The terms ‘spirituality’, ‘spirit’ or ‘spirited’ are used widely within New Zealand society – the ‘spirited’ performance of teams, the ‘human spirit’, spiritual experiences, but what these terms actually mean and why they are important is not well understood or discussed.
The main content on the pages of this website are taken from a discussion paper prepared by the Spiritual and Well-being Strategy Group. The complete paper is also available here as a PDF, so it’s easier for transporting and printing.
This website and discussion paper aims to generate wider discussion about how we as humans understand and respond to the spirit and spirituality. Discussion on the well-being of individuals, families, communities and environments often omits the dimension of spirituality, despite the evidence of people who claim to experience and value it and the considerable research showing its efficacy in enhancing quality of life when people are sick or recovering from an illness or disability (Puchalski, C., 2012).
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