Mindfulness, spirituality, and health-related symptoms

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The field of behavioral medicine has been giving increased attention to the area of spirituality, religiousness.

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Journal of Psychosomatic Research 64 (2008) 393 403Mindfulness, spirituality, and health-related symptomsJames Carmody a,, George Reed b , Jean Kristeller c , Phillip Merriam dbaDivision of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, USAEpidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, USAcCenter for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, USAdDivision of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, USAReceived 9 June 2006; received in revised form 25 April 2007; accepted 20 June 2007AbstractObjective: Although the relationship between religious practiceand health is well established, the relationship between spiritualityand health is not as well studied. The objective of this study was toascertain whether participation in the mindfulness-based stressreduction (MBSR) program was associated with increases inmindfulness and spirituality, and to examine the associationsbetween mindfulness, spirituality, and medical and psychologicalsymptoms. Methods: Forty-four participants in the University ofMassachusetts Medical School's MBSR program were assessedpreprogram and postprogram on trait (Mindful Attention andAwareness Scale) and state (Toronto Mindfulness Scale) mindfulness, spirituality (Functional Asses

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