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Spiritual Wellness Resources
Explore your spiritual core: Ask yourself the big questions: Who am I? Why did I come here? Why do humans and the world exist? Why is there evil? What happens after death?
Be quiet: Spend time alone and meditate regularly. Meditation is the process of being fully here, concentrating fully on the now. By living in the present, letting go of the past, and not worrying about the future, we can achieve inner peace.
Be inquisitive and curious: An attitude of active searching increases your options and your potential for spiritual centering. Don't shut doors before you check out what's behind them.
Be receptive to grief and pain: Pain is a deepener. Allow yourself to feel the pain fully, then ask what it's trying to teach you.
Be and do: Spirituality is about more than reading, it's about "doing" and being fully in the present moment in everything you do.
Witness the choices you make in each moment: Bring them into consciousness. Ask yourself what the consequences of a choice are and if the choice will bring fulfillment and happiness. Listen with your heart and be guided by messages of comfort and discomfort. If there is comfort, go for it! If there is discomfort, pause and reevaluate.
Practice acceptance: See that life right now is as it "should be." Do not struggle against the universe by struggling against the moment. Take responsibility for your life without blaming anyone, including yourself. See what the situation can teach you and how you can share this teaching with others.
Practice detachment: Allow yourself and those around you the freedom to be who they are. Recognize uncertainty as an essential aspect of life. See that solutions come out of problems, confusion, and chaos, and that uncertainty is the path to freedom.
Be playful: Spirituality is in music, art, dance, laughter, singing, and all of life.
Look for deeper meanings: If certain themes keep coming up over and over in your life, rather than feeling like you have no control over the situation, ask for the deeper meaning of the pattern to come to you. See the gift in your greatest troubles and challenges.
Take "seven breath" breaks: Stop periodically throughout the day, close your eyes, and take seven deep, slow belly breaths (breathe in to the count of seven, breathe out to the count of seven, seven times). Then, open your eyes and see your new world.
* Tips are courtesy of definitionofwellness.com
Below is a list of questions you can ask yourself or discuss with a group of friends. The questions are meant to challenge your current beliefs, reveal gaps in your knowledge, stretch your mind in thinking, and create dialogue.
- What is the purpose of my life?
- What beliefs and values are important to me?
- Do my actions line up with my beliefs and values? If not, what is getting in the way?
- In what ways am I serving others?
- Is there anything I need to let go of so I can move forward?
- Keep a journal
- Meditate or practice yoga
- Read sacred scriptures and/or inspirational literature
- Practice gratitude
- Engage in community service
- Interfaith Calendar
- One More Interfaith Calendar
- Belief Net
- The Pluralism Project
- Duke Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health
- George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health
- Spirituality and Practice
- Spirituality and Health
- Benefits of Listening to Music
- How to Keep a Spiritual Journal This is from a Christian perspective, but it can be easily adapted for other religious/spiritual traditions.
- Chicken Soup for the Soul
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Positive Psychology Center Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive.
- Authentic Happiness Learn about character strengths and virtues, happiness, optimism, satisfaction with life, and related positive psychology topics.
The Official Site of the Baha'i Faith Also offers a brief introduction on the Baha'i faith and comprehensive information on the central figures and institutions of the Baha'i.
Planet Baha'i Information on the Baha'i religion, including current events. Also a great source for articles on the Baha'i faith.
Beginners' Guide to Buddhism Gives a brief introduction on all aspects of Buddhism.
BuddhaNet Buddhist Information and Education Network — an online Buddhist portal.
The Buddhist Review Online A magazine dedicated to Buddhism.
Catholicism.org Online magazine about Catholicism.
The Vatican Homilies, meditations, prayers, messages, and speeches from the Pope.
Christianity.com Information about Christian theology, the Bible, videos, and devotionals
Bible Gateway Searchable Bible, devotionals, and reading plans.
Christianity Today News articles related to Christianity.
An Introduction to Hinduism Offers a brief discussion on the basics of Hinduism.
HinduNet The Hindu Universe. This site is an online Hindu portal.
Introduction to Islam Offers a brief introduction into what Islam is, what Muslims believe, and the five pillars of Islam.
The Way to Truth: Discover Islam An extensive and extremely informative site.
Understanding Islam Presents the explanation of Islam in the light of only the Qur'an and the Sunnah.
Judaism Basics Information on basic questions about Judaism and information on Jewish holidays.
www.Aish.com One of the leading Jewish content websites, offering "wisdom for living" for the modern world. Includes 24-hour live webcam from the Western Wall; cutting-edge blogs in audio, video and text formats; innovative one-minute flash movies; spin-off sites in Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Russian; 15 different parsha series, including Shabbat Shalom Weekly; Ask-the-Rabbi service, which has answered 25,000 readers' questions; and AishAudio, sister site featuring thousands of MP3 lectures on every subject in Judaism.
Philosophia A blog of atheist and humanist interfaith activist that functions as a forum for a compassionate and measured alternative to the contemporary atheist narrative, focused on sharing stories of interfaith cooperation and treating topics in social justice, science, and philosophy with nuance.
Secular Student Alliance Organizes and empowers nonreligious students around the country and provides excellent resources for secular students interested in interfaith work.
Sikhnet A portal with comprehensive information on the Sikh religion, including an introduction, media resources, history, and much more.