The most important thing we can do today is pray.
It turns out most of us already know that, even if we don’t talk about it. Nine out of ten Americans have turned to prayer for healing at some point according to a study.
Calamities and sickness impel many to turn to God whether religious-minded or not. “For active believers and people of faith, prayer, including for healing, is more than a situationally motivated response to one’s own suffering; it is an ongoing expression of piety and of taking up the yoke to be of service to others,” writes the study’s author, Jeff Levine at Baylor University. Read more…
This is National Volunteer Week.
Scene: A regular Joe driving home to see his family after a hard day. He comes upon a beat-up, broken-down car along the side of the road. This average guy, named Jim, doesn’t hesitate to stop and see what help he can give to the stranger standing nearby.
The year was 1929. Life was difficult. And it would not get better for a long while. It was a desperate time when daily life for many revolved around one thing: looking for a way to stay alive. It was also a time, interesting enough, when generosity abounded.
Love and its manifestations of giving, kindness, and compassion have long marked the best of human nature. Whatever impels someone to give of himself even when he has little to offer has pulled many individuals through difficult times.
Scientific investigation on the effects of love in our lives has uncovered some interesting findings. The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, founded at Case Western Reserve University, has been looking into the subject. Part of its mission statement includes answering the question: Does the sincere love of neighbor contribute to the happiness and health of both those who give it and those who receive it? Read more….
“Turtles all the way down.” That’s the now famous response to a scientist’s inquiry as told in an anecdote by Stephen Hawking in A Brief History of Time. After explaining the basics of astronomy and the relationship between the earth and sun, a little old lady expresses her disbelief to the scientist and pipes up, “The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.”
Hawking continues, “The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, ‘What is the tortoise standing on?’ ‘You’re very clever, young man, very clever,’ said the old lady. ‘But it’s turtles all the way down.’”
There’s both humor and heartbreak in the old lady’s retort. Such determinism has propelled the achievements of many a visionary. It also illustrates the stifling nature of a stubborn dogma that can blind thinkers and shutter what should be the open-minded nature of true science and scholarship.
Today’s healthcare practices offer a similar dichotomy…Read more
Recently I woke to intense, bright lightning and booming thunder that shook the bed. It was 3:00 in the morning and the winds were howling. As I got up to look out the bedroom window, my phone started blaring out a tornado warning.
Are we safe?
This was the first night of our trip. Though wakened from a good sleep, I wasn’t rattled, even as the windows and doors clattered. I have learned through experience that in an emergency, I can rely on sound wisdom gleaned from my Bible: “Peace, be still.” For me that means more than a deliberate attempt to stay calm; rather, it is an immediate and harmonious state of consciousness that I can experience right where I am no matter what turmoil surrounds me. I can feel at peace because I know any tumult cannot interfere with God’s consonance.
After a few moments the sky flashed bright green as the storm intensified. Electricity was going on and off. It was difficult to tell from my vantage point, but according to the weather service a tornado was aiming right at us. Read more…
Remember the Royal Canadian Air Force 5BX (Five Basic Exercises) Plan? Hugely popular in the 60’s, it was simple to do, but boring as heck. I remember my dad struggling with sit-ups and tediously running in place. It wasn’t long before his exercise regimen was history. To stick with an exercise routine, one needs a compelling reason for doing it.
I was not old enough at the time to think to ask dad why he wanted to exercise. He got plenty of activity running the family hardware business. Maybe he was doing it because his friends were into it. Perhaps he was concerned about his health. Finding answers to the question “Why am I exercising?” fortifies the endurance needed in the fight to be fit.
Along with the sheer enjoyment, some people exercise to work off excessive weight, relieve stress, improve athleticism, and/or train for sporting competition. If someone is exercising for his or her health, though, something more than mere muscle-flexing is needed. Consistent well-being includes living an active life with a spiritual focus. Read more…