Qualities of thought such as sincerity, gratitude and honesty are essential to stimulating the mind and revitalizing the body. There was a time during the late Middle Ages when anyone with enough cash on hand could appeal to the local church “pardoner” for the remission of their sins, in effect buying their way to heaven. The bigger the pardon (for instance, salvation from eternal damnation), the larger the donation, ensuring, if not a rosy afterlife, a well-funded Crusade and a first-rate cathedral.
It’s a question that keeps crossing my mind as I scan the news. Do I believe the politicians I’m reading about, or the news anchor, or the sports figures, or the celebrity, or the health claims? Am I getting an honest view? How long until someone sifts through the allegations and evidence and comes to a conclusion? When will we get to the bottom of this?
The story of St. Valentine serves to encourage us to look beneath the superficial meaning of cards, flowers and chocolates to a deeper, healing love.
The legend that inspires our annual celebration of love on Valentine’s Day focuses on only one aspect of an interesting man – as if romantic love is the only thing for which we should remember this patron saint.
Nearly three feet of snow fell in the suburbs of Boston where we live during the epic Blizzard of 2015. It's on record here as the biggest storm in a century. Despite early predictions, there were not widespread power outages and the snow remained light and fluffy for easier removal.
Currently a buzzword in India, good governance appears to have different meanings for different people. Governance is the way a city, company, country is controlled by those who run it. Most people consider governance to be the sole responsibility of those in power, but does an ordinary person have any role in good governance?
I recently watched a video circulating on my Facebook feed that featured a veteran Gulf War paratrooper’s inspiring transformation. He’d jumped from a plane too many times and his repeated landings had taken a toll on his back and knees. After several operations, he walked on crutches and gained a lot of weight. He couldn’t exercise anymore. For 15 years his doctors told him he would never walk unassisted again. He accepted this as fact.
Even if we can’t all agree on how it’s achieved, it’s still something we all want. You’d be hard-pressed these days, at least here in the U.S., to come up with a more divisive subject than universal health care, but probably just as hard-pressed to find a more universal desire than good health. Even if we can’t all agree on how it’s achieved, it’s still something we all want.
Prayer, the act of humbling one’s self before a higher power to find wisdom and healing, can offer solutions to even our most challenging local and national health dilemmas. And there’s never any lack of unhealthy situations that are begging for such solutions!
'As if actual diseases weren't frightening enough, we now have what seems like a whole encyclopedia of pre-diseases to fear.' According to Ivan Oransky, a medical doctor and former editor of Reuters Health, everyone reading this column is suffering from the universally terminal condition called pre-death. This assumes, of course, that everyone reading this article is actually alive.
MUCH has been said on this topic by psychologists, psychiatrists and religious thinkers, and because it is such an important issue, it bears another look. If there is a relationship between thought and health, as research and academic studies show, it becomes imperative to identify what type of thought is beneficial or predisposes to good health.
After enduring a near-fatal plane crash, 47 days adrift at sea on a life raft, shark attacks, starvation, enemy fire, and finally being rescued by the Japanese Navy only to be taken as a prisoner of war, you might think nothing worse could happen. But the punches kept coming. Literally.
So goes the true story of WWII veteran Louis Zamperini, played out in the recent blockbuster film adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's New York Times bestseller "Unbroken." But make no mistake. Behind this unimaginable hardship is a lesson of forgiveness and the transformative power it represents for us all.
'Instead of blind and calm submission to the incipient or advanced stages of disease, rise in rebellion against them.'
In the midst of all the horror, outrage and despair surrounding last week’s brutal attack at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, one image stands out above them all: A crowd gathered at the Place de la République holding up an illuminated sign declaring, “NOT AFRAID.”
Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas Message this year on reconciliation set the tone for what could be a world changing, yet individual, action that brings not only peace but also better health to everyone.
Her Majesty’s message opened with a touching image of a man and woman embracing. Sculpted and cast by the renowned English sculptor Josefina de Vasconcellos, it shows that moment of reconnection for which everyone yearns.
While some of us are still dealing with the influx of visitors, festivities and sun-soaked holidays, in the back of our minds is the niggling thought that 2015 has already begun and now is the time to make our New Year’s resolutions, before it’s too late. Some are choosing to eat healthier and exercise more. That certainly can make us feel better.
Well-known bioethicist, author and former Obama administration advisor Ezekiel Emanuel rocked the Twittersphere recently, saying he’d rather not stick around until he reaches what most consider to be a ripe old age. “Seventy-five years is all I want to live,” he wrote in a widely discussed essay in The Atlantic. “I want to celebrate my life while I am still in my prime.”
Angelina Jolie has turned Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling biography Unbroken into an inspirational hit movie. But could it have been even more inspiring?
Angelina Jolie’s third outing as a director has been a stirring success.
As an “inspirational film” Unbroken’s Christmas day launch turned into box office gold, taking in almost $50 million dollars in its first few days, according toVariety. It is expected to be right up there in the top three again during the “post-holiday weekend”.
For many, the holiday season is a joyous time, but for some folks it can be a rough season to get through. If you Google “holiday depression”or better still “beating holiday depression” you’ll find lots of top 10 lists. Below is my own top 5 list....
¿Te has dado cuenta que actualmente entre más gente hay en las grandes ciudades, más solos estamos? Muchas veces, aún rodeados de gente nos sentimos solos.
Hay estudios que asocian la soledad a la demencia y a otros problemas mentales. Pero en un mundo en donde cada vez más el contacto humano parece estar fuera de nuestro alcance, y donde parece difícil relacionarse, ¿cómo es posible no senti soledad y ser saludable?
There I was, a guest at a local meet-up group, expecting to hear a speaker share ideas about how they approach health, healing and spirituality. Instead, the topic that evening was the “M” word – Meditation...not a talk, as I had anticipated, but an actual meditation exercise. Now as someone who is used to praying deeply - and alone - I did not have a warm fuzzy about having such a personal experience with strangers!
Meditation can mean different things to different people....
Canadians are already bracing themselves for the season of office parties, family dinners and turkey overload. It’s okay to indulge over the holidays, but is weight gain and the ensuing feelings of guilt, frustration and falling self-esteem inevitable?
We can promise ourselves not to over-indulge in Christmas goodies, to regularly go for walks to see the Christmas lights, or to join the gym in January, but changes in what we eat and how we live our lives are not easy. How can we make our New Year’s health resolution now?