Compassion’s benefits to our health


By Debby Kowit   “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” (Dalai Lama)  Although new to me, this comment touches a deep and tender spot in my heart.  It conjures up stories of heroes who, in the face of tragedy or overwhelming conditions, have given to another even at their own expense. Compassion feels good to both the giver and receiver.  It motivates us to endure even the seemingly interminable and tedious demands in life. And, Continue Reading

Increased trust, decreased fear, in the doctor-patient relationship

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Many factors can influence the bond of  trust between patient and doctor.  Eric Nelson shares how he learned firsthand that a relationship in which the patient's prayer is supported by the physician can help dispel fear and aid the healing process.   Does it really matter if your doctor appreciates the power of prayer? For me it may not have been the most important factor to consider but, ultimately, a significant if unexpected plus. I had spent the better part of three weeks in the Continue Reading

Has unconditional love gone to the dogs?


Dogs bring unconditional love to soldiers in today's blog by my colleague, Linda Ross, posted in honor of Veterans Day as it originally appeared in Hartford Faith and Values. Many of us may have experienced relief just walking across a threshold into a place where we know we are loved – unconditionally.  Think though what life could be if a calm, peaceful consciousness became our focus where ever we may be, became the perspective for any difficulty in which we find ourselves? A friend Continue Reading

Can guarding our thought improve our health?

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By Debby Kowit   Have you ever felt trapped in a conversation about someone’s illness, wishing you could somehow rewind the scene then steer clear of the topic completely? In the background, the silent voice of compassion says, “Try to help.” And, the quiet voice of reason says, “Don’t listen to another word. This is not helpful to anyone.” Recently, a friend shared such an experience which caused me to again consider this all too common dilemma. Wouldn’t it be nice, if conversations more Continue Reading

Can honesty improve your health?


The precious diamond possesses qualities such as beauty and durability,  giving it lasting value.  Annu Matthai takes some lessons from the gemstone industry to explore the lasting value of honesty - -  to our health and well-being.  I hope you enjoy this excerpt, and click through to read the entire article from .   “What makes diamonds a good investment?” I asked my friend who is somewhat of a diamond expert.  He listed four reasons – indestructibility, portability, Continue Reading

Finding Fun, Not Fear, In Our Senior Years

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Taking time, especially in our senior years, to cultivate a healthy view of ourselves yields a positive result.  I particularly appreciate the straight forward examples offered in today's post written by John Clague for  George Bernard Shaw once said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Cultivating the right state of mind can help one stay active and vibrant. A centenarian friend of mine seemed to understand this point. Continue Reading

Breaking free from addiction

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The media reports regularly on the growing problem of addiction to prescription painkillers - a sign that far too many are struggling with pain in their daily lives. Wendy Margolese writes that love has been shown to play a positive role in treating pain, with no harmful side effects. I hope you will enjoy toddy's post, and will click through to read the entire article as it originally appeared in You may have noticed lots of headlines lately about the rise of prescription drugs – Continue Reading

Laughter provides benefits for a healthy life

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You may have heard about studies linking humor and health.  In today's post, originally appearing in the Tampa Bay Times, Bob Clark notes some of the most recent findings, and shares one instance where a burst of laughter brought immediate healing results. It's a funny thing. Research continues to prove that humor can help to improve our physical health. The website for the University of California San Diego's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, which offers "Laughter Infusion" classes Continue Reading

Is there an alternative to supplements for our health?

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September is National Pain Awareness Month.  Today's blog by Tim Mitchinson looks at the role of supplements for treating pain and improving health, and considers whether an effective alternative might be found through a spiritual approach to well-being.   (This article originally appeared in Fit for Life.)  Millions of Americans take supplements each day for their health. They do this for a variety of reasons – to increase energy levels, decrease susceptibility to illness, and even to reduce Continue Reading

What the Brain Isn’t — Mind or Love

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Where in the brain is love generated? Can you scientifically measure the mind's output of forgiveness? What is mind, exactly?  As my colleague John Clague points out in today's article, these are questions some brain scientists feel they can't answer.   Neurobiologist Dr. Dan Siegel is astounded that neither scientists, including psychiatrists, nor philosophers nor academicians have come up with a good working definition of mind; nor, can they describe what thinking is. Mind is clearly not Continue Reading