Empowering mind, body and spirit

The start of a New Year provides a wonderful opportunity to contemplate your personal goals for the year ahead. Certainly these involve aspirations at school, but empowerment of mind, body and spirit goes beyond the four walls of a classroom. In fact, when we nurture our wellbeing outside of school, we often find we perform better, as we are enjoying a balanced life.

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If you are looking for ways to enrich your life in 2018, but have hit a brick wall when it comes to coming up with new ideas, have a look over the following and entertain one or more of these possibilities.

  1. Volunteering: giving and respecting nothing in return is a beautiful quality. An important proverb in the bible is: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” It is impossible to overstate the value of the role you can play in your local community supporting those who are less fortunate. Volunteering roles are always in abundance – from lending a hand at your local Salvation Army, Mercy Hospice shop or hospital, to coordinating food drives at school or preparing a weekly meal for an elderly neighbour, the generosity of spirit you will feel and share with those around you is very powerful.
  2. Supporting junior pupils: Jesus Christ is our Shepherd in life, showing us the way, the truth and the light. Here on earth, you can shepherd others, particularly the younger students. Becoming a mentor or tutor to junior members of your school has a great feel good factor to it.
  3. Local tidy ups: environmental awareness is growing by the day, but there is still much work to be done. Take pride in your community by leading the charge on weekend working bees – with the approval and support of your local Council or neighbourhood, you can organise cleanups – from the beach to the roads and rivers, this contribution to your community will reward your mind, body and spirit.
  4. Donate: excessive consumption of ‘things’ weighs down the spirit and is unhealthy for the mind, not to mention unnecessary. Make a pledge that 2018 will be your year to purge all of the excess from your life – and better yet, show generosity by donating items in great condition to those in need, and encourage friends and family to do the same.

Catherine McAuley said: “The compass… goes round its circle without stirring from its centre. Now our centre is God from whom all our actions should spring as from their source.” Her words speak true of how our commitment to mercy values helps to reveal the nurturing, mothering God at the heart of our universe.

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