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Do You Love Enough To Heal Your Dog And Cat? To Bring An Elephant To Tears?
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Recently, under darkness of night, members of a Wildlife SOS team, devoted to protecting animals in India, approached a cruelly confined elephant.

Cavan Sieczkowski, in a HuffingtonPost article, wrote of the rescue attempt in India, “For 50 years, Raju the elephant was abused, held shackled in spiked chains and forced to live off scraps from passing tourists.”

The rescue team, armed with fruit, spoke softly to Raju and reassured him that they were there to help. Once Raju felt their love, tears poured down his face. Sieczkowski quotes one of the team leaders, “It was an emotional moment and everyone was more motivated to get him on the truck and to safety."

The rescuers’ efforts paid off. Raju is now living comfortably at an Elephant Conservation and Care Center. His physical wounds are being treated and he is being prepared to meet other elephants at the center.

Love motivated Raju’s rescue. It is also love that impels you and me to care for the emotional and physical needs of our household pets.

However, not only does love motivate you to help, love motivates you to heal.

Although some believe that animals, regardless of their capacity to reason, are primarily instinctive and reactionary, I’m convinced that every living creature has a spiritual nature. This spiritual nature or identity allows animals to love and to respond to love.

Mary Baker, a young girl in the 1830s, demonstrated that her father’s farm animals responded to the love she showered on them. But, instead of being armed with fruit, Mary touched them with prayer and song.

biography describing Mary’s healing work for men and women, also mentions her care for animals. Mary would nurse baby lambs and chicks, and sing hymns to other suffering animals during the night. Because her ability to heal was so evident, her father would say, “Here is another invalid for Mary,” when he would find a sick or dying lamb.

As an adult, Mary, now known as Mary Baker Eddy, referred to “divine Love” and “Life” as the ultimate healer and the fountain of our love of animals and their love of us. She would write, "God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men."

Since you and I love our “too cute” cats and dogs (as well as hamsters and turtles), perhaps we can learn to view them as spiritual beings. This is important because spiritual views heal.

Every prayerful acknowledgement of an animal’s divine nature allows more of their intelligence, loyalty, vitality, and, most importantly, divinely maintained health to appear.

It might be easy to see your pets as active spiritual beings or ideas of Love when they are healthy and spunky. However, it can seem to be a struggle when they appear to be in pain and unlike themselves. This is when a growing affection, trust, and understanding of “divine Love” and “Life” can be beneficial.

A person I corresponded with recently has found divine care to be an effective first choice for her pets’ needs. Her letter to me explains why:

“When I was a senior in college, I had an adult Siamese cat that became very listless. I took her to the vet. He said that she had feline leukemia and there was nothing further he could do for her. When she appeared to be on her deathbed, I started praying. The next thing I knew my cat had traveled up two flights of stairs and tried to jump in my lap. I was so grateful. She was completely healthy again.”

She also noted, “My little Min Pin became deathly sick this last winter. I’d prayed and she improved and she seemed fine, but then she fell ill again.”

“My husband stayed up with her that night. In the morning, he said that she seemed to pass on and then came back. She is his favorite, so this was very hard for him. He had to go to work, so I took over watching her for the next few days and I called you for prayerful help. She then began to make rapid strides to health.”

“You mentioned to me, ‘What is true about Love is true about your dog.’ I held to that and was inspired to just love her.”

“I’m happy to say that my Min Pin recovered completely and is back at being her bossy, agile, spry, active self with an enormous appetite for such a little dog. She taught me that Love is the way.”

After this woman’s call for prayerful help, my prayer included these thoughts:

Thank you, Love, for being the real Father-Mother of all. You are the tender life of this Min Pin and every wonderful being.

Thank you. You keep each of your dear one’s steps, confident and strong. She is safe in your care. You nourish and sustain her.

You have made all your beings “very good,” (Genesis 1:31)  -- undamaged, beautiful, harmless, and useful. Each of your ideas expresses your animation and vigor.

Your spiritual ideas can never be hidden or lost. What you create is fearless and lasting. Your precious ideas live before and after we can touch them.

Whether we see wings, hooves, beaks, fur, or tails, teach us to see each spiritual creation as you know it and have made it. Show us how to see your creation rightly. Let us comfort your ideas, not harm them. Teach us to love enough to heal.

Thank you for blessing this little Min Pin with your compassion and power, and for blessing us with her sweet companionship, energy, and grace.

Again, love motivates you to help. Love impels you to heal. And since you love your pets, perhaps you can learn to view them as spiritual ideas. As you do, very likely, you will rescue and heal the confined and suffering. Your love might bring an elephant to tears.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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Why You Need Love To Be Healthy
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Jul 08, 2014 | 232 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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“You don’t need a medical degree to say, ‘I love you,’” writes Pamela Wible, MD, in an article at KevinMD.com. “Just three simple words can heal more wounds than all the doctors in the world.”

Studies show that love heals physical wounds and reduces stress. Researchers are also looking into whether love improves the immune system. I believe they will find love to be a medicine for every ill.

With all the health benefits of love, shouldn’t we be offering others a loving word or thought? It took an incident and a ton of dirt on a hot Texas afternoon before I considered saying, “I love you,” to complete strangers.

When we lived in Houston, my wife and I drove 45 minutes, each way, so that our two boys could attend a private kindergarten and first grade.

One sweltering, 100° day, when returning home with the boys, a dump truck in front of my car lost control and its entire load of dirt spilled onto the road in front of us.

I was already hot and tired, and because of the delay we faced, I immediately felt angry and frustrated.

At that moment, I realized I could grumble and complain, or I could try something different. Delays like this happened in Houston all the time, and if I was to experience more harmonious commutes, I needed to adjust my attitude.

The “different” involved three simple words. As we slowly made our way around the accident, it came to me to silently say, “I love you,” to everyone I saw. This was not going to be easy while driving the busy freeways and streets of Houston.

At first, I was just mouthing words each time I looked at another driver, a passenger in a vehicle, or someone walking out of a store. However, within a short period of time, the words began to mean something. I exchanged tossing out stale I love you’s for heartfelt statements.

Fifteen minutes after we’d maneuvered around the truck and dirt, the anger and frustration faded. I was conscious of a wonderful peace and joy as my attempts at loving others turned into meaningful moments.

The unique and divine individuality of every one I saw became real to me. Loving them calmed me down, woke me up, and inspired me. I had tapped into something special. I felt a solid and lovely order and goodness to everything and everyone.

The awareness of this divine order and goodness has remained an essential element in my Christian Science healing practice ever since. The less I think about myself, the more I’m able to remain conscious of this spiritual harmony and help others express dominion over their thoughts and bodies. For example:

Recently, a woman called me. She was frantic and she wanted prayerful help.

She told me that she was feeling cold and had covered herself with a light blanket, but had begun shaking uncontrollably. She’d never experienced this before.

The woman also told me that a thumb and forefinger had been twitching for three years. The slight movements had never interfered with her daily activities.

A month earlier she had gone to a family doctor. When the doctor noticed that her thumb and forefinger were twitching, he asked her how long she had been experiencing the twitching. When she answered, “three years,” the doctor promptly told her she had Parkinson’s disease.

After the woman called, I prayed. Just as I did the day the dump truck overturned, I quickly embraced her with a loving sense I knew to be divine. This type of spiritual acknowledgment is a prayerful healing treatment. I knew she was finding relief.

Within fifteen minutes after we had talked, the woman’s shaking subdued and then stopped. But not only did the uncontrollable shaking stop, the twitching of the thumb and forefinger stopped, as well. She hasn’t experienced twitching or shaking since.

Since studies are showing a connection between love and health, why not take this information to a logical conclusion. I know that love healed this woman, a love more powerful than human affection. Love and health are inseparable because they are, ultimately, spiritual qualities and conditions.

And just in case you were wondering how three simple words can heal more wounds than all the doctors in the world, the answer could reside in another three words: God is love.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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Why You Can Stand Up And Live Like An All-Star After Being Dumped, Left Out, Or Forgotten
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Jun 23, 2014 | 776 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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Turn the clock back to ’69.

All the teams were seated around the infield of the Little League Baseball field. My twin brother, Kevin, and I were decked out in our uniforms, sitting and laughing in our team’s cluster between the pitcher’s mound and third base.

It was All-Star selection day. My heart raced in anticipation.

The league was made up of ten, eleven, and twelve year olds. Kevin and I were twelve.

The names of the selected players began to be called out over the loud speakers. Johnny was first. When he heard his name, the new All-Star jumped up and stood on the first base line close to home plate. Parents watching from the bleachers clapped and cheered.

I knew Johnny would be an All-Star. He was an excellent hitter. I anxiously wondered, “When will my name be called?”

The selection process proceeded and player after player lined up next to Johnny. After a few minutes, my question switched to a nervous, “Will my name be called?”

As the selection activity was nearing its end, I noticed that almost all the older boys had been selected except for my brother and me. We were still seated with the weaker and younger players. There was no more laughter. My heart began to be heavy.

Then, Kevin’s name was called. He took his place in line. I was proud of him. He was the League’s best center fielder.

There was one more name to be called.

The two best pitchers in the league were already standing. I was the third best. I silently questioned, “Wouldn’t the All-Star team need three pitchers if it went far in All-Star team play?”

Then I noticed that the coach’s son from each team was already standing on the line except one, and Charlie was seated right next to me. He was my teammate. He was nice, but he wasn’t a very good baseball player, and he was eleven years old.

Would the League select a coach’s son over an older, better player? As this question swirled in my thought, everything slowed down.

The announcement came. It was a curveball. “Ch..ar..lie.” My heart sank. Charlie stood up and the All-Star line was complete.

As soon as our family got home, I lay on my bed and cried.

Like me, you have most likely cried after experiencing similar events. You too have probably felt totally shut out. But when this happens, something enables you to stand up and be counted as an All-Star, -- something enables you to find your peace and balance when curveballs are thrown your way.

And that’s not all -- there’s more. Not only does this “something” enable you to find your peace and balance, it’s good medicine for your mental and physical health.

Today, scientific evidence reveals that this special “something” is self-esteem, a sense of purpose.

As I lay on my bed in ‘69, I found spiritual grounding to be significant to my maintaining a healthy self-respect.

My mother came into my room. I don’t recall her exact words to me. The essence of her message was: I had a selfhood that was worthy of profound respect.

She echoed what I’d been learning in the Christian Science Sunday School:

I was an All-Star, not because others noticed, but because I expressed divine brilliance. In my own individual way, I was the sparkle and splash of Spirit. What was divinely given couldn’t be hidden or taken away. How Spirit respects me was reflected in my own self-respect.

Scriptural passage relating one of God’s promises to Abram had special meaning for me: "I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing."

This verse and my mother’s message hit home. I was quickly out of bed and back to my joyful self.

I learned that anguish is never mine, but rather, it is a cruel temptation trying to hijack my thought and undermine my right to self-respect and health.

In the years following, when I’ve felt disappointed and left out; when I’ve begun to doubt or not like myself, and my health has suffered, it’s been helpful to mentally affirm the following spiritual truth. I am a dynamic, divine being, and my health and peace are more real than a suggestion of weakness and defeat.

You may have suffered through experiences much more traumatizing than being left off a Little League team, but the same spiritual principle and laws I used can be applied to every situation that has the potential to harm.

This method of prayerful reasoning, utilized by both my brother and me, enabled us to achieve perfect attendance throughout grade school and high school. A sense of purpose was good medicine for our mental and physical health, and it has kept us free from serious illness ever since.

You too can stand up and be counted as an All-Star. When you feel left out or forgotten, you are not. Claim your self-respect and the great blessing that you are.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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My secret to a healthy body
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May 27, 2014 | 771 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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When in high school, I experimented, not with drugs, but with something quite different. My interest was not the norm. I wanted to see how long I could focus on divine concepts throughout the day.

Why?

I had become intrigued with the idea that spiritual thinking could have a direct impact on health.

My experiment took place several decades ago before published studies revealed the positive mental and physical effects attributed to prayer and spiritual living.

Here’s a brief description of my results:

Day 1:  Got out of bed - ate a bowl of cereal - all the while, thinking about divine ideas. However, as soon as my brothers and I piled into our old ‘55 Chevy to head to school, I forgot all about the experiment.

Day 2:  Got out of bed - ate a bowl of cereal - all the while, thinking about divine ideas. Continued prayerful reasoning all the way to school. Unfortunately, as soon as the Chevy pulled into the parking lot, pondering anything close to being considered spiritual went out the window.

Yes, progress was slow. But, each day brought improvement.

Day 24:  I was aware of the metaphysical nature of life from the moment I lifted my head off the pillow in the morning until I laid my head back on the pillow at night.

Conclusion: It was possible to be active and yet be mindful of a divine presence and power throughout the day.

By-product of the experiment: The more I contemplated and reasoned through the spiritual significance behind everything in my life, the more I was to able to expect, demand, and witness health in others and experience it myself.

Today, years later, I consistently try to be mindful of the divine nature of things. However, I don’t beat myself up if I’m unable to be spiritually aware the whole day. I’m just grateful that I can quickly “plug in” and utilize divine power when it is needed.

The Apostle Paul, taking cues from Jesus, healed physical problems because of his acquired spiritual sense. Then he encouraged others to “pray without ceasing.” To be unceasing calls for effort. But, as I’ve found, the effort brings results.

Since my high school experiment, I’ve learned:

When it comes to helping yourself, Jesus counseled, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.”

Of course, you should never neglect human needs; Jesus fed himself, his students, and thousands who followed him. His point: What you focus on will impact your health, for better or worse. Spiritual wisdom helps you choose the better.

Rather than a fearful fixation and expectation of pain and suffering based on material laws, objects, and sensations, it may be more beneficial to learn and cherish that you are a divine being and subject to spiritual laws. The more you consider yourself as divinely created and maintained, the more the body becomes subordinate to your growing spiritual understanding.

Now, it’s your turn: Go ahead, grab breakfast, jump into an old ‘55 Chevy, and even when distractions come, never stop contemplating what benefits you the most.

Whether it’s Day 24 or 104, you too can “pray without ceasing.”

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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Want a healthy body? Learn to listen
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Apr 29, 2014 | 794 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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Admit it. You’re a lousy listener.

Don’t fret. I used to be one, but I’ve been fine-tuning my skill, and you can too.

I believe, you’ll want to improve your listening because good listeners have fulfilling relationships and are more apt to experience good health.

Regarding relationships, as you look to improve your listening ability, there are destructive behavioral habits you’ll need to be aware of and abandon. (Several habits detailed in Are you really listening?: Keys to Successful Communication – Donoghue & Siegel)

Rude - Do you interrupt others while they speak? If you make the moment about you, you’re not listening, not considering another’s thoughts and feelings, and you’re certainly not being courteous. Rudeness is an unhealthy behavior for a relationship.

Savior - Do you give others undivided attention because you believe you’re the one to solve their problems? When you think of yourself as a savior, you can’t hear the real need or come up with sound solutions. You merely add to their challenges.

Target - Do you stop listening when you perceive another’s words to be critical of you? Low self-esteem flows from a victim-mentality and this self-centeredness takes offense at everything said, turning it inward. When you’re a target, you miss the point of conversations. It’s hard to listen when you’re defensive.

Waiter - You don’t interrupt, but you don’t listen either. You just wait. You don’t really care what others say. You just want them to stop talking so you can begin. It’s all about you.

Recognizing these habits to be wrong enables you to challenge and replace them with the building blocks that nourish relationships: love and respect.

So, how can improved listening skills benefit your health? Perhaps, a link between spirituality and health provides the answer.

The University of Michigan Health System recently reported, “Scientific researchers and clergy alike believe in the positive relationship between spirituality and health. Regardless of the religion, evidence points to a connection between the two.”

The building blocks of love and respect are vital to relationships because they are spiritual qualities. You express them because you are spiritual, whether you know it or not. Just as love and respect are spiritual qualities, health, as well, is being considered more as a spiritual quality or spiritual state of being rather than a material condition.

This is why your mental state affects your physical state, and, as well, why good health requires good listening. The more you listen to the divine as you pray, the more your body will express divine order and harmony.

If you are a poor listener to family and friends, most likely, you’re also closed-minded to the inspirations from Spirit. This listening deficiency is harmful because only in the stillness of prayer do you receive the spiritual ideas and power that produce healing.

Again, consider abandoning hurtful behavioral habits in order to improve your health.

Rude - Do you interrupt the divine? If you make every moment about your problems and wants, you’re not listening, not considering how spiritually loved and cared for you are, right now. Studies show that those who pray (really listen) are happier and healthier.

Savior - When you believe you’re a savior, you usually don’t hear the real need or find the right solution. Even Jesus said, “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” He demonstrated that humility and selflessness lead to a spiritual mastery of mind and body.

Target - Do you stop listening because you’re convinced the divine doesn’t approve of you or has lost sight of you? You are Spirit’s image and likeness. You’re consistently loved and adored. As you begin to listen, you’ll learn how special you are, and improvements will follow.

Waiter – Perhaps, you don’t interrupt the Supreme Being, but you also don’t listen. You just wait. It’s time to consider that nothing happens in a waiting room. Everything happens at the moment when divine inspiration is heard. Stop looking to impress Spirit with your sorrows. Your remedy rests in what Spirit is saying about life and health.

Since good health requires good listening, I find this quote helpful: “In order to pray aright, we must enter into the closet and shut the door. We must close the lips and silence the material senses. In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God’s allness. … The Master’s injunction is, that we pray in secret and let our lives attest our sincerity. Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers.” (Mary Baker Eddy – Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures)

As important as listening is to building fulfilling relationships, even more so, listening is critical when it comes to gaining and maintaining physical health. Good health requires good listening. Why not begin right now?

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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Top Apps Heal Mind and Body
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Apr 07, 2014 | 799 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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Do you want to control your own health care? If so, you’re not alone. A societal shift to a more patient-centered, empowered care is taking place.

Influential game changers in this adjustment, allowing people to play a more active role in their health care, are computer tablets and smart phones, as health apps are being downloaded daily.

Health apps can count your steps, carbohydrates, and calories. They can track your diet and heart rate, as well as log your nutrition. One app even attempts to shame you with a snarky voice when you gain weight instead of lose it.

However, if you really desire added control over your health, you might consider a few Bible apps.

Yes, Bible apps. Studies show prayer and spirituality benefit both mind and body.

Whether you utilize spirituality when medical treatment cannot reach you quickly or as a first choice for health care, Bible apps are invaluable.

I’ve found 5 Bible apps helpful:

  • Bible Gateway -- Offers the choice of scriptural texts in 34 different translations, as well as the ability listen to the Bible.
  • GoVerse – Includes inspirational quotes from the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy's writings under everyday topics such as: Body, Confidence, Crisis, Depression, Health, Relationships, Success. You can share quotes by text, email, Twitter, and Facebook. (Mary Baker Eddy is the author of the best-selling spiritual guidebook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures)
  • Bible  -- This Olive Tree app enables you to build a robust reference library of Bible versions, dictionaries, and commentaries.
  • Glo Bible – Provides five main lenses to learn about the Bible: Bible texts, an atlas, a timeline, biblical pictorials, and topical studies.

The experiences of many show these apps to be beneficial as Bible verses can be pain-busters and healers.

For example: One evening, a woman called me. Earlier that day, she’d swept up pieces of glass from a broken window. Without knowing, tiny glass fragments had blown into her eyes. Hours later, she was in extreme pain.

She wanted my help. I opened the Bible and read the Beatitudes to her. Jesus opened the Sermon on the Mount with these guiding principles.

As I read, I could hear moaning. However, when I reached the end of the verses, the woman’s pain had lessened.

Then I started over. Reading through them a second time, I felt a sense of peace and a deep certainty that health was present. Through experience, I’ve learned that these are mental signs of healing taking place.

When I finished the second reading, her pain was completely gone. The woman was free.

Scriptural verses quiet thought and reduce stress. They empower the reader to let go of fear and pain. Perhaps, this is the ultimate of patient-centered care, patients in control of their health.

Yes, there are apps that enable you to take a more active role in your health care. Give them a try. You might be pleasantly surprised.

 -- Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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Ridiculously small steps lead to a healthier lifestyle
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Mar 18, 2014 | 837 views | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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Today, living a healthier lifestyle is at the top of many wish lists.

The good news is that eating fresh foods, getting off the couch and exercising more, and making time to pray and read scripture contribute to better minds and bodies. And, perhaps, the spiritual activities could be the most beneficial for your long-term health.

Unfortunately, the bad news is that most people have trouble following through with any program of healthy activities.

Why?

Because even though we can be motivated, this motivation carries us only so far. Utilizing willpower, as well, causes us to fall short.

Why do these fail us when they bring hope in the beginning?

Motivation and willpower fail us because they are not strong enough to override the bad habits we unconsciously continue in.

The apostle Paul ran into a similar problem. He recognized, “The good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”

When frustration and discouragement set in, a new approach is needed.

This is why I was intrigued while reading Surprisingly Unstuck: The Power of Small Healthy Habits, In a World Addicted to Instant Results. In Unstuck, Maria Brilaki talks about the limits of motivation and willpower, and the might of small steps.

Apparently, when Brilaki, the founder of Fitness Reloaded, refers to small steps, she means “ridiculously small steps

An example of creating a habit, as Brilaki states in her book, could be the simple steps of  “just marching in front of your TV for 30 [seconds] every day. The easier a task is, the faster you will make it a habit (plus the fewer repetitions you are going to need). Marching in front of your TV could be a habit in 1-2 weeks.”

If you want to apply the same concept to spiritual growth, a ridiculously small step could be: Every time you think about food (from carrot cake to carrot sticks), you could ponder the significance of the line in the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread.” You could even reflect on, for added measure, a spiritual sense of the line written by Mary Baker Eddy, “Give us grace for today; feed the famished affections.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures)

You’d be utilizing the thought of food to spiritually nourish yourself and others.

Why just 30 seconds and two spiritual sentences? Because, according to Brilaki, “ridiculously small steps” create unconscious habits which lead to a healthier lifestyle. 

Notice how these steps were tied to triggers – watching TV and a thought of food.

Tying the ridiculously small steps to deeds done throughout the day allow healthy actions to become part of your daily routine, without even thinking about them. Building healthy habits brings longer lasting results. Brilaki writes, “Even though most people think they need more motivation, [what] they actually need are easier tasks and more triggers to do the right activities.”

Brilaki also explains the importance of preparation. “Note that any healthy endeavor is never as easy as it seems at first. There are always implicit tasks that need to be taken care of.”

Whether its buying, washing, slicing, and placing fruit where it can easily be seen and eaten, placing running shoes by the door where they will grab your attention when you arrive home from work, or attaching sticky notes containing inspiring quotes to your bathroom mirror, each task prepares you for success.

In the Forward to Unstuck, Maria Brilaki writes, “This book is about transformation.” Although Brilaki’s book is chiefly confined to physical outcomes, her strategies can also be used to attain spiritual transformations. And this is what intrigues me the most.

Why?

Because spirituality is the power that directs thought patterns that are mentally and physically beneficial. Spirituality, rather than motivation and willpower, takes us all the way and causes us to succeed. And spiritual wisdom leads society to the proper balance of activity and nutriment.   

If you want a healthier lifestyle, prepare and then take action. Perhaps, “ridiculously small steps” are how we “surprisingly” find ourselves “unstuck” and become aware of how we are meant to live.

 -- Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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What stops you from being healthy?
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Will World-class competition and the medaling of champions keep you watching the 2014 Winter Olympics? Or will you watch in anticipation of barriers and limitations being shattered?

When it comes to breakthroughs and victories, though, you don’t just have to witness Shaun White pull off a Double McTwist 1260 (a snowboarding feat), you too can be an achiever, a champion.

Yes, your victories may start out smaller than Sochi gold, but in the long run, they may actually be more beneficial to you.

While practicing the guitar and learning languages, I’ve noticed a phenomenon that might help explain how you can shatter limiting expectations.

In order to master a guitar riff or learn a phrase, I sometimes struggle for days or weeks with no progress. Then, out of the blue, I experience a breakthrough. One minute I can’t, and then the next, I can. What couldn’t be done before now seems natural, as if I’d always had the know-how.

How does this happen? Well, I’m learning that each of us has conscious control over our experience; I was simply failing to recognize and use it.

I’m convinced that this shows, in a small way, the mental nature of things, and your and my untapped, dynamic individualities. It tells me that if we refuse to yield to discouragement, persistence will be rewarded. The real barrier to progress is a belief. And we can take control and exchange believing I can’t for understanding I can.

Each Olympic athlete certainly puts resolve into action and destroys the fears and doubts that would keep them sidelined. As well, when I can’t yields to I can, you are able to achieve too.

Fortunately, and possibly more importantly, the phenomenon of sudden breakthroughs is not confined to languages, music, and sports. It also takes place in health care. I believe it is the mental as well as the spiritual nature of life and health that enables similar progress.

For example: Cory, a sophomore pitcher with The University of Texas varsity baseball squad was a student in my Christian Science Sunday School class. I had the opportunity to watch Cory pitch several times.

During a game, after delivering a pitch, the ball was batted directly back at him. Cory caught the line drive, however, not with his glove, but with his bare hand. The next day the hand was swollen and he couldn’t grip a ball. An x-ray revealed a fracture.

Cory was to pitch again in four days. And, although a doctor and his coach felt that his taking the mound for this next scheduled appearance was impossible, Cory knew from experience that prayer was a silent, mental force that could help.

Cory had planned to take a seven-hour trip to his girlfriend’s cottage. Despite the injury, he followed through with his plans. While he travelled, he prayed – affirming that he was a spiritual being and lived to express divine soundness and action. He refused to accept that he could be sidelined.

Through years of reading the Bible and applying spiritual ideas in his life, Cory had learned that it was possible to correct physical difficulties with a thought-shift. He had conscious control over his own experience, and could use it. Breakthroughs took place not with a human “mind over matter” approach, but by acknowledging a divine influence present in consciousness that generated betterment.

Just as I can’t yields to I can, inspired perseverance helps erode the seeming solidity of an I am hurt belief. And when I am hurt yields to I am well, you are well. It’s as if you were being reminded that you have always been sound.

As Cory prayerfully reasoned, he felt a change take place. When he arrived at the cottage, he knew the healing was complete. He went swimming and fishing, and wrestled with his girlfriend’s brothers.

When he returned, to satisfy his coach, the hand was x-rayed again. The doctor said he’d never seen anything like it. The hand was healed. And when Cory pitched again a few days later, he struck out seven of the eight batters he faced.

Perhaps for you, the end of an unyielding difficulty seems impossible or far away. However, in regard to health, just as in music, languages, and sports, -- the beliefs/barriers that would stop you from being healthy can be erased. What before seemed obstinate no longer has to remain formidable. There is a divine reason for confidence and conscious control.

Yes, for the Olympic athletes, each transition from I can’t to I can is impressive and gratifying to witness. So, consider allowing their accomplishments to motivate you to achieve your own victories.

 -- Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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Happiness - Healthy Body and Spirit
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Feb 03, 2014 | 681 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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While Bob and I were waiting for an elevator at the VA Hospital in West Los Angeles, Bob began chatting with someone walking by. While the two of them were deep in conversation, a retired general stepped up and asked, “Are you with Bob?”

I said, “Yes, I’m his son-in-law.”

The general looked me in the eye, as possibly only generals can do, reached out, took hold of my shirtsleeve, and said, “That man makes life worth living.” He meant it.

A few minutes later, I helped Bob onto a bus for a ride over to another VA building. Once he was seated, the bus driver came over, started shaking his head, as possibly only bus drivers who have seen-it-all can do, and said, “He is the greatest. He always brightens my day.” He also meant it.

Robert Milne Yates, or Bob as most everyone knew him, was a walking dispensary of joy. Everywhere he went he touched lives. Perhaps, we could say that he was a healer, of sorts.

In making the case for considering Bob a healer, perhaps I should toss the findings of researchers into the mix. The physical health benefits of laughter have been reported as boosting immunity, lowering stress hormones, decreasing pain, relaxing muscles, and preventing heart disease.

Additionally, studies have shown the mental health benefits of laughter to be increased zest for life, easing of anxiety and fear, relief from stress, improved mood, and enhanced resilience.

When I think of all the people impacted by Bob’s jovial nature, it is hard for me to calculate the positive mental and physical health outcomes he may have brought about.

Bob’s affect on others raises questions about how happiness can have such an impact on health. Is happiness beneficial because happiness is a conscious spiritual state? And if happiness is spiritual, does happiness allow health to be recognized as a spiritually sound and predictable experience or condition?

Bob played drums with various orchestras before World War II. Therefore, during the war, in addition to his weapon, he carried a set of drumsticks as he and the First Armored Division Band entertained fellow soldiers in Ireland, England, North Africa, and Italy.

However, while in North Africa, Bob was injured while diving into a foxhole to avoid enemy fire. But this never stopped him from remaining active and putting smiles on other’s faces.

It was as if he innately understood that happiness is not tied to circumstances, and that we are driven to seek happiness and health, not from a material, but from a spiritual sense of life.

If health is ultimately a spiritual condition, why can’t a supreme Spirit maintain it? Spirit inspired the prophet Jeremiah to write, I will restore you to health. I will heal your wounds." Apparently, Spirit meant it.

I realize no governing body will ever throw a posthumous doctoral degree Bob’s way. However, if you can touch the heart of a general and the soul of a bus driver, you have done some good.

Like Bob, can’t you and I spread happiness? Can’t we have a kind word for everyone and take a genuine interest in the lives of those we meet? If we care enough to express the happiness that shows life to be worth living, perhaps, we too will be healers.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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Twin Research - Stop surrendering to genetics - Start controlling bodily health
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Are you an identical twin?

If so, perhaps, you know what I mean when I say that at times, the twin thing can get ridiculous. For example: A woman once asked if my identical twin and I were brothers. We told her, “We’re twins.” Then she inquired, “How long have you been twins?”

As well, my brother’s senior-class picture was not included in our high school yearbook. The editor of the book assumed he was viewing two pictures of me and deleted one. Our mother was not pleased.

Despite the weirdness that surrounds twins at times, researchers believe that there are important answers to health questions being learned from the genetic study of twins.

What interests me about twin studies, besides being a twin myself, is that some encourage a deeper look into what allows you and me to control our own wellbeing.

Genetics portrays existence as shaped into preordained patterns and limits by the chromosomal linkups initiated at conception. But are dominant and recessive genes really the authority when it comes to determining health?

If yes, why do those who forgive, initiate kindness, and expect goodness have better health, as so many studies now confirm? Is it better genes or is it improved moral integrity and spiritual understanding that make for the best health?

Liz Banks-Anderson in an article for The Age writes about a recent forum: Twins - changing the future of genetics. Banks-Anderson states, “Despite possessing shared genes twins can and do have significantly different health and identities.”

She also writes that the forum’s Keynote speaker Professor Tim Spector, a UK expert from London’s Kings College, told attendees that twins show us that we are not captive to our genes.

Spector stated, “Many of the subtle differences between us appear now to be due to chance or fate, but as science rapidly evolves and explains current mysteries we will be able to become more active participants in this human moulding process.”

Being a twin (all my life!), it’s been natural for me to feel comfortable and connected with another. When it comes to my relationship with my brother, and as we were growing up, I always thought in terms of one, not two.

For example: Until my brother got married, he and I shared one bank account. We never kept track of who made deposits or withdrawals. The concept of separateness was foreign to us.

This type of subordination of self, I feel, helped me to be receptive of my unity with a higher intelligence and power. And because of this, I’m learning that the way you and I are shaped is more divine oriented than we may have imagined.

Learning that you can play a major role in your own health care by recognizing and embracing that you have been created spiritually, as a reflection of the divine rather than genetically constructed, may seem foreign. But by doing this, you can liberate yourself from the preordained limits, illnesses, and defects that genetics would impose.

Of course, you don’t have to be a twin to have a keen sense of your closeness with the divine. Twin or not, you can stop regarding yourself as doomed by a programmed combination of chromosomes and start relaxing in the knowledge that you are a healthy spiritual being.

Jesus, I believe, healed genetic difficulties utilizing this method, as did his disciples. This type of practice continues even today.

When my brother and I were teenagers, his girlfriend at the time gave him a belt as a present. Since we shared just about everything, I began wearing it. She got mad. This is when we learned that others often have a hard time comprehending how twins interact.

Just as twin behavior is often misinterpreted, it may be difficult to understand and accept that a spiritual sense of life enables you to control bodily health. But, since twin research is revealing that you are not captive to genes, couldn’t this be the perfect opportunity to discover an even greater and more dynamic concept of life and wellbeing?

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

Twitter: @KeithWommack

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