We all know that a good community of support can do wonders. We feel more confident when we’re in the presence of like-minded people. Our fibromyalgia pain, sadness, or fears can improve when we’re encouraged by others. But is there more to it than that? Can the power of community go further?
I was thinking this the other day when I heard a baby cry. Have you ever been around a group of newborns? They can all be fed and dry, but if one starts crying, the whole group is likely to wail in solidarity.
I guess the adage, “misery loves company” comes from a very primal place.
Also, have you ever noticed a dramatic shift of emotions in a group setting? I’ve seen this happen in long and drawn-out meetings. We can each go in with our own agenda, but if someone passionately shares contrary feelings, it may not be as easy as you think to hold your own.
Watch the fab classic movie, 12 Angry Men with Henry Fonda to see this phenomenon in action.
And, speaking of movies, have you ever noticed that the drama, fear, anxiety, suspense, love, passion, or joy of a movie feels ten times as powerful when shared in a packed theater than when watching at home? That’s why you can now laugh at Jaws on TV, but (if you’re willing to admit it), it scared the pants off of you when you first saw it in the theaters. Emotions are viral.
That’s the power
of community in action.
So, since we can see, experience, and identify that power – isn’t it a good idea to use it to our benefit? We can harness it! The power of community (and of what surrounds us) goes way beyond people.
Consider the following simple tips:
— Have you found a good support group, either online, or in person? I’m not talking about the place where people ONLY complain. Complaining has its place, but it can’t be all there is. Otherwise, nothing is accomplished.
— Have you supported yourself with positive, encouraging, and affirming books, magazines, TV programming, movies, podcasts, and other media? Do a media detox to bring stress relief. You become what you watch and listen to.
— Have you surrounded yourself with healthy and healing foods, cookbooks, trips to the farmer’s market, and supportive healthy people? It’s amazing how you can change WHAT you crave when healthy food is in view.
— Have you surrounded yourself with DVDs, books, magazine articles, simple workout equipment, and positive people who support your fitness goals? You’ll find yourself putting on tennies and going for a walk before your resistance kicks in to object.
— Have you surrounded yourself with the encouragement, support and guidance you need? I’m here to help in any way that I can. Contact me here to chat about what working with me can look like for you.
ACTION follows THOUGHT.
If you think about making healthy lifestyle changes – then you will.
If you think about eating better – then you will.
If you think about working out – then you will.
If you think about implementing a new healing practice – then you will.
How will you harness the power of community in your life? Where can you make this a focus? Share your ideas below!
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