“Scientists 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.
“Mind governs the body, not partially but wholly,” wrote thought-leader, Mary Baker Eddy, over 100 years ago.
In ensuing years of painstaking research, discovery, testing and analysis the bio-sciences, too, have come to generally support the idea that there is a distinct connection between thought and body.
Do you love your workplace? If not, the soundest advice may be to go find a new one.
However, while that may be the best solution, sometimes, for a myriad of reasons, you might need to stay where you are for the moment.
My experience under such circumstances turned out to be both testing and a turning point in my career.Continue Reading
In public and military hospitals, prisons, and hospices, when push comes to shove, there are not many who will rebuff a visit from the friendly Chaplain. These caring individuals provide spiritual nourishment by listening to all our fears and anxieties, a willing confidante giving us the opportunity to discuss existential questions in a non-threatening environment and someone offering general or faith-specific comfort. A visit from one of them can often bring hope and unexpected healing.
I found this so for my dadContinue Reading
“The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day,” the Queen tells Alice in Through the Looking Glass. The rule hints at what is too widely accepted: good always belongs to some other time.
This is Women’s Health Week. We are being encouraged to talk about our health, including becoming well-informed about evidence based health information and its effectiveness.
However, there’s an additional approach to health gaining ground in Australia which some might find surprising. An Australian study published in the British Medical Journal this June found that a significant proportion of Australian women are using prayer or spiritual healing as part of their healthcare management.
Admittedly, the latest high-tech measuring instrumentation available may not be able to pin-point how and when prayer brings about a change, mentally or physically. But the fact is many find that it often does lead to healing.Continue Reading
It’s a great time of year to spend the day preparing and slow-cooking a melt-in-the-mouth beef casserole. And then to enjoy the delicious comfort food over a long, slow meal with family and friends.
That’s “slow food,” right?
Well, no, not really. The Slow Food movement is not so much about slowly cooked and eaten food, as it is about linking the pleasure of eating well with a commitment to local communities who produce food in a sustainable way and without exploiting people or the environment. This is a progressive step, driven by a desire to be more responsible consumers.
Slow Food is just one of many groups that comprise the Slow Movement, a cultural revolution that advocates a shift toward slowing down life’s pace to allow time to re-evaluate current practices, consider local and global ramifications, take personal responsibility and make connections with people. These are aims and activities not always done at such a slow pace!Continue Reading
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
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
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