, Blackhawks and White Sox) and is a total music fanatic — both playing and checking out live shows. He lives on the northwest side of Chicago, and manages a family business on weekends during the summer.

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