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.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Take out a sheet of paper and draw a circle.
  2. Put YOU in the center.  You can either write with words or use pictures.
  3. Make 5 lines from the center out to the outer edge of the circle (as equal as possible).  These are your spokes.
  4. Label each spoke ~ Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual, Financial.
  5. Imagine the center is “0” and the outer circle represents the ideal, or “10”
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  1. It shows how far off you are from your ideal.
  2. 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?

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36 Responses to “The Importance of Balance for Truly Radiant Health”

  1. Beth,

    I really want to Thank you for this article. I really need to find the balance in my life especially with my sleep and eating patterns. With my new journey I am on, it is crucial for me to find that balance. This is a great tool!
    .-= Susan Davis´s last blog ..P90x and Networking … what do they have in common? =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes Susan, ESPECIALLY in times of change it is so important that you respect your body’s need for sleep and good nutrition. Glad you find this tool helpful!

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  2. You’re wheel of life reminds me of the life plan wheel Tony Robbins uses, available here: https://www.tonyrobbins.com/Home/login.aspx after you log in. They are great models of ways to achieve balance.

    I love your comment about a 2 year olds art project as that’s definitely what mine has resembled at times! Thanks for the powerful reminder that all of our eggs in one section of our life basket sets us up for trouble!
    .-= Kimberly Castleberry´s last blog ..Brand Your Tweets on Twitter For Free with TweetBrand! =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    You know, it’s sometimes necessary to let things get out of balance to get the balance we ultimately desire ~ but in terms of our health, I really believe that keeping eggs in all these baskets is necessary if we are to experience peace along the way!

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  3. Beth,

    This post is fantastic. We all need to realize that all the pieces of the puzzle matter. Being out of balance rocks the whole boat not just that one piece.

    And we all need to give ourselves permission to be human. Of course we become unbalanced every now and then. Forgive ourselves, and get back on track.

    You’ve give us the tools. Thanks.
    .-= Jodi Lee´s last blog ..Pollyanna or Scrooge? =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    I complete agree, Jodi! Awareness, forgiveness and re-prioritizing are an essential part of the process! 🙂

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  4. Wow Beth! This is wonderful! Great visual for putting it all in context and taking a look at the balance in my life. thanks for sharing!
    .-= Julianna Brower´s last blog ..Day 6 Social Media Boot Camp- Twitter =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Glad you enjoyed it, Julianna! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Beth,

    This is a subject near and dear to my heart. I love what you say about how many of us take better care of our pets than we do of ourselves, it’s so true (and sad…)

    There are so many different elements to our lives, and yes, each element affects the others. Health is, without a doubt, the one most important factor, and tends to drive every other aspect of life.

    Thanks for this great visual, it really helps to paint a picture of what true balance should look like!
    .-= Kathy Jodrey´s last blog ..How To Add Facebook Fan Page to Blog In Less than 5 Minutes =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    After just dishing out $5000 for surgery on my dog’s leg, it is definitely a topic near and dear to my heart too! But we did it because it was necessary to let the financial aspect get out of balance for the emotional and mental aspects to come in to balance. It is a journey after all, and takes adjusting and fine tuning all along the way! I’m glad this visual was helpful, Kathy!

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  6. Wow, Beth, Do I ever need this reminder! You really made this concrete for me so that I can begin to focus on the exact areas that I need to work on.

    Thank you for your insights!

    Nancy
    “Mentor Mama”

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    bethallen Reply:

    So glad my insights were well timed! Great to connect with you Nancy!

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  7. Beth, I thoroughly enjoyed this post. It is so completely true. This is an incredible guide to begin with when we start to set our goals, and an exercise to repeat to check in with how we’re spending our time.
    It’s so practical I’m bookmarking this post in my favorites!
    .-= Brandy Price´s last blog ..The Revitalization Of Spirit: Right Here =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    What a compliment! Thanks Brandy!

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  8. Beth,
    you really hit a hot spot with this post. Putting it into this form allows me to clearly gage what areas I could do more work on, and also, congratulate myself for the areas I am doing very well in. Thanks for this!

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, the congratulating part is so important! Thanks Theresa!

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  9. Beth,
    What a fascinating concept. This is something that I will definitely work out for myself to make sure that I stay in balance.

    Being in balance is sometimes one of the areas that I tend to neglect since I am am definitely a work-a-holic.

    It has been my experience though that when I take time out for the most important areas of my life; family, spiritual, and service to others that I am much more productive.

    Thanks for the great lesson.

    To Our Massive Success,
    John
    .-= John Chatman´s last blog ..Are Your Dreams Big Enough? =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Well when you have the REALLY big, juicy dreams, you have to be a work-a-holic to some degree, right?! But like you said, just staying conscious of the other areas and giving them some love and attention leads to greater productivity, which really just gets you closer to those big dreams that much faster! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by, John!

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  10. Hi Beth,

    Thank you for sharing this method with us, I it is something I have been taught before, but very rarely use it.

    I just did it now and it confirms the areas I need to be working on.

    I have the vision of who I want to be and where I want to go so I will keep chipping away until I get there.

    Thank you I appreciate you.
    Beth Hewitt
    .-= Beth Hewitt´s last blog ..Beginners Guide to Blogging =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Beth, I’m glad you did the exercise ~ it is so quick to do and so effective for determining where we need to put some attention. I know you have a big vision, and you are well on your way my friend! I appreciate you as well!

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  11. Speaking as a recovering extremist, I know exactly what you are talking about. If you do not have balance and synergy in your life, you have nothing. Even if you feel you do have something.

    One thought that made me change my way was when I realized that there is nothing more I could do if I was dead. This is when I started to take care of myself and find the balance.

    Thanks for the sharing
    .-= Jose H. Caraballo´s last blog ..The Biggest Problem Credit Counseling Agencies (Part 1) =-.

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  12. Hi Beth, I too agree that balance in all areas can help us to create a joyful life. I’ve done the Wheel exercise before and it is powerful. I would recommend it to anyone because you can really see where you are at in your life. Thank you for sharing!

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Jen! It is a powerful exercise ~ so glad to hear you have gotten great value out of it as well! The more I get to know you the more I find we have in common! I love it!

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  13. When I do those goal-writing exercises about what success means to me, or what do you see yourself doing as a successful person, I always find one of my top goals is to be able to breathe deeply and abdominally.

    I know I don’t have to reach any great financial or health goals to be ABLE to do this, but the fact is… I always catch myself in the stress and rush of the day… breathing shallow.

    I think breathing deeply requires balance and harmony of what you’re bringing into your life, and what you are eliminating. Breathing deeply is accepting a higher level of harmony, breathing shallow is living life on the surface.

    You’re right of course that we must strive to reach harmony and balance. That’s what success is all about to me. Really well-structured and helpful post Beth..
    Thanks. You always have such valuable insight to share. You really are helping people to improve the quality of their lives.
    .-= David Merrill´s last blog ..PPC Mastery For Online Entrepreneurs =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    I couldn’t agree more ~ breathing deeply requires balance & harmony ~ do you practice yoga? My practice really changed my relationship to my breath, my ability to ground myself and my overall core essence. Thanks so much for your kind words, David!

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  14. First of all, I would like to appreciate the effort that you have put in making such an informative blog. I enjoyed this post of yours and I must say that everytime I come back to your blog, I always have something new and informative to read. Thanks for keeping me updated.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks so much!

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  15. I would like to thank you Beth for sharing this article, I am really looking for this kind of article, it gave me a great idea on how I can balance everything on my life. It really changed me a lot

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    bethallen Reply:

    Sure thing, Jenny! I hope you are enjoying the changes that this article unleashed! 🙂

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  16. Balancing every area of your life is very important.We should ensure that we are all rounded so that we live our lives to the fullest. Wonderful post.

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  17. Breathe in beauty and let it truly guide you, both your health and holistic well being depend on it.

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  18. Too much meditation does not bring balance. You are physical beings in a physical world. You must deal with the reality of the physical world. This is why working keeps people grounded. This is also why doing things in the physical, whether it is house cleaning or lawn mowing, painting, washing dishes, taking a shower, working on the computer, etc. is grounding.

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  19. This is what I am missing for the past few months, balance. I wish this coming new year I will regain my balance in life.
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    bethallen Reply:

    Using this tool will really help you see where you’re out of balance so you know where to focus. Best of luck to you in the new year!

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