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Traditionally the stuff of guacamole or a topper of salads, avocados have certainly shown their diversity over the past few years. As bloggers experiment more with capitalizing on the creaminess of avocados, surprising soups, smoothies, and even desserts have emerged featuring this humble fruit. Since it’s an excellent substitute for dairy, avocados work well when recreating traditional dishes in vegan and Paleo form.

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In addition to lending velvety textures, avocados are great for overall nutrition. They are full of healthy fats and antioxidants, which are key on the Paleo diet, and also boast lots of natural fiber, Vitamin E, and folic acid. Believe it or not, avocados have over twice as much potassium as bananas!

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Since these versatile treats are great for recreating chocolate dishes, here’s a little tip: use avocados that are barely ripe. Because very ripe avocados are a little more pungent, you’ll want to choose one that will blend easily but won’t overpower the chocolate with its own flavor.

If you’ve got a bunch of ripe avocados lying around and need something new to do with them, we know just how to help! We collected 36 recipes to give you salads, desserts, dips, smoothies, and dressings that are not only paleo-friendly but vegan as well. Whether you’re throwing a party for both paleo followers and vegans alike or just trying to stay away from animal products for awhile, these amazing avocado recipes will astound and amaze!

Avocado Frosting

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You’ll never believe that this rich, velvety dark chocolate frosting is made from avocados! Spread them on Paleo cupcakes for something truly amazing.

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Recipe: Avocado Frosting

Tomato Avocado Salad

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This fresh, crunchy salad of cucumbers, red onion, and cilantro is perfect as a side dish – or on its own!

Recipe: Tomato Avocado Salad  

Avocado Crema

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Whip up this dairy-free crema to drizzle on burrito bowls, salads, or anything Mexican-inspired when you aren’t up for mashing up a guacamole.

Recipe: Avocado Crema

Avocado Truffles

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Got perfectly ripe avocados and a hankering for something sweet? This easy, four-ingredient recipe can be rolled up and chilled in a jiffy!

Recipe: Avocado Truffles

Creamy Avocado Dressing

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Blend avocados with pepitas, lime juice, cumin, and cilantro for a dip or dressing that’s even greener than Green Goddess!

Recipe: Creamy Avocado Dressing  

Pink Grapefruit & Avocado Salad

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This super fresh and easy-to-make salad is dressed with lemon zest for a nice complement to the juicy grapefruit.

Recipe: Pink Grapefruit & Avocado Salad  

Vegan Key Lime Ice Cream

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Avocado is the key ingredient in this silky smooth ice cream, made with key lime juice, maple syrup, coconut milk, and coconut oil.

Recipe: Vegan Key Lime Ice Cream  

Shamrock Shake

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this healthy version of a seasonal favorite. The shaved chocolate on top makes it even better!

Recipe: Shamrock Shake  

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Garlic Sauce

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Get your spiralizer and make these raw zucchini noodles – or zoodles – drenched in a creamy sauce of blended avocados, basil, and garlic.

Recipe: Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Sauce  

Heirloom Tomato Avocado Caprese Salad

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Recreate this summertime favorite with ripe avocado subbed in for mozzarella. This is the best way to showcase tomatoes in their prime!

Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Avocado Caprese Salad  

Mango Avocado Salad

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Mangoes and avocadoes complement each other perfectly in this colorful and sweet salad, great as a side or all on its own!

Recipe: Mango Avocado Salad  

Cucumber Avocado Rolls

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Become your own sushi chef and create these creamy, crunchy veggie rolls. Only minimal knife skills necessary!

Recipe: Cucumber Avocado Rolls  

Cabbage Hemp Salad

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Detox your body with this super healthy, hand-massaged salad for a creamy, softened taste you’ll crave.

Recipe: Cabbage Hemp Salad  

Chocolate Tart

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Impress your dinner party guests with this healthy, gluten-free chocolate tart made with almond flour, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. Garnish with fresh raspberries and serve with a dollop of whipped coconut cream!

Recipe: Chocolate Tart  

Coconut-Crusted Avocado Fries

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Avocados, fried? It actually works, when you coat the outside of avocado slices with arrowroot and coconut. Dip them into your favorite vegan and Paleo dressings!

Recipe: Coconut-Crusted Avocado Fries  

Chocolate Avocado Cookies

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These rich, chocolatey cookies really show off the versatility of the avocado. You’ll never believe that these cookies are healthy and gluten free!

Recipe: Chocolate Avocado Cookies  

Purple Kale, Avocado, & Blood Orange Salad

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This simple, five-ingredient salad is balanced with crunchy seeds, sweet orange, bitter kale, and creamy avocado.

Recipe: Purple Kale, Avocado, & Blood Orange Salad  

Creamy Broccoli, Avocado, & Berry Salad

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Who would have thought to pair broccoli and raspberries? When topped with a sweet poppy seed raspberry vinaigrette, the whole thing comes together beautifully – and quickly!

Recipe: Creamy Broccoli, Avocado, & Berry Salad  

Watermelon and Avocado Salad

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In this recipe, cucumbers and watermelon combine for a juicy and flavorful salad that screams summer. The dollop of coconut kefir on top adds some staying power!

Recipe: Watermelon and Avocado Salad  

Avocado Lime Pudding

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This is one of the few avocado-as-dessert recipes out there that really lets the avocado shine! Blended with lime juice, salt, vanilla, and a little sweetener, this simple recipe proves that you don’t have to hide the avocado when you make it for dessert.

Recipe: Avocado Lime Pudding  

Coconut Avocado Grasshopper Bars

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These no-bake peppermint bars are quite the treat! Just whip up a minty avocado mixture, top with melted chocolate, and store in the freezer for a dessert far superior to anything you’ll find in the supermarket’s frozen aisle.

Recipe: Coconut Avocado Grasshopper Bars

Avocado Mayonnaise

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Throw together this healthy mayo replacement in about sixty seconds flat. Just blend avocados with olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt for a dip or dressing that can be made up to a day in advance!

Recipe: Avocado Mayonnaise  

Spinach and Avocado Dip

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This easy, organic five-ingredient dip is raw, gluten-free, and comes together much quicker than guacamole!

Recipe: Spinach and Avocado Dip

Roasted-Chili Mango Guacamole

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Want to elevate your go-to guac? Add a little more zip with hot chili, cubed mango, and a little apple cider vinegar. You’ll never have to test your guacamole for blandness again!

Recipe: Roasted-Chili Mango Guacamole  

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

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This sweet and smoky salsa is boosted in flavor with bell and jalapeno peppers, red onion, cilantro, and lots of cumin for a salsa you’d happily eat with a spoon!

Recipe: Grilled Pineapple Salsa  

Orange Avocado Smoothie

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Take your avocado smoothies in a new direction with this recipe, which combines frozen bananas, orange juice, and orange zest.

Recipe: Orange Avocado Smoothie  

Avocado Pea Green Bean Salad

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This simple, lovely salad is garnished with fried onions and fresh mint and heated with a minced chili for a fresh, flavourful, and surprising side dish.

Recipe: Avocado Pea Green Bean Salad  

Chocolate Banana Avocado Pudding

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This sweet and chocolatey pudding is sweetened with vanilla seeds and topped with shaved coconut for a Paleo and vegan treat that’ll please everyone in the family.

Recipe: Chocolate Banana Avocado Pudding  

Avocado Caesar Salad

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Toss your next romaine lettuce salad with this decadent “Caesar” dressing, which includes garlic, apple cider vinegar, and just a little nutritional yeast.

Recipe: Avocado Caesar Salad  

Avocado Soup

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This thick and velvety soup can be served hot or cold, and is great as an appetizer or light lunch. The homemade mint olive oil drizzled on top makes this dish shine!

Recipe: Avocado Soup

Green Goddess Cauliflower “Rice”

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When you’re tired of grating down cauliflower for yet another “rice” dish, try this refreshing version topped with a dressing of basil, avocado, and lemon juice.

Recipe: Green Goddess Cauliflower “Rice”

Avocado Ice Cream

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You don’t even need an ice cream maker to churn out this one! Just blend avocados, sweetener, coconut milk, and salt, and freeze for at least two hours.

Recipe: Avocado Ice Cream  

Avocado Fudge Bites

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This easy recipe heavily recommends dipping the five-ingredient fudge balls into melted chocolate before freezing them. Because why wouldn’t you?

Recipe: Avocado Fudge Bites  

Berry Avocado Salad

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Show off the flavors of summer with this bright and fruity salad, topped with a homemade ginger-lime dressing. It easily doubles as dessert!

Recipe: Berry Avocado Salad

Creamy Key Lime Pie

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Craving a cool and rich dessert? Although key lime pie is traditionally filled with sugar, gluten, and eggs, this Paleo and vegan dessert tastes just as good as the original — it’s just a whole lot cleaner!

Recipe: Creamy Key Lime Pie

Avocado Lime Cheesecake

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Whoever thought avocado would be the star in a cheesecake recipe? This version amps up the green color and flavor with lime juice and zest, and is topped with a pureed chia-strawberry mixture.

Recipe: Avocado Lime Cheesecake  

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Lebanese Hospital Becomes The World’s First To Go 100 Percent Vegan (Food)

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    A hospital in Lebanon has become the first in the world to adopt a completely vegan menu.

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    Are people aware of the physical and emotional torture the majority animals we eat go through? Are people aware that a diet free of animal products can be very beneficial for human health. Are people aware that animal agriculture is destroying Earth?

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At the beginning of March, Hayek Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon became the first hospital in the world to serve 100 percent vegan only meals. Prior to this change, patients had a choice between animal based meals and vegan meals, and included with that was information about the health benefits of choosing plant-based foods versus the dangers of consuming animal products. The hospital made the announcement via their Instagram page, stating that “Our patients will no longer wake up from surgery to be greeted with ham, cheese, milk, and eggs…the very food(s) that may have contributed to their health problems in the first place.”

When the World Health Organization classifies processed meat as a group 1A carcinogenic (causes cancer) same group as tobacco and red meat as group 2A carcinogenic, then serving meat in the hospital is like serving cigarettes in a hospital. When the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) declare that 3 out of 4 new or emerging infectious disease comes from animals. When adopting a plant based exclusive diet has been successfully proven not only to stop the evolution of certain diseases but it can also reverse them. We then, have the moral responsibility to act upon and align our beliefs with our actions. Taking the courage to look at the elephant in in the eye.

Their various statements also point to the role that animal agriculture plays in spawning infectious diseases, citing the Centers for Disease Control’s estimate that 3 out of 4 new or emerging infectious diseases come from animals. “We believe it’s well about time to tackle the root cause of diseases and pandemics, not just treat symptoms,” they note.

This was a great statement. The modern day medical industry only seems to be focused on medications, and only medications that can turn a hefty profit, to treat and cure disease instead of addressing root causes. It’s good to see things changing, but a big problem remains. If a plant that grows in abundance, for example, has the potential to cure a disease, will we ever hear about it? Will the medical industry be interested in it? Probably not, but when a drug is made and patented from that plant in a specific way, that’s when we will. This is not to say that modern day medicine is useless, but today now more than ever a big problem exists, and this problem may be killing more people than it’s helping.

Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), a Harvard professor of medicine and also a former Editor-in-Chief of NEMJ, was frustrated that “the medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.” (source)

According to Forks Over Knives,

While Hayek is the first hospital to completely purge animal products from its menu, a number of hospitals have begun offering more plant-based options in recent years. Both New York and California have enacted laws requiring hospitals to offer a plant-based option with every meal. In 2018 NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue launched the Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program to help patients transition to a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle.

The American Medical Association passed a resolution in 2017 calling on U.S. hospitals to provide healthful plant-based meals to promote better health in patients, staff, and visitors. The American College of Cardiology has issued similar recommendations.

In my opinion, “veganism is a very fine form of nutrition” (Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, heart surgeon), and as mentioned above, there is plenty of science to back up that statement.  I’ve written about it many times before from a health perspective.

Here’s an article that goes into more detail and science if you’re interested, it also addresses history, and how our teeth and guts are designed and more. Here’s another one regarding a study that found a strong association between eating animal protein and a premature death from all causes, including multiple cancers and type 2 diabetes.

The studies cited in that article note that meat eating is strongly associated with up to a 75 percent increased chance of early mortality, and that protein from animals may cause harm, while protein from plants may help reverse disease and have a protective effect.

There are hundreds of these studies, and the ones I cite are just a few examples.

This is obviously a very controversial topic in the eyes of many, and it’s not hard at all to find conflicting information on the subject. I am no doubt bias in my beliefs and opinions here.

One thing is for certain, the way we treat animals on this planet is extremely heartbreaking and unnecessary. Animals are separated from their families, raised for slaughter and are kept in torturous conditions on a daily basis. It’s truly unbelievable and horrific. It’s the biggest genocide and example of both physical and emotional torture the world has ever seen. I don’t think anybody can witness what really goes on in most slaughterhouses can come out not being impacted.

On top of this, animal agriculture is one of, if not the greatest contributer to environmental degradation and pollution on our planet. Animal agriculture is actually the leading cause of deforestation. Every single day, close to 100 plant/animal/insect species are lost because of this practice.

Final Thoughts: At the end of the day it seems that, from a health perspective, processed meats, and other meats are no doubt harmful to human health. People can make the argument that other animal products may not be and that we are meant to consume them. People can also make the complete opposite argument. One thing that can’t be argued is, again, the torture, physical and emotional abuse that comprise the source of where animal products come from for the majority of people who eat them.

There is a big split, as with many other topics, amongst people on this issue. There are even vegan influencers who are creating splits within the ‘vegan community’ itself, which is unfortunate. I personally believe that, from a health perspective, animal products are not at all required for anybody and are again, overall, harmful to human health.

The more pressing issue, again, is the treatment of our animal brothers and sisters, and how we are constantly using and abusing them. It’s indicative of world that lacks empathy, compassion, understanding and love, as well as our inability to see ourselves in another. This can be seen in many aspects of the current human experience, be it war, human trafficking and more. That being said, it’s great to see human consciousness shifting towards a more compassionate, empathetic type of awareness. This is evident by the “vegan” movement alone, as it’s become quite large over the past few years and will continue to grow. Some of the biggest animal food producers have already gone out of business, and it’s great to see more people in the health community as well recognize that it’s a win for health, a win for environment, and most importantly, a win for the very emotional, intelligent, animals, who are similar to us in so many ways. We have so much to learn from them.

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Caloric Restriction vs. Fasting: Why One Can Result In Weight Gain While The Other Helps Burn Fat

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    In the video below, Dr. Jason Fung explains the difference between caloric restriction and sending the body into "starvation" mode compared to fasting.

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    Fasting has been used as a health intervention for thousands of years, and is being used today by doctors who are educated on the topic. Why is it completely ignored by mainstream medicine? Is it because "big pharma" can't make any money off of it?

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Some would say that the best solution to weight gain is eating right and exercising. I couldn’t agree more. Obesity is one of the deadliest problems humanity faces today, and just as important as diet and exercise is for addressing this issue, even more important are the emotional and personal reasons as to why so many people damage themselves and make themselves more prone to serious disease.

Apart from diet and exercise, initiating a proper fasting regimen can have tremendous health outcomes, especially for overweight people. It wasn’t but a decade ago when fasting to lose weight was considered unhealthy and dangerous. Today, we have a tremendous amount of science that’s been published clearly showing that fasting can be an effective health intervention for people of all body types, especially for people who are overweight and suffer from certain diseases. It’s an excellent way to help your body burn fat. Fasting has been used and is currently being used as an intervention for type two diabetes, cancer and more. Fasting has been shown to trigger stem cell regeneration, autophagy, which in turn can help clear out toxins and damaged cells, repair DNA, improve metabolism, lower blood sugar, boost brain function, reduce the risk of age related disease, lessen inflammation which improves a wide range of health issues from arthritic pain to asthma and more. It’s no wonder why so many ancient cultures from different parts of the world used fasting as medicine and as a health intervention.

As shown in the science, fasting is generally safe for everybody. This many not be true if you already have underlying health conditions or are taking certain medications. This is why it’s important to consult a health professional about it, but the issue is, the majority of health professionals are not well educated in fasting interventions. Those who have educated themselves have been treating their patients with fasting and are drawn to it due to its ability to provide so many benefits.

One of these doctors is Dr. Jason Fung, who on his blog and his YouTube channel, as well as the books he’s written provides a wealth of information and science regarding fasting. I often refer people to the work of Fung, or others like Dr. Valter Longo if they want to begin their own research about fasting. Again, there is a wealth of science and “scholarly” articles available on the subject for anybody who wants to search for it as well. It’s not heard to find.

In the video below, Fung explains why fasting is much different from caloric restriction or having your body go into “starvation mode.”  You can also check out his article, “The difference between calorie restriction and fasting” for some great information as well.

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Study Suggests Risk of Death From Loneliness May Be Greater Than Obesity

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    According to a study at Brigham Young University, heightened risk for mortality from a lack of social relationships is greater than that from obesity.

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    At the deeper levels, is "loneliness" the problem or is it our mindstate? Is it our perception of loneliness that's a problem? Some thrive with a lack of social interaction, that being said, most of us are indeed social beings who desire connection.

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Current evidence indicates that heightened risk for mortality from a lack of social relationships is greater than that from obesity.

Loneliness can reliably be linked to a significant increase in the risk of early mortality, according to a study at Brigham Young University. Head author, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, notes that “substantial evidence now indicates that individuals lacking social connections (both objective and subjective social isolation) are at risk for premature mortality.”

Holt-Lunstad believes the risks associated with loneliness are already greater than such established dangers as obesity:

Several decades ago scientists who observed widespread dietary and behavior changes raised warnings about obesity and related health problems. The present obesity epidemic had been predicted. Obesity now receives constant coverage in the media and in public health policy. The current status of research on the risks of loneliness and social isolation is similar to that of research on obesity 3 decades ago… Current evidence indicates that heightened risk for mortality from a lack of social relationships is greater than that from obesity.

Furthermore, she warns that “researchers have predicted that loneliness will reach epidemic proportions by 2030 unless action is taken.”

Why Are We So Isolated From Each Other?

From the long view, it can be said that Western civilization as a whole has fostered a gradual disintegration of our physical and social ties. With an emphasis on individual goals and an almost fanatical regard for personal achievement, the traditional institutions of family and community and their capacity to provide their members with a sense of belonging and shared purpose have become significantly fragmented.

The family unit has gone from large generations-linked mutual support systems to small and immediate units, sometimes involving single parents whose necessities make it very difficult to create a stable home environment for their children. Add to that the fact that more and more people are not even building families, and our society has more people living alone than at any other time in history. This includes the elderly, who are less likely to find a ‘fit’ living within their children’s families than ever before.

The decline of the ‘community’ is perhaps as significant as the disintegration of the family unit. In Western-style communities, people work as a collection of individual units interacting by specific functions rather than as an interrelated whole with a significant shared identity. Naturally, attempts are made today to join or build ‘communities’ all the time, but like the Meetup model, they are founded on the gathering of select people with similar interests and purposes, rather than a shared embrace of all people within a certain geographical area.

The Rise of Social Media

I believe the rise in prominence of social media has in part been fuelled by the sense of alienation we have long felt within our modern society. I don’t believe social media is the root cause of our loneliness, as some speculate, but rather a symptom of this much longer-standing social problem. Connecting via chats and web pages is just something that we have gotten into the habit of reaching for since it is so immediately accessible. But like any quick fix, it does not end up fulfilling our deeper needs, either individually or as a society.

If we see that our society has been slowly disintegrating over hundreds of years, then it becomes incumbent upon us as a society (if we can still even identify ourselves with our ‘society’) to take measures to remedy this situation. What those measures might be, though, given how things seem to be trending, is a matter of great conjecture.

On Being Alone  

One approach is to first acknowledge that Western society’s emphasis on the individual is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I believe that the development of personal integrity, creativity, and autonomy is a critical step in the evolution of human consciousness. Learning how to be alone with oneself is a part of that process. In his work entitled Pensées, French philosopher Blaise Pascal observed that “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

As evidenced by Eastern gurus and mystics, one can be perfectly content in isolation. This can be greatly facilitated by the practice of meditation and other such methods that give us a direct perception of our energetic connectedness not only with other people, but with all things. In this higher state, the damaging emotional impact of loneliness and social isolation are not experienced.

Our Next Step

Still, the life of the yogi remains for the few. The rest of us, it seems, have come to this planet to interact, share, and love. And we have not incarnated into this dense physical world to get better at virtual relationships. At this stage, we have perhaps gotten a bit too accustomed to social isolation for our own good.

Holt-Lunstad notes that “although living alone can offer conveniences and advantages for an individual, this meta-analysis indicates that physical health is not among them.” She also cites another study that “has demonstrated higher survival rates for those who are more socially connected.” And then there is the seminal 75-Year Harvard University study, where “it was universally clear that without loving and supportive relationships, men in the study were not happy.” The message is becoming clear: we need to come together.

We are perhaps at a larger turning point in our development than most of us realize. It seems that we have reached the extreme edge of the exploration of individualism, and we are readying to move into greater balance with a collective identity. This is not a return to traditional ways, but rather a synthesis of our growth as individuals with the shared experience we are now hungering for. This synthesis signifies the next stage of our evolution.

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