Eating a balanced meal should not be as complicated as a chemistry experiment. Is it possible to live one’s life fully without being subject to the ever-changing theories and beliefs around what constitutes good eating? No question that it is important to nourish our body, but not at the expense of our mind, heart and spirit.
The answer to this question depends primarily on what prayer is, and what it does. Mouthing lofty words that have divine, spiritual or holy connotations cannot really of themselves heal. Many would also admit, from personal experience, that pleading in desperation to a humanly mighty Deity who plays favorites and must be pestered to gain any kind of attention, does not particularly yield the fruit of healing. Parroting familiar words of inspiration originally provided by inspired individuals can certainly not be the measure of the prayer that has the ability to heal.
Can maintaining good health be more predictable than filling out a March Madness bracket?
One of the saving graces of enduring a long winter is the arrival in March of Madness. Filling out a bracket, predicting what teams will make it to the sweet sixteen, the elite eight and through to the final four is great fun and the focus of many an office pool.
Dr. Donald Moss, then president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), decided to devote his entire annual meeting to exploring “the role of spirituality in health care.” Given the growing interest in the subject at that time, this seemed like a good idea – just not one that was unanimously embraced. One member of the association resigned immediately following the conference.
Kennen Sie das auch? Man ist mit Freunden unterwegs, um Blaubeeren zu suchen. Nach einer halben Stunde haben einige in der Gruppe die Körbchen bereits halb gefüllt und Sie haben überschaubare sechs oder sieben Beeren gesammelt. Ganz schön frustrierend. Aber Sie geben nicht auf und nach einer halben Stunde hat sich das Blatt gewandelt. Sie suchen - und finden - wie ein Profi. Ihr Auge hat mittlerweile genau erfasst, wonach es schauen muss. Großartig - und die „Beute" schmeckt hervorragend.
Cuando se está transitando por un momento de constante fatiga, se presenta el estrés físico, una de las enfermedades de la sociedad moderna. El estrés se manifiesta tanto en el trabajo como en la familia y hace que nos preguntemos: ¿Le doy demasiada importancia a los problemas y a las preocupaciones? ¿Cómo puedo salir de este cansancio y ansiedad? ¿Puedo lograr la paz?
In deadlocked debates it's often useful to step back and ask: "Could there be another perspective?"
Take homeopathy, conceived in 1796 by German physician Samuel Hahnemann on the controversial basis "less is more" - that is, the active ingredient in the remedy is often diluted to the point where there's arguably none left.
¿Estás buscando un seguro de salud? Muchos deben estar pensando en este tema en California, pues la reforma de salud de los Estados Unidos ha excluido por lo menos a 3 millones de mexicanos indocumentados. ¿No sería bueno, entonces, que se pudiera encontrar un plan que esté al alcance de todos, y que no solamente traiga consuelo y esperanza, sino que definitivamente sane y sea preventivo?
Anita Moorjani has a recipe to fight cancer that might catch some by surprise.
The New York Times bestselling Dying to be Me author revived from a near death experience (NDE) in February 2006 and completely recovered from end-stage cancer. In fact, she says she knew she was well before her body or her doctors caught up with her conviction. Within weeks they couldn't find any trace of cancer.
Maybe now is the time to start thinking, or re-thinking, leisure time.
Authentic leisure is good for everyone. It's not just revitalizing; it's healthy. But to make the most of leisure it helps to widen rather than narrow our concept of the term, which means not only to be free from the demands of routine work (even for just a weekend), but also to be mentally still and reflective.
Typical of David Brooks, journalist, author, and social, political, and philosophical commentator, he has written a beautiful piece in his recent NYT column, “The Prodigal Sons” (New York Times, February 18, 2014). Referencing Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son*, Mr. Brooks conveys the idea that the social health of society is improved when we are neither morally wanton in our ways (the younger son in the parable) nor morally self-righteous (the elder son). It is a great and quick read if you are not familiar with the parable. The ideal is the father of the two sons, who is constant in his forgiveness and inclusion of both, and of all around him.
Alivia en la soledad y la tristeza, tranquiliza en situaciones estresantes, aumenta el rendimiento laboral y hasta cura ciertas enfermedades. La importancia de vivir envuelto en música, un bálsamo para el espíritu.
Desde los tiempos más remotos, la música ha sido una aliada para aquellos que estaban sumidos en la tristeza, soledad o enfrentando malas situaciones. El escenario que prepara la música generalmente transmite imágenes armoniosas, llenas de paz, alegría y entusiasmo, que hacen que el corazón vibre y se renueve.
Eight hours or four hours? Naps or not? What do we believe about sleep and how much we need? We all have personal experiences and opinions about it. And, millions of people suffer from sleep deprivation, leading many to seek medical prescriptions to help them sleep better.
¿Alguna vez has imaginado como sería el mundo si no existieran los contagios? Quizás imagines que estaríamos exentos de contraer una enfermedad o más aún, dejarías de escuchar expresiones como “no te acerques, si estás resfriado”, o tal vez, tampoco utilizarías una mascarilla para visitar a un recién nacido, para no contagiarlo. Innumerables situaciones de la vida cotidiana, pasarían a ser ajenas a tu actual forma de pensar.
Stigmas of all sorts have bedevilled humanity for millennia and helped write history. So could they possibly be conquered by something as simple as love? Well, yes - they sometimes have been. Think of Martin Luther King Jr leading the civil rights movement in the USA or Nelson Mandela spearheading the anti-apartheid transition in South Africa.
I have mixed feelings about the popular movie Anger Management (2003) and its current TV spinoff. I do think humor is an effective anecdote to toxic anger (more on that below), but I take issue with the idea that we have to negotiate with anger through efforts to "manage" it. Why not just banish it?
Anger has no place in a healthy lifestyle. None. Even annoyance, or "anger lite," can and should be eliminated.
Dieting trends and fads seem to be as numerous as the stars. Yet watching food intake, exercise and counting calories in whatever dietary form that might take is not all that can be done to be healthier and to lose weight. Watching how you think about self-image – mental dieting – has emotional and physical benefits too.
La música, medicina para el alma (Music, medicine for the soul)
by Maria Damiani
¿Hay algo que se pegue más que una buena melodía?
Cada vez que se escucha una canción se evoca un momento, una etapa determinada de la vida, un amor que pasó… Desde el año 1500 aC ya había constancia de la influencia de la música sobre el cuerpo humano considerándola como un agente capaz de curar el cuerpo, calmar la mente y purificar el alma.
Today, living a healthier lifestyle is at the top of many wish lists.
The good news is that eating fresh foods, getting off the couch and exercising more, and making time to pray and read scripture contribute to better minds and bodies. And, perhaps, the spiritual activities could be the most beneficial for your long-term health.
Unfortunately, the bad news is that most people have trouble following through with any program of healthy activities.
La fondatrice de l’Eglise du Christ Scientiste, Mary Baker Eddy est un modèle pour bien de femmes congolaises. Son expérience a beaucoup influencé les vies de plusieurs femmes. S’il ya quelques années, les femmes avaient peur d’approcher la science chrétienne, aujourd’hui cela n’est plus le cas. Plusieurs femmes sont aujourd’hui inscrites comme praticiennes de la Science Chrétienne à plein temps. Les femmes sont nombreuses qui fréquentent l’Eglise du Christ, Scientiste, comme l’a indiqué Makengo Ma Pululu dans cette interview.
Ben Franklin’s quip, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” may not always prove right — at least when it comes to medical screenings.
According to the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force, medical testing actually may do more harm than good. Although initial screenings may be harmless, the resulting follow-up exams and treatment can be invasive and increase the chances of being harmed or overtreated.
Mujer y Madre: Figura amorosa y paciente que con afecto educa, modela la experiencia de cada uno de los integrantes de su familia y ejerce en la mayoría de los casos una influencia benéfica en la formación de niños y jóvenes. Últimamente, un número creciente de madres han tenido que asumir además el rol de trabajadoras en el mercado laboral, debido a la recesión, el desempleo y la carencia. Esto presenta nuevos desafíos para toda la familia.
Remember when a list was something scrawled on a scrap of paper to help you get better organised?
And if writing that list was all you achieved on some days, well who'd ever know? Only you ever read it!
Since then the list has spread its tentacles and mega-morphed into a means of broadcasting everything you need to know about absolutely anything there's something to know about. And, indeed, about many things you might be much better off not knowing anything about!
Beauty can at once empower or defeat a woman. But when considered for its deeper, spiritual meaning, it has a lasting, blessing influence.
The Dove Real Beauty sketches that went viral this year paint an eye-opening portrait of women and how critically they often view themselves.
Surprisingly, only 4 percent of women in the world consider themselves beautiful, according to Dove's research. And with a culture that connects beauty with self-confidence, society has its work to do to undo historically narrow definitions of beauty.
Usi e consumi sono stati intaccati dalla crisi con serie ripercussioni in molti settori, ma sembra che l'utilizzo dei farmaci nel nostro paese non abbia subito alcuna recessione; a dimostrarlo è il recente documento presentato dall'AIFA (Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco) sull'uso delle terapie farmacologiche. Nei primi 9 mesi del 2013 la spesa farmaceutica complessiva è stata di quasi 20 miliardi di euro, della quale, oltre il 74% rimborsata dallo Stato. Gli italiani si sono confermati grandi utilizzatori di farmaci per l'apparato cardiovascolare, gastrointestinale e metabolico ai quali si aggiungono gli antidepressivi.
For Kelly Turner, a researcher and lecturer in the field of integrative oncology, the realization that spontaneous remission of cancer was even a possibility blew her mind. For the rest of the world, perhaps particularly those who have been diagnosed with cancer, having a better understanding of this largely misunderstood phenomenon could literally save their lives.
“Every moment of life … is more or less of a turning-point. Opportunities are swarming around us all the time, thicker than gnats at sundown.”1 So wrote nineteenth century American educator and clergyman Henry Van Dyke.
When we lose a dearly loved companion, well-meaning friends may tell us about the five stages of grief we will go through. But do we really have to endure a long drawn out process in order to find peace and healing? Not necessarily.
The XXII Olympic Games, Sochi, Russia coincided with American Heart Month. In both the feats of the athletes and the recommendations from various health institutes, we see and hear that it is not simply a healthy physical heart we all need.
Asked how he became the poster child for what he refers to as “forgiveness therapy,” Forgive For Good author Dr. Fred Luskin says, it all goes back to his desire to have a better understanding of practical spirituality.
“I’ve had a longstanding interest in spiritual matters,” said Luskin prior to teaching a class at Stanford Health Library in Palo Alto. “I’ve been reading spiritual books since high school, but I’ve always wanted to know if this stuff is true. Is it teachable? Does increased spirituality lead you to be a better person? Does it improve your health?
These days, it is becoming more and more common to hear how many individuals are learning to live with a variety of diseases. These ailments are usually managed with one form of therapy or another, but the individual is expected to deal with, and live with the ailment, for the rest of their lives. Often the medical verdict of such ailments is ‘treatable but not curable’. And in cases where the diagnosis also reveals that the disease is not potentially terminal, or life threatening, there has been a sigh of relief and even a sense of gratitude.
"If you cannot measure it, it doesn't exist," Brené Brown was told by a research professor when still an aspiring PhD student.
Now, many years later and a research professor in her own right, she begs to differ.
A video, based on insights from a large number of "human connection" stories she has amassed, proved her point. The TEDx talk, focusing on "our ability to empathize, belong, love", resonated so deeply with the public that it went on to clock up 14 million views.
Hoy en día, muchas personas en todo el mundo buscan muchas alternativas para tratar su salud personal que difieran de los llamados métodos convencionales y cada una responde de forma distinta, ya sea que se trate de medicina complementaria o alternativa.
I was racing to be on time for an interview about the merging interests of physicians and chaplains, when I was sidetracked by several signs reading: “Mindful Conference this way.” These signs caught my attention because I wondered if the spiritual mindfulness that I practiced was part of the conference’s discussion.\
Watching the Sochi Games in the last month, we gasped at one stunner after another: faster races, higher jumps, greater stamina. This is not surprising: the three famous goals of the Olympics, introduced first in the Paris Games of 1924, are Faster, Higher, Stronger.
News of the tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, due to an apparent heroine overdose, flooded social media channels and news outlets this month.
And the conversation continues. Most notably -- and sadly -- Seymour had remained sober for several decades and was a devoted father and Academy Award-winning actor. His recent portrayal of Plutarch in the popular The Hunger Games: Catching Fire film brought him increased notoriety among teens, including my own.
Als Geschäftsführer einer Zeitschrift über Spiritualität musste ich vor Jahren den Umzug dieser Zeitschrift mit Redaktion und komplettem Vertriebssystem aus den USA nach Deutschland bewerkstelligen. Möglichst schnell und möglichst kostengünstig natürlich.
Paranoia is defined as a specific mental condition characterized by delusions of persecution, unwarranted jealousy, unjustified suspicion and mistrust of other people. It can also manifest as exaggerated self importance. Essentially, medical diagnosis shows it involves losing touch with reality. Fear can be seen as a general element of paranoia, except that it is not a case for medical attention. There are several acronyms for fear. The more well known ones are: ‘Forgetting Everything About Reality’, and, ‘False Evidences Appearing Real’. It is interesting that both paranoia and fear have something to do with reality, especially the lack or loss of it.
This was the inescapable conclusion from Monday's BBC Horizon special on research into the effectiveness of treatments that have no active medical ingredients.
"The placebo effect is real, quantifiable and in fact you're doing quite well with an active therapy if you can get as good a response as the placebo response," said Professor Jon Stoessl, director of the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre at the University of British Columbia.
The timing of Deepak Chopra's new book, What Are You Hungry For?, is just about perfect. The American Medical Association has declared obesity to be a disease, and the Centers for Disease Control says it's more common (affecting more than a third of us) and costly ($190 billion a year in added medical costs) than ever. But Chopra's take on the epidemic is as thought provoking and unconventional as his views of health and health care are.
El estrés puede describirse como una reacción física y emocional ante un cambio Según un reciente estudio compartir, los problemas o emociones con personas que están experimentando situaciones similares puede aliviar la tensión