Monday, April 26, 2010

Unit 9

Final Project 1
Running head: Final Project

Final Project
Ginger Weaver
Kaplan University

Dr. Susan Stewart

Final Project 2
I. Introduction
The health care professional must maintain a balance in their lives in order to provide the best care possible for the patient. The mind controls the entire human body and its functions. The health professional should have a psychological process that focuses on identifying destructive emotions and dysfunctional patterns and replace them with a healthier alternative. It is important to not be distracted psychologically when attempting to help a patient. Spiritually, the mind must be calmed so the healthcare professional can gradually evolve into unity consciousness and pure awareness which will benefit the patient (Dacher, 2006). Physically, it is very difficult to provide a quality healthcare if one is unable to be biologically healthy. Also, as health care professionals one must lead by example.
Personally, I need to address psychological, spiritual and physical aspects of my life. I have a recently acquired a much better understanding of my mind and how it works. Spiritually and physically, I have a great deal of work to do. I need to attend church on a regular basis, eat healthier and workout on a more consistent basis.

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II. Assessment
The way that I assessed my health in each domain was by performing the exercises and journal assignments in this class. I score my wellness in all aspects as poor. I need to invest time and effort into improving all aspects of my life. After reviewing the journals and exercises, I realized that there are patterns to my health and stress downfalls.

III. Goal Development
The goals that I have seem to be overwhelming at times. However, thanks to this class I have found that it is best to address them one goal at a time. I believe that the brain and psychological aspect of your well being is extremely is important to all aspects of health. Spiritually, I would like to implement at least twenty minutes of meditation daily using Primordial Sound Meditation (Primordial Sound Meditation). I think meditation can also help to focus my thoughts so that I am better equipped mentally to deal with all of the stressor in my life. Physically, my goal is to run at least five miles with ease. Specifically, my goal is to begin a walking regime that will evolve into running for at least thirty minutes per day.
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Psychologically, I plan to spend less time watching television and find other ways to stimulate my brain. My goal is to read at least one book per month that is outside of my usual genre or comfort zone. The first book I intend to read is Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Love and Pray.

IV. Practices for personal health
To begin with, I would like to use guided meditation which I find most helpful since I am new to meditation. I found on Deepak Chopra’s guided meditation Primordial Sound Meditation to be the easiest to follow and the one that I was more likely to focus with. I also liked the use of a Mandala to help with focus (Primordial Sound Meditation). The sound meditation and the visual meditation will aid in my efforts not only calm my mind but to help me with spiritual growth. I actually plan to implement the two together since I think they will work best together. I plan to practice meditation first thing in the morning because I will have the most time available to me without the last minute distraction of bedtime.

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The exercise program that I intend to use is the Couch to 5K by (Clark, 2010). This program begins with twenty minutes of interval walking and running which changes from week to week. This is the only program that I have found that is actually attainable. I also plan to start yoga classes at least twice a week. Yoga can help both mentally and physically. I am going to use a poster board reward system to implement these goals. I also intend to program my phone with reminders.
I have reserved the book Eat, Pray and Love from the library. This book is clearly outside of my murder mystery comfort zone but I plan to read at least one chapter per night. To improve my overall stress levels and have the ability to focus more clearly, I plan to get more and regular sleep. I am going to join the library’s book suggestion club which places books on the list you would not normally choose. I will check monthly.

V. Commitment
I will access the progress by the charts that I plan to use. I
will also be able to check my library list to see if I have read all the suggested books. Meditation and yoga success can be gauged by the amount of stress I still show. The running program will be shown as of August if I can complete five miles of running.

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Some strategies that I plan to use are my daughter and my physician. My daughter is an excellent person to hold accountable for what you say you will do. I will pay her a weekly allowance of ten dollars to make me accountable. My physician is constantly complaining about my weight, blood pressure and stress levels. I plan to see her on a monthly basis. This is a definite need in my life to address all three aspects. I now have the tools and knowledge to accomplish my goals.

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Clark, J. (n.d.). Cool Running :: The Couch-to-5K Running Plan. Ras Website . Retrieved April 26, 2010, from
Dacher, E. S. (2006). Integral Health: The Path to Human Flourishing (1st ed.). philadelphia: Basic Health Publications.
Guided Mantra Meditation and Primordial Sound Meditation | Chopra Center. (n.d.). Emotional Healing Arts Meditation Workshops | Retrieved April 26, 2010, from

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  1. Being able to identify the negative emotions and destructive stressors is half the battle. I think a lot of times things stress us out more then we are really aware of. I enjoyed reading your final and wish you the best of luck.

  2. Hello Ginger, i enjoyed reading your post and I am happy that you you are able to internalize and know just what you need to do for a fresh start. we all are a work in progress some will make it in a month some 3 months some longer but we will make it and meet again. Thank you for being a blessing by sharing your thoughts with me
    I love Deepak, He owns his beliefs!!!
    Brenda A.

  3. Hey Ginger! I read the book Eat, Pray, and Love and I loved it! I was actually backpacking across Europe while reading this book and had my own enlightening moments of my own.

    Don't be overwhelmed with all the goals and expectations you might have for yourself. We have learned a great deal about how we as humans work inside and out and how to reach human flourishing. Your goals will be met sooner or later! You can do it! Best Wishes!