is Director of the Global Retreat Centre which hosts over 10,000 guests a year. She has been studying Raja Yoga meditation for almost 30 years and has a rare talent for spiritual pragmatism: The translation of simple but ancient truths into every day life.
Medical researchers have found that qualities like faith, hope, and forgiveness, and the use of social support and prayer seem to have a noticeable effect on health and healing. A person's most deeply held beliefs strongly influence his or her health. Some researchers believe that faith increases the body's resistance to stress. In a 1988 clinical study of women undergoing breast biopsies, the women with the lowest stress hormone levels were those who used their faith and prayer to cope with stress.