Want better health? Resolve to ‘think positive’ in 2014

How to become a change-agent in 2014 © Glowimages
How to become a change-agent in 2014 © Glowimages

Have you been following The Paradise on TV? Maybe you went to see the second movie in The Hunger Games trilogy or The Book Thief during the holiday season?

Some of us identify more intensely with the characters on the big screen, but it seems that we all love following an intelligent, positive hero as he or she conquers fear, stays cool and becomes a change-agent in the world.

Their success begs the question: Is it good luck, good genes, ‘right place, right time’ or positive thinking that makes the difference?

And how about in real life?

Medical Breakthroughs… From The Trash?

Medical breakthroughs not ‘anecdotal trash’ after all? My guest post today is by Eric Nelson, media spokesperson for Christian Science in Northern California.

It’s amazing what folks are discovering these days. Even in the discard pile.

Not too long ago a man from San Jose, CA paid $1100 for the contents of an abandoned storage unit he’d only seen from the outside. Moments after the sale, he found a Rubbermaid container inside filled with $500,000 worth of rare coins and gold bars.

Then came the discovery by a team of international astronomers of the first circumbinary planet. These are planets that orbit not one but two stars at the same time; kind of like Tatooine for you Star Wars fans. Where did they find it? According to one of the scientists who made the discovery, from a “rubbish bin” of junk data that other astronomers had determined was too bothersome to evaluate.

But my favorite are the discoveries being made all the time about the mental nature of health, thanks to a growing number of medical researchers who are beginning to take a closer look at evidence once cast aside as nothing more than anecdotal “trash.”Continue Reading

Why being young at heart works. Is there a science behind it?

Source: The Courier-Mail

Thank you to Sarah Marinos of body+soul at the Courier-Mail, for writing an article last Sunday on the health benefits of thinking and acting younger – “Why being young at heart works”. Amongst the myriad of ads by the pharmaceutical companies, this article was unexpectedly thought-provoking and brought to my attention the work of Dr Ellen Langer, Harvard University psychologist and scientific investigator who conducted a landmark experiment 30 years ago where she had seniors live in a secluded monastery as though it were 1959. The results were surprising. After a week of living as though they were younger men, the pensioners were more flexible, had better hearing and memory and felt stronger. And they also looked younger.

This experiment was the forerunner of the British ABC’s TV program, the Young Ones aired this year and that I recommended in a previous blog post, “Could it be that we all have the power to think ourselves young again?”Continue Reading

Hugs fix “fish out of water” feeling. Mental health: looking beyond science and borders

Love the images that my guest blogger, Carey Arber, included in this post! Carey is the Christian Science Media Representative and Legislative Liaison for New South Wales.

“Two fish were swimming along in the ocean when one said to the other, “I just don’t FEEL the water today.”  Well, it’s there, of course!” — Sarah C. Nelson’s article in the Christian Science Sentinel goes on to explain how Love is always around us, even if we feel somehow disconnected — it’s there, of course!

Mental health is a big healthcare agenda item globally. The way we think affects our behaviour, and ultimately our wellbeing, for better or for worse. Professionals and students of various disciplines – medical science, traditional oriental medicine, nursing, psychology, social studies, social welfare, meditation, and others are on a continuous search for answers to a growing problem.Continue Reading

“She’ll be right, mate” ~ Is Christian Science healing about positive thinking?

Today my friend and counterpart in NSW, Carey Arber, shares some quirky comments about baseless positive thinking, and explains more about a great alternative….. Thanks, Carey.

Danny Katz gives a hilarious account of his visit to the doctor – he writes the modern guru column in the ‘Weekend Magazine’ of the mainstream newspapers, ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ and ‘The Age’.

Katz sets the scene, and we can picture it all. Half way he laments, “Doctors are supposed to make you feel better but this doctor made me feel much worse. It’s not her fault, it’s just this new Culture Of Sickness we live in, this General Unwellness Industry.” The story leaves you with a somewhat unwanted reminder of health checks.Continue Reading

The Genius of Christianity

Mind Body Spirit Festival

If you do a search on the Internet on spiritual healing, mind/body connection, or positive thinking you’ll find countless websites advertising the services of practitioners of these methodologies or books about them. You might also happen upon these terms at any of the Mind, Body, Spirit Festivals held around the country.

Public interest in spirituality and healing seems to be the greatest in human history.Continue Reading