Archive for February 2018

The connection between sports and spirituality is natural   2 comments

As we talked through the half-time state of play of his soccer match, my grandson expressed an openness to some helpful ideas I shared with him. He went back on and scored a goal immediately, and soon after I saw him patting a team-mate on the back following a similar success.

Rather than counselling on techniques or from a sports psychology perspective, I’d focussed his attention on the spiritual nature of the game: had he noticed that when they worked together as a team quite a big change occurred? I shared how love for individual team members and joy in the game itself is what brings success. When he felt a teammate wasn’t working as a team-player my grandson could go out of his way to applaud his efforts, even if his mate wasn’t reciprocating yet. On this otherwise unremarkable Saturday morning, a spiritual approach to his soccer match had transformed his game, and the score.

The extensive scholarly literature about sport and spirituality reports experiences by many thousands of athletes, with and without religious affiliations, that are frequently described as spiritual. They are collectively called “being in the zone.” Sports psychologist, Mark Nesti, has identified that spiritual experiences in sport have much in common with feelings of intense love.

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Learning how love, joy, compassion, strength, balance and respect lead to sports success is important. Even more important, is to know that the source of our ability to express them is divine. Athletes who know this might practise these five essentials.

Always start with stillness. Your affirmation could go like this: Divine Life and Love, God, you are with me right there on the field (or court or track or slope or wave). As Mind (another name for God), you are helping me to know exactly what to do during the game.

Discover true strength. Knowing that we reflect the infinite strength, flexibility and quickness of the divine, we’ll experience less physical limitation in sports. Mary Baker Eddy, in her ground-breaking book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, sheds light on this connection. “The Scriptures say, “They that wait upon the Lord . . . shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” The meaning of that passage is not perverted by applying it literally to moments of fatigue, for the moral and physical are as one in their results.”

Let love lead you. You’re not there to impress people but to express goodness and love. God is Love and doesn’t take sides; so, show sportsmanship towards the opposition and wholeheartedly love the game.

Enjoy yourself. Know that your confidence, freedom and success depend entirely on ever-present divine Mind. This relieves us from feeling that pressure is squarely on us to perform. Getting pumped is not what’s needed either, implying that we’ll eventually need to come down from a false high. It also stands to reason that the short-lived benefits of cheating or sports fixing cannot compete with the health-giving, joy-enhancing effects of honesty, courage and integrity in sport.

Stay safe. Spiritual ideas move in harmony – complementing each other, instead of hurting each other. “We live and move and have our being in God,” the Bible quotes Paul as saying. Knowing this, we are always safe.

Kay Stroud writes about the connection between spirituality and health, practices Christian Science healing and is spokesperson for Christian Science in NSW, QLD, ACT and NT http://www.health4thinkers.com

Heaven: It’s not only real, it’s here   Leave a comment

Live audio chat with Mark Swinney, C.S.B.

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In this inspiring chat, Mark explores two major themes about heaven. The first is the encouragement people find from near-death experiences and the abundance of books on the market today chronicling accounts of people having “died” only to “come back” and talk about their perception of heaven. The second is about heaven itself: What is the nature of heaven? And is it something that can be experienced here and now by any one of us?

Mark answers questions about how near-death experiences can make “the afterlife” seem so much better and happier than life on earth; whether these so-called near-death experiences really show life beyond death or whether they are just a state of consciousness; if we can know what actually happens after we pass on; whether anyone experiences hell after death; how we can all know we deserve to “live in heaven” right now; and what we can do to wake up and feel the present reality of heaven right here with us.

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Also mark the date for a free lecture by Mary Bothwell CSB

Experiencing Heaven Now

Sunday 4 March 2.00 pm
Where: The Reception Room, Legislative Assembly Bldg, London Circuit, Canberra City

 

mary-bothwellFrom childhood, Mary Bothwell has pursued a quest to understand the universe.

Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Principia College and an MBA from UCLA. She was employed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 34 years. During her time at JPL, she participated in and managed the development of technology and scientific instrumentation for earth, planetary, and astrophysics missions, earning NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal for her work on an experiment which flew on an early space shuttle mission.

Now, in her work as a Christian Science practitioner, Mary prays with people of many faiths to achieve healing through prayer as taught by Christ Jesus and described by Mary Baker Eddy in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

John 16:22: “Your heart will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”   Leave a comment

Your right to be joyful

“Joy is independent of and untouchable by evil, so we can be full of radiant, spiritual joy always.”

 

_E0A0144-2A while ago there was a debate among some of my friends on Facebook about expressing joy. Some said joy is a gift from God, so it’s right to express it regardless of the state of the world and the hardships some people are facing. Others argued it would be arrogant to smile and sing despite reports of human suffering; moreover, it would be callous to tell those who are suffering to just lighten up and be happy.

I found myself thinking about that debate one day when I was overwhelmed with anxiety about issues in my own life. When I feel this way, I often turn to God in prayer, which calms me down, lifts my thought spiritually, and helps me find healing solutions to problems. When I’m really obeying the First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3), I can resist the inclination to be overcome with worry.

As I considered the spiritual basis for trusting God and letting go of fear, I also found my answer to the dilemma above, about whether it’s right to be joyful under all circumstances. And the answer is yes!……

Not only is it right to be joyful in the face of suffering, but joy is a quality that brings healing. I can share two experiences where realizing I lived in God’s joyous, radiant presence lifted me out of suffering and brought healing. The first was in being freed from panic and anxiety attacks. While these did not come frequently, I would at times during the night be overwhelmed with panic or anxiety. But daily communion in prayer with God caused me to experience the harmony and joy of God’s presence and better understand my inseparability from Him and His perfect spiritual reality. I also came to realize that my natural spiritual state, the way God made me, was joyful, peaceful, and calm, not anxious or panic-ridden. This spiritual reality slowly became more and more real to me until I no longer suffered from the attacks.

Find out more about why in this article by Jyoti Raghu published in the Christian Science Sentinel

Posted February 3, 2018 by cscanberra in Happiness, Mental Health, Spiritual Comfort

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