Despite the fact that many contemporary wellness approaches are focused on physical and medical assets, there is a deep connection between spirituality and health, healing and general wellbeing. According to the theory of Rudolf Steiner, the spiritual philosopher, the human being is a fourfold entity which includes material (physical body), life (etheric body), soul (astral body or consciousness), and spirit (ego or self-consciousness). According to his anthroposophical philosophy, understanding the human being as a whole can influence our perception of lifestyle which is essentially interrelated to wellness. Currently, stress, anxiety and physical and mental pressure are the well-documented causes for many severe diseases such as cancer. I pose ‘how can spirituality help the human being to manage their everyday stress and how can architecture enhance wellness, health and healing in a spiritual way?’
In developed countries, such as the USA, the complexity of urban lifestyles does not always allow a separation or relief from stressful environments. Living with high stress makes it difficult to find concentrated time to experience the distinct aspects of life beyond everyday issues. Therefore, this paper addresses how environmental qualities can motivate the human spirit in order to deal with and counteract high-pressured environments. In addition, this paper shows how returning to and focusing on inherent aspects of our being through architecture can affect our real wellness, health, healing, and general wellbeing. My approach is based on personal and individual experiences woven with theoretical viewpoints partially guided by Anthroposophy. The program of my spiritual wellness center is different from a hospital or technical healthcare center because my audiences are broader than physical or mental patients. The multifunctional program includes wellness educational practices, for example, libraries and lecture halls, some special wellness methods like yoga, different recreational activities based on historical and traditional concepts, for instance, Persian Bath, and finally a small hotel.
|Keywords:||Spirituality, Health, Architecture, Stress|
National University of Iran, Tehran, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)