Your Health is not a Chess Match

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  Does it ever feel as though some chronic condition or dire diagnosis has you in check mate? Well, not so fast. You do have a say in the outcome. Dr. David Katz, President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, says we've known enough—for decades—how to prevent 80% of all chronic disease and premature death (through diet, exercise, etc.). Katz's new campaign is that we should use what we already know, and that those health care providers who are searching for new Continue Reading

My Healing Journey Out of Migraines

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This blog was originally published on RewireMe.com. You can read and share it HERE . Anyone who has suffered from chronic migraines knows the feeling of not being able to think, just wanting to sleep and turn off the pain. For me, the headaches started in high school and continued into my early married years. They were sporadic but intense. I couldn’t tolerate light or noise. Sometimes I missed school and work. But they were always over in the morning, like a nightmare that passes but Continue Reading

Make Room for the Sacred

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By guest blogger Kim Shippey: Houston journalist Kate Murphy recently remarked that people’s biggest complaint is that they are overscheduled, overcommitted, and overextended. Ask people at a social gathering how they are, and the stock answer is “super busy,” “crazy busy,” or “insanely busy.” Nobody is just “fine” anymore (The New York Times, July 27, 2014). Roughly translated: people are stressed out. Since stress accounts for many doctor visits, we'd do well to find quiet moments for Continue Reading

“Harry Potter Girl” Inspires Vision for Equality and World Peace

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You can also read this blog on Huffington Post's HEALTHY IMPACT page. I was ready to do just about anything to avoid a confrontation. In fact, the very thought of meeting with this particular individual had made me feel physically unwell. That’s when I confided in a friend and colleague for her prayerful perspective. I explained my situation and I received the compassion and understanding I was seeking. My friend reminded me that there was goodness in this individual--even if it seemed Continue Reading

Is Your Health Care on a Spiritual Path?

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This blog is also published on Huffington Post's HEALTHY LIVING PAGE. For many, health care is no longer just about caring for their body. People are waking up to what they can do to contribute to their health on a mental level. That often means considering the healthy impact of their spiritual practice, whether that involves regular visits to the temple, the mosque, a meditation room, or church. There’s now plenty of research to support these findings. This mindful vs. physical approach is Continue Reading

Out of Darkness

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By Guest Blogger Kim Shippey: The passing of actor Robin Williams in August set the world thinking as perhaps never before about depression and suicide (including teen suicide) and the health issues relating to such situations. Whether you’re a college student paddling though a tough semester, a new mom trying to figure out why you’re feeling so down in the dumps, or a father of three who’s just been laid off, depression is an overwhelming threat to one’s peace of mind and physical Continue Reading

Too Busy For Work-Life Balance?

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Ping, ping, ping. The sound of incoming text messages punctuates my flying fingers as I Google-chat my co-worker while maneuvering my iPhone to respond to the incoming texts. The messages are from our three kids. I balance my iPhone over my laptop and quickly type responses in and out of text bubbles while taking care not to message the wrong person. I enjoy my multi-tasking parenting role but the irony of my situation doesn’t escape me. My texts deliver advice about how our teenagers can Continue Reading

Movie Puts Spotlight on the Healing Power of Music

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Today's post is a guest blog by Kim Shippey:  I have always loved the Bible’s account of the way a talented young harp player who was also “handsome, brave, and strong, and had good, solid judgment,” was able to restore the health of King Saul when he was depressed. I’m thinking of Jesse’s son David who was called in from his hillside shepherding to comfort the king: “Whenever the tormenting spirit  … troubled Saul, David would play the harp and Saul would feel better, and the evil spirit would Continue Reading

Six Gains When You Declutter and Donate

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I’ve almost completed my annual summer clean out. I'm taking it one drawer or cupboard at a time. My home isn't messy. In fact, it's pretty neat and organized. Still, some of the well-used drawers and cupboards, closets and crawl spaces manage to get cluttered over time. I suspect this has something to do with having a growing family, busy schedules and the inevitable accumulation of stuff. I love the feeling of an organized room. When the drawers open with pride you can feel it even when Continue Reading

Wish You Could Take a Beautiful Selfie? Here’s How…

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Today's post is by guest blogger Estey Silva. Her blog originally appeared on BuzzFeed.  Do you like taking selfies? I do. A quick selfie captures a moment or feeling beautifully so I can remember it. The only problem?  I look at my photos later and think, “Ugh, that’s not a good angle for me” or “My face looked so puffy that day!” I leap into judging myself - often harshly. While it’s tempting to download and put to use a handful of photo-enhancing apps before uploading my photos to Continue Reading