Babson’s Health & Wellness Team partners closely with the Office of Faith & Service to promote spiritual wellness. Spiritual wellness in an important aspect of overall holistic wellness. Just as we work to be physically, emotionally, and intellectually well, keeping ourselves spiritually healthy is of paramount importance and helps develop our full potential as human beings. Just as we exercise to condition our bodies, a healthy spirit is nurtured by purposeful practice. If we take care of our spirit, we will be able to experience a sense of peace and purpose. A strong spirit helps us to survive and thrive with grace, even in the face of difficulty.
Signs of being “Spiritually Well”
- You have dreams/goals for your life
- You take time for spiritual growth and exploration
- You care about what happens to your fellow peers
- You take time to think about the meaning of events in your life
- You are comfortable with your level of involvement/non-involvement with a religious community
- You feel comfortable talking about spirituality
- You would be able to think about and explain why you believe what you believe
Practices That Support Spiritual Health
Office of Faith and Service website for scheduled offerings
The art and science of yoga is dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit. Its objective is to assist the practitioner in using the breath and body to foster an awareness of ourselves as individualized beings intimately connected to the unified whole of creation. In short, it is about creating balance and equanimity so as to live in peace, good health and harmony with the greater whole.
Mindfulness meditation is the practice of nonjudgmental, openhearted awareness of the present moment. It is a simple and elegant way to uncover the deep peace, compassion, and wisdom that can be found inside all of us. A growing body of scientific evidence over the last few decades documents the amazing benefits of mindfulness meditation and its application in everyday life.
Reflections & Retreats
Offers opportunities for relaxation, rejuvenation and self-understanding using different mediums such as poems, readings, journaling, art, and deep conversations. These reflections and retreats are held several times during the year.
Spiritual Direction/Spiritual Counseling
To explore a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. Spiritual direction is helping people tell their sacred stories every day and aids the process of meaning making and self-understanding.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.