It would be so amazing if a workout program, a school of thought, a special diet or any one act of wellness actually equated to being well. Singularly they all contribute, but wellness is an ever evolving process and a combination of many aspects being in balance.
Wholeness is the path that will lead you to wellness, there is no singular action that will make you well – it’s an accumulation of actions in the seven aspects of the wellness pie that will pave the path to wellness.
Simplified: wellness is not an act, but a goal to be achieved and wholeness is the path to wellness.
Let’s get clear about what both words mean, let’s start with wellness.
So what is wellness? If you are confused about wellness, you are not alone – wellness is one of the most over used words in today’s society.
Even as a wellness guru I am always looking for new ways to add to my wellness arsenal, which is why I love research and seminars.
Webster’s dictionary defines wellness as the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal.
It’s no secret that people are looking to get well. Marketing researchers and advertising gurus know people are looking for the answers on how to get well.
Global healthcare spending in on the rise, but so is global sickness. Seem like a bit of an oxymoron to me, that as we spend more and more money on “healthcare” and yet we are getting sicker – shouldn’t we be healthier?
Research on global spending is available to anyone on the Internet, by simply searching data and statistics via the World Health Organization and other sites with accumulative data.
Research on global or country specific patterns is the information that marketing researchers and advertising gurus use to get the data they need to effectively market their client’s products to you.
The data reflects what people are looking to purchase, and its clear people are looking for ways to get well. This is exactly why the term wellness is slapped on any product that does anything to increase your level of wellness in one of the seven areas of wellness (refer to wellness pie).
Are they WRONG?
The answer is NO.
Truth be told most of the products that say wellness are better for you than the ones that don’t. The ones that don’t contribute to wellness should say sickness in BIG BOLD letters – SICKNESS. But, just because a product says wellness does not mean that that one product alone will make you well nor will it keep you well.
True Wellness is achieved through WHOLENESS.
When I looked up the definition of Wholeness in Webster’s Dictionary online, I nearly fell out of my chair, I wanted to call everyone I know and say, “Listen to this…” Keep in mind that I had already started using the term wholeness because I knew it meant the first half of the definition – “containing all components; complete, and not divided or disjoined; in one unit.” But then it read – having been restored; healed.
So, what’s your balance?
We are all unique and at a different level of wellness, some people are fine tuning their plan while other are just beginning.
It is not important where you are in the journey, but rather what your ultimate goal is. If you’re looking to achieve better overall wellness through wholeness then follow these steps:
- Assess all seven areas: familial, nutritional, environmental, financial, emotional, physical, and chemical. Which of these areas are the weakest? If there is more than one do not panic, just pick one for now.
- Write out why you want/need wellness in this area. Your why will motivate you, there is probably a reason this area is so low. Maybe you are not interested or it’s too hard – your why will help shift your consciousness.
- Look at three changes you can make which will help create wellness in this area.
- Start implementing, set a goal for three weeks and watch balance unfold.
- After three weeks, reexamine all seven slices of the wellness pie and pick the next weakest! Enjoy!
This is your life and only you can decide how you will live it, personally I am choosing to live it Well! Choose wisely…choose wholeness.
Enhancing your life expression,
Dr. Martha Nessler