Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The strength of forgiveness

120-YOQRWJOQRR4Are there limits to forgiveness? My colleague from Connecticut, Linda Ross, writes about Malala, a Pakistani teenager who survived a dramatic assault by a Taliban gunman. Have you ever struggled to “turn the other cheek”, as Jesus put it? Here’s a good example of how it is done: “I was never angry, not for a moment. […]   Read more...
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Food for thought (and thought for food)

120-CIOW4Q-3QA guest post written by Robert Nafie from Arcadia, California You don’t have to look very far these days to find advertisements for healthy food alternatives – magazines, radio, TV, the internet, even social media like Facebook , YouTube, and others. Some of these ads have a lot of benefit to them. Efforts to reduce […]   Read more...
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Monday, October 19, 2015

Looking deeper into reality

Is Reality Truly Material?“We must look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things.” This is a powerful statement – made even more powerful by the fact that it was written not in the 21st or the 20th century, but by a woman – Mary Baker Eddy – in the 19th century. Why is […]   Read more...
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Monday, October 12, 2015

Living on purpose

A Life of Purpose Increases Longevity

At one point when I returned to my childhood home, I found I still had vivid memories of past events, even though buildings had decayed and schools were closed. I had a chance to catch up with those I hadn’t seen since I was a teenager: What were they doing with their lives? Were they fulfilling their dreams and achieving the purposes they had outlined years ago? How did they see themselves?
Each had a unique story – family, profession, children, marriage, all told with a sense of pride. No one mentioned age, only what seeds they had sown in life and how those seeds had grown and blossomed. Catching up with my friends, I found myself wondering how they could have achieved their goals there in that small town.
But what I realized is that people are unique in what drives them. And apparently researchers and psychologists agree: “What your purpose is does not matter, just to feel there is one could be enough.” Their conclusions from a 14-year study involving 6,000 people substantiate what you probably suspected all along: health and longevity correlate with keeping busy and living a life of purpose.
The important thing is, these research findings aren’t really new to most people. I find thatMary Baker Eddy, a 19th-century health researcher who was also a proponent of purpose in life, takes this line of thinking even further: “The purpose and motive to live aright can be gained now. This point won, you have started as you should.” Her idea of purpose tied health directly to a spiritual relation to God. “To live aright” suggests having a life purpose that has a spiritual component, and she proved that it leads to health, as researchers today are finding. One researcher indicated, “There’s something unique about finding a purpose that seems to be leading to greater [health and] longevity.”
There is a broad pathway for health and longevity through keeping busy and having a meaningful purpose in life. And an important, added benefit to a life of purpose is that quality of life also increases. It is never too late to find your purpose in life. It doesn’t matter where you live. Living with meaningful purpose, many have gained direction, greater happiness, and increased longevity. You can, too.
Article first published in Blogcritics.

Friday, October 9, 2015

The school of life

120-Y99RLVWJRQRIs finding good in others a healthy way to live our lives? Russ Gerber works in media relations. He spent many years in news programming, most notably with The Christian Science Monitor. He is passionate about the subject of health care and I want to share with my Southern California readers his recent Psychology Today article. “Earth’s […]   Read more...
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Prayer conquers pain

by Don Ingwerson There’s something to learn from each of these Lives Lived videos. Here’s a new video that I wanted to share with you: Meet Carlos. He had been studying Christian Science for about five years and then had a foot problem that he decided to address through Christian Science prayer. Within a few […]  Read more...
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Victors, not victims

We Are Not Helpless Victims
A guest post by Robert Schult from Monrovia, California It seems we’re bombarded by accounts of man’s inhumanity to man. Just recently, 49% of Americans polled were worried that they or a family member might become a victim of terrorism while another poll revealed that one in four households was victimized by crime. Adding to these fears […]   Read more...
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Monday, October 5, 2015

"Don't Panic!"

The phrase "Don't panic" is more than just a cute quip from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's a possible attitude to claim and maintain even in the most challenging circumstances, as the following blog post bears out:
120-Y9N45JQQJWhere 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 […]   Read more...
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Friday, October 2, 2015

Anything can be healed

by Don Ingwerson 
Aren’t these Lives Lived videos great? Here’s a testimony by Angie, who was diagnosed with severe pneumonia. She decided to find healing through Christian Science treatment and prayer instead of accept the recommendation of being treated immediately at the hospital. Within a few weeks she found complete healing. To watch this video, […]   Read more...
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