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Churg Strauss: Recovery Through The Mind Body Connection Part 4

Posted Aug 01 2010 12:00am 2 Comments

Hi there and welcome to the fourth and final part in my series on Churg Strauss: Recovery Through The Mind/ Body Connection.

Before you read this final installment in my series, please read the previous articles in the series which you can find below through the following links…

Okay so this final part in my series is based upon Yaro Starak’s article titled How I Realized My Sense Of Self And Why It Changed Me Forever ” and I want to delve into just how important the role of  Faith or Spirituality can be to the Mind/ Body connection and Churg Strauss Recovery.

Let’s focus on the term Faith for just a moment shall we…

Faith is the confident belief or trust in the truth or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. [1] [2] The word “faith” can refer to a religion itself or to religion in general.

As with “trust”, faith involves a concept of future events or outcomes, and is used conversely for a belief “not resting on logical proof or material evidence.” [3] [4] Informal usage of the word “faith” can be quite broad, and may be used in place of “ trust ” or “belief.”

Faith is often used in a religious context, as in theology , where it almost universally refers to a trusting belief in a transcendent reality , or else in a Supreme Being and/or this being’s role in the order of transcendent, spiritual things.

Faith is in general the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true. [5] It is the belief and the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, based on his or her authority and truthfulness. [6] The English word faith is dated from 1200–50, from the Latin fidem, or fidēs, meaning trust, akin to fīdere, which means to trust.[1] “

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Spirituality can refer to an ultimate or immaterial reality ; [1] an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of their being; or the “deepest values and meanings by which people live.” [2] Spiritual practices, including meditation , prayer and contemplation , are intended to develop an individual’s inner life; such practices often lead to an experience of connectedness with a larger reality, yielding a more comprehensive self ; with other individuals or the human community; with nature or the cosmos ; or with the divine realm. [3] Spirituality is often experienced as a source of inspiration or orientation in life. [4] It can encompass belief in immaterial realities or experiences of the immanent or transcendent nature of the world.

Yaro refers to spirituality in his post with just some of the following…

” To continue this series it’s inevitable that spirituality enters the conversation. I’ve skirted around the subject already when looking at the nature of truth, however it has been possible up to this point to “understand” the ideas I’ve introduced in an intellectual way. “

” To continue this series it’s inevitable that spirituality enters the conversation. I’ve skirted around the subject already when looking at the nature of truth, however it has been possible up to this point to “understand” the ideas I’ve introduced in an intellectual way. “

First of all I want to make this as open as possible at the outset of this last article and be forthright with all of you…I was never and I’m still not a very religious or spiritual person, but at the same time I do not feel that I am a hypocrite by saying that I have found some solace when listening to and or watching one person…Joel Osteen.

I was not raised very religiously by my parents, as we observed the Christmas Holiday every year ( and yes I know…I am Jewish ) but this is how it was.

Needless to say, I really did not have a lot of need and or reason ( at least at the time anyway ) for faith or belief in religion.

okay, so now that we have this little bit of info out of the way let’s continue…

This changed somewhat for me after the passing of my dad. I needed something to latch onto to keep my sanity. I hated my job ( and still do! ) , my mother was living with us now, I was dealing with a ton of guilt ( at times I still am ) my mother’s and my own, and not a whole hell of a lot of outlets to get rid of all of this tension and stress. One Sunday while my mom was on one of her many visits to her sister ( my aunt ) in Brooklyn, I just happened onto one of Joel Osteen’s television broadcasts and I was hooked. Here was someone who was dynamic and his message just seemed to hit me between the eyes.

Maybe, I was just very susceptible at the time, but I just latched onto Joel’s messages of hope through belief in god. I wound up buying Joel’s first book Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential , and read it from cover to cover several times. At the time, it helped me get through it all and this was the first time that I ever listened to or read anything that had some sort of a ” Faith ” message to share with me.

Now, let’s take a step forward into 2008 and I find myself in the hospital, without my parents anymore to help me. No guidance from mom and dad…and no answers as to just what it was I had yet…I was scared, to say the least. I stared to listen to and read more of Joel Osteen.

So, for me faith became something I would go back to on an occasion or two as evidenced above…but is it something that we can use to help us overcome and or deal with a disease that may be life threatening?

I will only use myself here in answering this question and say that I have been able to get through some tough times with just a little bit of faith, but I can also state that I do know of several people who are devout as far as their ” Faith ” is concerned and this belief in faith has been able to sustain these people through some very tough situations concerning health and other matters.

There have been stories of people who have had such a strong belief in their faith, that it has helped them overcome disease, where they have been told they only have so many years to live and not only have they outlasted the odds, but in some cases their conditions have either gone into remission ( there’s that term again! ) or in some cases have been completely cured of the disease…but I am guessing that these are extremely rare cases.

There was even an episode last year ( I believe ) on Fox 5′s doctor drama ” House ” where a father has absolute faith and does whatever it would take to save his son, including giving up all of his cash in order to save his son’s life.

So, do I think having a strong belief in a god, or in  spirituality or just having a strong sense of faith can help in recovery from a disease…in a word…yes.

So, in closing out this series, I want to just stress that I find that on a personal level having a strong mind/ body connection should be something that we all strive for in order to help us in our everyday lives.

Having a strong Mind/Body connection is something that I believe can enhance several areas of your life including

  • Your Decision Making
  • Your Relationships with Family & Friends
  • Your Overall Outlook On Life
  • And Most Importantly…Helping You Live With A Disease

And quite possibly, overcoming and concurring it!

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The mind/body connection--in the form of standing post meditation qigong (Chinese energy exercises) helped me beat four bouts of supposedly terminal lymphoma cancer in the early nineties. Qigong calmed my mind, taking me out of the "fight-or flight" response--which floods the body with adrenal hormones, interfering with healing. It energized my body: one can't lift weights or run wind sprints when undergoing heavy chemo--but one can do the postures and gentle exercises of qigong. And strengthen the body. Qigong also empowered my will to endure two bone marrow transplants. Clear 14 years and still practicing!


Bob Ellal

Author, 'By These Things Men Live: Chronicles of a Four-Time Cancer Survivor'

Hi Bob. This is my first time having any type of contact with you, but I appreciate your comment and I will take a look at your book when I'm able to get a moment. It would seem that in your case the " Mind Body connection is very strong. I wish you nothing but continued good health. Lew
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