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Spirituality is a broad concept that includes a sense of connection to something bigger than us, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life. It is a universal human experience that touches all as human beings. There is no uniform definition of the term, but it generally refers to certain kinds of activity through which people conduct a quest for an ultimate and sacred meaning, transcending the material aspects of life, and producing a sense of awe and reverence achieved via connection with the universe. The term comes from the Latin word spiritus (soul, courage, vigor, breath)—the term spirituality refers to “concerning the spirit.”

In the following sections, the distinction between spirituality and two major forms of religiosity is explicated, followed by a discussion ...

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