As we talked through the half-time state of play of his soccer match, my grandson expressed an openness to some helpful ideas I shared with him. He went back on and scored a goal immediately, and soon after I saw him patting a team-mate on the back following a similar success.Continue Reading
The recent disclosures about “fake news” in the media illustrate that we need to be more alert than ever to discern if what’s being said is fact or fiction.
Now we’re actively seeking truth, rather than blindly accepting everything we hear or read as fact. Even in the smallest of affairs, the power and effect of honesty are felt and appreciated.Continue Reading
“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
The Festive Season is kicking in once again and many of us are anticipating travelling for Christmas holidays and to visit family.
But it won’t always be plain sailing! Whether it’s by coach, train, plane or car we are affected by the actions of others – drivers, schedulers, pilots, baggage handlers, air attendants, bus drivers, cruise and ferry captains and our fellow travellers.
I’ve had my fair share of travel difficulties over the years. I’ve missed interstate meetings because of flight delays, have stood for hours in queues, lost luggage, weathered rough seas, battled with tired children, been stuck in traffic jams and lost my patience on more than one occasion.
However, although travelling can be frustrating at times, I’m finding there are always affirmative, upbeat things to noticeContinue Reading
Did you know that a baby’s first instinct is kindness? Michael Tomasello and other scientists at the Max Planck Institute, in Germany, have found that infants spontaneously engage in helpful behavior and will even overcome obstacles to do so. It appears to be the alleviation of other’s suffering that motivates them — whether or not they engage in the helping behavior themselves.
Kindness is our natural and, some might say, divine, spark. Spiritual activists from many religious traditions have stated similar sentiments to that of Paul the Apostle, “…be kind one to another, tenderhearted” …and … “walk in love,” each affirming our essential spiritual nature which expresses the divine Love.
November 13 is World Kindness Day, “a day to look beyond ourselves,” the global organisation contends. The movement affirms that if we’re to progress in human relations and endeavours, if we are to achieve the goal of peaceful coexistence, we must focus on what we have in common.Continue Reading
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 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
You don’t care much about the Easter message except for the chocolate bunnies and the four-day holiday weekend? Or does Easter make you fixate on the difficulties of life and the troubles in this world, despite what you know about Jesus’ resurrection?
It’s worth considering Easter and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead after his crucifixion in relation to what recent health research is telling us, because it may lead to your better health here and now.Continue Reading