Besides the quadrant of physical well-being, which was addressed in a previous blog, I would like to discuss the mental, emotional, and spiritual quadrants of the wheel of health. Sometimes we can forget that these three areas greatly influence our physical wellness and we don’t give them the attention they deserve. Are you aware of the thoughts passing through your mind and the stress they can create? Do you have conversations with yourself, create scenarios and replay certain events over and over? It doesn’t feel good, does it? And it doesn’t really achieve anything beyond creating more stress and anxiety. So, we react emotionally to the quality of our thoughts, and regaining balance requires awareness. In my experience, the best way is to observe the thoughts and then to let them go. If they are not fueled, they drift away. I then replace them with positive thoughts, I think of pleasant things and feel gratitude. If you are familiar with mantras and affirmations, I recommend them, and they work beautifully as well.
We need all four quadrants to live a balanced life. Sometimes one is more dominant than the others, and it is ok. Don’t fight it; just don’t stay in this unbalanced state too long. The longer you stay there, the more your physical wellness will be affected.
Also, we are all wired differently and for some of us becoming balanced may be more difficult than for others. Moreover, we can change during our life journey. Some events might bring the emotional side more into the foreground, then we might overthink certain problems and the mental and emotional flow into each other and finding harmony will become more complex.
For me, the best solution for problematic and difficult times was always the spiritual approach. I look for feelings of gratitude and appreciation. I like to meditate, to listen to music or to read a good book. An uplifting time with friends and loved ones is always a blessing, and a walk in nature brings me peace. These are just a few of the activities that can bring balance and harmony and get you back on track. Find your way, find your safe place. We all need a haven, a sacred place to go to when the storm rages. It is in this private space where the four quadrants can align and we can rejuvenate. For most of us it is not possible to avoid the storms, the important question is: how do we weather them?
I like to touch all four quadrants on a daily basis. I make sure my physical has the attention it requires, I stimulate my mental, and I allow my emotional side to be active so I can feel deeply. I complete this daily journey by nurturing my spiritual side and giving it the quiet time it needs and visiting my sacred place. It makes life’s journey more pleasant and it is easier to navigate the rough waters and to enjoy and appreciate life more deeply.