Sensi Magazine August 2019 - Emerald Triangle Digital Edition
Jul 31, 2019 05:16AM
● By Nora Mounce
IN GOOD HEALTH
It’s fitting that our Health & Wellness issue lands in August, the most permissive month of summer. As long days of play fade into twilight, we often find ourselves surrounded with old friends and the happy laughter of kiddos running wild. Instead of minding kitchen timers and setting the table, summer invites us to light the grill and catch up under open skies. Without the tedium of school schedules and demanding holidays, finding time and space to genuinely connect can be easier in August—though still not an easy task.
A sticky word to define, wellness makes our minds run to green smoothies, gym memberships, and finding the cure to cancer. In this issue, we take a deep dive into the art of forest bathing, social equity in the cannabis industry, and Chinese herbs, juxtaposing biological wellness to the health of the community. Over 20 million Americans practice yoga, over a third have sought professional therapy, and social acceptance of using cannabis “recreationally” is at an all-time high. Clearly, our society is awakening to the idea that stress management is critical to healthy living. But in the dog days of summer, I find myself wondering about social health: Could visiting with old friends and spending quality time with family be missing from our doctor’s orders?
World-renowned researcher and speaker Brené Brown has dedicated her career to researching shame, vulnerability, and most importantly, connection. She writes, “We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.” Without connection, Brown argues, happiness and health don’t stand a chance.
The lucky among us are born into a family where the connection— the love—is patent, a manifestation that lasts a lifetime. For others, the hunt for a sense of belonging, immeasurably rewarding, starts far too young. But for everyone, our wellness—physical, mental, spiritual, and social—is a fire that needs tended for life. When we reap the rewards of good health via whole foods or a restorative hike, we are opening the pathways to more meaningful connections to one another and our place in the world.
In the remaining days of summer, I hope your path to wellness reveals itself in new and unexpected places. Call an old friend, go to a concert, and make time for new connections to grow.
Nora Mounce // MANAGING EDITOR // SENSI EMERALD TRIANGLE
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