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Thursday, August 11, 2005
  Four Aspects of Life.
In addition to the four universal needs, there are four aspects or parts that make up our "whole" self. They are the four aspects of our nature. When they are all present and in balance we are living in an optimal healthy state.

1. Spiritual Self: Spiritual self is not just about religion. It is about feeling whole and feeling connected to others and the world around you. Your spiritual self plays an important part in meeting your need for belonging.

2. Emotional Self: Emotional self directly affects what you think and what you do. All people have and experience emotions and feelings. As children, we begin with four basic emotions, sadness, happiness, anger and fear. Having and experiencing emotions is key to leading a healthy life. Your emotions help you meet your need for mastery.

3. Physical Self: Physical self includes your physical being, your body and what you do (your behavior). Your physical self is directly linked to your need for independence. You develop your physical self through being responsible, being a leader, and taking care of your body and your health.

4. Mental Self: Mental self is the engine behind everything you do. Your mental self is your thinking self and is critical for meeting your needs for generosity. When you feel happy and content and your thinking is healthy, you enjoy giving to others, sharing, and making others feel good through your generosity. A healthy mental self gives you a sense of wholeness in your life. Your thinking effects your emotions and your behaviors. Everything you do requires either a conscious or subconscious thought process.
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