The Five Elements
The Connection Between Our Emotions and Our Physical Signs & Symptoms
By being able to pinpoint the element that caused the imbalance and identify the pattern of disharmony it created, we are able to treat the root cause of the disease, address both physical and emotional complaints, and restore harmony to the entire body.
The Importance of Spirituality
Spiritual wellness means discovering a sense of meaningfulness in our lives and coming to know that we have a purpose and that we are here to fulfill it. Regular prayer and meditation are important factors in sustaining a healthy life. A wide variety of spiritual practices have been shown to help lower overall stress levels, which is one of the major risk factors for disease. Spiritual practices also provide a powerful way to maintain a positive outlook and help us successfully weather the trials of life.
How Exactly Do Prayer and Meditation Assist in Our Healing?
- The relaxation response – prayer and meditation can elicit something called “the relaxation response.” This response can lower our blood pressure, regulate our heartbeat and smooth our respiration.
- Secondary control – prayer releases control to something greater than ourselves, which can reduce the stress of needing to be in charge.
- The placebo response – prayer can enhance our hopes and expectations, and that in turn can positively impact our health.
- Healing presence – prayer can bring us a sense of God’s presence and make us feel aligned in the universe.
- Positive feelings – prayer and meditation can bring forth feelings of peace, gratitude, compassion, forgiveness, and hope… all of which are associated with healing and wellness.
- Mind-body-spirit connection – prayer can uplift us emotionally and release endorphins in our blood. Endorphins inhibit the transmission of pain signals and can elicit a sense of euphoria.
According to the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health at Duke University, “A large volume of research shows that people who are religious and/or spiritual have better mental health and adapt more quickly to health problems compared to those who are less religious and/or spiritual. The benefits to mental health and well-being have physiological consequences that impact physical health, affect the risk of disease, and influence a positive response to treatment.”