The Mind and Body Connection
There are a variety of mind-body approaches that can help you process your emotions and develop inner peace and physical wellness. Virtually every major medical center has a stress management mind-body clinic, and such practices as meditation, yoga, and group support are woven into the medical treatment of serious mental illnesses. Understanding and using the connection between mind and body can improve your mental and physical health.
In the United States, there has recently been a shift in the way healthcare professionals view the mind-body connection. For example, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a US governmental agency that researches holistic lifestyle approaches, has seen their funding jump from $2 million in 1992 to $124.1 million in 2015. Numerous funding increases at large medical research institutions and the creation of university departments dedicated to studying alternative medicine has helped to show the benefits that mind-body medicine can provide.
Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education’s research regarding various kinds of meditation: http://ccare.stanford.edu/research/compassion-database/altruism/
Link to scientific research from Emory University’s Cognitively Based Compassion Training: https://tibet.emory.edu/cognitively-based-compassion-training/history/index.html
The University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society’s mindfulness research: https://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/about-us/
Emma Seppala, PhD (affiliated with Yale University now) the Science of Happiness, Health and Success’ website: https://emmaseppala.com/research/
Research on Self Compassion and Compassion practices from Kritsen Neff, PhD (affiliated with University of Texas at Austin): https://self-compassion.org/the-research/
UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center – https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/body.cfm?id=169