“How are you?”
“I am well …
"Yes, I am … very well, thank you …
"No, I’m not … really …
"Or am I? ...
The everyday enquiry “How are you?” probes the core of our being. To say that we are well or not well is the sum-up of how we are.
We aspire to answering positively. It may be more honest or accurate to answer otherwise – I’m not well, I’m lonely or sad, angry, frustrated, in pain or suffering. Our life’s journey and experiences takes us many places.
There is a desire to be well. Being well we feel better resourced for the opportunities and challenges that life presents. Being well may be a relative state, being as well as we can be in our circumstances.
To be able to say “I am well” may be a goal towards which I aspire.
“I am well” may be descriptive of a vision I hold in front of me.
To say “I am well” may act as a rally cry, to subtly elicit the wellness creating capabilities of my body. What the mind envisages the body feels beholden to deliver!
To say “I am well” may be an acknowledgement, of whatever smaller, or greater, extent of wellness I feel and recognise within myself.
Saying “I am well” may be celebratory of the gift of being well and of the joy it affords.
The phrase “I am well” embraces all of the above, and more, for whilst the experience of being well is subjective and personal (- hence the choice of caption “I am well”), the circumstances of being well are social and environmental. We are supported by, and we support, each other, as we are supported by, and we support, our environment. The surprise may be that the social and environmental aspects of wellness far exceed the medical.
This site is intended as a resource in the furthering of wellness, with particular focus on autonomy, that portion of wellness that is within our own capability to foster, personally, as individuals, and socially, as members of community.
The site is about empowerment over passivity, engagement over detachment. With intention to experience the fullness of life, of health and vitality, to be strong for challenge and be strengthened by it, to find a path through illness and adversity.
What can we undertake individually and socially to be able to say “I am well” or as well as I can be in the circumstances?
What do you do to be well? The site aims to be a forum. Share experiences, stories, questions and insights.
The site aims to be a directory and to be local, so that the connections made online lead to connections in person.
We have a lot of resources already within ourselves and each other. The opportunity now is to awaken and express them, for our individual selves, our families and community and our society.
This site is in development. In its initial stages some of the material may be simplistic. It will grow and deepen with your input.