If you think about health only in terms of mind, body and spirit, you’re missing vital areas of the whole that is you. Worse, you’re missing opportunities for healthier relationships, communities, and more.
Below you’ll find a brief introduction to 7 aspects of you, and 3 steps that are absolutely vital if you want to experience more health.
Use these 10 Essentials For Whole Health to:
- Maximize your health, healing and growth by paying attention to the entire system of who you are, not just one or two areas
- Recognize and attend to contributing factors to get the measurable results that you want
- Customize (tailor) your practices to your most effective health, healing and growth opportunities.
What are the 10 Keys to Whole Health?
7 Aspects of Whole Health
- Mind – The Mental – We all know that our beliefs can make or break us. Thoughts become things; our beliefs affect our actions. Our mental chatter can be destructive, like an inner critic, or productive, like an inner supporter. You may know that it’s important to reach for a healthy mind, but what practices do you use to do that? Here’s one key practice for a wholly healthy mind: focus attention on what you actually observe, rather than just what you think, speculate, believe, or assess.
- Gut – The Core Values – We all have stories, beliefs, assessments and judgments. To find the power behind them, look for the core values they are trying to reveal. What are the innocent, benevolent, universal needs behind them? What are the deep yearnings, or the gift you’re trying to give yourself or others? Respond only to those, and you respond from a wholly healthy gut. One key practice for a wholly healthy gut: ask yourself, “If I got this outcome, what would it bring me?” When you get an answer, ask it again. Eventually you’ll get to the core values; prioritize fulfilling those.
- Body – The Physical – We often talk about diet and exercise. But are you aware of what it takes to have a wholly healthy body? Strength, flexibility and endurance all depend on each other to give us a fully resilient bod. Are you working on growing in all three areas? Another key practice for a wholly healthy body: consider supplemental medicine like adaptogenic herbs and tinctures, or aryuveda, in addition to your normal daily vitamins and your regular visits to your family doctors.
- Heart – The Emotional and The Subtle – Did you know your body is not only physical, but also made up of energy centers? For a wholly healthy body, consider adding energy work like reiki, core energetics or cranial sacral work to your monthly massage schedule. Another key practice for a wholly healthy emotional body: increase your emotion-body aptitude. How easily can you name emotions? How many? Where does each emotion show up as a sensation in your physical body? Practice some form of daily “release work” that helps you quickly to attend to, instead of bypassing, conscious and unconscious emotional charge. More key practices for a wholly healthy emotional body: daily gratitude, appreciation, celebration and play.
- Spirit – The Causal – Have you ever had a peak experience where you suddenly experienced absolute, pure equanimity, resourcefulness and peace, utterly unlike you? If not, it’s time to meet your infinitely powerful, infinitely capable transpersonal Self. Key practices for a wholly healthy relationship to your Spiritual body abound. Try a simple walk in nature and see if you can feel your connection to the everything that is bigger than just you. Or try a Big Mind or meditation practice that takes you into the experience of the Higher Self. Build a daily relationship to this part of you, and you build a path to ease, power and Grace beyond your imagination.
- Action – The Behavioral – You are not fully you until you can express yourself and what you want in practical, rubber-to-the-road ways. What does it take to have a wholly healthy body of action? Key practices include: setting measurable goals, making iterative steps toward your goals, and making doable requests in the ‘now’ to help you fulfill your core values. If you’re not experiencing what you want in your life, work or relationships, you could probably use some strengthening in your “effective action” body.
- Environment – The Interactive – You are not an island; you’re impacted by your friends, family, society and more. For a wholly healthy environment, look at your relationship to your physical and social environments. One key practice for a wholly healthy environment: dialogue. You may be able to voice your thoughts and concerns, but do you also remember to ask about and integrate concerns around you?
3 Steps to Whole Health
- Higher Self Work – More Power – Make your Best, highest Self a part of your daily life. When you do, you’ll more easily overcome any issues, problems, or obstacles you face. One key practice for powerful Higher Self work: Appreciative Inquiry. Where have you succeeded before? How could that apply to what you want now? Other key practices for powerful Higher Self work include getting familiar with Ken Wilber’s 3 Faces of God, and practicing alchemical Creation. When you combine vivid imagination, intense emotion, faith, right action, and integration of incoherences, you get miracles. How fast can you turn desire into reality?
- Lower Self Work – More Release – Fear, pain, trauma, shadow, judgments and contractions all consume energy. Aspiring for health or growth is like an inhale. If you don’t exhale fear, pain, trauma, shadow, judgments and contractions, eventually your body will break down. Give care to your conscious and unconscious shadow aspects, and you not only free up subtle and emotional resources for what you really want, you also create powerful internal alignment. Three key practices for Lower Self work: SORTting It Out(tm), 3-Column Release Work, or Crane’s Release Technique.
- Middle Self Work – More Effective Habits – If you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. You are the creator of your experience. If you’re not getting the experience or outcomes you want, find out what actions you’re doing (or not doing) that contribute to that. One key practice for Middle Self work: ask, “How might I be contributing to this experience?” Another key practice: hire an integrated coach who can see perspectives and recognize practices you may not be aware of.
When you use these 10 Essentials for Whole Health, you have a system of “what” and “how” to turn any opportunity into a fully thriving reality.
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