The “holiday season” is officially here, at least according to our recent article on Spirituality. It’s also when a peak of accidents, injuries, depression, and even seasonal affective disorder (SAD – yes, it’s a real thing) occur. Coincidence? Perhaps not. The holiday season brings with it excitement but also stress. Stress. Stress. We hear and feel that a bit too much for our own liking, no? What do we do about it?
Now that Halloween is over, the official holiday season has begun. It’s now custom and even socially-acceptable for stores and displays to start preparing for the end-of-year holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, etc. Even the holiday music on the radio is now socially acceptable (still too soon?). Coupled with the holiday season is also the push for us to take stock and reflect on our lives, where we’ve come, and where we’re planning on going. With so much merriment, sales, family get-togethers, etc., it can be easy to disconnect from ourselves, from our life force, from our spirit.
That’s where we believe spirituality comes in.
In CARP we acknowledge that just as each person has a physical body, each person also has a spirit. Just as we need to feed and nurture our body, so too do we need to feed and nurture our spirit -that’s where this article leads us. For many students, college is a time for exploration of identity, self, and values in an attempt to affirm their independence and adulthood. It’s the first time many students are away from their families and thus without the rigid structure of home and parental supervision, it’s time for students to decide for themselves and make it their own. This is where we’ve found the student trend steers away from religion but affirms students are open to spirituality. As an adult, you have the choice to decide who you want to be, how to live your life, and how to become responsible for yourself.
For many parents, it can seem scary now that their kids are out of the nest and there’s no (or limited) means to control– I mean guide— their independent young adults. Freedom of choice – it’s scary but it’s real. The main thing we want to share with young adults is to stay open.
College is sure to present you with a hundred different views
The numerous ideas and approaches will come from all over: from your professors, peers, textbooks, majors, clubs, etc. It’s the old-teenage adage, “don’t do it just because your friends are.” Find what works for you. Find what uplifts and nurtures you, what inspires you, what gets you in touch with your spirituality, what resounds as true for you. Spirituality isn’t some new-age thing that’s covered in obscurity and mysticism. It’s a part of health. It’s a part of you. It’s a natural part of people’s lifestyles as they seek to connect to something higher to themselves.
As you nurture your spirit, be open to spiritual practices which will bring you closer to that peace and clarity. For some, it may be spending time in nature. For others, it may be in charitable service work to others. Still others may find that certain religious practices really ring true and work for them. Whether through prayer, meditation, yoga, scripture, etc…do something to nurture your spirit. Take time to honor the spirit within in some way, shape or form.
Just Do Something
We encourage you to just do something. Talk with your peers and people close to you. Consult with chaplains, ministers, and pastors. Read books. Take a class. Ask questions.
Spirituality is a journey of discovering the divine or the truth within. Don’t expect an answer or “the” answer right away. Take the first step. Stay open.
As the holiday season comes closer and as the semester comes to an end, remember to apply your spirituality. Life tends to get crazy towards the end of the year but you can get the most out of it if you want to. We have a feeling that nurturing your spirit will come in handy, especially this upcoming holiday season.
Here are a few articles to read over and consider in your spiritual journey:
As July ends and the lazy days of summer wind down, the time soon approaches for students to prepare for another year of school. College students deal with a unique dynamic as they juggle finalizing course schedules and tuition payments, moving back to school, and seeking opportunities that will contribute to their professional development. This means that it’s time to set some goals for the upcoming semester. What kind of grades do they want to make? Should they take on a part-time job or internship? Which extracurricular opportunities should they get involved in? The gap between the end of summer and beginning of the school year can seem overwhelming for students, leaving them not sure where they should begin.
At CARP (Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles), our goal is to help young people discover and implement principles for living successful, fulfilled lives. We really want to give students the tools and resources that will help them gain momentum for a successful year in college. Which is why we’re excited to host our national convention, MOMENTUM 2014! Whether you’re preparing for your first year of college or your last, we’ve got something for you! Look forward to enriching seminars that will enable you develop skills personally and professionally. Interact with participants from around the country and the world by engaging in a diverse array of evening programs such as an epic game night, etiquette seminar, and student spotlight showcase. Cap off the week by meeting young professionals in your field of interest by attending the Networking Reception.
Sounds like the perfect way to end your summer! Don’t worry, there is still time to register for this awesome event! More details and registration can be found at https://carplife.org/momentum-2014/.
We hope all of our college students take time to reflect on the previous school year and their summer in order to create clear goals for the upcoming school year. The young adult age range (18-24) deals with a huge level of internal growth, and we want everyone to be able to fulfill their utmost potential during this critical time of their lives. So, enjoy the rest of your summer, see you at MOMENTUM 2014, and we wish you luck for the 2014-2015 school year!