13 Sep 2013 Rels 120: Religion, Spirituality & Health. HOW TO STUDY RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY & HEALTH. You will NOT become religious through this course You will NOT be expected to take on the beliefs or practices of any religious tradition
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We will try to see things from the perspective of the person of faith
We will study the religious and spiritual perspectives with respect for its beliefs and practices
We will seek insight into the religious person’s experiences without bias
We will identify the values in the traditionacademic approach to the study of religions
We will observe similar dimensions across many traditions
We will be alert for cultural, geographical, and ethnic differences
We will seek to understand the modern influences of globalization, secularization and multiculturalism on religious traditionsacademic approach to the study of religions
Within the Health Care Professions, spirituality has been recognized as a significant component of well-being
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Inspiring Hope: Recognising the importance of spirituality in a whole person approach to mental health, http://www.abdn.ac.uk/cshad/documents/spirituality.pdf
“The human spirit is the essential life force that undergirds, motivates and vitalises human existence.” (Swinton, 2001)
“The word Spirit is derived from the Latin spiritus meaning breath. An analogy would be human respiration, by which oxygen is taken in to sustain and maintain the existence of the person. The spirit provides a similar sustaining and maintaining role on a more ontological level” (Swinton, 2001)
rels 120Mental health
Spirituality –“It can refer to the essence of human beings as unique individuals ‘What makes me, me and you, you?’ So it is the power, energy and hopefulness in a person. It is life at its best, growth and creativity, freedom and love. It is what is deepest in us – what gives us direction, motivation. It is what enables a person to survive bad times, to be strong, to overcome difficulties, to become themselves.”
(Bradford Document on Spiritual Well-Being – Policy and Practice, 2001)
“Spirituality is about what we do with the fire inside of us, about how we channel our eros. And how we do channel it, with disciplines and habits we choose to live by, will either lead to a greater integration or disintegration within our bodies, minds, and souls, and to a greater integration or disintegration in the way we are related to God [the supernatural, the divine], the Other, and the cosmic world” (Rolheiser, 1998)
Spiritual well-being is not so much . . . as a process of . . .
Feeling at ease with the essential self happens when . . .
People have a sense of their own dignity when . . .
If people have an awareness of themselves as valuable . . .
People are at ease with the world around them when . . .
rels 120What is spiritual well-being?
What are some things that give you a sense of purpose?
Do you have a specific aim that is important to you at the moment?
Do you believe in any kind of existence after this life?
Security and hope
What are your sources of strength and hope?
Who do you turn to when you need help? In what ways do they help?
What inner resources do you draw upon?
Where do you go for comfort and support?
Who or what do you depend on when things go wrong?
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Inspiring Hope: Recognising the importance of spirituality in a whole person approach to mental health.
The National Institute for Mental Health in England, 2003, http://www.abdn.ac.uk/cshad/documents/spirituality.pdf
Spirituality and Health: Developing a shared vocabulary.
B.M. Mount, W. Lawlor, E.J. Cassell, for McGill Programs in Integrated Whole Person Care Working Group, http://www.mcgill.ca/files/wholepersoncare/SHVocabulary.pdf
John Swinton (2001)
A Space to Listen: Meeting the Spiritual Needs of People with Learning Disabilities. London: Mental Health Foundation.
Spirituality in Mental Health Care: Rediscovering a Forgotten Dimension. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Swinton, J. and Pattison, S. ‘Come All Ye Faithful.’ Health Service Journal, 20th December 2001.
rels 120Selected Resources on Religion, Spirituality & Health
Do I have a spiritual belief that helps me cope with stress? With illness? What gives my life meaning?
I – Importance
Is this belief important to me? Does it influence how I think about my health and illness? Does it influence my healthcare decisions?
C – Community
Do I belong to a spiritual community (church, temple, mosque or other group)? Am I happy there? Do I need to do more with the community? Do I need to search for another community? If I don't have a community, would it help me if I found one?
A – Address in Care
What should be my action plan? What changes do I need to make? Are there spiritual practices I want to develop? Would it help for me to see a chaplain, spiritual director, or pastoral counselor?
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