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Carlos Santana – Music heals and charisma screams

Posted by Keith Wommack on Dec 23, 2013    |    Comments Off

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Music is an integral part of our lives. It’s as if we yearn to be surrounded and inspired by rhythm and melody. One man who certainly knows how to help satisfy this yearning through his Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion sound is Carlos Santana.

On Sunday, December 29, CBS aired the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors that were recorded in November. Santana is one of five honorees who received lifetime achievement accolades. The other accomplished recipients were: singer/songwriter Billy Joel, jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, actress Shirley MacLaine, and opera soprano Martina Arroyo.

The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame’s website, states, “[Hall member] Guitarist Carlos Santana is one of rock’s true virtuosos and guiding lights.” His band has sold over 100 million records and earned 10 Grammy Awards, but, as well, Santana, himself, is a humanitarian and, maybe, most importantly, a spiritual thinker. Read More→



Your health care provider desperately needs help

Posted by Keith Wommack on Dec 16, 2013    |    4 Comments »

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Recently, Kenneth Pargament, PhD, shared troubling facts about the lives of health care providers:

  • 45.8 percent of physicians report at least one symptom of burnout; highest rate among those involved in frontline care (Shanafelt, 2012)
  • Physicians have twice the risk of suicide of general population
  • Each year, it would take the equivalent of 1 to 2 average size graduating classes of medical school to replace the number of physicians who kill themselves (Miller & McGowen, 2000)

As mentioned in my last column, the 22nd Annual Psychotherapy and Faith Conference was hosted by the Institute of Spirituality and Health at The Texas Medical Center in Houston.

Dr. Pargament, a professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University, was one of the conference speakers. His talk was titled Conversations with Eeyore: Spirituality and the Generation of Hope among Mental Health Providers.

Pargament explained that health care providers can be traumatized by what they see in their client’s lives. But, even though they may be traumatized, the sacred dimension (spirituality) of a client can lift them up. Attending to the spiritual aspects of clients can actually jumpstart both the lives of the client and the care provider. Pargament also stated that spirituality fosters the sense that something runs beneath what we see. Read More→



“Spirituality and depression are one journey” – Dr. Lisa Miller

Posted by Keith Wommack on Nov 25, 2013    |    2 Comments »

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Adult depression is a significant problem, a problem that is being widely acknowledged. Adolescent depression is also being studied closely, as more and more children appear to show signs of despair.

Although parents may not be able to determine whether a child is merely going through a short-term behavioral phase or whether the child is experiencing depression, there is a consensus that children should be helped, and quickly.

The National Institute of Mental Health is educating the public. The Institute’s website explains, “The depressed child may pretend to be sick, refuse to go to school, cling to a parent, or worry that the parent may die. Older children may sulk, get into trouble at school, be negative, grouchy, and feel misunderstood.”

Beneficial studies show that, perhaps, a surprising correlation exists that can be helpful to those suffering.

On November 16, The Spirituality of Hope and Healing: Seeking the Sacred in the Midst of Despair was the theme for the 22nd Annual Psychotherapy and Faith Conference hosted by the Institute of Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

One of the speakers, Lisa Miller, PhD, presented her talk Spirituality Protects Against Recurrence of Depression: Science at Multiple Levels of Analysis.

Dr. Miller is Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College, where she founded and directs the Spirituality Mind Body Institute. She is also the Associate Editor of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality and Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the new journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice.

During her presentation, Miller shared that a ten-year study on religiosity and major depression revealed that despair was often correlated with spiritual awakening. She mentioned that those on spiritual quests sound very similar to those suffering with depression. Read More→



Thoughts that harm your body need to be arrested

Posted by Keith Wommack on Nov 13, 2013    |    2 Comments »

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The capture was made while I was, of all things, playing a board game at a friend’s house.

I was ten years old, and my friend was taking too long to make his next chess move. As I stared out the window, I saw my twin brother and another friend running between two houses towards the street.

The second they reached asphalt, police cars surrounded them. Both of them looked frightened as officers jumped out of their vehicles. My brother and his friend were handcuffed, placed in the cars, and driven away.

Stunned, I ran home, flung open the door, and yelled, “Kevin’s been arrested!”

Later, I learned that vandals had caused damage to a vacant house. Kevin and several other boys, foolishly, wandered into the house through a broken sliding glass door to examine the mess. Seeing activity at the house, a neighbor called the police, believing that the offenders were back.

The neighbor’s call was perfectly understandable. He wanted the vandalism stopped. However, because of the call, my brother was mistakenly identified, temporarily, as a juvenile delinquent.

How does my brother’s experience relate to your health? Read More→



Do you have a healthy attitude?

Posted by Keith Wommack on Sep 17, 2013    |    1 Comment »

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Why not consider utilizing spiritual practices the next time you face frightening challenges. Researchers are finding this exercise can yield beneficial rewards.

Mark Hyman, MD, in Calm Your Mind, Heal Your Body, writes “What is this critical factor that determines so much about how healthy or how sick you are? It is your attitude, your social life, your community, and your spiritual beliefs.”

Hyman also states, “…the most powerful pharmacy in the world … is right between your ears!”

Healthier lifestyles might be found, not only in what’s between your ears, but, most importantly, in what’s between you and your God. Read More→



You are not prepared for a health miracle

Posted by Keith Wommack on Aug 19, 2013    |    3 Comments »

Napping iStock_000008968725XSmallMichael Kirsch, MD, in Can prayer heal the sick? wrote about a woman who, after going through a surgery in 1985, was informed that she most likely had only 1 to 2 years to live. “The patient and her husband were devastated.” The husband “related the tragic news to his 3 children, ages 3, 5 and 8.”

While recovering from surgery, the woman’s 3-year-old daughter told her mother she wasn’t going to die because God had told her that her mother would live. “The patient related that she felt an unusual sensation that began at the top of her head and rippled slowly down her body until it reached the soles of her feet.”

The woman received no further treatments. And she is well today.

Dr. Kirsch then shared, “There are many medical cases that carve a course that I would not have predicted and do not understand. What forces may be at play there? I can’t say for sure, but I know many believe that prayer may be more powerful than our most potent prescriptions.” Read More→



Is The God You’ve Created the Cause Of All Your Disease?

Posted by Keith Wommack on Aug 6, 2013    |    Comments Off

512M8TAEBSL._SY300_The human race yearns for spirituality. It really does. But even more, there is a yearning to know how spirituality influences mental and physical health.

Today, there are health-practitioners as well as theologians who are actively seeking, discovering, and applying life principles that meet mankind’s yearning. Let me introduce Michele Longo O’Donnell. She is both.

In 1965 Michele became a registered nurse and devoted several years to pediatric intensive care, emergency room, and coronary care units. Currently, she is a healthcare provider, minister, and spiritual counselor.

I have known Michele for over twenty years, as we have shared ideas about spiritual healing. Recently, I asked her to answer some questions for this column. Read More→



Help yourself live longer

Posted by Keith Wommack on Jul 23, 2013    |    1 Comment »

@Glowimages 019072.The wait is over. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife, Kate, are the proud parents of a future King. As they try to take in the wonder of being a first-time royal father and mother, it wouldn’t surprise me if they weren’t already considering health, — the longevity of their son.

While a wide variety of health modalities are available to William and Kate, as they are to you and your family, affirmation that health can be extended, regardless of age, is found in evidence that links thought to a life that approximates ageless living.

Many years ago, an article in The Lancet, one of the world’s leading general medical journals, described the experience of an English woman. The woman became insane and lost track of time after the man she loved abandoned her. Believing she still lived in the same hour of his departure, she never appeared to age.

After the article was published, Mary Baker Eddy, an American healer, author, and early researcher on health, thought, spirituality, and the powerful connection they have to each other, detailed the English woman’s experience. Read More→



Health & Fitness: Run, Swim, Pray, Dance

Posted by Keith Wommack on Jul 15, 2013    |    1 Comment »

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Apparently, there’s more to a workout  — dancing, running, and swimming — than just moving muscles.

While it seems you’re exercising a body, you might actually be flexing spiritual power. Why? Because, first and foremost, you may be more of a spiritual being than you know. Possibly, this is why when running, swimming, or dancing, you can experience greater freedom and release from disappointment, sorrow, jealousy, self-will, and pain.

Recently, I asked Leslie BarkerGrace Duke, and Dr. Janice LaPointe-Crump about their thoughts on health and fitness, and whether spirituality plays a role in their training. Read More→



Health regardless of lifestyle, diet, and genes?

Posted by Keith Wommack on Jun 10, 2013    |    5 Comments »

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If you had lived in Roseto, Pennsylvania, between 1955 and 1965 most likely you’d be Italian. Roseto’s residents, during this time period, were mostly immigrants from Roseto Valfortore, Italy.

Not only were most of the residents in Roseto, Pennsylvania, Italians, they were consistently healthy.

During that same time period however, residents of the nearby town of Bangor didn’t have such a consistent picture of health. A mile separated them from predictable wellness – the Roseto Effect.

Because Roseto’s residents were so surprisingly healthy compared to the rest of the United States, researches, once they learned of the health differences, began to study every aspect of the residents’ lives to find the cause of their good fortune.

Joe Stampone, a relative of one of the founding fathers of Roseto, Pennsylvania, explains why early researchers were so intrigued: “Virtually no [resident] under 55 died of a heart attack; for men over 65, the death rate from heart attack was half that of the United States as a whole; and the death rate from all causes was 35% lower than it should have been. There was no suicide, no alcoholism, no drug addiction, and little crime to speak of. No one was on welfare and no one even suffered from peptic ulcers. These people died of old age. That’s it!”

So, what kept these Italians so healthy? Read More→