Spiritual children are happier children, according to a study by Mark Holder, associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. Holder found four things happier children possess: personal meaning, communal meaning, awe for beauty and nature, and a belief in some sort of transcendental power.
“I think a big part of happiness in general is the feeling of personal meaning,” he said. “Spiritual paths are ones that promote personal meaning.” … Read more …
This article, The Link Between Spirituality and Happiness in Children by Patty Machelor, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel. It is now available on JHS-online.
Mimi Doe received her master’s degree in education from Harvard University. She became a television producer and cofounder of a multimedia company dedicated to developing nonviolent, multicultural programming for children. So, when she gave birth to the first of two children ten years ago, she absolutely had to “get things right!” After all, her background and her job demanded that she set a good example as a parent.
She turned to the best-educated mother she knew, her own—Marsha Walch, Ph.D., a psychotherapist who works in private and community health practice in Mississippi. They collaborated across twelve hundred miles to establish some guidelines for parents wishing to encourage and cultivate their children’s innate spirituality, and put those guidelines in a book they co-authored called 10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting: Nurturing Your Child’s Soul (Harper Perennial).
Recently, Ms. Doe participated in an interfaith seminar on “Nurturing Spirituality in Children.” It was presented by The Boston Parents’ Paper in the Sunday School of The First Church of Christ, Scientist. Afterward, our News Editor, Kim Shippey, talked with Ms. Doe about her new book and about her own approach to parenting.
“Children are spiritual beings,” observed Ms. Doe. “They naturally have what many of us spend years trying to reclaim. Spirituality is the base from which grow self-esteem, values, morals, and a sense of belonging. It is what gives life direction and meaning. … Read more …
This interview with Mimi was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel under the heading: Principles of Spiritual Parenting.
Walking with God – Readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
Man walks in the direction towards which he looks, and where his treasure is, there will his heart be also. If our hopes and affections are spiritual, they come from above, not from beneath, and they bear as of old the fruits of the Spirit. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, p451)
Every Wednesday at 6.00 pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science Church in Canberra. Each meeting begins with readings selected from the two books designated as the Pastor of Christian Science: The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. A new topic for the readings is selected each week.
At the conclusion of the short readings the congregation is invited to share thoughts on this topic and relate how they have used the principles of Christian Science to solve life’s problems and bring physical healing.
If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday please join us. Everyone is welcome.
This recording represents the readings on the topic: Walking with God.
ACCORDING TO the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it’s estimated that seniors will make up around one-third of each state’s population by 2051. With longevity increasing and an aging population, governments in Australia and elsewhere are wrestling with the question of who will care for older citizens in the future.
Discussions about this are often built on the expectation that most people will become unwell and incapacitated as they age. As a result, many individuals are asking, Should I remain on my own, live closer to younger family members, move into retirement accommodation, or reserve a place in a nursing home? Will I be able to care for myself?
The Scriptures encourage me to remember that our well-being is maintained by God. For example, in speaking of a God-given ability to remain alert and active, the Bible says in Psalms: “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing” (92:12–14).
Based on this line of reasoning, we can reject the notion that accumulated years must bring about ill health and a loss of independence. Because God is Love, He is constantly caring for us. This spiritual understanding strengthens us and enables us to be more useful and productive at any age.
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This article, Who Will Take Care of Me by Beverly Goldsmith, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel. It is now available on JHS-online. In it Beverly describes how her spiritual reasoning is more than just positive thinking; it is based on her understanding of our true spiritual nature.
Beverly is a freelance writer who has a strong interest in the connection between spirituality and health. She is a full-time Christian Science healer and teacher. To read more from Beverly follow her blog at: spiritualityandhealthconnect.