There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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Non-western approaches to wellness
Paul Stoller Ph.D.
Throughout the world, steps are a challenge to millions of people who are physically impaired. How do those with immobility face their challenges with grace and dignity?
A Personal Perspective: In a troubled world, music, poetry, and sensuous prose can show us a way toward a more humane future.
A Personal Perspective: What can indigenous elders teach us about human survival? Recognizing the importance of indigenous wisdom is an essential lesson in human viability.
What does the future hold for us in times of COVID-19 and the violence of hate? Will we follow the wise teachings of indigenous elders?
Even in the pandemic, an appreciation of nature and the "little things" can make life a bit sweeter.
How a deficit of everyday American altruism is killing us in the age of COVID-19.
A touch of West African wisdom to lighten our collective burden.
The wisdom of elders can bring peace, harmony, and well-being to our turbulent times.
In the midst of pandemic suffering, we can learn a great from a gracious woman, a potter who lives on $300 a year in West Africa.
Can the disappearance of fast culture lead to the slow evolution of social life in a new world?
How can you cope with the social, economic, and existential challenges during and after the pandemic? The social contract is a good place to start.
Will we lapse back into normal routines or will the pandemic transform our lives?
West Africans in Ghana, Niger, and Mali are often poor, but rich in life.
How personal and social illusions can threaten the future.
Is the world too much for you in these dark times? Art can help. Immerse yourself in music, film, novels, galleries, museums, and installations.
Are you fearful of upcoming cancer treatments? They are difficult, but rituals can ease the burden.
On the path of cancer, diagnosis is surprisingly difficult to bear.
A series of blogs about the journey on cancer's path that conveys insights, both Western and non-Western, about how to confront the physical and emotional challenges of cancer.
Are the blues a musical path to well-being?
How the not so uncommon experience of collective joy, communitas, can provide powerful examples of collective hope and well being in difficult times. Communitas in Niger.
How can American "others" feel at home in a world in which people increasingly say, "Go back where you came from!"
In times of social turbulence, there is a storytelling-listening practice that can deepen human connection and enhance well-being.
A few suggestions for following a path that can transform the uncertainty of chronic illness into peaceful social energy.
Is the divisiveness of social life making you cynical? Read this story for a glimpse of a better future.
How ritual can be a way to cope with the challenges of contemporary living.
How can you adjust to the privations of living with chronic disease, of living between health and illness? Consider a few practical suggestions from West African elders.
Can the wise thoughts of a West African elder enable us to live well in a complex and unsettling world?
Paul Stoller, Ph.D., is a professor at the Department of Anthropology-Sociology, West Chester University in Pennsylvania.