Holistic thinking is an ability to think from a wider aspect. When you decide to lose weight, you don’t work on one body part. Your each body part equally contributes in meeting your targets.
Similarly, Holistic Development focuses on ‘whole’. It helps you become better in all areas than just one. But How To Develop Holistic Thinking, so it encourages holistic development?
Well, there are certain steps involved in the process. When you follow those steps, you inculcate holistic thinking.
Also, holistic development is a vast concept. There’s a lot more to it than what we might learn here. So, currently we will just focus on ‘Holistic Thinking’ and the ways to develop it in oneself.
Holistic Development focuses on all developmental areas in a child. Especially in early childhood, the physical, social, and emotional well-being connects with each other.
Why? So that a child learns to develop in all areas at the same time they are learning to grow.
For instance – if a child falls and his legs hurt, he will feel the pain emotionally and physically both. He may even start to cry because he can’t handle the heaviness in his knee. That is called as Holistic Development (connects mind, body and soul).
Benefits Of Holistic Lifestyle
An importance of holistic living is that it benefits you in long run. You improve everyday in many areas. It basically encourages better lifestyle and makes it worth living.
Here are some benefits of holistic lifestyle.
- Improves Emotional Intelligence
- Enhances interpersonal and intrapersonal skills
- Helps balance inner and external conflicts
- Helps understand oneself in terms of mental & physical aspects
- Enhances productivity
- Focuses on personal development
- Reduces anxiety, stress, and promotes healthier lifestyle
When you choose holistic living, your mind gets ready to connect with your body and soul.
You must have seen holistic lifestyle coach talk a lot about one’s development. They are always focused on making your life worth living, so you do not have to face problems without being able to figure out its solutions.
You develop in a way that you are your solution.
How To Develop Holistic Thinking?
Here’s a simple example of what holistic thinking sounds like –
When a student starts going to the school, the teachers do not focus on helping the students get good score. They focus on shaping the students in a way that they learn to communicate, participate in sports, improve critical thinking, inquiry and make them familiar with different languages, activities and so on.
Basically, they consider a student as a ‘whole’ so they can be better human when they grow up. All the areas where they lack can be improved along with their scores. That is what is called as Holistic Thinking.
One Dot Has Multiple Dots
A holistic thinker knows that a dot is connected to multiple dots. Whatever he thinks, he has to make sure he is considering the remaining dots as well.
Why? Because if you just think from one point, possibility is you may not get the exact answer to your thoughts, or you mistake something with something else.
Every destination is connected to different paths. It can be reached through all of them, but then you choose one after analyzing all of them. That is how a holistic thinker thinks.
They consider all the dots. They get in depth of everything to understand all the surrounding dots, and then come to a point or a decision or a choice.
Holistic thinkers appreciate continuous learning. They think learning never stops. It is not limited to books, schools, universities and contents.
Lessons are all around us. They learn from every little thing they are surrounded by. And wish to know more about the expert subject they choose.
That way their thoughts and perspective keep enhancing, which also encourages better lifestyle.
How? When your thoughts keep improving, you see a balance in your life. That balance comes when you learn to implement your learnings. The continuous learning exposes you towards wider thoughts which again comes back to the point ‘whole’.
That means that these holistic thinkers learn to balance themselves in all the challenges they face for a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Benefits of Holistic Thinking
The importance of holistic thinking is to develop better mindset. In early childhood, when children develop holistic thinking, their overall growth improves rapidly. However, Parents and Teachers’ involvement plays a vital role here.
When we grow old, but lack holistic development, we must help ourselves improve in those areas and achieve holistic lifestyle. As I said one dot is connected to many, when we achieve holistic lifestyle, holistic thinking improves as well.
So, if you take time to consider the above two points, you can successfully climb the first step towards developing holistic thinking.