Editor's Note: grounded

To be grounded can mean a lot of things. To some it is the literal connection to the ground — feeling the dirt in between your toes or the sand running through your fingers, to experience the wind and the air as they take you far away from the toils of everyday life. To others it is internal — gaining an emotional or spiritual grounding that provides peace, finding one’s center.

To me, being grounded is somewhere in between. When I feel overwhelmed, broken, or lost— like I’m drowning in the fast-paced life of the city or the many menial tasks that pile up throughout the day, I take myself outside and I connect back to the Earth or I reach out to those closest to me. This doesn’t mean I take a hike or run a mile but I take a deep breath and braid some grass to bring myself back to reality. When this doesn’t work and I need that extra push back into sanity or comfort, more often than not a comforting word from my mother, my friends, or my partner will bring back home and make me feel safe.

This safety and comfort with oneself as well as one’s environment is a feeling cultivated by the works in this second issue. Grounded shows how each and every one of these artists comes back to their center and finds their peace. Each interpretation is unique and special, they all tell a story, whether that be through visuals, audio, or words  — and I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.

This theme buries itself deep into the mission of Berry Mag as it encourages each and every one of our readers to empathize and feel what it means to feel safe to all of our artists.

My dog Max being cute, happy, and grounded.

My dog Max being cute, happy, and grounded.

I would like to thank all of the artists, writers, musicians, photographers, and creators that contributed to grounded. Without your wonderful, soul-bearing works of art this issue could not have been the beautiful, vulnerable collection that it is today. I also would like to give thanks to the wonderful Spring weather and my supportive friends and family for inspiring and working through this concept of being grounded with me in order to bring us to this complete conclusion. I am so happy about what this issue has become and I cannot wait to hear all of your thoughts on it.

With all of the love in my heart,

Trinity Lester