Spring is emerging here in Minnesota. For me, this is a month to step back, take an inventory of where I am, what I am moving towards, what is clear and what is unclear, what is in flow, and what feels out of alignment. This season invites spring cleaning and planting. How can I make choices that support my well-being and the well-being of my neighbors locally and globally?
During this time of global distress as we witness suffering in Ukraine and across our world, I more deeply appreciate the tremendous privilege it is to have the space, time, and resources to continue my own development. This spring, I feel a sense of urgency to notice and tend to what is out of alignment. I am more aware than ever my inner and outer world is always in flux. I find peace in my daily mindfulness practices and send healing intentions and contributions to those in need.
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” Dalai Lama XIV
So, I continue to cultivate inner peace for myself and my clients as we impact outer peace to the best of our ability. In my work as a transformational coach, there are many tools and assessments I use with clients to learn more about themselves and accelerate inner peace and realizing their full potential.
As you spend a few moments today contemplating the well-being of yourself and our world, I would like to share a tool called the Wheel of Life. Sometimes we get out of balance in one area of our life or another, and we feel unclear and uncertain about what is our best and most authentic next steps forward.
The Wheel of Life is an assessment beginning with mindful self-reflection. Take a deep breath and center yourself. How satisfied are you in various aspects of your life? Taking time to honestly assess your current experience without judgement is a gift to yourself.
Imagine a Wheel of Life with various sections separated by spokes from the center to perimeter of a circle. Which areas of focus do you want to consider today?
• Health: How strong and balanced is your physical, emotional, and mental well-being?
• Finance: Do you have a sense of abundance and ease in your finances?
• Relationships: Do you have meaningful, supportive, and nurturing relationships?
• Attitude: Is your attitude influenced primarily by a steady inner mindset or chaotic external circumstances?
• Fun and recreation: Do you regularly make time for relaxing, creativity, and play?
• Career and business: Are you contributing to your work and community in a way that feels productive and impactful?
• Personal growth: What opportunities and practices do you engage in that develop you emotionally, mentally, and spiritually?
• Family: Are all members of your family encouraged to be their best self and mutually support each other?
• Social and cultural: How do you engage with diverse social and cultural ideas, people, events?
• Physical environment: Does your home and workspaces energize you?
Rank how you’re doing in each area from 1 to 10, where 10 is excellent and achieving mastery, and 1 is you couldn’t be doing any worse. When you have scored each section, imagine the perimeter of your Wheel of Life. If this were a real wheel, how bumpy would the ride be?
Which of these categories would you most like to improve?
How could you make space for these changes in your life?
What help and support might you need from others to make changes and be more satisfied with your life?
When complete, I invite you to create a few goals to support changes you desire.
We are all a work in process, individually and collectively. When you align your life with your authenticity, passions, and strengths, your example invites others to do the same.
Now is the time our community locally and globally is expanding what is possible. As Einstein reminds us, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking and consciousness that created them.” You are invited to be aligned in well-being as we co-create who we are becoming with optimal outcomes for all living beings on the planet.


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