Science and `Spiritual Practices: Reconnecting through Direct Experience

by Rupert Sheldrake

published by Hodder & Stoughton

paberback, 247 pages


Did you know that saliva samples taken from people before and after singing showed that it enhanced immune system activity?


Or that studies have shown that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as (if not more effective than) antidepressants for mild to moderate depression?


There's a lot more in this book, as well as simple, practical suggestions for how to put the knowledge Rupert Sheldrake shares into action.



from the back cover:


"In this pioneering book Rupert Sheldrake shows how science helps validate seven practices on which all religions are built, and which are part of our common human heritage:


  • Relating to plants
  • Meditation
  • Rituals
  • Gratitude
  • Singing and chanting
  • Connecting with nature
  • Pilgrimage and holy places


"The effects of spiritual practices are now being investigated scientifically as never before, and many studies have shown that religious and spiritual practices generally make people happier and healthier."



Sheldrake, R. "Science and Spiritual Practices"