Getting a Wellness Definition
What a great question. Nowadays the use of the word wellness in the name of a business is rampant. This makes it confusing for the consumer. Since life is about choices and we want to make good solid choices when it comes to our own personal wellness, let’s examine this “thing” called “wellness.” Let’s start where I always start when trying to understand something, at the basic definition. The one from Wikipedia states: the scientific meaning: health, freedom from disease.
The Free Dictionary states:
“A philosophy of life and personal hygiene that views health as not merely the absence of illness but the full realization of one’s physical and mental potential, as achieved through positive attitudes, fitness training, a diet low in fat and high in fiber, and the avoidance of unhealthful practices (smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, overeating).”
Personally, I like the second definition better. It is a bit more comprehensive and more action-oriented. This brings me to another belief system I have adopted. I was introduced to this idea through Daoist philosophical teachings. The Daoists place great emphasis on the importance of “action.” Whatever belief system, goals, or dreams you have, they need to have “action” steps to support and manifest them. Otherwise your beliefs and goals are unable to come to fruition in your life.
Formulating a Wellness Action Plan
Therefore, if we are looking for “wellness” in our lives we need to first decide what wellness is to us. Next we create the “action step” plan and then most importantly we “act” on this plan.
So I share with you for the first time my definition of wellness which is “Wellness is a disease-free physical body and a soul that lives in community, respects the earth, is connected to spirit, expresses its authentic self and lives a life of purpose.”
Now if you share in my belief of the definition of wellness and you are interested in “making wellness a way of life” you will look to formulate an “action” plan.
As an example, to support my belief of wellness, my action plan was to create a “Wellness Center” to support an individual’s comprehensive action plan based on the “agreed” definition of wellness. I opened Acu-Na Wellness Center and began building a well-rounded team of practitioners with comprehensive services and fun community events designed to help you in your journey to health.
I encourage you to ask any business that has “wellness” in its name to share with you why they use that word in their name and what their definition of wellness is. What an informative and stimulating conversation you may have!
Our Way of Wellness
So if I may I’d like to share our “way” with you.
Acu-Na Wellness Center assists you in making wellness a way of life by bringing skilled practitioners with loving hearts to support and guide you into developing your true self so that you may live a healthy passionate authentic life.
Acu-Na Wellness Center, as a team, provides a unique array of services that utilize the scientific knowledge of Naturopathic Medicine, the five element system of correspondence medical paradigm in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the ancient wisdom of Indigenous Medicine for reconnecting with the earth and rebuilding community, and Energy Medicine as it recognizes that energy is the vital, living moving force that determines much of our health and happiness.
Our team has found a way to actually integrate all of the above into one medical model that incorporates multiple proven medical paradigms into one new advanced model for redefining “health.” Health is a disease-free physical body and a soul that lives in community, respects the earth, is connected to spirit, expresses its authentic self and lives a life of purpose.
We felt the United States was in need of a new wellness model that offered true preventive medicine, as our current allopathic medical model is more emergency medicine that offers surgical and pharmaceutical intervention. The current “health model in the US” doesn’t provide strategy to provide genuine “health/wellness” even as defined by the World Health Organization: Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
I hope you will take personal inventory as to your “action” plan for YOUR WELLNESS. I would like to personally invite you to stop by the center, have some tea, relax, meet the practitioners, attend one of our events and see how you feel!
Mary J. Houge, ND, L.Ac., LMBT, Philosopher