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Global Spiritual Life offers trainings, tools and experiences that cultivate belonging in order to reclaim the value of love in education and action. In order to do so, Global Spiritual Life is working with students, faculty, and administrators across New York University and the Global Network to build a Beloved Community.
Our programs, trainings and tools are organized in the following framework:
I Belong: The personal: mindfulness, personal responsibility, finding one’s voice, caring for oneself, identifying and articulating needs, and identifying and articulating values with curiosity and courage.
Tools and Programs: Mindfulness Zone (Mindfulness 101), MindfulNYU meditation and yoga programming, Stay Woke and Meditate, Outbreath, Multifaith Advisory Council, radical self-care programming and training.
You Belong: The interpersonal: how to deepen empathy and understanding of others and help others to understand us. This includes the tools of difficult conversations in community, personal storytelling, resilient listening, giving and receiving feedback with care and resilience, “calling in” vs. “calling out.” Addressing power dynamics with fierce compassion and radical candor, rather than bypass or shame.
Tools and Programs: Belonging Zone (incorporating mindfulness, resilient and reflective listening, restorative practices, storytelling), Ignited Conversations Series (talks on complex topics)
We Belong: The structural and social: the work we do together in the world, justice-building, service, community-building.
Written by Global Spiritual Life's Ariel Ennis, Teaching Religious Literacy: A Guide to Religious and Spiritual Literacy in Higher Education offers unparalleled insight into the methodology of effective religious dialogues and provides a detailed sample curriculum for universities interested in developing their own.