Purpose wellness includes fulfillment, spiritual meaning, personal identity, and vocation. Striving for wellness in this dimension includes exploring how one interacts with the world around them and developing a passion for how they will contribute to their community and the world. Being mindful in this dimension means having a strong internal locus of control, the extent to which you believe you have control over events that affect you.
Acting based on beliefs and values sculpts the search for meaning in human existence. Development of an appreciation for the depth of life and the individual idea of natural forces shapes our personal worldview and journey toward finding passions in life (National Wellness Institute).
The following are events on Elon’s campus that are purposeful in helping you achieve wellness in the community dimension.
We have collected resources that can help you improve mindfulness in the community dimension.
There are multiple ways to practice the strategy of gratitude and it would be wise to choose what works best for you. When the strategy loses its freshness or meaningfulness, don’t hesitate to make a change in how, when, and how often you express yourself. Learn about the multiple ways here! Find instructions on how to practice gratitude here!
Forgiveness is not weak. It demands courage and integrity. Yet only forgiveness and love can bring about the peace we long for. As the Indian sage Meher Baba explains, “True love is not for the faint-hearted.” To learn more about practicing forgiveness, click here!
Loving Kindness Meditation
These organizations on Elon’s campus are purposeful in their integration of mindfulness and wellness in their missions and outcomes.
Campus Outreach is a nondenominational organization which seeks to develop spiritual leaders on the college campus. We provide a variety of opportunities for students to investigate Christianity and grow spiritually while at Elon. Some of these opportunities include Bible studies, large group meetings, and retreats and conferences.
Elon Yoga Club
Yoga Club is a community of students from all skill levels who practice and learn yoga together as a spiritual or centering practice. We explore all things yoga from postural practice to philosophical discussions. We are a multi-faith community that welcomes religious and non-religious students from all backgrounds. If you do not have a mat, we have plenty you can borrow.
The Mindful Elon project is an interdisciplinary collaboration of multiple departments, programs, and student groups that offer activities and opportunities to promote more Mindful well-being within the Elon community for students, faculty, and staff.
Mindful Elon includes opportunities for meditation, centering prayer, and yoga; retreats and workshops that teach techniques for stress management and Mindful well-being; and a faculty working group on contemplative pedagogy that supports incorporating Mindfulness within new and existing courses across the disciplines.
Iron Tree Blooming
Meditation is a life practice. Iron Tree Blooming was founded in order to provide Elon students, faculty, and staff an environment where they could come work at this practice as a family. This group is open to everyone and anyone who may be interested in calming the mind and appreciating the present.