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

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