Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Calm, Kind and Connected

Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Calm, Kind and Connected

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Most of the advice provided in this month's 16-page bonus section, Natural Remedies, concerns things you can do on your own to minister to mind, body and spirit-everything from taking soothing baths that relieve stress to eating "super" foods that boost immunity and vitality. (This expanded version of our regular monthly column of the same name will appear in Vegetarian Times four times a year.) While I wholeheartedly endorse these forms of self-empowerment and believe that one must take responsibility for one's own health, it has been scientifically demonstrated over and over that wellness is not something you can achieve all by yourself. It takes, if not a village, at least a few good friends, relatives and neighbors supplying emotional and physical support.

I think few of us would question that we live in a time in which the vital nourishment and sense of wholeness that come from interdependence among people is getting harder and harder to come by. But the good news is that there's a growing recognition in this country of just how much we've lost by isolating ourselves from one another. The hunger for social connection runs deep and is now igniting an ardent search for community.

Because I count myself among those ardent searchers. our special report, "Mayberry for the Millennium" (p. 62), about this latest societal movement, holds particular interest for me. I became a single parent about two years ago, and though I did all those self-oriented healthy mind and body things we always talk about in the magazine, I felt like my center was unraveling. …

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