For well over 35 years I’ve written about, and taught college and university courses that explored and explained the dynamic interconnection and complementary behaviors of multi-dimensional whole persons!
The most basic approach to our multi-dimensional whole persons is to look them relative to our health and wellness – that is, a dynamic and exciting blending of these six dimensions of our: 1) physical bodies; 2)minds; 3) social inclinations; 4) spirituality; 5) environmental awareness and inclinations; and 6) intrapersonal deeply personal and oft-private selves.
Over the next few weeks I’ll explore and explain each of these six dimensions in some detail, but suffice to say it’s truly a fascinating and liberating way to view our health and well-being, and an even more exciting and dynamic “base of operations” from which YOU CAN CREATIVELY MANAGE AND POSITIVELY ORCHESTRATE THE INTERACTION OF YOUR SIX DIMENSIONS TO ACHIEVE A HOST OF INTENDED OUTCOMES.
Of course, the other side of this is that if you don’t invest some time in managing and orchestrating the interaction of your six dimensions (yes, I’m implying you be creative about it), you may find life’s pretty much a crap shoot! So, for a moment think about how creative you can be. Let’s take your physical body as an area of focus, and let’s agree you have come to the conclusion that you’re 15 pounds overweight and you want to lose the weight.
If you’ve read any of my skiing, or fitness cross-training books over the years you’d know the best weight-loss strategy comes down to simply building more calorie-burning activities into your planned daily/weekly workout routines, complemented by the consumption of fewer calories.
That’s what we call simple science, but what we know about the application of simple science for most humans is the need for understanding the basis of the “simple science” (mental dimension), the need for positive feedback to confirm that what you’re doing is really working (intrapersonal dimension when you see the #s on the bathroom scale changing), the encouragement to keep going when life interrupts (social dimension, and perhaps spiritual dimension when you’ve engaged others to join you, or are in prayer for guidance and adherence to your program), indoor and outdoor opportunities for increased activity (environmental dimension), and of course, your choices for increased activity for your body (physical dimension).
What so excites me about this six dimensional model is the power and authority it gives each of us in truly orchestrating our lives, though it also holds us entirely responsible for the state of our health and well-being. True, there are genetic factors, accidents, and injuries that are often beyond our control, but I think you get the drift: you are basically in charge!
Be bold in understanding and exploring the depth of each of your six dimensions as the better you understand them, the more command you will have over them in your life, and the more exciting will be your adaptations to every sort of challenge. We’ll be studying these dimensions in more detail, and as we do, take notes and write me if you’d like. Maybe your question will be one that other readers will be thankful you asked!
Charge into life armed with the TRUTH of your six dimensions; it’s awesome to think we truly have the authority to govern our lives in ways we find both creative and constructive, and in ways we know to be orchestrated by our style of living and loving.