The answer lies in how we view ourselves. Thinking we’re growing old and useless, and fearing it, is not conducive to what WHO terms “healthy/active ageing”. The alternative? Recognise our innate spirituality.
International Day of Older Persons on October 1 will raise awareness of the challenges faced by senior citizens and highlight their contributions.
So here’s a timely question: Is there an expiration date to a person’s usefulness?
eople who lose friends and loved ones to suicide often say they never had a clue. The good news is, talking about suicide is no longer taboo, but recognizing the signs isn’t always easy.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention set a bold new goal to reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States 20 percent by 2025, and a new survey shows promise in reaching that goal. The findings say a strong majority (81%) disagree that if someone wants to die by suicide, there is nothing anyone can do about it.
When I was in school, seeing my name written on the bathroom wall along with a mean or untrue comment would have been a “fate worse than death” to me/ Back then, we called it teasing or making fun of someone. Today, we call it bullying. And this age-old behavior has expanded through technology to cyberbullying.
SPIRITUAL healing comes about through radical reliance on God and includes the healing of physical, mental, emotional, financial and relationship issues. But how relevant is spiritual healing for the Church today; given that congregation size, fundraising ability and technology seem the yardsticks for progress?
School has begun! As students, teachers and parents gear up for another year of learning, stress and anxiety can often interfere with what should be a time to anticipate good things.
Students may be anxious about new schedules, new faces, and the demands of performing academically. Recent sad reports from Japan show that fear of high academic demands as well as being bullied is behind a rise in teen suicides as school starts up.
"Earth's preparatory school must be improved to the utmost"
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
I’m not sure when in my life the shift took place, but I no longer roll my eyes at this question, and have actually grown to like it. Most of us can’t wait to be done with school when we’re swamped with homework and reeling from less-than-stellar test scores. But all that’s changed for me.
Apparently, if a person stops long enough to think about thwarting danger in a high-stakes setting, most people opt out.
Still, that statistic hasn’t put the brakes on heroism, such as the recent foiled attack on passengers traveling on a high-speed train to Paris. Three American men, two off-duty service members and their friend, made the split-second decision to rush an armed man and tackle him to the ground, subduing him and wrestling away his weapons. French authorities expressed profound gratitude for their actions and commended them for their courage and quick thinking.
The August 27, 2015 Business Insider article portrays a married couple, Scott and Dana, who applied their skills as engineers to managing their diabetes. Determined to overcome the clunky mechanics of a type-one diabetic lifestyle, they literally hacked the computer "brain" of an obsolete insulin pump, and developed mathematical algorithms that learn, predict, and adjust for an individual's bodily changes. Dana is now beta-testing an artificial pancreas. Their pioneering spirit and invincible "no-limits" mentality inspire and amaze. But underneath the newlyweds' expected long and prosperous future, lies the stubborn verdict of incurability--a subtle message that even the smartest and most proactive watchers of their health can only expect to manage what is considered an incurable disease.
The Hippocratic oath taken by doctors avows to ‘First do no harm’. But Canadian doctors are in a quandary. They have patients in chronic pain for which opioids are the prescription drug of choice. Yet the harm from them is significant.
Canada is now the second largest consumer of opioids in the world, and recent news headlines alert us that overdose deaths from opioid use have spiked.
Are you seeking “Lower blood pressure, lower risk of dementia, less anxiety and depression, reduced cardiovascular risk, and overall greater happiness”?
Well there just might be “a magic pill for happiness and longevity” that can help you get such benefits, according to Terri Yablonsky Stat, in the Chicago Tribune – “It’s a simple way to stay healthier”.
When I was a teenager, I experienced an unexpected moment of spiritual awareness as I lay in bed, deeply troubled by a doctor’s prognosis. I wasn’t praying as such, yet I suddenly became aware of a divine presence, loving me. That calmed my troubled thoughts and prompted a physical healing. At the time, I was a non-religious Jew, and I wanted to understand how such a healing could happen.
‘The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing.’
No doubt, it would be great to see a few more folks at church on Sunday. As nice as it is to have an entire pew (or two, or three) to myself, I’d gladly give up the surplus real estate for even a handful of extra voices to back me up on the hymn-singing.
An article I read recently, entitled "Why butter and eggs won't kill us after all: Flawed science triggers U-turn on cholesterol fears," really got me walking down a memory lane depicting my own changing views about food's impact on health, and my resulting eating habits. It also prompted me to ponder how, in this world of ever-changing food theories and advice, we can make the right choices, and feel and be healthy.
How can we determine what is good or detrimental to our health?
It seems hard to find answers when there’s such a constant stream of changing information to sift through. Now there’s even the concept out there that it’s not how you eat, exercise, and work that matters, it’s what you think about how you are doing them that actually makes the difference!
In meiner Kindheit hatten wir keinen Fernseher zu Hause. Als Fußballfan war ich auf die Konferenzschaltungen des WDR angewiesen und voller Spannung erlebte ich am Transistorradio, wie zwischen der Gelsenkirchener Glückauf-Kampfbahn und dem Dortmunder Westfalenstadion hin- und her geschaltet wurde. Und zwischendurch ab und zu der Ruf eines Reporters: „Tor im Berliner Olympiastadion!“
(In my childhood we had no TV at home. As a football fan, I had to rely on the conference calls of the WDR and bursting with excitement I experienced at the transistor radio, as was between the Gelsenkirchen Glückaufkampfbahn and the Westfalenstadion switched back and forth. And between now and then the cry of a reporter: "Tor in Berlin's Olympic Stadium!")
Summer is here and many families are flying off for vacations or to visit friends and family. But in many cases, travelling is becoming an increasingly difficult enterprise. Long lines through security, delayed or cancelled flights and missed connections are commonplace. We also hear increasing reports concerning sometimes violent interactions on planes and in airports, now called air rage. Many feel the whole experience of travel is so exhausting that they need several days to recover physically.
A scar is a constant reminder of a wound from the past. It may serve as evidence of a horrible event, useful only in establishing guilt in a court case for example, but it also prevents the individual from fully letting go of the memory of the hurt that may have attended the wound. Scars can be unsightly, resulting in the telling and re-telling of the sad experience. Some psychologists opine that verbalising a negative experience may lessen the mental damage, over time. Scars can be physical or emotional. Emotional scars, by their very nature, are invisible, internalised, yet they govern the attitudes, thoughts, even decisions of the sufferer.
According to a report published in The Lancet, climate change is having as much of an impact on our health as it is on the environment.
The news may not be all bad, say Lancet editors Richard Horton and Helena Hui Wang, since this realization could reduce a complex and all-too-easily dismissed problem to something everyone can relate to and, presumably, will want to do something about.
Today 7/7 survivor Gill Hicks praised "the power and brilliance of humanity". She said "my life was saved by strangers, people who never gave up, people who risked their own lives to save mine." That's London at its best! But was there also another factor in her survival?
Old friends from my post-college, early-career days recently found me through social media. Their name and greeting popped up in messages I received in recent months, and each time one did I was whisked back 25-30 years, when we first worked together, socialized together, and came to know each other well. I then discovered just how much has changed over the years when I saw a recent photo they attached, or heard about their children and grandchildren, and especially when I found out a few of them now have a strong interest in spiritual and religious matters. That recurring comment was a big surprise. Not because any of my friends had openly dismissed religion when I first knew them; it just never came up in all the years we knew each other. Not a hint. Ever.
Hace 21 años recibí uno de los regalos que marcó el inicio de una vida más espiritual y armoniosa: mis suegros me obsequiaron la Biblia y el libro Ciencia y Salud con la Llave de las Escrituras, por Mary Baker Eddy. Desde ese tiempo hasta la actualidad, tanto las enseñanzas de las Sagradas escrituras como las ideas sanadoras explicadas en Ciencia y Salud, cuya autora es una pionera en el campo de la salud y espiritualidad, me inspiran a vivir con alegría, salud y bienestar.
THE other day on a BBC television programme, an erudite British Professor of Physics stated that he is certain God does not exist. He based his claim on the fact that there is no empirical, physically scientific proof of God’s existence. Such a statement can seem shocking at best and blasphemous at worst to anyone of faith. The Bible states in Psalm 14:1 that the fool says in his heart, there is no God.
It’s time for the parades, flag waving and fireworks! On the Fourth of July, we show our respect for those who conceived of, and fought for, our independence. They faced the tyranny of their times with a courage and wisdom almost inconceivable today.