What is Mental/Emotional Wellness in this Modern World?
It seems like there is a wellness market for everything now. Some would speculate that our human realities are moving into “consciousness”. There are wellness coaches, diets, lifestyle “hacks”, and a wellness product for just about everything.
Nevertheless, the symptoms of mental / emotional disease such as depression, anxiety, and other hormonal imbalances are more prevalent than ever across all human demographics.
While there may be a many new found public and socially acceptable dialogues surrounding mental health (or lack there of) and generational traumas, just talking about and accepting it does not seem to be lowering the instances of suicide, addiction, and self-harm —> especially amongst younger generations where we would hope to see the shift. If anything, growing up in a “dying world” is often shrugged off as the new normal while another day goes by, facilitated by a variety of coping mechanisms. New movements looking towards to entheogenic practices, somatic therapies, and returning to Indigenous healing wisdom have been found to be extremely effective as least in the short term.
This juxtaposition of the almost crippling amounts of self-help, wellness practices, and healing retreats next to the rising of mental and emotional health crisis amongst humanity brings me to the speculation that perhaps it’s time we recognize that our mass experience of mental disease is a gage of sorts (not to diminish it) in that while we continue to live in ways that are actively killing Earth and her creatures every day we will never be mentally or emotionally well. Our lives are largely overrun by convoluted constructs of the human species. It’s highly probable that we could seek as much medication, education, and healing as the world has to offer and still feel that angst deep inside until we change our ways of life on Earth back to fulfilling our purpose here on Earth as humans.
My late mother was the esteemed Doctor of Psychology, Dr. Lisa Michelle Wilson. After decades of wellness journies including diet, exercise, medications, and conventional + non conventional therapies she lost her mental/ emotional health battle and took her own life. I can still vividly recall being a little girl and screaming to my mom while she was in the midst of completing her PHD, “is your whole life - my entire childhood- worth a piece of paper?!?”. Now, as an adult, I feel awful for nay saying her dreams and drive. But the raw emotion was real, and I stand by it —> what is all of the mental health treatment and wellness practices worth if we aren’t living with Earth in ways that are deeply fulfilling to us as humans? Time in Nature, nurturing, crafting, storytelling, and spending our time with the relations we cherish is what gives humans a sense of fulfillment
and mental wellness. In other words, if you’re currently living within a modernized society while feeling emotionally and mentally well there’s something desperately wrong with your internal compass. Living like this should make us feel
depressed, anxious, and isolated—> in fact, it was designed to.
With that being said, many times it does take the first steps of getting support with our mental / emotional health to even get through the day. Many of the most promising tools for finding mental and emotional homeostasis share qualities of healing via tapping into our potential for nueroplasticity (and in the case of intergenerational trauma, the plasticity of our mitochondria ) via the creation of new healthy pathways in our minds and bodies. One of the key elements which can be found in all of these promising healing modalities - from traditional shamanic healing, to clinical EMDR sessions, to somatic experiencing therapies - is the repetition of whole and fulfilling practices combined with accelerators. Many of the most exciting new projects supporting mental health do just that.
An exciting development in the front line in supporting mental health combines our pervasive use of technology with holistic therapies that have been shown to forge and fortify new pathways in our brains —> making way for recalling ancestral wisdom and having the mental / emotional bandwidth to hear the call back to Earth. Newly launched, Medicinal
Media is providing exciting steps on finding our ways back to fulfillment and mental health rather than numbing to cope. It was founded partially by the LALA - or Dr. Lisa Michelle Wilson - Foundation, and is yet another example of humanity finding ways back to Earth.
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