Discover Your Wholeness: Wellness in the Sacred Space
The NU Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service is committed to a holistic model of well-being for the individual and the community.... one which honors a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit. A number of programs are offered in the Sacred Space to support the overlap of spirituality and wellness. For days/times of all of the following offerings, please check our "Calendar" link elsewhere on this site.
Besides its value as a spiritual and religious tradition, meditation is proven to decrease the negative effects of stress on the body/mind, and increase focus. Free weekly open guided sessions are offered in the Sacred Space, in which a variety of meditation styles are explored throughout the semester. These are suitable for all levels of experience, including beginner. Participants are free to drop-in every week, or any week. Cushions and chairs are provided. Meditation programs are open to all at NU, as well as to the general public. Check the "Calendar" or "Religious/ Spiritual Groups" links on this website for updates on offerings.
Yoga is a great way to combine spiritual practice, mental discipline, stress-busting techniques, and physical excercise that builds strength and flexibility. All Yoga classes in the Sacred Space are taught by certified Yoga instructors, and are suitable for beginner- intermediate levels of experience. Yoga mats and props are provided on site.
Weekly semester-long Yoga classes are offered in a variety of styles to the NU community. A list of weekly classes for the current semester can be found on this website's link for "Religious/ Spiritual Groups", by scrolling down to "Yoga". Participation is by advance registration only, at the beginning of each semester, and a discounted fee is charged.
Special free single Yoga sessions are also offered regularly throughout the year. Check the "Calendar" link on this website for updates on special offerings for the NU community. Such classes are available to the NU community on a walk-in basis, as space permits, and require no pre-registration or payment.
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This peaceful healing technique is used to elicit the relaxation response and assist in restoring the mind-body balance. Reiki (a Japanese word meaning "Universal life-force energy") is a very gentle non-invasive touch therapy used regularly in hospitals, health care contexts, spiritual centers, and elsewhere. The Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service offers a program of Reiki opportunities including free mini-sessions from certified practitioners, and training for Reiki levels 1 and 2 certification at significantly reduced rates for members of the NU community. Check the "Calendar" link on this website for updates on offerings.
Walking the Labyrinth is an ancient spiritual meditative tradition, now used by many for Wellness. Labyrinths can be found in hospitals, schools, churches, and outdoor plazas and parks. Our portable Labyrinth in the Sacred Space is set up annually for use by the community. NU student groups may also request on-site use of the Labyrinth.
This special annual week offers programs and opportunities to experience and learn more about a variety of wellness traditions and healing modalities. Spiritual Wellness Week in late October is a great time to learn more about ways to balance your body, mind and spirit! Check the "Calendar" link on this website for updates on offerings.
12-step groups meet weekly in the Reflection Room adjacent to the Sacred Space on the 2nd floor of Ell Hall. Groups are open to both the NU community and the general public (not to classroom observers).
An Alcoholics Anonymous group meets year-round on Fridays 6-7pm (excluding the week betwen Christmas and New Year's). For more information, contact the AA Central Service Committee for the Eastern Massachusetts at (617) 426-9444, or www.aaboston.org
To learn more about Wellness on the NU campus, contacts are:
- NU Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service: 617-373-2728
- University Health and Counseling: 617-373-2772