A Sampling of Health and Spirituality Articles
Spirituality & Health Magazine
Catch Dr. Hamilton’s article, “Peace Lessons From A War Horse” in the Sept/Oct Issue of Spirituality & Health Magazine.
Making Happiness Last
Spirituality & Health November/December 2011
The experience of happiness simply doesn’t last. It can’t, given the very nature of the brain. But that fact by no means suggests that happiness is not a worthy pursuit. Of course it is! The key I believe is to pursue happiness in a dedicated way that actually works. And the fact that this path to happiness is proven to work says everything about who we are deep down, and what we truly aspire to. Read Article
The Ultimate Health Practice
Spirituality & Health, Jan/Feb 2011 Issue
Why is the smartest, most adaptable creature on the planet hardwired to stop talking, lose its sense of self, and feel at one with the world — in a profound state of listening? The answer — from the deep roots of Earth religions — could not only save your life but our species. It always has…
Four Awakenings to Compassion – Lessons From The Minds of Whales
Spirituality & Health July/Aug, 2010
The ability to decipher an artificially derived symbolic language is a trait shared only between Cetaceans and humans.
Neurons of Compassion
Spirituality & Health July/Aug, 2009
**”Neurons of Compassion” was chosen by editorial staff at Spirituality & Health as one of top 10 articles published in 2010!
Like most great scientific breakthroughs, the discovery of the human mirror neuron system was an accident. What may end up being the most important neuroscientific discovery of the 21st century was uncovered serendipitously because of an ice cream cone.
Healing Prayers That Work
Spirituality & Health March/April 2008
If you perceive you’re being prayed for and you are being prayed for, you’ll likely feel better.
Selected On-Line Articles
The Spiritual Struggle Behind Grey’s Anatomy published on The Washington Post – On Faith
By Allan J. Hamilton, MD
As a real-life brain surgeon, I feel it’s important to recognize a bit of historic neurosurgical history being made: Thursday night the fifth season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” is here. I, for one, am grateful that neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd (played by heart-throb Patrick Dempsey) continues to maintain a busy and demanding clinical practice every Thursday night. Read Article
A Second Chance – and Then Some! – on Creations Magazine
by Allan Hamilton, MD, FACS, • Tucson, AZ
Recently I was on a book tour in Seattle. At the end of my talk at the bookstore, a gentleman came up to me. He was a physician, which is a rarity at my talks. Most doctors are uncomfortable attending a presentation meant to open up a dialogue about the role of spirituality when patients confront severe illness or major surgery. But this man waited until all the book signing was over, and all the other audience members were gone. He had something on his mind. Read Article in Creations Magazine
Pull A Tom Cruise – published on Basil & Spice
The left side does all the talking. It’s where speech, logic, analysis—all the cognitive skills so valued by our society—come from. The left hemisphere of our brain is our species’ crowning evolutionary achievement. It is our left-sided linguistic abilities that launched us into well-coordinated hunter-gatherers. Our ability to make records, to share technologies allowed us to become the master consumers and predators on our planet. Read Article