Saturday, May 1, 2010

Creating Wellness-A New Way of Life

From Unit 3, I scored well in spiritual and psychological aspects, but I feel like my score has gone up to a 9 in that area now. I feel like the meditation practices we learned in this course have catapulted my sense of well-being.

As for my biological aspects, I had to work on that because I am 30 pounds overweight. I have begun a weight loss program that is not just weight loss, it is being more aware of what I eat and why. When I watch that, and stop the snacking late at night, and when I stop myself from eating when I feel stressed, and instead, meditate, I have cut my calories and carbs way down. Consequently, I have made a gallant effort to get to the gym 5 days a week and go back to yoga and pilates. I have done all of that this week, and am pleased that I have already shed 5 lbs. and my clothes are fitting better.

Creating Wellness and the Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of Healing has been a pivotal point in both my personal health and wellness, as well as the professional services I am providing.

I learned how to provide loving-kindness meditation for someone who is suffering whether that person is sitting right next to me, across town, or in another city, state or country. I also learned how to provide that loving-kindness to myself and that has helped my stress levels. I just think about the fact that I am surrounded by white light, that I am grounded, that I love and I am loved, and that I have a special purpose on this earth, and I am able to come out ahead of my previous self, with no self-pity, no worries, and a calm and peace that propels me to the level I want to be at.

In my profession, this ability has already helped me with my clients and colleagues. I use this same meditation on them, and I have become a better listener. When my client understands that I care by virtue of my listening skills, they are more prone to comply with my recommendations for a better quality of life. When I come across a client who is not quite there and needs to work on their spiritual side, I do some kind of loving kindness meditation for them, and hope for the best.

I got married during this term, last Saturday, April 24th. Chuck has been my sweetheart for 23 years, and we have a 20 year old son together. Why did we wait for long to get married? It's a very long story, but I can tell you this, even though we have been together for years, we now feel "together." We feel closer, and I am proud to be his wife and say my new name, "Mrs. Hilbert." If not for the lessons I learned in this class, I don't know if I could've pulled off the wedding with what resources I had as well as I did. My friends and family were pivotal, but I changed. I am more peaceful and have a better outlook. I am no longer afraid of failure, and in my professional career, I am no longer afraid of failure either.

Some say people are afraid of success. I think that was me to a great extent. I'm no longer afraid of success now either, because I'm just plain no longer afraid.

Thank you Dr. Susan Johnson and Kaplan, and thank you classmates.


Paula McClellan-Hilbert


  1. Paula, you are such an awesome individual! You are well on your way to meeting all of your goals. I have really enjoyed being in class with you and have learned so much from you. Best of Luck to You and you Family!

  2. Paula you are a gift from GOD!

    "What is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare?—"
    These are the famous words of W. H. Davies in the poem "Leisure."

    Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself. View life as a continuous learning experience. We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.

    What does it take to begin a relationship with God? Devote yourself to unselfish religious deeds? Become a better person so that God will accept you?

    You may be surprised that none of those things will work. But God has made it very clear in the Bible how we can know Him.

    God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.

    God's Love
    "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." 1

    God's Plan
    [Christ speaking] "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" [that it might be full and meaningful].

    Explore the paths in Jesus, you can take to enjoy the dream of a happy and successful marriage and family. Everyone wants to live this life, but it seems many don't know how to have a happy marriage. What's missing? And where does God fit in the picture? Did He have anything to do with the institution of marriage and, if so, did He give us any instructions? When all else fails, maybe we should read the directions! The Bible is the blueprint for your happuness Paula. "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh." (Genesis 2:24)

    Your husband has a great wife, a gift from GOD! keep GOD FIRST and all will be acomplished that you could ever dream of! LOVE YA!

  3. Paula, first of all congragulations and OMG you guys must be a blessing in disguise to have stayed together so long without being married. It must be love. You are a role model to others and to me. I have enjoyed reading all your blog posts especially this one. Once again congragulations and Good luck.

  4. That is so wonderful!!!! Well...definitely better late than never! ;) Sometimes people don't need certificates or name change to show their love...but isn't it a GREAT feeling!? I wish the best for you and your husband, and I am glad you were able to learn from this course in many ways that help you personally and help others through you!! Be blessed!

  5. Interesting. I didn't look but could you please text me later on how much the Glutathione costs? If it's deep within the cells do you think it would be possible to manage hair loss with? The digestive system destroys it if you try to take it through supplements, but what if you mix it with something that reduces stomach acid?