The Importance of Balance for Truly Radiant Health
One of my greatest passions is to inspire people to live abundantly healthy, vibrant lives. I mean truly, radiant health in ALL aspects of life ~ physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial.
The problem is that most people tend to treat these as isolated elements of their health, when example after example shows us that they are all interconnected.
- We’re not making enough money, we get stressed.
- We get too stressed, and we get sick.
- We’re not eating well and exercising, and our performance suffers both physically and mentally.
- We don’t consciously choose what we feed our mind, and we feel disconnected and numb.
- We’re not connected and grounded in our faith (however that looks for you) and we experience anxiety, uncertainty and stress.
You get the picture. It takes one area being unbalanced for an entire vicious cycle to be set in motion.
Yet we continue to wonder why that ultimate vision of freedom and fulfillment remains so elusive!
I think this quote from Jim Rohn really speaks to what I’m talking about….
“Some people don’t do well simply because they don’t feel well.
Some people take better care of their pets than they do themselves. Their animals can run like the wind and they can barely make it up a flight of stairs.
Make sure the outside of you is a good reflection of the inside of you.
Treat your body like a temple, not a woodshed. The mind and body work together. Your body needs to be a good support system for the mind and spirit. If you take good care of it, your body can take you wherever you want to go, with the power and strength and energy and vitality you will need to get there.
Take good care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
It takes making conscious choices every single day. It takes conscious and careful consideration of everything you let in to any of these energetic fields, from our individual bodies, minds and hearts, to our communities and in to the environment all around us.
There is an exercise called The Wheel of Life that I find extremely useful in assessing where I currently am in relation to where I want to be.
You can do this exercise for a variety of themes (ie. most commonly it is done to measure the balance in the different areas of your life, as shown in the image) and have any number of categories, but for this purpose we’re going to use it to assess how balanced we are in these 5 critical areas of health.
- Take out a sheet of paper and draw a circle.
- Put YOU in the center. You can either write with words or use pictures.
- Make 5 lines from the center out to the outer edge of the circle (as equal as possible). These are your spokes.
- Label each spoke ~ Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual, Financial.
- Imagine the center is “0” and the outer circle represents the ideal, or “10”
- For each spoke (area of your health), make a dot along the line wherever you would rate your current experience of that category. If you feel like you are at a “5” in your physical health, you would make your dot in the middle of the line. Again, try to be as accurate as possible in where you make your mark on each line.
- Now connect your circle.
So how does your “circle” look?
For anyone who is highly visual like I am, this is a powerful exercise.
Your ideal life is represented by that outer circle, the “wheel”. So if the shape you ended up looking more like a 2 year old’s art project than a circle, it’s quite possible that the ride you’re on might be a bumpy one!
This exercise shows two things.
- It shows how far off you are from your ideal.
- It shows where you are out of balance from one area of your health to the next. This is the bread and butter of your health assessment, and shows what is needing your attention and love.
Just ask the millionaire with ailing health, the athlete suffering from depression or the spiritually enlightened soul without a home and you will see why I say that.
I know for me, the more out of balance I am, the less harmony and flow I experience in my day to day life. So I always try to first find my balance, and then reach farther.
The exciting thing is that there is ALWAYS farther to reach. More to give, more we can grow and more we can love.
And isn’t it SO much easier to do so when the ride is a smooth one?