Symbols of Transformation in Wellness
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James R. Newell

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Symbols of Transformation
in Wellness and Personal Development

James R. Newell, PhD, MTS
 Counseling - Wellness Coaching - Seminars - Workshops

Self-Transformation

"All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects,
unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.
~
Mohandas K. Gandhi

 
Self-transformation often begins with small incremental steps. It is now well established that even apparently minor lifestyle changes can bring about major improvements in our health, happiness, and general well-being. Most of us would like to change something about our lives, but we often have difficulty deciding where to start. Lifestyle changes generally happen when we are able to correctly assess our readiness to change and then follow a clear process of incremental refinement of the behavior we have decided to alter.

The word ‘transformation’, on the other hand, indicates a change that is so fundamental that our entire sense of self undergoes a radical shift. Such a shift may seem to occur suddenly, but is often the result of many years of steady, perhaps indiscernible progress. For many of us, a profound self-transformation is most cherished when it reflects an ongoing realignment with deeply felt spiritual values for which we have long aspired. Effecting such a practical realignment with our deepest aspirations can sometimes generate such a profound impact on our sense of self and our behaviors that we in turn begin to have a positive impact on our closest relationships, on our communities, and in some cases, the world.