Written by Eric Nelson.
The story goes something like this:
Years ago, a man living in the Middle East made some startling discoveries having to do with compassion and its relationship to health. What he found was that to the extent he expressed compassion toward others, their health and general well-being would improve. Sick people, those who were blind and physically deformed, even a young man who had passed on – all of them experienced remarkable recoveries as a result of their brief yet obviously life-changing interactions with this man.
Although it’s difficult if not impossible to tell whether this story is true (in case you missed the veiled reference, the man I’m talking about is Jesus), there is mounting evidence that compassion – whether received or given – improves the body. It’s also possible that what this man was practicing wasn’t a hit-or-miss prospect, but a decidedly reliable, even scientific, approach to health care.
Religious types have known this for years, even millennia. But it’s only fairly recently that this notion has gotten substantive buy-in from others. This is due, in part, to the religious community’s ability to repackage its message in ways that resonate with the broader public.
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