It’s heartbreaking to learn that suicide rates across Australia have increased by 20% in the last decade.
Is there nothing we can do to reverse this tragic trend?Continue Reading
Today’s shift in thought concerning seniors’ capabilities was pre-empted by spiritual thinker, Mary Baker Eddy, who wrote more than a century ago about “the everlasting grandeur and immortality of development, power, and prestige” which are part of our spiritual being.
These days we hear of Australians in their 80s and older, who compete in major sports events. And many who are still working into their 70s, 80s and 90s, their occupations varying from cloakroom attendant to running a cancer research centre.
It’s almost as if they think they might live forever!Continue Reading
Our social, theological and healthcare reformers stand on the shoulders of such “greats.” Why they should be celebrated during Australian Women’s History Month and for International Women’s Day.
I wept for Maud Watts’ plight. She was the central character in the 2015 film, Suffragette, which depicted the core group of women who fought to obtain the vote in 1912 London. A socio-political environment hostile to women’s suffrage led to a tragic set of circumstances where she was forced to give up everything she held dear. Her marriage, her son, her home, her job, her dignity and her health were stripped from her as she devoted herself to lobbying for a woman’s basic right to have a say about how things could be done better in her world.
The Commonwealth of Australia had already given women here that right a decade earlier. But progress was slow in the state governments, and it was not until 1926 that women were able to both vote and stand for all Houses of Parliament in all parts of the Commonwealth.
“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.
“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
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
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
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
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