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Remembering the “thankful TO” part

Here’s a thoughtful piece from Health writer and colleague Eric Nelson of Petaluma, California, writing about what he’s thankful FOR and what he’s thankful TO.

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Thanksgiving: An attitude of gratitude that inspires health

It was a moment that literally stopped me in my tracks.

Eric Nelson
Eric Nelson

As I was walking through San Diego’s Balboa Park — the Spreckels organ pavilion to my back, the Museum of Art to my front — I found myself suddenly overcome by an almost overwhelming rush of gratitude…

Even better than having so many things to be thankful for, however, was having something to be thankful to.

Read the entire article on Communities Digital News here:
Thanksgiving: An attitude of gratitude that inspires health 

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GUEST POST: Adult autistics – are they doomed to solitude?

Here’s a very thoughtful article by my colleague Karla Hackney published earlier this week in the Oregonian.

Karla Hackney (picture courtesy of Karla Hackney)
Karla Hackney (picture courtesy of Karla Hackney)

Seldom heard are the stories of autistic adults.  And rarely do they report the challenges of those who seek companionship. It’s believed that autism blocks the ability to intercommunicate and express feelings in a normal way.  These difficulties often relegate those diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to solitude.  And yet, like us all, those diagnosed as on the Spectrum deeply wish to love another.

We may think of our own relationships as pertaining to the heart, but for solutions in the field of ASD, research has focused predominantly on the brain.

Click here to read the rest of the article…

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Christian Scientists gather in Boston at denomination’s annual meeting; ponder the relevance of church

By:  Richard Evans, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

Boston, MA — When Christian Scientists convened in Boston, Massachusetts, Monday, June 6, for the annual meeting of their denomination, they faced a question that many mainline Christian churches also confront: can church be relevant today?

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Their perspective on this question—as on just about everything else—runs counter to the popular narrative. “There’s a universal hunger for the heartfelt experience of God’s saving power,” said Margaret Rogers, chairwoman of the five-member lay board of directors of the Church of Christ, Scientist, which has its worldwide headquarters in Boston. “The demand,” she said, is for a church “that is vibrant with unselfed love and actively engaged in authentic Christian healing for humanity.”

For most Christian Scientists, this doesn’t seem to mean better outreach or new ministries and programs. It means drilling down on the thing they feel they bring to the world: spiritual healing, based on the teachings of Christ Jesus, that is expected to be both humane in spirit and effective in results. “We pray,” explained another director, Allison W. Phinney, “because prayer aligns us with how things really work. It lets us see and feel more of the immense good and the divine Love that’s actually here for us and for humanity.”

Founded 137 years ago by religious leader Mary Baker Eddy, the Christian Science Church is a Christian denomination based on the Bible. While relatively small in numbers, the denomination has branch churches in more than 60 countries and has had an outsized impact on Christian thought by its insistence that God’s goodness brings not only salvation from sin, but healing of illness and suffering.

The group’s diversity is seen among some of the new officers announced at the meeting. The new church president is Annu Matthai of Bangalore, India. The new First Reader—who conducts Sunday worship and Wednesday testimony meetings at The Mother Church in Boston—is Louis E. Benjamin of Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The new Second Reader is Diane Uttley Marrapodi of Forest Hill, Maryland, USA. Many church members travelled to Boston for Monday’s proceedings, while more followed the meetings live online.

The theme of this year’s meeting—“Church: ‘healing and saving the world’”—comes from Mary Baker Eddy’s view that Christ Jesus’ original Christianity has deep relevance for the world and its future, and that church must be a practical force for good in daily lives, bringing hope and spiritual progress for humanity. One small symbol of this is the planned renewal of the Christian Science plaza in Boston’s Back Bay. The outdoor spaces surrounding The Mother Church will be updated to better benefit the community as an environmentally sustainable oasis in the midst of the city. A longer-term commitment of the denomination has been publication of The Christian Science Monitor, an international news outlet providing daily and weekly news, online and in print—news that is intended to bring light, rather than heat, to the important issues of the day.

Members at the meeting reported on activities in their regions, as well as provided examples of healing from around the world.

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For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

(Photo: Bob Cummings)
(Photo: Bob Cummings)

“On the night before his assassination, Martin Luther King said in a speech in Memphis, “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop…”

Self-syndicated health columnist Tim Mitchinson in Illinois, writing on Fit for Life, applies this idea of a mountaintop view to taking a higher, broader view of freedom that includes freedom from disease – aka health!

A timely article I highly recommend: The mountaintop of health.

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Helpful spiritual perspectives for the new class of graduates

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A new class of graduates is heading into summer and then very likely college or career. Here are two articles with some helpful ideas applying spiritual perspectives to this exciting time in their lives.

Do our graduates know how to love?

By Eric Nelson on Communities Digital News

Excerpts:

“In an era in which so many people slip off the rails during adolescence, we don’t have the luxury of ignoring a resource that, if cultivated, could see them through,” says columnist David Brooks. “Ignoring spiritual development in the public square is like ignoring intellectual, physical or social development.

Obviously the various facets of love described by Paul—patience, unselfishness, humility, courtesy and so on—aren’t restricted to a particular religious practice but can and should be utilized in every avenue of life, including academics, athletics, social situations, throughout college and even into the business world.

Are 2015 Grads Spiritually Prepared to Pass Life’s Tests?

By Ingrid Peschke on MetroWest Daily News

Excerpts:

When a graduation speech in rural Alabama produced a spontaneous prayer to a healing God I wanted to stand up and clap, too.

As graduates walk the stage and accept their diplomas, I hope they will consider their spiritual ability to be “right thinkers” by helping their neighbor, choosing honesty and integrity in their daily interactions, and looking to a Higher Power for truthful answers on life’s toughest tests.

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For Health’s Sake, Watch Your Mental Intake

120-Y9IL56J65J5-Glowimages-filling-a-gas-tankYou don’t put sugar in the gas tank of your car, right? And if your car takes “Regular”, you don’t put in ‘Diesel’.

As society becomes more aware that thought affects the body, it becomes clear that it is important for our health that we watch our mental intake.

Consider the following:

  • a 2014 study found that journalists viewing uncensored violent imagery are at increased risk of adverse psychological consequences.
  • “medical students’ disease”, in which 70-80% of medical students experience symptoms of the disease(s) they are studying.
  • Google’s new Knowledge Graph gives searchers medical facts and details on conditions and shows typical symptoms.

Heath reformer Mary Baker Eddy advises, “Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.”

Watch your intake!

Note: this post first appeared on Ideapod

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Expectancy and Health

120-Y99J36Q5L3R-2-girl-and-a-horse-attribExpectancy, when it connects to the power of God, can do more than sustain us emotionally; it can help heal us physically.

Read more about how expectancy benefits health in my first post on a relatively new social media platform called IdeaPod: Expectation for Good Health.

To read the full-length version of this article published in The News-Herald: Click here.

And to read the Midland Daily News article cited, that contains Autumn Hampton’s wonderful story of recovery from a traumatic brain injury: Click here.

So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.”~Proverbs 24:14 (KJV)

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A Spiritual Answer to Drug Addiction

Ingrid Peschke (Photo courtesy of Ingrid Peschke)
Ingrid Peschke (Photo courtesy of Ingrid Peschke)

Have you noticed that there have been quite a few news stories in the local media lately about drug addiction?

For example, a search for articles using the word “heroin” in The Oakland Press in the past 90 days yields 21 results, including an article in April entitled, Heroin use, deaths are on the rise in Michigan.

The Oakland Press reports that Michigan ranks 7th in most heroin deaths by state for the period from 1999 to 2010, at over 1,500.

Health Writer Ingrid Peschke in Massachusetts tackles this difficult subject in a recent MetroWest Daily News article, identifying ways a focus on spirituality can help. She quotes Charles Faupel, a professor emeritus at Auburn University in Alabama and coauthor of “The Sociology of American Drug Use,” who told The Christian Science Monitor that he feels part of the solution begins with “more spiritual grounding among young people.” She discusses the need to go from “E” for empty to “F” for fulfilled and that “lasting fulfillment begins with glimpsing something of our spiritual nature.”

Peschke’s MetroWest Daily News article is definitely recommended reading:
A Spiritual Antidote for Addiction to Prescription Painkillers and Heroin.

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Do You Think Of Achieving Health As A Battle?

Anna Bowness-Park (picture courtesy of Anna Bowness-Park)
Anna Bowness-Park (picture courtesy of Anna Bowness-Park)

“Make love, not war.”

Remember that one? I was around when it was a popular saying.

Do these sound familiar:

    • Fighting the flu
    • Battling cancer
    • Struggling with pain?

“Moving away from images of war or seeing our bodies as a battlefield can open up a new narrative for health.” This from Health Writer Anna Bowness-Park in The Vancouver Sun, discussing reframing how we talk about – and think about – health.

Bowness-Park shares a wonderful story of a woman who was “fighting” chronic back pain and found that the “back pain diminished and ultimately vanished” after she learned to feel loved.

Here’s a wonderful article that will get you thinking about having the upper hand when it comes to health: Owning our Health: The search for a new narrative on health.

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