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Owning Our Health: Defeating Ageism with Grace

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Anna Bowness Park, a spiritual thinker, syndicated writer and colleague, shares her insight on the discrimination of ageism in Canada.  Please join me in reading this enlightening article – as we too have this same type of tolerated discrimination in the U.S. today.  Let’s see what Anna has to report on this growing social problem and explore a more spiritual remedy that is always available.

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Everyone has the right to know that they have something to contribute

The recent movie, “The Second Best Marigold Hotel,” stars a cast of my favourite older British actors playing the roles of seniors living in India. To me, like the first movie about the Marigold Hotel, this one is not so much about age as it is about life. Whether it is the cranky but wise Muriel (played by Maggie Smith), hilariously dressing down an American waiter on the proper way to serve tea, or Sonny, the young hotel manager (Dev Patel), whose insecurity about his upcoming nuptials threatens to derail the wedding, it’s life in all its tender, poignant and funny moments that is examined, against a backdrop of the color and vibrancy of India.

It’s a shame, though, that the movie is marketed to the silver tsunami crowd, complete with some subtle jokes on ageing. It could so easily have been a great opportunity to more vigorously confront the problem of ageism in our society, as well as celebrate the innate energy, capabilities and wisdom of people of all ages.

Ageism is the most tolerated form of discrimination in Canada. A poll two years ago found that eight out of ten Canadians believe that seniors aged 75 or older are less important and more ignored than younger generations. Additionally, six out of ten seniors felt they had been treated unfairly because of their age. The report concluded that “ageism is not an old person’s problem, it is a societal problem.”

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Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org. 

Music Therapy Offers Glimpse of Man’s Innate Harmony, Tim Mitchinson

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

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Medical studies indicate that music therapy is beneficial in the treatment of disease.  Perhaps the connection with music establishes more than a pleasant chemical reaction- it may be a link to something much more spiritual.  Could this spiritual connection be what heals? Tim Mitchinson, a spiritual explorer, syndicated writer and colleague, shares his personal experience with the relationship between music and health.  Let’s see what Tim has discovered.

Among a host of “out of the mainstream” new therapies for treating or alleviating chronic ills, music therapy shows promise.  Hospitals and nursing homes across the country are adding music to their therapeutics as a way to reduce fear and stress.

The next big question is of course “Why does music do this?” Professional health-musician Ed Dulaney told me, “Music helps individuals move out of the cesspool of self-pity and into the ability to handle the issues they face.”

Looking even deeper, are the beneficial effects of music more than a chemical response in the brain? Does music in fact connect us to some larger, universal consciousness that aligns us with greater harmony?

For centuries, experts from many fields have looked beyond the body for answers to establishing a healthy life.  Many have found that when someone finds a connection to the divine, he feels an inner peace which can restore health.

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#spirituality  #musictherapy

 Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org. 

You Can’t Google Intuition

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

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Eric Nelson, a spiritual thinker, syndicated writer and colleague, poses the question-can Google or any internet search engine really be a reliable discerner of the truth?   The internet purports variable aspects of the truth at best.  Maybe listening to a more intrinsic search engine is a more viable path.  Could spiritual intuition be a better discerner of truth?  You decide after reading what Eric has to share.

Ever since Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” we’ve been trying to figure out the answer. Is it possible that the mother of all search engines has finally hit on a solution, or should we be relying on something less tech-oriented?

During a familiar and oft-quoted exchange just before his crucifixion, Jesus is asked by Pontius Pilate that singular question that continues to reverberate some two thousand years later:

“What is truth?”

Apparently, the folks at Google are wondering the same thing.

In an effort to bring us all closer to an answer, they have devised a nifty new search mechanism that ranks websites based on their credibility, not popularity. Instead of counting the number of links to a particular page, the system instead measures the amount of incorrect information it detects.

How is that possible?

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#truthfulgrowth  #spirituality

Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org. 

 

 

Being a Good Samaritan to the Mentally Ill and their Families

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

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Many of us have had a brush with mental illness sometime during our life.  It may have been with a relative, a friend, or even have dealt with a mental illness ourselves.  Tim Mitchinson, a spiritual thinker, syndicated writer and colleague, shares his own and others stories of success in treating people who have been diagnosed with mental illness in a kinder, more empathetic way.  Let’s read what unique remedy Tim has discovered using his spiritual insight.

Most of the readers of the Peoria Journal-Star can recall the parable of the Good Samaritan. Finding a man who was attacked by thieves and left to die, this Samaritan stopped and helped the abandoned victim. He looked beyond religious and cultural prejudices of his day and saw a fellow human being who needed help. He bandaged his wounds, picked him up and took him to a place where he could rest and recover.

Individuals, families, community and faith-based groups are among those who are called upon today to be Good Samaritans to those dealing with all sorts of health issues.

“No one should ever be defined by an illness,” stated Angela Adkins, Executive Director for DuPage NAMI, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI has been operating as a Good Samaritan to the mentally ill and their families for 30 years. “We provide support, education and advocacy for individuals and their families who are living with mental illness,” Adkins explained.

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#mentalhealth #well-being

Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org. 

 

It’s as plain as the nose on your face…

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

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The current social media buzz is about how each of us perceive and see the color of the same dress.  I believe it is called ‘dressgate’.  This exercise stirs thought to question the validity of what we see with our eyes, hear with our ears and understand to be true.  Steven Salt, a spiritual explorer, blog writer and colleague, shares his experience and a possible explanation of this phenomena.  Join me and read what Steven has discovered-it is eye opening!

 

Or is it?  Perhaps things are not as black and white (or gold and white in this case) as we sometimes think.

The echoes of #dressgate continue to reverberate throughout social media. My son and I were sitting on the couch when he showed me the picture, on his phone, of the now infamous dress.  He asked what colors I saw. I suspected a trick question, but answered truthfully, black and blue. It was obvious.

My son laughed skeptically and informed me he saw a gold and white dress. We checked with my wife who saw a gold and silver dress. Same picture, three different perspectives. What’s going on?

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#dressgate

Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org. 

 

 

 

Owning our Health: Re-thinking our Self-imposed Limitations

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Anna Bowness-Park, a spiritual thinker, published writer and colleague, shares her own and others experience with limited self- image and how this self- imposed thought process can affect every aspect of our life- including our health.  Let’s find out what Anna has discovered and wants us to consider in this stimulating and engaging article.

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Breaking through the bubble of limiting beliefs about ourselves is the first step to discovering our true abilities.

Canadian Olympic gold medalist Adam Kreek was not happy. A new member of the team was a better rower than him, consistently beating him at races.  Although annoyed, Kreek was also curious. What made this young rower more successful? So, over coffee he asked the question. The response was surprising. “I seek failure,” said his teammate.

Expanding this idea in an entertaining and thoughtful TedX Talk in Victoria in 2013, Kreek went on to explain his teammate’s comment. Imagine yourself with a bubble around you. That bubble is your self-imposed limitations; how you see your abilities and what you believe about your capabilities. Kreek stressed that breaking through that bubble is the first step to understanding our true abilities. It is a vital part of understanding how we unwittingly limit ourselves in every avenue of life, including our health.

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#health  #spirituality

Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org. 

 

 

 

Heart Healthy or Healthy Heart?, by Debby Kowit

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

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In this article, Debby Kowit, a spiritual seeker, writer and colleague, explores the possibility of a more spiritual solution to maintaining a healthy heart.  Debby discusses her personal, spiritual journey from illness to good health.  Join me and discover what insight she has to share about this life changing experience.

Having a healthy heart is big business, whether you are talking about efforts to repair, recover or prevent America’s #1 cause of death, heart disease or #3, stroke. Available at our fingertips are lists of remedies that include diet regimens, exercise programs and rehab guidance. Even if you have a healthy heart, you are probably already alert to how to watch for symptoms of a problem or you may be aware of specific foods to indulge or avoid.

As consumers we have the option to seek out and absorb only the information that best enhances our individual lifestyle and health goals. And, we should not discount spirituality as a vital part of a “whole person” approach.

Increasingly, research points to the positive role spirituality can play in helping us achieve a balanced lifestyle, which contributes to a healthy heart. For example, Findings in a recent study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing cite the importance of spirituality in guarding against negative emotions, thus helping to protect against Heart Disease.

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#HeartMonth  #HeartHealth  #HeartHealthMonth

Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org. 

 

 

 

To view, or not to view “50 Shades Of Grey”

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

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The new, controversial blockbuster film, “Fifty Shades of Grey” which opened in time for Valentine’s Day, introduces sadomasochistic, sensual gratification that some say is devoid of love or romance, to the mainstream audience.  See what you think after reading this article by Tony Lobl, a spiritual thinker, writer, lecturer and colleague, examines and shares his and others concerns and presents a more metaphysical view on how to achieve true happiness and fulfillment.  Join me and read what Tony has to share on this thought provoking topic.

As we weigh up whether this Valentine’s Day blockbuster is worth, or worthy of, the ticket price it might be worth asking: “What is happiness?”

The fervour surrounding Fifty Shades of Grey reached fever pitch with the Valentine’s eve release of one of the raciest storylines ever likely to achieve blockbuster status.

Yet it hasn’t all been roses for the producers film has its detractors – ranging from religious leaders and domestic abuse campaigners to anti-porn activists. And they are making their voices heard.

For instance, a creative social media campaign has been launched with a hashtag urging movie-goers to skip the film and instead donate their money to shelters and agencies that support abused women. (#50DollarsNot50Shades).

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Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org. 

 

 

 

 

Improve your Health? Break the chain of the “busy-ness trap”

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Are you caught up in the busyness trap?

Are you caught up in the busyness trap?

Everyone seems to be busy, busy, busy these day.  Ask someone how they are and the response is usually, “I am so busy, I don’t have time for anything but work.”  What are we all busy doing?  What about our lives makes us feel we need to be busy all the time?

As I was getting my nails done recently I asked my manicurist the simple question.  “Do you feel like your life is too busy?”

I was curious because I had just finished reading an article, “Getting out of the ‘busy-ness trap’,” by Martha Ross of the San Jose Mercury News.  She was writing about a well-known author, sociologist and happiness expert, Christine Carter.  Evidently her life, too, was packed at one time with “a long list of high-profiled commitments” along with all the duties of being a single mom.

According to the article, “she was miserable and had fallen into what she calls the ‘busy-ness trap.”  Eventually she found herself in the emergency room, “exhausted, dehydrated and suffering from a fever and a kidney infection.”  She had to cancel a keynote address she was scheduled to give at the end of that week.

In order to stay healthy and happy she knew she had to reorganize and re-prioritize her days and her life.  This experience and the research she did on the issue of “busyness” led her to write a book, “The Sweet Spot:  How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work.” According to the article, she explains how to organize and prioritize your time, stay healthy and take time for fun.

Back to the manicurist scenario:  To my surprise, not only did she respond but so did the neighboring women, two additional manicurists and their clients.

“Yes,” they all said, and each one launched into her individual scenarios as to why she was so busy.  One by one they described how much they have to do and how they go from one activity to another without actually finishing anything.  Then at the end of the day, they wonder where the day went and why they still have so much to do!

I could identify with them as I had, at one point, found myself doing the same thing.  Also, I spent a lot of time during the night vowing that I would do better the next day. But, it rarely ever happened.

As it turns out both Carter and I solved our problems taking quite similar steps.  We chose to prioritize life activities and then we said “no” to anything that doesn’t fit into those top priorities.

We chose as a top priority to maintain our health and happiness.  And, to do this, we both put at the top of our list starting our day with quiet time. She calls it meditation and I call it prayer – communing with God – first thing in the morning and letting him “establish our day.”  A friend of mine once said to me when I was hurrying from one thing to another:  “God is never in a hurry.  So, you don’t need to be either.” I could immediately see her point. I couldn’t imagine God rushing to get creation going.  He created everything knowing and seeing that it was all good. (Gen 1:31)

I found that quiet prayer first thing in the morning set the tone for the entire day.  It seems to me it is exactly what Jesus did – “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him.” (Matt. 5:1)

Seeing all the people that needed help, he went up into a mountain, that is, he lifted his thought in prayer before he tackled the day’s problems.

When faced with many things to accomplish and tempted to fall into the “busyness trap,” I have learned to rely on a statement from a book on prayer and spiritual healing: “Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself.” The Christian healer who wrote that, Mary Baker Eddy, proved in her own life the power of living a God-first life.  I realized I couldn’t suffer for things that needed to be done – and that God wouldn’t give me more to do than I could handle.

I absolutely love this statement!  It frees me from being “too busy.” It reminds me to finish an activity and then calmly go on to another.

After researching and writing this blog, I can’t wait to share what I have found with my manicurist friends.

Don’t think this is only a woman’s problem.  I know men that feel as though their work is never finished.  This is for them too.  But that can be another blog.

#busy-nesstrap  #morning prayer  #toobusy  #overworked  #priortize  #organize

Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org. 

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Do you honestly need more evidence?

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

This thought provoking article presents personal evidence regarding the effectiveness of prayer in healing.  Keith Wommack, a Syndicated Columnist, spiritual thinker, writer and colleague, shares spiritual insight from his thirty-two year prayer based healing practice.  Join me and read what Keith has discovered. 

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I couldn’t hide it. My grimace gave it away. “Looks like a torn rotator cuff,” my neighbor said to me last Friday.

I’d reached out to pet his dog, but pain had stopped me before I could raise my arm even an inch.

At that moment, although I didn’t have a physician’s diagnosis, I knew it was time to receive treatment. So, I made a call. I phoned a friend, a fellow Christian Science practitioner, and asked for prayerful help.

“You did what?” You might ask, “What about the needed treatment? Where’s the research and scientific data showing the effectiveness of prayer?”

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Kate is interested in blogging about health, health care, spirituality, science, religion, the importance of prayer in maintaining a healthy mind and body.  She is a Christian Science practitioner and the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org.