When misguided people commit unthinkable acts such as what took place in the United States on September 11, 2001 and in France on November 13, 2015 over differences in beliefs, it is hard not to question the direction our world is going. We turn on the 6 o'clock news and hear about terrible things happening in our own home towns and cities and it makes us pause. We begin to question whether the effects of this fast paced, greed driven world are beginning to change the basic nature of the human race. We watch the news and we become fearful and withdrawn from one another. Our social and cultural circles get smaller, our life experience becomes impeded and our opportunities to reach out to one another and lift each other up begin to dwindle
Then just when we begin to lose hope for our future we come across a story like the one recently told by the Huffington Post about Deputy Andy Conner, a Washington police officer who was tired of arresting young, underage girls for illegal solicitation and decided to do something about it. He started the Genesis Project to organize a community home for these girls; offering them vocational training, shelter, and counseling to give them the fresh start they needed.
Or maybe you come across another story like the Costco customers in Danville, California that raised $2500 to send employee Arlie Smim who is living with primary progressive multiple sclerosis and a recent diagnosis of terminal bone cancer on a vacation he could never afford himself.
Or the story recently told in Women's Day Magazine of a business women in an Anne Taylor suit that pulled up a cardboard box next to a homeless man on the street because she heard him shout to a crowd of passersby, "Don't pretend I don't exist, you can say hello!", and then proceeded to chat and spend time getting to know him.
And then there are our own hometown heroes that found, run or contribute to the many incredible non-profit organizations that care for our environment, feed our homeless, comfort the grievingstand up for the abused, spend time with the lonely, and give hope to those in need throughout our foothill community.
Stories like the above are happening every day, all day. When we step back from our busy lives and really look around, these stories and people show up and remind us that we are all inherently kind: man-kind.
This edition's feature story explores this inherent kindness as we examine research on the health benefits of helping others through volunteer work and giving unconditionally to others. This research is a testimony to the fact that at our very core we are programmed to care about the good of all despite our differences. We can take solace in knowing that there is still a lot of good in the world and must never forget our true nature despite what happens around us
You will also find other articles to lift up your mind, body and spirit, including; natural ways to cure joint pain, ways to tap your subconscious mind for weight loss and achieving any goal, and communication tips to improve your relationships.
And as always, the directory portion of Insight Healthy Living is at the heart of the Magazine as a resource and guide to find local practitioners, services, events, retreats, and products for you and your family's physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Wishing you health and happiness this fall/winter season!
Editor- Insight Healthy Living Magazine