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A Study on Standardization of Spiritual Well Being Scale In Sports Context |

Manoj Kumar, in International Journal of Physical Education & Sports Sciences | Physical Education, Health, Fitness & Sports


Sports do not have any of the drivers, professional orlegal, that motivate the integration of spirituality into education orhealthcare. Nonetheless, in several contexts there are real overlaps. Theconcern for personal development is traditionally linked with the idea thatpractice of sports can enable transformation, liberation and characterdevelopment (Cooper, 1998). By extension, the stress on educational developmentthat is holistic increasingly takes in sports. The idea of health, well-beingand human activity are intimately connected to spirituality that stresses aholistic perspective (Miller and Thoresen, 2003). This concern for holism insports can be seen as both means and end. Sing (2004), for instance, stressesthe balance of mind, body and spirit and how important this is in enabling theperson to develop the best performance. Meditation in this context aims to create mindfulness, anawareness and centeredness (Marlatt and Kristeller 2003). However, thetechnique aspect of spirituality is only one aspect of a broader reflection onmeaning. Positive psychology looks to deeper developments, such as resolutionsand forgiveness (Worthington, 1989), and this include how to handle failure.