Reliable Parenting Books   Leave a comment

parents read book with sonMy husband and I entered parenthood knowing almost nothing about raising kids, having grown up basically as “only” children. We did read some parenting books, but their theories often seemed less than helpful.  It wasn’t long before we decided the most practical, day-by-day parenting approach for us was prayer.

Even though my husband and I were then members of different faiths, we both naturally gravitated to the Bible as a parenting handbook.  We read the Scriptures together as a family every day, even when our son and daughter were infants, believing that if we gave them a strong moral and spiritual education, everything else would turn out all right.  The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). …

…But we also learned we couldn’t preach to our kids about turning to God.  We had to “walk the walk,” not just talk about it.  The Christian Science Sunday School taught our children Moses’ Ten Commandments, as well as the Lord’s Prayer and the Sermon on the Mount.  But as parents, we needed to practice those great teachings. And if we didn’t, believe me, our kids noticed!  Read more

This article, Reliable Parenting Books by Mary Trammell, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.   It is now available on JHS-online.  In it Mary talks about how the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, provided guidance for them as parents and helped all members of the family develop a strong moral compass and healthier happier lives.

The Link Between Spirituality and Happiness in Children   Leave a comment

shutterstock_118635883Spiritual 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

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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.

Principles of Spiritual Parenting   Leave a comment

child and mother-happy togetherMimi 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   Leave a comment

shutterstock_173792090Walking 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.

Who Will Take Care of Me   Leave a comment

shutterstock_168169064ACCORDING 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.

 

Retirement Leisure   Leave a comment

shutterstock_88373215Most retired people want to live full and useful lives.  They want their days to be at least as satisfying as when they were working steadily.  It is good that so many feel this way, because leisure based on useful activity is a natural human expression of divine Life, or God.

Christian Science teaches that everyone can live a productive, meaningful life. Read more

In this article, Retirement Leisure,  J. Thomas Black talks about how a deeper understanding of God as divine Life helps us to live happier, healthier more fulfilling lives.  The article was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel; it is now available through this link to JHS-online.

Silencing Chronic Pain   Leave a comment

shutterstock_69214975The four-hourly doses of morphine were such a welcome relief to the intense pain I was experiencing following major surgery.  What could possibly make me give them up?

I found there was something that could persuade me to do so.  And that’s why, I want to share my experience with sufferers of chronic pain.

In Australia, one in five people live with chronic pain, including adolescents and children.  This prevalence rises to one in three people over the age of 65.  Chronic pain is linked to depression and suicide and is Australia’s third most costly health condition.

To manage it, a range of treatments such physio and physical therapy, medical acupuncture, thinking strategies, lifestyle changes, nutrition and traditional prescription opioids, are employed.

Despite this, pain is often long-lasting and continues for years with no foreseeable end.

However, I’ve joined a groundswell of people that believe it’s time to do more than simply manage pain.  We are convinced it can be reduced, and even healed.

According to a 2011 report, “one reason pain is so hard to treat is that it isn’t just physical.”  Our thinking can actually have an impact on the amount of pain we feel.

The power of our expectations is illustrated in a series of trials into the relationship between pain and the placebo effect.  Hundreds of patients treating irritable bowel syndrome, migraine and back pain experienced similar or better results from placebos than from strong pain killers.

While it’s agreed that placebos are not a universal panacea, placebo research leads us to think about how much influence thought actually has on our health.

Reasoning from a more spiritual perspective, author Mary Baker Eddy, reached a similar conclusion, explaining that pain is always a mental image or state.

“… the human mind is all that can produce pain,” she wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

But can pain really be relieved just by thinking differently?

Yes, but in my experience I have found that it needs more than just positive thinking to free us from pain.

So, back to my stay in hospital.  In my late-teens I was “on fire” with enthusiasm about a couple of unique books which I had recently revisited.  They answered so many of the questions I had about why we are here and whether what our senses perceive is all there is to existence.

The Bible, so comforting to so many people, didn’t seem all that relevant to me until I started reading Science and Health, which brings out its spiritual meaning and explains how and why not only Jesus, but also his early disciples and many of the Old Testament prophets, were able to heal all kinds of physical needs.

I learned that there was a spiritual science in place based on a divine consciousness of being.

My studies had shown the importance of addressing the spiritual need as an aid to recovery, a standpoint now supported by medical research.

I started reading the thought-changing book again right there in hospital, and called a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me by helping me to understand more consistently my real, spiritual nature.

I can still remember the feeling of love and wholeness that engulfed me soon after.  No more drugs were needed, and worrying digestive difficulties painlessly dissipated that day.

On this basis, many have been healed of acute and chronic pain, and demonstrated that such pain need not last forever.  Peace and health are a present possibility for those willing to dig deeper into the understanding of their spiritual identity.

This article was contributed by Kay Stroud, a life-long Christian Scientist, who is a freelance writer focussing on the undeniable connection between our thinking and our experience including our health.  She writes for metropolitan and regional news media throughout Australia and beyond, and is a regular contributor to Australia’s national forum, Online Opinion, and the APN regional network in Northern NSW and Queensland.

You can follow her blog at www.health4thinkers.com

or follow her on twitter:  www.twitter.com/KayJStroud

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