We are all unique yet so alike. Through life experiences as well as through my career, I have discovered many ways and different approaches to wellbeing.
When I take an integrative perspective on this matter, I look to the 5 Elements of wellbeing in a Dharmic way.
Here are 5 Elements to Support Wellbeing:
In this element, I consider the psychological aspect.
Your perspective towards life, others, yourself affect your state of mind. You can influence and clarify your mind through meditation and breathing exercises. The clarity of the mind supports your level of concentration and reflection.
You can benefit highly from daily intellectual stimulation, which challenges and trains your thought process. This will support the way you direct your attention and focus. When you open your mind to new perspectives, you open windows of possibilities that support psychological wellbeing.
When you follow your heart’s desires and use a sense of leadership to take action with positive intention, it elevates your self-esteem. The more aware you are of your talents and potential, the more clearly you can develop self-confidence. It is only when you accept who you are that you can accept others. As human beings, we experience profound feelings and drives that are unique to everyone.
But you can burn yourself or others and deny your feelings. Those imbalances can cause depression and lack of motivation. You have to nurture your fire and develop your potential to uplift your energy. You have the possibility to follow your heart and inspirations. This will provide you with a sense of wellbeing, purpose, and healthy self-esteem.
We can learn to surf the waves and direct emotional energy creatively.
Honoring our relationships and core values support wellbeing in the emotional aspect of our lives. There are no negative emotions. It is the way we perceive, process, or channel our emotions that can transform them into negative or positive. We can develop emotional intelligence when we relate to others with sensibility and respect. In this element, we also take into consideration the way we process and digest the food we eat. We can recognize if we are too attached and experience fear of letting go.
A strong foundation provides the resources needed for wellbeing. If you have unhealthy habits, you can make a shift and choose to create a healthy discipline. Listening to your body and responding to your needs is a skill that can be developed with mindfulness. A healthy diet, daily exercise routine, a good night’s sleep, and managing your resources with clarity are key to a prosperous, healthy lifestyle.
In this aspect, we consider the integration and balance between all the elements mentioned above, along with your choices, in the environment and the people you surround yourself with. What you do is not that vital. It is the way in which you do it and your intention behind it that matters. When your intention is positive and you give space for all things to align, then flow can open.
What many call luck, is a response to the dedication, trust, and presence.
When you are alert, receptive and compassionate, that is when you notice that the right thing happens at the right time with the right people. You experience overall wellbeing and bliss. You give space for all the Elements to be present and in tune with your life.
The environment you live in and the lifestyle that you choose affect your wellbeing immensely. Our surrounding influences us all. And if we are influenced that means that we also have the possibility to influence others around us in a positive way, if we choose to do so.
I invite you to take a few minutes to write down if you experience stress or imbalance in any of the Five Elements mentioned above.
You can take a few minutes to reflect and observe how you could give space to support the presence of each element in your everyday life.