Here is something to think about when it comes to health.
The most effective health care intervention is our free will.
A 1993 study from The New England Journal of Medicine says, “preventable illness makes up approximately 70 percent of the burden of illness and the associated costs.” In the ensuing 22 years, we’ve seen rising levels of stress and the ongoing epidemics of obesityand prescription drug abuse – all behavior-related. Yet few of us talk about our free will as the road to recovery or wellness. A lot of us hide from what we feel intuitively is out of balance within us. The medical conversations we have often center on how to intervene in reaction to a health crisis rather than how we can stay well and whole.
How many of us realize there’s a powerful response to health challenges that does not rely on drugs or cost us anything but our time and attention?
Studies show mindfulness – focusing awareness on the present moment nonjudgmentally – is a “free will” intervention with demonstrated effectiveness in treating all the following ailments:
But only 8 percent of Americans meditate, a common form of mindfulness practice, and 10 percent do yoga (which may or may not be mindful), according to the 2012 National Institute of Health Survey.