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Thinking Faster, Higher, Stronger, by Steven Salt

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Chronologically, as our life expectancy continues to rise, perhaps we need to reexamine how our own thinking influences the quality of our lives.  In this article Steven Salt, a colleague and writer covering the nexus of science, spirituality and health, shares his spiritual insight along with documented findings and opinions of others on the impact that our thinking has on how we age.  He explains how thought influences our actions and wellbeing-both physically and mentally. Steven discovered how re-thinking life from a purely physical perspective to a mental-even spiritual mind set-can enhance the unfoldment of our “golden years”.

Aging seems like an Olympic SportAt times aging seems like an Olympic sport. Successfully maneuvering through this time of life depends on a certain amount of preparation, perseverance and endurance. It can be a Herculean effort that requires not a little confidence.

“Perhaps two-thirds of all the people who have ever lived to the age of 65 are alive today.” Peter Peterson’s, Gray Dawn, points out some sobering statistics about the aging of the world’s population and its impact on society.  It’s unchartered territory.

And that’s what makes preparing for the “golden years” such a challenge.  This many people living this long is a relatively recent phenomenon. Never have so many faced this situation. And it is creating a lot of angst for individuals and planners.

By what standard do we qualify as old?  When measured chronologically it’s just an arbitrary figure.  In fact, the threshold keeps getting pushed back. Sexagenarians and septuagarians today have the healthy attitude of quinquagenarians a few decades ago.  Older individuals don’t think of themselves as ancient. And perhaps that could be a clue as to how we look at aging and prepare for the challenges of advancing years. Aging is a mental game/exercise.

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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

Reconnect the Dots Between Spirituality and Health, by Wendy Margolese

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

In this article, Wendy Margolese, a community blogger who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, explores the link between the belief in a divine source and the positive effect that belief has on health. She shares examples of her own personal experience with health and her strong belief in God. She also, offers evidence from a Harvard Medical School study that documents the power this spiritual link has in promoting good health.  Join Wendy and see what she has discovered about this eye opening subject.

connect the dots (2)Centuries ago, Greek philosophers and the physicians had a more holistic view of man (including woman) than we modern humans do. They saw man as made of more than just the physical body ­ that his wholeness was also comprised of things of the Spirit.

But, over the last few hundred years, especially in the last century, we have come to believe that spiritual things belong to the clergy and health issues belong to some system of care focused entirely on the mechanics of our bodies ­ the latest recommending for example that we diagnose disease through our DNA and track our diet and exercise through wrist wear.

Yet, in the evolution of human thinking and understanding about the real essence of who we are, Jesus ­ the unparalleled healer of all human ills ­ proposed what he saw as the source of our health when he noted that we all have the “kingdom of God within”. (Luke 17:21) To me, this speaks to the divine nature of God expressed by each one of us.

Furthering this point with imagery, Jesus admonishes us to take less thought with what we eat, drink or wear, i.e.the physical, and to trust the wisdom of the universal source of all intelligence, God. “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin,” he avers,”yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.” (Mat. 6:28,29 NRSV)
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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

Conquer Fallout of Identity Theft, by Cindy Sheltmire and Deborah Sherwood

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Conquer Fallout of Identity Theft, by Cindy Sheltmire and Deborah Sherwood

My colleagues, Cindy Sheltmire, a Christian Scientist and Deborah Sherwood, a writer who focuses on spirituality and health, share their personal experiences with the growing epidemic of identity theft taking place in the United States.  They each have spiritual viewpoints on a unique solution for the fear and trauma that identity theft can invoke.  Cindy and Deborah chose to turn to a higher power and the Bible for guidance and safety.  Read this article about the individual journey each one had in overcoming fear and how they regained their trust in good and their sense of security.

identity theftMillions are affected annually by what is considered one of the most prevalent crimes in the United States: identity theft. It strikes a chord close to home. “Missouri is the state with the highest per capita rate of reported identity theft complaints,” according to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s 2015 Data Book, which was released in February. And we see this reflected in local news reports.

Although wise preventive measures are considered an essential part of any personal or organizational plan, statistics also indicate all the precautions in the world might not effectively protect us from a proficient adversary.

A recent symposium prompted us to think about our own experiences with identity theft and the lessons we have learned. For both of us, the approach went beyond the ordinary practical measures to ensure security to searching for a more reassuring and solid basis of security and identity that would rebuild and fortify our well-being.

At first, we had the same emotions and fears many victims of identity theft face: feeling violated, angry, overwhelmed, stressed and vulnerable to harmful ripple effects. But we learned to stand up to those emotions by elevating our mindset and shifting to a more spiritual resolve.

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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

Fighting the Stigma of Homelessness, by Marilyn Johnson and Deborah Sherwood

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Fighting the Stigma of Homelessness, by Marilyn Johnson and Deborah Sherwood

The impact of being homeless not only affects adults in this country it is devastating to children.  In this article colleagues, Marilyn Johnson, a Christian Practitioner and Deborah Sherwood, a writer who focuses on spirituality and health, share their spiritual input on this heartbreaking enigma.  They give an example of a young girl who faced great adversity but chose to turn to the Bible and her belief in God to overcome the stigma associated with homelessness.  Marilyn and Deborah deliver a strong message of hope in this powerful article.

HomelessnessConsidering what homeless children face, it’s easy to understand why they may feel unloved, hardened and hopeless. It’s also easy to see why some people misunderstand them, are afraid of them and see them as a drain on community health, safety and resources.

In a video trending on Facebook around 9 million views, teen Becca Cala tells how her mental illness led to being beaten, which led to a life of homeless-shelter-hopping and being labeled, feared and shunned. But her story can inspire anyone to look beyond the surface view of a broken and indigent individual to a more substantive and accurate view, though it may not be

While the Springfield News-Leader has reported on people and organizations doing good and extensive work to address the community’s struggle with childhood homelessness, it’s also noted that the number of children considered homeless is now above 800. It’s heartbreaking to read the personal stories that led to their homelessness. Many have fled their homes, choosing the streets as a safer place.

If we think deeply about the mental and physical strains and pains that this crisis inflicts on individuals and communities, we might ask ourselves: In addition to supporting organizations that contribute to solutions, how can we as citizens help address the crisis and alleviate the pains?

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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

California’s “Death with Dignity” law and the true meaning of life, by Eric Nelson

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on California’s “Death with Dignity” law and the true meaning of life, by Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson, a colleague, Christian Science Practitioner and writer who focuses on the link between consciousness and health, explores a very controversial and current topic – the ‘death with dignity’ law that was just enacted in California and is being considered in other states. His spiritual insight and understanding of life is inspiring and poignant.  Perhaps the emphasis needs to shift from the ‘right to death to a new understanding of our inherent ‘right to life’.  Join Eric and learn how this paradigm shift speaks for Life!

Death with Digity and the true meaning of life (1)It’s time we shifted the focus of our discussion about end-of-life issues from our ‘right-to-die’ to our right – and innate desire – to live.

Last week, a new law went into effect in California that allows doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to terminally ill patients wishing to die on their own terms. Prompted in large part by the experience of Brittany Maynard, a former Bay Area resident diagnosed with cancer who moved with her husband to Oregon to take advantage of that state’s lenient “death with dignity” laws, the law aims to honor what State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) considers an individual’s freedom while providing “appropriate protections to prevent any abuse.”

Although the public debate surrounding this issue continues to focus largely on the right to die, perhaps now is as good a time as any to examine the much less talked about issue: the desire to die.

Unfortunately, the tendency is to charge headlong into such a discussion with little more than one’s personal opinion or, worse, personal condemnation of anyone who doesn’t share our own belief, paying little if any attention to those actually struggling with this desire. Neither is helpful.

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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

Are there really more reasons to be sick? by Eric Nelson

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Are there really more reasons to be sick? by Eric Nelson

A new trend in the medical world is the identifying and naming of ‘pre-diseases’ that are directly associated with the belief in the probability of developing certain diseases or conditions in the future. Eric Nelson, a colleague and Christian Science Practitioner, explores this new phenomena that is spreading via social media, advertisements and by way of medical information web sites.  He shares his spiritual view point on this alarming trend, (along with comments from others associated with the medical community), of imposing this oppressive type of ‘decree’ that in the majority of people causes unnecessary fear and anguish. Join Eric and find out what he has discovered about this provocative topic!

Is there a reason to be sick today(1) (1)‘As if actual diseases weren’t frightening enough,’ writes Brian Fung, ‘we now have what seems like a whole encyclopedia of pre-diseases to fear.’

According John Fauber and Kristina Fiore, illness is on the rise. Not because more people are getting sick, but because more people are being given reasons to think of themselves as sick.

“Know someone who shouts and pounds on the steering wheel when cut off in traffic? They might be one of 16 million Americans said to suffer from ‘intermittent explosive disorder,’” write Fauber and Fiore in a recent investigative report. “Can you polish off a box of cookies while watching your favorite TV show? Could be a sign of ‘binge-eating disorder,’ said to afflict 7 million Americans.”

Twenty years ago, no one had even heard of these conditions. But all of a sudden, thanks in part to new definitions of disease and the advent of so-called pre-conditions, millions of people have been labeled with medically treatable disorders.

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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

Supporting diversity without fear, by Kay Stroud

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Supporting diversity without fear, by Kay Stroud

We live in a world that is diverse in every aspect.  We differ in religion, ethnicity, race, skin color, age, gender and in many other ways.  Kay, Stroud, my colleague and the media and legislative spoke person for Christian Science in Queensland, offers clear examples  of the power of ‘Brotherly Love’ which embraces diversity and helps us to become more respectful of  other people’s belief systems and social/economic status. She shares her spiritual viewpoint on a remedy (available to everyone) that diffuses intolerance and hatred by turning to the Bible and God- who gave us all diversity of gifts to express Him- we can show more tolerance and compassion toward our brother man.  Kay feels that living in harmony and peace is possible now-See what you think!

Diversity without fearScientists have made a powerful discovery that appears able to improve everyone’s life. Reports indicate it works on individuals, families, communities, economies, and nations. Interestingly, it appears that too little of this substance may explain the coarsening of language and the hardening of hearts so evident in politics and the media. Lack of it also might be responsible for everything from substance abuse to the anxiety many people say they feel despite the unprecedented security, better health, and affluence the world is experiencing.

And here’s the kicker: It’s free, it’s abundant, and you can’t overdose on it. (John Yemma, Christian Science Monitor)

The substance this editorial is referring to?

Brotherly love!

We see evidence of this love in quiet acts of empathy and encouragement demonstrated by carers from all walks of life. For instance, the guy in the queue at the supermarket checkout who steps up to pay the balance for the mother of two pre-schoolers who is caught short. Or the young female social media whiz who creates social change through her dedication to affirming the good while gently dismantling prejudice.

Then there’s the hospice chaplain offering simple words of comfort and walking a patient or family member through a process that aims to help them find meaning according to their own faith, or no faith.

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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 snake, the bird and the stick, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on The snake, the bird and the stick, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

In this article, Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague, and a writer who writes about the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, addresses a big problem in schools today-Bullying.  He shares his personal experience and spiritual perspective on being bullied and afraid in school.  He explains how he naturally turned to prayer-which was and is his go to in fearful times and challenges-and was led to a shift in thought that nullified the fear and ended the chaos.  Let Tim show you a way to uplift thought out of fear and worry to freedom!

Snake, Bird, StickYears ago I read a story about a man who was out on a walk and noticed a bird standing still, transfixed.  The bird was staring at a snake that was coming closer and getting ready to strike.  Just then, the man threw a stick between the two.  The snake recoiled, and the bird flew off.  Through the years, that story has continued to hold a lesson for me.

We all may have challenges in life – times of sickness, lack, loneliness, unhappiness.  Have you ever felt like that bird, unable to move, paralyzed by fear?  I have.  But I have been saved by a stick thrown in my path.  What is that stick that has broken the spell of fear?

For me, and maybe for you, too, that stick has been spontaneous prayer – the ability to turn to God at any time and feel the quick influence of divine power in my life.  Prayer does not necessarily need time and quiet to be effective, but can be instant in helping us feel the powerful effect of God.  Maybe you have found, like me, that prayer has the capability to break the grip of fear and bring divine goodness and protection into our lives.

My freshman year of high school was not an easy time for me.  The school was out of control.  I saw violence in the halls and drug deals in dark corners.  The outside smoking area reeked of pot.  There were no closed halls.  Students roamed where they wanted, whenever they wanted.  It was chaos.

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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

Chronic Pain: Bearable, manageable or stoppable? by Deborah Sherwood

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Chronic Pain: Bearable, manageable or stoppable? by Deborah Sherwood

A recent study revealed that 57 percent of Americans suffer from chronic pain.  Deborah Sherwood, a colleague and writer who explores the impact of thought and spirituality on health and safety, shares her personal experience with chronic pain.  Deborah talks about her journey out of stress and pain from a spiritual perspective. She explains how a shift in thought- that resulted in a complete healing-was the result of turning to God through prayer with trust and the expectation of good. I know you will enjoy learning about this life changing cure that is available to everyone!

Chronic Pain girl with bikeLike so many parents today, anyone who knew me could see I was the epitome of the adage, “if you want something done, ask a busy person.” As a full-time working mom, I was devoted to ensuring my kids didn’t feel short-changed when compared to friends with homemaker moms. At the same time, I felt it essential to model an ethic of nonprofit service elbow-to-elbow with my kids.

It seemed that I was managing to cover all the bases, and I didn’t see anything that could be eliminated or simplified. There was one thing that kept nagging at me though – a dull pain in my shoulder. It took some time and thought, but I learned a lot of lessons about the mental nature of pain — and how to control it, rather than letting it control me.

I didn’t know then that I was part of a staggering national statistic — the high percentage of Americans who report they experience chronic pain. It was forty-seven percent in a 2012 Gallup-Healthways study.

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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

Graduating into a Secure Future, by Wendy Margolese

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Graduating into a Secure Future, by Wendy Margolese

Graduation is a time to celebrate accomplishments.  It is the doorway that leads to new adventures, friendships and careers.  However, many may suffer from self-doubt upon leaving the academic world fearing what the future holds for them. Today, these types of feelings are referred to as, Post Commencement Stress Disorder (PCSD). Wendy Margolese, a colleague and writer who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality, health and trends, gives us her spiritual perspective on how to overcome these types of doubts and fears.  Wendy shares her own experience on this topic-suffering from doubt when no one wanted to hire her-she turned to God through prayer and found the answer. See what she figured out-the right opportunity is always available! 

Graduating into a secure futureIt’s June! University and college seniors are gearing up for the end of an era. Commencement ceremonies bring a host of mixed feelings as graduates celebrate, leave behind cherished friendships and take different paths to future endeavours.

Graduation can seem stressful even though it’s intended to be a joyful time. Graduates are being challenged to put their degrees to work in a world where the job market seems unsure and graduate placements unattainable – all amid feelings of being overwhelmed in this time of significant social change.

Post Commencement Stress Disorder (PCSD) is a term coined of late to describe the symptoms affecting new graduates when they leave the comforting bubble of the academic world.

Self-doubt, tinged however with optimism, is fueled by feeling our abilities are defined by a piece of paper – the result of lectures, exams and successful marks; or, by a job market that is subject to a wide variety of human influences. But our experience needn’t feel so limited and our future can be more secure if we understand and acknowledge the spiritual source from which our talents and abilities come and by which all aspects of our lives are governed.

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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