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Choosing Life   Leave a comment

shutterstock_164195771 - Copy (2)For some of us it’s a big jump to conceptualize that changes we want to make don’t start “out there” but in our own thought.  This is clear to me as I listen to my diverse range of friends, many of them of retiree age, over catch-up coffees and lunches.

All of my friends are beautiful people but there are marked differences in their attitudes towards ageing, and in particular how they talk about themselves.  For some the state of their body is front and centre of their thinking and their conversation is peppered with comments such as: “Oh well, what can you expect at our age.”

While other friends never mention health or age.  They are full of the adventure of life – of the joys of retirement or the fulfilment and challenges of a long working career.  Listening to these friends it’s clear they are less impressed with how their body is doing and more engaged with expressing the continuity of activity, progress, growth, energy, renewal, vigour, buoyancy.

These qualities start in our thought, and could be described as coming from a universal Mind.  Mary Baker Eddy, one of my favourite authors on ageing, wrote in her primary text, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: You embrace your body in your thought, and you should delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness (p208).

She goes on to say:  Man is more than a material form with a mind inside, which must escape from its environments in order to be immortal. Man reflects infinity, and this reflection is the true idea of God.

God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis (p258).

Her premise is that our life reflects our thinking. In Science and Health again she writes: Your decisions will master you, whichever direction they take. … Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously (p392).

Choices are important in shaping our experience and so my personal challenge moment by moment is to choose these qualities of life, and then look for them in experience.  It certainly makes for livelier catch-up coffees with friends!

This article was submitted by Deborah Packer of Canberra.

A Rollerblading Great-Grandmother?   Leave a comment

barbara-vining[1]When my granddaughter was in grade school, she gave me a gift I found quite amusing—a mug with “Grandma” printed under a stereotypical grandmotherly face topped with white hair drawn up in a bun. My granddaughter is married now and had a baby last year—so now I’m a great-grandmother. And how should a great-grandmother behave? … Last year I bought myself a basketball. …

Shouldn’t the joy and freedom expressed in children’s play be equally natural to everyone?  … Read more …

This article, A Rollerblading Great-Grandmother? by Barbara Vining was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is currently available via this link on JHS-online.  In it Barbara talks about how she let go of the usual stereotypes associated with age and now experiences new levels of freedom and activity.

 

Better Lives with Age-Defying Thoughts from God   Leave a comment

shutterstock_174024581Each week the Christian Science Sentinel Radio Program is broadcast around the world.  It includes interviews with people who have been healed through prayer and spiritualisation of thought. 

In this broadcast, Better Lives with Age-Defying Thoughts from God”, people talk about how they have relied effectively on prayer to resolve problems related to aging.

Is life ultimately a downhill experience, or can we be healthy and productive at any age? Find out why there’s no need to be a victim of certain physical troubles, or lose our usefulness with the passage of time. Hear from people who’ve found healing of age-related ailments and fears, through the power of God.  Click here to listen to this 30 minute program.

If you live in the ACT or the Queanbeyan, Wagga Wagga areas of NSW then you can tune into these broadcasts each Wednesday at 1.00 pm on RPH radio 1125 AM.  The radio program for the current week can always be accessed free of charge via this link:  Christian Science Sentinel Radio Program.

Defeating the Challenge of Aging   Leave a comment

concertSentinel Radio Chat with Rob Gilbert.

Click here to listen to a recording of this live chat, Defeating the Challenge of Aging, with Rob Gilbert.  Rob is a full-time Christian Science healer and teacher.

Rob begins by pointing out that the general view of aging is growth, maturity, and decay, but that Mary Baker Eddy takes an entirely different view. In Science and Health she wrote, “Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love” (p. 66). He says, “That’s what we have to look forward to,” not aging and decline.

He responds to questions about how to get people to stop judging one by one’s age, especially in relation to employment, feelings of loneliness, bitterness over the past, physical challenges such as decreased mobility, potential memory loss, and diabetes. He also addresses how to pray about the influence of heredity and other age-related conditions.

Mastering the Fear of Aging   Leave a comment

shutterstock_88373215by Jack Kavanagh

The effects of aging are prominently portrayed in our society, in television ads, movies, newspaper accounts, all repeating the general belief that we decline as we age.

One specific claim is that as time’s chronometer spins on, we become too old to participate in things such as challenging athletic endeavors.  We’re asked to accept the notion that some physical activities become too hard for us as older people.  This depressing belief has a sneaky companion: “Competing in sporting events is only for young people.”  My recent experiences gave me the opportunity to disprove these claims, through the understanding I’ve gained from Christian Science about God and how He has created us.   Read more …

This article, Mastering the Fear of Aging by Jack Kavanagh, was originally published in the Christian Science Journal.  It is now available on JHS-online through this link.  In it Jack describes his experience as a ‘masters’ sportsman competing in a challenging open water swim.  He explains the thoughts that saved him when fear and circumstances tried to overwhelm him.

7 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Mary Baker Eddy   Leave a comment

689px-Public_Domain_Mary_Baker_EddyScience and Health with Key to the Scriptures150 years ago today, a New England woman recovered from an injury expected to be fatal. But she was no ordinary woman. Mary Baker Eddy was a spiritual thinker who for decades had been striving “to trace all physical effects to a mental cause”. Now she had caught a breakthrough glimpse of the idea she came to call “the discovery of Christian Science”.

Benjamin Franklin once said:  “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.”

Mary Baker Eddy — transcending the ‘or’ in Franklin’s statement — qualifies on both counts. Eddy certainly lived a life worth writing about.  Her experiences as a healer, public speaker, teacher, author, businesswoman, church founder, innovative theologian and “scientific” thinker, could each be worth a biography in their own right.  And as one of innumerable people who credit her writings with bringing me spiritual insights that have restored my health, I would certainly suggest what she wrote was, is and will continue to be worth reading.

Perhaps that’s why she hasn’t been forgotten!

For instance, she is found alongside Franklin and 98 others in The Atlantic’s list of the “100 Most Influential Americans of All Time”.  And her primary book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, has been designated by the National Women’s Book Association as one of 75 books written by American women whose words have changed the world.

Click here to read the full text of this article by Tony Lobl where he describes his 7 reasons for finding Mary Baker Eddy a most remarkable and memorable woman.  Tony is a full-time Christian Science healer and a freelance writer on the connection between health and spirituality.

Image of Mary Baker Eddy from Wikimedia Commons.

Ageless Living   1 comment

shutterstock_167116376Ageless Living by Barbara Vining

…  I’ve come to regard spiritual qualities and ideas as having much more to do with who I actually am than with anything else that would appear to make up my identity. …   For me, this passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures gets right to the heart of the matter:  “Man is more [emphasis added] than a material form with a mind inside, which must escape from its environments in order to be immortal.  Man reflects infinity, and this reflection is the true idea of God” (Mary Baker Eddy, p. 258). …

When it comes to spiritual ideas, I feel like a little child discovering something new every day in a world of inexhaustible treasures and possibilities.  There’s simply no end to discovering the qualities and ideas God expresses in His own nature and in His creation.  Begin to think of them, and you’ll see what I mean:  peace, justice, kindness, compassion, ability, poise — and on and on.  And then think of the endless possibilities for expressing any one of these qualities more fully in your thoughts, activities, and relationships.  For me, that’s a thrilling prospect — and it keeps me plenty occupied. Read more

This article, Ageless Living by Barbara Vining, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is now available on JHS-online.  Click here to read the full article.

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