Katie & I, from Harmony in Nature, plan to spend World Mental Health Day at the Open Day at Kelvedon Hatch, Essex. We think it looks ideal for harmonising work-life balance as part of a special wellbeing programme in an ambient woodland location.
World Mental Health Day has been observed since 10th October 1992. Initially held by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), it's now officially commemorated annually and this year's theme is 'mental health in an unequal world'. This year, in collaboration with ITN Productions, they have created a film entitled Forward Together for Mental Health - there's a trailer on the mentalhealth-uk.org website, where you can also register to be notified when the film is released.
Originally there was no specific theme and its aim was to promote mental health advocacy and public education. The first three years involved central activities to mark the day including a two-hour telecast broadcast globally from studios in Talahassee, Florida. WFMH Board members situated in the studio connected live with Australia, Chile, England and Zambia and ran pre-taped segments from Geneva, Atlanta and Mexico City.
Now, almost three decades later, it’s interesting to note of how that pioneering worldwide connection relates to our new Zoom reality.
The first theme evolved in 1994 as “Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services throughout the World.” Soon after the campaign, feedback reports were received from 27 countries including national campaigns in Australia and in England. The Day was soon found to be a valuable occasion for a number of interested government departments, committed individuals and organisations to arrange programmes to focus on aspects of mental health care.
Isolation during the Covid-19 lockdown, and before for vulnerable members of the community, will inevitably lead to a surge in mental health issues with many anxieties surfacing over what the future will bring.
In the last one hundred years we have had numerous veterans from two World Wars and other international conflict who witnessed terrible horrors. Sadly, most nations made little effort to rehabilitate these individuals and help them through the traumatic impact those experiences would've had on their mental health. Instead, all these emotions were internalised and that became the societal 'normal' reaction to any mental health issues - keep them to yourself.
Attitudes are thankfully changing, albeit slowly. We, as a planet, still have a way to go, some countries can still learn from others as we all strive to improve together and support each other. One positive to take is that there is a spotlight on mental health since lockdown that is fuelling much needed discussion.
World action days like this help communities to feel connected, bringing balance and harmony into people's lives. Harmony Healing utilises Ancient Egyptian Philosophies to bring balance and harmony to people; even a gentle integration with nature on a regular basis can reap great benefits. The Egyptian word Neter (which we generally translate as God, the plural being Neteru) reflects the way they saw Divinity in the manifestations of life in their environment and I belief this is the origin of our word 'nature'.
Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing, to bring balance and harmony. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 - a new series of virtual interactive training modules starts 1st December.
Within Surrey, via Harmony In Nature, we facilitate Forest bathing+ sessions to help adults reconnect with nature and reap the therapeutic benefits (see Forest Bathing+ section for costs and dates of our events). We have therapeutic Forest Bathing events on Tuesday 12th (Woking), Thursday 14th (London SW20) & Sunday 17th (Shere) and Saturday 30th (Guildford).
Through Harmony Healing, Joanna offers a wider spectrum of events designed to nurture your welbeing. If you are looking for regular spiritually enlightening activities which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we have our monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations. The next one is on Wednesday 20th October at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT +1). Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (small admin fee added for PayPal) or half price to RSE graduates. There are multi-buy packages for regular attendees. Book at the Harmony Shop.
During these monthly sessions, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. This activity serves as a good taster of my work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme. And, most importantly, it's a step towards making a difference to the global predicament.
Reyad Sekh Em® is an ultra high vibration healing system combining ancient Egyptian philosophies, alchemy, angelic elemental healing rays, sound vibration, sacred breathing and etheric crystalline energies. The next series will start with Mindful Chakra Balancing on 1st December.
If you would like to experience one of our spiritual offerings (meditation, reading, 1:1 healing, a Forest Bathing+ session or a full mentoring course), why not ask for a Harmony Healing gift voucher for a birthday or other celebratory occasion?
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