The following Key Principles provide a roadmap for building and maintaining a wellness manifesto for life. These principles form the roots from which wellness grows.
For Your Life: You, as a human being, have the chance to learn more about yourself — from your past, to participate with your future health and to adjust your life to feel better every single day. It starts with yourself, as everything does. It's always good to learn new ways of healing that your body, mind and lifestyle can cope with. When you practice something new, something new happens!
For Your Work: Succeeding in a world where wellness becomes part of your company culture, means more than just putting in a health club or a gym; it requires a fundamental shift at the organizational level where engagement, focus and meaning is part of your daily working life. A well-designed “baked into the company” workplace culture with initiatives of wellness and platforms that enable healthy lifestyle changes with strong execution — will create the greatest competitive advantages in the years to come.
True strength lies in knowing who you are.
Self-awareness is the conscious knowledge of your thoughts, feelings, motives and desires. It includes your capacity for introspection and the ability to recognize yourself and your behaviors. Self-awareness — with focused energy — equals attention. This is the basis for self-healing.
Self-awareness helps you to know when you are in balance or out of balance, and how to discern what it is that you are experiencing. By learning how to go deeper into the power of your own awareness — you can activate the system of healing that is already within you and you can depend on everyday.
Principle # 2
The Mind-Body Connection
Mind doesn’t dominate the body, it “becomes” the body — body and mind are one.
When it comes to self-healing and health, a holistic approach works. Ancient teachings and modern science concur: your body, mind and emotions are part of one integrated system, and that when you influence one aspect of your system you affect all of its aspects. Whatever point you begin at, you can change the totality of your system.
This means that when you influences an aspect of your body in a positive or negative way, it will have the same impact on your mind. It also means that when you have an emotional response, it affects what you do and say and how you behave. Everything that is “you” is connected.
Recognizing this multidimensional view of yourself as a human being — including your physical body, energy, mind, behaviors and the spiritual aspects of who you are —can better help you find ways to achieve and maintain health.
The entire art and science of wellness comes from understanding your mind-body connection. It’s the source and hope of self-healing itself.
Feeling is an art— a rare art. But it must be practiced.
Emotional engagement is the ability to recognize, understand and navigate your emotional states. It’s a learned process that allows you to heal troubling or challenging emotions, change your attitudes and beliefs and acknowledge the emotions of others.
This pivotal skill brings your emotional experience into focus.
Understanding how your thoughts and emotions affect every cell in your body — and learning how to change them in a way that is health enhancing — gives you access to the most powerful and empowering health-generating secret on earth.
Silence and Rest
Silence is the most accessible form of self-care that you have.
If you’re finding yourself in a vicious cycle of multitasking, distraction, overwhelm, less time, less energy, less sleep, and less focused attention — silence may be the one defense you have. In the modern age, noise is inevitable. Silence is almost extinct.
The root of the word “noise” comes from the Latin “noxia” meaning sickness, pain or hurt. Medical evidence confirms that both noise and digital noise have health implications. Noise can negatively affect both focus and sleep, increase stress; it can even lead to anxiety and depression. Taking moments silence — and rest — can help you survive.
Productivity starts with rejuvenation and rest. In fact, productivity is a function of rejuvenation. An essential equation for wellness is: the degree to which you expend your energy, is the degree to which you must renew and regenerate your body and mind. There’s a direct relationship.
If you’re serious about high performance and success, then you’ll get serious about practicing high quality unplugged, disconnected, relaxing, and energizing — silence and rest.
Principle # 5
Find out where you are so that you can know where you want to go.
Personalization is the act of making, altering or adapting the practices of self-healing to where you are and how you feel. Your lifestyle choices and skills must meet your individual needs, not someone else’s. They must relate to you. Personalization is empowerment.
Make sure that the tools and rituals you practice are relevant to who you are — your personality, your unique interests and needs. Ask yourself what’s happening in your life right now? How are you feeling? Asking yourself is the only way you can know how to choose the right things to do; the course that has real meaning to serve and deepen your life and not someone else’s.
When generalized skills become “personal” practices that are genuinely a part of who you are and how you live, they have a high potential to give better results.
Transformation Through Practice
Whenever you do something new, something new happens.
Change comes from the habits and practices you do and sustain every day. The countless small decisions and actions you perform on a regular basis really matter. Integrating new ways of healing that sustain your body, mind and emotions can influence and improve the quality of your life. Whenever you water the root, the tree inside you grows.
Give yourself time and sustained practice, and renew yourself again and again. Practice, live, and then repeat your practice once again. Transformation comes through sustaining your practice, and practice gives form to your life.
It takes patience to be good at it, but when you practice something, it’s enduring. When you live it, it’s miraculous.
Taking all the Key Principles together: When you practice self-awareness, mind-body connection, emotional engagement, silence and rest, transformation through practice — and then personalize these strategies for your own specific interests and needs — change will occur naturally, and the rewards will be enormous.
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