Thank you for your article. I think spirituality has been a fad since the 80s–but largely ignored in medicine and in mental health. I especially appreciate how you note the integrity between “spirituality” and material/physical. Let me take a minor issue with you–coming from a Judeo-Christian point of view (my M.A. is in biblical text). It’s a minor issue and you will see there is more agreement than not. But you say: “Predicated on the belief that technology and science are the objective bottom line of truth, American religions adhere to this split between the material and the spiritual, allowing the material (aka the body and the planet) to be controlled by the dominant corporate forces without consideration. ” Now actually, we may have no disagreement here. Americanism, Scientism, and the Western mindset truly is this way. However, traditional Christianity as represented by the New Testament writings and the Hebrew scriptures do not adhere to American traditional religion. Man is not a soul “shackled to a corpse” nor is the body a tomb (both from Socrates–Western mindset). Traditional Christianity (which is middle Eastern, not western) sees human nature as a triune being: body, soul, and spirit–an integrated whole. It also presents the earth not as something to be dominated but cared for (J. R. R. Tolkien, a devout Catholic was appalled at the way forests were being destroyed and nature plundered in mid-20th century England–you can see it reflected in his novel The Lord of the Rings–especially in The Two Towers). My father (who died peacefully at age 91) was a devout Christian and a Pharmacist. He denounced “Big Pharma” years ago and took no medications for the last 15-20 years of his life (he did supplement with vitamins and managed 65 acres of pine trees). He was a friend of the land and understood the healing properties of the body. While he never read “The Blue Zones” that was pretty much his lifestyle. All of this to say I believe truly traditional Christianity has more in common with your views than you might think. Please though: I am not trying to proselytize you! Just pointing out the similarities. Although I would (if you ever have the time) encourage you to explore some of the writings by Theologian N. T. Wright (Suprised by Hope, When God became King) and Richard Rohr (Falling Upward, the Divine Dance, Breathing Underwater) which you might find intriguing and encouraging. No doubt you are familiar with the writings of Thomas Merton who explored the similarities between eastern religions (especially Buddhism) and contemplative Christianity. There are some major differences to be certain between Judeo-Christian theology and other Eastern religions. For instance there is an understanding of resurrection versus reincarnation. The ultimate hope is not the destruction of the physical but restoration and resurrection (the earth “set to rights” and healed along with our bodies–that “integrated whole” of body, soul, and spirit thing). The natural result is that physicality and material is seen as holy and precious–something to be cared for, not plundered (opposed to western modernistic thought). Again, thank you for a great article.