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The Spiritual Heart

Spirituality Mind Body Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA
Religions 2020, 11(10), 506; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11100506
Received: 12 August 2020 / Revised: 23 September 2020 / Accepted: 27 September 2020 / Published: 4 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Spiritual Development over the Lifespan)
The heart has been a symbol within ancient philosophy and spiritual practice for personal consciousness, wisdom, intuition and love. In recent decades, scientists with growing interest in spirituality have built a strong case for the beneficial relationship between religiosity/spirituality and physical health. Explanations for this connection have included associated health behaviors that negatively impact cardiovascular health but have failed to adequately explain away this consistent association. Here, we suggest a central and bidirectional relationship between the heart, the “Master Organ,” and the phenomenology of spiritual experience. Further, we provide existing evidence for a synergistic, salutogenic relationship between robust cardiac function and spiritual wellbeing that may offer a roadmap to spiritual, psychological and physical recovery and health at the individual, interpersonal and global level. View Full-Text
Keywords: spirituality; heart; transcendence; neurocardiology; biofeedback; heartrate variability; psychophysiology spirituality; heart; transcendence; neurocardiology; biofeedback; heartrate variability; psychophysiology
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Anderson, M.R. The Spiritual Heart. Religions 2020, 11, 506. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11100506

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