When you hear the word community, what is your response? Does it call to mind great friends? Positive organizations? Unwanted drama? Overcommitment? Refuge? Anxiety? Neutrality? Likely it depends on the group, and more than one of these often applies.
But here's the thing: Community is necessary for our health and well-being.
When I was training to be a Yoga Therapist, I was surprised to find out that this is one of the components of a new client intake. Regardless of the reason for requesting a session, part of our conversation is about the client's connection to community. This is considered an important piece of the puzzle when working towards systemic balance, happiness, and a long life.
In the yogic pancha maya kosha model, we are made of five layers, or sheaths: body, energy, mind, personality, and spirit. (Different lineages express this differently, but the overall ideas...