This past weekend, I volunteered @markhymanmd’s @feelgoodsummit - a 3 day holistic health retreat focused on the idea that wellness is not just about what we are eating and how we are moving our bodies, but our communities, our purpose, our spiritual connection, our emotional health, and our relationships. Clearly, when I heard what it was about, I didn't hesitate to join the cause.
Though my own wellness journey started out heavily focused on nutrition, followed by movement, and eventually evolved to the spiritual/emotional work I'm doing today, an aspect that I underestimated until recently was that of community.
I always had my family, close girlfriends from high school/college, and loved ones nearby. I mean, I lived with my twin brother for the last 2 years in NYC, so I'm talking really close. When I moved to LA last fall, I uprooted myself from that community and was forced to replant 3,000 miles away. I admit, I experienced some serious periods of 'wtf did I do' moments - and still do. My health took a big step backwards and many of my symptoms relapsed. More than ever, I became acutely aware of the power a close support system has on our wellbeing.
I honestly believe the strength of our connection to each other outweighs any diet or fitness plan, tenfold. It's why cultures in the Blue Zones (areas of the world where people are living the longest happiest lives) are thriving despite having drastically different diets and lifestyles, and it's why you can drink all the green juice and do all the Kundalini Yoga you want (idk if that's what people do but it sounds good) and still be unwell if you're lonely and isolated.
If you're feeling disconnected, my best advice is to get involved in things you care about by volunteering, joining a class or group that meets regularly, and spending more time giving to the relationships you already have. More than ever in this world we need to create a sense of oneness, not separation.
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.