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Lived ReligionFaith and Practice in Everyday Life$
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Meredith B. McGuire

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172621

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172621.001.0001

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Embodied Practices for Healing and Wholeness

Embodied Practices for Healing and Wholeness

(p.119) 6 Embodied Practices for Healing and Wholeness
Lived Religion

Meredith B. McGuire

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the link between people's religious or spiritual practices and their embodied practices for health and well-being. The historical link between religion and health was removed as a result of efforts to illustrate the highly rationalized character of modernity during the 19th century. However, this chapter presents the results of an interview survey which reveals that the majority of the respondents considered physical and emotional health, spiritual depth and growth, and a sense of well-being to be intertwined in a holistic linkage of mind, body, and spirit.

Keywords:   religious practices, health, well-being, spiritual growth, holistic linkage, religion

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