The start of something new – a new year, a new job, a new semester at school, the birth of a child – all signal transitions for us. Some make resolutions. Others choose to call them revolutions – commitments to live and think in new ways.
For some, it is joining a gym. For others, it is changing our eating, drinking or use of tobacco. Maybe it is being more cognizant of the words we choose to use, or the thoughts we think.
How we talk about wellness has changed over the years to include more than not being sick, physically.
For a long time, we have defined health – or good health – as the absence of sickness or disease. However, organizations like the World Health Organization take a more holistic view, defining health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.” People of faith add spiritual well-being to that list and find our best definition in the biblical concept of "Shalom.” From the perspective of Shalom, health is social harmony as well as personal well-being and the elimination of violence. As we seek Shalom, we seek the existence of justice as well as mercy, the absence of violence as well as the absence of disease, the presence of social harmony as well as the presence of physical harmony.
What does it look like for us to tend to our mind, body and spirit? How do we do it?
As we explore what health, wholeness and Shalom look like in January, we invite you to share your stories, tips and tools that have helped you in your journey of health and wholeness.