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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Unit 5: The Subtle Mind

1. I found the breathing techniques to be similar in both the loving-kindness and subtle mind exercises and I was relaxed while practicing both, although the CD had some static and skipping issues for the subtle mind exercise, which threw me off focus. I went and used the textbook to help guide me through this exercise, which helped. I noticed in the loving-kindness exercise I had to connect with my inner-self, love myself first, and direct that love outward to strangers and people who give me a hard time on a daily basis. I learned to think positive thoughts towards them and found this exercise to be calming and peaceful. In the subtle mind exercise, I found I had to re-train my mind and listen to my breathing as I re-directed my thoughts to positive ones. This exercise was a bit more challenging, but one that was worth learning to practice and incorporate into my daily life style to create better health, well-being, happiness, and peace.

2. Spiritual wellness and physical wellness go hand-in-hand and are connected to how we feel and love others as well as ourself. Both of these experiences combined take care of our well-being, create happiness, appreciation for life and family as well as friends, believing in all things in a positive way, and makes me feel I can take charge of my life. This is how I can experience human flourishing and integral health.

I go to Church weekly and feel so upbeat and inspired while I am there and for the remainder of the day. I notice good things start to happen for me and my family as I pray for them. For example, my husband has been out of work for over a year and sent out over 500 resumes. We prayed each week that he would receive phone calls for job interviews and that he would find a job. He was losing hope, but I was the one who believed he would find something soon and told him not to give up hope. Out of the blue, a former boss from 20-years ago that we both used to work for, contacted us on Facebook and he was able to help my husband find a job in his company. It was as if God had directed him towards us knowing we needed help. My husband received two other job offers in the same week he was hired for this job and he kindly declined them. Needless to say, he is happy and on top of the world again, which increases our faith in God and love for one another.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Unit 4: Psychospiritual Flourishing

I listened to the meditation CD and read the textbook, which I found very interesting and relaxing. I have practiced loving-kindness before without even realizing what this was prior to taking this class. I hae enjoyed feeling and experiencing loving-kindness and have shared my experiences in this class with the girls in the office. Two of them loved listening to how I explained techniques for relaxing and learning how to find that inner peace. I plan on buying htem meditation CDs for their birthdays this year since we exchange gifts each year. Won't they be surprised!

1. As I listened to the CD, I found this information very inspirational and relaxing. I did manage to hear myself breathe and found that I could experience loving-kindness after finding this within myself first. I had positive thoughts too of my loved ones, especially my children. When I had to direct my love towards people I work with, I found it a little difficult to direct towards two of my bosses that are not very nice toward me. I was able to see through their nastiness and see that I am happy no matter what their issues may be. I see they are not happy people and during this meditation exercise, even their negativity did not affect my thoughts in any way except that I felt sorry for them not knowing what it is like to experience love and happiness through the powers of the mind.

I would highly recommend this CD to my two bosses at work, so they can experience mind-body, happiness, loving-kindness, and well-being.

2. Mental workout is the way we expeience mental or meditation exercises by repeating them and by re-training the mind to heal and develop health and happiness leading to human flourishing.

Research indicates that psychospiritual flourishing occurs as we re-train our mind to experience loving-kindness, inner peace, wisdom, and happiness by rechanneling the negative emotions through meditation and deep breathing techniques.

I can implement mental workouts to foster my psychological health by listening to the CD each night before bed, so I can get a good night's sleep without bringing all my worries and negative thoughts to bed with me. I may listen to the CD in the mornings too before leaving for work, so I have a clear mind and start the day off on the right foot.

Jill Jernee

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Reflections and Well-Being

Based on my relections, I would rate my physical wellbeing as a 5, my spiritual well-being as a 8, and my psychological well-being as a 7 because I could stand to lose some weight and have not been working out due to my full-time job, my commute to and from work which is over an hour both ways, and taking care of my children when I come home then trying to keep up with homework. I tend to eat junkfood when I'm stressed out craving sugar like I an alcoholic craves a drink. I know this is not a healthy choice for me but after I finish school, I tend to get back into an exercise routine each evening. I can begin once the weather warms up too with going outside for walks with one of my colleagues on the walking path on my company premises.

My spiritual well-being is pretty good in that I attend church regularly with my family and I feel so good afterwards like a different person. A happier person. The music, the choir, the sermons, and the entire mass just do wonders to my spiritual side. I am ready to start the day with whatever comes my way and feel I will be better able to handle any situation that comes along. I am thankful for my family and to me, going to church is quality time together and we meet new people this way. Good to see old friends too.

My psychological well-being is kind of down whenever I go to my job because I do not like what I do for a living. Some times I find the people on the job makes me so miserable that I feel like the old Jill is no longer there. Some times I even tell people it's as if this place kills my inner-spirit. I feel more alive and like my old self each night I leave and head home to be with my family. My family comes first and that is why I am going to school. I want to better myself and be happier in my next career. I am trying to follow my heart and I love taking care of people and helping them out. I plan to look for a new job closer to home and get out of the environment I am in. I'm sure I will soon arrive at my new destination and I will be happy again. In the mean time, music and songs tend to soothe me. I feel words can be expressed in song too, which clears my mind of stressful situations.

The goals and activities I paln to implement into my life are taking small walks to start to get back into an exercise routine and being losing some weight as well as drinking more water. This goal is for my physical well-being. The goal I have for my spiritual well-being is to spend more time listening to meditation tapes and practice taking deep breaths at work when I do not have any tapes with me. I will be there to always spend time with my boys too. As far as my psychological goal, I will need to learn how to deal with my current situation both at work and at home with everything going on. I will have to learn to take time out for me and turn the negative thoughts into positive ones to help get me through each day.

While listening and practicing along with The Crime of the Century relaxation exercise, I found I had a hard time focusing at first on the different colors of the rainbow. Not sure why but I did. About half-way through, I was able to start focusing more on each of the colors as they came through a tiny hole in each of my body parts. I felt totally relaxed as I went through the breathing exercises and began to visualize. Here and there I could hear my children fighting in the other room and my husband intervening. Then I would begin to lose focus again and try to make myself aware of the exercise I am listening too in order to bring me back into complete concentration again. It was beneficial in the end because I woke up and felt like I was in a daze. Totally relaxed!


I loved actually experiencing the music on the CD and the woman and gentleman who spoke giving specific instructions which were pretty much to relax. I had a hard time at first because my husband and dog entered the room, so had to throw them out and start the CD all over again. Oh well! This time I was able to concentrate and totally relax. I loved the sounds of the ocean waves crashing along the shore in the background. I love the beach, so this sound is very soothing to me. I did not want to open my eyes when I was done listening to this CD and I did notice a calmer me when I did awake, although I was ready to fall asleep afterwards. I forced myself up from the floor and came into my office to write about the experience I just had. I know as I continue to listen to this CD over and over again, I will fall right into a routine and not even think about other things. I know this class will be a great experience. I cannot wait to learn more.