Wellness Via Nature

Current health trends tout the things of our Earth — crystals, salts, trees — as effective healers

There is currently a palpable nod toward mindfulness, consciousness, and a focus on creative living. Be it ethereal, magical, metaphysical, mysterious, or whimsical, it is in the air.
2018 started off in full swing with a supermoon known as the Full Wolf Moon on January 1. It is said that during this lunar phase you’re encouraged to reflect, recharge, and reassess where you are in life. The full moon of January, called the Wolf Moon, the Hunger Moon, and the Cold Moon, is a particularly advantageous opportunity to reset. This isn’t just a chance to prepare for a new month — this is a chance to reflect upon the new year. It is said that the full moon rituals center on self-care and work on the inner self.

Photo by Tom Schifanella

During these chaotic times, is it not a wonder that people are searching for a new kind of care? Perhaps self-care and wellness have become the new luxury? The search for heart, mind, body, and soul remedies; the mysterious energy of crystals, salt lamps, and salt rooms; singing bowls, forest bathing, and the sounds of water … they just might be the modern day prescription for alleviating anxiety and bettering health.

Last year Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear was a huge hit. This year, The Shape of Water, a movie purporting a mysterious, ethereal world, debuted to high accolades and Academy Award nominations. Deep down, according to director Benicio Del Toro, “the movie is about trust, otherness, love, sex and the direction in which we are going as a society.”

Even Pantone Color is part of the zeitgeist with their color of the year: Ultra Violet. “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.”

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By Cinda Sherman • photos by laird

Author: Arbus

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