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
This month, our Spanish translated blog comes from Thomas Mitchinson, my colleague from Illinois:
Cuando mis hijos eran chicos les encantaba “Aladín”, la película de dibujos animados de Disney. Una de sus partes favoritas era cuando el genio cantaba la canción “Un amigo fiel”. La letra incluye la frase “Tienes un amigo fiel en mí”, que alude a la posibilidad de tener una amistad incondicional. Esto puede ser algo difícil de lograr en estos tiempos, especialmente cuando la vida parece ser tan frenética, inestable y estresante. Es fácil sentirse solo y ansioso de tener compañía.Continue Reading
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.
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Do you have a spiritual plan for the new year? Here is an inspirational exercise plan for every day as we leave the old and put on the new. The article was published last year by my colleague Thomas Mitchinson in the Chicago Tribune and it continues to offer helpful ideas. Thomas wrote:
There is increasing research and evidence that one’s spirituality has an important impact on health. So how can we be more active in improving our spiritual work-outs?
- Take time each day to read from your sacred texts. Whether it be The Bible, the Quran, the Book of Mormon, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, or any book that you find particularly inspiring, take some time each day to read from it. Let it speak to you. Find a passage you find helpful and highlight it, write it in a notebook, or even memorize it. You will then find that when need it, you will have a sacred truth to help you gain the courage needed to face any situation.
- Stretch your spirituality. An athlete will often spend quite a bit of time stretching and limbering up, even before he practices. You can find that this is quite important in the practice of our spirituality also. Stretch yourself. Limber up. Get out of ruts. Do something new. Limber up your forgiveness, your patience, and your tolerance. There are many ways to stretch the love you share: the gentleness, serenity, and goodness you express
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Where can you look when you feel anxious or uneasy? My colleague Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson has an answer to this question that he shares in his recent column with Positively Naperville.
Searching for a path to help individuals reestablish their peace of mind that does not include drugs and their possible side effects or addiction, some scientists have been looking beyond just a biological basis for health and have been examining the effects of spirituality on our thinking and our health.Continue Reading
My colleague Tim Mitchinson is a health blogger from Illinois, who like many of us here in Southern California looks for effective ways to maintain good health. In his recent blog he writes about the health benefits of forgiveness.Continue Reading
My colleague Tim Mitchinson is a health blogger from Illinois, who like many of us here in Southern California looks for effective ways to maintain good health. He writes about the health benefits gained when thought is attuned to the divine, an effective replacement for supplements.Continue Reading
My colleague, Tim Mitchinson of Illinois, has a blog on running and its benefits. I know people here in Southern California will benefit from these ideas – ideas that can be expressed whether on a run or walk!Continue Reading
My colleague Tim Mitchinson is a health blogger from Illinois, and in his article he writes about the health benefits gained when negative feelings such as anger, jealousy, or hate are eliminated from ones thinking.
More and more individuals are considering detoxing and cleansing their bodies of impurities for health reasons. But interestingly, some of the most toxic problems we suffer are negative mental states.
For instance, research, as well as common sense, is increasingly showing the health risks of anger. An Ohio State University study showed that those who had less control over their anger tended to heal more slowly from wounds. In another study, researchers concluded that anger problems have been linked to all major causes of death.
For many, negative feelings can sometimes accumulate to disturbing levels. During those times, we need a good mental detoxing to clear out unhealthy emotions, such as jealousy, stress and irritation, which can poison one’s good nature, upset mental balance, and damage health.
Here are some helpful tips I have found in my spiritual practice that are important in mental cleansing:
- Don’t let resentments fester and grow – eliminate them with forgiveness
- Cleanse away hatred with affection and compassion
- Purge past disappointments with gratitude for good things in your life today
- Don’t rehearse cruelty – practice empathy and tolerance instead
It is love, compassion and appreciation that will help us detox our mentality and bring us many health benefits.
St. Paul lists nine important ingredients that can help detox any hatred: patience, kindness, generosity, humility, courtesy, unselfishness, good temper, guilelessness and sincerity (see I Cor. 13: 5-8). These qualities act as antidotes for anger and its health threats.
There was a time in my life when I hated a colleague of mine. His life seemed so much better and his success more pronounced. I eventually became ill whenever I thought of him. I realized I needed a good detoxing. I studied I Corinthians 13 and tried to be more unselfish, kind and patient with my friend, others I knew, and even myself. The result? My anger disappeared. We became friends again, my health became stronger and my life richer in many ways.
American human development specialist and founder of the Heart/Math Institute, Doc Childre, wrote, “Appreciate yourself for whatever progress you’ve made, then use that energy of appreciation to move forward.”
If you’re combatting anger, jealousy or hatred, try a mental cleansing. Give yourself a good mental detox with humility and love. See for yourself how it helps eliminate stress. You’ll feel better about yourself and even reap some lasting health benefits.
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