We were talking about the dimensions of wellness. Let’s continue from where we left off:
‘Thinking before acting is wisdom but acting before thinking is regret.
Our mind can be our greatest friend and our greatest enemy as well. There are times when we find ourselves falling into this cycle of negative thinking that seriously impacts our personal wellbeing. There are also times when we can’t see to turn our minds off when we lay down to sleep at night. There is a constant swirl of thoughts and a permanent residence by overthought thoughts. It’s these thoughts that drive us to one point end and leaving us in a void of blankness. But our thinking doesn’t truly serve us for this.
This dimension focuses on the power of thinking, how it relates to physical and mental health and offers us creative options for using thinking to improves our personal well-being. This dimension helps us learn how being mindful of our thinking enables us to make positive choices for our own well-being.
When we think negatively, we are in a state of numbness, there is an inability to react, perceive and look at things entirely differently. Positivity of body, mind and spirit lies in the way we accept ourselves and recognize our body with the right cognitive thinking. Wellbeing overall depends on the way you think in certain conditions, how we are more conscious and alert and in tune with our thought processes.
Brain, has the capacity to change throughout your life.
8. Playing and Working:
‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’
We spend the majority of our time engrossed in our daily lives focused on work and tasks with too little time allowed to play. Play is not only your sports. What passes for play for adults is more likely to be escape activities instead of engaging in the joyful, creative, spontaneous play that is vital for your well-being.
Balancing work and play enables us to recharge and supports personal health and wellbeing. In this module, you learn to recapture the spirit of play that can restore balance to your life. What are your favourite ways to play? Take out time daily and enjoy them.
This balance is a necessary recreational break that helps the mind to recoup. This balance enables to support and recharge personal health and well-being. A strong relationship between psyco-somatic illness and psyco-social stress and a lot of illness are caused due to work stress. By allowing the mind and body to rest, the brain stays calm.
‘Good communication is a bridge between confusion and clarity
Communicating allows us to share our internal reality of thoughts and feelings with others, and to convey our wants and needs. However, we often experience challenges in our communication due to our judgements and assumptions and fully hearing what the other person is saying.
In this dimension, we learn to improve our listening skills and to better understand the breakdowns in communication that can occur. We also learn to create more positive internal dialogues as what we constantly tell ourselves plays a big role in influencing our personal wellbeing.
Communication is necessary both with others and ourselves. Affirmations play a strong role here for positive well-being.
‘Intimacy is being seen and known as the person you truly are’
There are many kinds of intimacy, ranging from a close friendship or family tie to a long-term relationship or marriage. Whatever the relationship, intimacy is an essential component of our health and wellbeing.
In this dimension, we learn that sex is only one of 12 types of intimacy that you can share in relationships whether it is with a romantic partner, friend, or loved one. This expands our possibilities for deepening intimacy in our lives. We learn that the foundation of intimacy is trust, which allows for authentic connection. Learning to respond to each other with appreciation, respect, and friendship is the key to building intimacy in a relationship.
Intimacy is not always purely physical but a bond of connection.
11. Finding Meaning:
‘Often finding meaning is not doing things differently but about seeing familiar things in new ways’
This is what we call the purpose of life.
A key defining element of being human is our search for a deeper meaning in life. The search for meaning involves basic questions: Who am I? Why am I here?
Contemplating (and living with) these questions can bring deeper meaning into the actions and activities of our everyday life, which is all too often on autopilot. By learning and experiencing more deeply who we are and what is meaningful and important in our lives, we are able to live more fully as human beings.
This enables us to understand where we truly belong and to work towards that only. This completely elevates your personal self as it is no longer a gypsie but a soul with a home.
‘Transcendence constitutes self-hood’
Transcending has many faces including the experience of being in a state of flow. It is the moment of overcoming, of crossing the invisible barrier from being on autopilot to being awake, from saying “no” to life to saying “yes”. Transcending is the dimension of spirituality, faith, and experiencing our connection to something greater than ourselves.
As you focus on Transcending after your journey through the first 11 dimensions, you will discover that this is where we experience the synergy of all of the dimensions working in harmony and with more of their full potential. This is where we experience a state of flow and peak performance, an experience of being fully awake and engaged in the present moment.
It is what you call, living now for yourself.