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Health and Worth of Thought

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

cartoon char thinking glow images with sigPsychologists have recently discovered how powerful thought can be to our health and well-being.  This article written by Moji Solanki, a spiritual blogger and colleague, explores thought provoking evidence that led her to the conclusion that health can be governed by right thinking!  Read what Moji has to share about the power of spiritual thinking and make that decision for yourself.

Recently on my Twitter feed, I read this quote by @psychologicalqt: ‘If you realised how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.’ This got me thinking (no pun intended), whether an insight into mentality and spirituality, both of which have to do with thought, can improve health.

The most obvious quality of mentality is that it depends on mind. In health matters, it is employed mainly by psychology, and to a lesser extent, religion. Spirituality depends on spirit and is employed mainly by religion. Without wanting to get out of my depth by delving in the deep waters of psychology, of which I confess, I am no expert, I shall base my comments of spirit and mind on the more familiar basis of spirituality – specifically, Christianity.

The overriding reason for this cogitation is to determine the relevance of the power of thought for health and healing. Can good health actually begin with a right thought? If it can, then the worth of thought has just gone up considerably. It is certainly obvious that what individuals experience begins with a thought – whether it is joy, appreciation, love; or negative emotions such as anger, hatred, resentment and so forth. Indeed, the feeling of an ache or a twinge also begins first with the thought of it. Listening to advertisements of symptoms of ill health have been known to result in the listener thinking whether such symptoms are manifesting in their experience.

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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, 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

10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Healing Prayer

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

This article written by Tony Lobl, a lecturer, spiritual writer, thinker and colleague, talks about the power of prayer to heal life-challenges that we all may face.  He shares experiences from his own spiritual journey in the healing practice of Christian Science.  Join me and enjoy Tony’s thought provoking and educational ideas on prayer-based healing.

door open with white glow glow images with sigI’ve learned about the true healing power as a Christian Science Practitioner.

When I was a teenager, I experienced an unexpected moment of spiritual awareness as I lay in bed, deeply troubled by a doctor’s prognosis. I wasn’t praying as such, yet I suddenly became aware of a divine presence, loving me. That calmed my troubled thoughts and prompted a physical healing. At the time, I was a non-religious Jew, and I wanted to understand how such a healing could happen.

In my twenties, a friend gifted me a copy of Mary Baker Eddy’s powerful book on prayer-based healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and I found the answers I was looking for. There are references to Scripture throughout Science and Health, which bring out its core spiritual message. Seeing the Bible in this light led me to pick it up, read it, and love it. I’m now a Christian Science practitioner, serving as the UK and Irish media liaison for the Christian Science movement.

Here are some key points about the prayer-based healing I practice.

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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, 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

 

Is Pain-free Living Possible?

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Is Pain-free Living Possible?

The alleviation of pain that feels more than miraculous

Kay Stroud, a spiritual writer and thinker, explores a growing problem that is not only prevalent in Australia, but is also a growing concern in the United States. Chronic pain syndrome which effects tens of thousands of people world-wide.  New studies reveal that chronic pain is not just physical, it is also a mental condition and may be successfully controlled by re-education.  Let’s see what Kay has to share on the possibility of living a pain free life without the use of drugs.

3D render of the legs of a female medical skeleton with knee joints highlightedThe four-hourly doses of morphine were such a welcome relief to the intense pain I was experiencing following major surgery. What could possibly make me give them up?

Amazingly, I found there was something that could persuade me to do so.

And that’s why, I want to share my experience with the sufferers who are being invited to break their silence about chronic pain for National Pain Week.

In Australia, one in five people live with chronic pain, including adolescents and children. This prevalence rises to one in three people over the age of 65. Chronic pain is linked to depression and suicide and is Australia’s third most costly health condition.

To manage it, a range of treatments that address the mental state as well as physical condition are employed. These include physio and physical therapy, medical acupuncture, thinking strategies, lifestyle changes, nutrition and traditional prescription opioids.

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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. 

Listening – a Connection to Good Health

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Listening – a Connection to Good Health

Colleagues listening to businesswoman's report in meeting room in office.More and more healthcare providers, be it doctors or nurses, are coming to the conclusion that listening is a very important component in care giving.  Making a connection-being compassionate, paying attention and being respectful are powerful dynamics in successfully treating health challenges of every kind.  There are many methods available to help find the connection that ensures us that all will be well.  Wendy Margolese, a community blogger, spiritual explorer and colleague, shares her personal experience with an ever-present, spiritual connection that is always available and accessible.  Perhaps, we just have to listen to make that connection.  Join me and read what Wendy has learned.

The reason we have two ears and one mouth, it’s said, is because we should spend twice as much time listening as talking!

But with the growing convenience of technologies that demand or divert our attention, it often feels harder to take the time to really listen and create and sustain important relationships – whether it is doctor-patient, employer-employee, parent-child, or husband-wife.

Yet connection matters. Relationship matters. Love matters. These are all dynamics that stem from listening and being listened to. Increasingly, the medical community is paying attention to the role listening can play in how to care for a patient.

What is it about truly listening to another person’s story – pain, sadness, joys and fears – that results in being better able to help someone find health?

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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. 

Shifting Health Advice: “Eat This, Not That” Roulette?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Shifting Health Advice: “Eat This, Not That” Roulette?

Deborah Sherwood, a spiritual thinker, writer and colleague, shares her insight on a recent article she read depicting the changing view on the dangers of cholesterol in many of the foods that we eat.  This new opinion overturns the long-held belief that eating certain foods like-eggs can be harmful to our health.  How confusing!  Could there be a more dependable and accessible guide to eating healthy in this ever- changing climate of food theories.  Let’s read Deborah’s thought provoking article about a more spiritual view that she has discovered.

Glasses of orange and strawberry drinks on white backgroundAn article I read recently, entitled “Why butter and eggs won’t kill us after all: Flawed science triggers U-turn on cholesterol fears,” really got me walking down a memory lane depicting my own changing views about food’s impact on health, and my resulting eating habits. It also prompted me to ponder how, in this world of ever-changing food theories and advice, we can make the right choices, and feel and be healthy.

The article recalls that we’ve been advised to stay away from high-cholesterol foods since the 1970s — the same era that most of us in the U.S. were newly enamored with fast food drive-thrus, treats like Twinkies and Ding Dongs, and eating TV dinners while watching The Brady Bunch, Donny and Marie, or Wide World of Sports. I don’t remember knowing any better; I don’t think we were deliberately choosing to make poor eating choices.

Other headlines about the same recent cholesterol discovery read “your doctor lied!” and “…but sugar might kill you!” A host of questions rush at us:

– How do we know who and what to trust?

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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. 

Dealing with Climate Change as a Health Issue

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Dealing with Climate Change as a Health Issue

By Eric Nelson

Climate change has not only been found to be a hazard to the environment, technology and economy it is now believed to be a serious threat to human life.  This humanizing of climate change may open the door to stronger public and government involvement in seeking a solution.  Eric Nelson, a syndicated writer, spiritual thinker and colleague, offers another viable approach to deal with the potentially life threatening effects of climate change.  Join me and read what Eric has to share on a spiritual, dependable and effective remedy for this challenging problem.

When climate change is framed as a health issue,’ say Lancet editors Richard Horton and Helena Hui Wang, ‘it becomes clear that we are facing a predicament that strikes at the heart of humanity.

According to a report published in The Lancet, climate change is having as much of an impact on our health as it is on the environment.

The news may not be all bad, say Lancet editors Richard Horton and Helena Hui Wang, since this realization could reduce a complex and all-too-easily dismissed problem to something everyone can relate to and, presumably, will want to do something about.

“When climate change is framed as a health issue, rather than purely as an environmental, economic, or technological challenge, it becomes clear that we are facing a predicament that strikes at the heart of humanity,” say Horton and Wang. “Health puts a human face on what can sometimes seem to be a distant threat.”

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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. 

Finding Health a Duck or a Decoy? by Linda Ross

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Finding Health a Duck or a Decoy? by Linda Ross

This article written by Linda Ross, a colleague, spiritual thinker and writer, explores a different “non-medical” approach for treating mental illness.  Recent studies have revealed that religion and spirituality promote positive effects on both mental health and physical health. Let’s join Linda and read what she has to share about the power of spirituality in combating a diagnosis of bi-polar disorder.

Duck and Decoy

Duck and Decoy

Dad was proud of his collection of duck decoys.

But little did he know that he himself would be deceived by them, when my prankster of a brother-in-law decided to play a practical joke on him.

When we were all visiting my parents, my brother-in-law got up extra early to place the decoys at the edge of a pond bordering their home. Dad, sipping his first coffee of the day and surveying the view, spotted ducks in the pond. Forgetting his eye-glasses, he grabbed some bread and hurried out to welcome the new arrivals, hoping they’d select his yard to nest.

He was diligent as he tried to woo the decoys to make their home on his land. Finally, though, my brother-in-law had to go out and let him know that all the quacking and breadcrumbs in the world would not matter a bit to those decoys!

I think of that when I consider the more important issue of caring for our health. Are we focusing on the duck or the decoy? We’re so used to assessing our health according to the state of our minds and our bodies, but is that actually distracting us from a deeper, spiritual understanding of our health?

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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. 

Here’s the rock – here’s the hard place. Now what?

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Here’s the rock – here’s the hard place. Now what?

Research has revealed that repeated “no-way-out” situations can affect our health and wellbeing.  These types of situations that seem to offer only two unsatisfactory solutions can result in depression and anxiety which now affects millions of adults.  Karla Hackney, a spiritual writer, thinker and colleague, offers another option–spiritual inspiration-for coping with these seeming “no-way-out” scenarios.  Read this article and find out what Karla has to share on this spiritual option.

Anxious businessman looking at a wall with drawings of arrowsWe don’t see it coming, we only get two choices and both choices are completely unacceptable.  What do we do?

We are handed a first-thing-tomorrow deadline, for instance.  Because of expensive and once-in-a-lifetime plans for tonight, we say “no”.  Left with no other choice, the boss issues an ultimatum, “… get it on my desk by 8:00 A.M.”

We can:

1) “cancel plans”

2) “leave career”

Both options – unsatisfactory.

And then it happens again…

Facing repeated “no-way-out” endings can affect health and wellbeing, reports the ADAA, and anxiety or depression can ensue.  Statistics show that these two disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults. These “lesser of two evils” scenes don’t happen just at work; they can take place in our marriages, our families, and our communities.

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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. 

Spirituality prepares Children to make good life decisions

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Spirituality prepares Children to make good life decisions

Keith Wommack, a syndicated writer, spiritual thinker and colleague, presents an interesting point of view on spirituality.  He shares his personal experience with the power and dependability of this innate resource.  Recent findings have revealed that spirituality has been found to be a reliable-present source of help for children to turn to when making tough decisions and going through hard times. This unlimited and universal spiritual support is accessible and available to ALL.  Let’s see what Keith has discovered about this important life changing remedy.

Photo by © Glow images

Photo by © Glow images

During a show, lines of cocaine, marijuana joints and shots of tequila had been placed on the stage at a young guitarist’s feet. At the end of the show, they were untouched.

Lisa Miller believes she knows why.

Miller, a Columbia University psychologist, in her new book, “The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving,” reveals why psychological and neurological researchers have come to the conclusion that spirituality supplies a protective and healthy advantage.

Spirituality, until relatively recently, interested mainly those of deep faith. Now, spirituality is a cottage industry involving university departments, clinical trials, researchers, writers, and publishers. This is a good thing. Each participant can help us to recognize the value of spirituality.

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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. 

Positively Health – Finding Ways to Help Addicts Overcome Their Addictions

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Positively Health – Finding Ways to Help Addicts Overcome Their Addictions

Addiction problems have escalated in Illinois and through-out the United States at an alarming rate contributing directly or indirectly to many deaths.  Tim Mitchinson, a blog writer, spiritual seeker and colleague, explores a growing belief that this problem has to be dealt with by breaking old patterns of behavior and identity. He shares his insight on a remedy that is close at hand-a more spiritual way of identifying one’s self. Join me and see what Tim has discovered.

Photo by © Glow images

Photo by © Glow images

Addiction to alcohol and illegal drugs is increasing and can be deadly. According to the Illinois Department of Human services, “Over 5,500 deaths among Illinois residents each year, over 5% of all deaths, are directly or indirectly related to the use of alcohol and other drugs.”

Justin Wolfe, a clinical therapist at Linden Oaks Hospital told me, “We are just seeing the tip of the iceberg. The deception is that substances, such as alcohol, marijuana and other drugs don’t reject us, they accept us, offering instant gratification – but they really don’t offer anything but isolation – you may exist, but you certainly are not living.”

Wolfe spoke of the changes in thought and lifestyle that need to take place to overcome addictive behavior.
“The addict needs to develop new friends, new skills, new attitudes,” Wolfe stated.

“It begins with HOW, which stands for honesty, open-mindedness and willingness,” Wolfe commented. And that mental change is vital to recovery.

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#addictions #mentalwellbeing #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.