Essentials Concepts

Body

List eight words that best describe your body—your physical self. Immediately following the eight blank lines are some concepts to help jumpstart thinking. 

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Agile

Animated

Athletic 

Aristocratic bearing

Attractive 

Balance

Body Scent (Pheromones)

Casual

Competitive

Confident (Head High Up)

Demonstrative

Endurance (Stamina)

Energetic

Exercise

Expressive 

Fitness

Flexibility

Frenetic

Graceful (Motion)

Health

Height

Hygiene

Hyperactive

Image-Conscious

Mobility

Neat

Posture

Powerful

Radiant

Resilient

Sensual

Sexy 

Slow-Moving

Smile

Speed

Strength

Style

Symmetry

Verbal

Voice

Youthful

Next, narrow it down to a quaternity, the top four words that best describe your body—your physical self. Now write them on your essentials-body mandala on p. 305. 

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Now choose the ONE word that epitomizes your body—your physical self.

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Mind

Are you satisfied with your intellect? Can you think and express yourself clearly? Do you have a knowledge system that supports you and works for you? Are you open to new ideas? Are you a questioner?

List eight words that best describe your mind—your mental self. Immediately following the eight blank lines are some concepts to help jumpstart thinking. 

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Accurate

Achiever 

Action-Oriented

Adaptive

Alert

Aggressive

Ambitious

Analytical

Anxious

Assertive

Brave

Calm

Capable

Cautious

Cerebral

Challenger

Composed

Complacent

Competent 

Confident 

Confrontational

Control

Creative

Critical

Curious

Decisive

Determined

Dislikes Change

Dominating

Driven

Easy-Going (Relaxed)

Enthusiastic

Energetic

Entrepreneurial

Excelling

Firm

Flair

Flamboyant

Focused

Forthcoming

Goal-Oriented

Hard-Working

Imagination

Impractical

Indecisive

Independent

Individualist

Indomitable

Innovative

Inquisitive

Inventive

Knowledge

Leadership

Learner

Likes Challenge

Love of Learning

Mentally Tough

Motivation

Open Book

Open-Minded

Optimistic

Orderly

Perfectionistic

Positive

Pragmatic

Precise

Pre-Occupied

Perseverance

Perspective

Purposeful

Rational

Reading

Referee

Relentlessness

Resourceful

Risk-Taker

Scattered

Scheduled

Self-Assurance 

Self-Confident

Self-Reliant

Self-Talk

Slothful

Spirited

Straight-Talking

Strong-Willed

Stubborn 

Success

Suspicious

Takes Charge

Teachable

Teamwork

Tenacity

Thoughtful

Troubleshooter

Unrealistic

Vigorous

Vision

Visualization

Vitality

Willful

Work Ethic

Narrow it down to a quaternity, the top four words that best describe your mind—your mental self. Now write them on your essentials-mind mandala on p. 306. 

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2.____________________

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4.____________________

Now choose the ONE word that epitomizes your mind—your mental self.

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Soul

Are you in touch with your feelings and able to express them appropriately? For example, do you allow yourself to feel the full range of emotions: fear, anxiety, and anger, as well as excitement and enjoyment? Or do you find that certain emotions make you uncomfortable? Are you able to set appropriate boundaries with people? Can you relate to others in a close, intimate way?

List eight words that best describe your soul—your emotional self. Immediately following the eight blank lines are some concepts to help jumpstart your thinking.

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Affection

Agreeable

Angry

Anxious

Appreciative

Arrogant

Bold

Charming

Communion

Community

Complacent

Content

Defiant

Detached

Distractible

Dramatic

Dreamer

Dreamy

Easygoing

Eccentricity

Empathy

Enthusiast

Easygoing

Emotional Intelligence

Engaging

Entertainer

Equanimity

Excited

Expressive

Extrovert

Fearful

Fun-Loving

Group-Oriented

Happiness

High-Spirited

High-Strung

Humor

Impatience

Impulsiveness

Intense

Intimacy

Introvert

Intuition

Isolated

Joyous

Lusty

Melancholy

Mixes Easily

Moody

Non-Demanding

Nurturing

Optimistic

People-Pleasing 

Perceptive

Pessimistic

Playful 

Possessive

Promoter

Prudence

Reactive 

Reassuring 

Rebellious

Receptive

Relational

Reserved

Satisfied

Scattered

Secretive

Self-Absorbed

Self-Aware

Self-Conscious

Self-Pity

Social Intelligence

Spontaneous

Stable

Suspicious

Sympathetic

Temperamental

Utopian

Versatile

Withdrawn

Zest for Life

Now, narrow it down to a quaternity, the top four words that best describe your soul—your emotional self. Now write them on your essentials-soul mandala on p. 307. 

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2.____________________

3.____________________

4.____________________

Now choose the ONE word that epitomizes your soul—your emotional self.

1.____________________

Spirit

Do you feel a relationship to your spiritual origin? Are you able to spend time in spiritual practices such as meditation or journaling? Do you have a relationship with your inner wisdom, values, beliefs, or intuitive guidance? Do you have moments when you feel at one with everything or part of something more significant? Is nature vital to you? 

List eight words that best describe your spirit—your spiritual self. Immediately following the eight blank lines are some concepts to help jumpstart thinking.

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Accepting

Achiever

Advocate

Agnostic

Anarchist

Atheist

Avaricious

Awareness

Beauty

Caring

Certitude

Committed

Compassion

Courage

Cunning

Defender

Discipline

Doubter

Equality

Equanimity

Existentialism

Fairness

Fearful

Freedom

Forgiveness

Generous

Gratitude

Harmony

Helper

Holistic

Honesty

Hope

Humility 

Iconoclast

Identity

Independence

Initiative

Insightful

Inspirational

Integrity

Interpersonal

Investigator

Judgment

Justice

Karma

Kindness

Love

Loving-Kindness

Loyal

Meaning

Mediator

Modesty 

Motivator

Nature

Nihilism 

Open-Hearted

Patience

Peacemaker

Principled

Productive

Progress

Protector

Purpose

Reformer

Reliable

Responsible

Ritual

Self-Controlled

Self-Honesty 

Self-Indulgent

Self-Reliance

Self-Regulation

Sensitive

Serenity

Servant

Service

Significance

Skeptic

Spirituality

Success

Supporter

Sweetness

Tradition

Transcendence

Trustworthy

Truth

Useful

Wisdom

Work

Narrow it down to the top four words that best describe your spirit—your spiritual self. Now write them on your essentials-spirit mandala on p. 308. 

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2.____________________

3.____________________

4.____________________

Now choose the ONE word that epitomizes your spirit—your spiritual self.

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Note additional thoughts and feelings and consider how well you currently experience each of the four essentials. Are there any actions you can take toward growth, wholeness, and enjoyment?

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Here is an invaluable step to this process. Once you determine your best words, give three trustworthy people the opportunity to add or dialogue about the terms and then rank them in order of importance. This feedback is critical. It would be best to have objective and honest, loving, and trustworthy input to make your mandala the best possible investment of your time.