Healthy living is more than eating right and exercising.
It’s a whole state of mind, as I’ve learned from so many of our enlightened advertisers. Tending to our spirit and our mind is a key part of overall health. I have always understood the importance of a healthy mind, but not so much the spirit. For me, spirituality has always meant religion, but there is a distinction: spirituality seems to be more of what your inner soul is about. It is more of an inner worship, tending to your “self.”
Thinking about the people in my life, I feel as though the ones who always have a positive demeanor and outlook — even in the face of adversity — have that peace of mind and spirit. That person who, when you think of them, conjures up that smiling face in your mind. I had a friend, Chris, who was that person for me, and did she ever teach me a lot! So unfairly, she was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. How helpless you feel when you hear the news. But that girl remained her positive self and fought through it. (I still see that smiling face and those twinkling eyes when I think of her.) What an example for the women/girls in her life!
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an effort to “promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease and provide greater access to services.” Organizers want to empower women to take charge of their own health and commit to regular screenings. Need some motivation? The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 225,000 new breast cancer cases in women in the U.S. in 2012.
Tending to your overall health is made a bit easier when you keep an open mind and educate yourself. We have so many great articles to help you on your way. Valerie Dantoin Adamski discusses the re-creation of our local food system and the resurgence of smaller, diversified farms. Kami Ward shares some evidence-based methods that can be used to alleviate stress and improve well-being. Tina Wankey offers a natural option to help heal the mind, body and spirit: essential oils. These are just a few examples of what we offer you this month. Please read on for more!
In honor of those who have lost their brave fights with breast cancer, encourage all of the women in your life to get screened this month, even yourself!
In health and happiness,