When most people hear the word “health“, they think of physical health, their diet and their exercise regimen.
Dictionaries describe pillar as “a firm upright support for a superstructure.” YOU are the superstructure and the various aspects of “health” are your support. Having all these pillars in a positive state can lead to happiness.
The interesting feature about these pillars is that they operate synergistically. If you are healthy in one health area, it can improve your health in other areas. But the opposite can also take place. In other words, if you are unhealthy with one area of health, it will adversely affect your other areas, and of course affect your overall health even more. When we encounter a certain person, have an experience, eat or drink something, we are essentially having a relationship. That may be pure medicine, neutral or toxic if we were to break it down simply. What happens when it’s toxic, meaning it doesn’t truly serve your highest good, is that we usually try to move away from that or get rid of it somehow (of course – we are built with this mechanism for protection). But what happens is that we BOOKMARK it to “deal” with it at a later date — but what happens is that we never go back and heal, let go and find peace with it. This could be having a conversation with someone, this could be taking a probiotic after being on an anti-biotic.
Today, as we are in Mercury Retrograde, is a great time for REVIEW. What have you stored? What have you not said? What bills are not paid? Take a look at the “wheel” and assess how you are doing with NO JUDGMENT. Give each section a rating of Today and Your Desire. You can do this 1-10 or in %. I like % because 1-100 gives it more of a range.
I’m including some basic definitions, but also feel free to add your own but also add other areas that I may have not included here.
Let’s do this together.
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Taking care of each dimension of your Wellness Wheel can help you become more aware of the interconnectedness of each dimension and how all aspects of your life contribute to feeling well, both physically and mentally.
The emotionally well person can identify, express and manage the entire range of feelings and would consider seeking assistance to address areas of concern. This means you can successfully express and manage an entire RANGE of feelings. These feelings may include anger, doubt, hope, joy, as well as many others. An emotionally well person maintains a high self-esteem, positive body-image, and knows how to regulate their feelings. They know where to seek support and help regarding their mental health, not limited to seeking counseling service. And remember, all counsels are not created equal. Don’t just think talk therapy. What about music, art, etc. There are so many mediums to accessing emotional intelligence. Most lineages believe that our emotional body is developed by age 7. What is your basic core emotional need that you are trying to get met? It’s your underlying operating system. In fact, you are trying to get this need met through your work, with your boss, your co-workers, your primary relationship, with your dog, your neighbor, the man at the grocery store, etc.
Career Wellness – (Purpose)
The professionally well person engages in work to gain personal satisfaction and enrichment, consistent with values, goals and lifestyle. An “occupationally” well person enjoys the pursuit of a career they believe to be fulfilling on a variety of levels. This person finds satisfaction an enrichment in work, while always in pursuit of opportunities to reach their professional goals. The main question to ask is am I on purpose? Am I doing meaningful work? Am I contributing my natural genius and gifts to the world? Do I like how I feel when I am working?
The socially well person has a network of support based on interdependence, mutual trust, respect and has developed a sensitivity and awareness towards the feelings of others. They develop a network of friends and co-workers who share in common purpose, who provide support and validation. Ideally you are surrounding yourself around different kinds of people, are able to engage in healthy dialogue about values, beliefs and life in general. You feel supported, seen and loved.
The spiritually well person seeks harmony and balance by openly exploring the depth of human purpose, meaning and connection through dialogue and self-reflection. A spiritually well person has identified a core set of beliefs, which guide their decision making, and other faith based endeavors. While firm in their spiritual beliefs, they understand others may have a distinctly different guiding set of principles. They recognize the relationship between spirituality and identity in all individuals. Start by meditating. Meditation and Prayer are to move your consciousness into a state that truly serves your highest good. It’s a great resource and tool when you develop it and are able to use it as one of your tools.
A physically well person actively makes healthy decisions on a daily basis. They eat a nutritionally balanced diet, try to get an adequate amount of sleep and visits the “doctor” on a routine basis. They make a habit of exercising three to five times per week, has the ability to identify their personal needs and is aware of their body’s limitations. They maintain positive interpersonal relationships and make healthy sexual decisions that are consistent with their personal values and beliefs.
The financially well person is fully aware of financial state and budgets, saves and manages finances in order to achieve realistic goals. There is so much around money, our beliefs around money. A great area to start to HEAL. I have some exercises. We will explore this in depth later.
An intellectually well person engages in lifelong learning. They seek knowledge and activities that further develop their critical thinking and global awareness. They engage in activities associate with the arts, philosophy, and reasoning. This helps with your social circle but also try some Meet Ups (meetup.com). Reading is also a great way to expand your intellect.
The creatively well person values and actively participates in a diverse range of arts and cultural experiences as a means to understand and appreciate the surrounding world. Santa Cruz is filled with art classes! Music classes! Dance Classes! Creativity is LIFE FORCE. What is coming through you? Self-expression is KEY to health. Don’t keep it in!
The environmentally well person recognizes the responsibility to preserve, protect and improve the environment and appreciates the interconnectedness of nature and the individual. An environmentally well person appreciates the external cues and stimuli that an environment can provide. They recognize the limits to controlling an environment and seek to understand the role an individual plays in the environment. My undergraduate degree was in Environmental Public Policy and Michelle and I included a lot of environmental health in our Santa Cruz Challenge: Start With Yourself program. This is CRITICAL to health — from eating and drinking out of plastic, to not eating organic and non-GMO to purchasing power: buying things that hurt the environment. Lots more here later…
A culturally well person is aware of their own cultural background, as well as the diversity and richness present in other cultural backgrounds. Cultural wellness implies understanding, awareness and intrinsic respect for aspects of diversity. A culturally well person acknowledges and accepts the impact of these aspects of diversity on sexual orientation, religion, gender, racial and ethnic backgrounds, age groups, and disabilities. Oneness is the only way. Start with Yourself.
This is critical to health. There is your sexuality and your sex life. We are all on a continuum. There is so much judgement and lack of education in this area. I will do a dedicated post on sexual health this month.