Archive for the ‘Spirituality in Society’ Category - Keith Wommack - Nationally Syndicated Columnist on Health, Thought and Spirituality


Do You Love Enough To Heal Your Dog And Cat? To Bring An Elephant To Tears?

Posted by Keith Wommack on Aug 12, 2014    |    6 Comments »

Recently, under darkness of night, members of a Wildlife SOS team, devoted to protecting animals in India, approached a cruelly confined elephant.

Cavan Sieczkowski, in a HuffingtonPost article, wrote of the rescue attempt in India, “For 50 years, Raju the elephant was abused, held shackled in spiked chains and forced to live off scraps from passing tourists.”

The rescue team, armed with fruit, spoke softly to Raju and reassured him that they were there to help. Once Raju felt their love, tears poured down his face. Sieczkowski quotes one of the team leaders, “It was an emotional moment and everyone was more motivated to get him on the truck and to safety.”

The rescuers’ efforts paid off. Raju is now living comfortably at an Elephant Conservation and Care Center. His physical wounds are being treated and he is being prepared to meet other elephants at the center.

Love motivated Raju’s rescue. It is also love that impels you and me to care for the emotional and physical needs of our household pets.

However, not only does love motivate you to help, love motivates you to heal.

 

Why 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.

 

Why You Can Stand Up And Live Like An All-Star After Being Dumped, Left Out, Or Forgotten

Posted by Keith Wommack on Jun 23, 2014    |    3 Comments »

Turn the clock back to ’69.

All the teams were seated around the infield of the Little League Baseball field. My twin brother, Kevin, and I were decked out in our uniforms, sitting and laughing in our team’s cluster between the pitcher’s mound and third base.

It was All-Star selection day. My heart raced in anticipation.

The league was made up of ten, eleven, and twelve year olds. Kevin and I were twelve.

The names of the selected players began to be called out over the loud speakers. Johnny was first. When he heard his name, the new All-Star jumped up and stood on the first base line close to home plate. Parents watching from the bleachers clapped and cheered.

I knew Johnny would be an All-Star. He was an excellent hitter. I anxiously wondered, “When will my name be called?”

 

My secret to a healthy body

Posted by Keith Wommack on May 27, 2014    |    4 Comments »

When in high school, I experimented, not with drugs, but with something quite different. My interest was not the norm. I wanted to see how long I could focus on divine concepts throughout the day.

Why?

I had become intrigued with the idea that spiritual thinking could have a direct impact on health.

My experiment took place several decades ago before published studies revealed the positive mental and physical effects attributed to prayer and spiritual living.

Here’s a brief description of my results:

Day 1: Got out of bed – ate a bowl of cereal – all the while, thinking about divine ideas. However, as soon as my brothers and I piled into our old ‘55 Chevy to head to school, I forgot all about the experiment.

 

Want a healthy body? Learn to listen

Posted by Keith Wommack on Apr 29, 2014    |    5 Comments »

Admit it. You’re a lousy listener.

Don’t fret. I used to be one, but I’ve been fine-tuning my skill, and you can too.

I believe, you’ll want to improve your listening because good listeners have fulfilling relationships and are more apt to experience good health.

Regarding relationships, as you look to improve your listening ability, there are destructive behavioral habits you’ll need to be aware of and abandon.

 

Top Apps Heal Mind and Body

Posted by Keith Wommack on Apr 7, 2014    |    6 Comments »

Do you want to control your own health care? If so, you’re not alone. A societal shift to a more patient-centered, empowered care is taking place.

Influential game changers in this adjustment, allowing people to play a more active role in their health care, are computer tablets and smart phones, as health apps are being downloaded daily.

However, if you really desire added control over your health, you might consider a few Bible apps.

Yes, Bible apps. Studies show prayer and spirituality benefit both mind and body.

 

Ridiculously small steps lead to a healthier lifestyle

Posted by Keith Wommack on Mar 18, 2014    |    7 Comments »

Today, living a healthier lifestyle is at the top of many wish lists.

The good news is that eating fresh foods, getting off the couch and exercising more, and making time to pray and read scripture contribute to better minds and bodies. And, perhaps, the spiritual activities could be the most beneficial for your long-term health.

Unfortunately, the bad news is that most people have trouble following through with any program of healthy activities.

Why?

Because even though we can be motivated, this motivation carries us only so far. Utilizing willpower, as well, causes us to fall short.

Why do these fail us when they bring hope in the beginning?

 

What stops you from being healthy?

Posted by Keith Wommack on Feb 10, 2014    |    1 Comment »

Will World-class competition and the medaling of champions keep you watching the 2014 Winter Olympics? Or will you watch in anticipation of barriers and limitations being shattered?

When it comes to breakthroughs and victories, though, you don’t just have to witness Shaun White pull off a Double McTwist 1260 (a snowboarding feat), you too can be an achiever, a champion.

Yes, your victories may start out smaller than Sochi gold, but in the long run, they may actually be more beneficial to you.

While practicing the guitar and learning languages, I’ve noticed a phenomenon that might help explain how you can shatter limiting expectations.

In order to master a guitar riff or learn a phrase, I sometimes struggle for days or weeks with no progress. Then, out of the blue, I experience a breakthrough. One minute I can’t, and then the next, I can. What couldn’t be done before now seems natural, as if I’d always had the know-how.

 

Happiness – Healthy Body and Spirit

Posted by Keith Wommack on Feb 3, 2014    |    2 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.

A few minutes later, I helped Bob onto a bus for a ride over to another VA building. Once he was seated, the bus driver came over, started shaking his head, as possibly only bus drivers who have seen-it-all can do, and said, “He is the greatest. He always brightens my day.” He also meant it.

Robert Milne Yates, or Bob as most everyone knew him, was a walking dispensary of joy. Everywhere he went he touched lives. Perhaps, we could say that he was a healer, of sorts.

 

Twin Research: Stop surrendering to genetics – Start controlling bodily health

Posted by Keith Wommack on Jan 27, 2014    |    7 Comments »

What interests me about twin studies, besides being a twin myself, is that some encourage a deeper look into what allows you and me to control our own wellbeing.

Genetics portrays existence as shaped into preordained patterns and limits by the chromosomal linkups initiated at conception. But are dominant and recessive genes really the authority when it comes to determining health?

If yes, why do those who forgive, initiate kindness, and expect goodness have better health, as so many studies now confirm? Is it better genes or is it improved moral integrity and spiritual understanding that make for the best health?