We run, and we train hard, but attempting to become stronger and faster runners also requires that we take care of ourselves when we’re not running. I read a book recently (written actually, by a New Zealander who I am acquainted with via a mutual Facebook group), that aims to guide readers towards a lifestyle of “wellness.”
Delivered from a completely holistic perspective, The Way of the Wellbeing, by Tricia Alach, addresses the obstacles to achieving health and happiness in a modern and busy world. Alach labels those who have already learned to integrate health and happiness into their lives as Wellbeings, explaining that they are different because the intentions behind their actions, not the actions themselves, set them apart.
For example, some of the characteristics that Wellbeings have in common, and which make me want to be a Wellbeing, include the following:
- They have little emotional attachment to outcomes; they are happy regardless of their achievements, not because of them.
- They integrate good health into their lifestyles, rather than separate it; they believe that health and happiness is the foundation upon which all other things can be built.
- They trust their instincts over intellect.
- They honor their bodies, minds, and spirits, making sure not to devote time to one while neglecting the others.
What I love about this book, is that it comes with not only well-expressed views and reasons, based on both professional and personal experience, but also practical tips that could really help a person make the lifestyle changes they’ve always wanted to make, but never have.
People want to make positive changes, implies Alach, but too often they become overwhelmed by the scope of what they ultimately hope to accomplish. In such cases, most give up because they failed to line their thoughts up with their actions. The first and most important step, says Alach, is the one that takes place in the mind.
While I really enjoyed reading Alach’s book, there were some sections that I skimmed over because they either didn’t apply to my own personal circumstances, or because I had slightly different views. But that’s what’s so great about this book; Alach recognizes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and happiness, and she encourages readers to select and utilize only the information and strategies that they feel is relevant to their personalities and situations.
I recommend this short, but insightful book, to anyone who wants to improve their quality of life, and I love a quote that Alach shared, which I believe sums up the essence of her message:
- If you do not change, you may end up in the direction you’re going – Lao Tzu
Want to read this book for free?
Tricia Alach is making it available to download for FREE next Tuesday 7th April as part of World Health Day (midnight to midnight Pacific time). In return, she’d appreciate you leaving a review on Amazon, even if it’s not 5 stars 🙂