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Our search to understand the true nature of the self has long engaged science and religion in a tug of war, but as studies examining the health benefits of prayer and meditation continue to emerge, their collaboration seems obvious for a holistic approach to life. Advances in neurobiology and medicine allow us to delve into the inner workings of the brain to find answers to our age-old questions. Doctors and clergy work hand in hand toward patients’ well-being. Many medical schools offer courses in spirituality, and divinity programs often include psychology requirements.


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Today, mind-body practices such as meditation and yoga are ubiquitous. Gyms offer classes and doctors prescribe them for conditions ranging from stress and allergies to cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. According to a recent Harvard Medical School study, more than one-third of Americans use at least one form of complementary and alternative medicine, now known as CAM.

While athletes and celebrities have helped popularize these practices, the techniques are anything but New Age. Dating back to the early Hindus and Buddhists in the sixth century B.C., people have used mind-body approaches to become more attuned with nature, the divine and themselves.



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Thank you Teo.

What about 'Integrated Medicine', this is being taught in a lot of medical schools?




What is Integrated Medicine?

Integrated Medicine couples the latest scientific advances with the most profound insights of ancient healing systems, giving you the best ways to preserve health, increase longevity and speed recovery from illness.

Integrated Medicine is a revolutionary approach to healing people — not just treating diseases — using the unique tool called person-centered diagnosis.

Integrated Medicine recognizes that the outcome of all health care is strongly dependent upon four powerful influences in the lives of each person. These four pillars of healing are:

Relationship. The social support network: family, friends, involvement in community, and a strong-patient alliance.

Diet and lifestyle. Nutrition, habits, and the daily pattern of rest and exercise.

A healthy environment. Protection from chemical and biological toxins.

Detoxification. The body’s ability to self-purify and protect itself from internal toxicity.


Integrated Medicine allows you to find optimal health by understanding your individual needs for achieving balance and harmony.

http://mdheal.org/
This is a very nice post Teo.
Thank you for bringing this subject to our attention.


In the East, people have always considered the mind and the body connected. Practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi and acupuncture, which focus on the person as a whole to help the individual attain harmony and well-being, have been used both in medicine and religion for centuries.

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In the West, however, philosophers pulled away from this way of thinking, dividing the body from the mind and creating an impasse that researchers have only recently been able to surmount.

Early interest in the mind-body problem may be found in ancient Greece in Plato’s and Aristotle’s works. However, French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes is credited with the first systematic account of the mind-body connection in the 17th century. Descartes, a dualist, equated the mind with the soul and believed it was separate from the body. The soul’s contact with the body occurred only in the pineal gland, he said, a part of the brain he incorrectly thought was uniquely human. His theory laid the foundation for the future of philosophy and launched what today is considered the Cartesian impasse.

Over the last three centuries, a number of theories regarding the mind-body problem have emerged. Benedict de Spinoza from Amsterdam countered Descartes with double-aspect theory, or the notion that the mental and the physical are simply different aspects of the same substance: God.

In the first half of the 18th century, the immaterialists battled the materialists. Immaterialism states that no substance is mindless. In order for something to exist, it is either perceived by the mind or is the mind itself. Therefore, the mind and the body are not separate because the body is merely as the mind “sees” it. Materialism, on the other hand, says matter is fundamental, and the mental relies solely on the body’s actions.

In the 19th century, biologists and psychologists got in the game, looking at mind-body elements like the shape of the skull, behavior and cognition. And in the 20th century, advances in neuroscience enabled researchers to monitor the brain’s activity more closely to determine its impact on the body.

Today, mind-body discussions encompass the roles of feelings, spirituality, the nervous system, social influences and neurology. Researchers, including Antonio Damasio, the M.W. Van Allen Professor and Head of Neurology at the University of Iowa, examine how the inner workings of the mind affect memory, language, emotion and decision-making. Their results are reshaping the perception of how closely linked the mind and the body really are.
I especially like: ...the immaterialists battled the materialists. Immaterialism states that no substance is mindless. In order for something to exist, it is either perceived by the mind or is the mind itself...

is the mind itself?

In the pictures above, one is immaterial (Yoko's), one is The Material Girl Razz Dancers

This topic is a joy!

for everyone!

or

is it just

mind?


Tongue


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Have the heart of a gypsy, and the dedication of a soldier -Beethoven in Beethoven Lives Upstairs

Thats is so true. Meditation and medicine are like husband and wife. to have a good life husband and wife have to go along and side by side. medicine gives u the releef and meditation gives u the peace. both are important in a life. one must meditate daily or atleast frequently and then observe the changes which takes place in his or her life. he becomes more focused as wll as less rational. thanks for the definations and the origion of these words. they are so informative vicky.
Dating back to the early Hindus and Buddhists in the sixth century B.C., people have used mind-body approaches to become more attuned with nature, the divine and themselves.

Thanks again Teo,
for the enlightening post.

“The best way to tell whether we are moving in the direction of greater wellbeing is by listening to our inner messages of comfort or distress. Our highest evolutionary path is the one that generates the least resistance and the most joy.”
― David Simon, M.D.

Our search to understand the true nature of the self has long engaged science and religion in a tug of war, but as studies examining the health benefits of prayer and meditation continue to emerge, their collaboration seems obvious for a holistic approach to life. Advances in neurobiology and medicine allow us to delve into the inner workings of the brain to find answers to our age-old questions. Doctors and clergy work hand in hand toward patients’ well-being. Many medical schools offer courses in spirituality, and divinity programs often include psychology requirements.

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