By Lerence Melton
On March 24, religious studies professor Francesco Bellini hosted a Zoom meeting titled “Just Like Me: The Practice of Healing.”
The presentation, some of which focused on the essay, “What It Means to Heal” by Cyndi Jones, explored the history and personal journey of healing, including a more “proactive, less mystical approach to healing.”
During the presentation, Bellini explained the origin of healing in the Bible’s New Testament as well as the Four Noble Truths associated with Buddhism.
Students were also introduced to a guided meditation exercise.
Bellini opened the presentation by discussing the history of healing and its correlation with religion. He mentioned how scientific studies show people who believe in a religion tend to heal faster and recover from surgeries faster than someone who might not be spiritual. This extends throughout many religions and is seen mostly in Christianity and Buddhism, according to Bellini.
Next, Bellini discussed how healing is more than physical. Healing can come from within and has a mental aspect as well; for example, religions such as Buddhism practice this through meditation, a form of healing.
Towards the end of the talk, Bellini invited all participants to join him in a meditation exercise, during which they focused on one another as Bellini read a series of statements, such as “The person you are staring at has feelings just like you.”
After the exercise, which lasted for about five minutes, everyone said they had a positive experience performing the exercise.
Ruth Morganto discussed how the meditation helped her with some nervousness she was feeling about her husband’s surgery and English professor Liz Gray said she noticed how people’s breathing had slowed down to match others during the exercise.
Bellini concluded the presentation by reminding participants that everyone is human, adding, “[They are] just like you and deserve healing just like you.”
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