Religion and spirituality

Learning about or joining a spiritual practice can help you feel connected to a greater purpose - something bigger than yourself. This can help you solve problems with a greater sense of happiness, inner peace, and understanding, while helping you discover more about yourself for a more fulfilled student life.

The importance of spirituality

Spirituality is just as important to student health as regular exercise and good eating habits. It is important to know that spirituality is not limited to mono- or poly-theistic religions, and can be described as the means by which a person may find the core of their being, their values, and the big picture. It is also thought of as having a connection to those around you, your environment, and the universe that affects the way you perceive the world and is a force of inspiration. In short, spirituality is whatever you want it to be. The goal is happiness (or inner peace) and self-awareness.

Spiritual practices

Spiritual practices may include participating in a religious community, in a Humanist organization, or through meditation, prayer, ceremony or contemplation. With such a broad definition, take the time to discover more about yourself by writing in a journal, playing music, or painting as a way to let the creative juices flow and become more comfortable with yourself. Community involvement and volunteering are also great ways to foster spiritual growth.

Spiritual resources

Chaplains at UBC

Curious about a specific faith? Or perhaps you just want talk to someone in the religious community on campus?  Find a chaplain at UBC.

Healthy Minds blog

Studies suggest that students who are spiritual or otherwise more comfortable with themselves as a whole perform better in their studies. For up-to-date information on how to keep a healthy mind, check out the Spirituality section at the Healthy Minds blog.

Student-run organizations

Maybe you're more into clubs and talking with your peers about beliefs and spirituality, there's a page for that. The AMS has a listing of all student-run spiritual organizations on campus, along with dozens of others.

UBC Yoga Club

Looking to exercise and work your spiritual muscles? Check out the UBC Yoga Club for a listing of classes.