- L is for love. Falling in love is a natural painkiller and makes you more motivated, says a Stanford University School of Medicine study.
- M is for music. Listening to music while exercising can enhance your endurance by 15 per cent, say researchers at Brunei University’s School of Sport and Education.
- S is for smile. Researchers at Michigan State University have found those who smile as a result of cultivating positive thoughts improve their mood.
You get the picture. Writer, Charmaine Yabsley offered examples from A-Z and despite my initial scepticism, I found her article thought-provoking. Do you see a pattern emerging in it? Nearly every example hinged on the findings from recent medical research.
It makes sense to be guided by evidence-based research for the management of our planet (and universe?), including plants, animals and us. But scientists themselves often ask if the universe is simply made of matter and question its ontology. And even medical researchers and practitioners affirm that they are happy to be rid of the notion that they are like ‘gods in white coats’, having all the answers.
They are finding that just when it seems the ‘ducks are all in a row’ a new study contests that stance. For instance, studies into the (New Research on the Antidepressant vs Placebo Debate, Time Magazine, January 18, 2012), support the growing recognition that thought affects health in a big way.
There’s also a considerable body of research into producing results that would make no sense if the universe was simply made of matter. Medical research is showing that not everything we see, feel, hear, touch or taste is as it seems.
An acquaintance told me how she tried all sorts of medical approaches to dealing with food allergies for her daughter, but these provided little improvement, and certainly no full resolution to the problem. Then a change of thought about her daughter and about food allergies, as she acknowledged through her renewed understanding about the nature of God and His children, brought about a total restoration to perfect health. That was more than 20 year ago.
Some might ask how anyone could rely on religion (or others would say, a religious myth) for healthcare. Well, I reckon you need to be a bit of a myth-buster really, and you will discover that there's a spiritual science in place, that can’t be seen with the eyes but can be felt and known through our heart and thoughts. But the results of this spiritual science CAN be seen and felt!
This is much more than about religion, but more about acknowledging a law or principle explained as ever-present love, infinite ordered perfection and goodness. Many religions and meditative practices have insights into these laws in their teachings, although they may explain them differently. And every one of us (whether religious, into meditation or new age practices, or happy to adhere to the current scientific status quo) glimpses these truths from time to time, in a perfect sunset or landscape, in pure love for someone, in perfect health, in a selfless act, in healing.
I don’t think that my friend could be convinced that this healing was a figment of her imagination, and nor could I negate the many healings I’ve experienced through a change of thought via prayer as explained in Christian Science. The evidence says it all!
I look for opportunities to provide a spiritual perspective to current events, offer findings on current scientific research in the field of spirituality and health, and give accurate information to the public about Christian Science and its founder Mary Baker Eddy.