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Spirituality and Wellbeing

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Interest in spirituality and wellbeing is rising, however, research in that area is still lacking, in particular from a non-medical perspective. This book shows how the relationship between wellbeing and spirituality is studied by a range of disciplines including religious studies, theology, anthropology, psychology and history. The introduction discusses the term ‘wellbeing’ and introduces the debate on spirituality and wellbeing. The editors give a broad definition of spirituality and show the multifaceted nature of wellbeing and how it is linked to spirituality. Each chapter then reflects on the topic in its unique way which shows the interdisciplinary nature of the subject. The authors represent a rich breadth of disciplines and bring in a range of perspectives. The chapters will also link the debate to various religious traditions including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Afro-Brazilian religion and even paranormal experiences that will further the reflection on the link between spirituality and wellbeing.

Published: Feb 1, 2020

Section Chapter Authors
Introduction to the Study fo Spirituality and Wellbeing Bettina Schmidt, Jeff Leonardi
Section One: Body and Embodiment
1. The Christian Perspective on the Body Jeff Leonardi
2. Food, Self-sacrifice and Divinisation in a Chinese Buddhist Legend Thomas Jansen
3. Speaking to Gods: The Role of Food in Candomblé’s Healing Rituals Patricia de Souza
Section Two: The Role of Health Professionals
4. Spirituality and Wellbeing and Health Professionals in Brazil Marta Helena de Freitas
5. Being Mindful and Christian Joanna Collicutt
6. Buddhist Practice in Person-centred Counselling and Psychotherapy Rebecca Seale
Section Three: Spirituality and Recovery
7. ‘Spiritus contra spiritum’: Spirituality and Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder Wendy Dossett
8. To Thine Own Self be True: Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery and Care of the Self Lymarie Rodriguez
Section Four: Wellbeing and Cultural Differences
9. Narratives of Spirituality and Wellbeing Bettina Schmidt
10. Clinical Parapsychology: The Interface between Anomalous Experiences and Psychological Wellbeing Chris Roe
11. Spirituality and Wellbeing: Is there a Necessary Link? Everton de Oliveira Maraldi