The current long-held theory of the unbridgeable rift between science and spirituality, promoted by such theorists as Descartes, is beginning to crumble. So said physicistDr. William A. Tiller in his keynote address at a recent public forum in Vancouver.
During his address, “Shedding some light on key issues regarding Spirituality and Health,” Tiller explained that the connection between spirituality and science is becoming better understood and that this holds great possibilities for humanity’s future.
I’ve noticed an increasing trend among young men the last few years – it’s suddenly OK to hug each other. Whether it’s college athletes celebrating a win; alumni seeing each other years after graduation, or just guys catching up after work, hugs are more prevalent than ever. This even has a slang name – “bro-mance!
Regardless of your feelings about Brittany Maynard’s decision to die on her own terms, the story is a tragic one.
After being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, the former Bay Area resident and her husband moved from California to Oregon – one of only five states where it’s legal to terminate your own life under certain conditions – after deciding, in her words, that “death with dignity” was the best option for her and her family. Although the public debate surrounding Maynard’s decision has focused largely on the right to die, perhaps now is as good a time as any to examine the much less talked about desire to die.
WHEN the WHO representative, Rui Gama Vaz, declared Nigeria free of the Ebola virus in Abuja on October 20, 2014, there was a spontaneous round of applause by the officials present, according to a Reuters report. This is a message of hope, and certainly calls for thanksgiving, considering that the first case of the disease was in Lagos, a city of over 21 million, people with sanitation challenges. Moreover, Nigeria is a country of over 160 million very mobile individuals. Yet, as Vaz rightly stated, this development signifies only winning the battle. Winning the war would depend on halting the scourge and eradicating the virus in West Africa and other parts of the world.
On Remembrance Day - How do we remember those who we barely knew? Learning about my father, and celebrating his bravery set me free from feelings of rejection.
My father is a war hero. While still a teenager, he was a freedom fighter in the French Resistance. He was caught by the Nazis and sent to Buchenwald Concentration camp for two years. When he emerged at the end of the war he was a broken and sick young man unable to talk. Yet he did not give up. Though he got better physically, emotionally he remained deeply injured. Being unable to talk properly as a result, he took mime and acting classes in the hope that the arts would help him heal. And they did. He became a fine actor.
Last month it was breast cancer, this month it's prostate cancer - the calls keep coming to screen our bodies. But might there be a potential for healing if we look away from our bodies into our thinking?
What thought-model is best to have? Are we paying attention to it?
Advertising and marketing companies are trying to figure out how to deal with me, or should I say with my demographic. I’m one of the 76-million baby boomers populating the U.S. which, for some, translates to the “older” generation. Retailers politely ask if I qualify for their senior discount. Now I’ve had another label fastened on me for the sake of marketing conformity -- I’m part of the “silver economy.”(I guess that beats a gray economy). Anyway, that’s their impression of me.
Aging, and all that goes with it, is frequently on people’s minds. There are many components to aging that people are concerned about: mental decline, physical decline, and insufficient funds to live during retirement are just a few. One news report even indicated that some individuals would rather die than live with insufficient funds. Despite the many perceived negatives with living longer, research continues on longevity. But there is a new focus – extending quality of life by reducing or eliminating many of the present physical limitations connected with aging.
“None of us in science and medicine have the answers we tell you we have,” said Betsy Nabel, president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School at last month’s TEDMED conference, “because the universe of what we don’t know dwarfs that of what we do know.”