by Don Ingwerson
It’s been coming for a long time – in fact ever since Jesus first raised the dead and healed the sick – the view that health is not a condition of matter, but of mind.Continue Reading
My colleague Debra Chew writes about the connection between spirituality and prayer and health. In this capacity, Debra is the Tennessee media and legislative contact on behalf of the Christian Science Church. In her recent blog she shares an example of how one individual demonstrated uninterrupted mobility in their senior years through prayer. Continue Reading
A guest post written by Beverly Goldsmith, government and media representative for Christian Science for Southern- Western Australia – VIC, SA, and WA
Recycling! There’s so much we can do. These days, we can responsibly dispose of our unwanted packaging materials and green waste in household recycling bins. Also, at events such as garage sales, flea-markets and car-boot sales, opportunities abound for other useful items such as pre-loved clothing and kids’ toys to find their way to good homes. But that’s not all.
According to Paul Harrison from Benefits-Of-Recycling.com, there are many ideas for “extending the life and usefulness of something that has already served its initial purpose”. This is something I learned to do not so long ago.
Recently, it was necessary for me to carry out some serious downsizing in my home and office. In thinking about what to do with all the accumulated paraphernalia, I had a bright idea. As I didn’t want to sell anything, the neighbourhood school was offered my stationery and office equipment. Also, over the course of several months, no-longer-needed items of furniture were simply placed on the front lawn with a sign “help yourself”.
Each piece of furniture was quickly snapped up by someone who really needed and wanted it. A single mother took an item, a newlywed another. Then a retired gentleman, a young family man, the secretary of the local girl guides, a neighbouring factory worker, a primary school teacher, an office manager, and even a nearby religious seminary joined the list of glad recipients.
My successful efforts at practical recycling got me thinking about another type of reprocessing. It’s one that is more personal in nature, yet it can lead to improved health-outcomes. It’s what I call “thought recycling”. Yes, I know this may sound a little unusual. But stay with me. See what you think about this idea.
So often our thinking is taken up with negative, unhappy, even dismal-type thoughts. Our mind becomes cluttered with worry, stress, and health fears. The only thing to be done with this kind of mental-litter, is to bin it ready for discarding. Depressing, unhealthy thoughts and fears, shouldn’t be recycled. Apart from the fact that no one else really wants them, negative thoughts aren’t useful or health-producing. On the other hand, positive, constructive, happy, and health-promoting thoughts are ready-made for inclusion in a mental recycling program.
Here’s how it might work. Let’s say you’ve been comforted, gained mental strength or found healing from spiritual ideas that generous people have shared in sacred poetry, songs, books, or texts. If so, it would seem only natural for you to then “recycle” them. You’d want to pass on those inspirational ideas that have enhanced your life or improved your health, with others seeking freedom from worry, ill-health or despair. In this way, an inspired idea that has “served its initial purpose” – to benefit you, now has its life extended.
So what do you think? Are you ready to sign on for my “thought recycling” program? If so, here are a couple of tips to get you heading in the right direction.
● Be selective. Check out the type of thought you want to circulate to others before doing so. Is it a truly health-promoting and beneficial idea? After all, each thought we share contributes to our individual and the collective mental environment.
● Relate reassuring, healing stories from personal experience. Nothing in our life is ever wasted. What we learn from both the good and hard times in our life, can sustain and bolster someone else who may be going through a similar experience.
● Share kind thoughts. In a poem titled “Love is kind”, the author Henry Burton, writes, “Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on! …Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another’s tears, …Pass it on!” Burton based his poem on an inspired text by another writer whose worthwhile idea was to “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters”.
● Recycle gratitude. It’s heartening to not only receive expressions of appreciation, but to pass them on at home, school or work. Gratitude brightens a moment, encourages an individual, and later continues to remind them that they’ve done something worthwhile – they’ve done well.
As human beings, we’re benefitted by kind words, wellness promoting suggestions, and expressions of gratitude and appreciation. Our lives are buoyed and enriched with the good ideas that others have found helpful and have taken the time to share with us. These thoughts are not only worth circulating – in large quantities, but it’s a way to extend their life and usefulness. This is plain, simple, common-sense, recycling at its best.
Link to Beverly’s blog
A guest post written by Robert B. Clark, Committee on Publication for Florida
Are health and wellness the same thing? Answers.com says,
“Health and wellness are not synonyms. Health refers simply to a physical body being free from diseases, but wellness is an overall balance of your physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, environmental, and occupational well-being.”
And here’s a working definition of “wellness” from the National Wellness Institute: “Wellness is multi-dimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment.”
Google “wellness” and you’ll find over 500 million results. Lots of interest out there, and for good reason. Public awareness of the value of promoting wellness is growing.
One element of “wellness” that you may have noticed in both the Answers.com and National Wellness Institute definitions above, is spirituality. Many people today believe that spirituality exists within, but also extends beyond the borders of organized religion. And that’s a good thing, because university level research continues to point to the importance of spirituality as a key element of health care.
Christina Puchalski, MD, MS, Founder of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, tells us: “…spirituality is essential to all of medicine and healthcare.”
Mary Baker Eddy, a 19th century pioneer in the area of health and spirituality, proved by her own life experience that deepening one’s spiritual awareness is an effective way to overcome ill health.
A recently posted article, Mary Baker Eddy, Pioneer on Health, says, “Eddy’s work in the healthcare arena broke through the glass ceiling that had yet to become a metaphor. Her ideas as an author, pastor, teacher, and healer charted the path for current thought on consciousness and health today. And in more ways than one, they still lead the way.”
Exclusive focus on the body in our search for health is being challenged on other fronts as well. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, writes in a July 31, 2012 New York Times article, “More Treatment, More Mistakes”:
Challenging old models of health care delivery and exploring health from a broader perspective is a healthy trend. Seeing physical health as the result of overall wellness, including spiritual well-being, may turn out to be one of the more efficient and practical ways to reform health care.