I watched Dr. Sanjay Gupta latest documentary about stress. In case you do not know, Dr. Gupta is Associate Chief of the Neurosurgery Service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, and Head of Medical Reporting for CNN. In other words, he knows his way around the brain, which is likely a large part of the reason he was so able to blow my mind when it came to what he knows about the effects of stress on our lives.
What I learned from the show makes me think we need more stores like Sustainable Exchange, because we so obviously need more islands of calm in which to seek safe harbor when buffeted raw by the winds of modern life’s storms.
We need places that welcome us in and encourage us to take our minds off all our haranguing hassles while remaining present; a place that smells nice, presents itself as an alternative to what is easily found everywhere else; the kind of place you like to go to gather your wits - to hopefully share with others also put in, like me.
I watched the good doctor walk through some of what lies behind the incredible current increase in the incidence of ‘deaths of despair,’ and I could not help but think stores like mine are on the right path.
But what do I know? Come by and see for yourself when next feeling the need to nourish all the important basic human needs to which stress denies service.
Until then, I will keep the light on - and the incense burning.