Smitha Nair M.D.

What is Spirituality and what is it’s role in health care?



the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
“the shift in priorities allows us to embrace our spirituality in a more profound way”

What does having a spiritual practice entail?

I define spiritual practice as something you do every single day that draws you deeper into who you really are by connecting you with your divine self.

Please don’t be put off by the word spiritual here! Spiritual doesn’t have to entail — though it often does — meditation cushions, prayer beads, chant books, yoga mats or any other such paraphernalia. A spiritual practice might be baking, gardening, running, knitting, playing piano, painting, hiking, meditating, golfing, doing yoga, tai chi or calligraphy. It is not so much about the form but about the profound and connective quality of the time spent within it.

Research findings on Spirituality and it’s impact on health.

People who have regular spiritual practices tend to live longer.
They have a more positive outlook and a better quality of life and they may utilize their beliefs in coping with illness, pain and life stresses. They also tend to recover from illness and surgery faster.

I believe in offering compassionate care to my patients by addressing their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
Serving patients may involve spending time with them, holding their hands, and talking about what is important to them . Helping patients find meaning in their suffering, walking with them in the midst of their pain, and to be their partner rather than dictating information are some ways I practice compassionate care.