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Contemplative Practices: A Strategy to Improve Health and Reduce Disparities

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Program for Research on Faith and Health, Center for Research on Men’s Health, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37240, USA
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Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37240, USA
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Department of Population Health Science, John D. Bower School of Population Health, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS 39201, USA
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National Clinician Scholars Program at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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School of Nursing at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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Former Healthcare Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO, Advisory Board, N.C. Eastern Area Health Education Center, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC 27909, USA
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David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(10), 2253; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15102253
Received: 1 September 2018 / Revised: 25 September 2018 / Accepted: 11 October 2018 / Published: 15 October 2018
Health has many dimensions, and intolerance and lack of compassion may contribute to the poor health and disparities in our nation. Tolerance can convey an inherent paradox or dissonance that can be associated with stress. However, tolerance has a dimension of acceptance, an acknowledgement and acceptance of what “is” at the present moment, that can relieve tension associated with differing beliefs and practices. Compassionate consideration of others can be combined with acceptance to create harmony within and across individuals. In this article, we explore how contemplative practices can cultivate tolerance and compassion and contribute to improvements in individual and population health. View Full-Text
Keywords: spirituality; meditation; health disparities; stress reduction spirituality; meditation; health disparities; stress reduction
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Bruce, M.A.; Skrine Jeffers, K.; King Robinson, J.; Norris, K.C. Contemplative Practices: A Strategy to Improve Health and Reduce Disparities. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2253.

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