The Life Wheel
Based on the model of the medicine wheel from traditional cultures, which in turn was based on the circle of cardinal directions (the compass), the “life wheel” has existed in many forms with many functions throughout time. For our purpose it is an amplifier, a tool for assessing and tracking where we are focusing our time and energy and assessing what change and calibrations we would like to make to bring ourselves back into balance and back on path.
…Your Life Wheel – an illustrative view of your WHOLE you…
Creating your life wheel gives you a baseline for where you are now and where you want to go.
The beauty of the life wheel is that it is a living, breathing tool that can ebb and flow – grow and swell, to match the rhythms of your days, months and so on. As with a vision board, journaling, or creative scene work, you can gain tremendous power and focus through applying your intention to your life wheel and tracking yourself with it.
The life wheel helps us to:
~ See ourselves in new ways with a new perspective
~ Calibrate our minutes and moments to our values, intentions and goals
~ See where we are on or off track – or where we want to go
~ Create space to attract or manifest our wants, needs and desires in new ways
Keep an eye out for the areas of your life where you over or under allocate your resources. “Resources” being typically time, energy, money, and emotions.
Be aware of where you feel realized and complete…where you feel stretched or out of balance, and where there are yearnings or desires to bring new elements into your wheel. These thoughts, creations and musings will be the foundation, the backdrop, of how to begin to align to your true path and purpose in life. Have fun. Go lightly with it. There is no right or wrong way.
8 Common Elements on the Life Wheel:
Your wheel should also include important features of your life: travel? service? joy? nature? exercise? whatever is appropriate for you, your needs, for what you desire in your life.
We create our life-wheel by drawing a circle and adding ‘spokes’ that represent these key areas of our life. We then consider each spoke, evaluate how we are showing up in that area, and rate ourselves on a scale of 1-5.
Example, if you are feeling unproductive at Work, or your Body is feeling depleted today, enter a lower score.
Example: If you have a lot of Love in your life, for yourself, for others, for the world, or your “Mind” is feeling particularly sharp and productive, enter a score that is closer to your ideal.
Example: Or, you could be working long hours and feeling overwhelmed or exhausted: enter a score above your ideal for Work.
You might then ask yourself:
Why did I score yourself in each category the way I did?
What action could I take today and going forward to improve this aspect of my life?
What help could I ask for? From whom?
What do I need?
If you are exceeding your ideal score, consider questions such as these:
What purpose is the energy I’m putting into this high-scoring aspect of my life serving?
How might I redirect some of this energy into aspects of my life that may need it more?
Now reflecting on your wheel, consider, the biggest gaps in your satisfaction levels?
Which area of my life do I primarily want to focus on to enhance my satisfaction levels?
This might mean I need to focus more energy on this aspect of my life, or it could mean pulling back and finding ways to spend less time and energy there.
What are the specific actions or steps that you are going to take to enhance your satisfaction in your targeted areas? Take note of what you will do, maybe post your goal to Facebook, or email it to a coach or advisor, and commit openly to taking the steps you need to bring your score closer to your ideal.
An important thing to remember is that this is your life wheel. Is it wobbly? or is it balanced?
As you focus on finding balance between the different aspects of your life, you will find that you are living a more peaceful, purposeful, FULLER life.