Like many millions around the globe I’ve just subjected myself to a form of auditory torture - not loud heavy metal or being in the crowd at the MCG for a footy final. No, I mean the televised Trump-Clinton debate or more accurately slanging match where loudest and most aggressive is judged to be acceptable discourse.

And like many millions, I turned off after 30 minutes because I was getting a headache! Of course, I didn’t need to succumb in the first place but media pressure is an implacable force these days.

It brings me to a realisation of how much I value quiet and calm and I guess as a reader of this magazine you feel the same way.

Amidst the negative elements and angst and fury of our modern world, people who give quiet wise counsel are true gems. We have many, of course, who regularly fill our pages and many more who read what we offer and imbibe the gentle energy that comes with it. It’s a very yogic quality and one person I have to mention who seems to embody this calming energy is our regular yoga writer Jen Kaz. Even when I prevail upon her at the last minute for another monthly column she’s always unflustered and gracious – and invariably manages to bring a brighter glow to my day. So for anyone in Perth seeking some authentic yoga teaching, much more about attitude than poses alone, pay her site a visit at www.qiyoga.org

This month she urges us to get out of stagnation mode, that all too familiar temptation to hide away in our shell until things improve, and stay true to our purpose in “Being on Path”.

The calming, health-boosting energy of green environments around us also features this month, as Peter Dingle tells us in “Green Spaces Boost Health”. As we seem to understand intuitively when we head bush for a relaxing weekend getaway or seek out a long stretch of beach for an invigorating walk, nature is our very best healer. As Peter points out, as more and more people move to cities, and Australia is right up there in this trend to urbanisation, green space in our neighbourhoods and inner cities is to be treasured - not bulldozed for yet another concrete canyon.

The health of our young people is uppermost this month in a comprehensive and very thought provoking article by Fremantle GP Dr Anthony Balint who shares his growing concern at what he terms an “epidemic” of sensory processing disorders. We’ve all heard the terms ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and so forth and we probably all know kids so labeled. But it’s truly confronting to be told by a doctor working in the area of youth mental health support that 75% of the young people who come to his attention exhibited significant sensory processing issues before the onset of their mental health problems.

It’s a contentious area and while many parents take the medication route to ease their child’s journey through schooling and socialising, just as many resist it strongly. Either way, Dr Balint makes a compelling argument that our society is failing these children and we desperately need to do something about it. Read his views in “The Sensory Processing Dilemma of Our Age”.

So a mix of controversy and calm for you this month!

Margaret Evans

Margaret Evans has a background in teaching, journalism and publishing. She is the editor of NOVA Holistic Journal.

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