I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man’s life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience.

—Martin Buber

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Arctic Dreams

“No culture has yet solved the dilemma each has faced with the growth of a conscious mind: how to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.” – Barry Lopez

Lopez, Barry Holstun, and Robert Macfarlane. Arctic Dreams Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape. Vintage Classic, 2014.

Integrative Holistic Medicine: Balancing Mind, Body & Soul

Biopsychosocial Approach to Human Behavior 

Many biopsychosocial factors contribute to the understanding of human behavior.  These include incorporating the human experience as a balance between mind, body and spirit.  Contributing factors also include the physical environmental circumstances that affect prosocial control of expectations and may also contribute to subsequently identified maladaptive behaviors.  Biopsychosocial factors can be related to the psychosomatic symptoms in consequence of stress-related adrenal fatigue as well as information overload.  Somatic symptoms in response to an increase in cortisol directly correlates human biological symptoms with psychological factors of the human mind.  With biopsychosocial analysis of the human body, there is no separation between these bodily functions(Hutchison, 2015).  

The Importance of an Integrative Practice 

When integrating mind, body, and spirit as key concepts to the biopsychosocial factors contributing to the understanding of human behavior, it’s important to look at the human body as a whole.  This may also include integrating spirituality into the human experience, and it may help human service providers to comprehend an in-depth perspective on behavior.  Culture and spirituality help to understand humans as whole and create an opportunity for incorporating holistic healing into behavioral health practices.  

Contemporary medicinal practices in western society include existential and humanistic approaches which treat a person, medicinally and behaviorally, as whole.  The mind, body and soul (connected by biopsychosocial approaches) are the most useful ways in understanding human behavior.  Biological, psychological and social approaches create the holistic perspective of human behavior(Hutchison, 2015).  Complimentary medicine is a form of alternative care that is used in tangent to traditional medicine, whereas; alternative medicine is a form of non-mainstream practices that are used to replace traditional western practices(nih.gov, 2018).  The key to holistic wellness is to create an integrative system, combining traditional and alternative medicine.  Incorporating different pathways of healing allows humans an equal opportunity to be treated as whole.

Multidimensional Factors in Understanding Behavior and Current Issues

There are various environmental circumstances that affect multidimensional factors as well, and these include the prosocial behaviors found to be normative in today’s society. The physical environment may influence adaptive and maladaptive functioning of many individuals, groups and communities.  Humans have a desire to manipulate their physical environment, which can play an important role on the amount of controllability someone has and what their responses to each outcome will be(Hutchison, 2015). Mindfulness, teaches us not to have attachment, or expectations, to outcomes and to let go of the need for control.  Mindfulness teaches us to be aware and completely awake in each moment(greatergood.berekely.edu, n.d).  Being completely present in each moment, can serve as an excellent tool used to control thoughts rather than isolating control over physical action and patterns of behavior.  If we can control our thoughts, we can control our mind and evolve the way humans interact with one another, in every given situation.

Mindfulness can also help to reduce psychosomatic symptoms related to biopsychosocial approaches to studying human behavior.  Jon Kabat-Zinn established a stress-reducing program, called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in reference to the use of mindfulness practice; intending to help others receive physical and emotional health benefits(greatergood.berekely.edu, n.d).  Mindfulness can serve as an important tool in biopsychosocial approaches as well as the spiritual dimensions of being.  

Spirituality and Culture help define Human Behavior 

Spirituality can be defined as the path or journey each human being takes throughout their lives and it determines the way in which we process, develop and grow(Hutchison, 2015).  Understanding spirituality serves the purpose of knowing each individual is on their own separate path and may process information and experiences differently, especially in their physical environment.  Spirituality may be dependent on the particular culture of an individual and determine ones’ perception of the world.  Culture may include traditions and family origins resulting in the way a person not only behaves; but also establishes their core belief system.  Both culture and spirituality may enhance the understanding of behavior, but they could also possibly serve as a disadvantage for service providers, if they are educated or competent on many cultural and spiritual differences.

Conclusion 

Biopsychosocial approach is defined as one of the main components for understanding human behavior.  The importance of integrating all systems into a holistic lifestyle weighs heavily on the outcome and prognosis of overcoming challenges.  There are psychological, biological, social, and spiritual aspects needing to be considered in understanding human behavior.  Simply stated, psychological needs are met through the understanding of personality theories and various theoretical perspectives.  Biological factors include the understanding of the systems within the human body and their relation to the adaptive and prosocial behaviors.  Social factors include interactions with the outside environment, and spiritual factors include the integration between spiritual beliefs and the correlation to human behavior.

Resources: 

Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What’s In a Name? (2018, November 08). Retrieved from https://nccih.nih.gov/health/integrative-health

Hutchison, E. D. (2015). Dimensions of human behavior: Person and environment. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.

Mindfulness Definition | What Is Mindfulness. (n.d.). Retrieved fromhttps://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition

The Affordable Healthcare Movements Impact on Social Reform

The Affordable Healthcare Movements Impact on Social Reform

Your inner Activist wants to find a clearly defined direction and refuses to stay submissive.  It insists on being fully yourself, whatever it may cost. A profound longing for inner truth demands undivided attention.  Your inner Activist is well on its way to creating social change!

With awareness and skill you can steer the immense powers of your political energies into a positive direction and understand their nature deeper, and more clearer, than ever.  

First, let go of all negative judgements about shortcomings in politics and then tame those governmental wild horses with love!

In today’s political economy, there is much promise of affordable healthcare insurance options(hhs.gov, 2018).  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides the opportunity for health care to be accessible to more people and provides specific tax credits in order to lower household costs(healthcare.gov, 2018).  

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, specifically, the Affordable Care Act has caused insurance premiums to increase and become less expansive in the choices being offered(hhs.gov, 2018).  However, there is a future goal to increase affordable options and allow for short term plans, which will be more cost effective for members(hhs.gov, 2018).

Social movements have three dominant components which include political opportunities, mobilizing structures and cultural framing perspective(Hutchison, 2015).  Cultural framing movements in reference to health care in this country, are seeking to change the way westerners practice medicine in its entirety; while working to change how healthcare systems are delivered to the political economy.

Most times, social movements rely heavily on the influence of other people who fight for a movement of the same commonality.  This may include an opportunity when small movements find like-minded supporters, or endorsers in order to help with funding resources.  

Unfortunately, the political system may influence how or when a social movement occurs because not all political systems are ‘open at the same time(Hutchison, 2015).  This means, wealthier movements are easier to access rather than those created by someone with less income. This scheme of financial treason, is what can bring discrepancies’ into the system.  

However, cultural framing includes raising more awareness and establishing conscious efforts by a group of people who have a common understanding of a specific concept, or goal(Hutchison, 2015).  Cultural framing is most successful when a group of people become upset, or outraged, by a particular situation once something is considered unjust(Hutchison, 2015). Emerging perspectives are on the rise in order to provide better methods to engage healthcare reform movements.  Recent studies have determined the importance on emotions and human behavior being directly effective on social movements and activism(Hutchison, 2015).

In order to motivate people to create change and become involved in collective action; political leaders, and those in power, must determine ways to cause an uproar.  Cultural framing is an important social perspective, used to motivate others to make an impact.

Humans deserve the right to advocate for access to affordable healthcare.  How will you use your voice?  How will you stand up for the rights of those who are suffering? How will you advocate for those who are in need of support, but don’t have the available resources?  

Resources:

Affordable Care Act (ACA) – HealthCare.gov Glossary. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/affordable-care-act/

Hutchison, E. D. (2015). Dimensions of human behavior: Person and environment. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2018, August 01). Trump Administration Delivers on Promise of More Affordable Health Insurance Options. Retrieved from https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2018/08/01/trump-administration-delivers-on-promise-of-more-affordable-health-insurance-options.html

We are One.

When we die, our brains hold onto life for the last 20 seconds.  Our bodies are completely immobile but our minds tell us that we are no longer alive.  Trapped in the embodiment of our human life forms, as our souls rise and transcend into a different reality.

Are we the energy that composes our    vessels   once our souls leave?

       Where do our souls transcend to once  left here on Earth.    Lifeless.

   Our bodies do not disappear ..  evaporate into thin air.

Because we are all energy,

…we are all one.

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?” The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” “Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…” I made a difference for that one.” The Starfish Story by Loren Eiseley

Letting Go through Non-Attachment

                                                                        freedom

                                                                  ….….    is     ……..

                                                       forgiveness, which  allows

                                          awareness of old patterns ..     …and  with

                                    acceptance..               discover                            truth

“Once you turn toward the Light, it is painful to look away.”

….

T  R   U   T   H

                                                                                                              allows Light

 

                                                   Listen, Let Go, Surrender, and Release

                                                                                                                                                  Namasté.