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Healing Heartache helps heart health, by Joel Magnes

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

I am sure you have heard someone say, ‘he/she died of a broken heart’ as a reason for the passing of a family member or friend.  Surprisingly, medical findings reveal that heartache does have a negative impact on the functions of the heart and possibly the brain.   Joel Magnes, a spiritual writer, Christian Science Practitioner and colleague, shares his unique perspective on how to heal the heart through forgiveness and prayer.  Joel offers some very compelling evidence of the viable power of spiritual love that can heal all our wounds. See what he has discovered in this thought provoking article.

Forgiveness heals the heartIs heartache the same as a damaged heart muscle?  No.  But can mending a broken heart help heal heart disease?  Yes.

This phenomenon shows that our thinking has a direct correlation to our physical health.  And it’s one example of how a mental change can bring health benefits to the body.

I listened to Dr. Irv Hinds talk about his book, “Healing the Pain of Heartache:  a physician explores broken heart syndrome.”  Dr. Hinds is certified in pain management and as a cardiac anesthesiologist, formerly with the Open Heart Team in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  His current work is focused on the interrelation of mind, body and spirit and the crucial role of spirituality in breaking the cycle of pain.

He explains how heartache adversely affects heart functions and affirms that healing heartache is vital to healing heart disease.  He urges dealing with broken heart syndrome directly and not sweeping it under the rug, allowing its effects on the heart to become chronic.  The griefs, grudges, hurts, resentments we carry with us – sometimes for decades – are unhealthy.  Dr. Hinds says that if we walk around with a heavy heart that can become synonymous with heart disease.

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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

HEALTHWISE: You don’t need to be bullied by secondhand stress, by Valerie Minard

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Recent studies have revealed a correlation between second hand smoke and stress that may be harmful to our health.  There are many recommended remedies for stress on the market via books, the media and social networking.  Some of these suggestions may be successful in relieving some of the symptoms of stress.  Valerie Minard, a syndicated writer, spiritual thinker and colleague, invites us to consider a more spiritual approach in combating stress and the causes of it.  Join me and find out what Valerie has discerned and has to share on this provocative topic.

second hand stress glow imagesRemember when it was OK to smoke in restaurants and public buildings? (Think “Mad Men” TV show.) That was until we were told of the negative effects of “secondhand smoke” — the smoke exhaled by someone else. Thanks to the grassroots efforts to eliminate smoking in public spaces, smoking in most buildings and public transportation finally became illegal in the United States.

Now studies have shown that there are negative effects of “secondhand stress” — picking up on others’ feelings of stress. Heidi Hanna, a fellow at the American Institute of Stress and author of Stressaholic, says that secondhand stress can be triggered by subtle changes such as an aggressive boss walking into the room or an angry taxi driver honking during rush hour. It has a ripple effect. So it’s important to protect our thinking from the pollution of a negative environment and mental influence.

Some common recommendations for any kind of stress include healthy diet, avoiding cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, exercise, social activity, such as volunteer work or meeting friends, and time management.

While those approaches may be helpful, most of them do not address the more basic causes of feeling threatened or not in control. That’s where more spiritual wisdom can come to the rescue. The Apostle Paul’s life gives some useful guidance for how to get on top of stressful situations.

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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

Selflessness Repels Aging and Frailty, by Cindy Sheltmire and Deborah Sherwood

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Selflessness Repels Aging and Frailty, by Cindy Sheltmire and Deborah Sherwood

Cindy Sheltmire and Deborah Sherwood, spiritual writers and colleagues, give some uplifting and inspiring ideas about living a purposeful and active life-no matter what age we are.  In the United States there is a growing number of people who are 65 years old or older- approximately fifteen percent of the total population. Many are already retired or getting ready to retire. Could retirement be a perfect time to contribute to and stay engaged with life?   Cindy and Deborah share their spiritual insight and inspiring example on how to maintain a useful and active life.  Should age have anything to do with productivity or fulfillment? Read this article and make that decision for yourself.

Selflessness repels aging and frailty (2)Eugenia Crain, 94, knows the secret to good living.

The gloomy adage that every breath we take is one step closer to death implies that we’re on a perpetual course to frailty and decline.

Yet, 94-year-old Columbia resident Eugenia Crain has been a model of happiness and health at every stage. Although she’s an inspiration to many who know her, most can’t put their finger on how she does it. There are many aspects to her approach to life, but one of the most impressive elements is selflessness.

Eugenia says, “From a young age, I learned that it doesn’t make any difference how people treat you, what people say about you or how difficult they may be to love. I’ve never let any of that bother me. I just try to love and stay focused on serving.” She also says that, because of the service-oriented mental atmosphere she created for herself, she never missed a day to illness during high school, college or 40 years of work — including 37 years teaching high school accounting.

Taking her unique view of others a step further, Eugenia continues, “I never believed that age led to decline when I was young — when I looked at others, or when I envisioned my own future.” Maintaining this view throughout her life has had a positive impact on those around her and set the tone for future phases of her own life.

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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

 

 

Prayer Brings Comfort & Restoration, by Malissa Lakin-Watson

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Prayer Brings Comfort & Restoration, by Malissa Lakin-Watson

Woman prayer MBE quote (1)In this heart felt and interesting article, written by Malissa Lakin-Watson, a spiritual writer, Christian Science Practitioner and colleague, she explores how prayer can be “a very present help in trouble.” She maintains that prayer is more than an outpouring of care and compassion.  It is a way of tuning into God for help and direction.  Join Malissa and read her compelling story and example of the true power of prayer.

Like many people, I love listening to the radio when driving. I don’t subscribe to satellite radio with their clear signals, so sometimes, the music or news programs I am listening to get interrupted by static. But I know that when I tweak the dial just a bit, or drive on further, that particular station will once again come in loud and clear.

Life requires of us a fair amount of “tuning in.” Kids, jobs, spouses and details of our days demand our attention – and rightly so. But with the onslaught of instant information we receive via the internet and social media, coupled with our daily duties, it can sometimes feel overwhelming.

Still, I’m grateful when I’m made aware of things that are of utmost importance. For example, like most of the rest of the world, I found out about the attacks in Paris through social media and immediately turned on the TV to see what was happening.

My first thought was, “not again!” But on the heels of that came a deep desire to help, and I began to pray for all of those affected – the dear ones who were lost and their families and the injured. When I got on Facebook and Twitter, I saw dozens of posts saying, “Prayers for Paris.” This quote and similar ones seemed to be everywhere -sounding the call to the world to turn to our Divine Source for comfort and help.

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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

Peace on Earth? How about a truce between science and religion. by Monica Karal

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Peace on Earth? How about a truce between science and religion. by Monica Karal

This article, written by Monica Karal, a syndicated writer, spiritual explorer and colleague, addresses the current battle going on between the advocates of religion vs. the advocates of science.  Perhaps a re-evaluation of each is the first step in coming to a peaceful ‘shoulder to shoulder’ mutual respect for each other’s point of view.  Each one is capable of both greatness and destruction from misuse.  Are they really so incompatible-incapable of existing together?  Join Monica and read a possible solution she offers to this debate.

Science and Religion or Science and ReligionThe holiday season, when many throughout the world hope and pray for peace, can be a quiet time to reflect on the future of two influential players in the global picture: science and religion.

A recent article in these pages, titled “Hitchens taught us to think freely about religion” (Opinion, Dec. 14) presents quite negative views about religion. I have a different view.

There seems to be a tendency today to laud anything related to science and to criticize anything related to religion/theology, claiming the latter is supernatural or blind belief. Yet, either of these two disciplines can be useful — or harmful — depending on how it is used.

Science has brought many useful inventions, such as cell phones and solar panels. But if science is used to wage chemical warfare, it’s obviously destructive.

When religion explains an intelligent, loving Creator and is used to foster ethical principles and service to humanity, it’s beneficial. But when it is utilized to stir hatred between groups, it’s harmful.

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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

Owining our Health: Don’t be a victim! Be alert to your inner superhero. by Anna Bowness-Park

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Owining our Health: Don’t be a victim! Be alert to your inner superhero. by Anna Bowness-Park

Today superheros are very popular topics on the big screen, in books, in the news and on social media  Anna Bowness-Park, a syndicated writer, spiritual thinker and colleague, explores an example of heroics that comes from within each of us.  She asks us to consider that we each have an inner voice that can guide and guard us. Whether you call it luck, a hunch or spiritual intuition, it is an always present and always available ‘superhero’ within each of us.  Anna shares her spiritual understanding of the source of this voice within in this inspiring article read what she has discovered.

Superhero glow images sigFor anyone thinking about stealing a cell phone, targeting tennis champion Serena Williams as a victim would not be an obvious or wise choice. Recently, Williams made headlines after she spoke about a video in which she is shown in some security camera footage chasing after the hapless thief.

Williams said that she had an intuition about the man standing near her in a busy restaurant. She felt uncomfortable about his presence, and then in an instant her cell phone was gone from the table, and so was the man. With the lightning speed of an ace tennis champ, Williams chased after him and caught up to him.  But did she do an epic Serena overhead smash?

No. What was so interesting about her ensuing actions to reclaim her phone was that, although not confrontational, it was by no means passive. She recounted that she firmly asked him if he had ‘accidentally’ taken the wrong cellphone. The man hesitated at first, then reached into his pocket, apologized and said that yes, he had taken it by accident. He gave it back, and the encounter ended there.

Clearly, Williams was not interested in being a victim in this incident. Feeling her own moral strength and power, she did not feel the need to wrestle the man to the ground and call the police. Nor did she give him a verbal tirade. She did not even appear to be angry. Though unusual in an often-confrontational society, she graciously treated her would-be victimizer with dignity and gave him a way out.

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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

A gift that actually fits, by Linda Ross

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Unwrap the gift of confidence in our own decisions about life and health.

Linda Ross, a spiritual writer, Christian Science Practitioner and colleague, shares her unique perspective on healthcare options and choosing them wisely.  In this article, both physicians and spiritual leaders give strong advice about learning to trust ourselves when making decisions about our own health.  There is even a new initiative called ‘Choosing Wisely’ supported by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation that encourages people to be more involved in making their own health decisions.  Linda talks about her personal experience with choosing the right type of healthcare for her-she decided to turn to prayer.  Read how Linda was completely healed!

Have you ever received a gift you didn’t initially want or one which made you think, “I don’t know what to do with this?”

Life had been just fine before it came along, right?

But once we unwrap those strange gifts we pry open our thoughts to new possibilities. That’s what happened to me with my first bike, microwave, computer, laptop, blackberry, iPhone, and iPad. Often that new item can require a steep learning curve. Yet, remarkably, it soon becomes indispensable!

Should we open it, and open ourselves to new possibilities?

Dr. James Gordon and Deepak Chopra think so. In an online video they note that “we’re the ones who know for the most part what’s best for 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, 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: Well-being is not dependent on emojis :)

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Owning our Health: Well-being is not dependent on emojis :)

Anna Bowness-Park, a syndicated writer, spiritual thinker and colleague, explores the current use of emojis that can have a direct-sometimes negative effect-on health and emotional wellbeing. Emojis are very familiar to most of us – little pictures that depict certain emotional responses when writing articles, reports, medical predictions or just for fun. Recent research has revealed that using emotional triggers (especially negative ones) can be more detrimental to health than previously thought. Anna shares her insight on the positive effects of shifting focus from emotional responses to a deeper, spiritual connection that has been proven to be effective in promoting better physical and mental health.

emoticons finalLast week, Oxford Dictionaries proudly proclaimed its word of the year – “tears of joy.” It is actually a word picture, popularly used on social media as an emoji.

The dictionary even released an amusing emoji video to celebrate the occasion.

In this age, our emotions are frequently on display throughout social media. With the click of a button, we can choose from a vast array of emojis to describe what we are feeling. It’s never been easier to broadcast how we feel.

But this year’s word choice by Oxford should encourage us to think about how our emotions are used by advertising companies and the media to get us to react to everything from politics, to buying a car, to what food we should eat or how we should view our health.

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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

The Bible: a health book?

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on The Bible: a health book?

There are many books about fitness and happiness out on the market. Many people depend on books like these to get advice on how to achieve and maintain both fitness and happiness.. Tim Mitchinson, a syndicated writer and colleague, shares his spiritual insight about his top read for advice on these and many other topics – The Bible. He talks about his personal experience in reading and studying the Bible and how this great resource holds many answers between its covers. The Bible is accessible to all seeking advice. It is easily found online and it’s free – add it to your must read list – you may find the advice you are looking for!

The Bible- A Health Book- (1)

I recently found a list of 20 “must-read” books on fitness, health and happiness. Mentioned were books on cooking, yoga and even a celebrity-written memoir.

My favorite must-read book on health (not to mention happiness) wasn’t on the list – the Bible. The Bible as a health book? Dodie Osteen, mother of televangelist Joel Osteen, would certainly agree with me.

Over 30 years ago, Mrs. Osteen was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. She was told there was no hope for her, and to go home and die. Instead of accepting this verdict, she decided to look up healing scriptures in the Bible. One of the verses Osteen prayed with was this: “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases” (Ps. 103: 2-3).

She also wrote letters to those who had wronged her and forgave them. She prayed not only for herself, but for others too, feeling this was an important part of her daily treatment. As the days went by, Dodie could feel health coming back into her body, and she has been well ever since.

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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

Get rid of mental bullies — and depression

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Get rid of mental bullies — and depression

This article written by Van Driessen, a blogger, spiritual thinker and colleague, presents compelling evidence that supports a different type of remedy for treatment of the darkness and despair of depression. A prominent specialist in the field, Dr. Richard A. Friedman, expresses his frustration with the current regiment of treatment for depression- stating that only one third of the people being treated medically experience a full remission. Sharing his own experience with depression and the spiritual journey that led him to healing – Van reveals how he has successfully remained depression free for 25 years by turning to God.

Get Rid of the Mental Bullies and depression (1)Are you companioning with some unsavory characters? I’m not thinking robbers and arsonists here, but rather discouragement, worry, hopelessness, anger, resentment. These guys lead you into unhappiness, and maybe deeper, into depression, a dark, strength-sapping state of hopelessness and despair.

What if you were able to look at the thoughts that come across your mental screen and decide which ones to keep and which ones to toss — similar to keeping necessary mail and tossing the junk? That would be cool, wouldn’t it?

Of course, tossing junk mail by yourself is one thing, but dealing with hopelessness and despair on your own is another. Still, it does all come down to how we view ourselves and what we choose to accept into our thinking. And, drug-based efforts to treat depression face, it seems, an uphill battle in helping patients do this consistently and permanently.

Dr. Richard A. Friedman, a specialist in depression, writes: “When will we ever get depression under control? Of all the major illnesses, mental or physical, depression has been one of the toughest to subdue. Despite the ubiquity of antidepressant drugs — there are now 26 to choose from — only a third of patients with major depression will experience a full remission after the first round of treatment, and successive treatments with different drugs will give some relief to just 20 to 25 percent more.” He writes a regular blog, “Well,” for the New York Times.

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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