Fostering the Spirit

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MSMU is founded on the principle of service.

Our founding Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet were guided to serve all, as the dear neighbor, without distinction. Although this mission is worldwide, it starts here at home with each of us. This spirit is alive and abundant in each of us who call Mount Saint Mary’s home; it’s what connects us. How are you fostering your spirit?

Here are some tips to help you stay connected to yourself and your campus community:

Engage in Mindfulness Activities

Mindfulness is a simple, but profound, practice that can be utilized at anytime and anyplace. Being mindful means being purposely and actively aware of the present moment in a non-judgmental way. In other words, when you are mindful, you are noticing simply what is– right at this present moment- and gently bringing your mind back to this each time it begins to drift. This can be done while seated in meditation, while walking outside among nature, while getting ready in the morning, etc. Engaging in mindful awareness has been shown to reduce stress, increase GPA, and foster a sense of centeredness or general well-being.[1]  When you are well, you are better able to help those around you. So take a few minutes throughout the day to breathe deeply and experience the world around you.

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Exercise: Notice how the chair or ground feels beneath you, how the wind or warmth feels against your face, and what it feels like to take air in and breathe it out. If thoughts are beginning to pull you away from your awareness, simply return your focus gently and compassionately, knowing it is not useful to become angry over fleeting thoughts. Do this for a few minutes.

[1] http://spirituality.ucla.edu/findings/spiritual-measures/equanimity.php

Rely on Your Truths

Things inevitably get difficult at times. That’s part of life. There’s no way to avoid this but you can always be prepared by knowing what truths help you get through the day. Some people call these mantras or affirmations. Whatever you feel they are for you, find statements that speak to you and help give you the strength you need. These can be quotes you’ve found on Pinterest or passages from The Alchemist or stories from your faith tradition. Set aside time to nourish yourself with the words that make you feel good.

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Examples: “Success is a journey, not a destination.” – Arthur Ashe

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“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

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“I am Enough, I am Worthy.” – Anonymous   

Practice Reflection

You may have heard the wisdom that says that we have the answers within ourselves –reflection is a great means of accessing that. It is about contemplating on an experience for the purpose of gaining greater personal understanding.

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Contemplative practices include: journaling, meditating, praying, yoga, etc.

Check out the link below to see which activities speak more to you. http://www.contemplativemind.org/practices/tree

Get Involved with Campus Ministry

MSMU offers a community that reaches far beyond academics. With our rich history, values, and mission, you can feel safe knowing you are deeply supported as a whole human being:

Every Mount student is encouraged to grow in their life of faith and their relationship with God. As a Catholic University, our spiritual traditions are steeped in both Catholic intellectual heritage and the roots of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. But students of every faith tradition are welcomed and encouraged to deepen their own understanding of God’s presence in their lives. You are invited to participate in Campus Ministry programs and to grow as a person of faith, whose life is committed to the service of others and to the unfolding of the mystery of their own purpose and being.”[1]

[1] https://www.msmu.edu/student-life/spiritual-life/

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Check out MSMU’s Campus Ministry site for the latest happenings!

https://www.msmu.edu/student-life/spiritual-life/campus-ministry/

 

 

 

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