Heart, Head, Body, and Soul

A person who is seeking self-actualization, is someone who tries to focus on their heart, head, body and soul. Integrating and growing these four areas, our emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual selves is a goal for many people.

To develop our heart, or emotional selves, we need to develop our ability to work with other people.  We need to become positive and connect with other people to build lasting relationships.  It is important to identify with all people, even those people who are different than ourselves.  

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A well-developed mind or intellectual self, is important to have control over the things that will affect our thinking.  We need to be organized in our daily tasks to attain our goals and keep focused.  

Our physical health is extremely important and intertwined to the other three areas we need to develop.  Exercise and healthy eating are crucial to feel strong and in control of our lives. Taking care of our physical bodies will help us have the strength to overcome the demands of these trying times.

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People with a well-developed spiritual self are connected to their values and live a life to mirror their morals and ethics.  They have a clear vision of their mission and live a life that reflects these ideals. 

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.

Mahatma Gandhi

Ways to incorporate each of these into our lives:

Heart:

Do not allow negative messages that bring you down.

Find something to do each day to bring on a positive feeling for yourself.

Visualize your favorite place .

Express your emotions in an effective, healthy manner.

Connect with family and friends by texting, phone calls or video meetings.

Head:

Set goals and do something each day to accomplish these goals.

Try and keep yourself to one task at a time.

Write down the steps you would like to take to accomplish your goals.

Allow yourself quite time to prioritize your tasks.

Set up a planner to help organize your priorities. 

Body:

Download an app to help keep track of your daily intake of calories.

Find time each day to move – walk, bike, or swim.

Drink plenty of water each day.

Stretch and breathe deeply.

Focus on eating more fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods.

Soul:

Find a cause where you can contribute your time, talent, or treasure.

Focus on your values and maintain these in difficult times.

Spend time with people who share your values and morals.

Do something each day that brings you joy and happiness.

Take time to be silent and meditate each day. 

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.

Irish proverb

These four dimensions of our selves are crucial to integrate into our personalities to be fully successful.  By focusing on our heart, head, body, and soul, we are certain to have peace and and accomplish the goals we find important.  Hopefully it will also help to find that connecting link to all mankind which is crucial for peace in these difficult times.  

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