Rolling her eyes, my neighbor described a health breakthrough she’d read about. She was mirroring the same attitude of hope with reservations that many have when they hear those ads promoting the latest treatment for diseases.
Of course the draw to breakthroughs is great. Everyone wants to be well.
During a recent TV interview I was asked, “How do you pray?” “Desire is prayer," I found myself quoting from the book that has largely informed my spiritual discipline as a Christian Scientist, " . . . and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 1).
If, as they say, cleanliness (and clutter-free living) is next to godliness, then my future is bright.
It’s always been appealing to me to pare down unimportant things and filter out the excess information that quickly adds up to an overloaded life. Streamlining whenever possible comes natural and feels right
“Oh, my aching body” was the prevailing theme at the table of a recent event I attended. The chatter included details of operations, diseases, and drugs; and almost everyone professed to have a bionic body due to knee or hip replacement surgeries. Along with discussing the ins and outs of the ailments themselves, my friends referenced various sources – physicians, medical journals, online medical information sites – as authorities they turn to for help.
Depending on your devotion to the Divine, it’s likely that by simply reading the headline of this column you’ve already decided on an answer. It’s also likely that regardless of any arguments that might be presented, your opinion won’t change. Perhaps the larger issue, then, isn’t whether you answer in the affirmative or negative, but whether you feel it’s a question worth asking.
“You don’t need a medical degree to say, ‘I love you,’” writes Pamela Wible, MD, in an article at KevinMD.com. “Just three simple words can heal more wounds than all the doctors in the world.”
Studies show that love heals physical wounds and reduces stress. Researchers are also looking into whether love improves the immune system. I believe they will find love to be a medicine for every ill.
Desde el coche, en una larga avenida de la linda ciudad de Puebla, México, una amiga lee un espectacular con una foto de un hombre y una frase en gran letras: “Cuando el médico comprende a su paciente, cura sin receta”.
From the car, on a wide avenue of the beautiful city of Puebla, Mexico, a friend read a billboard with a picture of a man and a phrase in large letters: "When the doctor understands his patient, he heals without prescription."
All the teams were seated around the infield of the Little League Baseball field. My twin brother, Kevin, and I were decked out in our uniforms, sitting and laughing in our team’s cluster between the pitcher’s mound and third base.
It was All-Star selection day. My heart raced in anticipation.
The league was made up of ten, eleven, and twelve year olds. Kevin and I were twelve.
"Who are you wearing?" The favorite opening query of many a red carpet reporter is taking on new meaning these days for anyone focused on health.
A new crop of designers is making a name for themselves, but you probably haven't heard of them yet. Their creations are called 'wearables', clothes and accessories that monitor your body's vital signs. It is one of the hot trends in health care.
The moments that followed a deep-down prayer for help many years ago had an all-alone, helpless feel to them. On the surface, nothing had changed and I was heartbroken. Hours of contemplation, listening, yearning to be heard and helped, and still no answer, no help. If there was a divine influence nearby, able to help me progress in my life, it was ignoring me.
Savory or sweet might be our menu preferences but Dr. Andrew Weil suggests that “Bitter is Better” in his recent Huffington Post article (April 28, 2014) regarding the food we eat. Of course, it makes good sense to rebalance our eating with some less sweet tasting vegetables along with our more habitual fare. Variety in diet has always made sense.
How many times have you heard “I’m addicted to chocolate” or “I’m addicted to my morning coffee?” These statements sound familiar and generally innocuous. Someone is simply sharing that they like something so much they want it all the time. But, there is nothing harmless when it comes to addictions to drugs or alcohol.
At first blush Apple’s new ‘Health’ app looks pretty slick, a real game changer. Developed with help from the Mayo Clinic, it’s the first app of its kind to seamlessly integrate personal information from any number of other health-related apps into a single location. But for all its slickness, it seems to have left what many consider to be the most important barometer of our health on the coding table.
This unequivocal statement deserves investigation, if only to determine whether there is any authority for such a radical thought, and to discover whether the statement has been or can be proved in practical terms. The meaning of spiritual understanding, the said premise for healing, must be defined.
It’s planting time in Illinois! From rural farms to suburban backyards to high-rise city pots, it’s time to plant those seeds.
But there is another kind of planting you can do. Consider planting more spirituality in your life. Why? For one reason, spirituality has many health benefits. A Johns Hopkins Health Alert stated, “A growing body of research suggests that religion and spirituality may help some people better cope with illness, depression and stress.”
I recently returned to my rural childhood home, where I hadn’t been for decades. I found I still had vivid memories of past events, even though buildings had decayed and schools were closed. I had a chance to catch up with those I hadn’t seen since I was a teenager: What were they doing with their lives? Were they fulfilling their dreams and achieving the purposes they had outlined years ago? How did they see themselves?
How should you react when you feel you have been wronged? The better way is to turn the other cheek according to noted personalities like Maya Angelou, who walked the talk of forgiving under trying circumstances.
A desire for self-knowledge can bring with it what I call the dark attic effect. Venture up there and turn on the light and who knows what you’ll encounter. Imagine all the dust and nests and hidden creatures lurking in the darkness. Reason enough to avoid climbing into the attic in the first place, right?
But then nothing changes. The darkness, and what thrives in it, remains.
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.
If the old saying is true that aging is not for the faint of heart, then Ambler must have a strong vibrant community core. Rather than crumbling with age, this town is ever being re-invented with fresh new ideas based on an old theme. Buildings have been re-built inside and out while preserving their original charm. New businesses have taken up residence. Some are growing roots.
Do our genes control our destinies? The new science of epigenetics is challenging that theory.
“It’s all in the genes” is a comment we hear often. Whether it is about our health problems, weight issues or temperament, we have been educated to believe we are programmed a certain way even before birth, and that there is not much we can do but grin and bear it.
Let’s try some word association. If I say messaging you might come back with instant, or texting, or SMS, or WhatsApp. In the not-too-distant past you might have said pencil-and-paper. If we went way back, to April 1860, when the Pony Express was new and considered the fastest letter delivery service ever, we likely would have heard that name mentioned with a bit of excitement. 1,800 miles in a breathtaking 10 days!
There I was having dinner with my husband, his boss and the boss’s wife. I wanted to make a good impression and was fine until I saw out of the corner of my eye – a cat. I thought, “Oh, no. Please don’t come near me.” I was at that time so afraid of being near a cat. All of my friends and family knew I was allergic to them and made sure that when I came to visit, any cat was securely locked away. But the boss and his wife did not know that.
“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.
How to know which way to turn? And, are we really free to choose any opportunity?
Womanhood is wholeness and full of bliss. It is a blessed idea and reflection of the divine. And, when understood spiritually, it goes beyond one’s gender. It is an idea, divinely protected and cherished.
While many women dream of becoming a happy bride some day, one particular book on Spirituality and Health describes the concept of BRIDE as follows:
“BRIDE. Purity and innocence, conceiving man in the idea of God; a sense of Soul, which has spiritual bliss and enjoys but cannot suffer” (Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures; by Mary Baker Eddy)
There is a difference between the brain and the mind. One very obvious difference is that the brain is a physical organ, while the mind is intangible and inorganic. The crucial consequence of this difference is that thought is a mental, rather than a physically dependent activity. Many wrongly assume that the mind resides vaguely in the head region, somewhere beneath the skull. It is therefore wrong to say for instance ‘Think! Use your brain.’ The brain cannot think.
Estaba en el aeropuerto, volviendo de un viaje a Albuquerque, Nuevo México, cuando vi una tienda con lindas piezas de arte y cosas muy interesantes. Entré, y compré unas cositas que me gustaron mucho, incluso un libro escrito por el Dr. Wayne Peate, un médico que estudió en Dartmouth y Harvard y hoy es profesor de medicina y salud pública de la Universidad de Arizona, en Tucson.
For many, John Coltrane is one of the great American jazz saxophonists and composers. He pushed jazz into new realms during the 1950s and 60s, playing with the likes of Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis. What perhaps is not so well known is how he kicked heroin addiction cold turkey and attributed his transformation to a spiritual awakening and the “grace of God.”
Soon after departing Houston International Airport we hit turbulence. Severe turbulence. The pilot came on to warn that because we had to pass through a storm front the rough ride would last another 30 minutes. But not to worry. “Think of it as a car traveling on a bumpy road,” he said. “Unfortunately, it’s jostling, but the plane is in no danger from it.” I’d heard this reassurance before, but for the woman sitting across the aisle from me it must have been a first — a big first. She sighed with relief. The white-knuckle grip of worry was gone.
A concentration camp might be an unusual place to realize your life purpose. Yet, Viktor Frankl survived his ordeal in the 1940s by finding a sense of purpose where he was. Simply to be able to choose his own attitude and to love, became his reason for living.
Interestingly, Frankl survived when many of his fellow prisoners did not. He found that those in the camp who lost a sense of meaning and purpose just gave up.
Feeling down-in the-dumps is not uncommon. But when dejection strikes, it’s time to fire-up your “thought-burners”, experience that mental lift-off which allows your spirits to rise, and mentally soar above despondency. Such action is good for your health.
Let your thought rise.
Four colorful hot air balloons hovered over the Melbourne Cricket Ground. From my 20th floor room, I watched them soar upward and away with effortless ease. This reminded me how to rise out of gloom when our spirits nose-dive.
The South Korean Ferry Tragedy: A Way Out of the Grief
By Ingrid Peschke
There are no adequate words to describe the deep grief of the families who lost loved ones on the South Korean ferry that suddenly capsized on April 16. Sadly, most of the 476 passengers on board were high school students who were en route to a field trip on the holiday island of Jeju. More than 300 of those passengers perished.
“One day, about four weeks after our first appointment, my supply of tranquilizers was very low, and I felt desperate. The psychiatrist had already refused to give me more than my allotted amount. So I decided to visit some new doctors to see if I could get additional prescriptions. I planned to pretend that I had no other doctor, and that I’d never taken tranquilizers before.”
En los últimos tiempos la palabra crisis se escucha permanentemente en España. Los medios de comunicación contaminan con noticias del aumento de la tasa de desempleo, los desahucios de viviendas y los recortes en la salud pública. En medio de una crisis económica y de un ambiente negativo muchas personas sienten miedo e incertidumbre acerca de su futuro.
Last week’s ANZAC Day commemorations highlighted the best of human conduct – servicemen’s and servicewomen’s courage, mateship, decency and willingness to lay down their lives for country and comrades in battle.
At the same time though, and in a quieter way, there was mention of those suffering from trauma as a result of seeing the devastation and brutality that go hand-in-hand with war. During the panel discussion on ABC Big Ideas ANZAC Day Special: Boys Don’t Cry, it was stated that 8% of serving Australian defence force personnel experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But it was also pointed that that figure indicates only those who have been diagnosed and there could be upwards of 30% of all who have served.
That’s the “elevator” training I often gave to my staff when I was a manager. It’s a foundational principle they needed to understand because relationships bring results. If they didn’t understand and apply this principle they weren’t going to be successful.
Building relationships isn’t horse trading or politics.
Calidad de vida Alimentarse de quejas y enojos afecta nuestro bienestar. Los nutrientes espirituales despiertan la fuerza interior, capaz de mantenernos sanos y vigorosos.
Desde chicos se aprende que debemos comer bien para tener fuerzas y estar sanos. Una de las definiciones de nutrición, de acuerdo con la Organización Mundial de la Salud, es la ingesta de alimentos en relación con las necesidades dietéticas del organismo.
La enfermera Alicia Quintanilla, originaria de El Salvador, ayuda a sus pacientes sin darles medicinas como suelen hacer sus colegas, sino dándoles apoyo espiritual.
"Mi trabajo diario es el contacto espiritual y personal con mis pacientes. Yo les ayudo en su aseo personal, si necesitan ayuda con su comida yo me encargo y cualquier apoyo espiritual que necesiten con su sanación, yo estoy ahí para orar o para leerles… En fin, para ayudarle al paciente en lo que necesite", dijo Alicia.
The life of a 21st century mother is not quite like her ancestors. She has become a master of multi-tasking - juggling children, parents, job and home. A life on overdrive.
Many women face stress and strain from all the responsibilities and expectations. It seems women are losing a sense of themselves - their identity - in all the hype of the perfect Mother/CEO/Employee/Wife.
Sometimes health problems take some sleuthing, and restless legs at bedtime may be a case in point.
If you’ve ever had them, you don’t want them because the soreness and sleeplessness they cause aren’t fun. If you’re not careful, you become more restless and stressed just worrying about the problem. Soon restless legs may run away with your health!
Quando siamo tristi o arrabbiati chi è intorno a noi ce lo legge in viso; è molto difficile nascondere questo sentimento e se infelicità e collera hanno questo effetto inconfondibile all'esterno del nostro corpo, senza dubbio ci saranno delle ripercussioni anche all'interno.
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.
Four years ago, I wrote an article about the Black Eyed Peas song “Where is the Love.” I don’t usually follow contemporary rap or R&B, but the lyrics in this song reaching out for divine love was a powerful message.Pharrell Williams’s monster hit “Happy” is another song worth taking note of. From Slovakia to the Philippines, people are posting YouTube videos of others dancing to it. It’s become a world phenomenon.