What’s the best way to feel renewed? Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and a writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality, health and trends in that field, gives us much food for thought on this topic. Tim writes: Continue Reading
A guest post written by Charles Lindahl from Fullerton, California
When an overweight woman was asked why she drove past five churches of her denomination to attend one considerably farther from her home, she replied, “Because that is the only place I don’t feel judged.”Continue Reading
Does Jesus’ life offer practical insight into today’s pressing issues? My colleague Steven Salt posted a recent blog that is relevant for us to consider. Steven’s article was first published on Cleveland.com and here is what he wrote:Continue Reading
A guest post written by Michele G. Karlskind from Los Angeles, California
Sometimes mention of the idea of “the universe” in books, in the media, and elsewhere seems just too vast of an idea to grasp, let alone demonstrate.Continue Reading
In thinking about cause and effect, is there a superior reasoning power we can turn to? My colleague Anna Bowness-Park from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada wrote a thoughtful article on Albert Einstein and his approach to scientific enquiry. Here is what Anna, a regular contributor to the Vancouver Sun, had to share: Continue Reading
A guest post written by Elizabeth Nelson from San Diego, California.
Have you ever heard one of these phrases: Being in the moment, Defining the day, Responding with optimization? I like to think of these phrases as representing the spirit of the idea of Living in God’s Day, a phrase I use frequently as I strive to be a conscientious citizen and play a vital role in my community – especially during stressful times.
And what does living in God’s Day include?Continue Reading
When it comes to identifying who we are, what is our initial start? My colleague Wendy Margolese, Committee on Publication for Ontario, Canada is a community blogger and shares some thoughtful ideas on this very topic and discusses our divine birthright.
Does our genetic code determine who we are? Studies initially suggested we are our genes – we’ve inherited them. We can shrug off certain personal traits, such as a tendency towards obesity, because it’s part of our inherited nature. But with the advent of the science of epigenetics, new studies now suggest there are ways to alter the way genes behave and thus change that predetermined path.
According to the latest theories of this science, we can modify our genetic health patterns through lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise. This may sound promising and appealing, particularly to many of us living in conditions that allow us to eat well and stay active. However, much of the world’s population does not necessarily follow a recommended diet, nor in many cases, have access to what is considered healthy lifestyle opportunities. This appears to create a disparity in having any hope of affecting the epigenetic calculation.
Read more from Wendy Margolese’s blog.
Are there benefits from sharing one’s religious beliefs? My colleague Eric Nelson, Committee on Publication for Northern California, posted a thoughtful blog that originally appeared on Communities Digital News. Eric writes:
Although I have no scientific evidence to back me up, I’d say a good number of religious people, as engaged and compassionate as they may be, live in a bubble. I should know. I’m one of them.
This bubble is enormous. So enormous, in fact, that I’m able to do just about anything I want – pursue a career, spend time with friends and family, travel the world, get a haircut – all without having to leave my comfort zone; that is, without having to divulge my deeply held religious interests.
Some would say this is probably a good thing, the thought being that once the cat’s out of the bag, there’s no telling what might happen: Either I’ll be put in a position of having to justify my faith, or my presumably nonreligious audience will think that I’m trying to convert them.
Read more from Eric Nelson’s blog.
A guest post written by Ginny Nilsen, California
Besides my desktop computer, I use a laptop, a notebook, and an iPhone for sending e-mails. Each has a uniquely different keyboard and sometimes my fingers don’t quite adapt to the placement of the keys unless my thought is adapted to the application I am using at the time.
Recently, I ended an email to a friend on my iPhone, “Grinny Ginny” and (bless the Apple’s computer programmer’s heart), the iPhone thought I should be typing “Grumpy Ginny.” It made me laugh. But had I not seen the correction before it was sent, who knows what the recipient would have thought when receiving my message.Continue Reading
When it comes to discussing health is tackling fear important? My colleague Bob Cummings, Committee on Publication for Michigan, is a community blogger and shares some thoughtful ideas on this very topic. Bob writes:Continue Reading