When renowned Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi spoke at the 2013 World Innovation Summit on Health, she asked healthcare professionals to rethink.
“The kind of innovative healthcare to which I look forward is the one rooted in human values and in spirituality, which will help us come together as we move forward into the 21st century,” she said in her keynote address. She continued, “Please do not look at healthcare innovation only in terms of technology, training and medical education, but in terms of poor society, nurturing to the basics towards creating a healthy society in the best sense of the word.”
Some of the pre-eminent healthcare leaders in the world gathered together at that conference to share and discover new ideas for healthcare through innovation – solutions coming not only from sophisticated clinical laboratories, but from spiritual thinkers and health leaders as well.
New research into the connection between spirituality and health is widening and growing. For example, how do religiosity and spirituality influence health in complementary but different ways? A recent study from the University of Connecticut shows that religious affiliation has definite effects on smoking cessation and drinking moderation, providing measurable health benefits. On the other hand, spirituality – meaning private prayer or meditation – helps regulate emotions, and affects health issues such as blood pressure and diseases that stem from stress. Then there are examples of how forgiveness and compassion – both core teachings to of most major spiritual practices – can also have definite effects on health. These few examples may be just the tip of the iceberg in defining the relation between spirituality and health……
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