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Why do we sing? The healing of Paris trauma
By Wendy Margolese
In defiance of paralyzing fear that gripped the city after the terror attacks in Paris last week, thousands of Parisians gathered at the central Place de la République a mere 48 hours later. They came together to pay their respects and to find a way to heal grief and trauma - what some described as a “national wound”
MANY desire to live long. All desire to be healthy. The general expectation of the human race however is that health declines and active faculties wane as man advances in age. To reduce or arrest this, theories are propounded recommending the right balance of nutrition, appropriate type of exercise to engage in, medical checkups to undertake, supplements to swallow, etc. Scientific and medical research attempt to forestall new diseases or seek effective antidotes and cures to known ones; governments legislate laws to ensure safety and so on. These efforts and initiatives are useful in improving the lot of mankind and the quality of human existence but they all have the limitations that necessarily attend material systems.
If we pray to God, but don’t get an answer, is anyone listening?
Does it prove that there is no God if one’s prayers are not answered?
It seems to me that humankind has always reached out for help to the gods or to one God or to whatever man has called the infinite. I think we’ve always hoped that we’re not alone, especially when it’s clear we need something greater than ourselves to solve our problems! But how can we know whether or not anyone is listening? Is there a way, through prayer, to be more certain that there is a God?
9:15 a.m., underneath a swatch of colorful leaves, 3 or 4 couples mostly in sweats and jeans walk toward a neighborhood breakfast joint. They look relaxed and comfy. My wife and I, on the other hand, are somewhat less casually dressed, driving to church. We look at each other with a knowing glance. Could we possibly restart the morning, change clothes, walk to breakfast, holding hands all cozy?
What do you do in an emergency? Probably call 9-1-1. According to the National Emergency Number Association, an estimated 240 million calls are made to 9-1-1 in the United States each year. That's a lot of calls! But what do you do after the call? On May 24, 2015, a woman suffered a seizure during the Clay-Chalkville High School graduation. After emergency calls were made, graduating senior Christian Crawford stood up before the crowd and led the gathering of 1000 people in prayer.
Generosity, expressed both in volunteering and charitable donations, benefits us. But the paradox in life is that regardless of the mental and physical benefits, we’re too often reluctant to give. Research shows that volunteering results in better friendships, better health and a greater sense of control over chronic health conditions.
Are you companioning with some unsavory characters? I’m not thinking robbers and arsonists here, but rather discouragement, worry, hopelessness, anger, resentment. These guys lead you into unhappiness, and maybe deeper, into depression, a dark, strength-sapping state of hopelessness and despair.
Too much stress is bad enough for one person, but contagious, second-hand stress? Yep, many are beginning to fear you can catch it. This latest theory about stress was featured on Good Morning America in a study from St. Louis University, which showed individual subjects viewing videos of other people experiencing stress. The subjects’ body statistics were then taken and stress was the diagnosis. Even worse, when spouses or loved ones viewed the stressed-out individuals who were watching the videos, they themselves began to show stress. Does that make it third-hand stress?
Scientists continue to remind us that what looks and feels like solid matter is actually made up mostly of space. For instance, contrary to popular belief, eating late at night does not make you fat; you don’t need to drink eight glasses of water a day; cold weather does not make you sick; and sugary foods do not cause hyperactivity in kids.