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Self Care Tool: The Wheel of Life

In the Buddhist tradition, the image of the bhavacakra (pictured above) is a symbolic representation of saṃsāra (cyclic existence). It is found on the outside walls of Tibetan Buddhist temples and monasteries and is believed to have been created by the Buddha himself, in order to help ordinary people understand Buddhist teachings.

Just as the bhavacakra is an awareness tool for Buddhist principles, the Wheel of Life  is an awareness tool for you to get an eagle eye view of your life, so that you can bring it into alignment with your goals and intentions. I've used this tool for more than 10 years in my own life and my coaching practice. It's a handy tool to give you a snapshot of your life right now.

It is called the “Wheel of Life” because each area of your life is mapped on a circle, like the spoke of a wheel. The concept was originally created by Paul J. Meyer, founder of Success Motivation Institute, Inc. It is designed for you to evaluate your level of satisfaction in six areas of your life by rating yourself on a scale of 1-10 (1 not satisfied; 10 very satisfied). Here are the original areas: Family & Home, Financial & Career, Mental & Educational, Physical & Health, Social & Cultural, Spiritual & Ethical.

Are you ready to take this tool for a whirl?

How to Use the Wheel of Life Tool

wheel of lifeIf you do a Google search on ‘Wheel of Life' you'll find many, many different versions. The image to your right illustrates just one of the hundreds available.

Here's a guided shift to help you get a sense of your Wheel of Life:

You'll notice it has 8 spokes, not 6 as originally designed. I have included a Wheel of Life worksheet that I used at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

The eight sections (Spirituality, Home Environment, Relationships, Social Life, Joy, Health, Career, Creativity, Finances, Education) in the Wheel of Life are one way of representing a whole life.

 

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Let's get a snapshot of your Wheel of Life:

  1. Download the Wheel of Life worksheet.
  2. Take a look at the different life areas on the worksheet. If the categories aren't a good fit, modify them to your liking.
  3. Mark your current level of satisfaction within each segment by placing a dot on the line of each life area, the closer to the center being less satisfied, and the closer to the outer circle more satisfied
  4. Connect the dots and ‘draw your wheel.' Notice the shape. Can that wheel roll in its current condition?

Out of Balance Wheel If yes, “Yay for you!” If not, pick 1-2 life areas that you want to focus on most during our time together. You might also select one action step in the direction of improving that area and write it down within the wheel spoke of that life area.

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The Wheel of Life is a wonderful assessment to capture where you are at the beginning of your self care adventure. It is a powerful tool that helps you identify imbalances and re-align your life to what truly matters. Let's dive in!

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How to Get Started (When You Don’t Know How)

It's disconcerting to know there's a change to make but you're not quite sure how you'll manage it.

When I'm at the crossroads of what's next I still feel some of this. After all this time – and all this practice- I confess that the prospect of change can still skew my point of view.

How do you make the best of it? How do you still move forward when you're feeling stuck?How can you take action when the road, never mind the destination, is uncertain and unclear?

First: Find Your Inner Pulse

Before you get started on your next step, this exercise can help you access and align with your inner creative forces. Real change occurs from the inside out. Let's get in touch with what wants to come into being in your world over the next 30 Days.

Resist the temptation to come from your head in this exercise. Drop deeply into your heart. Go for the deep dive.

1. Find a quiet space to go within and explore.Open to the secret spaces, the ones you hold closely and hesitate to fully embrace (let alone share with others). Allow your innermost longings to arise, to surface, to come to light.

What dreams are ready to rise? What things are you a stand for? What makes your heart sing? ;What excites you always? What is it time for?

2. Grab a pen and paper to journal your experience. Allow your pen to move across the page and capture your heart's whispers. Jot down your thoughts, feelings and wild imaginings. (No censoring!)

3. Share what you've discovered. Once you've completed this exercise, read what you've written out loud. Rewrite if you feel moved to. Share it with a close friend. Tweak until it feels like a fit. [Caution: Don't hold out for perfection.]

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Second: Pick A Pathway

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All change begins with a first step.
That's ALL it takes.

Now that you have some idea of what's stirring within. Notice the possible pathways that are unfolding. Pick one and journey on that road. There are many roads to travel. What matters is that you start the adventure.

Don't get caught up on the ‘right road' or the ‘perfect step.' There's no such thing. It's a common entanglement on the adventure of evolution. The problem lies when you start second guessing that first step. There might be a knee-jerk reaction as to why you can't take that first step. There may even be a chorus of voices telling you you're crazy to take that first step.

Here's what I've learned … Don't listen to the disempowering voices. Feel for the pulse of what's calling your name. Feel the heartbeat of what's yours to create, to live.

It doesn't matter what aspect of change calls … your body or business, home or health. It's taking the steps in the direction of your vision which activates the flow of abundance. An abundance that will litter your doorstep once you make some kind of movement

Pssst … It doesn't even have to be a BIG step. Just one step. That's all it takes to activate the essence of what you want to bring into being.

This is a partnership, darlings. Life extends its hand with countless opportunities. You only need say, “Yes!” ‪Let's lay the groundwork to percolate and power up what's possible.

Get your sparkles on!

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