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Overview of Medical Spirituality

I am still developing this section and consider it a draft. I intend it as a general overview of my perspective of the role of spirituality in medicine, as well as a hands-on, how-to-do-it introduction. Comments are welcome.

You may wish to begin with What is Medical Spirituality and Why Is It Important? This is a brief statement of my approach. It includes a brief review of the medical literature on spirituality. Also, please read about who should not engage in meditation.

If you don't participate in a religious tradition, one of the more interesting ways to explore this aspect of self is discussed in finding a sacred focus.

There are two new sections on meditation, first some basic concepts and why anyone would want to do such a thing, and also suggestions on how to go about it.

Here is a meditation practice called Opening the Doors of Perception. If you're a beginner, it might be more difficult than it sounds, but you may find it worth the effort.

I'm starting a new section on what physicians might contribute to spirituality. First are some thoughts about the role of feudalism in religion, and how (hopefully) that sinister influence is on the wane. Next, there's the pervasive influence of magical thinking, and how differs from spiritual insight.

Finally, check out the new bibliography of spirituality in medicine.

Last updated Fri, Jun 19, 2015

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