I am convinced that unconditional love is the most powerful known stimulant of the immune system. If I told patients to raise their blood levels of immune globulins or killer T cells, no one would know how. But if I can teach them to love themselves and others fully, the same changes happen automatically. The truth is: love heals.— Bernie Siegel
The most valuable Bernie Siegel quotes you will be delighted to read
Diseases can be our spiritual flat tires - disruptions in our lives that seem to be disasters at the time but end by redirecting our lives in a meaningful way.
God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings not endings.
Just as graduations are not terminations but commencements. Creation is an ongoing process and when we create a perfect world where love and compassion are shared by all suffering will cease.
Compliments are the helium that fills everyone's balloon;
they elevate the person receiving them so he or she can fly over life's troubles and land safely on the other side.
Embrace each challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-transformation.
Being a survivor doesn't mean being strong - it's telling people when you need a meal or a ride, company, whatever. It's paying attention to heart wisdom, feelings, not living a role, but having a unique, authentic life, having something to contribute, finding time to love and laugh. All these things are qualities of survivors.
I love how Mother Theresa said she wouldn't attend an anti-war rally but if there was a peace rally to call her. So I realized it's not about waging a war against everybody's disease and diagnosis but rather about helping them live.
Your body loves you, but if you do not love your life, it will end it far sooner, thinking it is doing you a favor.
Love releases incredible energy that promotes the biochemistry of healing.
One cannot get through life without pain.
..What we can do is choose how to use the pain life presents to us.
It's not about curing the disease, but healing the life; then the physical benefits come.
When you love the unlovable and forgive the unforgivable, you’re free.
Act as if you are the person you want to be.
I see people who die a few minutes after a doctor tells them there is no hope of a cure. They give up and go. Others get angry and find joy in proving the doctor wrong. Something within them is challenged and hopeful. Hope is the divine motivator.
No matter what the statistics say there is always a way.
There is no such thing as an incurable disease, only incurable people.
For me, a lovely day is any day I wake up.
The fundamental problem most patients have is an inability to love themselves, having been unloved by others during some crucial part of their lives.
The simple truth is that happy people generally don't get sick
If God came in and said, I want you to be happy for the rest of your life, what would you do?
Every time I jog through the world, I am awed by what I find.
On a winter morning, when it seems too cold and slippery for safe jogging or bicycling, I can still go out and experience the glory of sunlight turning icy branches into strings of sparkling diamonds.
What thoughts are so important that it is worth holding on to them even when they make you miserable? Why are you holding on? You are in charge of your thoughts and feelings. If you are willing to search for the reason that you can't let go of disturbing thoughts, you can learn about yourself and restore your own peace of mind.
Feelings aroused by the touch of someones hand, the sound of music, the smell of a flower, a beautiful sunset, a work of art, love, laughter, hope and faith - all work on both the unconscious and the conscious aspects of the self, and they have physiological consequences as well.
When guilt rears its ugly head confront it, discuss it and let it go.
The past is over. It is time to ask what can we do right, not what did we do wrong. Forgive yourself and move on.
I wish medical schools helped us to analyze our healthy and unhealthy reasons for becoming doctors.
Love and peace of mind do protect us.
They allow us to overcome the problems that life hands us. They teach us to survive... to live now... to have the courage to confront each day.
If you see what you do each day as your way of loving the world and helping it heal, then life gets to be a lot different. The difference between burning up and burning out is the difference between loving what you are doing and not loving it.
Feel your feelings. What you bring forth will save you.
It is astounding how much the immune system is strengthened by reducing daily mental stress levels with either visualization or meditation. The other great tonic for the immune system is love—loving ourselves as well as others.
It takes more distress and poison to kill someone who has peace of mind and loves life.
The #1 problem most patients face is the inability to love themselves
Having pets in the house helps everyone have a reverence for life.
We destroy ourselves when we stop feeling.
If you bury your feelings within you, you become a graveyard.
Unconditional love is the most powerful stimulant to the immune system.
We are here to feel, wonder and gaze in awe at the world.
Instead of just teaching our children how to use things and do things, I suggest we nourish their sense of wonder.
Relationships keep us alive and our lives meaningful.
So you grow up with those messages, "You're a failure, you embarrass me, that's why I dress you in dark colors etc." or even when parents commit suicide, the child may think they were a failure as a child causing that. The majority of those people who weren't loved turn to drugs and alcohol and suicide.
The inexplicable happens all the time.
It makes more sense to simply accept things we observe but cannot understand. It is really more scientific to keep an open mind. Until we can understand and explain the things we now label miracles, let us accept them and try to create more of them.
Our Creator has given us five senses to help us survive threats from the external world, and a sixth sense, our healing system, to help us survive internal threats.
Medicine is a very tough thing. I mean, everyone is going to die. Sooner or later. That's a tough thing to face.
Inspiration is the greatest gift because it opens your life to many new possibilities. Each day becomes more meaningful, and your life is enhanced when your actions are guided by what inspires you.
Love and kindness are the basis of my religious beliefs.
The rituals and outward signs are not as important as one's actions and deeds. Religion should be a path to God, not something to fight about.
Disease is surely one of the ways in which we are tried by life and offered the chance to be heroic. Though few of us will win Olympic gold medals or slay dragons, disease can be the spark or gift that allows many of us to live out our personal myths and become heroes.
I had patients who didn't die because they had too many pets to try to find homes for. It's why women live longer than men with the same health problems.
The doctor that acts out of love doesn't burn out.
He or she may get tired physically, but not emotionally.
If a person can turn from predicting illness to anticipating recovery, the foundation for cure is laid.
It can be tempting to blame others for our loss of direction.
We get lots of information about life but little education in life from parents, teachers, and other authority figures who should know better from their experience. Information is about facts. Education is about wisdom and the knowledge of how to love and survive.
I truly feel the best doctors are ones who are criticized by nurses, patients and family. They do not make excuses and learn from their mistakes.
Give someone who has faith in you a placebo and call it a hair growing pill, anti-nausea pill or whatever, and you will be amazed at how many respond to your therapy.
I performed wound care or minor surgery, I would always apologize for any pain I was causing the animal and they would lick my hand and not bite me out of anger due to the pain. They are also far more forgiving than people are of human beings and other animals.