In our book, Sustainable Wellness—An Integrative Approach to Transforming Your Mind, Body, and Spirit, Heather and I clarify the terms that appear throughout all chapters. The terms health, wellness, illness, and disease can have different meanings among people using or hearing them. Here are the definitions we use:
- Health – a state of balance with our external and internal environment. It is a dynamic state that can include responses to acute and chronic challenges.
- Wellness—the individual experience of that balanced state we call health.
- Illness—a state of imbalance which occurs when challenges come up and demand a response from our resources in order to regain balance.
- Disease—the individual experience of the state of imbalance we call an illness. In chronic disease, the challenges of illness have overwhelmed our resources to respond. (“dis” meaning “lack of”; “ease” meaning “comfort or relief”)
Another term that plays a very important role in reaching sustainable wellness is Awareness. Moving toward awareness is helped by meditation—mindfulness meditation can be particularly effective.
Awareness: the quality of paying attention to what’s going on in the present moment from an inquisitive, nonjudgmental, and focused perspective.
You might want to check in your area for the availability of mindfulness meditation classes as part of gathering the tools you need to take with you on the journey toward sustainable wellness.
Meditate. Live purely.
Do your work with mastery.
Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.