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Swinton (2001) suggests that spirit is the relationship between feelings, thoughts, the body and the external environment and how the individual behaves and identifies with the self, the group and its moral qualities. Robinson et al. (2003: 23) add to this view by stating that spirituality can be ‘discovered in and through the reflection on and development of value and meaning’. Therefore, whilst everyone has a spirit or an essence the application of spirituality, of values and meanings (morals and ethics), needs to be learnt, developed and put into practice. However, to be spiritual requires an awareness and appreciation of others, responding to them and finding meaning in the relationship.

Key Points
  • Spirituality is one of four dimensions of existence.
  • Spirituality is studied in social sciences such ...

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