The list of addictions plaguing mankind is long. Alcohol, gambling, illegal and prescription drugs, and pornography are just part of the inventory. Each causes havoc on the lives of the addicted and those close to them. Because of this, it’s important to conquer addiction with urgency. Neglecting a need is not an option.
Archive for the ‘Healing’ Category - Keith Wommack - Nationally Syndicated Columnist on Health, Thought and Spirituality
Posted by Keith Wommack on Nov 23, 2015 | 9 Comments »
How many times have you watched a drum line perform and found yourself moving to the beat of those drums?
There’s a pulse, a rhythm to life, and the sounds of synchronized drumming somehow seem to stir us to recognize the marvel of that.
And there’s more to the beating of drums than meets the eye (or ear). Researchers studying the effects of drumming acknowledge that an involvement with stimulating rhythms supplies us with health benefits.
And apparently the drums themselves are optional!
Waves breaking on a shore, raindrops on a tin roof, as well as footsteps hitting the pavement during a morning run are all stimulating rhythmic patterns. They, too, can be life-enhancing cadences.
What makes captivating beats so beneficial? Could it be that the audible patterns that enrich us echo a deeper, spiritual lilt that has a divine origin?
Posted by Keith Wommack on Nov 18, 2015 | No Comments »
Already overdosed on campaign rhetoric? Tired of political posturing?
As tired of the lengthening of political seasons as you may be, there are some who are actually sick and tired. The stress over political battles has impacted their health.
It’s good to be an involved citizen, but, nasty politics can cause extremes in thought and unpleasant physical symptoms. It seems the more negative a political campaign gets, the more illness is experienced.
While you should support and vote for candidates you truly feel can best govern, getting caught up in the anxiety and anger of opposing sides won’t help. It will only add to what harms.
Posted by Keith Wommack on Oct 15, 2015 | 8 Comments »
The seven-night Oprah Winfrey television series, Belief, airing October 18 – 24, explores our “ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves.”
The second in the series, Belief: Love’s Story, explores loving unconditionally, love that unites, and loving your enemies. As critical as these are to those yearning to put their faith into practice, I believe that “Love’s Story” is even richer if you also take a look at Love’s power to heal the body.
Posted by Keith Wommack on Oct 5, 2015 | 14 Comments »
Throughout history, moments spent strolling through floral paths, even planting vegetable and herb gardens, have been found to be therapeutic.
A Health & Science article in The Washington Post put a spotlight on the benefits of nature moments. It examined Robert Zarr’s “innovative community health program,” DC Parks Rx, which is “committed to combating the woes of urban living by prescribing time outdoors.”
Zarr, a pediatrician, is convinced that a “growing body of scientific evidence” indicates “that many of the chronic scourges of city life can be prevented or alleviated by reconnecting with nature.”
How does communing with nature help?
Posted by Keith Wommack on Aug 17, 2015 | 16 Comments »
Are you seeking “Lower blood pressure, lower risk of dementia, less anxiety and depression, reduced cardiovascular risk, and overall greater happiness”?
Well there just might be “a magic pill for happiness and longevity” that can help you get such benefits, according to Terri Yablonsky Stat, in the Chicago Tribune – “a simple way to stay healthier”.
It is being generous.
It seems that generosity, no matter the age of the benefactor, benefits the giver physically and psychologically. In other words, it pays to be nice.
However, a hand isn’t moved to give unless a mind is moving it. So, what triggers the mind to give?
Is it wealth? Yes, it does help to possess something to be generous with. But material wealth, by itself, doesn’t always lead to generosity.
But how about spiritual wealth?
Posted by Keith Wommack on Aug 13, 2015 | 7 Comments »
They can’t ignore it. It’s there. Doctors, patients, and pharmaceutical companies can’t escape it. You can’t either. What is it?
The placebo effect.
The placebo effect is the health response patients experience when they believe they’re receiving a drug or surgery but are actually being given dummy drugs or simulated treatments.
Dr. Lissa Rankin writes, “The placebo effect is real, it works about 18-80% of the time, and it’s not just in your head – it actually dilates bronchi, heals ulcers, makes warts disappear, drops your blood pressure, and even makes bald men who think they’re getting Rogaine grow hair!”
Yet, there’s more.
Posted by Keith Wommack on Jul 28, 2015 | 9 Comments »
A recent announcement of the surprising breakup of Country music’s most famous couple shocked and saddened many of their fans.
One admirer tweeted — Now that Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are getting divorced I can say with 100% confidence that love does not exist —
Another tweeter grieved — I’m mourning over the divorce, I’m crying and eating a gallon of ice cream until I wake up from this nightmare —
Shelton, one of the coaches on NBC’s singing competition The Voice and superstar singer, Lambert, had been married for four years.
While some fans’ comments may have been tongue in cheek, even if exaggerated, they point to something we need to be alert to. If we worship anyone’s marriage in some degree, anointing it as idealistically perfect and tying our happiness to it, most likely we will experience sadness and resignation at every perceived failure.
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.