Reflections

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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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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Balance | Love & Hate

“A woman said unto a man, ‘I love you.’ And the man said, ‘It is in my heart to be worthy of your love.’ And the woman said, ‘You love me not?’ And the man only gazed upon her and said nothing. Then the woman cried aloud, ‘I hate you.’ And the man said, ‘Then it is also in my heart to be worthy of your hate.'”

– Kahlil Gibran

There is so much to be said about balance in our lives as humans. One of the most polarizing is the back and forth between love and hate. In truth, we all are capable of both. Were we struggle is balancing the two. There is a balance to how much space each holds in our lives and that varies based on what we present. We must learn to understand what it is we are seeking. If it is love we are seeking, let us send out love. If it is hate we are seeking, then we send out hate. The matter is finding the balance that brings us the most peace. That is a universal process; one that takes a great toll on our self worth and how we define our purpose. Too much of one or the other, and our balance is lost, ourselves are lost. Such a journey is difficult, but as we become centered, the reward is ultimate in its nature.

Keep seeking.

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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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Thanks—Giving

Native American Prayer

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Bloggin’

The Wellness bloggers are back rollin’ in from their summertime adventures.

Stay tuned as this year we post a myriad of writings on all-things-wellness; body-mind-spirit. If you want to hear about something, let us know!


For now, click here for our off-campus Mindfulness Programs and here for our on-campus Wellness Programs.

Check out our Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter feeds.


More to come…

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Summertime Rolls…

The Wellness Bloggers are taking off this summer to various trips and life transitions around the World!

We thank you all for your continual support, feedback, and interest in the happenings we write about. Upon our return in the fall we’ll be bringing back all sorts of new experiences and learnings from our summertime rolls…

Wishing all our readers the best summer ever with brave new divings into the Unknown

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Meditation and Wellness  on Long Island
over the summer click here

 

Summertime Rolls by Jane’s Addiction…

 

I am the wind, sea, and sail
I am the ship for any gale
I am the sky, cloud-filled blue
I am it all, strong and true
I am setting off to far new lands
I am it all, godself in man.
~Nari
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Words

Do you fear blank forgotten pages
Those with no words
Only the edges define the emptiness
And collapse into oblivion
Like when the Earth was flat
The stark dead space
Where the only thing seen
Across the reincarnated branches
Heated and cooled
With chemicals and machines
Is the shadow of a hand
Shaking as the pen that hands hold
Doctrines such irrelevant purpose
Without the pen there is no hand
And so goes the shadow and the page
Like a flattened Earth.
Do you fear blank forgotten pages
Those with no words
Or is that you fear those
That are without yours?

On our paths through and to the day-to-day today, reflect on what it means to communicate with others and to express yourself through words. So often we say, “it is the way it is” and, “if it’s not, then it’s not.” Likewise, if the sun is the sun, and the moon is the moon, and we are as we are, then it is as it is no matter what we say about it. However, the difference comes from how we express it — and what a difference that is.

…So how will you express it?

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For Those Days You Need A Little Help

 

 

No matter who we are we all have THAT day. The day when we don’t want to get out of bed, go to work, or do anything else for that matter. You just have to remember you have a purpose and this too shall pass. I have put together a list of ways to help you have a better day!get-attachment-18.aspx_-300x300

 

  • Sing out loud. We all have a favorite song we love to sing. Do it! Let it out with all of your soul
  • Think positive thoughts!
  • Wake up a few minutes earlier and stretch.
  • Get some inspiration from someone you look up to.
  • Take a little longer to get ready. You feel better when you look better.
  • Read a little bit from your favorite book. Either on paper or an ebook.
  • Take a deep breath and count to 10.
  • Buy yourself flowers. You are allowed to get yourself gifts ya know.
  • Drink lots of water!! It will help.
  • Look at all situations with a positive attitude. Tomorrow WILL be better.
  • Take a nice long shower and think about everything you have to be thankful for. There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.
  • Tell someone they are beautiful. You will make them feel good and you will feel good about yourself as well.
  • Laugh at everything! Who cares if people think you are crazy.
  • Cuddle with a loved one. That’s aways a wonderful feeling no matter what.
  • Volunteer your time. No matter what you choose to do, it will always feel great to give back.
  • Call an old friend. Most of the time you can start where you left off. Vent and return the favor of listening.
  • Cook! Rather it be for yourself or for someone else, cooking helps to relieve negative energy.
  • Use your imagination. You don’t have to be a child to pretend. Have fun with it and imagine what you want your day to be like.
  • Write! Start keeping a journal of the day before and what you can do to change today.
  • Get coffee with someone who makes you a better you.
  • Eat super food that will give you more energy
  • Meditate. Take a few minutes in total quietness and reconnect with yourself.
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