Would you get over your prejudices if you knew they caused poor health? Research now says so: anger, fear and a sense of injustice leading to racial discrimination can adversely affect every part of the human body. This was true for the victims, perpetrators and even witnesses! (https://theconversation.com/does-racism-make-us-sick-63641)
When writer Kay Stroud, a Christian, anticipated a trip to Java with her Muslim sister-in-law to stay with Muslim relatives, she was confronted with the world’s thoughts about other cultures, religions, habits. Would she give in to fear or prejudice? Stroud shares these insights:
“These studies echo a lesson I’ve learned over many years of cultivating a spiritual practice, namely that injustices and fears are bad for our health. A thought-leader who explains the underlying mental causes of sickness and how to regain and sustain health on a deeper, divine basis, Mary Baker Eddy, writes, ‘Lurking error, lust, envy, revenge, malice, or hate will perpetuate or even create the belief in disease.’
“On this spiritual basis, I had an abiding sense that all would be well on the trip to Indonesia. I genuinely felt that ‘we live, and move, and have our being’ in divine Love, which is a very healthy environment! Memories of healings I’d had of insectophobia, of bites, stings and contagious disease, enabled me to feel a profound sense of safety.
“My aversion to the all-pervading smell of cigarette smoke in public spaces, cars and private homes, and the enormous challenges to travelling any distance by road in the third world, threatened to unravel my equanimity for a time. However, I found that as I focused my thoughts and behaviour on being accepting and kind and radiating goodwill, I actually felt a whole lot better and the locals responded generously.”
If you’d like to learn more details about how Stroud meditated and prayed about prejudice and her travels Read More here.