It’s one of the great paradoxes of modern times: We’re surrounded by magical labor-saving technologies that should be making our lives easier and more enjoyable, but at the same time, many of us are feeling stressed, fearful, anxious and depressed.
We’re suffering from lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and neurological disorders. We wonder why our lives hurt so much. We wonder why our bodies and our spirits are in such pain.
For many, just making it through a typical day is an onerous challenge. There’s never enough time to do what needs to be done and a crushing sense of urgency drives us to distraction.
We run from one emergency to the next, with scarcely enough time to reflect or take care of ourselves. In the chaos, many of us have fallen out of touch with the primal forces and processes that keep our bodies happy and healthy.
We’ve lost contact with the things that nourish us and keep us whole. To make matters worse, our wider world is in peril. Climate change, habitat destruction, fresh water shortages, economic injustice, mass migrations, terrorism and violence weigh on our minds and our bodies.
We hear the warnings but find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and powerless. Even when we succeed at putting large-scale global events out of mind, we still feel the pain of the world. As one noted ecopsychologist put it, “The earth hurts and we hurt with it.”
We’d like to live healthier lives, but the conventional formulas seem inadequate, even irrelevant. We’ve all heard the boilerplate advice, the tips and “secrets” for a healthy life. Everyone knows the importance of a good diet, regular exercise and all the rest, but many of us have grown tired of lifestyle prescriptions that don’t seem to connect with anything.
We have a mountain of knowledge at our fingertips, but most of it feels fragmented and even random: a treatment for this disease, a supplement for that condition, a test for this syndrome, a program for that ailment.
And even when these methods actually work, they still leave us feeling fragmented, distracted and divorced from larger meanings. None of it seems to connect with the human experience or the actual challenge of living in the modern world.
So we long for something larger—something more expansive, integrated and meaningful.
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