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

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

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

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

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

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

Grad Speech Reveals a Useful Equation: Doubt Removed = Health Improved

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June is the season of graduation ceremonies and speeches, and I’m no stranger to them, having just watched my high school senior walk the stage this past weekend. Indiana University student Parker Mantell recently delivered his commencement speech to over 17,000 people in attendance, and his inspiring words have since  traveled speedily across social media channels. Mantell shares how, despite a stutter, he landed internships in Washington, serving some of the most high-profile lawmakers Continue Reading