Cultivating a spiritual practice can be a great tool for promoting better health.
Spirituality has broad benefits for mental and physical health and plays a vital role in those facing serious illness.
That was the conclusion of the most comprehensive and rigorous review of evidence to date by a 27-member panel of multidisciplinary experts in the field – published in the prestigious medical journal, JAMA.
For this meticulous and thoughtful report, over 500 published studies, deemed to provide the highest quality evidence, were reviewed.
Spirituality in this context was defined as “the way individuals seek meaning, purpose, connection, value, or transcendence” and includes organized religion, as well as connection to community, family, and nature.
Key observations and recommendations noted included the following:
For me, spirituality is what “nourishes my life,” and I work daily to cultivate and enrich its presence.
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Source: (JAMA, 2022; 328 (2): 184 DOI: 10.1001/jama.2022.11086)