Thursday, April 22, 2010

Unit 9 Blog

I Introduction: Why is it important for health and wellness professionals to develop psychologically, spiritually and physically? What areas do you need to develop to achieve the goals you have for yourself?
Integral health is imperative for health and wellness professionals to develop psychologically, spiritually and physically because if the professional is not healthy or working towards this integral health they will not effectively treat others. I need to develop in each and every area to achieve the goals I have set for myself.II Assessment:How have you assessed your health in each domain? How do you score your wellness spiritually, physically, and psychologically?I had previously given myself scores of seven each domain. However after learning what I have in this course I think I should revise them. Psychologically I would give myself the score of six. I still have many areas to work on in this domain like forgiveness, and self esteem. Spiritually I would give myself a four. I am in tough with my spirituality however I have many things to work on and the Subtle Mind practice showed me just how much as did the Loving Kindness exercise. Physically I would give myself a five. I have a few pounds to lose and need to stop smoking, but most importantly I need to practice and learn to manage my stress more effectively in all areas so that I do not hold physically in my shoulders, muscles, and back. III Goal development:List at least one goal you have for yourself in each area, Physical, Psychological (mental health) and Spiritual. Psychologically I have the goal of forgiveness. Spiritually I have the goal of a subtle mind. Physically I have the goal of improving my fitness, stopping smoking, and releasing the stress I carry. IV Practices for personal health:What strategies can you implement to foster growth in each of the following domains; Physical, Psychological, and Spiritual. Provide at least two examples of exercises or practices in each domain. Explain how you will implement each example. Psychological practices I can use for forgiveness are Loving Kindness and Meeting Asclepius (Dacher, 2006). Both of these exercises will increase my self esteem and help me learn to forgive and let go of negative feelings. Spiritually I intend on practicing the Crime of the Century and The Subtle Mind exercises to improve calm abiding of my thoughts, feelings and actions(Dacher, 2006). I also will continue prayer as this is an important way to improve my spirituality. Physically I will continue to walk for exercise and to relieve stress, eating better, healthier foods, and practicing the walking, standing and sitting meditation exercises I gained in this course (Boufis, 2009).
V Commitment:How will you assess your progress or lack of progress in the next six months? What strategies can you use to assist in maintaining your long-term practices for health and wellness?
This like other priorities in my life must be given appropriate time in my schedule. I will assess my progress every few weeks with a planned day and time in my schedule. I also intend on actually writing the time to do these activities in my daily schedule, this way I will keep the commitment and assess the progress according to these deadlines.

Boufis, C. (2009). Escape from pain. Natural Health, 39(9), 50-61. -live
Dacher, E.S. (2006) Integral Health: The Path to Human Flourishing. Basic Health Publications: United States of America.
Schlitz, M., Amorok, T. & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine. Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.


  1. Hi Andrea,
    Forgiveness is something that will benefit us before the forgivee(lol for my vocabulary), yet I agree with you, I learned to let go the hard way. I also need to come to term with who I am and have more confidence and self-esteem than I have now. I do except myself, but I do not rate myself much, I guess my cheating ex having something to do with that, lol.
    All your goals can work for me, I would like to walk more and eat better, I hope we both can achieve our goals in the near future.

  2. Hi Andrea,

    I am glad you are focusing on quitting smoking, managing your stress, and losing weight as your physical goals. I know working on all three at one time can be a bit of a challenge but if you start in baby steps for each one and have a goal in mind, you can do it. Eating healther is another positive benefit in your life too and one that I think many of us can benefit from. I know you can do this if you put your mind to it. You will soon feel like a new and improved YOU!!

    As far as spirituality, this is something that you know you need work on but one that I believe you will find as long as you continue to practice your loving kindness and subtle mind exercises, and going to church with your family or even by yourself if you feel the children are to young to take yet. Finding that quality time for yourself can benefit you in so many ways and create peacefullness. Good luck! I have great faith in you and know that if you put your mind to it, positive things will come into your life. Keep in touch if you need motivation. You can always find me on facebook.


  3. I agree with you that for us to help others we must first help ourselves. If we can't handle our stressors how are we going to handle taking on someone else's. I wish you the best of luck in the future.

  4. Fatima,
    I also have a cheating exhusband, and over time I have learned to let go, this is very difficult but with time I can now even thank him because I have changed and my life is getting closer to perfect and exactly what I wanted and would never have while in that type of chaos. I wish you luck with you health and wellness.

    Jill, I probably do not go to church as often as I should and could add this to my spriritual goals, but I do attend and the children come for a very interesting children's church and Sunday school structured just for them! I am gonna quit smoking one day at a time. I will need motivation and a friend to walk through this with that understands the practices we learned in this course! SO I will be chatting on facebook with you frequently!

  5. I wish you integral health and happiness, Kevin. I have enjoyed reading your blogs and discussion threads. Thanks for your positive feedback and comments throughout the course I have learned a great deal from your prospective.

  6. Anddrea,

    Good luck to you! I have to stop and put things into perspective sometimes because I was in a bad habit of saying that will never change because I can't do it. I would easily defeat myself before I ever started. What lessons I have learned from this class and all of you!!!

    Good luck to you.