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Holistic health and medicine is a diverse field of alternative medicine in which the "whole person" is focused on, not just the malady itself. Often called mind-body medicine, holistic medicine takes into account the spirit or soul, as well. According to the individual viewpoint of the patient or the practitioner, the definition of "spiritual" as well as the relationship between the body, mind, and spirit or soul can be strikingly different. An important factor in mental health treatment is the awareness, by practitioner and client, of the fact that both physical health and spiritual health correlate to mental health, sometimes in a web of causality that can seem at first like an overwhelming puzzle. For those seeking meaning and reasons behind mental and emotional struggles, healing the body and soul go hand in hand with healing the mind.
C.R. writes: The Washington Post reports that "Over the course of nine months in 2009 and 2010, six Palo Alto teenagers committed suicide. Between 2010 and 2014, an average of 20 children and young adults killed themselves annually in Santa Clara County, where Palo Alto is located." To put these grim statistics in context, "The deaths in the city constitute two recent “suicide clusters” (multiple suicides within a short time frame); there are an average of five in the entire country each year. Having two in the same city in less than a decade is extremely rare." (Washington Post) Several teenagers have committed suicide by stepping in front of trains, jumping off roofs or overpasses, or by hanging themselves.
(A God in Therapy post) This New York Times' article went viral yesterday: A Drug to Cure Fear. But are yet more psychiatric drugs really the answer? A 19th century Jewish mystic, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, said "no."
What is personality identity? What is the self? Where does the self/identity spring from? What is its physical source? What is its non-physical source? Personal identity is in flux as we grow, mature and change. Or is it? (Interesting article here.) The Jewish mystics tell us
Sometimes science is redundant. If you've got faith, belief, and even experiences that confirm that life has meaning, consequences, and conscious existence beyond our brief time in our present physical bodies, you might not care what the average scientist thinks. Or you might be surprised what scientists are thinking about now. (These make for some worthwhile clicking.) A New View of Consciousness (PBS) "...there might be a more dynamic relationship between consciousness and other states of matter—that our ability to perceive the world is both a means to an end and also an end (an “object”) in itself."
The Tainted Grain is a story by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), whose stories express truth at many spiritual levels, including the psycho-spiritual and emotional. The Tainted Grain Once upon a time, a worried king had a talk with his prime minister and good friend. The king said, "I can see in the stars, that every person in my kingdom who eats grain from this year's harvest is going to go mad! What, dear friend, do you think we should do?
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