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Healing Moments

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
A TBI Media production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 15 May 2016 23:30

Music Played

  • Thomas Tallis

    Spem In Alium

    Performer: The Sixteen. Performer: The Sixteen. Composer: Thomas Tallis.
    • Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination - Medieval & Renaissance Music Inspired by the British Library Exhibition.
    • The Sixteen Productions Ltd.
  • Nils Frahm


    Performer: Nils Frahm.
    • Screws.
    • Erased Tapes.
  • R. Carlos Nakai

    Song for the Morning Star

    Performer: R. Carlos Nakai.
    • Canyon Records.
    • Inner Voices.
  • Leonard Cohen

    Come Healing

    • Old Ideas.
    • Columbia.
  • Riverboat Man

    • Lovecloud.
    • Bard Records.
  • Ave Maria

    • Unforgettable Classics: Violin.
    • Classics for Pleasure.
  • Franz Schubert

    Ave Maria

    • Unforgettable Classics: Violin.
    • Classics for Pleasure.
  • Turn, Turn, Turn

    • Tell It Like It Is.
    • Sony BMG.
  • Pete Seeger

    Turn, Turn, Turn

    Performer: Nina Simone.
    • Tell It Like It Is.
    • Sony BMG.


Title: Liner Notes from Screws

Author: Nils Frahm

Publisher: Erased Tapes Records

Title: The Maxims of Medicine

Author: Suzy Kassem

Publisher: Suzy Kassem

Title: The Secrets of Happiness: Three Thousand Years of Searching for the Good Life

Author: Richard Schoch

Publisher: Scribner

Title: The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing

Author: Lori Arviso Alvord

Publisher: Bantam

Title: The Source

Author: Jean Sprackland

Publisher: London Review of Books

Title: Coming to Terms

Author: Christopher Southgate

Publisher: Shoestring Press

Title: Ruth Harris

Author: Lourdes: Body and Spirit in the Secular Age

Publisher: Penguin

Title: Healing Walks for Hard Times

Author: Carolyn Scott Kortage

Publisher: Trumpeter Books