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The link between healing and prayer/positive thinking

By HERWriter Guide November 12, 2010 - 8:57am

I'm not a 'prayer' but I do believe it works for those who have a belief system along with positive thinking/meditation (similar to prayer in it's psychological outcome) for those don't pray and studies back me up.

Do you also believe in the power of prayer or positive thinking as a tool that can actually be instrumental as a healing tool? Have you had experience in this?

I look forward to hearing your responses!

By March 25, 2011 - 2:06am

I find what is most helpful to me is being aware of the moment. Enjoying wherever I am, and opening my senses and mind to whatever is happening. I found this takes practice and meditation or other arts that require concentration (such as creating art, yoga, martial arts) help develop this skill. Be here.

March 25, 2011 - 2:06am
By HERWriter Guide November 18, 2010 - 8:55am

Hi Kate!

Thanks for your input! You make some great points!
I wouldn't worry too much about wording...positive thinking Vs positive being etc...it's all the same really and ends up a bit of a semantical argument! Since positive thinking is what leads to postive being, then form follows function to a positive outcome!

In terms of long term effects - studies done on persons over the age of 100 show that they have been affable and positive people all their lives. In otherwords, curmugeons for the most part, don't live much after reaching old age! So I thing the long term effects of positive thinking leads literally to a longer life.

Of course there is much more to it than that; heath and access to good heath care, financial stability and strong family and social ties also make the difference (as well as a few good genes thrown in there!) but the positivity of a human (based on the studies of centenarians) shows those long term effects to be....long!


November 18, 2010 - 8:55am
By November 17, 2010 - 8:14pm

I actually have thought about the words Positive Thinking and have come to the idea of Positive Being. 'Thinking' can sometimes take you away from the truth and reality and be a way of avoiding what is. Rather if we can anchor ourselves within the personal power we hold (for some seen as our connection to God, or another form of spirituality) we can be unafraid of the outcome. This way it frees our energy to focus on who we are deep within, what we can do, and let go of what we can't.
I wrote on this in a blog:

meditation actually is really a form of 'letting go'.. not trying to control anything but seeing what arises from within. Prayer can be more of a cry for help altho' when the connection to that higher power is truly made then that is also a letting go and being with what IS.
so yes, it has been shown that meditation and prayer seems to have a healing effect.... and yet just what/how that happens is not known! stress decreases, tension and anxiety decreases and that in itself is healing for physical body.

I'd be curious to know of positive thinking has long term effects - more so that a regular meditative or 'prayerful' practice.. and also how people who practice one of the other handle further illness, recurrence or no change in their condition...

thank you for the prompt Susan.

November 17, 2010 - 8:14pm

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