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
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
by Don Ingwerson
We can’t help but be on a journey through life, searching for answers to questions. And sometimes these questions are the profound spiritual questions that become our own personal spiritual quest. I’ve always found deep comfort in Mary Baker Eddy’s hymn (Hymn 207-212) titled Mother’s Evening Prayer.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.
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
by Don Ingwerson
I am always interested in new findings on spirituality, and it’s been really interesting to hear about spirituality in relation to children. Studies have now been done with children throughout the world, from the wealthy Christian homes in Canada to the poverty stricken children in New Delhi, and the results are the same: children have an innate spirituality.
Case in point, awhile ago we took our grandson to Disneyland to celebrate his 4th birthday and as we approached the park we said, “Asher we’re celebrating something very special with you today, what is it?”
“Eternity,” he said.Continue Reading
Supply. What’s its source? My colleague Eric Nelson, Committee on Publication for Northern California, posted a thoughtful blog that originally appeared on Communities Digital News. Eric writes:
When I was in high school, I remember one night sitting down at the kitchen table with my dad. “I want to show you something,” he said, reaching into his wallet and pulling out a check for one million dollars. As I was catching my breath, he explained that even though the check was made out to him, it was not ours to spend, at least not all of it. He had just been contracted by the U.S. Government to build a post office and this was mostly an advance to cover startup costs.
As amazed as I was to be staring at such a large sum of money, I was even more surprised to hear what Dad said next. Rather than schooling me on the ways and means of microeconomics, as might have been expected, he encouraged me instead to consider a more enlightened view of finances.
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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 heart felt topic. Tim writes:
Everyone loves to be appreciated – to have their good qualities recognized.
The blog Little Things Matter, recognizing the importance and health-giving power of appreciation, wrote, “When you express your approval or gratitude by showing your appreciation for something [another has] done, you will not only enhance their lives, but you will enrich yours as well. You will feel more fulfilled because you have done something to make someone else’s life better.”
Taking this a little further, when you realize that the good you and others express has its source in the divine, the results can be even more beneficial – in some cases, life-changing.
Read more from Tim Mitchinson’s blog.