Saturday, March 27, 2010

Creating Wellness Unit 5 Blog Discussion

The two assignments were alike because they both require us to use our imagination process. By using the subtle mind practices "we can attend to our inner exeperiences and begin to transform what is ordinary health into integral health" (Dacher, 2006) On the other hand, "by using the loving-kindness practices with anticipation and perserverance, our initial faith will turn into confidence and then into certainty."(Dacher, 2006) I enjoyed having experienced them both.I now believe I can live and lead a more sensible, grateful, and thankful life because of these exercises.
2.Spiritual Wellness is a personal matter involving values and beliefs that provide a purpose in our lives. Optimal physical wellness is developed through the combination of beneficial physical activity/exercise and healthy eating habits. In my opinion, I believe that mental wellness means being free of depression and living your life to the fullest. Some examples include: setting goals and acheiving them, not feeling guilty about past hurts and troubles, and not beating yourself over something that you expected to happen but didn't. The connection between the 3 are manifested in my personal life each and every day because although I am still learning about life itself I feel that I have came along way than what I use to be. I am learning how to minimize the stressors in my life by praying about everything; as well as love myself first, eat right, and remember to believe in myself even when no one else believes in me. I have came along way but I still have oh so far to go.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Unit 4 Creating Wellness Blog Assignment

Upon completion of reading chapter 6, review the section ‘Getting Started’ (p.66). Begin practice 1: Loving Kindness. Listen to tracks # 1 and #2 on the Dacher CD. Practice the Loving Kindness exercise this week. In your journal (blog), record your reaction to the exercise.Answer each of the following in your blog:1. Describe your experience. (Did you find it beneficial? Difficult?) Why or Why not? Would you recommend this to others? Why or Why not?2. What is the concept of “Mental Workout? What does the research indicate are the proven benefits of a Mental Work Out? How can you implement mental workouts to foster your psychological health? 3. Participate in the Blogs of at least three other students. Provide them with feedback on their experiences. (Do you have any suggestions or support for them? How does their experience(s) compare to your experience(s)? What have you learned from their blog?)

The Experience was one that I found to be adventorous although in a calm state of mind; Somethting that I don't think about often is how to really connect with my inner self in ways of understanding and loving even my faults and flaws which is all apart of the human flourishing. I found this experience beneficial because it has just reinforced the statement "Our first and last love is... self-love" Christian Nevell Bovee. There was nothing that I found to be difficult for me about the experience. I would reccomend this to others because I believe it promotes self-esteem and boosts self-confidence.

The concept of mental workout "allowing our minds to work daily by practicing new thoughts, and opportunities" (Dacher, 2006) "if we stop trainning our minds then they will decline growth and eventually die before the full potential of exploration has been acheived"(Dacher, 2006)

Benefits of a mental workout: "health, happiness, and wholeness" (Dacher, 2006)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Creating Wellness-Unit 3 Blog Discussion

1. Based on your reflections, and on a scale of 1 to 10 (ten being optimal wellbeing), where do you rate your A-physical wellbeing, B-spiritual well-being, C-psychological well-being? Why?
2. Develop a goal for yourself in each area (physical, spiritual, psychological).
3. What activities or exercise can you implement in your life to assist in moving toward each goal?
4. Complete the relaxation exercise The Crime of the Century. To hear this exercise, click here. Describe your experience. (What it beneficial? Frustrating? etc.)

Question 1

My Physical well being would be rated as a (10) because I am in excellent health, happy, and prosperous. I love my life as well as the people that are in it and is living it to the fullest.
My Spiritual well being which is one's connection to nature and to cosmic energy source would be rated as a (10) because I am feeling alive and very aware of the moment. I am also fully engaged with living my life. I have a sense of balance and control in my life. I have a sense of peace and well being. I am also able to take a break or a time-out from life's task without feeling guilty about it in anyway.
My Psychological well being which deals with depresion, lonliness, self-esteem, and life-satisfaction would be rated as a (10) because I now know how to cope with negative feelings of depression, lonliness, and I also value myself very highly regardless of what people think or say about me. I now know that what people may say about me is really none of my business. "Loving Life" is the best thing that I can do for myself.
My Psychological well being according to the Ryff Scale would be a (6) because my Self-Acceptance is very high. I love most aspects of my personality.
My purpose in life is not aimlessly. I feel that I am now truly walking in my purpose at 31 years of age.
Positive Relations with others I truly have developed and most people would definitely describe me as a giving person who is willing to share my time with others.

Question 2
My Physical goal is to lose 10 pounds by June
My Spiritual goal is to work on forgiving someone more quicker each time I am challenged to do so.
My Psychological goal would be to read more books and meditate more.

Question 3

The activity/exercise needed to assist with my Physical well-being would be (going to the gym and exercising more)
The activity needed to assist with my Spiritual well-being would be (reading my bible more)
The activity needed to assist with my Psychological well-being would be (meditating more)

Question 4

The crime of the century was beneficial to me because it was a very relaxing experience that relieved my stressors that were present at the time I listened to the exercise. It was frustrating to me because it felt kind of weird because I am not use to relaxing that deeply. I am a single mom who is constantly busy and on the go.