Finding Balance In 2014

Is your life feeling out of balance?

No matter what we use as criteria when it comes to experiencing balance in our lives, we have certain needs that need to be filled throughout our lives and the more balanced our fulfillment of these needs, the smoother our boat will sail and the closer to balance we will get.

IIN calls it primary foods

Maslow called it a hierarchy of needs

Anthony Robbins called it a wheel

I call it a bliss.

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Whatever we call it, it all comes down to balance. If our life is not in balance then we are in trouble.

  • Self Actualization (morality, creativity, problem solving, learning, lack of prejudice, acceptance of facts)
  • Esteem (self esteem, confidence, respect)
  • Love and Belonging (friendship, family and intimacy)
  • Safety (security of body, health, family, property, employment, resources and morality)
  • Physiological (breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis, excretion)

Everyone can rank these in a different order of importance. At the same time, we may each rank them differently at different times in our lives. What is certain? If one of the above is lacking and another is over emphasized, then we are out of balance.

Anthony Robbins does an exercise with a wheel representing career, physical, spiritual and financial. We have to rank each by “how it is going.” Visually we are able to see, for example, that we are doing great financially and physically, but perhaps not spiritually or career-wise. If we are out of balance, our wheel will not roll.

The Institute for Integrative Nutrition calls it “primary foods.” Outside our triangle of nutrition is a circle that consists of relationship, spirituality, career and physical activity.

The truth is, we can fix what we eat.  We can eat more greens and get rid of processed foods, but if we don’t take care of the other areas of our life, we will still not experience balanced health and happiness. You can be completely healthy with your diet yet still feel imbalanced.

To help you see the topics more clearly, take a look at the following basic needs and ways of fulfillment.

Self Actualization (morality, creativity, problem solving, learning, lack of prejudice, an acceptance of facts)

Prayer, Thoughtfulness, Meditation

Journaling

Fun

Study

Spirituality

Contribution

Esteem (self esteem, confidence, and respect)

Gratitude

Feelings

Love and Belonging (friendship, family and intimacy)

Relationship building

Care giving

Forgiveness

Intimacy

Safety (security of body, health, family, property, employment, resources and morality)

Environmental safety

Health & well being

Job Security

Career growth

Financial empowerment

Environmental preservation

Ethics and morality

Physiological (breathing, environmental, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis, excretion)

Clean air, meditation, breathing exercise

Environmental impact on health and well being through design (ex. bringing nature into the home, healthy light, smart space)

Nutrition

PH Balance

Probiotics

Losing weight

Better Digestion

Super foods

  •       Acai
  •       Algae
  •       Aloe Vera
  •       Bee Products
  •       Cacao
  •       Camu Camu Berry
  •       Chlorella
  •       Coconut
  •       Goji Berries
  •       Hempseed
  •       Incan Berries
  •       Kelp
  •       Maca
  •       Marine Phytoplankton
  •       Noni
  •       Yacon

Raw Nutrition

  •       Juicing vs. Blending
  •       Nuts and Seeds
  •       Sprouts
  •       Grasses
  •       Seaweed
  •       Roots
  •       Mushrooms
  •       Recipes

Exercise and Fitness

Water, the amount and cleanliness

Intimacy as a physical need

Amount and quality of sleep

Digestion

Bodily function, sight, hearing, pain

Cleansing

Illness and healing

balance

We will be adding to this and focusing on each topic as total wellness.  Look forward to future blogs on each line item and broken down even further for more tips on how to improve the quality of our lives.  If anyone has any categories they would add to each need, please comment below.

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