Magna Carta is 800 years old today and deserves all the love and appreciation we can bestow upon it. A British Library exhibit sums up what it stands for as: “Law, liberty and legacy.” Where would we be today without “the Great Charter”? But are human rights the limits of our freedom, or is there more?
Ist das nicht herrlich – Frühling in Mitteleuropa! In den Vorgärten leuchten die Tulpen, die Forsythien leuchten gelb hinter anderen zartgrünen Sträuchern. Vorgestern telefonierte ich mit einem Freund aus dem Nordosten der USA, der mir berichtete, dass dort nun die letzten Schneeberge an den Straßenrändern tauen. Und plötzlich sagt er: „Du hast es gut, sitzt am offenen Fenster und genießt die Frühlingsluft.“ Woher er das wisse, fragte ich ihn. „Na, ich höre doch eine Amsel singen, da musst du doch das Fenster offen haben.“ Recht hatte er.
Living in any one of the three largest cities in Tennessee could make you sick. Well…so says the recently released Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Asthma Capitals 2015 report. In fact, it calls Memphis the Asthma Capital and Chattanooga the 8th most challenging city in the U.S. for people with asthma.
When I read statistics like this, it makes me want to ask: Is it the environment or the suggestion of sickness that actually makes people sick?
ASIDE from just seeking a healthy life, have you ever wondered what you need to do to establish a healthier relationship with yourself?
I find this self-examination vital. There are many forms self-examination can take. For instance, previously when I thought of my health I would immediately check what my physical senses told me was going on. But even while I did this, I felt there must be something more to which I could attribute my health beside what those physical senses were showing me.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Those funny ears? Plentiful wrinkles? Your physical features? Perhaps your attention is drawn to something less evident but more significant—the glint in your eyes, your expression and demeanor, unique soulful qualities.
I ask because the way you see yourself has a bearing on your health.
It’s tempting to allow transient human standards of external beauty to define us. But is physical appearance an indicator of character, intelligence, a sense of humor or the capacity to love?A recent survey found just 4% of women worldwide answered “yes”.
The remaining 96% think of themselves as average -- despite the time, effort and money spent on cultivating beauty!
As someone who loves music and has experienced healing, the article, “Healing Sound” in the spring edition of the Arizona University Alumni magazine struck a chord.
Healing sound is when hearing music moves someone in a coma to regain consciousness.
At least, that’s what happened when Carrol McLaughlin, distinguished professor of music at the University, played her harp for just a few minutes at the school’s Medical Center. A comatose patient stirred, pulled off his oxygen mask, and thanked her.
Pilgrimages in far off places can bring spiritual and physical benefits, but we don't need to necessarily go far away to experience those moments of healing and inspiration.
Always ready for an adventure, a close friend of mine, Beth, decided to walk part of the famous pilgrimage walk, El Camino de Santiago in Spain.
“For the first few days I thought I might have to give up!” she said, explaining how physically and mentally unprepared she was for the challenging walk. But she didn’t! She committed to the pilgrimage. Gradually she found a rhythm to her day....