Valentine’s Day is no longer just for romantic partners, but those for whom you hold affection. Today has been dubbed Palentine’s, Galentine’s and Malentine’s to celebrate friends. (Even more names have been assigned by the cheeky London Underground crew at @AllOnTheBoard!) And friendship deserves to be celebrated because the latest research shows that it promotes health and wellbeing.
Society is continuing to shift attitudes and behaviours toward holistic wellbeing, and just-released evidence shows it’s both a bottom-up and top-down movement. Concepts and practices previously juxtaposed as incongruous – such as Eastern and Western medical practices, the interplay between mind and matter, science versus spirituality, or modern technology and ancient wisdom – are increasingly being embraced by the public and the health establishment as compatible approaches to wellness.
Edinburgh’s West End was abuzz last weekend as people noshed on whole foods at Roots, meditated on the emotional walls in their lives at Calm on Canning, sorted out their spines with White Tree Chiro, flipped through tomes on mindset at The Next Chapter, marveled at the energy of crystals at The Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, and sampled the benefits of aromatherapy, yoga, and pilates at various locations.
While “Well Being in the West End” was conceived as an interactive showcase of the neighbourhood’s wares and services to support holistic health, it proved much more: A community of like-minded people.
Welcome to MindstreamConnect, a site dedicated to exploring mind-body-spirit solutions in the pursuit of greater health and happiness. We’re just getting started in January 2019 with a blog covering what’s happening in this exciting area of wellness. The irony is that while the convergence of mind, body and spirit feels like new territory in health today, it draws on ancient disciplines. Science is gaining evidence to explaining the seemingly unexplainable.