The healing power of love and creativity

Find your inner creativity and love for life!

If you want a heart-warming, inspiring read try Bernie Siegel’s Love, Medicine and Miracles. All of his books are deeply moving as well, so expect to cry a little! He tells how he made the journey from being a traditionally trained medical doctor and surgeon in the US, with little empathy for his patients and deeply unhappy with his job, to becoming a dream doctor who hugs his patients and teaches them how to take control of their health and life.

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He witnessed “miraculous” cures in his cancer patients and began studying what made the difference in those patients who coped well with illness and those who just gave up. He realised that in his role as physician he could be really important in this healing journey, as he could give his patients hope, rather than bare statistics about how long they had to live, and most importantly, be a human face, treating them like human beings rather than “cancer patient in room 2″. One of the things he noticed about the patients who coped well was that they felt they had something to live for, passion and love in their lives or an outlet for creativity. Dr Siegel encouraged his patients to express their creativity through writing, art, whatever made them feel happy, or through reaching out to people.This alleviates stress and releases the body’s own healing mechanisms.

Like everything I’m reading about, it’s all about how a positive state of mind can have an amazing effect on our health. Hence this week I have started painting…very badly! But it’s not about the finished product, it’s the process ;-)