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This is our first issue of 2014. We have renewed energy and we have to make this a successful year with pleasant experiences. We hope you join us in this journey. We will share with you the best stories and experiences of our Interamerican Scout Region, adding, as always, articles of general interest so that we are constantly learning something new.
As a first reflection of the year I refer to the importance of seeking to become a complete human being. We are all aware that we have different dimensions and that only when these dimensions complement one another can we feel complete. These four dimensions are : Body, Mind, Heart and Spirit (1). The body refers to our physical dimension, all our senses and systems that work to keep us alive. The creative dimension is our mind. We can imagine, remember and solve problems using our brains. The heart represents our feelings, our emotions and finally the spirit, which is our transcendental part, where our character and our consciousness are housed.
The oldest cultures of human civilization have spoken of these four dimensions. Probably the names change from one culture to another but maybe some philosophy or religion has a place that is universal. The Scout movement identifies 6 areas of development as there is: Nature, Physical Development, Creativity, Affectivity, Sociability and Spirituality.
Each of these dimensions should be strengthened daily in all our areas: Personal, family, school, work, community, etc.
The highest expressions for these four dimensions are: for the mind, vision, body, discipline; heart, passion and the spirit, consciousness.
Vision is seeing with the mind's eye what is possible in people, projects, causes and business.
Discipline is paying the price to bring that vision to reality, doing whatever it takes for things to happen.
Passion is the fire, the desire, strength of conviction and momentum that sustains the discipline to achieve the vision.
Consciousness is internal, what is good in a moral sense and what is bad, the striving for meaning and input. It is the force that drives the vision, discipline and passion.
(1) -. Stephen R. Covey. The 8th. Habit. Ed Paidós Mexicana, 2005.