Spiritual wellness is the ability to live a harmonious and peaceful life through finding wholeness, meaning and connection. It can provide direction and enable one to grow, learn, and meet challenges. Spiritual wellness is experiencing a connection to nature or a higher source.
According to the National Wellness Institute, spiritual wellness follows these tenets:
- It is better to ponder the meaning of life for ourselves and to be tolerant of the beliefs of others than to close our minds and become intolerant.
- It is better to live each day in a way that is consistent with our values and beliefs than to do otherwise and feel untrue to ourselves.
How you seek spiritual wellness can be a personal and individual choice. The resources here are meant to inform you to about what is available related to campus that may assist you on a spiritual path.
University Interfaith Council — The University Interfaith Council is an organization of campus religious leaders who meet to provide mutual support, to discuss issues and values relevant to our ministries at UT, and to facilitate common programs with each other and with UT organizations and offices. Though this group is organized on religious and denominational lines, their services and groups are offered to all students, faculty, and staff.
Informal Classes: Health and Wellness — Informal Classes often offer classes on health and wellness including breathing, yoga, tai chi and others.
Mindfulness Meditation — Whether you've never meditated or have been practicing for years, the mindfulness meditation group can offer support for a new practice or an ongoing one. Hosted by the Counseling and Mental Health Center. Location: SSB 5th floor. Time: 12:15-12:50 p.m. Cost: Free.
University Yoga Club — The University Yoga Club meets every Thursday for a classic yoga and meditation session, covering basic and advanced types of asanas (poses), relaxation and meditation. Sessions include discussions on diet and other healthy living practices and how they influence our bodies and minds. Location: Student Activity Center (SAC) 1.118. Time: Every Thursday 4:30-6 p.m. Free but space is limited. Please check the Know events calendar to ensure this class is meeting.
Resilience Education — Transforming Lives through Resilience Education consists of four mini-lectures, or modules, prepared by Dr. Mary Steinhardt, Professor of Health Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Each of the four modules is presented in audio form, accompanied by Flash animation and short interactive quizzes to promote learning. At the end of each session, participants can print a PDF file that includes a short assignment, reading materials that summarize the module, and a list of suggested books to read. Cost: $80. Proceeds may be used in general support of the College of Education.
Self Compassion — Go easy on yourself! This website provides information about having compassion for yourself. It features the work of Dr. Kristin Neff, an Associate Professor in Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin.
Blanton's Third Thursdays — This is a free night of art and more! There are activities based on current installments and yoga in the galleries. Location: Blanton Museum. Time: 5:00-9:00pm. Attendance at yoga is limited to 28 people. Passes are given on a first come, first served basis at the Visitor Services Desk starting at 5:30 p.m. Class starts at 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free.
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