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

“Dying To Be Me” Author, Anita Moorjani, on Healthy, Fearless Living

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Anita Moorjani has a recipe to fight cancer that might catch some by surprise. The New York Times bestselling Dying to be Me author revived from a near death experience (NDE) in February 2006 and completely recovered from end-stage cancer. In fact, she says she knew she was well before her body or her doctors caught up with her conviction. Within weeks they couldn’t find any trace of cancer. If Anita’s doctors had been right, she would not be alive today. But she is--and not, according to Continue Reading

Women’s History Month: Mary Baker Eddy as a Pioneer in Health

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March is Women's History month. This year's theme, according to the National Women's History Project site is: Celebrating Women's Character, Courage, and Commitment. The following blog honors an extraordinary woman in the 19th century who made significant contributions to spiritual and religious education as a teacher, writer, and leader. Her courage and commitment are clearly evident in the body of work she accomplished. Mary Baker Eddy was no ordinary woman. Behind her Victorian-era Continue Reading

What’s Your Fountain of Life?

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My family and I recently watched the fourth installment of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean series, "On Stranger Tides." The story focuses on finding the legendary "Fountain of Youth," which supposedly restores youth to anyone who drinks from its waters. The quirky Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp, spits at death at each turn and waltzes through the scenes with as much youthful enthusiasm and joie de vivre as could ever be found in the famed waters. The search for this proverbial Continue Reading

“A Stone of Hope” on MLK Day

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Today Americans celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights activist and pastor whose fight for freedom, equality, and truth permanently altered the American landscape. On a visit to Washington D.C. last March, I captured this photo with the words etched on Reverend King's monument: "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope." He fearlessly blasted through cold indifference and broke down what seemed impenetrable barriers to freedom. Another pastor and advocate for freedom in the 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

‘Tis the Season to be #UNselfie

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A Michigan man and four friends set up camp in freezing temps in front of a Best Buy the week before Black Friday, complete with a generator, heater, and flat screen TV. The retailer happily let them use their restrooms. (NPR's Morning Edition) I wondered, Would they also be cooking a Thanksgiving turkey in their tent? "Giving Tuesday" is a refreshing concept in response to the culture of "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" which encourage competition to be first in line for the best deals and Continue Reading

One Man’s Journey From Obesity and Diabetes to Health

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I recently met John, a trim, silver-haired, energetic man in his mid-sixties who was a guest at our church. In my remarks at our evening service for the community, I shared some of the ideas I had gained after attending a lifestyle medicine conference. John introduced himself to me afterwards and offered his story. We both feel our meeting wasn't a coincidence. A few years ago John was a self-described chocolate and Mountain Dew addict, ate the "American" diet of meat and potatoes, and was Continue Reading

Your Happiness Depends On This

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You can also read this blog on Huffington Post here. Is happiness preventive medicine? That probably depends on how you define it. If you think of it as fleeting and resulting from factors outside of yourself, like a new job or a Hawaiian vacation, well then it's probably not so beneficial. But if you see it as inherently within you--something you give, rather than get--then it's a different story. This might sound like a tall order or even blue-eyed optimism. But what if behind this attitude Continue Reading