Why millennials to seniors are rethinking ageing

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We live in an age when many seniors are contradicting Shakespeare’s portrayal of age “as infancy, as helplessness and decadence” – as spiritual reformer Mary Baker Eddy once put it.

Instead they are exceeding past expectations and seem to be demonstrating to some degree “the everlasting grandeur and immortality of development, power, and prestige” which that same author wrote of more than a century ago – pre-empting today’s shift in thought concerning seniors’ capabilities.Continue Reading

Slow Food, Slow Medicine, Gentle Emergence

Slow Food, Slow Medicine, Gentle Emergence

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 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

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

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

Is there a daily diet that curbs perfectionism, eating disorders?

A daily diet that feeds our famished affections

Four ‘trick or treaters’ knocked on our door on Halloween evening. Somewhat unprepared and surprised to experience this novelty in Australia I managed to locate a few sweet treats for each of them, and they left happily bubbling with excitement.

Was I frightened of their costumes or weird masks? Of course not. And I’m sure they didn’t believe for a moment that they’d suddenly morphed into ugly, wicked or ghoulish creatures, either.

Sometimes, though, people do put on an emotionally draining mask as they strive to feel accepted and loved. Over time they may come to accept the charade as part of themselves.

For instance, they may act out the role where they have to be the best … at everything. They can’t abide mistakes and feel it’s a badge of honour to say they’re a perfectionist. Ever in fear of failing, they may be chronic procrastinators. They don’t like themselves very much either, because they rarely live up to their own expectations.Continue Reading

Genealogy – a record of who we are, or not?

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It is fascinating to trace your family history back through the generations. Millions agree, considering the popularity of TV programs such as Who do you think you are?

I find it amazing that the well-known personalities who delve into the past are quite emotional about the heartbreaks, injustices and challenges experienced by their forebears, who they have only just discovered existed. On the plus side, this has led to healing in families when today’s standards and insights about race, religion, circumstances and nationality have been brought to the table.

Genealogy websites are just as popular. My cousins had traced our family tree back several generations. So, earlier this year we visited a family estate in Ireland and our namesake town in England and felt the warmth of belonging, despite never having visited before.

On the downside, shocking discoveries about forebears, such as a relative who promoted slavery, or great, great-grandparents who included criminals, prisoners, millionaires and paupers, all pepper family histories. Not to mention records of disease and mental illness resurfacing over the generations.Continue Reading

The essential ingredients for youth mental health

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Mental Health Week – time to talk about essential spirituality © Glowimages

The years between 15-25 are frequently a time of questioning and great discovery, but like many others I found them difficult. I had to deal with chronic disease, failure in my chosen career, a persistent lack of self-worth along with indecision about an alternative career path, and loneliness.

Although never diagnosed, a psychologist would probably have called me depressed.Continue Reading