Wow! What a relaxing exercise this one was for me after I was able to get into it. At first, I had trouble trying to memorize each of the four lines, so I did the best I could with the words and made the key words stand out as I closed my eyes and repeated the phrases for the 10-minutes the exercise called for. I felt so in touch with my inner self or should I say my mind and body. I experienced a love for all things and calmness, known as universal love (Dacher, 2006).
As far as the integral assessment, I discovered I need to focus more on my weight and nutrition in order to experience happiness and a healthier me. I find my weight gets me down a lot and makes me feel self-conscious too as I go through the same old clothes trying to find clothes that hide my stomach. This is not always an easy task. I purposely did not plan a vacation to the beach this year because I do not want to deal with putting on a bathing suit and feeling how fat I am in one. I really have to work on my weight and plan to do so in another few weeks, as soon as school ends. I have already started walking at lunch time these past couple of weeks, but I go back to eating sweets and junk food, which is not a healthy choice but sugar seems to be an addiction with me. These are the areas I need to focus on for growth and development. I would like to lose at least 20-25 pounds by the end of this year and make this my goal to experience human flourishing and integral health. I know I can do this but need to put my mind to this in order to accomplish my goal. I want to be in better shape for me and my family. I want to be able to fit back into one of my old pair of jeans that I haven’t worn in over 15-years and feel great. I will make time to put one hour in each day in the evenings for a cardiovascular workout to an aerobic tape at least five days a week. I will continue walking for 30-minutes each day too during lunch and on days that it is raining, I will be sure to take a walk on the treadmill in the fitness gym at work just to be sure I stay on top of my routine and do not slack. I will increase my water drinking to be sure I have my eight glasses of water per day. Maybe this will take away some of my cravings for chocolate or anything with sugar. I just have to start with working out because everything will begin to fall into place once I start feeling better. I have noticed in the past that once I begin working out, then I begin to eat healthier. I will have to continue to be aware of what I put into my mouth by keeping a journal and documenting the foods that I eat each day and asking myself “Do I really need this?” before putting it into my mouth. Once I am able to retrain my way of thinking, my goal should be accomplished. I would like to continue the same goals for next year as far as my weight loss. If I could lose another 20-pounds by the end of next year, then I will have lost 40 pounds and will be in better shape than what I am now. Imagine how I will feel after losing that much weight? The wonders this will do to my self-esteem, self-conscious, health, and happiness will lead me to psychological flourishing and integral health. Wish me luck!
Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc.