Each culture has its own definition of what it means to be well. Which one of the meanings of cultures and wellbeing do you most identify with?
Wellness is not universal in cultures and wellbeing concepts but is rooted in our cultural traditions, beliefs, and values. Each culture has its own definition of what it means to be well.
For some people, wellness may be centered on physical balance and health, while for others it may include spiritual, emotional or social aspects. For example, some cultures emphasize the importance of family and close relationships, while others value freedom and work in their life purpose.
Here are some cultural interpretations of well-being:
In Western cultures and wellbeing, wellness is often associated with physical and mental health, personal achievement, happiness and material success. Individual autonomy, freedom of choice and self-fulfillment are emphasized.
In Eastern cultures, such as Chinese and Indian, wellness is related to balance and harmony between body, mind and spirit. Connection with nature, the practice of meditation, healthy eating and the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment are valued.
For some Aboriginal cultures, such as Native Australians, wellness is based on a harmonious relationship with the land, spirituality and connection with nature. The importance of preserving ancestral wisdom and living in balance with the natural environment is emphasized.
In Nordic cultures, such as Scandinavia, well-being is linked to quality of life, social equality, trust and enjoyment of nature. The concept of “hygge” (coziness and comfort) and the importance of finding joy in the little things in life are valued.
These are just a few cultural perspectives on wellness and there may be differences and nuances within each cultures and wellbeing. Regardless of your place of origin, you may resonate with one culture more than another. Which one do you identify with the most?
- Recognizing and appreciating cultural differences in wellness allows us to nurture each other. We can learn from different perspectives and enrich our own wellness practice by combining elements of diverse cultures and wellbeing.
- Wellness is a universal right. We all deserve access to practices and resources that promote our wellness, and each person can create their own guidelines for feeling better, according to their traditions, habits and choices.
- While it is necessary to recognize cultural diversity and its approaches to wellbeing, there are numerous authors who have developed theoretical and referential frameworks on how to enhance our cultures and wellbeing.
- In this workshop I gave in Pontremoli for the participants of AGAIA Coliving, we shared what each of us considered necessary to incorporate for our wellbeing, regardless of their countries of origin (United States, Germany, Holland, Australia and Hungary). The place invited us to relax as you will see in the pictures.
The commitments made were on different topics such as nutrition, sleeping habits, decision making, emotional register and even attitude towards life.
The feedback was very positive, since knowledge is transmitted in a fun way and invites to action, favoring that it can be taken to everyday life.
Integrating different aspects of wellness into our daily lives can make a big difference to our overall wellbeing. The path to greater mental and emotional health is unique to each person, so the invitation is for you to experiment and discover what practices work best for you.
What are your wellness rituals?
What would you like to tweak in your day to feel better?
I invite you to get going on the quest towards your wellness.