However, as happens to many initially well-intentioned ideas, UNL's Wellness Program has developed mission creep, and is now metastasizing dangerously close to the wall of separation of church and state. Here's their 'What is Wellness' page.
UNL utilizes a 7-element model of wellness including emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual dimensions. This wellness model has been an internationally accepted model for over 10 years. It was chosen by the UNL Chancellor's Committee on Wellness over other models because of the inclusion of intellectual and environmental elements; elements we feel are important in a university setting.Uh, huh. The mission ain't just creeping, it's gotten up and is settling into a moderate gallop. So let's look at some of their 'elements'
: Are you engaged in the process of Spiritual Wellness?
- Do I make time for relaxation in my day?
- Do I make time for meditation and/or prayer?
- Do my values guide my decisions and actions?
- Am I accepting of the views of others?
If you answered "No" to any of the questions, it may indicate an area where you need to improve the state of your spiritual wellness.Of course, a state university should not be pushing prayer, even in an 'and/or'.
Explaining their little symbol for spiritual wellness
Solar symbols can have meaning in astrology, religion, mythology, mysticism, and divination....or translated into the language of reality 'hooey, hooey, hooey, hooey, and hooey', and plagiarized hooey at that. Oh dear. Am I being unaccepting of the views of others? One more area I may need to 'improve my state of spiritual wellness!
Examples of 'Spiritual Wellness' activities
- Meditation; prayer
- Religious affiliation
- Explore and enjoy the flora & fauna of a wilderness area.
- Watch a sunrise or sunset
- Outdoor act
The Spiritual Wellness Inventory below can be used to thoughtfully reflect upon your spiritual wellness.
- I am willing to forgive myself and others.
- I have a sense of belonging, meaning and purpose in my life.
- I have a belief system (e.g., spiritual, atheist, religious).
- I participate in regular spiritual activities with people who share my beliefs, and I am open to hearing about other's beliefs.
- I accept my limitations without embarrassment or apology.
- I keep the purpose of my life clearly in mind and let it guide my decision-making.
- I freely give to others.
- I am comfortable about knowing things without knowing precisely how I know them (intuition).
- I allow others the freedom to believe what they want without pressuring them to accept my beliefs.
- I look for and work toward balance.
- I continually explore personal beliefs, values and priorities.
- Principles, ethics and morals provide guides for my life.
It goes on. Recycling is a form of 'environmental wellness', as is 'conserving water'. I don't just conserve water, by the way, I'm pretty sure, by metabolizing food, I actually increase the net amount of water in the world. I can write you a chemical equation for it, even!
The morons with too much time on their hands who wrote this could improve their 'libertarian wellness' by avoiding pushing their personal belief systems as university policy. Maybe I'll offer to create a page on that.