Our circle of focus is expanding.
1-"Survival mode" is the first dimension of life. It is the most basic instinct of all living creatures. When we ensure our own survival, we love ourselves, and our circle expands.
2- Body: Taking care of your physical body, through healthy foods, enjoyable exercise and stress reduction skills expands your circle of love a little larger. You will have more capacity to learn and grow.
3- Mind: The circle expands as you study and research the things that capture your interest. You discover your gifts and talents, and develop your life purpose.
4- Spirit: Expansion continues as you realize that you are a creative being and can create the things you want out of life. You connect to the divine and experience a greater capacity for love and acceptance of your true self.
Service to Self: These four together creates personal well-being, yet your circle continues to expand to include others.
Service to Others: You move your focus from the foundation work of serving self, to the fulfilling work of serving others.
5- Family: Our friends and family members are the first "others" we serve, with such strong bonds of love that you can't enjoy happiness unless they too are enjoying happiness. When they hurt, you hurt, because they are in your heart's expanding circle of love.
6- Community: As the heart grows in capacity for love we begin to see our fellow man in a new and compassionate light. Everyone we pass catches our attention, as we begin to notice the needs of others. Our expanding circle has room for the strangers all around us.
7- Humanity: When we serve others in our local area, it seems to cause our circle to expand large enough for all mankind, all creatures, great and small. We begin to realize that we are all one connected being called "Earth." We receive energy from the sun, from nature, and from all races, religions and cultures. We are at peace with all things, come what may.
We all have a deep Emotional Need to be part of a community or a “tribe” and to feel connected to others in a meaningful way. However, living in a community that does not love and accept us can leave us feeling lonely in a crowd. In fact, UCLA states that 3 out of 4 people in the U.S. show signs of serious loneliness. They found a connection between loneliness and a premature death. Approximately 42.6 million adults over age 45 in the United States are estimated to be suffering from chronic loneliness. The Harvard Study of Adult Development discovered that loneliness seems to be a better predictor of people's physical health at age 80 than their cholesterol levels.
According to the responses from Gallop polls gathered over several decades in over 150 countries, the number of people who report a sense of well-being on all seven levels are less than 7%. And based upon the growing number of people on anti-depressants, that number is on the decline for all types of people, regardless of race, religion, or nationality. This workbook intends to explore this subject and pinpoint the gaps in our support system that might be responsible in part for the wide-spread lack of well-being around the world. What is missing in today’s society that produces such loneliness and despair? Once identified, we can focus our think tanks filling in those gaps. We hope that every participant will join us for this important next step on their pathway to greater well-being.
This course starts by teaching how to create an environment of well-being. You will learn the 7 Elements of Well-Being and become familiar with the emotional needs that are common to all people no matter what their unique circumstances may be. Knowing this, we can formulate a plan that will assist any group in their goal of creating an environment of well-being.
Over the course of 10 30-minute sessions, this workshop you will learn how to gain well-being as well as how to offer well-being to others. You will be taught how to create an environment of well-being in your home, your school, or your workplace.
Learning the difference between “physical needs” and “emotional needs” you will learn the art of self-care that will improve your own well-being significantly. About half-way through the 10 sessions the program takes a fundamental shift in perspective from gaining well-being to offering well-being. This shift causes immediate improvements in your overall sense of well-being, elevating yourself from the "needy recipient" to the "compassionate hero." You will be empowered to change the world around you through projects that we accomplish as a group. Every project starts as a Well-Being Think Tank.
5-FAMILY connections and close friends that deeply impact our well-being. Their well-being impacts our well-being and our well-being impacts theirs.
We also have the need to “belong” and to be “known” in the...
6-COMMUNITY That tribal connection plays a role in our well-being. And we impact the well-being of our community. If you don’t believe that, think how one person in your community can change everything just by dumping their trash along the highway or waving a gun around at the mall. You make your community a safe and beautiful by being peaceful and friendly and taking good care of the environment.
But many of us are realizing that even when all these elements are in place and working well, there is still another element to well-being. We need to know that the world we live in is a safe and beautiful place. It is not enough to have well-being on a personal level because the condition of all...
7-HUMANITY has an impact on us and we have an impact on all HUMANITY. But most of us don’t realize the how much we each do to make the world a safe and beautiful place, because there is still so much chaos and suffering in the world. This leads to fear and concern which has a very direct impact on our sense of well-being.
This is when we begin to realize that the planet connects us into one organism and what happens to one happens to all.
Just knowing that millions of people suffer around the world keeps us from experiencing true and lasting peace no matter how good we have it here at home, because we are connected beings who can feel the pain of all humanity. This may be the reason why so many experience depression even though they have everything going for them. And this is as it should be because what kind of people would we be if it didn’t bother us at all?