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Spiritual Wellness

Spirituality is unique to each individual. Your “spirit” usually refers to the deepest part of you, the part that lets you make meaning of your world.

Your spirit provides you with the revealing sense of who you are, why you are here and what your purpose for living is. It is that innermost part of you that allows you to gain strength and hope.

Spiritual wellness may not be something that you think much of, yet its impact on your life is unavoidable. The basis of spirituality is discovering a sense of meaningfulness in your life and coming to know that you have a purpose to fulfi;l.

For some, spirituality may be equated with traditional religions such as Christianity, Hinduism or Buddhism. For others, it may mean growing in your personal relationships with others, or through being at peace with nature.

Assessing your Spiritual Health

Where are you at in your spiritual life? Take a moment to reflect…do you feel a sense of worth, hope, purpose, commitment or peace? Do you have a positive outlook on life? Or do you experience feelings of emptiness, anxiety, hopelessness, apathy or conflict? These may be signs of spiritual poverty in your life and may be the reason for unhappiness or dissatisfaction.

Spirituality and Wellness

Many wellness behaviours can benefit your spiritual health. Such behaviours include feeling connected with others, feeling part of a community, volunteering, having an optimistic attitude, contributing to society and self -love/care.

Here are some ways to help improve your spiritual health:

  • Be quiet. Take time for yourself every day, even if it's just before you go to sleep, or when you're driving home.
  • Be open. Spiritual experiences can happen anywhere at any time.
  • Practice being non-judgmental and having an open mind.
  • Be receptive to pain or times of sorrow. It is often in these times when we discover how spirituality can help us cope.
  • Practice forgiveness.
  • Pray, meditate or worship.
  • Live joyfully.
  • Allow yourself to believe in things that aren't easily explainable.

Campus Resources

TRU Counselling Department (OM 1651) The counselling department has trained counsellors who are available to students for career, educational, personal and crisis counselling. Visits with counsellors are free and confidential.
Appointments can be made by talking to the receptionist at OM 1651 or by calling 250-828-5023.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

TRU Wellness Centre
The Wellness Centre offers on-to-one health and wellness planning sessions, health teaching and campus-wide health promotion events.
Contact the Wellness Coordinator at 250-828-5010.

Campus Chaplaincy
A multi-faith chaplaincy on campus offers pastoral care to the university community: students, faculty and staff. They provide an operating model of multi-faith and ecumenical cooperation and respect. The chaplaincy acts as a theological resource, encouraging thoughtful reflection and dialogue.
Please contact 250-371-5940 for further information

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