Archive for the ‘Mental nature of health’ Category - Keith Wommack - Nationally Syndicated Columnist on Health, Thought and Spirituality

Suicide and the Lifeline Of Your Spiritual Authority

Posted by Keith Wommack on Sep 14, 2015    |    10 Comments »

The tragedy of fifteen-year-old Sadie Walker has me thinking about lifelines.

Sadie took her life on Christmas Day last year, according to the Dallas Morning News, and her story suggests that doom and gloom thinking can be contagious.

Sadie had joined an online chat group of teenagers talking about self-harm – a community of silent co-sufferers hidden behind the veil of Internet privacy laws.

She had joined out of compassion, hoping to offer comfort and support to those struggling. Instead, the negative environment consumed her. Sadie quickly became overwhelmed and took her own life.


Are You Rich Enough To Be Generous

Posted by Keith Wommack on Aug 17, 2015    |    15 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?


Why two sides to every pancake affects your health

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.


Escape the painful consequences of sin

Posted by Keith Wommack on Mar 9, 2015    |    13 Comments »

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.”


A Powerful Way To Beat Depression

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.


31 Orange Jumpsuits – New beginnings

Posted by Keith Wommack on Jan 8, 2015    |    7 Comments »

A guard brought me to the classroom where I’d be speaking. I asked, “How many will be here?” He said, “Thirty-one.” I thought, “Wow, you have trouble talking to your own two kids.”

At the front of the empty classroom I paused to get my bearings. My prayer went something like this, “Well, here I am. Thank you for leading me, animating me. Show me how I express your wisdom. Keep reminding me that each one that comes into this room belongs to you. Please, put your words in my mouth.”

Then the procession began. Thirty-one of them, hands behind their backs, slowly made their way to rows of chairs. Thirty-one orange jumpsuits. Four young women. Twenty-seven young men. All in their teens, except two boys, age ten.

Thirty-one. Not one smile. Not one hello. Their body language screamed, “Disdain.”

I was introduced: “This is Mr. Wommack. He’s here to talk with you. Listen up. If you make a noise, disrupt, slump in your seats, or are in any way are out of order you will lose all privileges the rest of the day.”


You Quit, You Lose – We Do Too

Posted by Keith Wommack on Jan 5, 2015    |    14 Comments »

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?”

He said, “I don’t quit.”

We all have different strengths and abilities. And, perhaps, you won’t be applying my nephew’s Never-Give-In attitude on military battlefields or under extreme assessments, but you can in other situations.


Unwrap the gift of health this holiday

Posted by Keith Wommack on Dec 17, 2014    |    4 Comments »

If you’re like me, your search for what can heal you and keep you healthy continues.

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.


Emmy Nominee, Escape Fire – and How I Escaped Pain

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 a chance to view it.

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.

Healthcare is important to me as a Christian Science practitioner. When it comes to helping others through prayer, I feel that I’ve found my calling. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help and heal. I also appreciate it when others help me find relief.

Two years ago, as I stood outside and reluctantly prepared to mow my yard, my neighbor’s yardman pulled up with his trailer full of yard equipment. I was reluctant to begin working because my back was aching. It had been hurting for several weeks and I was having trouble bending over.

While watching the yardman drive his riding mower off the trailer, I thought perhaps he could help me. I didn’t realize just how much help he would be.


Do You Need Love To Be Healthy

Posted by Keith Wommack on Jul 8, 2014    |    3 Comments »

At that moment, I realized I could grumble and complain, or I could try something different. Delays like this happened in Houston all the time, and if I was to experience more harmonious commutes, I needed to adjust my attitude.

The “different” involved three simple words. As we slowly made our way around the accident, it came to me to silently say, “I love you,” to everyone I saw. This was not going to be easy while driving the busy freeways and streets of Houston.

At first, I was just mouthing words each time I looked at another driver, a passenger in a vehicle, or someone walking out of a store. However, within a short period of time, the words began to mean something. I exchanged tossing out stale I love you’s for heartfelt statements.

Fifteen minutes after we’d maneuvered around the truck and dirt, the anger and frustration faded. I was conscious of a wonderful peace and joy as my attempts at loving others turned into meaningful moments.