A case could be madefor marking this best practice with the sign for infinity, ∞, in order toemphasize the breadth and depth of the idea. In mathematics, infinityis an abstract concept describing something without any limits, bigger than any number.In everyday language infinity usually signifies something that goes beyond what we can count or understand.
This infinitely important habit of daily living brings two currents together. First, to live each day mindfully, savor the events taking place right now, in the present moment, in good times and bad. Focus on one’s self, the views ofothers, and the precise nature of the situation.Thishas been discussedthroughout the book.
Second, living each day holisticallymeans seeing all aspects of your life as interconnected, best understood by experiencing each thing as part of a whole. Holistic thinking is perhaps even more subtle than mindfulness. It means understanding the tangible benefits of goodnutrition, regular exercise, and good health habits, but goes beyond them to an intangiblesense of being in balance with the people and things that surround you. Holistic living means emphasizingtheintegration of body, mind, spirit, and the habits of daily life. Living mindfully and holistically is to embrace life’s patchwork of experiences as one continuous fabric. Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun and humanitarian, described life this way:
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it;
Life is beauty, admire it;
Life is a dream, realize it;
Life is a challenge, meet it;
Life is a duty, complete it;
Life is a game, play it;
Life is a promise, fulfill it;
Life is sorrow, overcome it;
Life is a song, sing it;
Life is a struggle, accept it;
Life is a tragedy, confront it;
Life is an adventure, dare it;
Life is luck, make it;
Life is too precious, do not destroy it; and
Life is life, fight for it.
Being thankful for life invites questions about the source of life. Should someone or something be thanked? Religions vary widely in their deities, rituals, and creation stories. Yeteach faith enables its believers to understand where their lives fit within the universe, all of creation. For some people, a creator-spirit or revered deity becomes part of their life team, perhaps the central figure in it.
There can be a spiritual dimension to holistic self-awareness. It embraces creation as an extension of the self, and the self as a part of creation. Believing that theselfandcreationare in balance provides acertaininner peace, that is,a deliberate state of psychological or spiritual calm.The PerfectCoaches method is neutral about which psychological theories are valid or which religious beliefs contain the truth. It can work along side of any belief system, or by itself, as a source of insight into the connections between mind, wellness, spirit, and life itself.