Academic Dr Sarah Goldingay explores the spiritual aspects of healing. She argues that healing is about more than our bodies, it is about our connection to others and to the divine.
Academic Dr Sarah Goldingay explores the spiritual aspects of healing. Sarah's research into the healing experience has led her to the realisation that the process involves far more than our bodies alone.
For Sarah, healing is about our emotions, our sense of self, the landscape and community we were born into. It's about our very soul.
In this episode of Something Understood, stories from patients Sarah has interviewed reveal the importance, when healing, of a deep connection to something other than ourselves - to our doctor, the landscape around us and to the divine.
With poetry from Christopher Southgate, who examines the feeling of loss following the death of a loved one, and readings from Navajo surgeon Lori Arviso Alvord, the programme dissects what could be called "healing moments" - moments where the connection between healer and patient becomes imbued with a transcendent power.
Presenter: Dr Sarah Goldingay
Producer: Max O'Brien
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