There is an amusing saying regarding the health of the physical body. It is said that the loss of health results in four things: the first is being ill; the second is a pill; the third is the bill; and the fourth, in some cases, is the will. I would like to add an option to provide a healing effect for an illness—and that is to be still! Let us explore how meditation, the art of being still, can have healing effects for our body, our mind, our emotions, our soul, and the world.
Healing the Body
Meditation provides physical benefits. Medical researchers have been exploring the body-mind connection. They have linked certain illnesses to our state of mind and emotional condition. They found that when we undergo mental stress, emotional pain, or depression, our physical resistance to disease drops.
Spending time in meditation reduces stress. One meditation study, by Dr. John L. Craven, published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, states: “Controlled studies have found consistent reductions in anxiety in meditators. . . . Several stress-related conditions have demonstrated improvement during clinical trials of meditation including: hypertension, insomnia, asthma, chronic pain, cardiac tachyarrhythmias, phobic anxiety.”