The meanings of meditation and medicine are connected by the prefix ‘med’ which means care and attention.
Although immense advances in healthcare, disease control and life-expectancy have been made possible by advances in science and technology, a growing crisis in medicine has alerted the profession to the urgent need for a new approach to the very meaning of health itself.
In Ireland Meditatio has collaborated with the Royal College of Physicians to introduce meditation to doctors, nurses and other healthcare practitioners. A course Meditation and Medicine supported by the Department of Health of the Irish government now touches the heart of this crisis in the personal transformation that meditation works in the lives of those responsible for healing and healthcare.
Daily meditation groups are being formed in hospitals by graduates of the course.
The value of meditation for health extends far beyond the headline benefits of the practice in stress-reduction and opens us to the very meaning of humanity and of our aspiration to wholeness.
Medical practitioners who have discovered the value of meditation in their own lives naturally recognise its value for patients and regularly share it with them.
In 2016 a government-funded research project examining the influence of meditation in the Emergency Department of a major hospital began.
The relationship between healing and curing as well as the priority of self-regulation are illuminated and assisted by the practice of meditation.
The concept of Contemplative Medicine which places meditation at the centre of its insights is being developed by Dr Barry White, a consultant haematologist and member of the RCPI.
In Australia, Dr Peter Smith is teaching meditation at medical schools and in hospitals.
An annual retreat organised by Meditatio on Healing is now held on Bere Island.
- To contact the Meditatio Coordinator for Meditation and Medicine email Dr Barry White
- For information on the Bere Island Healing Retreat email here
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