Social Wellness: “Self-Care in the Context of Community”

The Humanity You See in Me is Also In You. – South African Proverb

  • Practicing compassionate communication skills
  • Cultivating healthy, respectful interpersonal relationships
  • Engaging and participating in the building of a vibrant and empowered community

Physical Wellness: Healthy Choices for Healthy Bodies

“What we imagine being, we are becoming.”- Temille Porter

  • Moving More: “Let’s Move!”
  • Eating Well: “What S/He E.A.T.S.”
  • Taking Ten: “Relax, Replenish, Renew”
  • Accepting Responsibility: “Intentional Self-Care”

In Ancient Kemet (Egypt), Ptah refers to the divine source of all life, power, health and creations. Hotep means “satisfaction” and “peace”. Therefore, Ptahhotep means, “he who acts so that God is satisfied” (Asa Hilliard, pg. 97).

Employing clear, calm and grounding practices that nourish our hearts, enrich our minds, bodies, spirits and souls is a radical and compassionate act of loving kindness that begins inwardly and eventually extends outwardly.

To live, love and be well is a matter of choice and perspective. Wellness is a multi-dimensional and interactive continual process that can be summarized in the following 6 domains of intentional engagement towards enhanced quality of living:


Finally a study validates what I have been telling students and clients for the longest time: movement makes mind/body health much better! Rather than focusing on burning fat or altering shapes, a daily commitment to simply move, as scientists continue to confirm, will lead to an instant shift in mood.

According to a New York Times article (6/19/2010), Laura Blue writes that exercise “…not only relieves depressive symptoms, but appears to prevent them from recurring”.

Neuroscientist Phillip Holmes reports: “…that exercise is the more normal or natural condition, and that being sedentary is really the abnormal situation…”. This news article further asserts that: “Our brains simply may not be built for an environment without physical activity. Research has also suggested that exercise may be an effective treatment not just for depression, but also against related anxiety disorders and even substance dependence.” (Blue, 2010)