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MISSION At St. Joseph’s College, our mission is to provide counseling and wellness services that promote the health and well-being of every member of the College community. We aim to provide high-quality treatment, prevention and education in support of the College’s goals and in response to the changing needs of the community. VISION Our vision is to develop integrative models that advance health and wellness at the College and lead to a healthier and more productive academic community through a commitment to the very best service. WELLNESS The Counseling and Wellness Center at St. Joseph’s College provides a wide range of services that supports the holistic development of all students in body, mind and spirit. Wellness is a positive approach to living as it emphasizes the whole person through integrating all aspects of the individual along with the realization that everything you do, think, feel and believe has an impact on your state of health. A wellness-oriented lifestyle encourages students to adopt habits and behaviors that promote better health and an improved quality of life. It involves the recognition that every individual has physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs with each dimension being necessary for optimal levels of functioning. Through supporting every student’s physical, mental and spiritual health, students are better prepared to achieve high academic success to reach his or her highest goals and aspirations. The Counseling and Wellness Center have created goals to assist students with integrating wellness into their lives. The main goals are to promote health and wellness through education and awareness; improve the overall well-being of the College community; promote wellness services available on campus; collaborate with wellness professionals in the community; empower students to take charge of their health and research the best practices in the wellness field.

Endings To Beginnings

zen circleAs all things begin, so do all things end. Our Wellness Blog has come full circle from its inception in 2012 till its now death in 2015. For us bloggers these past 3 years bringing to you All Things Well has been a creative and transformative process.

We are deeply grateful to all our readers for vibing with us through this process. The interweaving of all our lives via the written word has left an imprint within the structures of time. We could not exist without you.

The next cycle will change its form to Student Health 101 which we will be launching in the Fall 2015 semester. May our written exchange continue on these fronts.

As Words of Wisdom transitions us into the next phase, let us embrace Kahil Gibran once more and let us move into the malleable future which holds so much. With these final words, we thank all the readers for journeying with us side by side…


Then Almitra spoke, saying, “We would ask now of Death.”

And he said:

You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.
In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
Is the sheered not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

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Relaxing through Finals

6819877.LKQrrPaNAs we approach finals week with the pitter patter of our hearts RACING for it be OVER, here are some tips passed down to us from some of our fabulous SJC students:

“So it’s almost finals week and you’re all stressed to the brim of your intellectual capacity. You have 4 exams, 3 papers, a thesis proposal, research presentation, and 975 other things you’d rather do, all weighing you down like an anchor strapped to your waist. You’re stressed, and you’re anxious. You may be at your breaking point, and you may be thinking over the fact that your life is just a sh*#show extravaganza right now.

If you’re depressed, if you’re overwhelmed, if you’re finding it hard to be a human right now, know you’re not alone. If you feel like your life will end if you get a B- in freshman English, just please, take a moment, step back, and be grateful for this stress. Be grateful that you’ve been granted the honor to stress about arbitrary letters (A+ B- C+ D- F) on an arbitrary piece of gilded paper which, I promise, will NOT prevent you from living another day, another year, or for that matter, a long, loving and fulfilling life. Trust me, we all got this!” ~Thought Catalog

AND why not throw in some yoga and meditation TOMORROW at our favorite off-campus place:
AVALON PARK & PRESERVE!

Saturday, May 9th from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In the Barn at Avalon Park and Preserve
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Golden Earthworm

Golden Earthworm

 

Looking for an affordable way to take in veggies and fruits without spending a ton of money AND support local organic farmers?

Check out Golden Earthworm and begin to change the way you feed your—Self on all levels.

Body-Mind-Spirit.


On the Earthworm…

“It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures.” ~Charles Darwin 1881

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A Student’s Reflection On Silence

Zen1Until recently, we never really enjoyed silence. We felt uncomfortable with the sounds that people usually become accustomed to, but some of us can never. We think it’s because the silence was the sound of loneliness. And the sound of no one needing us.

The silence screamed the truth, up until specific people. We tried to focus our mind on insignificant details so we wouldn’t need to think about the whole idea. We’re really glad we met those people because up until then, silence was the sound of us tapping our pen on the blank paper. And our breath getting short. Or our foot tapping on the wooden floor. And the background music we did not realize was playing until it stopped. Silence was waiting for our phone to light up with any little words.

Thinking of it now, silence was incredibly loud. Something we could never turn off. Now, silence is the trees blowing in the wind. Silence is the cars passing by one by one heading wherever they’re going. Silence is the waves crashing in the shore. Silence is waking up and smiling because of certain people in your life. I guess silence isn’t loneliness anymore. It’s just quiet. It’s just peace. Peace with the world. And peace within ourselves. It just takes a lot to be able to deal with silence.

To be able and sit there. Accept things for what they truly are. Being able to realize difficult things. We shouldn’t be afraid of silence. Because in the end it could help us. It helps us know that we’re going to be okay. That we’re stronger than we think. That not everything can be fixed in a day.

The silence won’t last forever. The way we are feeling at this very second will not last forever. There is only a matter of time until things get better. And we need the right people to help us along the way. The right people who don’t mind sitting in the silence with us.

Written by: Miss Anonymous

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We Need YOUR Feedback! *Counseling and Wellness Survey*

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As we ease into the middle of the Spring 2015 Semester, the staff members of the St. Joseph’s College Counseling and Wellness Center would like to remind you that we are here to support you!

In order to continue to meet the needs of our students, we like to ask for feedback. Your opinions and comments are extremely important to us. 

In fact, the responses we receive will guide us as we implement changes and updates during the coming months!

Please click HERE to participate and we thank you for your time and effort!

 
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Women’s Empowerment Group!!!

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METTA – Approaching Valentine’s Day

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The Pali word metta is a multi-significant word that translates into loving-kindness, friendliness, goodwill, and non-violence. Essentially, it is the wish for the welfare and happiness of others; the altruistic attitude of love and friendliness not based on self-interest.

It evokes within us a warm-hearted feeling of fellowship, sympathy, and love which overcomes all social, religious, racial, political, and economic barriers.

Metta is indeed a universal, unselfish and all-embracing love.

METTA MEDITATION

The practice begins with developing a loving acceptance of yourself. If resistance is experienced, which is natural, then it indicates that some feelings of unworthiness are present. This only means there is work to be done with the self as the practice is designed to overcome feelings of self-doubt and various forms of negativity. From this point, you are then ready to systematically develop loving-kindness towards others.

Four Types of Persons to develop loving-kindness towards:

  1. a respected, beloved person – such as a teacher or mentor;
  2. a dearly beloved person – such as a close family member or friend;
  3. a neutral person – someone you know, but have no special feelings towards;
  4. a hostile person – someone you are currently having difficulty with.

Start with yourself and then progressively begin to send loving-kindness from person to person in the above order. This will help break down the barriers between yourself and the four types of people. By breaking down the divisions within our own minds, the source of much of the conflict we experience, we attain the effects of Metta.

Pick a place to sit quietly, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and begin the practice…

 

METTA MEDITATION LI EVENT

Need some guidance? Join MBSR of Long Island for a guided metta meditation practice on Valentine’s Day from 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m. in Setauket at Avalon State Park & Preserve.

TO REGISTER: email: dr.cherylkurash@gmail.com

 

MAY THIS VALENTINE’S DAY BE FILLED WITH METTA

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Wellness Classes for Spring 2015 Semester!

Our wellness classes are underway for this semester:
yoga, meditation and martial arts!!!
Sign-up is not required, just show up and bring a friend.
No fee for students!!!

 

YOGA

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MEDITATION

Meditation Flier - Mondays Spring 2015

MARTIAL ARTS

Muay Thai Flier - Spring 2015BJJ Flier - Spring 2015

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Counseling and Wellness

Welcome back to the Spring 2015 semester! This semester we have a plethora of programs, services and opportunities available to serve you in ways that enhance your quality of well-being.

Click here for a list of services. All services are free, confidential and will not be part of your school record. Take advantage of them!

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We hope your day is filled with a balance both internally and externally…

Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens.
~C. Jung

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Power of Words II…Approaching 2015

7416282758_cc82ba047b_mAs we approach 2015 cognizant of this great energy that resides within the power of our words, let us continue to dive deeper into this ocean of understanding via reflection…

Ask yourself:

What words am I holding on to that hold me back?
What words belong to the “old me”?
What words shall I now release from my life?

What words do I want to bring into my life?
What words will represent what I want the this year to be like?
What words will project who I want to be?

                      What kind of words represent the world I want to live in?
                     What words help rid this world of fear and hatred?
                    What words will expand my capacity to experience love and compassion?

Take time to acknowledge all of your words, the positive, the negative, the neutral, and allow this to serve as a context for understanding the impact on self, others, and the world at large…understanding the power of words in the last year and what words to consciously utilize in the year to come…

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