“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.\