I would like to quickly share with you the idea of 4-D (4-Dimensional) Living: being healthy in heart, mind, spirit and body.
What does this 4-D Living concept look like in practical terms?
I’ll give you a few examples:
- Having HEALTHY, LOVING Relationships with others and yourself: developing deep meaningful, loving and caring relationships with friends and family, whilst being open to creating new relationships with strangers, acquaintances, and colleagues.
- Living with an open heart full of L-O-V-E!
- Practicing self-love because how can you love others when you don’t love yourself? I practice self-love by saying ‘no’ to Negative Self-Talk (NST) like, ‘you are a failure!’ and saying ‘yes’ to positive affirmations like, ‘you have suffered setbacks, but you’re still standing and persevering. Well done!’ And I am learning everyday: the success is in your journey!
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27
Also read: Romans 12:9-21 for how to action Love. And Love Does by Bill Goff.
- Intellectual Reading, Learning & Connecting Professionally: Reading subjects that intrigue you for learning and growth, and to stimulate new positive patterns of thinking. fFor me this includes but is certainly not limited to: leadership, management, law, mental strength, NLP, sporting success, inspirational stories, biographies and autobiographies of influential members of society (past and present). E.g. read my review on one of Virgin Founder, Sir Richard Branson’s book here which provides you with 5 steps for business success.
- Attending Meetup events for personal and professional development and connections
- Attending Mastermind Group Meetings and collaborating on new and exciting projects that make a difference in my own and others’ lives.
“Once you stop learning, you start dying.” – Albert Einstein
When your spirit is tired or crushed or restless, you sense its outworking in your perhaps uncharacteristically negative behaviour and emotions. But when your spirit is heavy, what can you do to relieve and uplift it?
Spiritual enrichment occurs through (non-exhaustive list):
- meditation on God’s word
- meditation (other)
- practicing mindfulness
- managing your negative emotions, for example staying calm in the midst of uncertainty, anxiety or anger or striving to overcome perfectionism.
In Christianity the Holy Spirit provides wisdom, discernment and other spiritual gifts to enrich and positively influence a person’s character and whole being, so one’s own spirit should be enriched in such a way to do a similar thing.
- Working out
- eating healthily
- managing aches, pains and ailments with best healing practices, and being open to holistic therapies. (Check out All About Healthy Choices for some regular motivation and information in this area.)
As an athlete you’d think this healthy body concept would be pretty easy for me, but as you have read in my nutritional Fabulous Foodie series (to provide healthy-eating ideas), this is easier said than done because of my sweet tooth!
“Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.” – Edward Smith-Stanley (1752-1834) (3x Prime Minister of the UK)
You only have one body that has to last you a lifetime. Treat it beautifully and you will live a blessed life.
What do you think of this 4-D Living concept?
I think, as with a lot of things in life, balance is key. In the past I might have been able to tick the boxes in body, mind and heart, but my spiritual enrichment was lacking, or perhaps I only had two out of four on track. Thankfully these days, I am a lot more balanced, simply because I have aligned myself with this 4-D lifestyle and putting #GodFirst in everything.
How about you? On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself in each area (heart, mind, spirit, & body)?
If you’re not at 10, contact me below for a 30-minute complimentary 4-D AMPLIFY Transformation Session. My purpose is to inspire and equip you to achieve amazing things, overcome any obstacle and believe in yourself no matter what! So if you’re not a 10, get in touch today.