As I write this in late November, we are knee deep in the season of thanksgiving and goodwill toward others. The hectic celebration of Christmas will soon be here, followed by the hard work of self-assessment and self-improvement as we greet the new year with resolutions to become better versions of ourselves.
On September 25, Upstate Natural Awakenings presented the documentary film HEAL at Zen Greenville. Prior to the start of the film we served light refreshments that were included in the ticket cost. A dozen or so Upstate natural health vendors were on hand to display their products and services and to interact with those attending. I am happy to report that 120 people purchased tickets on EventBrite and by all accounts, gave a big thumbs up to HEAL and to our presentation of more films in the future.
The “mind-body connection” is described by Yogapedia as “how the brain and thoughts influence the body and its functions”. An article published in Scientific American in 2016 provided new evidence of the power of the mind to help people stay well and resist illness.
September is shaping up to be a busy month with lots of activities in the Upstate. On September 25, Natural Awakenings is presenting the documentary film, HEAL, at Zen Greenville. You will find more details on this event here. We are excited
For our yoga issue this month we ran a local cover featuring a few of the Upstate’s yoga instructors. The cover photo and some of the Yoga Profile photos—also in this issue—were taken by local photographer Jonathan Doyel. For more information on Jonathan, visit his website JonathanDoyelPhotography.com or see his Community Resource Guide listing (under the heading Photography) in our print and digital issues.
Natural Awakenings will present the award-winning documentary film, HEAL, at Zen Greenville on September 25. Tickets are available on EventBrite for $13.50. The ticket price includes light refreshments, a raffle, and the opportunity to visit with natural health vendors before the film starts. The film, directed by Kelly Noonan Gore, features such notables as Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Gregg Braden, and Anita Moorjani, to name a few.
Most wedding anniversaries are celebrated by a romantic dinner over candlelight, or a lovely bow-wrapped gift together with a romantic card. Wayne and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary on July 13. His gift to me was a whitewater rafting trip on the Chatooga River. It was a day filled with fun, adventure, a lot of water, and a little bit of gut-wrenching fear.
I always enjoy the opportunity to share something new with our readers in my publisher letters. However, this month I am recycling a letter I wrote a year ago. Wayne and I will be leaving for a week’s vacation early tomorrow morning. Not to make excuses, but it’s been a busy week. I had planned to get this letter done earlier but, then, you know what they say about the best laid plans… This letter is about Charleston, one of my favorite cities, and it tells the story of two very remarkable women who lived there during the pre-civil war era. So, in the unlikely event you remember reading it, I hope you will forgive the repetition. I think it’s a story worth repeating and I hope you do, too.
A few months ago, I participated at a health fair at Zen Greenville called Whole Health Nation. It was a small fair, with perhaps 20 or so exhibitors. Some of the vendors gave presentations. Two of them called to me to tell their stories and share them with you in our magazine. One presentation was on Mushroom Mountain, a mushroom farm and research facility, operating in Easley. We published the story of Mushroom Mountain in the May
The theme for this May issue is Healing the Hard Stuff, or Natural Care First (page ). The article, in part, asks why natural healing is often used as a last resort in combating illness. It’s an interesting question. On the face of it, I think most people would agree that they would prefer to use a natural health modality than undergo surgery