Community and Health

Who is in your community? Most of us have several communities that are supportive. We might have people at work. We have neighbors. There are people at church. Our family connections. These are all communities. We may related differently to those in various communities. However, each community offers us a place to be part of ourself. Each can offer connections that can be healing and supportive when we are unwell.

Our country has gotten to a place where we seem to think we should do it all ourselves. In actuality, no one can function alone. We need other people. That is why throughout history humans have banded together in different types of community living. Community allows others to do those things that our skills are less adept at. One person may be good growing plants but another cooks them. One person is a healer. Another a parent. Each has a role. Each role is necessary in a thriving community.

What are our roles? Very often in today’s world we loose a sense of place and value in who we are. As we look at our communities, perhaps we can find places where we can give back–even a little. Sometimes a smile and a kind word can go a long way. We need to remember to value even those little participations. We need to remember that each person has a value and brings something to the community. We need each other, not just for ease of life but for our very health. Those who are alone tend to have shorter life spans than those who have solid connections.

It can be difficult to find people when one is sick, but reaching out even a little bit may allow one to find a surprising amount of support that can be offered.

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

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