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Pathways to Wellbeing

This is the Lewis Institute for Health and Wellbeing’s core framework for enhancing health.

Being aware of and incorporating the Pathways to Wellbeing into our lives provides access to living well. Our approach is that there is no one pathway to follow - there are many.  Understanding this and having a willingness to take the time to explore various paths contributes to sustainable wellbeing.

The Pathways model provides a mind, body and spiritual framework for this exploration.  Each of our Lewis Institute courses incorporates some or all of the Pathways outlined below.

Mind-Body Awareness
There is no separation between mind and body.
Each moment there is instantaneous communication between every part of the body.  What happens in the body influences the mind (thoughts and emotions).  In turn thoughts and emotions affect the body.

Physical Exercise
Regular physical exercise is a powerful and essential tool to regulate and enhance all systems of the body, including the brain, irrespective of our state of health or age.

Flexible Body, Flexible Mind
The age of our body is often different from our chronological age.
Some of us look and feel older than our age and some of us younger.
A flexible body and a flexible open mind enhance health and slow the ageing process.

Optimal Nutrition
Thousands of years ago Hippocrates said, "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food". This is just as relevant today - except we now have many more foods from which to choose, including many with sub optimal value and some which are harmful.

Breath Awareness
Being aware of the immediate effect that the breath has on the functioning of the mind and the body is a powerful tool to incorporate into our lives.
Using the breath well can bring balance to the nervous system and hence to the rest of the body.

Stress Release
Stress is a part of living and the body's systems are finely tuned to deal with stress.
Too much stress can overload body systems and when this occurs the potential for illness increases and ageing accelerates.
Understanding the nature of stress and how to release it is an important tool for living well.

Meditation
Spending some time each day cultivating a quiet peaceful mind is an antidote to stress (and its effects on the body).
The practice of meditation creates peace of mind and many other health and emotional benefits.

Environmental Awareness
The five senses of the body are constantly transmitting information from our immediate environment to the brain and the body.
In this way we are moment by moment connected to our home, work and other environments.
Being environmentally aware allows us to recognise the negative and positive effects of these environments and to chose or create them with care.

For more information visit http://www.pathways2wellbeing.com.au/

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