Constructing Meaning with Spiritual Meditation: How spiritual experiences can influence psychological well being
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 67 p.
Spiritual meditation, spiritual experiences, meaning, psychological well being, culture
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-194115OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-194115DiVA: diva2:604332
Subject / course
Psychology of religion
Cetrez, Önver, Universitetslektor
DeMarinis, Valerie, Professor