My meditative practice this week was uplifting and calm as I closed my eyes to picture my loving grandmother who has been gone for 17 years, which I find hard to believe. I loved her with all my heart and soul because she was always there for me as a little girl and she was someone I could confide in. She always knew how to love me in all she did for me. I could visualize her and feel her right there with me. I brought her love into my heart and mind and could see different colors coming out of her and entering into me, which created such warmth, love, and compassion. I immediately experienced an inner healer through her love and the colors that flowed throughout my body. I was happy and calm. This is known as meeting Asciepius (Dacher, 2006).
Mediation has fostered an increase in my psychological and spiritual wellness by making all my troubles disappear as I begin to feel happiness and wholeness. I have such clarity and peace as I experience inner healing. This is a feeling of human flourishing and feeling closer to God. I now have an open heart and a clear understanding, which makes me feel dynamic.
The saying “one cannot lead another where one has not gone himself” (p. 477), means that you cannot teach or show some one how to experience human flourishing or the fruits of human flourishing if you have not experienced it for yourself. It is hard to explain the steps to achieve such a fulfilling life without practicing loving-kindness and the subtle mind exercises on a daily basis. The health and wellness professional would need to know and have experienced human flourishing for him or herself in order to teach this wonderful wholeness to life’s secret.
I would have an obligation to my clients to develop my health psychologically, physically, and spiritually because I have to believe in these exercises myself in order to share my knowledge and happiness with others. If I began to talk and share these wonderful steps to human flourishing with my clients then I need to believe in these powers or I will fail them. I could not begin talking about them and then talking negatively about people or myself, otherwise I would look like a quack. People would no longer seek my services and I would lose clients this way.
I could implement psychological and spiritual growth in my personal life by practicing the loving-kindness and subtle-mind exercises, keeping an open mind, and experiencing peace, harmony, love, and my inner happiness which will flourish outward toward others. My health will improve too when I do meet Asciepius because I have experienced inner healing and love.
Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc.