Tag Archives: spirituality

FMM 3 21 14 Driving me crazy!

“Because even the smallest of words can be the ones to hurt you, or save you.” ~ Natsuki Takaya.   The human being has an amazing capacity for adapting to change.  It takes many different skills to drive in different countries.  In the US one of the biggest challenges for those who immigrate is the art […]

FMM 11 22 13 Making the Connection

“And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee….”  ~ John Donne   Today is the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy.  To be honest, I don’t remember his death, even though I was old enough at the time.  For me and my family, that was around […]

Caring for self: Haiku for Healing

The average nurse wears many caps. Often she is a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife and a friend. She may also be a grandmother, a member of organizations and a student. This is all before she puts on her uniform and goes to work.  And how can you describe what a typical day […]

Mind-body connection, Friday morning message January 2012

Deepak Chopra

Good Friday Morning Family! I was inspired to write about science and spirituality after listening to a lecture by Deepak Chopra. He was lecturing about the inter-relatedness of the cells in our body, which have the ability to speak to each other. He spoke of our ability to heal ourselves. He also tied that in to humanity’s inter-relatedness to each other.

But what stayed with me the most, out of all of the amazing things he discussed, is the scientific work he is doing to demonstrate the effect of our mind, our attitude, our spirituality on our physical health. Along with other researchers, they are documenting what are the things that improve our ‘well-being’, not just physical wellbeing, but on the emotional, social, and financial fronts also.  This research utilizes science to measure well-being.

And one of the things that has been demonstrated to improve your well-being is being surrounded by happy people. Further, if those happy people are surrounded by happy people, even that improves your well-being. And if those happy people (and these are people you don’t know, don’t come in contact with) are surrounded by happy people, that also improves your well-being.

If you have some spare time, listen to his lecture. He explains it far better than I can. We need to recognize how much power we have over our own well-being. Not only that, but we can influence our health, and instruct our cells to heal and repair themselves. I am not trying to put drug companies out of business (ok, maybe I am – they have a lot to do with trying to prevent Health Care Reform from being put into effect), but we need to stop believing that we can buy health, happiness and a way to heaven! The answer to many of life’s problems lies within us. We just need to tap into this amazing source.

There was one more point that Chopra made that resonated. He said that even the happiness of your perceived enemy, improves your well-being. This means that you can let go of pettiness, and permit the happiness of those you may not count as friends, for their happiness makes you healthier! Sometimes we hold on to bitterness and resentment for no good reason, and in doing so we only harm ourselves.

So this Friday morning, let us appreciate the happy people around us, and pay back the debt by being happy ourselves. Life is too short to be negative, and our negativity is shortening lives! Have a happy weekend, and take time to be good to yourself.

One Love, Family!