The Wind Beneath Your Wings, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Loneliness is a current and increasing problem in the United States.  It is no respecter of race, economics, age or gender and there is a strong probability that each of us at some point in life will be faced with feeling lonely.  Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a writer, spiritual thinker and colleague, gives his spiritual perspective on how to combat the feelings of loneliness with divine Love.  Tim shares his own experience with this challenge and how he was healed by turning to God through prayer.  Take a few minutes and read this heart felt article on the power of divine Love to heal all of our wounds.

Loneliness is healed with Love (1)Feeling lonely can be a challenge to almost everyone at some time or another.  But there is a spiritual answer, beginning with a spiritual point of view, that can help us feel cherished and needed even when alone.

While loneliness is an increasing problem in the US, University of Chicago neuroscientist and researcher, John Cacioppo, found that good friendships can reverse these feelings.  He stated, “Our work suggests that what’s important is having friends in whom you can trust.  Someone you can count on.”

This begs us to consider, first of all, how we can be a good friend to others.  We are all capable of helping others feel less lonely.  Expressing our spirituality – our affection, humility, forgiveness, and appreciation of others are wonderful ways to combat loneliness for ourselves as well as others.

Throughout life, everyone hopes they will have the support and encouragement of friends and family, especially during trying times.  We all yearn for a “wind beneath our wings” to paraphrase a Bette Midler classic.  I remember a time in my life when I lost my two best friends, and simultaneously was beginning a new job.  Instead of feeling alienated, though, I looked for opportunities to use my talents to benefit others and ended up joining a community band and playing clarinet.

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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