Hugs far cheaper than therapy

This image is from the article in the Herald Sun referred to below.

Clinical studies are showing that love (in the form of forgiveness and acceptance) heals …… but how?

My friend and colleague in Victoria, Daryl Francis, reminds us how to love in my guest post this week. Thanks Daryl!

Sometimes I see patterns in life, in my experiences of life. Perhaps we all have something to learn from the patterns that crop up in our own daily walk through life. I know I do. Perhaps we all do. Trouble is, life seems to go past at such a pace sometimes that we don’t take the moments needed to see what’s going on right where we are.Continue Reading

Is Christian Science the same as faith healing?

We’ve all felt judged by others, at times. And it doesn’t leave a very good taste in your mouth, especially when you’ve been trying so hard to do the best you can.

Some friends I know have felt judged at their church. I can imagine that this scenario would leave you feeling pretty desolate. It must be especially disappointing if you have prayed for healing of a physical or mental illness, dearly hoping that prayer is the answer, and healing is slow or doesn’t occur. And then to be judged by fellow church-goers suggesting you must be doing something wrong or be a ‘sinner’ must be soul-destroying.

I think I’d be one of the many who were voting with their feet and moving away from organised religion, if that had happened to me … and if I hadn’t yet learned about Christian Science.Continue Reading

World Smile Day Pre-empts Mental Health Week in Australia

World Smile Day, this Friday, was launched in 1999 by the creator of the smiley symbol that we all know so well. He felt that all of us should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world. The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion – nor should we!

I love the brightness, yellowness and warmth that it represents. It’s a feel-good symbol we use when we want to show others that we mean well, even if at times we need to give a correction. The addition of a smiley face in an email or text message sure seems to soften that comment, and feels a little bit like a hug.

What a good reminder to speak gently when others are shouting, to give way happily when merging on the road, to speak kindly to the checkout operator – even when you have been in a queue for what seems like hours as the new recruit learns the system.

The smiley symbol also speaks to me of uncomplicated lives, of childhood and simplicity.Continue Reading

The King’s Speech – Lionel Logue and the Christian Science question

Further to my earlier post, my colleague Tony Lobl in the UK elaborates on what the practice of Christian Science is, and isn’t, in relation to Lionel Logue’s life and work.

The King’s Speech – Lionel Logue and the Christian Science question 

 “The King’s Speech” – which officially opens in the UK today – is a marvellous film. It compellingly, and movingly, tells the story of “How one man saved the British monarchy”, to quote its tagline.

The one man in question is not the fascinating King George VI, played brilliantly by Colin Firth, but his speech therapist Lionel Logue, played just as impressively by Geoffrey Rush. Logue was an accomplished but slightly unorthodox Australian without paper qualifications who nevertheless single-handedly helped a Prince who would become King (against his own expectations and wishes!) to speak publicly despite a lifelong stammer.

How did he do it? Relatively little so far seems to be known about his actual technique. However, the movie’s director Tom Hooper had access, just before filming, to archival material uncovered by Logue’s grandson Mark. His film thought-provokingly portrays Logue’s treatment as not primarily focused on the speech defect as a physical deficiency but more as a mental malaise.

Notably in three places in David Seidler’s perfectly paced script the man heralded, in hindsight, as a saviour of the monarchy, addresses the need to lift the burden of fear from the mind of his “pupil”. (That’s what Logue preferred to call his patients, according to Australian biographer Norman Hutchinson, author of Lionel Logue: The King’s Mentor.) At one point in “The King’s Speech” Logue says to the stammering Prince “I’m trying to get you to realise that you can’t be governed by fear.”Continue Reading