Reconnect the Dots Between Spirituality and Health, by Wendy Margolese

In this article, Wendy Margolese, a community blogger who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, explores the link between the belief in a divine source and the positive effect that belief has on health. She shares examples of her own personal experience with health and her strong belief in God. She also, offers evidence from a Harvard Medical School study that documents the power this spiritual link has in promoting good health.  Join Wendy and see what she has discovered about this eye opening subject.

connect the dots (2)Centuries ago, Greek philosophers and the physicians had a more holistic view of man (including woman) than we modern humans do. They saw man as made of more than just the physical body ­ that his wholeness was also comprised of things of the Spirit.

But, over the last few hundred years, especially in the last century, we have come to believe that spiritual things belong to the clergy and health issues belong to some system of care focused entirely on the mechanics of our bodies ­ the latest recommending for example that we diagnose disease through our DNA and track our diet and exercise through wrist wear.

Yet, in the evolution of human thinking and understanding about the real essence of who we are, Jesus ­ the unparalleled healer of all human ills ­ proposed what he saw as the source of our health when he noted that we all have the “kingdom of God within”. (Luke 17:21) To me, this speaks to the divine nature of God expressed by each one of us.

Furthering this point with imagery, Jesus admonishes us to take less thought with what we eat, drink or wear, i.e.the physical, and to trust the wisdom of the universal source of all intelligence, God. “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin,” he avers,”yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.” (Mat. 6:28,29 NRSV)
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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org