Welcome to Wellness Vermont

Hello!  The word balance has been important to me as a “Libran” throughout my life.  It became a rallying call in 1999 when I made a decision to add Zija along with Nikken into my life.

As a woman growing up in the “60’s”, finding the balance between the caring, nurturing qualities of my mother and the achievement and freedom allowed my father became a filter through which I have guided my life.

When I looked at the philosophy of a balanced life described by the founder of Nikken in 1975 as well as the concept of “Life Unlimited” that is the founding principal of Zija, I understood that it was a worthy lifelong goal:  total health through creating balance in body, mind, family, society, and finances.  Helping others and in turn creating a life purpose.

My focus on this site is to share thought provoking observations and to create awareness through discussion.  My intention is to guide the process and help us find the balance we need to heal ourselves, our communities and our planet.

Mary Ann

Why Wellness?

Wellness is defined in many different ways by many different people. For the purpose of this site, Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence.

  • Process means that improvement is always possible.
  • Aware means that we are continuously seeking more information about how we can improve.
  • Choices mean that we consider a variety of options and select those in our best interest.
  • Success is determined by each individual to be their collection of life accomplishments.

 Why Vermont?

I was born in Vermont. I returned to the state to live my adult life. It has been a great environment to grow my wellness continuum and to raise a family based on those values. Gallop consistently places Vermont in the top 10 in its wellbeing score for the 50 states. Vermont is known for its four seasons, a cycle of continual renewal each year. The beauty of the terrain from its lakes, mountains and pastoral valleys inspires closeness to nature and an active lifestyle.

Localvore is alive and well. Access to small farms with transparency..
Organic, grass-fed, sustainable farming were terms before Michael Pollen wrote his books!
The great outdoors, bike paths, state parks are out most front or back doors.
Respect for wild life and the environment as well as green energy proliferates
The politicians are our neighbors allowing for grass root politics.