Running head: SELF-REFLECTION PAPER USING THE MEDICINE WHEEL
Self-reflection using the medicine wheel: Impact of communication on self-care
There are a variety of medicine wheels used by different tribes for different purposes. What the Aborigines call the “medicine wheel” is a universal symbol, known in psychology as the Jungian mandala - a representation of wholeness (Tinker, 1996). The medicine wheel is a symbol that represents the dynamic systems of mind, body, emotions and spirit, and the needs related to each of these aspects (listed above) that is required for the development of human potential (Mussell, 2005). Our needs can be grouped into four different quadrants or classes: physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. All these requirements are essential for growth and survival (Mussell, 2005). The medicine wheel is, therefore, a model that can be used to increase self-awareness and thus encourage self-care (Mussell, 2005). “First Nations healing requires the individual to transcend the ego rather than strengthen it as Western counselling aims to do” (McCormick, 1966). The medicine wheel represents both the connectedness and transcendence, while the four quadrants of the wheel represent the balance. The sense of community and transcendence means that the Aboriginal person has the support of her/his community and is expected to provide support to others (McCormick, 1966). Being admitted into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program has being a life-changing experience for me. Therefore, in this paper I will use the medicine wheel as described by Mussell to self-reflect on how I can meet or not meet my physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs since I joined the nursing program. I will identify my strengths and weaknesses in meeting and not meeting my needs, respectively. Through this essay, I will also explore how my intrapersonal communication contributes to my inability to meet my needs, and how this influences my interpersonal communication. Lastly, I will draw up a plan to address my weaknesses.
Mussell (2005) describes physical development as needs that are necessary for the healthy maturation of the physical body. These needs include oxygen or air, food, water, rest, exercise, sensory stimulation, safety, and security. Deprivation of appropriate amounts of any these needs leads to stunted growth, illness and death (Mussell, 2005).My enrolment into the BSN program brought a whole new different experience into my life. My classes require me to be actively involved and physically sound in order to be successful. Being physically active entails that I should be engaged in regular exercises, which helps to ensure that oxygen saturation is normal and subsequently assist to gain full attention during learning. In order to meet up with my daily nutritional needs and achieve high level of functionality, I make sure that I consume adequate amounts of balanced diets. Additionally, I drink plenty of water and other...