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What Is Wholeness?

January 3rd, 2009 6 comments

I’m trying to define what ‘wholeness’ means.

I think that seeking wholeness should be the holy grail for every intelligent human being, on this journey one will grow and experience their full potential.

No person is whole, I doubt that any person can be whole; however seeking to be whole is seeking to improve one’s abilities, and requires one to live up to one’s highest potential in all aspects of one’s being.

Dictionaries define wholeness as:

* The state of being entirely whole
* The condition of being free from defects or flaws
* The condition of being physically and mentally sound
* The quality or state of being whole, entire, or sound
* A state of robust good health
* Psychic stage in which the union of the unconscious with the conscious has been achieved.

Sources: http://www.answers.com/topic/wholeness | http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn | http://www.carl-jung.net/glossary.html

Did you notice that wholeness in itself spans over your mind, body and spirit? In the above definitions we see that wholeness means ‘robust good health’, it also means ‘physically sound’, ‘mentally sound’, ‘free from defects’, and finally it is known as a ‘psychic stage’ where your unconscious self is aware and in harmony with your conscious self.

By looking at synonyms of ‘wholeness’ we can further understand what wholeness is:

completeness, entirety, integrity, oneness, totality, durability, firmness, integrity, solidity, soundness, stability, strength, health, healthiness, heartiness, holy

Wholeness is all encompassing; it spans the entire human experience and existence, from human spirituality, reasoning, morals, practices, to the body and physical health. It spans conventional science, traditional medicine, and includes paranormal science and alternative healing teachings and practices.

To talk about wholeness we have to talk about spirituality, health, science, logic, cultural norms, modern life, meditation, medical research, mind-body, and more.. At minimum, to seek wholeness we have to seek all the dimensions of wellness.

It’s tempting to think of wholeness (or the seeking of wholeness) as an entirely spiritual or mental process. The last definition listed above refers to wholeness as a “Psychic stage in which the union of the unconscious with the conscious has been achieved.” Words such as holy and oneness also refer to transcending the physical and the social norms.

Other spiritual definitions of wholeness refer to it as one’s union with the creation (or any higher power). Perhaps wholeness can be reached when one’s consciousness or soul rejoins the source of all consciousness or life?

Questions,

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Download A Complete Wellness Tracker 100% Free

December 17th, 2008 2 comments


I used multiple resources and created a comprehensive wellness tracker work sheet that you could use to track everything related to your wellness (physical, mental, intellectual, emotional, etc..). I put this in a PDF format here for anyone to download free of charge. No registration required, simply right click and save the file.

Click here to download the Complete Personal Wellness Tracker

I had a few nutrition classes over the years, I also have a few books that had sheets you could use to track food intake. The problem with these sheets is that they don’t track enough. A person is not just what s/he eats, we are complex (emotional, mental, spiritual, etc..) beings and there are a lot of (inner and outer) environmental variables that effect us.

One day at a physical therapy meeting, the physical therapist suggested I track my food intake to find what is causing my migraines. He suggested using a tracking sheet very similar to the one I am giving away here. He then made a comment that these sheets only track food intake, so they ignore many other things.

It felt as if he read my mind. I took that thought and did the research, comparisons, and came up with this tracker sheet that will help you track way more than just food intake. It tracks many variables that ultimately have an effect on your overall wellness.

You now can keep track of your expectations, emotions, sleep, mood, weather, physical exercise, plus more.

This sheet is self explanatory, I hope that no instructions are needed. My only instruction to you is to remember this sheet is a self-help tool. Use it for your own benefit, no one will read it so don’t worry about spelling and neatness, this is for you only, to help you track variables that may be effecting your wellness. As long as you can make sense of your notes then you’ve been successful in tracking the variables.

There is no such thing as a perfect tracking sheet. This one is a general attempt to facilitate to the needs of many. You now have to take it and personalize it. If you have something you want to track that is not on this sheet, simply write it in, any white space will do, the margins and bottom part of the sheet are god spots for these additional notes.

Once enough data has been collected you could reflect back at the notes, and see patterns, find behavior, thoughts or actions and what effects they produce.

Your feedback is important, this is not the first version, and will not be the last. If you want to ad a variable to track please let me know. I am working on the next version and will publish it once it’s completed.

I give this away to you, asking for nothing, sending you wishes of well being.

Stay well.

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What is Your Definition of Spirituality?

October 25th, 2008 No comments

What is your definition of spirituality? — What a tough question.

Perhaps spirituality is so elemental that it’s hard to define. Most of the time it is hard to use words to explain things that are so innate within us.

This post aims at collecting your definitions of spirituality, I will not close the comments on this post for a very long time in order to allow as many people as possible to tell me and the world what “Spirituality” means.

So what is spirituality and what does it mean to be spiritual?

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Spirituality As Defined In Medical School

October 24th, 2008 2 comments

A definition of spirituality used commonly to guide medical school teaching was provided in a report to the Association of American Medical Colleges in 1999. This is how spirituality was defined:

“Spirituality is recognized as a factor that contributes to health in many persons. The concept of spirituality is found in all cultures and societies. It is expressed in an individual’s search for ultimate meaning through participation in religion and/or belief in God, family, naturalism, rationalism, humanism and the arts. All these factors can influence how patients and health care professionals perceive health and illness and how they interact with one another.”

Another definition that is often cited was first used by Roger Walsh in his book Essential Spirituality, is that spirituality is “…a constellation of practices that awaken the heart and mind.”

Organized religion is not necessary for a person to be spiritual, organized religion however can certainly play a role in influencing a person’s spirituality if desired, yet it is but one of many influences.

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness

October 7th, 2008 9 comments

The Eight (*see comments below) Dimensions of Wellness are:

  1. Emotional Wellness
  2. Environmental Wellness
  3. Intellectual Wellness
  4. Occupational Wellness
  5. Physical Wellness
  6. Social Wellness
  7. Spiritual Wellness
  8. Vocational Wellness

Read about Wellness and the definition of wellness.

Please note that Interpersonal Wellness and Multicultural Wellness are considered the same as Social Wellness.

The Definition of Occupational Wellness

October 5th, 2008 1 comment

What is Occupational Wellness? Occupational wellness refers to one’s attitude about one’s work. It refers to having an interest in your life, which may involve money. An occupationally well person is one that is involved in paid and non-paid activities that are personally rewarding and make a contribution to the well-being of the community at large.

The list below has the components of Occupational Wellness:

  • The choice of profession
  • Job satisfaction
  • Career ambitions
  • Personal performance

Occupational Wellness means:

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The Definition of Social Wellness

October 5th, 2008 1 comment

What is Social Wellness? Social wellness refers to having and receiving a socially friendly attitude from people and a respectful attitude from the state. It refers to external safety. Social wellness means being aware of, participating in, and feeling connected to your community. It means developing healthy relationships with those around you. Social Wellness encourages contribution to the welfare of the community.

Social Wellness is also known as Interpersonal Wellness or as Multicultural Wellness. Below you will find a list defining Social Wellness; this list contains the most commonly agreed upon items.

Social wellness means:

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The Definition of Spiritual Wellness

October 3rd, 2008 No comments

What is Spiritual Wellness? This article aims at defining what Spiritual Wellness is, it is based on literature and multiple sources and aims to be clear and precise.

Spiritual wellness refers to seeking a meaning to one’s life and integrating one’s spiritual beliefs and values with their actions . Being spiritually well means being engaged in transcending oneself in order to question the meaning and purpose of life and the lives of others.

The spiritual wellness dimension was recognized by both Hettler’s and Covey’s dimensions of wellness. Spiritual wellness means different things to different people, the definition below presents the universally agreed upon aspects of spiritual wellness.

Spiritual Wellness is:

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The Definition of Intellectual Wellness

October 2nd, 2008 1 comment

What does Intellectual Wellness mean? This article brings together the definition of Intellectual Wellness from multiple credible sources, this definition is straight forward and easy to comprehend.

Hettler who theorized that wellness could be broken into six dimensions said that Intellectual wellness is “evidenced by self-directed behavior, which includes continuous acquisition, development, creative application, and articulation of critical thinking and expressive/intuitive skills and abilities focused on the achievement of a more satisfying existence”.

Ultimately Intellectual Wellness means being “free intellectually”.

The list below will explain in more detail what Intellectual Wellness is:

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The Definition of Physical Wellness

October 1st, 2008 1 comment

What is physical wellness all about? some sources may give you differing definitions, but this article has the most comprehensive definition you can find on the web based on my own search.. I put together the definition below and added more pointers on physical wellness.

In a nutshell, Physical Wellness has to do with the physical health (i.e. the internal safety). It involves understanding that eating well, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices are important; that making healthy lifestyle choices today will affect how you feel tomorrow, how long you live, and perhaps more importantly the quality of your life. It involves not abusing your body and seeking to exist in harmony with whatever body you have.

Physical Wellness is defined as follows:

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What is Wellness & What are the Dimensions of Wellness?

September 28th, 2008 No comments

Wellness doesn’t mean not being sick. Wellness is a dynamic process of change and growth. There are many recognized and interrelated dimensions of wellness such as: Physical, Social, Emotional, Spiritual, Occupational, Intellectual, and Environmental. All the dimension are crucial to the pursuit of wellness.

Wellness refers to a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit. Wellness results in an overall feeling of well-being. To pursue wholeness you have to pursue wellness.

In the west, wellness has been used in the context of alternative medicine and holistic healing since Halbert L. Dunn, M.D. began using the phrase “high level wellness” in the fifties, based on lectures at a Unitarian Universalist Church in Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A.

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