8 Amazing Ways to be Naturally Healed from any Sickness
– A Spiritual Journey to Mental Health (Beyond Blue)
“Spirituality predicts for better disease control,” says Dr. Gail Ironson, a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Miami who studies HIV and Religious belief. What exactly happens in the brain when a person sings. “Alleluia” that makes her more resilient to illness than the non-believer?
Here Are 8 Ways Faith Can Heal
1. Faith Provides Social Support
Not surprisingly, a major reason regular church goers have half the risk of dying over the next eight years as people who skip religious services is due to the social support gained by a church community.
One consistent happiness key is weaving a network of support for yourself. We all need a security net. If you go to church regularly, and especially if you get involved in your parish or church community, that social support is provided. Also, regular churchgoers are more
likely to give support to others, and this act of generosity, any altruistic
activity, really promotes better health.
2. Faith Engages the Senses
According to Ted Kaptchuk, Professor of Medicine at Havard Medical School, Religious belief is not just a mind question but it involves the commitment of one’s body as well. The sensory organs, tastes, smells, sounds, music, the architecture of religious buildings (are involved).
Just as the very act of coming into a hospital exposes a patient to sights and smells that are thought to prime the brain and body for healing, so may the act of walking into a house of worship.
3. Faith Reinforces a Belief System
You’re happier and healthier when you think that you’re right (regardless of whether or not you really are). Positive psychologist theorises that people bond when they hold common opinions and beliefs, and this kind of bonding leads to happiness. Happy people live longer.
4. Faith provides good laws to live-by
Religion and spirituality do what a parent or supervisor at work does; give you 10 laws to abide by. And, although you may stick out your tongue at those regulations and try to break a few of them, you are actually glad that they exist, because for the most part, your life runs more smoothly when you follow them. These expectations or dogma, keeps you on track.
5. Faith attaches meaning to events
Your health can benefit from the scriptures. The scriptures offer plenty of examples of how bad situations were redeemed in the end. Faith gives hope and hope is the best thing you can do for your body. It’s better than a placebo.
6. Faith inspires gratitude
Optimists fare better in surgery and combating any type of illness than pessimists. Gratitude, like humour, boosts your immune system, makes you more resilient to stress, counters depression and anxiety, and helps to lower your production of cortisol, the hormone that is bad new all around. Faith motivates gratitude in that it reminds a person to count her blessings and to thank God often for them.
7. Faith encourages fasting
Most religious traditions incorporate some cleansing fast as a ritual: Catholics have lent, Jews have Yom Kippur, Muslims have Ramadan, and so forth. Fasting has spiritual benefits, and some believers can achieve a temporary state of clarity and peace by abstaining from
certain foods or limiting their caloric intake but the physiological impact is profound, as well, because these fasts are a way for the body to purge toxins.
8. Faith changes the brain
Engaging in prayer and meditation can actually change your brain. Long-term meditators, those with 15 years of practice or more –appears to have thicker frontal lobes than non-meditators. People who describe themselves as highly spiritual tend to exhibit an asymmetry in the thalamus, a feature that other people can develop after just eight
weeks of training in meditation skills.
Source: Theresa Borchard