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

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

Loneliness Doesn’t Stand a Chance in a Community of Love

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A guest post written by Kim Shippey. In February the British newspaper The Guardian reported that a six-year study of lonely people aged 50 and older in the United Kingdom showed that such people had a 14 percent greater risk of dying than those who had company. Feelings of isolation can have twice the impact on health as does obesity on aging people. Previous studies had shown that loneliness in older people can lead to high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, depression, and heart Continue Reading

Spiritual Health in the Country Nelson Mandela Rescued

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This week's guest blog takes the form of a report by Kim Shippey on the spiritual health of the South Africans he revisited during a three-week trip in March. Kim spent many years in South Africa as a broadcaster on radio and television. Yesterday, the country celebrated Freedom Day, a commemoration of South Africa's first post-apartheid elections which happened 20 years ago on April 27. You know you've landed in the land of proteas and jacarandas, when you can look up into the night sky and Continue Reading

Goodbye Headache, Hello Day!

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The following is a guest blog post by freelance writer, Estey Silva: You know the feeling. Ugh! A headache is coming on. So annoying. What to do? Many turn to medications like Ibuprofen or Aspirin. But have you read the side effects? Let me just say - there are so many … oh, and the warning label also says the medicine may even cause you to have a headache. Huh?! Have you ever thought about doing something else? Sure, it’s easy to pop a pill and hope for the best, but what if you could Continue Reading

Ageless Good Health

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By Guest Blogger, Kim Shippey: Despite evidence of a steady increase in life expectancy, the news media and television commercials continue to be preoccupied with the aging process and ways to counteract it. It's at the heart of countless studies on health and well-being. Those who believe firmly in spiritual healing tend to approach these issues differently -- sometimes with a blend of gentle humor and wisdom, but invariably through Bible-directed prayer. The wisdom is usually reflected in Continue Reading

Happy Meals: Beyond Diets and “Foodie Righteousness”

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The following post is written by guest blogger Kim Shippey, an international journalist who is now a full-time writer and editor with the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly print and online publication: I received a glossy brochure-cum-prospectus through the mail this week. It outlines the online teaching offered by an organization called The Great Courses. What caught my eye (or was it my tastebuds?) was a course on the fundamentals of good nutrition, especially its impact on eating Continue Reading

What You Gain By Living with Less

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This post is by guest blogger Kim Shippey, an international journalist who has relocated, with his family, many times during his career. He is now a full-time writer and editor with the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly print and online publication: A noticeable effort is being made these days to improve mental health among people of all ages, cultures, and communities. For example, depression and its effect on health, on people’s well-being, and even on their physical condition, has been Continue Reading

Universal Blessing, not Depression in the Christmas Season

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Guest-blogger Kim Shippey has worked as a broadcast journalist in many countries. He is now a full-time writer and editor with the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly print and online publication. Jacqueline Rudis recently observed in an article published by New York University’s Langone Medical Center that many people, health professionals and laymen alike, believe that depression, anxiety, and suicide rates rise during the Christmas season. The media often link suicides during this time of Continue Reading

Who’s in Charge of Your Mind?

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Guest blogger Kim Shippey has traveled widely as an international  journalist and is now a full-time writer and editor based in Boston. When Dr. Larry Dossey’s latest book One Mind landed on my desk recently, I was reminded that I first came to know him about 20 years ago when I spoke with him at a Mind-Body conference organized by Harvard Medical School and reviewed his book Healing Words:The Power of Prayer and The Practice of Medicine. Dossey is a medical internist and former chief of staff Continue Reading