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Chronic pain need not be a life sentence, by Wendy Margolese

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Millions of people in Canada and the United States suffer from chronic pain and as a result many have become addicted to pain killers (opioids). Wendy Margolese, a colleague, and a blogger who writes about the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, approaches this growing epidemic from a spiritual view point. She shares a personal experience on how turning to God opened thought to a paradigm shift that resulted in a complete healing of addiction.  Check out Wendy’s inspiring article of hope!

Chronic Pain not a life sentenceAccording to a recent Globe and Mail report, Canadians now have the dubious honour of being the world’s biggest users of narcotic painkillers per capita!

Chronic pain has become the most common reason that people see doctors. And, over the past decade, opioids have been the drug of choice. But this course of treatment has come with the undesired side effect of addiction, which has led to a growing health crisis of opioid overdose deaths.

No one wants a lifetime of chronic pain. And it’s unlikely that many intend to become an opioid addict, even when a strong painkiller seemed to be a good choice at the time.

My friend, Ray, found a solution to pain and addiction through a purely spiritual approach. He had enjoyed more than four decades of good health when he was rushed to the hospital in sudden need of emergency surgery. Taking medication had never been part of his health regimen; however, he felt that the intentions of the compassionate medical personnel were sincere when it was strongly suggested, upon his discharge, that he continue with the prescription painkillers to enable his complete recovery. This was the beginning of his addiction.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

Fierce Women in History: Mary Baker Eddy, Malissa Lakin-Watson

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Malissa Lakin-Watson, a colleague and a health writer who focuses on the connection between thought, health and spirituality, explores in this inspiring article the life of a fierce woman in history, Mary Baker Eddy.  She shares how Mary Baker Eddy, against all odds, and circumstances of the day became a preacher, an author, a publisher and founder of a world-wide religion in a time when women had few rights.  Let’s join Malissa and learn more about this amazing woman and how her contribution gave spiritual enlightenment to the world.

Mary Baker Eddy - fierce woman of historyThe struggle for realizing equality between men and women has been going on for ages. For example, in July of 1848, the first Women’s Rights Convention in the U.S. was held in the little hamlet of Seneca Falls, New York. The organizers, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, sounded the call and declared that the mission of the convention was to “discuss the social, civil, and religious conditions and rights of women.” Two hundred people were in attendance and, on the second day, forty men participated, including African-American abolitionist, Frederick Douglas, who was no stranger to inequality.

The outcome of this historic gathering resulted in the construction of a document that Stanton had drafted during the days of the convention. This, “Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances,” was closely modeled after the American Declaration of Independence. In its preamble featured this similar proclamation, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights…”

At this very same time, in nearby New Hampshire, there lived a young widow by the name of Mary Baker Glover, (who eventually became known to the world as Mary Baker Eddy.) She had a young son named George whom she had a hard time caring for due to her chronic ill health.

Through a series of complicated events, her son was eventually taken out of her care and went to live with another family who later moved to Minnesota. In effect, she lost custody because she was often ill, could not support herself financially, and had little custodial rights as a widowed woman.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

 

Beyond Anger Management – Anger Busting! by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Beyond Anger Management – Anger Busting! by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Anger management has become a hot topic of discussion in the United States and over much of the world.  Both psychologists and physicians have come to the conclusion that anger can be extremely harmful to our health both mentally and physically.  Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and syndicated writer who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, gives us his spiritual perspective on an anger defusing remedy that is free and available to each of us.  Tim shares an experience that proves how powerful prayer and an understanding of God can be in combating anger and discord in any situation we may find ourselves in.  Read this compelling article and discover a unique spiritual point of view that replaces anger with harmony!

Anger BustingWhen someone criticizes you, do you hold back or do you “let them have it” –in a barrage of emotion and harsh words?

Annie Hinchliff, a chartered psychologist working in anger management has stated, “Anger can have a deleterious effect on our emotional well-being. While some people experience an initial thrill, an angry outburst is usually followed by considerable remorse.” Sound familiar?

The medical journal PLoS One reported on research conducted in 2012 by the University of Granada, Spain. The study found that individuals who were angry over their past were more susceptible to negative physiological effects, including greater sensitivity to pain.

Negative effects aside, many individuals are looking for ways to manage or control the anger they feel. While there are many advocates for various pharmaceutical and psychological therapies, this leads us to consider a further question: Is there a way to actually dissolve the anger that may be building up in our lives? Could it be that we are looking for a peace that not only lowers the anger factor, but also counteracts the pressures building up in us?

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

Owning our Health: Encounter with a bear offers fresh view of life, by Anna Bowness-Park

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Owning our Health: Encounter with a bear offers fresh view of life, by Anna Bowness-Park

Anna Bowness-Park, a writer, spiritual thinker and colleague, shares her personal experience in this article on our oneness with nature.  She experienced first-hand how love-a universal quality-can defuse fear and danger when she encountered a mother bear and her cubs while hiking.  Anna immediately reached out to God through prayer and what took place was amazing.  See what Anna has discovered, as a result of this encounter, about our spiritual connection to all life!

Encounter with a bear(1)Spring is well on its way here in British Columbia. The lawn mowers are already making themselves heard in our neighbourhood, whilst the blossom trees and daffodils are bursting forth with energy and life. Many of us are planning, or taking, our first hike or camping trip. Nature is waking up!

However, it is not just nature that is awakening. Over the last few decades, we have been waking up to a radically different way of seeing the world. For the last few hundred years, we’ve viewed our natural resources only as something of value because we could “use” them to sustain or enhance our lives. Wildlife was food or sport for hunters and fishermen, vacant lands had value only for developers, and rivers and oceans were useful for food and to transport goods.

But increasingly, views are shifting and there is greater awareness and understanding of the need to preserve and regenerate the resources that provide food, water and fiber for our basic sustenance. We now know that each living creature has an inherent value in the larger scheme of nature, separate from what it might provide to humans. And we are told that being out in nature itself is good for our health.

A milestone in this shift of thinking came in the late 1950s when Rachel Carson published her seminal work Silent Spring. Carson was a thinker whose deep, connected love of nature was the transformative influence in her life. Her premise that all living things were connected seriously challenged the western mechanistic and consumptive culture. And, since then, progress has been made on numerous environmental fronts.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

Silence – Inward Stillness, Outward Healing, by Wendy Margolese

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Silence – Inward Stillness, Outward Healing, by Wendy Margolese

In 2011 the World Health Organization recognized that noise pollution is detrimental to public health.  Constant audio stimulation has become an accepted and welcomed part of our everyday life.  Noise is constantly being emitted from the media, music, traffic, sirens, etc., etc., etc.  Wendy Margolese, a writer, spiritual explorer and colleague, explores this “modern plague” in her interesting and informative article.  Wendy states and research supports that periods of silence are necessary for our health and well-being. She offers her personal experience and spiritual perspective on how to achieve the rejuvenation that stillness and prayer can bring.  Let’s see what Wendy has discovered and what she has to share on this modern enigma

Silence - inward stillness“Silence is golden” – a phrase coined in the 19th century – may have a deeper meaning today given that “noise pollution” – a more recently coined phrase – is now deemed detrimental to our health.

In fact, a 2011 World Health Organization report called noise pollution the “modern plague”, concluding that “there is overwhelming evidence that exposure to environmental noise has adverse effects on the health of the population.”

We are constantly bombarded by sound – whether it’s traffic noise and emergency sirens or music, television and radio (exacerbated at times by the use of headphones). Many of us long for periods of quiet in our hectic day! And, research indicates that we need periods of silence, because it contributes to many aspects of our overall well-being.

The outcome of a period of golden silence, when taking a break from clamouring distractions, is pleasantly surprising. The Bible tells of the wisdom of the “still small voice” of God and of people being rescued from dire circumstances when they heard it – something hard to do amid the cacophony of today’s noisy world!

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

The Wind Beneath Your Wings, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on The Wind Beneath Your Wings, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Loneliness is a current and increasing problem in the United States.  It is no respecter of race, economics, age or gender and there is a strong probability that each of us at some point in life will be faced with feeling lonely.  Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a writer, spiritual thinker and colleague, gives his spiritual perspective on how to combat the feelings of loneliness with divine Love.  Tim shares his own experience with this challenge and how he was healed by turning to God through prayer.  Take a few minutes and read this heart felt article on the power of divine Love to heal all of our wounds.

Loneliness is healed with Love (1)Feeling lonely can be a challenge to almost everyone at some time or another.  But there is a spiritual answer, beginning with a spiritual point of view, that can help us feel cherished and needed even when alone.

While loneliness is an increasing problem in the US, University of Chicago neuroscientist and researcher, John Cacioppo, found that good friendships can reverse these feelings.  He stated, “Our work suggests that what’s important is having friends in whom you can trust.  Someone you can count on.”

This begs us to consider, first of all, how we can be a good friend to others.  We are all capable of helping others feel less lonely.  Expressing our spirituality – our affection, humility, forgiveness, and appreciation of others are wonderful ways to combat loneliness for ourselves as well as others.

Throughout life, everyone hopes they will have the support and encouragement of friends and family, especially during trying times.  We all yearn for a “wind beneath our wings” to paraphrase a Bette Midler classic.  I remember a time in my life when I lost my two best friends, and simultaneously was beginning a new job.  Instead of feeling alienated, though, I looked for opportunities to use my talents to benefit others and ended up joining a community band and playing clarinet.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

The War on Truth and Reality, by Don Ingwerson

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on The War on Truth and Reality, by Don Ingwerson

The question, “What is truth?” has been an enigma since Jesus’ time and is still an ongoing academic topic of discussion.  Don Ingwerson, a spiritual writer and colleague, explores the process of shifting our view on how to ascertain what we consider to be true.  Don asks us to consider truth and reality to be more than what we can see with our eyes, hear with our ears, or can touch with our hands.  Current scientific theories suggest that reality and truth are more metaphysical then physical.  Read this stimulating article and determine for yourself the answer to “What is truth?”

Break the chain of cherished opinions! (1)I’ve found that striving to understand and live in the light of this view of spiritual reality brings consciousness into a healthier sphere.

“What is truth?” asked Pilate during the trial of Jesus before his tragically unjust crucifixion.

Jesus was subsequently put to death – not because Pilate found fault with Jesus’ answer, but because the public were stirred into rejecting what Jesus understood to be true.

Today, global warming, health care, and evolution are just a few of the topics that stir impassioned arguments about what is or isn’t true. As the presidential debates heat up and different candidates share their vision for the future, they try to convince members of the public to share their perception of truth, often illustrating the huge gaps that exist between individuals and groups in what they hold to be true and in what data they use to justify their position.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

Mental Healing: Brain or Mind? by Mojisola Solanke

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Mental Healing: Brain or Mind? by Mojisola Solanke

It seems there has always been a social stigma associated with mental illness and anyone deemed as mentally ill in this country and many others. Mojisola Solanke, a Christian Science Media Representative for Nigeria, writer and colleague, offers a possible solution for mental illness that reaches beyond orthodox treatment.  She explores the possibility that there may be an alternative treatment that does not necessitate using prescription drugs.  Many in her country are seeking a different kind of help called ‘spiritual help’.  Mojisola shares her spiritual perspective on how ‘spiritual help’ -discovering our deep connection to God- can treat and heal mental illness. Read this thought provoking article on this sensitive and current topic.

mental healing- brain or MindLike any ailment, mental illness is distressing. Unlike physical illnesses however, mental illness has the added problem of the stigma society attaches to it. The perception of diminished mental capacity may inadvertently bring a sense of fear, resulting in negative reactions, without the compassion and understanding the public would normally show one suffering ill health. This attitude may also be due to the fact that the law rightly makes allowance when meting out punishment for crimes committed by those deemed to exhibit reduced mental capacity. There are various forms of mental illness, ranging from the mild to the extremely aggressive, the emotional and psychological to the psychiatric.

Specialists who treat mental illness, in many cases seek its cause in an abnormality of the brain, either due to injury, trauma or natural causes; and they treat the ailment with material drugs, in addition to counseling and other therapies. In many countries, such as Nigeria, some also seek what is termed ‘spiritual help’. Indeed some medical personnel, finding a case beyond the ken of orthodox treatment, have quietly suggested that patients resort to spiritual means – the aim of any course of treatment being healing.

Is the cause of mental illness in some way inextricably dependent on a physical organ, specifically derangement of the brain? And do material methods and modes of treatment afford the only hope for a cure? The very name of the ailment would suggest otherwise. Doctors who specialise in the brain insist that certain brain lobes carry out the function of thinking, mood, personality and whatnot. Mary Baker Eddy takes a diametrically opposite view. She insists, in her book on healing titled Science and Health with key to the Scriptures, that the brain and its lobes, being made up entirely of matter, cannot of themselves, think, or be the repository of intelligence. This answer, though radical, if given due consideration, may give a hint as to what may actually benefit the diagnosis, treatment and healing of mental illness.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

Removing the mask of mental – and physical – disease, by Eric Nelson

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Removing the mask of mental – and physical – disease, by Eric Nelson

In this article, Eric Nelson, a Christian Science Practitioner, writer and colleague, explores a new treatment for the invisible wounds of war known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Art therapist Melissa Walker has had great success in unmasking and healing the scars of war through art and creativity.  Eric offers a spiritual approach one which has also been proven to provide permanent healing.  He proposes that turning to God, as an available and present help in any fearful experience or fearful dream-either while asleep or awake, heals as successfully today- as it did 2000 years ago.  Take a moment and read what Eric has to share on this provocative topic.

Remove the maskArt therapist Melissa Walker achieves ‘spectacular results’ by helping military vets uncover their hidden wounds in creative, non-threatening ways.

“Give a man a mask,” said Oscar Wilde, “and he will tell you the truth.”

A clever adage, to be sure. But for creative arts therapist Melissa Walker, it’s actually the process of unmasking the invisible wounds of her patients that enables them to discover what’s true – and what’s not – and to experience lasting healing.

“Imagine you are a high ranking military service member deployed to Afghanistan,” said Walker during her talk at last year’s TEDMED conference in Palm Springs. “Incoming mortar rounds are exploding all around you. Struggling to see through the dust and the smoke, you do your best to help those wounded and crawl to a nearby bunker.

“As you regain your vision, you see a bloody face staring back at you. The image is terrifying, but you quickly come to understand it’s not real. This vision continues to visit you multiple times a day and in your sleep. You choose not to tell anyone for fear of losing your job or being seen as weak. You give the vision a name, ‘Bloody Face in Bunker,’ and call it BFIB for short. You keep BFIB locked away in your mind, secretly haunting you for the next seven years.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

The Missing Piece Behind Healing Addiction, by Malissa Lakin-Watson

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on The Missing Piece Behind Healing Addiction, by Malissa Lakin-Watson

Today, much debate is going on about the cause of addiction-is it a moral weakness or is it considered a disease?  Malissa Lakin-Watson, a writer, spiritual thinker and colleague, explores this question in her touching and inspiring article.  She talks about her personal journey with addiction and how she was healed by realizing the power to do so was already inside her.  Through her spiritual journey Malissa discovered that she and everyone else, has a deep connection to God-who is all good and this connection changed her life. Read how she was able to overcome this difficult challenge with Divine Love.
The missing piece behind healing addiction...No matter who we are or where we come from, I believe we all want the same things—to feel we belong and are loved by those closest to us must surely be at the top of the list.

But when life doesn’t go as planned or the relationships we have don’t bring the comfort we’re looking for, turning to drugs or alcohol to fill the void may feel like a viable solution.~

In this TED talk, British author and journalist, Johann Hari, explains that new research has been shedding light on the fact that everything we think we know about addiction may not be entirely true—that addiction is either a moral weakness or it is a disease. In his desire to help those he loved who had become drug addicts, he was impelled to go on a quest, looking for a better way to address this problem.

After extensive and exhaustive research spanning the globe, he came to this conclusion, “the opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety but connection.”

And just what is this connection he is talking about? He explains that we, as human beings, need to bond with other human beings. Nothing new there, but when some seem unable to maintain close relationships, or “can’t bear to be present in their lives” because of trauma or some other adverse circumstance, “(they) will bond with something that gives relief,” he says. That “something” can be substances which, when indulged in heavily and often, can lead to addictive behavior.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org