Recently my very close friend, leadership coach and all-around amazing human Kristin Meek of WYLD Leadership recently asked me to chat with her team about what wellness and well-being means to me. Her business, WYLD, guides individuals and businesses in how they utilize their talents, spend their time, build their tribes, through coaching, retreats, and programs. Through Kristin I discovered my Strengths, and gaining this deeper understanding of myself has guided both me and Inner Light as a business and team. To be honest, I am obsessed with all things WYLD and their mission to help grow individuals, entrepreneurs and teams to their full potential by finding their true North. The way Kristin and her team combine science and psychology with ancient wisdom is incredible, and they hold such sacred healing space for all their clients and us very lucky friends. You can learn more about Kristin and WYLD here, and I can't recommend working with them more - I am personally planning on attending one of the Wyoming retreats (her original offering) next year.
When reading back my answers to their thought-provoking questions, I realized that in the course of the interview I had laid out my manifesto on wellness. I wanted to share this with you, the Inner Light community, as my own blog post this week. You can read the original interview here or the distilled manifesto below.
The Inner Light Wellness Manifesto
Wellness is a grand experiment to learn what works best for your body, mind, and spirit in order to grow and evolve into the most whole, authentic version of your Self. It’s the science and art of self-discovery. It encompasses anything that improves your quality of life – health, exercise, nutrition, relationships, and spirituality. Anything that helps you feel good, feel loved, feel whole, falls under the umbrella of wellness and well-being. Wellness is a conscious part of our life’s journey.
Wellness is not about what you "should" do, eat, exercise, wear, think, or practice. It is not about perfection - it is about doing what is best for you. The current world of "wellness" can be overwhelming. It can seem like non-stop stream of information and practices that you must incorporate into your life for optimal health. To compound this, often the information is conflicting, especially when its comes to nutrition and food. The truth is that you don’t need six different superfoods, and five mushrooms and ten adaptogens in your morning smoothie, followed by your morning lemon water, before your meditation and spin class, to be well. Wellness isn’t a trend, it is a basic human practice of taking care of our minds, bodies and spirits. It is necessary to filter out what works for us and what doesn’t work for us. It’s about playing with all these amazing tools and modalities to figure out what works best for you. The only thing any of us needs to do is what feels good for our bodies, what energizes us, gives us life and makes us happy.
All the alkaline water, smoothies, meditation, reiki and infrared saunas in the world will not make you well if you are not doing the deep work of learning to remember your own power and love yourself deeply. The intention behind why a wellness practice is essential. Ask yourself - is this coming from a place of love or a place of perfection? Be honest with yourself and treat yourself with loving kindness, with self-compassion and grace. You are enough. You are loved. You are perfect exactly as you are. A key to wellness is to break out of these negative thought patterns, and create new, positive ones in their place. All of this is a muscle that you grow slowly over time.
Self-care and wellness are one in the same thing. Self-care is a verb, it is any action taken that brings one closer to a state of well-being. It is deeply personal. It is deeply important. It can be as simple as a walk in nature and as complicated as fighting a chronic disease. At the core of it, self-care and wellness is about love. It's about showing ourselves love, and by doing this we learn to show others more love. It's about remembering the very simple truth that we are all the same, and we are all love.