I do believe that connection and self-expression are imperative not only for our personal health, but the health of our culture and our planet. I call this site Sacred Folly because these things are what I value, and they are exactly what I have seen our society call “foolish” time and again.
Mind/body connection plays a vital role in our health – we pay a heavy price with our lives when we are stressed, isolated, and suppressed emotionally, physically, and creatively. And the wild thing is, we are mostly unaware of the behaviors that make us sick.
Gabor Maté talks about mind/body stressors that are built in to our society in the video below. He also offers up an antidote to the chronic tension that plagues so may of our lives.
. . . [W]e do agree on the importance of speaking the Truth . . . the importance of people getting together and struggling in a healthy way for a different life. Because the the loss of control, and the isolation, and the suppression of self-expression that are the greatest causes of stress. The surely one answer to the stress of this culture is to get together and to express ourselves and not to be silent and to connect with other human beings — or as Joe Hill says, “Don’t mourn. Organize.” – Gabor Maté