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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

 

 

The Supply that Comes from God, by Hank Teller

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on The Supply that Comes from God, by Hank Teller

Currently, student loan debt in the United States is a staggering $1.3 trillion dollars.  In this article, Hank Teller, a colleague and a spiritual thinker and writer, explores this dilemma from his unique, spiritual point of view.  He shares his personal experience and acknowledges that God is an ever present source of all good which includes abundant supply and love. Join me and find out what Hank has discovered about this infinite source that always meets our needs.

supply-from-godToday, student loan debt in the United States totals $1.3 trillion. Carrying a large debt can be extremely stressful for young students and recent graduates, so this problem deserves close attention.

It has been my experience that a spiritual understanding of God as the supplier of all good, as taught in Christian Science, brings spiritual clarity to thought that enables a person to pray in a way that can bring healing to all kinds of problems, including debt. Communing with God through prayer gives us a better understanding of the spiritual reality, and enables us to see that the law of God, good, is already in operation.

Christ Jesus said: “Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him” (Matthew 6:8). Instead of telling God what one wants or needs, we can trust God knows our need. I’ve found it is effective to quietly, and receptively, listen to the ever-flowing thoughts or angel messages communicated through Christ, the divine Truth that impelled Jesus in his unparalleled healing work. Such humble, prayerful listening to Christ helps one become open to and conscious of our inseparability from God’s omnipotent care.

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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

Your 12 Steps to a Stress-free Christmas, by Kay Stroud

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Your 12 Steps to a Stress-free Christmas, by Kay Stroud

With the holidays quickly upon us, Kay Stroud, a colleague and a writer who focuses on the connection between consciousness, spirituality and health, shares twelve unique ideas on how to achieve calm and peacefulness during an often stress-filled season.  She offers many spiritual and thoughtful remedies, such as, forgiveness, gratitude, patience and brotherly love.  Each of us can benefit from reading this article-it may have just the stress buster we need for a happy holiday-stress-free! 

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  1. Start with stillness. There is always so much to be done before Christmas, so before starting go somewhere quiet to gain a sense of poise. It might be your greatest gift to family and friends, as well as fellow workers, shoppers and shop assistants. “Be the calm you want to see!”2. Let love lead you. Take opportunities to spread seasonal “peace and goodwill”. Reordering priorities to do everything with intentional love can bring a sense of calmness and control, allowing you to get everything done more smoothly.

    3. Value family and friends. As you sign, seal and send your Christmas cards (via email or snail-mail) treat each one as an opportunity to value the person you are sending it to.

    4. Be kind to yourself and others. Research shows kindness is good for your health. So saying sorry, no matter who causes the collision, might be the way to negotiate crowded streets, transport and busy shopping centres.

    5. Shop ethically. “Treat others as you would like to be treated” (the Golden Rule) could translate to “love the Christmas crowds as you would want them to love you.”

  2. Embrace spontaneity. The need to balance work, domestic duties and social activities is always more acute at Christmas time. Keeping an open mind and making room for flexibility as each day unfolds reduces stress and increases joy.

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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

Does God permit sinful behavior? By Paradzai Kudyakwenzara

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Does God permit sinful behavior? By Paradzai Kudyakwenzara

In this article, Paradzai Kudyakwenzara, a colleague and the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Zimbabwe, shares his personal experience and spiritual insight on this age old query.  Paradzai takes us on a spiritual journey that acknowledges his understanding that we are not born into sin nor are we predestined to sinful behavior.  Take a moment and read this insightful and soul filled article of victory over sinful beliefs.

permit-sinful-behaviorSOME individuals in our society are addicted to substances (tobacco, harmful drugs and certain medical prescriptions) that do not improve their health, their financial situation, their family life or their communities.

I was one of these people. In search of satisfaction and happiness, I started smoking and drinking at the tender age of 16 and continued for many years thereafter. I became a heavy drinker and a chain smoker; and I got involved in drugs.

In drunken stupors, I found pleasure in committing sinful acts that I am now ashamed even to mention.  I comforted myself by misinterpreting certain Scriptures that suggest man is born a helpless sinner and inherits the Adamic nature, and I also at times believed that I was not included in God’s Love.

But in the last 17 years, I have been learning a different way to see myself and understand my true spiritual nature. This new view is based on the fact that God created man in His image and likeness, as the Bible tells you in the first chapter of Genesis.

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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

After the Election, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on After the Election, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

after-the-electionOur nation is still reeling over the recent Presidential election.  Many are fearful and disappointed with the results and many are happy.  In this article, Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and self-syndicated columnist who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality, health and trends, offers a possible solution to the growing unrest we are witnessing daily.  He shares his unique (spiritual) insight along with statements by others who have been instrumental in healing and calming political divisiveness in our past. Read Tim’s powerful and unifying article it has a thought provoking message that could make a difference-it has in the past!

The election is over. Some are happy, some are not. It would seem as if closing the political divisiveness in this nation would be like moving mountains. Election night, I couldn’t help but think of these words from President Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive to work on to finish the work we are in to bind up the nation’s wounds….to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” Lincoln’s words still breathe wisdom and common sense into our political system today.

As we face the days ahead, it may be good to remember those words from the Pledge of Allegiance, “one nation…”. We may have human differences in the way we look and what we believe – differences of race, color, religion, political philosophy, ethnicity, and gender, but we are “one nation”. The next words of the Pledge state, “…under God…” We have one very important thing in common – we all have a spiritual identity as a child of God, inherently united by our common Parent. It is this realization that will help us look past our human differences and feel divine unity and freedom.

The Bible is full of instances of individuals praying for their nation and its people. Jesus took a more universal view, as indicated in the opening words of the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father.” His inclusive attitude toward non-Jews, seen in his conversation with the woman of Samaria, for example, suggest he meant the Father of all of us – not just of one religion or nationality.

Following Jesus’ example, Christian Science discoverer Mary Baker Eddy also saw God as universal Truth and Love. She wrote, “One infinite, God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars;” and annihilates “whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes;…”(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 340).

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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

Thankful in a Tumultuous Year, by Steven Salt

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Thankful in a Tumultuous Year, by Steven Salt

Steven Salt, a colleague and a writer who covers the nexus of science, spirituality and health, gives us much food for thought in this proclamation of gratitude. Steven shares his spiritual understanding and heart filled messages from heroes who lived in other tumultuous periods of history.  In this article, he offers a healing (spiritual) remedy for our present unrest.  I hope you will join me and read this Thanksgiving address that is relevant for all times!

presidents-that-unite-final-1Could things be anymore divided?

Protest, distrust, hatred, and violence scarred the year, but the President thoughtfully shared his impression: “The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.”

Abraham Lincoln’s gracious assessment of 1863 is immortalized in the opening line of his first Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. And it offers insight into a healing response to this year’s unrest.

Over 150 years have passed since Lincoln’s establishment of an annual, national observance of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”  In 1863 that day came just one week after the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg where Lincoln gave his celebrated two minute address. The War Between the States would go on for another year and a half.

What prompted Lincoln to articulate such a “healthful” outlook, where many saw only servitude to gloom and despair, was an intensified appreciation for blessings and their origin.  He saw “bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come.”  He writes in his Thanksgiving Proclamation that these abundances are “so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.”

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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

Thankful in a tumultuous year, by Steven Salt

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Thankful in a tumultuous year, by Steven Salt

presidents-that-unite-final-1Steven Salt, a colleague and a writer who covers the nexus of science, spirituality and health, gives us much food for thought in this proclamation of gratitude. Steven shares his spiritual understanding and heart filled messages from heroes who lived in other tumultuous periods of history.  In this article, he offers a healing (spiritual) remedy for our present unrest.  I hope you will join me and read this Thanksgiving address that is relevant for all times!

Could things be anymore divided?

Protest, distrust, hatred, and violence scarred the year, but the President thoughtfully shared his impression: “The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.”

Abraham Lincoln’s gracious assessment of 1863 is immortalized in the opening line of his first Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. And it offers insight into a healing response to this year’s unrest.

Over 150 years have passed since Lincoln’s establishment of an annual, national observance of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”  In 1863 that where Lincoln gave his celebrated two minute address. The War Between the Sttes would go on for another year and a half.

What prompted Lincoln to articulate such a “healthful” outlook, where many saw only servitude to gloom and despair, was an intensified appreciation for blessings and their origin.  He saw “bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come.”  He writes in his Thanksgiving Proclamation that these abundances are “so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.”

Please click here to read the entire article

#mentalhealth #spirituality #prayer

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 Fresh Perspective on Problem Solving, by Van Driessen

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on A Fresh Perspective on Problem Solving, by Van Driessen

In today’s society, we are faced with many challenges.  Daily a barrage of problems are systematically brought to our attention via the internet, social media, television and the radio.  Sometimes this type of constant exposure exacerbates the personal problems we may be facing.  In this article, Van Driessen, a colleague and a writer who focuses on spirituality and health from his perspective as a Christian Science Practitioner, offers his personal experience and unique insight on a more viable (always present, spiritual) solution to every challenge or problem that may cross our path.  Take a moment and read this enlightening article and see what Van has to share.

perspectiveAre you feeling stuck with a chronic health issue or discouraged with long-term unemployment or worried by a troubled relationship with no clear solution?

If you’ve found various approaches to solving these chronic challenges just haven’t produced results, the research and ideas shared in Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, by Dr. Lisa Miller, might just offer some insights on a key element to finding solutions to knotty problems. That element is our awareness of a benevolent higher power and an understanding of our connection to that power. Dr. Miller, Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at the Teachers’ College, Columbia University, notes that her department’s research over the last 10 years indicates this is the greatest resource we have.

Although spirituality as a foundation for solving problems and living a good life was understood for millennia, in our modern age it has been and often is ignored. We’re constantly told that solutions can only be found through secular human inventions or actions – chemical  and mechanical systems for solving illness and human footsteps for taking care of things such as employment and relationships. Attention to things of the Spirit, while perhaps making a recent resurgence, have been systematically eliminated from daily life.

But if we’re not getting results with the recommended solutions and tapping into this divine resource is something we want to explore, where can we begin?

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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

Happiness at work: It’s an inside, personal job, by Sharon Andrews

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Happiness at work: It’s an inside, personal job, by Sharon Andrews

Sharon Andrews, a colleague and the media and legislative liaison for Christian Science for Indiana, shares her spiritual perspective on how to achieve and maintain a happy and productive work experience.  Recent studies have revealed that stress, boredom and apathy at work can produce chronic health problems manifesting in both physical and mental illness in employees. Sharon offers three steps that she acknowledges can shift anyone’s mindset out of the ‘doldrums’ to a happier and healthier point of view.  Join me and learn what Sharon has discovered in this joy filled and thoughtful article.

happiness-at-work-photoYou stare at the computer screen.

You quietly check your Facebook news feed.

You daydream about that next vacation.

Most of us have known that I’d-rather-be-anywhere-but-work feeling.

Even though employee wellness and happiness are a greater focus than ever for many companies, a recent Gallup Poll finds that more than 20 percent of employees in North America and Europe are actively disengaged from their jobs.

This apathy, reports Gallup, is also costing the U.S. economy $550 billion a year.

“What if the greatest threat to capitalism,” asked William Davies in a recent Atlantic article, “is simply lack of enthusiasm and activity?”

And, he warns that boredom at work shows up as chronic health problems.

So, what do all these apathetic workers need?

More vacations? Bigger offices?

Most studies indicate that such perks are a temporary boost to on-the-job engagement. They don’t permanently relieve the boredom, stress and depression which some studies indicate can lead to a variety of health issues.

What could permanently conquer employment doldrums?

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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

“Take it to the next level!”, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on “Take it to the next level!”, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson


In this article, Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and a columnist who writes on the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, shares, his unique point of view on how elevating our thinking can produce favorable results in both our mental and physical health. Tim acknowledges along with a Health Examiner, researchers and the subsequent findings, that taking emotions to the ‘higher level’ (a spiritual, moral level) not only makes us happy, it has been found to improve our health and mental well-being. If each of us expressed more compassion and love toward one another- perhaps this paradigm shift could uplift the world to a ‘higher level’. See what you think!

go-to-the-next-level-1We are in the middle of football season and the major league baseball post season.  We have seen athletes exceed beyond “personal bests”; reminding me of Nike’s campaign: “Take it to the next level”!  To me, it’s all about breaking through our own limitations and doing or being the best we can.

This doesn’t just apply to college or professional athletes.  The readers of this paper have found in their own lives ways to “take it to the next level.”  Maybe they are walking further each morning than they did the previous day, swimming farther, or lifting heavier weights.

But I think there are many ways to take life to the next level.  How about embracing a new level in the good emotions we cultivate and express in our lives?  Maybe we can express more affection, compassion and gratitude than we have in the past.  Why should we do that? Well, one reason is simply that it makes us feel good. Additionally, it’s quite possible that doing those things can have a significant impact on our health.

Kory Floyd, an associate professor at Arizona State University’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication has studied the effect of affection on one’s health.  “Being affectionate is good for you,” Floyd says. “Affection can be a simple, non-pharmaceutical, cheap way to reduce stress.” Floyd has found that there are direct associations between being an affectionate person and a lower risk of depression and stress.  “Highly affectionate people tend to have better mental health and less stress. They also react to stress better,” he stated.

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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