Old Desk Teaches Healthier Attitude

Old Desk Teaches Healthier Attitude

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A guest post written by Noie LaRue from Newport Beach, California

I’ve found infinite opportunities to view the word through an inspired, spiritual lens as taught in the Bible and in Science and Health, written by spiritual seeker Mary Baker Eddy. I don’t try to put spiritual qualities into material things or view God as manipulating matter. Continue Reading

6 Ways to Build a Healthy Resolve

 

6 Ways to Build a Healthy Resolve

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Resolving to make changes for the better is a good idea any time of the year…but each New Year helpfully reminds us of that fact! Tony Lobl’s Huffington Post UK blog “Keeping on Track With Those ‘New Year’ Resolutions – 6 Ways t0 Build a Healthy Resolve” was posted last year, but its message is still a good place to start.

Resolve is a key quality in character reform.

But taking it out of the airing cupboard one day a year isn’t necessarily a great recipe for success. In order to turn around an unwanted character trait it can help to develop our resolve through a more consistent spiritual practice.

Here are six things that can help that happen.

1. Watching for will-power. That is, watching out for it. Why? Well, think of those lemmings! Will-power says “If I want it, I can get it”. Spirituality takes a step back to examine whether the desired goal is a healthy one to be harbouring in the first place. Is it just for one’s own benefit or will it be of value to others too? Maintaining resolve is a whole lot easier when it is applied to something we intuitively feel will also serve a greater good.

2. Listening for “a still, small voice”. That is how the Bible beautifully articulates the idea of perceiving and embracing a broader, wiser perspective that is always whispering within. We hear it as we are willing to set aside our own plans and lean on the divine to point out a better direction. This builds a solid foundation for resolve, because when it works from the outset it gives us a basis for confidence we can stay the course, knowing at every step of the way we will have access to that same intuitive resource.

3. Embrace change. What if change is like a patient visitor repeatedly knocking on the door of our thought, waiting to be welcomed in? Did Michelangelo catch a glimpse of this when he said of the stone he sculpted: “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free”? Couldn’t the very desire to change suggest we each have an inner “sculpture” just waiting to be seen – an individuality including all life’s best qualities, such as love, joy, intelligence, creativity, freedom and kindness. Having that in mind as a model demanding to take form reinforces the conviction we are empowered to reach our goal – one that is not so much a New Year’s resolution as a “new you” resolution at any time of the year.

4. Go easy on yourself. I’ve found self-forgiveness is a powerful ally of resolve, and often opens the way to achieving our aims. I once overslept through an important appointment and was mentally condemning myself until I glimpsed a need to be less self-critical. I felt inspired to take a walk in Kew Gardens, which I hadn’t visited for years, and promptly bumped into the very person I was meant to have met that morning. We conducted and concluded our business then and there. What if we are tempted to feel we’ve “slept through” countless opportunities to improve our lot? Rather than thinking we are prisoners of the past we can acknowledge our freedom to see the unwavering possibilities of the present.

5. Patience is more than just a virtue. It is actually a force for good when the going gets tough, as it probably will. Our unwanted character traits sometimes seem to have a voice of their own, persistently arguing their corner. We have to be as patient with ourselves as a parent would be in encouraging a child to reach its full potential. It is love that drives the patience in both cases. We value ourselves enough to stick with the process until we are free.

6. A “new you” is a healthier you. Character reform and health reform go hand in hand. In many ways this is taken for granted. For instance, it is accepted that moderating a drinking habit is going to improve health. But the links between character and well-being go much deeper than just effecting a change in our actions. Changing thought can be pivotal. Researchers have found traits like bitterness, bad temper and resentment can undermine health, while their opposites promote it. So becoming more forgiving, patient and persistent to bring about change doesn’t just remove a single undesirable characteristic at the end of a process of transformation. It also exercises a wealth of prescription-free, health-giving qualities throughout the process. And by evidencing a link between our thoughts and our well-being we might just be probing whether “healthy and free” is what we are divinely “sculpted” to be.

Change for change’s sake is not desirable. But change which is desirable for the sake of our own happiness and that of others is attainable.

Whether it is something in our characters or something about our health that needs improving, we don’t have to pay homage to the status quo. We are equipped with the resolve we need to ring in the changes.

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Qualities That Bless

Qualities That Bless

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A guest post by Sheila Kelly

A friend with a gentle sense of humor recently sent me an email that said: Two of the greatest qualities in life are patience and wisdom.

Below was a picture of a big brown and white dog on the deck of a large log chalet – looking mighty patient and wise – observing a skunk, with tail briskly curled up, casually munching on the kibble in the dog bowl.

Maybe it was photoshopped (who knows these days?) but it made a good point.

The expression on the dog’s face showed clearly that even in the animal kingdom God’s creatures can choose to reject suggestions of impatience, and pay very good attention to wisdom and being a good neighbor.

This email of expressing wisdom and patience reminded me of a friend who was a Christian Science Chaplain and taught a Sunday School class at a girls’ correctional facility. One thing the chaplain invited the girls to do in the class was to make a list – in ink – of all their good qualities. Then she asked them to write in pencil the traits that got them in the facility and to write – in ink – the opposite of that trait.

For example: impatience might be in pencil and patience in ink.

The girls understood, maybe for the first time, that they actually had a choice of which thoughts to have – and to choose to express the good quality and reject the suggestion of the bad trait. Apparently, so many girls began to make good choices it made a noticeable difference – not only in improved harmony in the facility, but also in the healing of relationships with family members.

Then they got to erase the false trait written in pencil, which was no part of their true identity of being created in the image and likeness of God. (Genesis 1:26,27).

Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered the Science of Christ Jesus’ teachings and healings, wrote, “Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, – to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success.”

The wisdom my friend showed in teaching these girls their true nature through a method they would understand, and the patience to continue teaching until their behavior reflected their God-given nature, makes me even more grateful for these two great qualities in life. Learning of our divine nature and expressing God’s qualities blesses us as well as family, friends, and neighbors.