A few weeks back Dina and I were fortunate enough to catch the viewing of a new documentary called, The Connection, a film “about how frontier research is proving that there is a direct connection between your mind and your health.” I know there are plenty of cynics out there, some of them my very own close friends and family, but I have spent much of my life attuned to the mind and body relationship, and learned very early on that instead of co-existing, these are two components of the same larger system, working and feeding off one another. If one is compromised, so is the other. Your Soul Style’s mission was founded on this very philosophy. It pertains to everything we do from our emotional health to the clothes we wear. We are one being and the mind’s experience is just as impactful as our physical one.
Think about the traditional Chinese or Indian cultures where practices like acupuncture, natural herbs and yoga have been used for centuries to heal disease, and achieve overall balance and wellness. The American culture on the whole is much further behind and we have created a system that has grown accustomed to treating the body without considering the mind. In Western medicine, science has taken the lead and while I am grateful for the advancement of technology in the medical field, it’s just as important to pay attention to mindfulness based techniques which have now been proven (by Harvard doctors, no less!) to be equally as effective. “The film features scientists, researchers, writers, and doctors, as well as remarkable true stories of people adding mind-body medicine to their healing toolkit to recover from severe back pain, heart disease, infertility, cancer and multiple sclerosis”, along with many other examples on the power of positive thinking. Australian filmmaker and producer of the documentary, Shannon Harvey who herself was faced with an autoimmune disease at age 24, tried everything from drugs to alternative therapies and anything in between, but recognized that regardless of how aggressive she was in her treatment, the more stressed she got, the worse she felt. And was not getting better. It was here when she set out on a quest to find answers, interviewing specialists from around the globe in the field of mind-body medicine.
This film is transformative. Whatever doubt I had (if any) in the power of the mind-body connection, it is now gone, and I am working towards adding even more mindfulness based practices into my daily life. Especially since I am going through the fertility process, and living with the autoimmune disease, Hashimoto. Whether you’re a cynic, a believer, open or closed, doubtful, set in your ways, or someone that is already engaging in these behaviors, this film is for you. A mind-expanding experience that provides critical insight with factual data to support it, this film is crucial for everyone to see. This film could change your life.
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