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Meeting the human need – women’s accomplishments rediscovered in March, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Meeting the human need – women’s accomplishments rediscovered in March, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

In appreciation of March being National Women’s History Month, Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought spirituality and health, and trends in that field, offers his unique, spiritual perspective on this important topic.  In this article, Tim writes about two women who have been honored in the National Women’s Hall of Fame – Clara Barton and Mary Baker Eddy.  He acknowledges and explores the expression of Love (God) that unfolded in each of their life journeys and how it benefited mankind in their life time and is still benefiting us today.  Read this interesting and informative article honoring two exemplary women of history.

mature women for women's history monthAs March is National Women’s History Month, I’d like to recognize the achievements of two women.  Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, expressed exemplary devotion to humanity as a nurse.  This is summed up in her famous words, “You must never so much as think as whether you like it or not, whether it is bearable or not, you must never think of anything except the need, and how to meet it.”

Barton’s unselfishness, gallantry and self-abnegation were monumental, and a century after her death, her organization is still helping the victims of tragedy, violence and storms.  In view of this, what she said about one of her contemporaries is notable: “Love permeates all the teachings of this great woman, – so great, I believe, that at this perspective we can scarcely realize how great, and looking into her life history we see nothing but self-sacrifice and selflessness.”

Barton spoke this of Mary Baker Eddy, a fellow member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.  Like Barton, Eddy’s life was devoted to meeting the human need.  But Eddy’s contribution was to help mankind find salvation as well as health.  Over a lifetime of prayer and deep study of the Bible, she grasped something that had been lost since the time of the early Christians.  In the Bible, especially in the words and works of Christ Jesus, she found divine laws that brought harmony, health, and holiness to humanity.  She called this discovery Christian Science.

After years of practicing this Science, and healing others through prayer, Eddy wrote Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures – a book of which over 9 million copies have been sold, helping countless individuals find meaning in life, including recovery from accidents and healing of 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

How to defend yorself against (mental) despotism, by Eric Nelson

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on How to defend yorself against (mental) despotism, by Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson, a colleague and a writer, who focuses on the link between consciousness and health from the perspective of a Christian Science Practitioner, addresses this provocative topic.  In this article, Eric shares his personal experience with and triumph in overcoming (mental) slavery from a spiritual point of view.  He acknowledges how his deep belief in God and receptiveness to Divine Love (God) healed him completely of a painful and debilitating condition (a herniated disc).  He found that (mental) slavery cannot stand up to the infinite power of Love (God).  Read what Eric has discovered about this life changing panacea that is always present and available to All!

defense against despotism‘I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man’ – Thomas Jefferson

Mention the word “despotism” to most people and it will likely conjure up stark images of political, military, or religious suppression and aggression, both past and present. And yet, as important as it is to confront such evil whenever and wherever it appears, the repression that appears in our own thinking remains an even more insidious enemy.

“Legally to abolish unpaid servitude in the United States was hard; but the abolition of mental slavery is a more difficult task,” writes Christian reformer Mary Baker Eddy. “The despotic tendencies, inherent in mortal mind and always germinating in new forms of tyranny, must be rooted out through the action of the divine Mind.”

There is not a person on this planet who has not felt, to a greater or lesser extent, the effects of mental slavery – that fear-based outlook on life that keeps us from living in accord with our better, more inspired, instincts. And yet, it would appear that we are far more inclined to resist some outward injustice – as valid as that may be – than we are that deceitful inner voice, forever insisting that whatever is standing in the way of our progress is somehow insurmountable.

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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

A Friend Like Me, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on A Friend Like Me, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

In this article, Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a writer and a colleague, who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, explores this deep and touching topic.  Tim shares his spiritual perspective – an interview with a clinical therapist and a story of a woman, who faced and overcame sadness, disappointment in others and loneliness through completely turning to God through prayer. He acknowledges how Divine Love (God) is an unconditional friend who gives comfort, strength and love to all of His children.  Join Tim and read about this all-powerful, ever-present remedy for loneliness!

friend like me (1)My children grew up loving the Disney-animated movie “Aladdin.”   One of their favorite parts was when the genie sings the song, “A friend like me.”  The lyrics include the words, “You ain’t never had a friend like me” – which hints at the possibility of unconditional friendship.  That may be a hard thing to come by these days, especially when life often seems so hectic, unstable, stressful.  It’s easy to feel alone and lonely.

I remember an interview I had a few years ago with Justin Wolfe, a clinical therapist at the Linden Oaks Outpatient Center.  He commented that often people turn to drugs and alcohol, mistakenly thinking these may alleviate loneliness.  Sadly, he stated, this often leads to addiction and psychological and physical harm.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, offered a more reliable way to alleviate loneliness – the unconditional friendship of God, divine Love.  Quoting Scripture, she wrote in her best-selling book on spirituality and health, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “’God is Love.’  More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go.”  She wrote this because she had found it true in her life.

As a young woman, Eddy lost her brother, mother and husband to sickness, all within just a few years.  Shortly after, her only child was taken from her because her family felt she was too ill to care for the little boy.

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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

Freedom from Chronic Pain, by Wendy Margolese

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Freedom from Chronic Pain, by Wendy Margolese

Wendy Margolese, a colleague and writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, talks about the alarming epidemic- addiction to prescription drugs- now reported in her country and other countries throughout the world.  This form of opioid drug addiction has also become a serious problem in the United States. Wendy shares her spiritual insight and the personal journey of one who turned to God and was completely healed of addiction through prayer.  She acknowledges that a spiritual approach (a belief in God’s goodness and love) may be the infallible remedy for opioid addiction that the world is yearning for – it’s worth a look!

freedom from chronic painThe Hippocratic oath taken by doctors avows to ‘first do no harm’. And many of them go way beyond that – taking great lengths to pursue ways for their patients to experience better health. But Canadian doctors are in a quandary. Recently, opioid prescriptions for chronic pain have led to unintended consequences – a national epidemic due to the addictive nature of prescription painkillers.

Scientists have long struggled to make sense of the human tendency toward addiction with the latest research seeking a source in genetics. Throughout the course of human history, addiction – in any form – is a false attraction to something that clouds the moral bedrock underlying life.

Yet, since the early 20th century, a number of programs have developed around the idea of helping dependent individuals gain a greater sense of inner self-worth. These programs encourage their members to reshape their thinking in order to discover – or rediscover – that moral bedrock, i.e. their relationship to the Divine, God. And, these programs have shown some success in helping addicts turn the tide on their struggle.

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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

You are Loved by God! by Ingrid Peschke

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on You are Loved by God! by Ingrid Peschke

Ingrid Peschke, a colleague and a syndicated writer, who focuses on connecting consciousness, spirituality and health, offers her spiritual point of view in this thought provoking article. She acknowledges that God loves each of us and is an infinite source of all good.  Ingrid shares a personal experience that demonstrates how Infinite Love (God) completely removed and healed a potentially life changing obstacle. See what Ingrid has to share on this profound topic.  In today’s chaotic clime-how wonderful to know we are of infinite value and that God loves each and every one of us!

Loved by GodIn the classic children’s story “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White, an unlikely friendship develops between a wise barn spider named Charlotte who shares her home with Wilbur, an unassuming pig. Wilbur loves life and is despondent when he learns that it might be cut short only to end up on a farmer’s breakfast plate. But things turn around when he wakes up each day to a new message spun into the web in the rafters above him, such as “some pig,” “humble,” and my personal favorite, “radiant.” The townsfolk are stumped by Charlotte’s work and attribute the phenomenon to divine intervention. Wilbur grows in self-esteem each day and ultimately his life is spared.

We all could use a friend like Charlotte, someone to tell us – and others – how valued we are and why our life is important. Imagine waking up each day to a banner above your head: “You’re amazing!” Those kinds of genuine affirmations of the gold in character often come from a parent, teacher, friend, or even a stranger, and point to the inherent goodness in each one of us.

Above all, though, God – divine Love itself – wants each of us to know just how loved we are. We see evidence of this in the Bible. For instance, God said to Christ Jesus, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). Of course, we aren’t Jesus, but his teachings make it pretty clear that God is well pleased with each one of us. In fact, God made us not materially, but as Love’s own spiritual, infinitely loved expression. We exist to reflect God, just like a likeness in a mirror. So we all have a natural ability to express spiritual qualities that are valuable and help us be successful.

I saw tangible evidence of this some years ago when my husband called me from work one day. He was worried about his job security because things had become strained between him and someone he worked for. Though he had been working diligently and productively, he felt that he was being underestimated and that his contribution in the office was no longer valued.

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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

What is your religion’s ultimate goal? by Rudolfo Jerome Lacusong

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on What is your religion’s ultimate goal? by Rudolfo Jerome Lacusong

In this article, Rodolfo Jerome Lacusong, a colleague and a Christian Science Practitioner, shares his spiritual perspective on what religion’s ultimate goal should be.  He acknowledges that the First Commandment (stated in the Book of Matthew in the Holy Bible) gives us the perfect model to aspire to – it is to love God supremely.  Rodolfo explains how working toward developing a close relationship to (a better understanding of) God and what that means to our individual welfare and the welfare of mankind is a daily goal that blesses all.  Enjoy!

Religions ultimate goal is to LoveDOES religion need an ultimate goal?

In a wedding ceremony I attended a week ago, I was asked by an old high school friend about my faith. I mentioned to him that I am a Christian Scientist. He was not familiar with Christian Science, so I shared some simple ideas. To my amazement, he asked, “What is your religion’s ultimate goal?”

I was caught unaware. I did not even know what to say. And in humility, I told my friend that I really had no answer at that moment, but I would surely email him, once I got the answer.

As I pondered on my friend’s inquiry, these verses from the Book of Matthew in the Holy Bible came to thought. A lawyer, testing Jesus on practicing his religion, asked:

“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment. (22: 36-38) To me, Jesus’ reply summed up the value of commitment to a religion that is not merely doctrinal or intellectual but a religion that leads us to love God supremely. This love is more than personal. It is selfless, practical, beneficial and ready to embrace everyone.

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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 Healing Power of Appreciation, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on The Healing Power of Appreciation, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and a writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality, health and trends in that field, gives us much food for thought on this heart felt topic. In this article, Tim shares his spiritual insight and the testimony and experiences of others verifying the power of appreciation to heal the giver and the receiver.  He acknowledges his deep appreciation for God and he explains that each of us can feel that deep connection too.  Tim also acknowledges how that relationship (with God) can effect a positive change in how we view ourselves and how we view and treat others.

I appreciate your... (1)Everyone loves to be appreciated – to have their good qualities recognized.

The blog Little Things Matter, recognizing the importance and health-giving power of appreciation, wrote, “When you express your approval or gratitude by showing your appreciation for something [another has] done, you will not only enhance their lives, but you will enrich yours as well. You will feel more fulfilled because you have done something to make someone else’s life better.”

Taking this a little further, when you realize that the good you and others express has its source in the divine, the results can be even more beneficial – in some cases, life-changing.

The Chicken Soup for the Soul series relates the true story of a junior high math teacher who had a class that was edgy and critical of each other after a week of studying new and difficult concepts.

She asked her students to take a few pieces of paper and write the name of each student in one column and the nicest thing they could think of about that person in another column. That weekend the teacher compiled these lists of appreciation and gave each student his or her list on Monday.

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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

When meditative prayer includes the Divine, anything is possible. by Anna Bowness-Park

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on When meditative prayer includes the Divine, anything is possible. by Anna Bowness-Park

meditative prayerMeditation could be the modern panacea for calming turmoil and for promoting peace in a world that seems to be out of control.  In this article, Anna Bowness-Park, a colleague and a Christian Science Practitioner, who writes frequently on the relationship between consciousness and health, explores this interesting subject.  She shares her spiritual insight along with interviews and comments from studies on the effectiveness of meditation to defuse conflict.  Anna acknowledges how a spiritual approach (a connection to the Divine) can lead to a permanent remedy for global and personal unrest.  Read this informative article and find out what Anna has to offer on this provocative subject!

“Meditation is very much like cooking lentils. The scum rises to the surface when you are doing this.”

It’s an intriguing observation made by psychologist Dr. Miguel Farias during an interview on CBC radio regarding the book, The Buddha Pill: Can meditation change you? which he co-wrote with Dr. Catherine Wikholm. This analogy, which Farias heard from a meditation guru in India, spoke to him about the broad-spectrum of effects resulting from this practice.

Numerous studies have shown the positive side of meditation – how it can calm thought, reconnect us to some aspect of our inner selves, and in some cases, bring about positive health effects. Generally, we have come to believe that meditation is a health practice free of side effects, with guaranteed peace and happiness being the result.

However, Farias’ research shows that this is not always the case. His findings should alert us to what happens when we take what was originally a religious practice and secularize it without really understanding its roots and history. Meditation, or mindfulness, is mentioned in many faiths, but it has very different meanings.

Christian prayer can be meditative. The difference is that this type of prayer focuses on communing with God. Meditation or mindfulness that is promoted and practiced in secular settings tends toward focus on the self, some aspect of the body, or what is going on in the human brain.

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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

Renovate From the Inside Out this New Year, by Kay Stroud

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Renovate From the Inside Out this New Year, by Kay Stroud

Many of us made New Year’s resolutions this year.  Promising to improve our physical health by improving our eating habits, by exercising more or by establishing exercise routines for the first time in 2017.  Kay Stroud, a colleague and writer, who focuses on the connection between consciousness, spirituality, health and trends, considers, along with physical renovation, a renewal that starts from the inside.  She acknowledges that we all have an “inner pilot light” that needs to be ignited by turning to God (spiritual goodness) that can truly renovate our physical and mental health and well-being.  Join Kay and discover how turning to divine goodness can renew us every day this year and for years to come!

renovate from the inside out (1)As 2017 lifts off the launch pad some of us have commenced a “renovation rescue” on ourselves by resolving to eat healthier and exercise more. That’s renovating from the outside in. It can certainly make us feel better.

But for a real make-over, resolve to renovate from the inside out. Take time to explore the power of your spiritual pilot light to improve your life!

One of a growing band of physicians who admit the connection between spiritual, loving thoughts and our health, Lissa Rankin MD, unites with other spiritual thinkers down the centuries when she urges us to “strip back everything that isn’t really us,” or “that we may have learned in the school of hard knocks,” to find that “inner pilot light” or divine spark of love within. Studies on cancer-recovery and -remission support her claim to the beneficial effects of this practice.

In light of this research into the effects of spirituality on health and healing, could it be Jesus’ recognition of his divine pilot light (and theirs) which enabled him to heal the destitute, blind man and transform the corrupt tax collector into a real good guy? You could say he was the Master-renovator!

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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

PTSD: Is it Possible to Gain Mental Freedom?, by Valerie Minard

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on PTSD: Is it Possible to Gain Mental Freedom?, by Valerie Minard

In this article, Valerie Minard, a colleague and a writer who focuses on the connection between consciousness, spirituality and health, presents a non-medical treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  She shares her spiritual insight and testimonies of military personnel who have been successfully treated by alternative methods such as, physical training, fishing, backpacking, yoga and prayer.  Valerie acknowledges how prayer (understanding our relationship with God) has the ability to permanently heal the symptoms of PTSD.  This heartfelt and empowering article is on my must read list-I hope it will be on yours!

ptsdWhen Former Marine Robert Consulmagno from Jersey City, New Jersey, came back from combat, he wanted to find peace of mind not only from the trauma of an abusive childhood but from the ravages of war. Initially, he was treated with medication for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and bi-polar disorder. But he eventually stopped taking the medication. “When I was on it I was more depressed, suicidal, and hospitalized,” he said. ”Once I got off it, my life began to change.”

About four years ago, Robert took up Brazilian Jiu jitsu. He is now the #2 ranking purple belt in the world, using the intense physical training as his therapy. His story is motivating other vets, and he hopes to encourage them to seek alternative treatments like he did. “I’m trying to help save lives without medicating,” he said.  (See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcRMOYlqqM8)

Alternative treatments may include things like therapeutic fishing, backpacking, rafting, horse handling and riding, yoga, and interacting with service dogs or pets. Recent studies claim that alternative treatments like yoga and interacting with animals can be just as effective as drugs without the harmful side effects. And some doctors are beginning to incorporate them into the treatments they prescribe. In spite of that, most experts believe that there is no cure for PTSD and that it can only be managed.

But the question remains, why are alternative treatments better at managing PTSD than drugs? Do they point to the need for a more thoughtful, even spiritual, dimension in treatment? If so, perhaps the most powerful treatment of all would be something purely spiritual — prayer to infinite Spirit or divine Love.

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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