- Keith Wommack - Nationally Syndicated Columnist on Health, Thought and Spirituality
Posted by Keith Wommack on May 18, 2015 | 12 Comments »
During a show, lines of cocaine, marijuana joints, and shots of tequila had been placed on the stage at a young guitarist’s feet. At the end of the show, they were untouched.
Lisa Miller, PhD, believes she knows why.
Dr. Miller, a Columbia University psychologist, in her new book, The Spiritual Child – The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, reveals why psychological and neurological researchers have come to the conclusion that spirituality supplies a protective and healthy advantage.
Spirituality, until relatively recently, interested mainly those of deep faith. Now, spirituality is a cottage industry involving university departments, clinical trials, researchers, writers, and publishers. This is a good thing. Each participant can help us to recognize the value of spirituality.
Miller writes in The Spiritual Child, “Spiritual development through the early years prepares the adolescent to grapple more successfully with the predictably difficult and potentially disorienting existential questions that make adolescence so deeply challenging for teens (and their parents.) It also provides a protective health benefit, reducing the risk of depression, substance abuse, aggression, and high-risk behaviors, including physical risk taking.”
The critical question is: If your child had been on that stage, would he or she have been able to say, “No”?
Miller in The Spiritual Child writes, “Research shows that a parent’s decision about how to approach their child’s spiritual life is a high-stakes proposition with lifelong implications.” Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Mar 9, 2015 | 13 Comments »
In a recent column, I wrote about my escape from shoulder pain by the use of prayerful treatments. What I didn’t detail was the mental course correction that took place because of the treatment.
The day before the pain began, my wife and I were playing with Kirby, a small kitten we’d rescued off the street. During our playtime, the kitten bit my finger. I yelled, “Ouch!” And while I was staring at a spot on my finger, my wife looked at me, shook her head, and said, “For someone who heals others’ problems by affirming they are safe in God’s care, you’re sure making a big deal out of a little pain.”
My wife wasn’t being mean. She was trying to get me to employ the spiritual understanding to free myself that I utilize in helping others. Yet, instead of accepting her words as intuitive and constructive, I smugly thought, “Well, if that’s what she thinks, I just won’t tell her the next time I feel pain.”
The next morning, I awoke with the shoulder pain. The pain was so extreme I couldn’t hide it. With my head hung low, I had to tell my wife that I needed help. And because of an inability to move my arm, she assisted me in putting on my shirt and jacket and performing other daily activities. Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Feb 4, 2015 | Comments Off on A Powerful Way To Beat Depression
This year, Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone revealed that she had experienced depression. While promoting her role in the 2011 Lars von Trier film, Melancholia, Kirsten Dunst revealed that she had suffered from the mental illness, as well.
Their admissions added to the list of celebrity disclosures. Carrie Fisher, Angelina Jolie, and Christina Ricci have all shared similar stories. Yet, there is hope for these women and for everyone.
Several years ago, I attended a news briefing where the Wave III Baylor Religion Survey was unveiled. The survey confirmed what I have been discovering: Improved mental health is found through greater spiritual awareness. Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Feb 2, 2015 | 16 Comments »
I couldn’t hide it. My grimace gave it away. “Looks like a torn rotator cuff,” my neighbor said to me last Friday.
I’d reached out to pet his dog, but pain had stopped me before I could raise my arm even an inch.
At that moment, although I didn’t have a physician’s diagnosis, I knew it was time to receive treatment. So, I made a call. I phoned a friend, a fellow Christian Science practitioner, and asked for prayerful help.
“You did what?” You might ask, “What about the needed treatment? Where’s the research and scientific data showing the effectiveness of prayer?” Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Jan 8, 2015 | 7 Comments »
My actions saved one, yet, irritated another. Then I wondered about the actions that had landed the young people, I was about to meet, into trouble. What had caused them to act or react?
I was sitting in my rental in the parking lot of a baseball field near the Barbara Culver Juvenile Detention Center in Midland, Texas. I had arrived early and decided to take thirty minutes to collect my thoughts, a little spiritual reasoning.
I was told I would be at the Center for about an hour. Yet, I had no clue about how many people I’d be speaking with. Would it be two or three? Maybe it would be four of us, around a table. Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Jan 5, 2015 | 14 Comments »
The Army Ranger, my nephew, shared details of the extremely tough assessment training he had just undergone. Each timed activity tested his ability to function under severe physical and psychological conditions.
He was one of the new graduates of the Army Airborne Ranger School. Each member of the 75th Ranger Regiment had to complete a rigorous eight week Ranger Assessment and Selection Program in order to join the ranks of the elite U.S. Army Special Operations Command unit. Few are physically or mentally qualified to graduate a Ranger.
When I inquired how he was able to stay focused during everything he’d been through, our new Ranger replied, “I held to one simple thing.”
I asked, “What was that?” Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Dec 17, 2014 | 4 Comments »
Perhaps, you’ve been hearing a lot about health reform and new models of care. The National Institutes of Health reports that 40 percent of Americans are actively seeking alternative approaches.
Possibly, you like the thought of a patient-centered approach. The idea that you can have more control over your mental and physical wellbeing might appeal to you too.
In addition, you’ve noticed that more and more items on the grocery shelf claim to be good for your health. And this being the holiday season, perchance, you’ve looked up at the mistletoe hanging from doorframes and wondered if that sprig, as well, has possible medicinal benefits.
However, you can forget about the mistletoe. Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Dec 3, 2014 | 3 Comments »
While Bob and I were waiting for an elevator at the VA Hospital in West Los Angeles, Bob began chatting with someone walking by. While the two of them were deep in conversation, a retired general stepped up and asked, “Are you with Bob?”
I said, “Yes, I’m his son-in-law.”
The general looked me in the eye, as possibly only generals can do, reached out, took hold of my shirtsleeve, and said, “That man makes life worth living.” He meant it. Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Nov 11, 2014 | 5 Comments »
Our deep admiration and appreciation go out to each of you who have served the United States in military capacities, and those who continue to do so. The sacrifices you endure to keep others safe and free, we can only imagine. However, we do know that God is aware. Therefore:
We pray that God blesses and strengthens you each day, each hour, and moment. When no human hand is near, God is there to help and heal.
We rejoice that you express God’s courage, wisdom, and dominion. Nothing hinders you from expressing His discernment to recognize wrongs; His power to remove threats; His control to act with dignity and care.
God will never leave or forget you. He embraces and comforts your loved ones, with each passing hour. May both you and your family feel His grace, His love, continuously. And may you learn how wonderfully spiritual He has made you to be.
Posted by Keith Wommack on Sep 8, 2014 | 4 Comments »
I was glad to see Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare nominated for an Emmy Award. I hope you’ve had an opportunity to view it. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will host the 35th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards Ceremony on September 30.
The filmmakers of Escape Fire realize that society desperately needs a paradigm shift when it comes to providing people with better healthcare. The film focuses on the problems in our healthcare system and offers alternatives to the traditional treatments most Americans are familiar with. Read More→