Positive Spirituality

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Abstract

Positive spirituality is about acknowledging the personal spiritual growth that can occur through the use of some techniques from positive psychology. Contemporary educational philosophy within secular government educational departments rarely, if ever, addresses the notion of a spiritual life within educational institutions. Religious schools, on the other hand, usually include prayer and spirituality at the foundation of their educational aims. There is a clear disconnection between the two systems in this respect. Positive spirituality potentially provides a bridge between these two systems, bringing a focus on a broad notion of spirituality to otherwise secular government/public systems, and scientifically validated approaches to potentially narrowly focused religious schools. For instance, meditative techniques, relaxation, and physical stillness can help bring spiritual awareness to the fore, and in the process highlight a connection to something larger than oneself—the very goal of all mystics and a noble educational objective as teachers strive to inspire a greater sense of meaning and purpose in their students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Positive Education
EditorsMargaret Kern, Michael Wehmeyer
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter23
Pages581–608
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9783030645373
ISBN (Print)9783030645366
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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