Thursday, September 29, 2005

Love is real medicine

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You guys have *got* to read this—"Love is real medicine" in this week's Newsweek.


In the magazine's exhaustive coverage of heart disease, this article by Dean Ornish, MD, to me hits the nail on the head for prevention and cure. "Love," he writes, "and intimacy are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well." He later adds, "…love protects your heart in ways that we don't completely understand."


Well, I just have to say it—Mary Baker Eddy understood it! I'm so gratified to be reading how medical science is confirming what her teachings have revealed for decades: that love, or Love if you will, is the source of health and wellbeing, and we're the healthiest when we embody and express Love.


It's so simple yet so miraculous to the human mind. Our bodies, which appear to be physical and structural, are actually governed by our thought, which is purely non-physical and a-structural. Perhaps this is what Jesus really meant by when he said in substance, "Don't think about your body, what you're going to eat or wear. First seek the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you."


And what is the kingdom of God besides Love? Expressing Love is the kingdom of God here on earth. And doing so, as Jesus teaches, will maintain our bodies harmoniously.


I've read studies where having a pet, or a good marriage, or a fulfilling job, all contribute to general health and wellbeing. What is this besides the presence of Love? And can we not extend this to the wellbeing of communities, of nations, of continents?


I know I'm sounding jazzed here, but I just rejoice so much to see this clarity coming forth in the mainstream press. And it's inspiring my healing efforts today. For what better "prescription" is there than to love?


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