Arnie Freiman is a lot of things—a certified spiritual director, innovator in health and wellness solutions, certified financial planner, PhD, ordained minister, and chaplain. He’s a father, cancer survivor, and ex-husband, too. Heck, he’s even a poet. He was the first person to introduce holistic health education at major national university, co-founded the first Acupuncture School in the United States and founded first Naturopathic College in California. So he’s been around. He’s done extraordinary things, and he’s held many titles. His favorite title is friend, a moniker he values over all others.
Having a tribe, a community, offers a sense of belonging, which is one of the pillars of well-being. We are social beings and thrive in being a part of it. Yet, belonging without clarity of the self holds a possibility for separation. This paradox is complex with our health at its center.
Belonging is such a strong human behavior—we see children running to the sand box with others and adults creating handshak.../>