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SpiritualityWhat It Is and Why It Matters$
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Roger S. Gottlieb

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199738748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738748.001.0001

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Spirit in Motion

Spirit in Motion

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(p.7) 1 Spirit in Motion
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Spirituality
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Roger S. Gottlieb

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738748.003.0002

This chapter defines spirituality as the belief that living by spiritual virtues (mindfulness, acceptance, gratitude, compassion, loving connection to other people, nature, and God) is the only way to achieve enduring contentment and goodness in the face of life's challenges; and that these virtues will benefit both the person who manifests them and everyone around her. This meaning of this belief is applied to a variety of everyday situations, and central questions about what it means to live without attachments—a key spiritual value—are discussed. Criticisms of spirituality are raised and answered, and detailed accounts of mindfulness and gratitude are offered. It is shown that on this view spirituality is an extremely demanding form of life, not an escape from personal or social responsibility.

Keywords:   spirituality, virtue, compassion, mindfulness, gratitude, authentic spirituality, detachment, desire, sacrifice, acceptance

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