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
by Don Ingwerson
I’ve become very aware of the hurried feel of today’s lifestyle and how many tout the benefits of mindfulness to combat this frantic pace. But while this practice of slowing down and being aware of your surroundings may bring some calm, I’ve found that taking mindfulness to a spiritual level is a much more powerful way of bringing calm and peace to life. This spiritual level is a clarity of thought and brings instead an awareness of the unbroken relation each of us has with the Divine. This awareness can be felt as a pinpoint of light, a profound peace, an enfolding love, a comforting message that is from God.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
by Don Ingwerson
I remember a few years ago when my wife and I ended a Disneyland visit without our usual family around us, which had never happened before. Because we weren’t preoccupied with entertaining the kids, we found we had the time to observe everyone else. And even though there were crushing shoulder-to-shoulder crowds, I noticed something interesting. There was no foul language, and no real pushing or shoving. When bumping did occur, there was an immediate apology. Although there was excitement in the air, people treated each other with respect.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
Can the peace of Love’s presence lessen our fears and worries? My colleague Anna Bowness-Park from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada wrote a thoughtful article on finding peace within each of us. Here is what Anna, a regular contributor to the Vancouver Sun, had to share: Continue Reading
A guest post by Graham Bothwell from La Cañada Flintridge, California
I’ve come to understand that we all have every reason to believe that a higher power is behind life itself, including the universe. Many of us have had an occasional unplanned experience that was unpleasant; however, there is always the option of turning to a higher power in finding a resolution to the issue. I’ve found protection even in a situation where I felt trapped, which could be a human circumstance of feeling compromised, or perhaps experiencing a physical difficulty. So many people have found that if they understand even a little about the underlying spiritual nature of their being, subject only to good, limitations are naturally reduced until they fade away. Mary Baker Eddy, author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, wrote of the power of understanding true, spiritual identity in this way: “Starting from a higher standpoint, one rises spontaneously, even as light emits light without effort; for ‘where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’”Continue Reading