Find Your Way Out of a Hopeless Place

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I recently watched a video circulating on my Facebook feed that featured a veteran Gulf War paratrooper’s inspiring transformation. He’d jumped from a plane too many times and his repeated landings had taken a toll on his back and knees. After several operations, he walked on crutches and gained a lot of weight. He couldn’t exercise anymore. For 15 years his doctors told him he would never walk unassisted again. He accepted this as fact. Yet, despite his dire diagnosis and the prospect of Continue Reading

Film “Unbroken” Delivers Powerful Message of Perseverance and Forgiveness

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After enduring a near-fatal plane crash, 47 days adrift at sea on a life raft, shark attacks, starvation, enemy fire, and finally being rescued by the Japanese Navy only to be taken as a prisoner of war, you might think nothing worse could happen. But the punches kept coming. Literally. So goes the true story of WWII veteran Louis Zamperini, played out in the recent blockbuster film adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's New York Times bestseller "Unbroken." But make no mistake. Behind this Continue Reading

Bring Amazing Grace into Your New Year

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Guest blog by Boston-based writer, Kim Shippey, whose book reviews offer a helpful perspective on the intersection of health with spirituality, culture, and faith. This one takes a closer look at cultivating the quality of grace as we move into the New Year. Philip Yancey was riding a wave of success after the launching of his book, What's So Amazing About Grace? when I first met him. It was 15 years ago, just after he had given a keynote address to 10,000 people at a Vision New Continue Reading

How to Slay the Inner Dragons

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You can read and share this on Huffington Post here. My family has a holiday tradition of seeing the latest Hobbit films in 3D IMAX. We are all anticipating the release of the third and final film, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” on December 17th. The second movie left off on a cliffhanger with Smaug, the dragon voiced by the amazing Benedict Cumberbatch, abandoning his vast treasure on the Lonely Mountain in a great puff of wrath after hobbit hero, Bilbo Baggins, played by the Continue Reading

Looking for an Angel?

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There are times when we all need an angel. Even for the not particularly religious, an angel can come in very handy. My brother and I recently discussed our concept of angels. We both agreed that they aren't people wearing white robes with fluttering wings. You could say my study of Christian Science has brought angels down to earth. I think of them as good and pure ideas that come in quiet moments or even in loud, busy moments. They're always there, we just have to listen. They guide Continue Reading

With Every Valley, Say Yes to God

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A guest blog written by Boston-based writer, Kim Shippey: Whether or not you have a family tradition to take in at least one performance of Handel’s Messiah each year – at Christmas, or at Easter (when it was first performed in Dublin on April 13, 1742) – you probably know that there’s as much about health, hope, and healing in this oratorio as you’d find in any size Christmas stocking. In its recitatives, airs, duets, and soaring choruses, the fearful, blind, deaf, and dumb are led to Continue Reading

#GratitudeChallenge: From Trivial to Transformational

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Read and share this on Huffington Post's Healthy Living page HERE. My Facebook feed this summer included a steady stream of lists from friends who accepted one of the numerous gratitude challenges circulating social media spheres. I read their posts with curious interest, but I secretly hoped I wouldn’t be asked to take on the challenge, too! Sharing gratitude in an open forum can sometimes come off as trite. Besides, people seem to be popping gratitude like it’s the latest wonder drug. A Continue Reading

Empathy’s Vital Connection to Your Health

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Scrolling through my Facebook feed I see a mix of posts ranging from the celebratory (weddings, milestones with children, anniversaries, etc.) to the more melancholic posts reaching out for empathy and compassion from the friend group. Here's a sampling: a friend receives an outpouring of heartfelt messages after her husband's passing; another friend is applauded on her personal transformation and encouraged to keep up her new healthy lifestyle; another receives encouragement in her job Continue Reading

Why You Need to Get to Know Your Neighbor

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Today's guest blog is written by Boston-based writer, Kim Shippey: “Having good neighbors and feeling connected to others in the local community may help to curb an individual’s heart attack risk,” according to a research team at the University of Michigan. An Agence France Presse (AFP) report explained that participants in that study were asked to rate their neighborhood on a scale of one to seven. For every point they gave their neighborhood, they had a reduced heart attack risk over the Continue Reading

5 Rock Solid Ways to Master Fear

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Read this on Huffington Post's Healthy Living page. Ebola, ISIS, midterm elections, climate change, drought, unemployment. The headlines of the day provide plenty of fodder for fearful reactions. "We Have Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself" was the topic of Tom Ashbrook's recent On Point NPR program, echoing FDR's famous words, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Given the news of the day, I was intrigued by the topic and listened to the replay online. Ashbrook interviewed Continue Reading