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date: 25 July 2021

What are the spiritual questions for men to wrestle with regarding their meaning, purpose and what it means to be a man? Three main questions of spirituality are explored in this chapter. These questions include, “What is spirituality”? Why is it important? What is spiritual care and who will provide this? From here, approaches to integrating spirituality in healthcare and healing are explored. Finally the literature is explored with regard to spirituality and incorporation into the “system.”

This chapter begins by defining spirituality and what is sacred as a personal process individual and unique to each individual. Inner and external processes are explored that are both part of spirituality. The importance of spirituality for men is discussed as an integrative approach to health. Longitudinal studies and literature reference regarding spirituality’s important role in total health are reviewed. Spirituality role in mediating health behaviors are reviewed and the types and definitions of spiritual care outlined in the context of the literature and pragmatically. Finally, spirituality and the role it plays in the compassion healers exhibit maybe one of the more subtle but yet powerful examples of the effect of this process in healing. Men need to cultivate centerdness, groundedness and spiritual wellbeing in order to maximize compassion to share with others. The art of empathic listening without giving advice is outlined as a key element of the “spiritual conversation”. Learning these conversations and employing them throughout his life cycle is an integrative approach to men’s lives. Men tend to have hidden or unacknowledged expression of their spirituality for a number of reasons which are enumerated. Inviting men into broader views of spirituality through reflective language, resources and community are explored.

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