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Why Belonging is Important & How to Build Strong Community

To thrive, people need stable community. We can evaluate the stability of a community by assessing the 1) Strength of community bonds, 2) Commitment level / Durability, 3) Good outcomes.

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To thrive, people need a stable community. A stable community will support you and provide a sense of belonging.

Unfortunately, I've met many people that lack strong community, who want strong community, but do not understand the roots that hold a community together.

Instead, many expect that community formation will be spontaneous. All you have to do is show up, right? And it is true, people do help one another, even strangers, because of their innate goodness.

But there is also an art to having strong community. Some communities truly are more supportive, stable, and enduring while others may be weaker, more ephemeral, and less supportive.

It makes a difference where you look.

So what makes a community stable, enduring and strong?

What is a Community?

A community is a group of people united & bonded in some way: 1) Neighbors are in a community by geography, 2) Schoolmates share a common short term goal of education, 3) Members of the bicycle club are united by a common hobby / interest, 4) Members of a church or political party are united by a common vision of the future, 5) A family is united by a common bloodline, 6) Coworkers are united in increasing profits for a company, etc.

The word community means with-unity. The prefix com means "with".

Benefits of Community

Communities offer many benefits:
  • Social Support - A sense of belonging & acceptance
  • Protection - Help & support in times of need
  • Shared mission & purpose
  • Political and social influence
  • Cultural enrichment
  • Health - People in community live longer and have lower heart disease
In Genesis 2:18 the Lord God says, "It is not good for the man to be alone."

What Makes Community Strong?

Communities are only as strong as the tie that binds them. Some form stronger bonds and others weaker, according to how well they fulfill a person's deepest desires / needs. The greater the need, the stronger the bonds and community.

All of a person's actions are rooted and organized around their deepest needs & concerns, and this forms their identity, beliefs, politics, culture and community. Theologian Paul Tilich calls this deepest need "ultimate concern".

Whatever a person reveals as their deepest need also reveals what they believe will bring fulfillment - and this vision of fulfillment determines what they love. In fact, your ultimate concern reveals the god you truly worship.

Accordingly, strongly bonded communities are those organized around an ultimate concern. Such individuals have the same fears, the same loves, and share a common vision and outlook on life.

This explains why people who go to the same church, and have the same political beliefs, often have long lasting, mutually supporting friendships. These individuals feel like your tribe, the place you belong, and comfortable.

Conversely, those with opposing political or spiritual views can feel threatening.

People who are united around a hobby or common interest, such as cycling, will bond over their common love of cycling. However, only some individuals will choose cycling as their ultimate mission in life.

Many married couples will have a much stronger bond and common concern than bicycle buddies - that of raising well-adapted, mature children. Healthy marriages also provide emotional and economic support. Married individuals often share the deepest physical and/or emotional bond.

Individuals who belong to the same spiritual community and/or political party often share the deepest intellectual unity of mission and purpose.

To improve the strength of the bonds in your community, organize your friendships around ultimate concern.

Stability

In addition to the strength of the bond, some communities are more stable and others more ephemeral according to their level of commitment, investment, & characteristics that are harder to change.

You cannot change your family for example but you can change your hobbies and interests - from tennis to swimming for example. A colleague can change jobs but cannot easily change careers. A married person generally has a greater level of investment and commitment to a relationship than a person who is dating.

If you bond with a schoolmate over the challenges of a class, what will happen when the class is over, or you graduate? Will you still be friends?

To improve the strength of the stability in your community, build friendships with those who are deeply committed in their way of life.

Good Outcomes

Some communities have more stability because they lead to good outcomes, while others communities frequently cause failure to thrive.

Alcoholics who bond over drinking together harm their bodies, and this harm leads to instability in their community.

If you are having struggles in your marriage, and bond with others who complain about marriage, this could destabilize your marriage even further.

Instead, find uplifting individuals who will strengthen you. To improve stability in your community, organize friendships around healthy behaviors.

Evaluate each of these communities

Thus you can evaluate the stability of a community by assessing the 1) Strength of a community's shared concern, 2) Commitment level / Durability, 3) Good outcomes.

If you are trying to establish stability in your life, and enjoy the benefits community has to offer, consider evaluating the strength, stability and goodness of these communities below. Then extrapolate from these to find the lifestyle most suitable to you.

Please a Yes, No, Maybe to evaluate the stability of these communities.
Shared ConcernEnduringReliable Outcomes
Dating
Marriage
Bicycle club
Activists at a political rally
Family, including extended family
Your neighbors
Colleague in a career
Members of a church
Person next to you in the grocery line
Life of exploration / travel
Traditional lifestyle
Experimental lifestyle
Drinking Buddies

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Biocharacteristics of Find stable community / friends

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Find stable community / friends
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Nerve Relaxant Grounding

NERVE-RELAXANT-GROUNDING

Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.

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Antidepressant

ANTIDEPRESSANT

Herbs that lift feelings of depression, benefit the mind and improve mental function.

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Anxiolytic

ANXIOLYTIC

Herbs that help people suffering from anxiety or panic. They promote a state of calm and often improve sleep. Most anxiolytic herbs are also nervines.

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Builds Stamina

BUILDS-STAMINA

Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.

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Soothing

SOOTHING

Calms and alleviates irritation, discomfort or pain in a particular region.

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Adaptogen

ADAPTOGEN

Herbs that promote stabilization of physiological processes and homeostasis. Adaptogens increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Find stable community / friends

Oats / Oatmeal

Oats / Oatmeal has these Actions in Common

Adaptogen, Builds-stamina, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic

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Hemp Seed

Hemp Seed has these Actions in Common

Anxiolytic, Builds-stamina, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Poppy Seed

Poppy Seed has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Anxiolytic, Builds-stamina

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Sorghum Flour

Sorghum Flour has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic

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Cassava Root / Yuca

Cassava Root / Yuca has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Soothing, Anxiolytic

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Shiitake Mushroom

Shiitake Mushroom has these Actions in Common

Anxiolytic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Crimini & Button Mushrooms

Crimini & Button Mushrooms has these Actions in Common

Anxiolytic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Portobello Mushroom

Portobello Mushroom has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Anxiolytic

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Salmon

Salmon has these Actions in Common

Antidepressant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Shrimp

Shrimp has these Actions in Common

Builds-stamina, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Buffalo Milk

Buffalo Milk has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Builds-stamina

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Find stable community / friends

Oats, Fresh Milky Seed

Oats, Fresh Milky Seed has these Actions in Common

Soothing, Adaptogen, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Eleuthero Ginseng

Eleuthero Ginseng has these Actions in Common

Adaptogen, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Builds-stamina, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Adaptogen, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Builds-stamina

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Find a true source of hope

Find a true source of hope has these Actions in Common

Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Builds-stamina, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Shirodhara Treatment

Shirodhara Treatment has these Actions in Common

Adaptogen, Anxiolytic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Soothing

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Self Massage

Self Massage has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Soothing, Adaptogen, Anxiolytic

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Rhodiola

Rhodiola has these Actions in Common

Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Builds-stamina, Adaptogen

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Ginseng, Chinese

Ginseng, Chinese has these Actions in Common

Adaptogen, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Builds-stamina

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Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)

Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Builds-stamina, Adaptogen

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Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)

Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Adaptogen, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Builds-stamina

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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Find stable community / friends may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.

HERB DRUG INTERACTION RISK

Here are some potential herb drug interactions. Please see your health care provider for more information.
  • Antidepressant: Do not combine with antihistamines.

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