The Balanced Center Living Philosophy

Balanced Center Living helps people help themselves to a better quality of life.  It is a way of life that creates eternal improvements by the very nature of the philosophy and guiding principles.  Everyone incorporating the Balanced Center Living philosophy into their daily routine will benefit from making more healthy decisions and acting with more healthy behaviors.  One does not need to embrace all of the philosophy at once in order to discover improvement in quality of life.  In fact, it is a lifelong journey to try to find the balance in one’s center.

Health

    • Rest

The physical body requires rest to recover from strain and to grow. The cognitive mind must rest, or enter into an anabolic state where simple substances are synthesized into complex living tissues, in order to maintain normal function. The average adult requires 7-8 hours of sleep each day, although some require as few as 5 hours and some as much as 10 hours each day.

    • Nutrition

The best way to give your body the balanced nutrition it needs to function properly is by eating a variety of nutrient-packed foods every day that stay within your daily calorie needs. Just be sure to stay within your daily calorie needs. A healthy eating plan is one that:

  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products.
  • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.
  • Is low in saturated fats,trans-fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
    • Exercise

Moderate cardiovascular exercise for 20-30 minutes each day will significantly improve the body’s health. Moderate exercise is the equivalent of walking or jogging at a 4 – 5 mile per hour pace. Strength training is also beneficial because muscle tissue tends to break down without use.

    • Play

Play energizes us. It makes us happier, renews a natural sense of optimism and allows our imaginations to thrive. Play allows us to practice, elaborate on, and perfect skills before they become necessary (Rubin, 1982).

    • Adventure

Activities for the purpose of recreation or excitement, whether potentially dangerous or not, creates psychological and physiological arousal that is interpreted in our mind as positive or negative. Adventurous experiences push our limits and provide opportunities for internal growth.

    • Creativity

Mental processes (e.g. art, music, abstract thought, writing, etc.), involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new association between ideas or concepts.  Creativity stimulates the brain and causes intellectual growth and elevates mood. Creative insight can evoke feelings of elation, personal awareness and spiritual enhancement.

Intention

    • Courage

One’s ability to confront shame, scandal, intimidation, fear, pain or uncertainty and push beyond these physical and moral barriers empowers the individual to realize confidence in his/her abilities as well as boundaries for their behavior.

    • Goals

One’s desired states of affairs which are specific, measurable and attainable are one’s goals.  Goals give structure to desires and cause thought around the surrounding circumstances as they are now, how circumstances can change, and what it will take to change the circumstances.  Goal setting is a practice that produces improvements in circumstances without fail.

    • Determination

Firmness of purpose when encountering life choices, desires and circumstances yield forward motion rather than stagnation.

    • Risk

At times it is necessary to act regardless of the possibility that an event may occur that will have a negative impact on the results, because it is also a possibility that the same event will have a positive impact on the results.  With some risk, there is the possibility of greater rewards.

Spirituality

    • Higher power

A power greater than one’s self which one can turn to for connection, whether a formal religious figure or not, is essential in developing and maintaining a spiritual system.  By turning to a higher power for help, guidance, strength, and opportunity one is relieved of the burden of solving all life’s difficulties alone.

    • Kindness

Being charitable or acting charitably toward others creates a sense of fulfillment for social animals such as human beings.  Kindness bonds us together with emotions such as compassion, empathy and generosity.

    • Serenity

The peacefulness resulting from the absence of agitation is known as serenity.  It is in the mental state of serenity that one can be fully present.

    • Humility

Understanding that one is not more important, better than, or more valuable than another is a belief system that is virtuous because it contributes to one’s ability to comprehend that they are not in control of most circumstances.

    • Forgiveness

The spiritual process of relinquishing feelings of resentment, offense or anger against another person or one’s self, and liberating one’s self from the expectation of punishment or restitution.  Forgiveness is central to one’s ability to let go of the past and move into the present.

Prudence

    • Integrity

Consistency in adhering to a framework of principle beliefs creates integrity to the extent that behaviors match those beliefs.  Integrity bestows emotional security in decision making.

    • Honesty

One’s ability to communicate and act in harmony with one’s views as one truly believes them to be.  Honesty relieves one of internal conflict.

    • Truthfulness

One’s ability to communicate and act in harmony with one’s understanding of facts as one truly believes them to be.  Truthfulness relieves one of contradiction.

    • Communication

Any method of transferring a message from one to another is communication.  Effective communication includes a method of feedback to confirm that the intended message was received by the recipient.

Accurate Thought

    • Presence

Being in the current moment of time and space delivers true clarity and the personal ability to think and act in a healthy way.  Some consider being present a spiritual connection revealed, or a direct link to one’s soul.  Being present can also be interpreted as having mind, body and spirit connected together all at once.

    • Mindfulness

A state of non-judgmental awareness of one’s thoughts and behaviors in the present moment is the basis for one’s independent existence.

    • Acceptance

The belief that a circumstance does not require one’s efforts to change the circumstance creates agreement between the reality of the circumstance and one’s self-will.

    • Wisdom

One’s ability to form an opinion, after careful consideration, of what is true, right or lasting will result in healthy attitudes, beliefs and courses of action.

    • Self-awareness

Understanding that one exists as an individual with private thoughts, personal traits, particular emotions and unique behaviors distinguishes one from other people and causes a willingness to accept one’s self as well as others.

Love

    • Relationships

Family, friends and intimate partners with whom one forms social associations and a particular type of connection that provides mutual support and affinity creates a sense of confidence, fulfillment and well-being which enables one to take healthy risks.

    • Fellowship

Friendly relationships associated with people of similar tastes, interests or experiences sustain a sense of community and involvement.

    • Joyful focus

Attention given to people, places and things that give one happiness, delight and elation positively guides one’s attitude and outlook on life.

    • Optimism

One’s belief that good ultimately predominates over evil and that people and events are inherently virtuous will bring about an understanding that most situations will work themselves out for the best.

    • Participation

Taking part, or sharing, in something nurtures one’s need to belong and contribute.

    • Gratitude

The state of being ready to show thankfulness increases one’s ability to be happy and tends to make one more helpful, forgiving and less depressed.

    • Laughter

Laughter is an expression of merriment that also clarifies one’s intentions in a social exchange such as a positive contribution in conversation or acceptance of being part of a group interaction.

Self-Efficacy

    • Discipline

One’s ability to exercise control over one’s behavior and emotions empowers one to improve upon a skill, train for particular conditions, or refrain from unhealthy behaviors.

    • Responsibility

Being answerable to one’s self for one’s conduct when social forces bind one to a specific course of action qualifies one to be a part of a society which includes a basis of rules and acceptable behaviors.

    • Fulfilling work

Work that satisfies one’s healthy desires, expectations, needs and demands in order to deliver a feeling of contentment is beneficial in supporting a positive self-image and attitude.

    • Activity

Exercising one’s normal mental and bodily powers causes energy to flow and invigorates mind, body and spirit.

 

The Evolution of Addiction Treatment