The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.
One of the first questions I ask my clients is, "How do you define wellness?"
Interestingly enough, for most people it is a difficult question to answer. I find they know they want to feel different — lose weight, increase energy, sleep better, connect to joy — but often when I ask them to define what wellness means, they struggle.
According to Deepak Chopra, the first step in your health evolution is to define what wellness means to you. As soon as you do this you begin to create new neural pathways rewiring your brain to focus on this new vision of health. How great is that? The cool thing is when my clients come to an answer no two definitions are alike, and they never include a number on the scale or a pants size.
When you have a clear definition of what wellness is to you then you can direct your energy to create the vibrant health you desire.
Here are some definitions of health and wellness I like. Please add yours in the comments.
My idea for this blog was sparked after reading Kris Carr’s quote below. Love it!
“Health is more than just the absence of disease; it is the presence of vitality. Health is freedom from obstruction; it’s living in a harmonious way that creates both inner and outer peace.” ~ Kris Carr
In Ayurveda, health is defined “as physical and mental well-being; freedom from disease, pain, or defect; normalcy of physical and mental functions; soundness.” A healthy person is defined as “One who is established in Self, who has balanced doshas, balanced agni (digestive fire), properly formed dhatus (tissues), proper elimination of malas (wastes), well functioning bodily processes, and whose mind, soul, and senses are full of bliss.”
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. It is “…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – The World Health Organization
“Health is a state of balance and wholeness that allows you to move through the world and not get sick. You’re exposed to toxins, but they don’t cause cancer. You’re exposed to germs but don’t get ill. You’re surrounded by allergens but have no allergies. More than anything, it’s about an inner quality of springy-ness and resilience – like a child’s knockdown toy that won’t stay down.” ~ Dr. Andrew Weil
“In Ayurveda, health is defined as the dynamic state of balance between mind, body, and environment. It is possible for each of us to achieve and maintain a vibrant and joyful state of health by identifying our mind-body type and then creating a lifestyle that sustains and nurtures our unique nature.” ~ Deepak Chopra
Add your definition below!
Wishing You Vibrant Living,