The alleviation of pain that feels more than miraculous

“I can still remember the feeling of love and wholeness that engulfed me…” © Glowimages
“I can still remember the feeling of love and wholeness that engulfed me…” © Glowimages

The four-hourly doses of morphine were such a welcome relief to the intense pain I was experiencing following major surgery. What could possibly make me give them up?

Amazingly, I found there was something that could persuade me to do so.

And that’s why, I want to share my experience with the sufferers who are being invited to break their silence about chronic pain for National Pain Week.Continue Reading

Living alone can be good for you

Finding the solitude to develop a spiritual viewpoint is important

There’s a growing trend among Millennials towards staying single and living alone.

Living arrangements similar to that of the characters in Friends and Sex and the City are now commonplace for them. Most are not reclusive, but spend enormous amounts of time out in the public, joining everything from yoga to jam-making groups, playing Dungeons and Dragons to fronting up regularly at Tuesday Trivia Nights.

It seems that marriage may have become obsolete for many of them.Continue Reading

Why we need to focus on wellness, not sickness

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Australia needs to focus on wellness, rather than sickness.

Who says so?

Our government does, so do more and more medical practitioners, and even health funds are speaking out, saying this is what Australians need.

Does this mean developing a new model of healthcare? Well, it might already be taking shape – growing out of the advances being made in new fields of medical research, such as the spirituality-mind-body connection, epigenetics and neuroscience.

But what should the final product look like, if we are developing a new model of healthcare?

What does “being well” actually look like?Continue Reading

Can we heal the culture of violence?

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The issue of violence is prominent in our community conversations at the moment. Terrorism, drug-related violence, domestic and institutional abuse, and even road rage are insistently crying out for our attention and solutions.

Despite serious efforts over many years to prevent violence, to deal with its effects and to punish the perpetrators, there’s now general agreement that violence will continue to escalate and to propagate fear in the community until we find and treat the real causes.

Fundamental beliefs that underlie and perpetuate all kinds of violence are: that humans have an animal nature prone to competition, self-preservation and aggression;Continue Reading

Volunteers prove generosity is naturally healthy

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My four year-old grandson looked with awe at the chocolate iced donut. Was it all just for him? His immediate response was to break it in two pieces – half for his much-adored older sister, and half for himself.

Did you know that people are innately generous? A study published in the journal Nature finds that when people have to make the choice instantly, their first impulse is cooperation and generosity. Only when they have more time to consider their choice do they behave more selfishly.Continue Reading

Mother’s Day: What’s the best gift you can give?

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I often talk about ‘love’ in my writing, and find that this word ‘love’ is the word that is most often misunderstood in the human language. We seem to want to categorise it by psychological terms, such as emotional, platonic, parental or romantic. Some just want to question its existence at all, by replacing it with its opposites – dependency, manipulation or lust.

But the very essence of us is pure, unconditional love; love for ourselves and love for each other.Continue Reading

Honour ANZAC Day: Support a spiritual rebirth that beats PTSD

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Veterans beating PTSD through spiritual rebirth @Glowimages

This week’s ANZAC Day commemorations in Australia, New Zealand and in Gallipoli, Turkey, highlight the best of human conduct – servicemen’s and servicewomen’s courage, mateship, decency and willingness to lay down their lives for country and comrades in battle.

At the same time though, and in a quieter way, ANZAC Days are proving occasions to mention those who suffer trauma as a consequence of being embroiled in the devastation and brutality that go hand-in-hand with war. It is estimated that upwards of 30% of all serving Australian defence force personnel experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Continue Reading

Freedom from pornography is essential to health and happiness

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This year Youth Week in NSW announced their partnership with NSW Health for National Youth Week 2015, running from 10-19 April. Their website advises that governments across Australia are committed to improving sexual health outcomes and are making every effort to inform young people how to prevent sexually transmissible infections (STIs). However, the website states that they have stopped short at addressing the cause of the problem.

It is suggested that the proliferation of online pornography is compounding the problems associated with promiscuity. This article reports a surprising advocate for a pornography-free society, while asserting that knowledge of our mental and spiritual nature gives the ability to be an agent for change within ourselves and in the wider community.

Who’d have thought that the clearest voice to raise concerns about the film “Fifty Shades of Grey” would belong to Russell Brand?”Continue Reading

Rethinking Easter can lead to better health here and now

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You don’t care much about the Easter message except for the chocolate bunnies and the four-day holiday weekend? Or does Easter make you fixate on the difficulties of life and the troubles in this world, despite what you know about Jesus’ resurrection?

It’s worth considering Easter and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead after his crucifixion in relation to what recent health research is telling us, because it may lead to your better health here and now.Continue Reading

Getting to the heart of true health

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I was shocked to think that my decision to cycle on the shared bike path rather than the (admittedly wide and free of traffic) road caused a man’s angry reaction, as he had to reign in his large dog to get past me. I was perplexed that my decision to do what I considered best had annoyed him so much.

When I thought about it, though, hadn’t I displayed just as much annoyance sitting behind motorists as animated conversations with their passengers hindered them from making thoughtful and timely manoeuvres?

We have every right to be angry and stressed, and to let the other guy know about it – and then to stir ourselves up about it again (and again) as we tell our friends or publish it on social media. Right?Continue Reading