Health, Wellness and Wholeness
Today, I would like to begin a new conversation around health by looking at the difference between health, wellness and wholeness.
Health is a state of the body.
When we talk about health, we usually mean the state of functionality of the body. Does it operate at a ‘normal’ level without pain, or at least minimal pain? When we seek to help our body function better, we look to physical treatments. Medications, herbs, massage, diet, exercise. Medical doctors, naturopaths, functional medicine practitioners.
The focus here is usually attempting to diagnose and change the biochemistry of the body. Often this approach to health is an outside in approach meaning we need to control the biochemistry of the body in order to feel healthy. We are doing something to our body to make it function properly.
Wellness expands our concept of health.
Along comes the wellness industry which redefines the concept of health. Wellness expands our definition of health to include the mind, emotions, lifestyle factors and searching for happiness in our lives. We engage in positive thinking, lifestyle modification, honoring our emotions. Perhaps finding work that inspires, re-evaluating our relationships. In addition to the physical modalities, we seek out counseling, therapy, life coaching.
Then emerges the idea of Wholeness.
The overriding name of my business is Integrative Wholeness. This idea expands the concept of health to include all dimensions and parts of who we are. It focuses on understanding our multi-dimensionality and bringing all parts of our multi-dimensionality into balance and harmony.
Integrative Wholeness embraces our physical body, our emotional body, our mental body, our energy body, and our spiritual body. The intent is to create balance in each dimension. When balance in each dimension is established the dimensions begin to resonate in harmony with each other. The soul, mind, heart and body are in alignment with each other.
Integrative Wholeness is also a process of meeting, greeting, embracing and integrating all parts of who we are. We each have a personality that includes parts of us that we deem acceptable. Yet there are parts of us that are wounded and/or considered unacceptable. These parts need to be accessed, healed and integrated. Some of these exiled parts are the innocent inner children who hold our joy, gifts and talents but were deemed unacceptable by those who raised us and/or our society at large. When we integrate these parts, we begin to feel more whole. We reclaim our joy and our passion for life.
It is this experience of integration that will create health from the inside out. When all dimensions and parts are in balance and harmony, health on all levels is the natural result. Your body will be healthy. Your mind will be clear and focused. Your emotions will be balanced. You will feel a connection with your spirit and God. You will be expressing your gifts and live abundantly.
I began on a search for health many years ago. I discovered that health was more that just the body. I also needed inner peace. I discovered that the path to health involved the process of healing and integrating all parts of myself.
This is my vision and what I am here to teach others. I invite you to listen, learn, evaluate and apply what feels right to you.
Wishing you peace, love and vibrant health,