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Re: Spirituality - good medicine?

Posted by Dinah on July 15, 2013, at 11:24:10

In reply to Re: Spirituality - good medicine?, posted by SLS on July 12, 2013, at 16:14:42

> Yes! Yes! Yes!
> - Scott
> -------------------------------------------
> > It doesn't surprise me. I can see how a negative spin might be placed on it, but...
> >
> > I can't really explain what I'm thinking, and when I try it doesn't come out at all right.
> >
> > Do you ever leave your house without a watch? I always feel so lost without a watch. I notice for myself, and with some of the people of faith that I know, that belief in God can be something like a watch. It somehow helps me place myself in the universe. It's orienting.
> >
> > That could be a helpful conjunct to treatment, I'd think.
> >
> > But then I also think that when I'm most depressed, it's harder for me to maintain spirituality. So in some ways, for me at least, therapy would need to help some first.
> -------------------------------------------

Hmmm.... It looks like they are discovering that the state of meditation affects the orientation/association area of the brain.

I don't know whether that would affect my own experience of finding belief in God rather orienting. I'm not at all good at meditation, and don't think I've ever had an experience of joining with the divine or being at one with the universe. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to.
Unless it's like being on the top of a mountain and realizing how very small I am, and how very large God is. I love that feeling. Although that seems rather the opposite of what I understand meditation to be.

I'm not particularly bothered by brain studies that involve belief in the divine. I've never understood why science and faith need to be in opposition. But then I've also always had a liking and respect for Thomas, and never understood why "Doubting Thomas" was supposed to be an insult. And I have no Charismatic leanings at all, being far more a Rationalist.




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