Humans of Aspen: What Does Wellbeing Mean To You?
By Eliza Demarest
Wellbeing is a nurturing of all the different layers that make up who we are: mind, body, and spirit. As Westerners, we tend to get caught up in the physical but ultimately, for total wellbeing, there can't be a preference. We must cultivate a deep reverence for all the pieces and parts of our human existence. In the end, wellbeing comes down to one simple thing: LOVE.
My idea of wellbeing stems from a privileged white upbringing. Contentment and gratitude are huge factors in my wellbeing. Being happy with what I already have and showing gratitude for all of my many blessings. Having a sense of community is important. Aspen has always been such a support system; the community has been there for me through times of joy and sorrow. My family, friends are crucial to my sense of wellbeing. My physical and mental health, which is achieved through exercise, eating healthy, resting, dancing, and laughing. Music. Growth. Purpose. Spirituality. Humor. Creativity. Showing up for the people in my life and being kind. The health of our planet. Positive human interactions and love. Love makes the world go round.
To me wellbeing means being able to enjoy the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits that one experiences when you push past the personal and environmental boundaries that life presents. Dream big and go for it!
COLTER J. HINCHLIFFE
Wellbeing is about happiness and enjoying life to the fullest. Happiness is the bi product of wellbeing, and it is the main reason I live the way I do. Spending time in the mountains, deserts, rivers, and oceans makes me a happy guy. I spend most of my time skiing and climbing and I love being out there with like minded people. My highest priority is always to enjoy the day. That starts with a good nights sleep, a healthy breakfast and a warm cup of coffee. The better I feel, the more I enjoy myself. Social connections are a great dynamic in my life and something I really cherish.
Wellbeing comes primarily from the understanding that we are all connected and part of something majestic, and universal, that is dynamic and expansive. When I reside in the contentment that life is beautiful, and that I am constantly being guided by the highest version of myself to fulfill my life's purpose, my dharma, and it coincides with the greater good, the universal dharma; then I know that my being is well.
Originally from Mount Shasta, California - Eliza is a wellness focused contributor at Aspen City of Wellbeing. She's a lover of all things wellbeing: smoothies, yoga, meditation, glitter, flowers, and time in nature. She's an aspiring road hog. Be sure to honk or wave if you see her cruising on her Harley through the Roaring Fork Valley.