Until recently, our modern Western culture tended to see and address each facet of the individual as separate and unconnected. Physical ailments were treated exclusively with physical measures, with little recognition of how a person’s mind affects the body (and is affected by the body as well), and the spiritual aspect of the individual was barely considered at all. 

In the past few decades, however, scientists have begun to discover more and more evidence of the specific, measurable interaction of each person’s body, mind and spirit.  

Below you will find links to recent scientific reports, reviews and articles pertaining to the mind/body/spirit interconnection:

A National Institutes of Health authority recently stated, “Today, we accept that there is a powerful mind-body connection through which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect our health.” ~NIH MedlinePlus

“According to the mind–body or biopsychosocial paradigm, which supersedes the older biomedical model, there is no real division between mind and body because of networks of communication that exist between the brain and neurological, endocrine and immune systems,” said Oakley Ray, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Psychiatry and Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN, USA).

Canadian researchers recently (2015) identified positive physical responses at the cellular level when breast cancer patients in remission received “treatment” which included meditation and/or support groups.

Meditation, Prayer and Spiritual Healing: The Evidence:

University of Chicago psychology professor Sian Beilock’s book, "How The Body Knows Its Mind" (2015) describes extensive scientific evidence of the impact that physical activity and fitness have on our cognitive abilities and mental health. For instance, Beilock reports that research has shown that school children who are physically active do better academically than their less-active peers, and they exhibit better mental health. Beilock notes that this correlation is equally important in adulthood, saying, “There are clear differences in brain health in fit, older adults compared with their more sedentary counterparts, and these differences carry consequences for thinking and reasoning as well as for memory.” You’ll find a review of this book here:  

Spirituality has been scientifically demonstrated to have a powerful effect on physical health and healing. “Numerous research investigations have reported positive correlations between spirituality and decreased rates of stroke, cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, drug abuse, suicide, and general mortality,” according to this professional overview of scientific reports of the positive impact of spirituality: 

This report demonstrates how simply voicing positive (or negative) words can directly impact one’s brain functioning. 

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