Spiritual Engagement Project
A Longitudinal Study of Spiritual Engagement,
Self-transcendence, and Human Flourishing.
What is the purpose of this project?
Studies have shown that engagement in spiritual practices and communities may be related to well-being in many different ways. While research suggests that religious/spiritual engagement itself may have a unique relationship to one’s over all well-being, the mechanisms through which this occurs remain poorly understood.
The purpose of the Spiritual Engagement Project is to find out more about the ways that involvement in a spiritual practice community and engagement in spiritual practices influences one’s life and well-being. This study is unique in that it will look at several non-traditional forms of spirituality. We will follow participants involved with three different religious/spiritual traditions (Centering Prayer, Religious Science/Science of Mind, and Contemplative Non-Dual Inquiry) and measure their physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being at several different time points over the course of one year using online questionnaires, daily assessment methods, implicit measures, and corollary reports. We will also survey a group of people who are not involved in any spiritual practice or community.
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Who is Funding this Project?
This project is funded by the Templeton Foundation through Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health http://www.dukespiritualityandhealth.org/proposals/astinvieten.html. It is also supported by the Fetzer Institute www.fetzer.org.
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