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Constructing Meaning with Spiritual Meditation: How spiritual experiences can influence psychological well being
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Psychology of Religions.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A qualitative method was used to explore the construction of meaning in relation to spiritual meditation and spiritual experience. Meaning was considered a pathway between spiritual experience and psychological well being. 8 semi-structured interviews were conducted with people who meditate and report having had spiritual experiences during meditation. A cultural analysis was employed to understand spiritual meaning in secular, postmodern Sweden. Meaning was analyzed using a theory of global meaning where the meaning system is made up of three aspects; beliefs, goals and affect. Spiritual meditation and spiritual experiences were used by the participants to construct meaning in all three areas of global meaning. Beliefs about a spirit world and the eternal nature of a soul were confirmed and experienced in spiritual meditation which provided meaning to life and raised self-esteem. The spiritual meditation also helped the participants find and strive for important goals in life, often related to personal growth.   

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2013. , 67 p.
Keyword [en]
Spiritual meditation, spiritual experiences, meaning, psychological well being, culture
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Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-194115OAI: diva2:604332
Subject / course
Psychology of religion
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-02-13 Created: 2013-02-09 Last updated: 2013-02-13Bibliographically approved

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