Meg Berryman on moving beyond wellness

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“What’s right about you? What’s working well? Where are you whole? What does feel good? Let’s start to amplify that rather than marketing to your pain points.”

Meg Berryman

You know those conversations where you light up from the beginning? Where you feel like you’ve met a new friend and you could talk for hours?

I was lucky enough to have one of those conversations a couple of weeks ago and am so thrilled to be able to share it with you today.

In this episode I sit down with Meg Berryman of Beyond Being Well. Meg is a women’s coach, mum of two young kids, yoga teacher, empowerment educator and all-round, fabulous, no-BS human.

I was immediately taken with the work Meg does in helping women move through the process of making changes for themselves, and on to making changes for the collective, because this is something I’ve felt myself being drawn to more and more over the past year.

I have a few thoughts on what the wellness movement is becoming, but essentially I believe the current focus on wellness is wonderful as there are so many of us who need to relearn what it is to feel well and how it feels to practice self-care. But I also think that, in my case anyway, there comes a time when the focus can open up and give us the opportunity to make changes for the benefit of others too. Our homes, friends, families, communities – these are the parts of our lives that stand to benefit from our journey from wellness through to wholeness.

Meg talks about that journey from wellness to wholeness through to igniting social change – a shift from self to collective focus. She also touches on the importance of discovering what wellness is to us as individuals (letting go of those shoulds!) connecting to the body, why we need compassion in the face of patriarchy and capitalism and so much more.

This conversation was truly effortless and so engaging, and I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Questions featured in this episode:

  1. What does wellness mean to you?
  2. How can listeners start to explore what wellness looks like for them?
  3. Do you think it’s a counter-cultural move to fully explore your own wholeness?
  4. Do you find that a lot of people reach the point of wanting to shift their focus from the self to the collective in their explorations of wholeness?

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5 Responses to Meg Berryman on moving beyond wellness

  1. Long time listener, first time poster.

    Loved this episode so much my wife and I listened to it twice. So insightful.

    One little request – can you please play out the intro music on one end of the episode – I miss the last Glockenspiel ting!

    Adam D – Franklin Tasmania.

  2. The concept of “wellness” just being a step in the journey to “wholeness” really struck with me. We spend so much time thinking about how to make ourselves better that we often miss out on the fact that we are part of the bigger picture. We owe it to others to be fully “well” so we can fully contribute to the greater good.

  3. Love your podcast. Am in North Carolina (beach, mountains), USA and blog at “Diary of a Mindful Nature Lover.” What always surprises me is how world-wide our blogging audiences are. Finally decided to comment to share my pleasure in what you do. Thanks so much! Wellness, social change, all so important! Nina Naomi

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