Spirituality

Spirituality is a difficult concept to define. “Mind, Body, and Soul” you exactly know what I am talking about! There are many debates regarding the origin of Spirituality, its importance, and its understanding. However, from a broad perspective, spirituality deals fundamentally with how we approach the unknowns of life, how we define and relate to the sacred.

What is clear is that whether the topic of spirituality and its various interpretations is
addressed from the perspective of science, religious observers, or unaffiliated believers, it is
considered important by the American public. In addition, spirituality and related processes of
spiritual development such as a profession of faith, prayer, or regular attendance at religious
services have been related to a wide range of important outcomes such as:


• lower blood pressure (Koenig, 1999),
• improved physical health (Koenig, McCullough, Larson, 2001; Levin, 2001),
• healthier lifestyles and less risky behavior (Koenig, 1999),
• improved coping ability (Pargament, 1997),
• less depression (Koenig, 1999),
• faster healing (Dossey, 2002; Koenig, 2002),
• lower levels of bereavement after the death of a loved one (Walsh, King, Jones,
Tookman & Blizard, 2002),
• a decrease in fear of death (Ardelt, 2000), and
• higher school achievement (Ginsburg & Hanson, 1986).

Being a Scientist it is not at all hard for me to say that “I understand the Science of Spirituality”