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Wellness



Spiritual Wellness


Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual Wellness is a personal matter involving values and beliefs that provide a purpose in our lives. While different individuals may have different views of what spiritualism is, it is generally considered to be the search for meaning and purpose in human existence, leading one to strive for a state of harmony with oneself and others while working to balance inner needs with the rest of the world. The National Wellness Institute says spiritual wellness follows the following 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.  

Reaching Spiritual Wellness

It is important for everyone to explore what they believe is their own sense of meaning and purpose.

The path to spiritual wellness may involve meditation, prayer, affirmations, or specific spiritual practices that support your connection to a higher power or belief system. Yoga and meditation can also help you develop spiritual wellness.

Having compassion, the capacity for love and forgiveness, altruism, joy, and fulfillment help you enjoy your spiritual health. Your religious faith, values, beliefs, principles, and morals define your spirituality.

If you are a person engaged in the process of spiritual wellness, you are willing and able to transcend yourself in order to question the meaning and purpose in your life and the lives of others. In addition, you seek to find harmony between that which lies within and the social and physical forces that come from outside.

Are you engaged in the process of spiritual wellness?

Evaluate your own spiritual wellness with this brief quiz.

  • Do I make time for relaxation in my day?
  • Do I make time for meditation and/or prayer?
  • Do my values guide my decisions and actions?
  • Am I accepting of the views of others?

If you answered "No" to any of the questions, it may indicate an area where you need to improve the state of your spiritual wellness.

Start your path towards spiritual wellness by reviewing the Live Fit, Live Well workshop featuring Spiritual Wellness.  

Learning Meditation and Relaxation

Learn how to relax, improve your focus and reduce your stress through Meditation and Relaxation classes at the Student Recreation Center and resources available through the Counseling Center

Mindful Meditations

The UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center provides an introduction to mindfulness meditation that you can practice on your own for free!

Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) for Daily Living Class is also available in a complete online format so you can participate from anywhere in the world, and in the comfort of your home. Participants will hear recorded lectures, meditations, and exercises, and practice along with the class. Printable material provided and weekly live chat with the instructor. This course in taught by Diana Winston. Cost $125.

The Healthy Mind Platter: Seven daily essential mental activities to optimize brain matter and create well-being. The Healthy Mind Platter was created by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute and Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine in collaboration with Dr. David Rock, Executive Director of the NeuroLeadership Institute.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Program Information

Julie Chobdee, MPH
Wellness Program Coordinator
Human Resources

1160 University Ave.

Tel: (951) 827-1488
Fax: (951) 827-3089
E-mail: julie.chobdee@ucr.edu

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