Many health practitioners regard religion and spirituality as “unscientific” and beyond the scope of medicine. Certainly no doctor should tell you what to believe: religious and spiritual beliefs and practice are intensely intimate and personal. But the science is clear that religious and spiritual experience can be intensely healing.

You may wish to begin with What is Medical Spirituality and Why Is It Important? This is a brief statement of my approach. It includes a brief review of the medical literature on spirituality. Also, please read about who should not engage in meditation.

If you don’t participate in a religious tradition, one of the more interesting ways to explore this aspect of self is discussed in finding a sacred focus.

There are two new sections on meditation, first some basic concepts and why anyone would want to do such a thing, and also suggestions on how to go about it.

Here is a meditation practice called Opening the Doors of Perception. If you’re a beginner, it might be more difficult than it sounds, but you may find it worth the effort.

It’s also important to review the pervasive influence of magical thinking, and how differs from spiritual insight.

Finally, if you’d like to see some references of some of the science in this area, about check out the bibliography of spirituality in medicine.