Some anthropologists, psychologists, healers and life coaches have defined well-being, using the wisdom of ancient spiritual traditions. For instance, Angeles Arrien suggests that restoring our health and well-being begins with song, dance, storytelling and silence, as do frame drummer Layne Redmond, 5Rhythms founder Gabrielle Roth, cantadora Clarissa Pinkola Estes and medicine woman and yogini, Ana Forrest.
And in her new book, Martha Beck invites us to experience four technologies of magic: wordlessness, oneness, imagination and forming. She affirms that "the procedure for reclaiming your true nature [well-being] and finding your way in the wild new world is always the same: drop into Wordlessness, sense your environment and position through Oneness, Imagine what you want, and Form things - situations, objects, relationships, projects, activities - that express your unique perspective. There's a pleasingly brief word for this kind of radical creativity. It's called art."
The alchemical arts of journal writing, 5Rhythms movement, vinyasa yoga, mindfulness meditation, ocean gazing, nature hikes, pleasure reading and sleep help restore my well-being. I would love to hear from you. How do you define well-being, and what restores yours?