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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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Spirituality and Healing

Spirituality and Healing

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(p.125) 8 Spirituality and Healing
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Spirituality
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Roger S. Gottlieb

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738748.003.0009

This chapter examines the relation between spiritual practices (e.g., meditation, yoga) and values (e.g., acceptance, compassion) and the three dimensions of healing: the problem of illness itself; a person's understanding of and response to illness; and the role of the caretakers who are serving the sick and trying to help them heal—especially the role of a parents of handicapped children. There is a detailed analysis of the physiological basis of the positive health effects of yoga/meditation, an account of the how people have learned to accept and even use their illnesses for spiritual development; and a discussion of the author's own relationship to his special needs daughter. Throughout the double sided spiritual response to illness is streseds: to use all resources offered by spirituality for healing, and also to use spiritual virtues to live a good life despite our losses.

Keywords:   spirituality and healing, spirituality and medicine, yoga, meditation, disability, compassion, acceptance, stress, cancer, special needs

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