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Impact of spiritual practices on social work: students' perception of life skills

Journal: Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (Vol.4, No. 1)

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Page : 49-58

Keywords : Religion; Meditation. Psychology.;

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Sri Mata Amritanandamayi (renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader and Chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University) says: “The power of religion lies in spirituality. Spirituality is the cement that fortifies the edifice of society”. Spirituality appears as the key to understand not only religion but also the essence of society and its individuals. Scientific literature widely shows the beneficial aspects of spirituality/religion on psychological well-being. This paper argues that students who have a higher spiritual level have a better perception of their life skills. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines ‘life skills’ as, “the abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life”. Empathy, problem solving, critical thinking and decision making abilities must be well developed in students to achieve success. Coping with stress and emotions gives strength to adjust in difficult situations. Students feel more confident to manage their personal issues as well as outside problems. Amrita University gives opportunities to students to include spiritual practices into their learning process. This paper shows that students who have an active spiritual life have a better perception of their life skills than students who are not practicing. Faith in God helps them to cope with stress and emotions. Compassion which is fundamental to spirituality opens their heart to others, develop empathy, effective communication and interpersonal relationship skills. As students get more personal development through spiritual practices, they are more effective and responsible.

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