Using the Wholeness Wheel
The Wholeness Wheel is an excellent visual tool to help people expand their vision of the meaning of wellness or wholeness. Within our present culture wholeness or wellness is often narrowly thought of as a physical workout room, or a special diet, or medical physical rehabilitation.
To live well in Christ is to have Christ balanced in every area of one’s life. When one area is out of balance it affects the entire body. When one of the wheels of a vehicle are out of balance, the entire vehicle shakes and the ride is not enjoyable and might even be dangerous.
Written on the Back of the Wholeness Wheel
Martin Luther said, “This life, therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way.” We can’t be “whole in this life, but we can become acquainted with the wholeness to come by striving to live well in key aspects of our lives. The Wholeness Wheel is a tool we use to understand whole-person health.
We were created by Go to be social beings, living in community and instructed to help and love each other. Make time to build and maintain social well-being through interaction, play, and forgiveness. Take tome to nurture your relationships with family, friends, congregation and co-workers.
Being emotionally well means feeling the full range of human emotions and expressing them appropriately. Self-awareness is the first step. Recognizing and honoring your own feelings and those of others—stress, contentment, anger, love sadness, joy, resentment—will help you live life abundantly.
While we are not all born perfectly healthy or able to live life without injury or illness, we can live well with tending and nurturing. Honor your bod as a gift from God. Feed it healthy foods, keep it hydrated, build your physical endurance through regular exercise, and respect your body’s need for rest.
In all aspects of well-being we are called to be stewards. Good financial stewards make decisions based on their values, which is evident in the way they save, spend, and share. This understanding of stewardship embraces resilience, sustainability and generosity.
We all have a calling—a vocation—to follow Christ’s example, living a life of meaning, purpose, and service to our neighbor. Our vocations are our life’s work and passions—our everyday roles through which God call us to help make this world a better place. Those who are well vocationally are faithful stewards of their talents and abilities, and fine opportunities to build and use them.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Using our minds keeps them alert and active. Stay curious, ask questions, seek answers. Explore new responsibilities, experience new things and keep an open mind. And remember, knowing when and how to let your mind rest is s important as keeping it active.
Living a centered life focused on God affects each aspect of our well-being. Turn to God for strength as you seek to live well in Christ. Nurture your relationship with God through prayer, devotions, worship, nature, art, and music. Explore who you are and whose you are.
Praying the Wholeness Labyrinth
After you have assessed the eight areas of wellness and have made a decision as to one area for you to begin taking small, gentle steps toward wholeness/wellness, this resource is very helpful in taking daily time to pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in your journey toward a better balance in your life. One use of the Wholeness Labyrinth might be for your personal devotion and prayer time.
Another use would be for a prayer team. I would suggest the importance of inviting two or three other friends to use this tool a few times each week to pray for you. Share with them the desired outcomes of the specific area of wellness, which you have decided to begin to
practice and improve your Christ-centered balance. This prayer team becomes a wonderful support and accountability team for you.
Just a reminder, that even great resources aren’t helpful, if people do not know how to use them. Share with your prayer partners the process of how you use this resource to pray.
Knowing your desired outcomes for this area of wellness is important for the prayer team members. They should begin praying the labyrinth of the area you have chosen for your steps toward wholeness. They do not have to spend great amounts time praying in all the areas, but if the Holy Spirit moves them to do so, that would be wonderful. The prayer team members might also choose an area of wellness where they might pray for themselves as well. Always let the Holy Spirit lead and be open to new direction.