While doing some research, I stumbled upon this publication on The Six Dimensions of Wellness. Interesting read. As I was reading through the different sections, I could not help but think about my personal journey in the past few months along with Rebellious Intl’s mission – lifestyle transformations and empowerment. While some people look at this mission as a bunch of hype words, I view them as my responsibility, job and passion. Yes, I do believe that what I do matters. I do love bringing awareness and seeing people make small changes because of something I did or said. Yes, I love that!
Changing habits or a lifestyle is not an easy thing to do. Changing a lifestyle for a month or two to lose weight or to accomplish a short-term goal is one thing. Creating habits that last a lifetime, that’s another thing.
Starting my own business has led me to some unanticipated discoveries and challenges, and this article spoke to me, as if it were written for me. Allow me to explain…
To begin with, I found it relevant that the model is emphasized as interdependent. Yes, wellness means more than one thing. Unfortunately, most people associate wellness with being skinny or not being sick. However, wellness expands way beyond that and has multiple dimensions that cross paths to create the best version of us ( I know, Rebellious lingo).
Let’s look at each dimension noted in this article:
” It is better to choose a career which is consistent with our personal values, interests, and beliefs than to select one that is unrewarding to us”.
I didn’t find my finance job unrewarding. There were definitely aspects of it that I enjoy doing. But there was something missing. I would often think of my mom’s job – she is now retired but is a PhD in Biochemistry and did much research, some of it on cancer. In her entire successful career, she didn’t make as much as I did. I only have an MBA in Finance. My jobs had their stressful moments. However, I would sometimes wonder of the true value of what I do for society. Like – mom is working on curing cancer. I am working on creating reports. Now, if you are a finance person reading this, please know that I am not downing what we do. There is space for everyone’s skill set and interest and, based on pay, Finance is a more in demand than science and, finance and the numbers are obviously core to a company’s success. I often hear the statement: “I can’t believe you left a Finance job to teach Pilates”. Yes, I did. I find working with people extremely rewarding. I thrive on their wins and accomplishments brought in with dedication and hard work.
To give you an example, last week, I was privileged to have as a student a gentleman who has gone through stroke leaving one of his arms without control. A couple of years back, he practiced as a very successful surgeon. Great person with great energy! I introduced myself, we shook hands.
He said: “Now, don’t be gentle with me!”
I smiled: “I promise, I won’t!”
He did amazingly well in class! It wasn’t easy but he pushed through. He was working hard, he was sweating. He left with a smile. Now, neither him nor you probably know that this guy is a huge motivation for ME. He inspired me. I loved his dedication to get stronger. I loved that he didn’t quit and kept going even when it wasn’t easy. I left the studio thinking that I am beyond blessed to be given to opportunity to help people get stronger, in many ways.
Which takes me to #2:
“The physical benefits of looking good and feeling terrific most often lead to the psychological benefits of enhanced self-esteem, self-control, determination and a sense of direction.”
Completely agree. As we know, it is usually physical wellness that people consider a top priority, and, sadly, it is usually tied to external looks. Now, do not get me wrong, looks matter, agreed. However, have you ever met a gorgeous person, talk to him/ her for a few minutes and all of a sudden wonder where the beauty went? Yes, I am a huge fan of internal beauty, and if you are a friend of mine, I will tell you that you are beautiful on the inside! Digressing….While there is no denial that physical activity influences the waistline, there are bigger benefits to fitness. When I take my little one for a run with me, she usually starts complaining that her legs and behind hurt. So I tell her this means that her muscles are getting stronger. When she tells me her heart is beating more, I tell her her heart is getting stronger. When she wants to turn around and go back home, I tell her we need to change the thinking. We start repeatedly singing:
“Fly like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
Sometimes I will have her race me. She gets so motivated that she is ahead, she doesn’t even realize she is running quicker after just complaining her muscles burn. It is an amazing thing the mind can do for fitness and fitness can do for the mind. If you have ever taken a class with me, you have probably heard me say:
When the mind quits, the body quits!
Yes, I fully believe that to be the case. Fitness does wonders for our body, mind, and soul – from the stress relief, to the flow of endorphins, to the neurological improvements in the body, to the impact on the waistline to the freeing effect on the body. This is why physical activity is one of Rebellious Intl pillars.
Let’s go out of order to:
“You’ll be able to arrive at personal choices and decisions based upon the synthesis of feelings, thoughts, philosophies, and behavior. You’ll live and work independently while realizing the importance of seeking and appreciating the support and assistance of others. You’ll be able to form interdependent relationships with others based upon a foundation of mutual commitment, trust, and respect. You’ll take on challenges, take risks, and recognize conflict as being potentially healthy. “
Making the jump into my own business was for sure based on synthesis noted in the first sentence. The second and third sentences tie very closely to Rebellious Intl mission to work with other wellness professionals to offer a wealth of services to those serious about change. The last sentence – I have always been a believer that being honest in communication is key. It is so much easier to know where you stand than to have to guess based on subjective overanalysis. I appreciate straight forward people. That’s one reason I loved living in NYC; New Yorkers tend to tell you exactly what they think. If there is conflict, I am a huge believer in communication and discussion. If we can’t get it resolved through talking and hearing each other out, how can anything get resolved?!?
“A well person expands his or her knowledge and skills while discovering the potential for sharing his or her gifts with others.”
That is pretty much the journey I have been on the past couple of years. Learning, growing, seeking, sharing. Yes, I love events where I share what I have learned, what I do, how that can help. Some people call me an ‘educator’, some people appreciate the awareness, others get annoyed :-). It’s ok, I have learned that not everyone is where I am and that is perfectly ok.
“Your search will be characterized by a peaceful harmony between internal personal feelings and emotions and the rough and rugged stretches of your path. While traveling the path, you may experience many feelings of doubt, despair, fear, disappointment and dislocation, as well as feelings of pleasure, joy, happiness and discovery. These are all important experiences and components to your search and will be displayed in the value system you will adapt to bring meaning to your existence. You’ll know you’re becoming spiritually well when your actions become more consistent with your beliefs and values, resulting in a “world view.”
Yes! These statements! Yes, that has been my life, especially in the past few months. I don’t know how to describe all this to someone who hasn’t taken the path. It it a crazy journey! Brutal yet rewarding, painful yet happy….much self doubt, much encouragement, much fear, much hope, much disappointment, much fulfillment. A mix of ups and downs but leaving you stronger, empowered to what was ones unimaginable. Ha, that’s what people mean when they talk about ’empowerment’. Little did I know at the start of my journey that the first empowered had to be me 🙂
“As you travel a wellness path, you’ll become more aware of your importance in society as well as the impact you have on multiple environments. You’ll take an active part in improving our world by encouraging healthier living and initiating better communication with those around you. You’ll actively seek ways to preserve the beauty and balance of nature along the pathway as you discover the power to make willful choices to enhance personal relationships and important friendships, and build a better living space and community.”
I just don’t know what to say….I had no idea that was referred to as ‘social wellness’. Yes, this is what I do. I want to make the world a better place, I want to change lives, I want to leave a mark, I want to improve the community, I want to raise awareness for kids, I want to improve my family’s habits…I guess I am on a quest to social wellness.
All and all, I found this article and interesting read and one that was very much relatable to me. It make me think as well as reinforce my personal transformational path to wellness. Is it perfect? Heck no! Is it in progress? Heck yes!
Are you on your way to wellness? Drop a note if Rebellious Intl can help you get there!