Major change. For those who use iPhones and iPads, Apple just launched a thorough update of their operating system for its customers. Without requesting it, a new icon appears when this software is downloaded. It is the “Health” icon. I didn’t ask for it. It just appeared.
I absolutely could not believe it! Here we were, new to Tennessee and invited to our first social event. The house was beautiful, full of our newly made friends – and here I was sneezing uncontrollably…eyes watering…and breathing troubled. We quickly finished the meal, made our apologies and left. The culprit: a very large hairy dog.
George Bernard Shaw once said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Cultivating the right state of mind can help one stay active and vibrant.
A centenarian friend of mine seemed to understand this point. She lived alone in an upstairs apartment with no elevator. She did all her own cooking and cleaning, kept her house spotless, and managed her own investments. She often said, “I don’t believe God sees me as old.” This centenarian saw age as a reflection of a divine view, not as a number of years.
Let’s just say, the initial response I received was less than encouraging.
I had just been appointed as the media and legislative rep for the Christian Science Church in Northern California and was looking for ways to connect with those reporters and editors who I thought might have some interest in what I had to share. An introductory email seemed like an obvious way to get the ball rolling, but what I was really aiming for were face-to-face meetings.
When people recover from a serious disease, they sometimes go public. If they're persons of faith, they often thank God for the healing. This has stirred some pretty lively discussion in the media about the contributions of science and faith. Why do some people credit God for healing?
Well over a century before anyone had ever heard of TEDMED, an annual confab of movers and shakers deeply interested in making the world a better, healthier place to live, religious reformer and health care maverick Mary Baker Eddy proclaimed, “The time for thinkers has come.” Thankfully that time is still here and continues to generate ever more exciting advancements in human understanding, particularly within the field of health.
Hoarding less stuff in less space can lead to more happiness.
That's the view of writer and designer Graham Hill in a thought-provoking TED talkthat has attracted over 2.3 million views.
Hill has walked the talk of his minimalism. He room-tested his claims by moving into a 420 sq ft Manhattan apartment, ingeniously and beautifully custom-designed to seamlessly accommodate his "less = more" philosophy.
With public discussion focusing on depression and suicide, don't be tricked into identifying with self-destructive dark thoughts.
Contagion. It’s been in the news lately in regard to the Ebola outbreak. And, in a more subtle way, in regard to the recent suicide of comedian, Robin Williams. You might be wondering what contagion and suicide have to do with each other? At first glance, not much.
"Whatever blesses one blesses all..." Mary Baker Eddy shared this verity a century ago. It's true. The merits of neighborliness, brotherhood and sisterhood are countless and favorably impact entire communities as well as nations. And interestingly enough, being a good neighbor affects you!
Helping neighbors has a boomerang effect that comes back to bless you too. It might seem counterintuitive, but being the giver puts you on the receiving end of good things.