Spirituality and Mental Health by Philip Barker

By Philip Barker

This article explores spirituality and its dating to psychological wellbeing and fitness. It emphasizes the necessity to glance inward and hear the messages that are channelled via our beings, instead of brush aside those reports as a few type of "disorder".Part One considers spirituality as a mirrored image of the method of switch. a quick assessment of the modern heritage of religious inquiry within the box of psychological future health is provided.Part considers spirituality as a mirrored image of the method of which means making.Part 3 considers spirituality by way of diversified kinds of trip, together with a attention of the conventional notion of pilgrimage. half 4 considers the opportunity of therapeutic that lies inside even the main terrifying varieties of insanity. The booklet then concludes with a tenet of the ability of "waiting" and the rewards received through the cautious, compassionate perform of existence.

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Once our losses were borne (suffered/endured) with some serenity – whether we were peasants or kings. This may not have helped to promote health, since health is never a function of any one specific aspect of our lives, but, for at least the past 20 years, we have recognized the dangers of this ‘spiritual vacuum’ for healthcare. At the Assembly of the World Health Organization in 1983, Al-Awadi (1983) appealed for a wider appreciation of the role of the spiritual in the construction of health: material progress in the present world has reached levels unprecedented in past history or civilisation.

13 The act of telling stories can restore people (‘re-store’). The telling of our story to someone who is genuinely interested and who relates to the telling through their own experiences is a very precious thing (p. 5). In a very real sense the story makes its own journey in search of greater understanding, which can be found in the true listener. This explains in some way why people ‘talk to God’ and often claim to have been ‘heard’ (O’Brien, 1964). Leibrich’s appreciation for the story-journey is illustrated by reference to Janet Frame: But if a story is told and not understood, then a part of oneself has reached out into nothingness.

How very right he is. This is a false battle we really don’t need. Meditation is frequently offered as a psychotherapeutic technique, everything from psychoanalytic to behaviourist, mostly a de luxe brand: If people can be taught to recognize their thoughts, feelings and anxieties as they arise, if they can develop greater tolerance of frustration and stress, if they can be shown how to relax more easily, if they can be given skills to control their sensations, then these will contribute towards the prevention of at least some of the common psychological disorders.

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