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Four Dimensions of Wellness – Book Giveaway!

Four Dimensions of Wellness – Book Giveaway!

We are giving away two copies of The Soul of Wellness: 12 Holistic Principles for Achieving a Healthy Body, Mind, Heart, and Spirit by Dr. Raj. Check out this excerpt from the book, and then leave a comment for a chance to win your own copy of this book!

Defining the Soul of Wellness
An Excerpt from The Soul of Wellness: 12 Holistic Principles for Achieving a Healthy Body, Mind, Heart, and Spirit by Dr. Rajiv Parti

Wellness is something we hear a lot about these days. We all know the term denotes something very desirable, something we should be seeking. But what, actually, is wellness?

Some might say that wellness refers to physical health and leave it at that. But how about people who are mostly physically healthy, but also very stressed out, lonely, fearful, or unhappy? Do these people have wellness? Not totally. They may have a degree of physical well-being, but not complete wellness. That’s because wellness includes much more than physiological health. In fact, wellness has four dimensions, each one essen­tial to your overall well-being and satisfaction with life.

Three Dimensions of Wellness: Body, Mind, and Heart

Three of the four dimensions of wellness are widely accepted today. The first dimension is Body. This includes all aspects of your physical health—your cardiovascular system, immune system, and all the rest. To have Wellness of Body, all of these systems must be working together in an efficient, natural way.

Physical wellness is crucial because your body is one of your two fun­damental instruments for living. It is through your body that you are able to see and smell the beauty of a rose and hear the lilting call of a bird. It is by means of your body that you can stroll through a park, refinish a bookcase, and change a diaper to insure the cleanliness of your baby.

The healthier your body, the better you are able to perceive the world around you and perform a thousand important functions each day.

The second dimension of wellness is Mind, your other fundamental instrument for living. Your mind consists of a cognitive (thinking) part and an affective (feeling) part. The cognitive part includes your beliefs, thoughts, and imaginings. Through this aspect of your mind, when it is whole and functioning well, you are able to make sense of your experi­ences, communicate with others, and plan for your future. The affective part includes your emotions, motivations, and attitudes toward life. This aspect of your mind, when it is healthy, enables you to enjoy a beautiful sunset, feel empathy for a friend, and get excited about a new project. Wellness of Mind encompasses both parts of your mind. It includes think­ing clearly, taking a positive approach to the world, and finding interest and joy in the world around you. Wellness of Mind is essential for living a happy life steeped in rich, rewarding experiences.

The third dimension of wellness is Heart. This dimension consists of your capacity to have good relationships with other people and to do so with generosity and understanding. I use the word “Heart” because tra­ditionally, we think of the heart as the source of our caring for others. It is Heart that takes you out to lunch with a friend, cares for a child who is ill, and enjoys a barbecue with your neighbors. Wellness of Heart includes spending quality time with family and friends. It also means showing kindness to others and concern for those less fortunate than you. There is ample reason to believe that happiness and overall well-being depend on living a life with Heart as much as they do on physical and mental health.

These three dimensions of wellness—Body, Mind, and Heart—are three pillars upon which we build our lives. But unlike most pillars, they do not stand totally separate from each other. In fact, they are very much interrelated.

Take the relationship of Body to Mind. We all know that having a bad cold can slow our thinking processes and create emotional boredom. And we know that a good cardiovascular workout can make us mentally sharper and give us an emotional boost. These are just two examples of the countless ways Wellness of Body can affect Wellness of Mind. Similarly, Mind affects Body; Heart affects Mind, and so on through all the com­binations. When we create wellness in any of these three dimensions, we promote wellness in the others. The relationship isn’t perfect, of course.

We can be rich in Mind and relatively poor in Body, or rich in Body and poor in the relationships that constitute Heart. But in general, an increase in wellness in any dimension helps increase wellness in the others.

This interrelatedness of Body, Mind, and Heart makes it even clearer that to enjoy a rich and satisfying sojourn on Earth—a life full of mean­ingful relationships, activities, and pleasures—we need maximum well­ness in all three dimensions.

Spirit as the Fourth Dimension of Wellness

Most people today recognize the importance of these first three dimensions of wellness. But there is one more dimension that many peo­ple barely recognize. Yet this fourth dimension of wellness is as important as the other three for living a happy and fulfilling life. In fact, it is so fundamental that it forms the core, the essence, the very Soul of Wellness.

The fourth dimension of wellness I am talking about is Spirit.

Spirit is about feeling connected to something much larger than our­selves, something precious, enduring, and of infinite value. For some, the spiritual connection consists of a felt relationship to a Creator or a Higher Reality. Others feel a sacred connection to the natural world or to humanity. For still others, dedication to perennial values such as truth and compassion guide their lives. Embracing our spiritual dimension in any of these ways creates meaning and promotes Wellness of Spirit. This spiritual wellness:

  • Helps us make sense of our lives
  • Opens us to the goodness and beauty surrounding us
  • Gives us a deep appreciation for the world, other people, and ourselves
  • Releases the Divinity that resides within us.

Despite its importance, many in today’s society have lost sight of this fourth dimension of wellness. Even if they attend religious services or occasionally contemplate the wonder and mystery of existence, these experiences play little part in their daily activities. As a result, they lack the powerful sense of meaning and depth that comes from fully engaging their spiritual dimension. They also miss out on the synergistic power of Spirit to infuse and promote wellness in the other three dimensions of their lives.

Part of the problem may be that people don’t understand how Spirit can help create overall well-being. It is easy to comprehend how wellness in Body promotes wellness in Mind and how good relationships (Heart) make us feel better physically and mentally. But it may not be clear how wellness of Spirit can promote our well-being in the other dimensions. Yet spiritual wellness can profoundly affect Body, Mind, and Heart. One way it does this is by clarifying what is truly important to us.

 

Dr. Raj has over thirty years’ experience as a practicing physician of Western medicine and he is one of the world’s leading experts in pain management. But the health approach he advocates in his “twelve holistic principles” incorporates Eastern spiritual traditions such as yoga, meditation, and the Hindu healing science of Ayurveda. Each chapter is dedicated to one of Dr. Raj’s twelve principles and introduces two exercises that can be easily integrated into any health management program. He also includes true stories about individuals who solved their health problems by incorporating these holistic methods through simple lifestyle changes. The Soul of Wellness is a personal handbook, tailoring itself to each reader with its enjoyable exercises and inspirational stories that work together to help achieve greater health and happiness.

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Excerpted from the book The Soul of Wellness © 2012 by Dr. Rajiv Parti, M.D. Printed with permission from Select Books.

WIN THE BOOK! Enter a comment below and you will automatically be entered to win a copy of The Soul of Wellness: 12 Holistic Principles for Achieving a Healthy Body, Mind, Heart, and Spirit by Dr. Raj. Winner will be announced on October 23 (winner will be notified via Care2 profile). Good luck!

CONGRATULATIONS TO:

Mary B. & Arielle V.

Winner: Please email Molly at mollya@care2team.com to claim your new book. Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

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5:52AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

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2:30PM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Thank you :)

8:12PM PST on Dec 17, 2012

This book looks amazing! So in alignment with my current path. :) Love is the answer.

10:53AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

I find myself afflicted in all four areas. I wish I could get help.

8:02AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Looks like a great read, can't wait for more!

5:54AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

That mind, body, soul connection is so amazingly intricate ~ just love reading books like these. Thank you for writing it & sharing your wisdom & experience.

8:08PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

I love the excerpt and I look forwarding reading this book! :-)

3:58PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

8:08PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

Thank you for addressing the topic of wellness. It is so important for the sustainability of the human condition to consider wellness rather than simply "health" as an ongoing solution. Thank you for your care to this insight! I look forward to reading your book.

6:50PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

I consider the body to be the place where all vibrations of mind, heart, and spirit self, flow into particalized form. If the mind, heart and spirit are in harmony with each other, it makes sense that the body would be naturally very healthy. Holding that idea as our core reality while we are materialized should be easy.And maybe it would be if we didn't buy into so many false assumptions while we're here.
The book sounds very interesting.

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