Category Archives: Let’s Think Deeply (Body, Mind, & Spirit Connection)

Let’s Think Deeply! (August 31, 2017)

Let’s Think Deeply

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          Sometimes we need to reflect.  It is important to take time to reflect on what is happening in our lives, around us, & to those that we know.  More importantly, we need to take time to reflect what is going on with ourselves & how we are handling all that affects us.  Are we happy with what is going on around us & how do we allow it to influence our approach to life?  Are we satisfied with what we are hoping to accomplish & how do we ensure that we stay focused on our goals?  Do we have too much “noise” in our lives that distract us from our personal goals?  One of the hardest things to achieve is true balance in one’s life.  Having goals for exercise, nutrition, relationships, & community involvement are a great way for us to establish a baseline, monitor our progress, evaluate how we should work harder, & to determine whether we are nearing our goals.  

          Maintaining a whole person wellness approach means that all of the aspects of our lives are considered when focusing on our health promotion efforts.  This broad focus better allows for our success at achieving optimal health.  When we consider how our decisions influence our body, mind, & spirit connection, we are able to decide how to improve our life balance.  What are you doing in your life to promote peacefulness or rest from the “noise?”  What are you doing to advocate for your own body, mind, & spiritual connectedness with the world around you?  Do you feel connected?  Are you putting in enough effort to experience the connectedness that you are hoping for?  What can you change in your life right now to better enhance your personal connectedness of your own body, mind, & spirit with the world that you are experiencing?    

           We have the strength to identify & choose in what ways that we connect ourselves to the world.  If you haven’t taken the time to identify how you want to be connected, how are going to be effective in choosing to make the connections that you hope to experience?  F. Scott Fitsgerald said, “For what it’s worth: it is never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you are proud of, & if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.”

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Let’s Think Deeply (Body, Mind, & Spirit Connection)

Health Promotion Ideas focuses on whole person wellness.  All of our decisions influence our body, mind, and spirit.  Life goals differ for everyone, so our blog provides information to assist others in their pursuit of whole person wellness.  We encourage everyone to Think Deeply.  Look here for information why a healthy mind and spirit connection is beneficial in the pursuit of whole person wellness.

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Let’s Think Deeply (Body, Mind, & Spirit Connection)

Health Promotion Ideas focuses on whole person wellness.  All of our decisions influence our body, mind, and spirit.  Life goals differ for everyone, so our blog provides information to assist others in their pursuit of whole person wellness.  We encourage everyone to Think Deeply.  Look here for information why a healthy mind and spirit connection is beneficial in the pursuit of whole person wellness.

Let’s Get Healthy: Let’s Think Deeply!

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Let’s Think Deeply (Body, Mind, & Spirit Connection)

Health Promotion Ideas focuses on whole person wellness.  All of our decisions influence our body, mind, and spirit.  Life goals differ for everyone, so our blog provides information to assist others in their pursuit of whole person wellness.  We encourage everyone to Think Deeply.  Look here for information why a healthy mind and spirit connection is beneficial in the pursuit of whole person wellness.

Let’s Get Healthy: Let’s Think Deeply!

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Let’s Think Deeply (Body, Mind, & Spirit Connection)

Health Promotion Ideas focuses on whole person wellness.  All of our decisions influence our body, mind, and spirit.  Life goals differ for everyone, so our blog provides information to assist others in their pursuit of whole person wellness.  We encourage everyone to Think Deeply.  Look here for information why a healthy mind and spirit connection is beneficial in the pursuit of whole person wellness.

Let’s Get Healthy: Let’s Think Deeply!

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Let’s Think Deeply! (April 11, 2016)

Let’s Think Deeply

Promoting exchange of inspiring, motivating, and empowering ideas.

          Self investment is essential to healthy life.  No matter what what we want to do in life, no matter who we interact with, & no matter what goals we have, it all means nothing if we do not start first with self investment.  The idea that one must take care of themselves first before being able to take care of others is only part of the concept.  Taking care of others speaks solely to our relationships with others.  We must all take of ourselves physically, nutritionally, socially, & in community with others, as well as within the relationships we hold with those around us.  To lack focus on self investment is to shift one’s focus to that of others.  

          Our goals in life should not be assigned to us, but rather chosen.  Choosing our goals allows for us to have ownership of all of our decisions.  This is true in regards to our physical & nutritional health.  This is demonstrated by the healthy boundaries that we communicate within our personal & professional relationships.  This is illustrated by our social interactions, as well as our individual & group involvement in the community.  This is why our goals reflect what we value as important to ourselves within all areas that affect our lives.  

          The methods that each of us use to invest in ourselves differ greatly.  This is appropriate & necessary, since each of us have different personal needs & importance that we assign to those needs according our our own values.  Our personalized goals should provide for our continuous learning, growth, & development.  This personalization is what motivates & leads us to become self empowered to reach our goals.  

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Let’s Think Deeply! (March 11, 2016)

Let’s Think Deeply

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            Everything that you do, you do for a reason.  When was the last time that you thought about your reasons & whether what you are doing truly makes you happy?  Is your job satisfying your professional goals in life?  Are you choosing to enjoy every aspect of life with those you care about?  Are you experiencing love in your relationships with others, as a spouse, a parent, & a friend?  What other personal goals do you have & are you working on them?  When someone asks you, “What would you rather be doing right now?” is your answer that different from your current situation?  

          Whether or not we are comfortable with the decisions we make to fulfill the commitments that we have made to our boss, our spouse, our kids, our friends, our extended family, our neighbors & community, we still need to consider whether our choices make us happy.  What do you want to be when you grow up?  Where would you like to travel?  Who would you like to see?  What would you like to achieve?  What would you like to experience?  When you like to accomplish something?  What do you want to do?

          Although some people will think about some of these areas of fulfillment, most of us will not think about all of these areas.  It is easier to maintain our own comfortability, than it is for us to change.  However, life was meant to provide us with the many opportunities to learn something new, to grow in a new way, to meet others who have similarities with & differences from us, and to explore areas we have not previously experienced.  Abraham Maslow said, “You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.”  So, are you happy with everything you are doing right now or is there something more that would make a difference in your life?  If you haven’t thought about it, you should.  Your happiness is important to you & to others in your life.  

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Let’s Think Deeply! (January 18, 2016)

Let’s Think Deeply

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            I would like to share with you this quote: “Ask yourself what is really important, and then have the wisdom and courage to build your life around your answer.”  In the last four years, I have applied this concept to my own life.  I decided that what was most important for me was to go back to school.  So, after working very hard to complete my first science degree & my second degree in a professional program, in order to work full-time promoting the health of others, I started my master’s degree.  What a fantastic experience to share the wisdom provided by others how to manage the efforts of promoting health, but within very different settings that I had never considered.  With newly gained knowledge, my curiosity was opened & I began to question how to best use my own skills to effectively promote healthy living.  

          Discovery of my new path led me to pursue my doctorate degree.  I can honestly say that I never expected to find so many people who were also on similar journeys in life.  The diversity of science backgrounds, experiences, & knowledge shared by my newest colleagues was so enlightening on so many levels, it was exciting!  It was exciting to learn & grow, not only from my educational program, but from long discussions with so many people who I could relate to & who also wanted to promote healthy living.  Throughout my time going back to school, I have learned to better value the time I spend on my efforts to promote health for myself, my family, & for others.  I have also learned to value the education pursued & the time spent by health professionals, friends, & loved ones in their efforts to promote healthy living for themselves & others.  

          Considering one’s own contributing role in collaboration with others to promote health, requires an understanding of what others bring to the table.  Not only are we all members of a team trying to help others, but we are also the resource for our team members.   Within our different roles in our lives, we are each contributing team members of several teams, as well.  As a professional, I am a team member of a greater health community of professionals who seek to maximize their health promotion efforts.  As a blogger, I have a team role to others in the community that I reach.  As a friend, I have a team role to others in my neighborhood & my social circle.  As a wife & mother, I have an important team role in my family’s health.  I have a responsible team role to others of who I advocate healthy living, but I am also a resource, just as we are all valuable resources to each other. 

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Let’s Think Deeply! (Aug 21, 2015)

Let’s Think Deeply

Promoting exchange of inspiring, motivating, and empowering ideas.

            Are you happy with what you are doing with your life?  Sometimes we consider what is convenient and comfortable over what we really want to be doing.  Each one of us has something to offer.  We have skills and motivation that may not be used.  We have experience and knowledge that goes untapped.  We have passionate drive that has not been unleashed.  We can lose ourselves in the business of life if we do not choose to think about what we really like to do and what we really want out of each day.  What is your center?  Have you thought about that recently?  Do you periodically and purposefully evaluate your own individualized plan?  If you haven’t consciously thought about this in awhile, do you find that your focus has shifted to the plans of others over yours?  

For some of us, we have interests or abilities that we search for areas to use our talents productively.  For some of us, we are born with gifts that are meant to be shared.  We might be good with children or people, with numbers or money, with writing or creating, with organizing or leading.   Whatever each of us has to offer, it is our responsibility to actively choose to do what makes us happy, fulfills our passion, and motivates us to yearn for the next day.  What does tomorrow hold for you?  

 

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Let’s Think Deeply (Feb 21, 2014)

Let’s Think Deeply

Promoting exchange of inspiring, motivating, and empowering ideas.

            Wellness is the result of the interaction with our environment. When we consider how we interact with something outside our body, we think of our senses of sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste. We have an internal sense of connectedness to the environment, meaning an element of spirituality.  The architecture of our lives and life styles, influences our ability to be connected and alters our state of wellness (Nejati, 2013).  Changing our life style changes our spiritual, as well as overall health.

            In a fast-paced environment, it is difficult to foster wellness.  Exploring our spirituality promotes improved wellness by heightening our experience with our environment (Nejati, 2013).  For example, breathing exercises, yoga, or meditation, provide an awareness, calming, and relaxing effect on our bodies and our minds.  This state of heightened awareness, a deliberate space of spiritual connectedness to our environment, increases our perception of each of our senses.  We can better hear sounds, smell the fragrances, see what is, feel the surface we rest upon, and taste, for example, seawater.  This relieves stress and negative energy, while tuning in our vigor of life (Nejati, 2013). 

            Spirituality is not to be confused with religion, which interprets the person’s experiences of their life (Nejati, 2013).  Influences of religion include our culture, our experiences, and our childhood upbringing (Nejati, 2013).  Spirituality is how we relate to the world around us.  Understanding how to better relate, differs from explaining the relationship. 

            Influencing our surroundings for positive aspiration and enjoyment is having hope for a healthy life experience (Nejati, 2013).  The basis of health is consideration of one’s wholeness, with spirituality being one element (Nejati, 2013).  Spirituality is an element of wellness in Turkey and Persia where nutrition, patterns of sleep, eating, and breathing, work, relaxation, and one’s emotions are included (Nejati, 2013). 

Disruptors of health therefore are things that affect our spirituality negatively, such as bodily and emotional burdens like anxiety, depression, or stress (Nejati, 2013).   Examples of environmental elements that enhance spiritual health include being in nature, in the sun’s absorbable rays, with fresh air and nice fragrances to breathe, and soothing natural sounds like running water (Nejati, 2013).  With physical health representing only a part of our health, taking the time to observe what causes improved spiritual health provides for improved generalized health and wellness (Nejati, 2013). 

            Reinforcing what interactions in our environment promote connectedness with others and, with nature, develops spirituality.  The five senses aid the body and mind’s analysis of our surroundings to create memories and experiences to grow from.  Simple life style changes, like breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation, are a necessary prescription for health. 

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Nejati, A. (2013). Spirituality, health, and architecture: With respect to stress. The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, 2(4), 1-11. Retrieved from http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.p.atsu.edu/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=7f70ff69-e3b3-4b01-8d70-7548b15c9503%40sessionmgr4003&vid=3&hid=4205

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