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 Charles Lindahl from Fullerton, California.
Maya Angelou once said, “Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all life.” What I find interesting about this statement is that spirituality, usually thought of in connection with religion, has gained a broader meaning and usage. From promoting personal peace and happiness to being recognized as a key element in achieving and maintaining physical and mental health, spirituality is being included in a wide variety of discussions. Spirituality is even being recognized as important in the work place.
But what is spirituality? Spiritual is often defined as “relating to the spirit or soul and not to physical nature or matter; not tangible or material.”
But how can we grasp something that is not physical or material? A promising beginning is by accepting the possibility that there is something beyond what the five senses can recognize.
Christ Jesus provided the most helpful model of spirituality. Most of his ministry was devoted to showing us how to awaken to and claim our innate spirituality. Another spiritual pioneer, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote extensively on spirituality:
Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to understand God.
Spirit and all things spiritual are the real and eternal.
Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth.
Correct material belief by spiritual understanding and Spirit will form you anew.
“I want to know God’s thoughts, the rest are details,” said Einstein. Many are finding it is possible to move beyond the apparent material monopoly in human consciousness to spiritual identity. I feel that developing, expanding, and preserving a clear sense of my spiritual identity is the most important thing I can do to ensure my health, happiness, and success. Here are some spiritual practices that help me develop spiritual understanding and keep it alive, fresh, and practical:
- Studying the Bible to understand its central teachings about spiritual reality.
- Working with other sacred texts such as Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
- Arranging for uninterrupted quiet time to pray.
- Actively looking for examples of God’s grace and infinite Love and giving thanks to God.
- Consciously listening for God’s inspiration as I go about my day.
These practices make room in my consciousness for God to show me who I really am. Embraced wholeheartedly and accepted unconditionally, spirituality can be a powerful healing presence.
A guest post written by Robert Clark, media spokesperson and legislative advocate for Christian Science in Florida
As you can tell by my blog site’s title, I believe in simplicity. I think it’s healthy. Simple is good and I’m always glad to find myself in good company. This past Saturday’s New York Times had a great article, “Living With Less. A Lot Less” by Graham Hill, founder/CEO of LifeEdited.com and TreeHugger.com.
As a very successful entrepreneur, Graham chronicles his growing dissatisfaction with accumulated “stuff” and his eventual grand simplification. He currently lives in a 420 square foot studio and ends his article with this simple statement, “My space is small. My life is big.”
What does this have to do with health and healthcare? Most of us would agree that we have an overly complex and overly expensive healthcare system in this country.
Consumer Reports told us in 2012, “…nearly half of primary-care physicians say their own patients get too much medical care, according to a survey published in 2011 by researchers at Dartmouth College. And the Congressional Budget Office says that up to 30 percent of the health care in the U.S. is unnecessary.” For a good discussion of why this is the case check out “The Incredible and Wasteful Complexity of the U.S. Healthcare System” from The Health Care Blog.
Our current system focuses much more on managing chronic disease than encouraging healthy living. Studies show that at least $.75 of every U.S. dollar spent on health care goes for managing, not preventing, illness. The Affordable Care Act’s 2800 pages and the 132,000 pages of regulations needed to implement it don’t promise to simplify things anytime soon.
In his article about living more simply, Graham Hill says, “Members of every socioeconomic bracket can and do deluge themselves with products. Our fondness for stuff affects almost every aspect of our lives. Enormous consumption has global, environmental and social consequences.”
Sadly, Hill’s statements about over-consumption apply to our use of health care products and services.
So…if we were to apply the Graham Hill model of living with less to our health care needs, what would that look like? Where would we start? Here are three simple ideas:
1. Walk more. Sit less. Here’s a great article about that from one of my favorite websites, REAL SIMPLE.
2. Be grateful. It’s good for your health. Skeptical? Check out this article, ”In Praise of Gratitude”, from Harvard Medical School’s newsletter.
3. Pray/meditate/contemplate. Most Americans (92%) believe in God, and most of us believe in the healthy benefits of some sort of spiritual practice. Spiritual practices are proven to reduce stress, increase healthy interactions with others and, in many cases actually restore health and harmony. Don’t know where to start? Here’s some help from a website about Christian healing.
There are lots of simple and inexpensive ways to be and stay healthy. Searching for and finding them is a good way for each of us to be a health care reformer. The biggest enemy is often inertia, since, as Albert Einstein famously…and simply…pointed out, “Nothing happens until something moves.”
This article originally appeared on The Clearwater Patch Blog.