health

Holding on to Faith

Holding on to Faith

I don’t remember my grandmother, but her death has cast a shadow over my adult life for as long as I can recall. At age 43, Odessa Abner, my paternal grandmother, was diagnosed with breast cancer. A year later, on January 17, 1974, she passed away with my father at her side.

I was 3 years old.

The Spirit Gives Life

A happy face, an enthusiasm for life, an energy that achieves worthwhile things—all these kindle our admiration when we see others expressing them. As we delight in every evidence of good health that we observe in others, we may even wish that we had the same zest for living.

Changing our thoughts about our bodies can bring us a new consciousness of life and health. By thinking and praying positively, we develop a firm realization of the spiritual quality of life and a better understanding of Jesus’ words, “It is the spirit that gives life” (Jn. 6:63).

A Seven-Second Moment

Chaz Wesley arrived at the hospital on May 1, 2013, with a ruptured appendix, an abdomen full of gangrene, resulting in toxins coursing through his veins. Although his friends and caregivers were told by his doctors that his condition was life-threatening, Wesley had only hours before finished giving the sermon at the funeral of a friend, and was hurriedly editing an already past-due article—ironically, one on health and well-being, which would become the October/November feature story for Daily Word®.

Breathe Deeply

Breathe Deeply

Breath is looked upon as life, as spirit, throughout world cultures. Breath has both physiological and emotional connections. Breathing is both reactionary and proactive. Your breathing will respond to your physical or emotional circumstances; you can also control your breathing to affect your physical and emotional responses. Breath is energizing, cleansing, and restorative—physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. Before I discuss how interwoven breath is into the well-being of your mind-body-spirit, take a moment to assess your awareness of your own well-being and the quality of your breathing. …

A Story of Healing

I have lived with multiple sclerosis for over 25 years. In 1993 the disease kicked into full gear, ravaging my body and rendering me a quadriplegic within 10 years.

My life and my family's were completely turned upside down and changed forever. I struggled with bouts of illness, feeling as if my body was completely out of control. I had periods of depression and was hospitalized several times. I had toxic medications shot into my veins and my muscles. No matter what we tried, multiple sclerosis did what it wanted to do. As multiple sclerosis continued its rampage through my body, that was indeed my perceived reality.

Brain Power: 12 Ways to Maximize Your Mental Health Into Your Golden Years

Changes that were once labeled milestones in growing older—such as high blood pressure, fragile bones, weight gain and significant memory loss are no longer considered inevitable. Your mind can be as vibrant in your 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s as it was in your 30s. Below are some of my favorite foods and other natural lifestyle tips to keep your memory sharp, concentration elevated, and your mind active and vibrant well into your golden years.

1. Add an apple a day

The Work of Prayer in Healing

Your Desire for Health
Your desire for perfect health has its source in God. Unity's co-founder Myrtle Fillmore wrote: “Whenever we have an experience of sickness, it is evidence that we have been letting go of our hold on the gifts of God. We have ceased eagerly to appropriate and analyze and assimilate and make use of the life of Spirit through our thoughts, our words, our acts, our living habits.”

The First Step in Spiritual Healing

The First Step in Spiritual Healing

The first step in spiritual healing is to recognize our own needs for healing. With physical illness these needs may seem obvious. In other situations the needs may not be so obvious. Some conditions of suffering seem to involve other persons or external circumstances. If we are blaming other persons or circumstances for our suffering, then we are not seeing the need for our own spiritual healing. Spiritual healing begins with the recognition that “I'm the one who needs to be healed.”