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

Worried About Worrying? How to Silence That Internal Chatter

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During a recent TV interview I was asked, “How do you pray?” “Desire is prayer," I found myself quoting from the book that has largely informed my spiritual discipline as a Christian Scientist, " . . . and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 1). The quote comes from a chapter all about prayer and even though I’ve read it many times, I still Continue Reading

Cape Cod Television: Interview with Penelope Chatterton

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The Life of Mary Baker Eddy: Ingrid Peschke discusses the life of Mary Baker Eddy and how she changed religious history as a spiritual healer and the founder of Christian Science. WATCH Part 1 of my interview with host Penelope Chatterton at a local station on Cape Cod Television. Christian Science Today: Ingrid Peschke discusses what it means to be a student of Christian Science as well as a member of the worldwide Church. WATCH Part 2 of my interview with host Penelope Chatterton Continue Reading

What Happens When You Craft Your Life Into a Work of Art

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Guest Blog by Kim Shippey: Until I picked up Erwin Raphael McManus’s new book The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art (HarperOne, 2014) it had never occurred to me how strongly good health relates to minds focused on spiritual creativity. It may happen through involvement in a school band, community theater, a ballet class, a flower garden, or a blog like this one. Wherever and whenever we are seeking to be imaginative, inspire others, bring joy to shut-ins, paint a poster, or Continue Reading

Declare Your Independence For One Day

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I just finished Arianna Huffington's new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. I got my autographed copy at a breakfast talk where Huffington addressed an audience of CEOs at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston. Huffington didn't just share her formula for living life well, she wanted to know what made us thrive. And she invited the audience to write to her directly with our answers. I think it has a lot to do with Continue Reading

Is Prayer No More Than a Placebo?

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Debates abound on the power of the placebo. There’s one man who has made it his mission to try and settle that debate, or at least shed significant light on it. Described as wanting to “broaden the definition of healing” (The New Yorker), Ted Kaptchuk is considered the leading researcher on placebos as a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the director of the Harvard-wide program in Placebo Studies. Kaptchuk’s research points to a question often left unanswered in medical Continue Reading

News Anchor Dan Harris on Happiness and Faith

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By Guest-blogger Kim Shippey in recognition of Men's Health Week, June 9-15, which concludes with Father's Day on Sunday:  I have long been an admirer of ABC Television‘s news reporter and host Dan Harris -- a seemingly unflappable anchor, in the truest sense of that word. Then, in June, 2004, live on air, Harris suffered a panic attack in front of an audience of millions and we came face to face with a vulnerability we wouldn’t have believed possible in someone of his experience and Continue Reading