Sunday, March 28, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Unit 5

1. Loving Kindness and The Subtle Mind are practices I have begun incorporating into my daily routine. The first practice Loving Kindness is based on breathing exercises and using the love and kindness to work in daily life for you and others. These two practices are similar in that they both require concentration and are centered in breathing while practicing them. The difference is in the Subtle Mind practice the breathing is a focal point. In loving kindness you calm your mind once and breath through out the entire session. In the Subtle Mind breathing is the focus and it is what keeps you from the distractions of thoughts, and outside noises. I hope to accomplish both of these completely. The subtle mind practice as with the loving kindness practice have obstacles for me. It will be very difficult for me to let go of the fear of the unknown, but I will practice this hopefully to succeed.
2. Spiritual wellness is vital to mental and physical wellness because you are not fully healthy and your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors will manifest illnesses and diseases in your body and mind without it. Personally I have difficulty with stress, it manifests itself and because I do not a full awareness that spiritual flourishing provides I am not capable of dealing with or being unaware of the stress created for me. I need to practice the abilities to calm, sooth, and find peace within myself to prevent the daily stress from making me ill.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Unit 4 Experience

1. This practice exercise was very interesting. I found it easy to find love for someone else. I used the love I feel for my children and my husband in the first part of the loving-kindness practice. There were two parts I found difficult and that was letting a loved one's suffering dissolve in my heart without keeping those feelings. I also found it difficult to wish this same love on my enemies. I did it and felt better but I am a grudge holder. I have a difficult time forgiving certain things that are in my past. These are not trivial easy to forgive occurrences and I realize that this part of my history makes me who I am today, but I have difficulty forgiving the person responsible because they have not accepted responsibility for their actions.

2. A mental workout is learning to take care of yourself by becoming more resilient and aware of your ability to cope with stress. This is a quality very important to your health and well-being. Psychological health is taking care of your feelings thoughts, and making conscious efforts to become at peace with who you are. The research indicates this will give you holistic good health and change you to become more of who you want to be.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Crime of the Century

This exercise was very interesting. I unfortunately was not able to relax with this one like the last. I did enjoy this but because of the amounts of stress and my cold I was not able to feel concentrate on relaxing. I will try this exercise again once I have recovered from my congestion and sinus headache to see. I felt like the light at the end was the sunshine. In the spring when I have been deprived of sunshine I like to sit on the deck in my backyard and let the sun shine on my face with my eyes closed. This part of the exercise reminded me of that feeling and I was feeling very relaxed at the end.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Personal Goals for Optimal Well Being

When it comes to my personal well-being I find myself contemplating optimal well-being. Currently I would rate my physical well-being a 7, my spiritual well-being is 7 and psychological well-being a 7 as well. A goal for my physical well-being would be to eat healthier foods, and exercise frequently. I would also like to quit smoking, but this is not just a physical goal it is all three. I depend on a cigarette break for all three physically calming to walk outside where it is peaceful, quiet, time for me, I also depend on a cigarette for that mental fix, and it is a crutch psychologically. This is a goal for a total optimal well being. The long term effects of this goal would be incredible towards my optimal well-being. Take steps to quit by researching which tools might work best to help me succeed with this goal. Spiritually I need to take time form myself to relax and unwind. Make time to take care of myself, do take one hour out of my schedule for everyone else in my life and do something for myself. Another goal is to say no sometimes. I overwork myself. I will make commitments and forget to take care of myself. I have four small children, a husband with an injury, and an elderly mother in law and I sometimes do not know when to say no.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Welcome to my blog spot! I look forward to learning about health and wellness and applying to my daily life. I am new to the blogging but hope this is a rewarding experience.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Hello everyone,
I just completed a relaxation exercise and WOW! am I relaxed and energized. I have meditation before, but right now I feel more relaxed than I have felt in a long time. I know you were supposed to close you eyes, but I enjoyed watching the light show while I was processing this journey. I intend on making this a part of my daily routine, because with four children, two part time jobs, full time learning, and an injured husband I can use all the help I can get. I enjoyed this journey and hope there are more relaxation techniques in future assignments. The tension I normally feel in my neck and shoulders creates numbness, tingling, stiffness, soreness and heaviness in my arms neck back and shoulders. I do not feel any of those symptoms. I see a chiropractor frequently, maybe these techniques will help with these symptoms. Right now I do not feel this way.