How Is the Body a Mirror of Your Thought?

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The most important part of your health is not daily exercise, taking vitamins, getting enough sleep, eating a well-balanced diet, or regular visits to the doctor's office. That's according to Dr. Lissa Rankin, author of the New York Times best-seller Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself. In her TED talk, “The Shocking Truth About Your Health,” she suggested the body is actually a mirror of how we live our lives. It’s easy to think of our bodies as machines with Continue Reading

Put a “Be” before Healthy

So often the emphasis is on the "doing" not the "being" when it comes to caring for one's health. People do all sorts of things, from taking daily medications to undergoing treatments and procedures to find out if they are healthy or not. Yet despite all these efforts, health can still be illusive. All this emphasis on the doing is adding up to a high-cost health care system in the U.S. According to a recent New York Times article, "When it comes to medical care, many patients and doctors Continue Reading

Life Lessons from Near Death Experiences

The following guest blog is written by my friend Steve Graham. Much of his career as an editor has been centered on spiritual reporting. He writes from his home in Natick, MA. For a long time, I've been interested in so-called near death experiences (NDEs). I've read Dr. Raymond Moody's well-known book "Life After Life," which reports the results of over 100 case studies on people who were revived after having been pronounced clinically dead. The amazing consistency in what those people Continue Reading

9/11 and Mental Resilience

Most of us remember exactly where we were standing and what we were doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. I had just put my 3-month-old down for his morning nap when a friend called and told me to turn on the television. My five-year-old was by my side when those horrible images flashed across the screen. The next day in his kindergarten class he drew pictures of the planes and the buildings. He, like many other children across our nation, drew pictures that told an unspeakable story. A Continue Reading

Healing from the Inside Out

Today's News & Culture update: A regular feature of this blog that follows current conversations on health care pointing to the powerful impact of thought and spirituality on physical health, as well as ways in which people are finding results outside of a traditional bio-medical approach to health care. Join the conversation and share your comments on these ideas. 6 Ways to Heal Your Inner Self Julie Silver, MD, writes: "One of the most important components of healing is recognizing Continue Reading

Spiritual Healing: Alive and Well in the World

Today’s guest blog is written by Kim Shippey, avid reader of books and articles on spirituality, and Boston-based writer and editor. You can also read his columns in the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly print and online publication. Note to readers: A complete review of this book will appear in the September 24 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel. A recent book by Frederick Gaiser, Healing in the Bible (Baker Academic, paperback), opens up many of the areas discussed in these blogs, Continue Reading

Putting the Brakes on Anger

Today's guest blog is by Benjamin Gladden, a busy father of three who lives and writes from his home in Framingham, MA. Ever seen someone who could use some help or encouragement, but you weren’t sure what to do? As many sectors of our economy continue to struggle, supporting and encouraging one another has taken on new import. A simple smile at the register or gentle encouragement can mean a lot to someone struggling. But how do we know how--or even when--to help out? I had a brief experience Continue Reading

Online MD, Honesty, and Early-Risers

Today's News & Culture update: Be Careful When Diagnosing Your Ailments Online According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, 80% of Internet users have looked up health information online. The study points out that the social life of health information is alive and kicking, motivated by two driving forces: 1) the availability of social tools and 2) the motivation, especially among people living with chronic conditions, to connect with each other. The problem is, Continue Reading

Winds of Change with Health Care

The following guest blog is written by my friend Steve Graham. Much of his career as an editor has been centered on spiritual reporting. He writes from his home in Natick, MA. It’s long been said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That old adage holds a lot of modern-day significance when it comes to health care—and health maintenance in particular. In his book “Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health,” Dr. H. Gilbert Welch notes a profound shift that Continue Reading

Reaching a Younger Generation of Spirit-Goers

Today's news & culture update: A pew survey discussed in a USA Today article found that young people today are significantly more likely than those in earlier generations to say they don't identify with any religious group. 72% of millennials say they're "more spiritual than religious." What does "spiritual" mean to you? Perhaps you can try the following exercise. Think of the first word that comes to you when you hear: spirituality . . . love . . . gratitude . . . Deepak Chopra Continue Reading