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Spirituality and Healing

Roger S. Gottlieb

in Spirituality

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199738748
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979349 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738748.003.0009
Spirituality and Healing

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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

Chapter.  11267 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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