This feature is part of Mindstream’s participation in the Wellness Moonshot, an awareness campaign for a world free of preventable disease that’s led by The Global Wellness Institute. Here’s our collection of reflections for the March 2021 theme of PROSPER.
Have you made the switch from reacting to disease to being proactive about wellness?
In many ways, society has made the switch as evidenced by the fact that the $4.5 trillion global wellness economy is more than three times the size of the pharmaceutical industry. But we still have a very long way to go because the cost of chronic disease worldwide is estimated to reach $47 trillion by 2030. It’s a staggering, saddening figure because many chronic diseases — such as cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes and mental health — are preventable.
The concept of not just avoiding serious disease may not be enough, so this month’s theme calls on us to PROSPER. And there’s no room for guilt around wanting to thrive. It’s not selfish, and throughout history the pursuit of full health and wellness has been constant.
“Holistic ideas about what it means to prosper are laced throughout our spiritual lives and cultures,” writes Renee Moorefield, CEO of Wisdom Works Group and advisory board member to the Global Wellness Institute. “The Hindu goddess Lakshmi equally embodies wealth and fortune as she does beauty and joy. In China, the red jujube (date) signifies both wealth and fertility. Sarbat da bhala, meaning “may everyone prosper,” is repeated in Sikh scriptures to reinforce how essential it is for all of humankind to flourish.
“Specific views in Judaism claim man should not only create wealth but also use it for improving individual and public welfare. Buddhist wealth deities are part of rituals to reduce our attachment to material concerns and multiply our generosity and inner peace,” she recounts. “The Arabic word Sal?m, often used as a salutation, expresses harmony and prosperity together. And, the Latin cornu copiae — the “horn of plenty” — symbolizes sufficiency, nourishment and abundance.”
Whether it’s an attitude or an action that’s already part of your habit, or one worthy of adoption, we’ve collected these reflections from the Mindstream community.
THOUGHTS ON THE THEME
|Prosperity requires some grounding ‘alone time’
By Mindstream community
One reader blocks out time in her busy schedule to prioritise her health, another rises 30 minutes early to stretch and reset. Taking time out is a thread that runs through the secrets of setting ourselves up to prosper. Read the collection of reflections
|I’ve learned to lighten up and prosper
By Meera Shah
Switching to an ‘attitude of gratitude,’ getting my daily time in nature, and laughter are a few of the ways I check myself when stress wants to take over. Like the time the London rats wanted to take over… Continue reading
|Cultivate prosperity through head, heart and hands
By Liza Horan
Is prosperity earned or granted? A bit of both. For me, it starts with taking care of myself to cultivate an environment to prosper. Intention, action and luck all play a part. Continue reading
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Learn more about The Wellness Moonshot on GlobalWellnessInstitute.com.