If you take exceptional care of yourself — achieving a fine balance of a clean and nutritious diet, regular exercise, deep rest, and meditation/release — does that make you a healthy person? Is health really just a private experience?
As a result of our interconnectedness, which is multidimensional, it is practically impossible to filter out the waves of experience that ebb and surge through our local and global atmospheres. And in the face of what appears to be a ceaselessly volatile world, the inescapable nature of shared experience can be quite unsettling and troubling, and for many, quite debilitating. Not only do we share time and space in an obviously social experience, but we are intertwined in a subtle fabric that is energetic and psychic.
In truth, the smallest unit of health is not the individual, but is in fact the ‘community.’ And if we look carefully at what constitutes a community, one might soon realize that individual health is inseparable from the cosmos itself.
As troubled as the world might be, we cannot change others, much less the world. The task of changing ourselves is difficult enough. Individual awakening, however, is the key to global well-being. We have a hand in at least that much, individually-speaking.
When it comes to doing our ‘work,’ honest and rigorous self-evaluation is at the heart of spiritual growth. However, relationships provide the context for us to see ourselves. In fact, we need others to see ourselves, we need others to grow our selves.
This presentation is an exploration of health and well-being in the context of a spiritual community. Topics include: holistic perspectives and strategies for spiritual wayfarers; spiritual concerns for the mentally-ill; psycho-emotional challenges of spiritual travelers; and heart-centered communication. Join us for this informative discussion that gets to the heart of your communal matter.
Ilyas Kashani is a “hakim” or practitioner of Traditional Islamic Healing and Medicine (TIHM). His training in TIHM began at six years of age through his father. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Virginia Tech. He has studied various traditional and modern holistic therapies since 1990, including Homeopathy, Reiki, Osteopathic manual medicine, meditation, qigong, and yoga. He holds a Master of Acupuncture degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, and is certified in Chinese Herbology by the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. In 2000, he founded the Circle of One, a 501c3 non-profit Center of Traditional Medicine, to serve people in need, regardless of their financial circumstances. At present, he is advancing the Hakim Wellness Project to revive the study and practice of TIHM. This effort includes the construction of a clinic, writing a multi-volume TIHM text, training the next generation of physician-healers, and producing a film documentary. To learn more, visit www.hakimwellness.org