What is wellbeing???
You may have heard of wellness. Its a popular word these days, it’s a buzzword. Buzzwords attract attention, but often lose their meaning, serving as a marker that one is using the correct jargon, and these days becoming the bait for more clicks. The wellness movement began in the 1950s, and the word “wellness” was conflated with the slim, muscular physique that still prevails in most media representations of the body, and especially the female body. This is not an inclusive word, and is based in consumption to obtain a veneer of health.*
The difference between wellness and wellbeing is that wellness is defined as a goal, it is the description of an idealized object. You become an object to be acted upon by a person or institution, through a process of consumption that may only be skin deep. Your body must conform to certain aesthetic expectations in order to be deemed “well”.
Wellbeing, on the other hand, is an action, it is a way of being in the world that can be learned and practiced by subjects, each one autonomous and forming their understanding of self with awareness of their own physical patterns, emotional patterns, and mind patterns. Any person can gain that awareness easily with the tools that Ayurveda provides, and it is a lifetime process, always more profound the longer you maintain your committment to being who you truly are. And the magic is that who you are “being” will always change as you grow into your true self.
Is there a lack of luster in your world, and you want the magic back? Or have you felt like that magic has always been elusive and you would like to catch a glimpse of it? Maybe your soul yearns to be a subject in a world of objects.
You decide: will you be the subject of your own life and live it to the best of your ability? Will you choose wellbeing?
I am raqael de la caza, I offer online Ayurvedic consultations and coaching to people who want to come in closer contact with their energies and learn their true Nature. Ayurveda is an ancient medical system from India that views the mind, body, and spirit as one holistic being. Each person is seen as a unique balance between three types of energies; movement, inertia, and digestion. Regulating the digestion with diet and lifestyle changes is one of the most effective ways to change our overall energy and outlook. I give practical Ayurvedic recommendations in my consulting sessions to help your body come into balance. In my coaching sessions, I offer practices to extend that balance to your energetic field and out into your social world and beyond.
raqael de la caza is an artist, mother, and maker of meaning, living in the mountains of Colombia with her family and animals. She works to reconnect with Nature and with natural rhythms in her daily activities such as cooking, dancing, singing, and gardening. This site, along with her Ayurvedic training, allows her to share her unique blend of scientific, esoteric, philosophical and anthropological thought to bring embodied everyday spiritual connection with Nature and Self to anyone who believes they can benefit from a more holistic worldview.
*For more on the history of the “wellness” movement, see https://daily.jstor.org/the-false-promises-of-wellness-culture/