There is no particular order to explore the circle, but you should be growing in each area of your life represented by the various elements of the circle.
Each element of the circle is interdependent and can be effected by every other element. Work around the circle utilizing the resources here to improve your life, your community, and the world.
If you begin with Life Ways and work your way clockwise around the circle, you will notice that each successive area is served by and dependent upon what is before it. Think of the map as a 'dashboard' of indicators that reflect your overall wellness and effectiveness. Remember, you can always return to the map page by clicking the Map link found throughout this site. Here is a brief introduction to the resource groups that serve each area of the map:
Life Ways Resource Group. Develop your belief system. The Life Ways Resource Group explores how to get the best possible results from various belief systems and practices. The term "Life Ways" refers to the faith, religion, philosophy, world view, or belief system that governs your life. Whether you draw from one or many belief systems, we hope these resources will be helpful. [Top]
Health Resource Group. Get healthy. Increased health can have a big impact on our effectiveness and sense of well-being. Because of this, our health effects every area of our life. We hope the Health Resource Group will help you take steps to improved health, wellness, and effectiveness. [Top]
Career Management. Grow in your career. For many of us, our profession defines who we are. When we meet someone they ask, "What do you do?" As children we are asked, "What do you want to do when you grow up?" A growing career serves two important functions: (1) It produces a substantial income so we can provide for our own needs as well as the needs of others, (2) As we become more effective at what we do, we are better able to give of our talents to support the people we love and the social causes we care about. [Top]
Financial Resource Group. Manage your money. If we look after the care of an automobile, it will serve us better. Finances are no different. A small investment of time and money now toward financial management and planning can produce great returns of time and money later. Being organized financially can reduce stress, improve health, save money, produce more free time, and improve personal relationships - allowing one to be more effective and enjoy life. The Financial Resource group offers information, news, and resources for better financial management and planning. [Top]
Relationship Resource Group. Strengthen your relationships. Building strong, healthy, and vibrant relationships throughout the stages of our life is essential. For much of our life, our primary relationships will be with family. The family is perhaps the most important building block of civilization. The importance of family spans across geographical, political, and cultural boundaries even to include many animal species. Ideally, a loving family setting is where we grow up and grow old. Yet, a strong family doesn't necessarily have to be traditional or even among people who are related. It should hopefully be a healthy and loving environment of mutual respect, support, forgiveness, and encouragement. Family Life will help you explore and strengthen your family and other relationships. As your family grows stronger, you will hopefully find more joy and meaning in life. [Top]
The Activist Resource Group. Become an activist. This is where you can find links and resources to stimulate your mind and get you thinking about having an impact on your life and the world around you. Being an activist isn't a radical thing. It simply means that you are active. It means that you are passionate about something. It means that you believe tomorrow can be a better day than yesterday if we live responsibly today. It means you have hope for a better future. You can be an activist about anything: church, education, politics, the environment, human rights. Find your passion and grow in it. [Top]
Effective Living Resource Group. Accomplish more with less. As you are able to accomplish more with less time, money, energy, and resources, your overall impact will be much greater. This can mean having extra time at the end of the day to relax. It could mean having the ability to work a part-time job and earn some extra money to get out of debt, give to charity, and/or invest in training and tools that will help you be more effective. [Top]
Fostering Personal Holistic Peace
One way to foster personal peace is to explore ways to strengthen and secure the major areas of your life: family, faith, health, career, finances, activism, and effectiveness. By taking a holistic approach to wellness, you will allow the various areas of your life to work together synergistically, creating greater well-being. Here are some suggestions:
Life Ways. Spend time reading an inspirational book. Go for a walk in the park. Take time to pray and/or meditate. Listen to inspirational music. Spend time with people who inspire and encourage you.
Health. Exercise is an excellent stress reliever. Take time out to exercise every day. Go for a walk or ride a bike. Don't skip meals. Don't skip sleep. Listen to relaxing music. Practice conscientious deep breathing.
Career. Don't let stressful circumstances hinder your effectiveness at work. Look for ways to enhance your workplace and productivity at work.
Finances. Financial pressure is one of the greatest ongoing stressors. Cut back on living expenses and avoid going into debt. Consider doing something to earn more money. Look for ways to save money. Time is money, so plan your time and be mindful of your priorities.
Relationships. By strengthening your faith, health, career, and finances, you will be more equipped to serve and encourage your family and friends. Take time out to serve and socialize with family and friends.
Activism. The worst part of stress or tragedy is the sense that you can't do anything to change circumstances. Look for ways to help and encourage others. Giving of your time or finances to the Red Cross is one way to help relieve suffering around the world. There are also numerous organizations you can join and support.
Effectiveness. Keep a journal and explore ways that you can do more with less.