Looking at the Octahedron: Mental and Emotional, Physical and Spiritual BY WINSTON PRICE
I hope you all did well in your geometry classes. In past posts I alluded to a fitness square with the corners representing the Physical, the Spiritual, the Emotional and the Mental portions of oneâs health. Well hereâs the thing. The square is actually a Regular Octahedron. Just in case you need a reminder, a regular octahedron is a Platonic solid composed of eight equilateral triangles, four of which meet at each vertex. When looking at oneâs fitness as an octahedron, one vertex represents physical health, the other vertex symbolizes oneâs spiritual health and the square plane is where oneâs mental and emotional health reside. Marking the square ABCD ( ABCD); if point A denotes emotional health, then point C will equal mental health and the line segments joining angle BAD (â BAD) and angle DCB (â DCB) construct the connective measures of the angles directly connecting the mental and emotional states of oneâs being at multiple points and allowing that there are four points that connect mental and emotional states to oneâs physical self and four points that connect mental and emotional states to oneâs spiritual self. This structure allows for the notion that oneâs mental and emotional health directly affect their physical and spiritual health; also it notes that oneâs physical health and spiritual health directly connect to oneâs emotional and mental health. However, it does not allow that the spiritual and physical states are directly connected. I contend that oneâs physical and spiritual health factors are indirectly connected by the physical and spiritual states being equally connected to the mental and emotional states. So allowing this to be true, oneâs emotional and mental states are directly connected; oneâs physical, emotional, and mental states are directly connected; and also, oneâs spiritual, emotional, and mental states are directly connected.
I separate the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual states into two groups: Group 1 and Group 2; Group 1 consisting of the mental and emotional states of a being, and the physical and spiritual states representing Group 2. When working on health and wellness, to make sure you are working most efficiently, work either group or both, not just one part of any group or one from each. Also, make sure not to solely work on one group. Make sure that both groups are worked on fittingly. If one part or group is anemic, then the entire system and each part therein, will not be at their most efficient. Donât over focus on one part or group; this will cause a critical imbalance. Over working a part or group within the system has a tendency to negatively affect that part or group and the other parts or group causing a myopic mindset and a negatively skewed viewpoint toward the other parts or group of which are not being properly attended.
I believe that a fully healthy person will have a positively balance octahedron with all points and connections equally interacting with one another. Having a positively balanced octahedron is something I feel many people do not adequately work toward when focusing on being a healthy being. I believe that most will only work on singular parts. I also believe that the greatest problems people have are dealing with their mental and emotional states of health because it is far too complicated for people to have the acumen of understanding their intrapersonal natures, necessities and desires. I believe that it is far easier for one to be able to handle their physical and spiritual health because they are quickly given feedback from their social environment to tell them what is right and what is not. I believe we are educated socially on what is to be correct , and have quick and abundant social/civil grading on how they are by those we are a part. It seems to me that cultures easily command to those of their populace what is physically and spiritually expectable; and have cultural rules and regulations in place to grade and critique. However, there seems to me to be a more obscure sight on the mental and emotional grade of oneâs self because they find that communicating on an intrapersonal level is far too difficult because whatever one feels and thinks may directly conflict with how one was socially educated. Example, we are all told that we are to equally love one another no matter what, spiritual regulation by society; however, if you emotionally or mentally love someone the wrong way you are evil and improper. We are given a proper measure of physical health, body fat percentage; however, if you believe differently and feel better as oneâs self at being either over or under that measure you are demonized as an individual. Also something that I believe puts a great strain on being mentally and emotionally healthy is that there is no rational measure. Itâs all conjecture. We are told how to look and how to act toward others; however, we are told that if there is anything that makes us believe that what we are taught is not correct then whatever that is will be evil and wrong, and that has a tendency to our mental and emotional state, because as the octahedron dictates, our mental and emotional states of being are directly connected to our physical and spiritual realities. It is difficult to be open and honest about oneâs inner self when who we truly are, mentally and emotionally, might turn us into a demon in the eyes of our society. It is easier to look the part and act the part.
So the point: before you enter, and/or continue, on your journey of being healthy, become an expert on your Self, your inner self. Become comfortable with your Self and what you are mentally and emotionally willing to do and capable of doing to better understand who you are, what you want and what you are willing to do to get it. Work from the inside to the outside. Work on the outside to the inside. Work on directly affecting everything.
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Winston Price, Executive Producer, has over a decade and a half of marketing, advertising and public relations experience. He began his business career in 1995 and is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington. Winston also is a master martial artist and personal trainer with over 2 decades of knowledge and experience. Winston runs his own school, Internal Magnification Martial Arts, where he focuses on helping people reach their personal goals of health and fitness via At-Home personal training with martial foci of Taekwondo, Tai Chi Châuan, Hapkido and Ba Gua Zhang. As an executive producer for VoiceAmerica, Winston utilizes his skills in business and personal training to help new and existing hosts maximize their opportunity with the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network by supporting his hosts with the business and personal aspects of creating and developing their show. Winston believes that each host brings their own flavor to the Network. By properly coaching and motivating his hosts, they are able to produce THEIR show with THEIR style and THEIR passion being at the forefront of every broadcast.