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Mind Cure: How Meditation Became Medicine

Wakoh Shannon Hickey

Abstract

Mindfulness is widely claimed to improve health and performance, and historians typically say that efforts to promote meditation and yoga therapeutically began in the 1970s. In fact, they began much earlier, and that early history offers important lessons for the present and future. This book traces the history of mind-body medicine from eighteenth-century Mesmerism to the current Mindfulness boom and reveals how religion, race, and gender have shaped events. Many of the first Americans to advocate meditation for healing were women leaders of the Mind Cure movement, which emerged in the late n ... More

Keywords: Mindfulness, yoga, meditation, New Thought, Christian Science, mind-body medicine, Emanuel Swedenborg, Phineas Quimby, modernist Buddhism, Vedanta

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190864248
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190864248.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wakoh Shannon Hickey, author
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Notre Dame of Maryland University