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Sometimes the answer to your health issue, is not found in a pill bottle or the medicine cabinet, but from something greater. Not all advances in our lifestyle has been positive to our well being, especially our mental well being and the impact of our health. Most of us have experienced the value of belonging to a tribe, whether it was the family wedding , your local football team or simply your mates at a BBQ. Inside all of us, there is a natural craving to belong to our tribe.
Not so long ago, we would interact with other people, other tribes, when we would come back to the village after a day of harvesting or farming our crops. Along the track, we would stop and talk to other villagers, maybe stop at a shop and talk to that tribe and have a yarn with the neighbour before we came home to our own tribe.
By nature, we are tribal, and back in our caveman days, tribal culture was necessary for survival. But increasingly, we have become disconnected from our tribe. We know our people are out there – somewhere or anywhere – but we feel lost and disconnected from them. We seek them, but they keep eluding us. Without our tribe, we may wind up feeling distanced, depressed, spiritually disconnected, even sick.
In ancient times women shared a lot more than they do today. They shared care of their babies, gathered food and cooked together in a community. The women and the children shared their lives intimately, and were a source of strength and comfort to each other on a daily basis. The women came together during menstruation to be together, often with synchronised cycles and were happy and supportive.
Likewise, the men would go hunting and gathering each day in a tribe. They would share stories and fellowship together whilst catching a meal for their families.
Now we have members of tribes living 1,000 kilometres away and connectivity has diminished. Without that sense of belonging to our tribe, we are faced with a barrage of emotions that result. The multi-generational homes have slowly been disbanded and the community lifestyle has shifted gears from nightly celebrations gathered around the fire or kitchen table to more of the typical “every man for himself” philosophy, where we isolate ourselves from each other (often whilst in the same home) watching TV or computers but not communicating or connecting with our tribes. Consequently, intimacy also has been on the decline. It is human nature to crave intimacy and belonging, and it’s also essential preventative medicine.
There is copious scientific data that proves that the lack of tribal belonging and loneliness is a greater risk to your health than smoking or lack of exercise, and finding your tribe is better than any vitamin, diet, or exercise regimen. The Arabic word for “mankind” means to communicate and be social!
Perhaps we should start looking for our tribes again and avoiding some of the modern dis-eases we have bought upon ourselves.