Spirituality, Science, and the Human Body

Wayne B. Jonas, Matt Fritts, Gail Christopher, Maeba Jonas and Susan Jonas

in The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199729920
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Spirituality, Science, and the Human Body

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Cultures throughout the world and over millennia have described the intimate relationship between spirit and body. Presently, we have an unprecedented opportunity to bring sophisticated scientific methods to the study of this relationship. In this chapter, we present a unified model of the whole person (spirit, mind, and body) and describe examples of practices from Eastern and Western traditions that are grounded in the assumption of body-mind-spirit unity. In addition, we give an overview of modern physical measurement options, such as neuroimaging and genomics, which allow for more detailed study of the spiritual interactions with the body. A fuller understanding of this relationship can lead to deep healing.

Keywords: spirituality; stress; allostatic load; neuroimaging; molecular biology

Article.  12959 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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