Healthcare and meditation are both concerned with the giving of attention. Those serving others in healthcare can find the giving of attention either life-giving or exhausting or even self-destructive. Given the current pressures and stresses in the lives of clinicians, new sources of renewal of the healing arts are needed. Meditation is such a source, beginning at a personal, interior level that can be integrated into daily life as a simple, modest yet life-changing discipline. Research on the physical and psychological benefits of meditation is now widely accepted. So, those wishing to learn, not only about meditation but how to make meditation part of their life will benefit most from this programme. (Laurence Freeman OSB, 2013)
With these words. Fr. Laurence introduces the course on Health & Meditation: Healing From The Centre, at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, in Dublin, which he leads with Dr Barry White.
The outreach of Meditatio into medicine and healthcare has been prominent from the outset. A Meditatio Seminar on Mental Health was held in London in 2011. Similar events happened in York (The Spiritual Ground of Well-Being – Meditation as an Art of Healing), in Brazil and in other parts of the world.
A programme for teaching meditation to medical practitioners in Australia has been initiated by Dr Peter Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales.
Doctors, nurses, psychologists, body therapists, all kind of workers from the health field, patients and relatives, have been benefiting and collaborating with the reflection and study on the relationship between meditation and health.