YOUR definition of wellness determines YOUR quality of life

I’d like to share a story with you.

A beggar had been sitting by the side of a road for over 30 years.  One day a stranger walked by.

“Spare some change?” mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his old baseball cap. 

“I have nothing to give you,” said the stranger. Then he asked: “What’s that you are sitting on?”

“Nothing,” replied the beggar.  “Just an old box.  I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember,” 

“Ever looked inside?” asked the stranger. 

“No,” said the beggar. “What’s the point?  There’s nothing in there.” 

“Have a look inside,” insisted the stranger.  The beggar managed to pry open the lid.  With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold.”

Definition of Wellness

The National Wellness Institute defines wellness as

“an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence”.

In order to do this we need to amplify and gain access to inner cues, inner wisdom, energy resources and a sense of peace.  This requires assistance.

Increasing awareness of the body alters our ability to make self-empowered choices in our lives.

If we are stuck in the body then we are stuck in the mind. 

The state of rigidity in the body is linked to the rigidity in the mind.  Life events, which have become sources of adverse tension to our central nervous system, have physical anchors in the body.

The Myth

Society continues to perpetuate the myth that the state of wellness in individuals is determined by the degree of pain or the quantity of symptoms they experience.


Symptoms have very little relationship to the problems we experience.  A cancer patient may have no symptoms in the early stages of the disease and yet no one would argue that there is a problem.

How many people have you heard of who have died of a sudden heart attack with no apparent symptoms?  Or is it possible the communication between the body and the brain has been interrupted?

Definition of Wellness

How you define wellness determines the quality of life and health you will achieve

If you wait for symptoms to direct your attention, then your strategies will more likely be based on crisis control.  You have a choice!

Research shows that strategies to improve communication between body and brain have demonstrated improvement in the quality of life and wellness an individual experiences. 

If you are interested in further exploration of this concept, give Dr. Jay and Dr Joyce a call at (604) 939-7556.