The Complete Person: Starting With the Basics
By Dr. James P. Urban
We've all heard about coaches pounding away at what they refer to as "the fundamentals." In other words, the basic skills and techniques of their sport. So for our purposes, what are the basics? For me, the basics components of The Complete Person fall into four easily comprehendible groups: Mind, Body, Spirit and Heart. To ignore any one is to limit options, possibilities and, ultimately, total success in reaching the higher level of living and being each of us strives to reach.
The Complete Person
I find analogies often get my points across much better than detailed explanations, which can create the "eyes glazed over" response. So, here goes.
Imagine you - your entire self, physical, mental, spiritual, energy field ... any and every aspect of you - are a car or other sophisticated machine. We all know, on some level, that today's vehicles are made up of multiple systems, each of which has a number of components that must function together in a tightly choreographed relationship. Without getting technical, they have to work together closely. Beyond that, each of the systems, when called on, must function correctly with the other systems in the vehicle.
It's not much of a stretch to think of us in the same way. Each of our major components must be "tuned up" in order to perform at its peak. Only then can we experience our entire "machine" reaching its highest possible level of performance.
OK, not much new here, but it's worth mentioning as a starting point.
These are the areas I strive to excel in:
1) My focus on the four major components of the Complete Person - Mind, Body, Spirit and Heart and how they function individually and synergistically;
2) The carefully screened and selected, highly effective products, tools and free information available through this resource and;
3) My ability to guide and support you as you integrate the "tuned up" components of your Complete Person in your journey to reach higher and higher levels of personal living.
A Word About Simplicity
Have you ever had the experience of being confronted with something that, at first, seemed overwhelmingly complex or foreign only to realize later, after overcoming the learning curve, that it wasn't really all that complicated? With hindsight, you were able to say, "I though it was more complicated than it really was. It was actually simpler than I thought." The experience of many of our most accomplished practitioners is like that.
With our support and guidance, these successful individuals have been able to make educated decisions and choices; those that have enabled them to reach successively higher levels of personal performance and satisfaction. The "ah-ha moment" almost universally is when they realize that instead of getting more and more difficult to identify their personal next level, it actually gets easier. That's because with increased sophistication comes clarity of mind (read that as simplicity) and of purpose. The further you go on your journey to personal development, the clearer, less cluttered your path. It's just that ... well, simple.
The Four Components of The Complete Person: Mind, Body, Spirit and Heart
At the beginning of this article, I referred to coaches drilling their players on the fundamentals, or basics, of their sport. Good coaches place a high value on the fundamentals because they are "fundamental" to each player's success and to that of the entire team. I agree.
With that in mind, let's briefly cover a working definition of each of our basics and how they impact the success of our practitioners.
The mind is where all the chatter exists; the chatter that includes things like self-doubt and conflicting messages. These are the killers of personal progress. They tend to paralyze us. They keep us from making decisions for fear of making a costly mistake. In truth, not making a choice or decision can be far more costly, if only in terms of our self-esteem and faith in our own judgment. My goal to help you quiet the negative chatter and open your mind to the positive, supportive messages that will energize your personal journey. We provide lots of help.
Of our four basics, the body is the most obvious and easiest to comprehend. Most people start their personal journey here. That's OK. The body is where the other basic components live. Some people, however, never move beyond the body. That's OK, too, if that's where they want to limit their journey. For me, personally, and for all of us at Natural Healing Tools.com, the health and well being of the body can only be maximized when proper attention is paid to the Mind, Spirit and Heart.
The list of products, tools and information to enhance the body and its functions that is available from countless sources is long, to be sure. Our resource is filled with them. The difference in what you will find here and what you find elsewhere is that every item we offer has been individually reviewed screened and hand picked for its content, intended purpose and compatibility with everything else offered here. Be advised that different products - including the ones we offer - work differently, and sometimes not at all, for different people. But know this: if we offer it, we use it or have used it. It's our guarantee of authenticity.
Our intent in offering a wide variety of products, tools and information for the body is two-fold. First, to offer you only the best-of-category by eliminating inferior and ineffective products and misleading information. Second, to offer you reasonable choices in various categories and help you decide which will work best for you - today and tomorrow.
This isn't what you might be thinking. Yes, it has to do with energy, but not the kind you get from Red Bull or another energy drink. It comes from connecting with what might be called "your higher self." No, this is not especially "touchy-feely" stuff. It is fundamentally human! We all experience the connection, or at least the need to connect, in one way or another. Humans have been doing it for all of recorded time. For some, the connection roots itself in a religious context. For others, it might be as simple as living in greater harmony with nature. But the need to take oneself to a higher level of consciousness and connect with a higher existence or power is very real. Filling the need to connect with one's higher self gives us strength and resilience we didn't know we had. It reveals and makes possible things never dreamed. Call it mind over matter, if that works for you. Whatever you call it, whatever it is, it works and it helps everything else work better!
Spirit, as we consider it, is a bit foreign for some. Even those who recognize and accept Spirit as part of their Complete Person can have difficulty defining it. Not to worry. We'll ease you into the subject and help you drill down as deep into it as you decide to go.
Ah, yes, Heart. The catalyst for all parts of The Complete Person. It's easy to over-complicate the subject of Heart, so let's not.
Here's another analogy: electricity. While amperage does the work, voltage provides the power that gets the work done. So it is with heart. Heart equals passion. Without passion there's nothing but ... (you fill in the blank.) Heart is the fuel that will power you to ever-higher levels of personal performance and satisfaction.
We think that like Spirit, Heart is somewhat difficult for some people to grasp. Our job, then, becomes two-fold: 1) to help you understand and internalize the essence of Heart and 2) to help you understand the central role Heart plays in enabling you to become a more Complete Person. Once you understand number one, number two will be easy.
To understand Heart, think about some decision you made half-heartedly, only to regret it later on. The decision wasn't authentic because you didn't make it from the Heart. Or put another way, when you do something with "all your heart and soul," you do it without limitation. You do it with passion. That's because you are acting from the Heart.
Like Spirit, the subject of Heart is very deep. We'll stay with you, however deep you want to drill down.
While it's not one of our fundamentals, I feel we must pay attention to the subject of the environment in which we work, live, love and thrive. Much has been written about the advantages and, particularly, the disadvantages of the environment - physical and emotional - that envelopes our daily lives. No need to debate or belabor it here. Just know that I take the environment that surrounds us very seriously. I am constantly looking to find products, tools and information on this to help you improve and maximize your environment.
The Complete Person includes Mind, Body, Spirit and Heart. Ignore any one and you limit your options and possible successes. Natural Healing Tools exists so that you can have ready access to a robust resource for maximizing all four components of The Complete Person, then integrate and balance them to achieve the higher level of personal living you want for yourself.
All the best to you as you begin - or extend - you journey. I'll be anxious to learn about your successes! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. James Urban, Founder Natural Healing Tools
About the Author
James P. Urban DC is the president of Natural Healing Tools Inc., a company providing health and wellness tools and current up-to-date information geared towards a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Urban is co-founder of the ATP online learning program Complete Human Being.
He is a graduate of the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic.
Dr. Urban has been teaching seminars on health, fitness and wellness solutions for the last 10 years.
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