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Spirituality/Religion And Health

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A Healthy Spirit

When you meet someone who is spiritually healthy, usually; you’re immediately drawn to that person. You feel good just by being around them. These people are magnets for happiness, freedom and generosity, and have a unique ability to enjoy the present moment. Most people desire to live a prosperous and happy life. We all have the ability to chose the path of less resistance. No matter your choice (spiritual or religious) the decision belongs to you and only you…spirituality-religion-health

You have to find out what direction best suits who you are and what is relevant to your desires. Being spiritually healthy, is the ultimate high. Most people around you will recognize your demeanor as a positive flowing personality. In many cases they will gravitate to you and feel free to discuss any topic with you. You would be looked upon as easily approachable…

One way of achieving true spiritual satisfaction is by following your heart’s desires.

Most people are inherently good people and tend not to pay attention to their needs. We should recognize that in the grand scheme of things, most of what we think matters….doesn’t it? When you distinguish what your vision is – and therefore acknowledge what you need to do, document it (write it down). On the off chance that it is varied – or even the contrary – of what you are (as of now) doing, think about how that affects you. If it makes you feel awkward, congrats! Moving out of your usual range of familiarity implies you are going to accomplish something significant.

You are now at a point in your life  that you will take in more than any time in recent memory! It’s time to consider a viewpoint of dedication, about that with the goal that dread isn’t the main thing you feel. We have frequently been educated to fear the obscure, which makes a considerable lot of us endeavor to “control the result” of all that we do. However this keeps us bolted up inside and playing little. Pursuing your heart’s wants is BIG and keeping in mind that it’s frightening, it can likewise be extremely energizing!

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James 1:26-27

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

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New Year Resolutions

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The Bible doesn’t mention making resolutions at the beginning of a new year–but it does urge us to examine our lives regularly, and to seek God’s help to become better persons every day.

Some Resolutions to consider

  1. Engage with people more than technology.
  2. Take your soul seriously.
  3. Increase your kindness.
  4. Choose someone to forgive.
  5. In forgiving, include yourself.

Lamentations 3:40.

“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord”

Every January, millions of people begin their year with New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight, getting organized (my email is a mess), exercising more, eating healthier, and managing finances better are some of the most common resolutions. But what about making spiritual New Year’s resolutions?

We make commitments and tell our friends and family on January 1st, only to give it all up by January 3rd. But as humans, our struggle for consistency goes way beyond resolutions. Making commitments we can’t keep runs all through society, back to Biblical times. In the Bible, James spoke of some people who can teach us a valuable lesson about great intentions that aren’t aligned with God’s will:

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Philippians 4:13

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

John 15:5

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

 

If God is the center of your New Year’s resolution, it has chance for success, depending on your commitment to it. If it is God’s will for something to be fulfilled, He will enable you to fulfill it. So, if a resolution is not God honoring and/or is not in agreement in God’s Word, we will not receive God’s help in fulfilling the resolution.

 

1 Timothy 6:11

As we begin this new year, pause right now and ask God to show you what He wants to do in your life during this coming year. Resolve to grow closer to Christ every day, and with the help of His Holy Spirit to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness”


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Harassment and Mental Health

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General definition of harassment: Aggressive pressure or intimidation

Reason vary as to why most people don’t say anything about being harassed, usually they’re afraid of retaliation. The bible makes reference to the terms ‘harass’ and ‘harassing’ but most frequently the term ‘hurtful scheme’ is used to denote harassment. The impact on an individual’s mental health can be devastating and paralyzing to their natural alertness. i.e.;

  • Denial, confusion, self-doubt, frustration, guilt, embarrassment, self-blame.
  • Apprehension, fear, anxiety about safety self/others/pets.
  • Isolated, helpless, panic attacks, agoraphobia.
  • Depression and stress (or symptoms related to those conditions).
  • Poor concentration, memory..
  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts.
  • Hyper vigilance, easily frightened, foreboding.
  • Changes in personality e.g. withdrawn, angry, irritable, short tempered.
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

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Bully Harassment

One of the issues that many of us deal with while growing up is bullying harassment. Bullying is unwanted behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated over time with the intent to cause harm. Bullying behavior may include: making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and deliberately excluding someone from a group. Bullying harassment is common, but that does not mean that it should be acceptable. It is a good idea to teach your children ways to avoid bullies, and also to teach them to treat others with respect. Regardless of where the behavior started or who started the conflict, it is behavior that no one wants to have as a “norm” in our schools. Thus, addressing incidents of bullying and harassment proactively and/or re actively, immediately and effectively, is crucial in transforming these kinds of behaviors into more positive behaviors in our schools. Indeed, it is possible for some who have been harassed to become bullies themselves in some situations.

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DON’T FEAR CONFLICT

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We have more opportunities of disagreements and dilemmas when we increase our daily time together. Inevitably; the more time together, the greater the prospect for conflict.

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Proverbs 12:18

There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.

A disagreement about one aspect of our survival quickly descends into an excuse to bring up everything else that’s bothering us. Researchers call that phenomenon “spillover.”

 

Romans 12:17-21

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of god, for it is written, “vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the lord. “but if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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PERSONAL CONNECTION

I’m imagining that an emotional involvement in a situation (conflict) prevents us from being totally objective and free-minded about a solution. Instead of viewing conflict as threatening, we should view it as essential to our success and/or personal growth. We’re all entrenched with problems, when issues pop – up, dispense with them appropriately and hastily.

Ephesians 4:29

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

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POSITIVE DEVIANCE, DON’T FEAR CONFLICT

DON’T FEAR CONFLICT: I’ve often found explaining the problem to someone else helps, it renders it amenable to a more objective analysis. Frequently, I’ve solved the ‘impossible’ problem half way through explaining it to a third party. Have you ever pretend you were someone else (someone who’s courage/intelligence/boldness, you admire) and think of how that person would handle it. Sometimes, usually; I can come up with an improved solution by using this technique.

Ephesians 4:26

Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.

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LASTLY

Creative solutions to conflicts are in an abundance, being proactive and unprejudiced to an arising issue only can help us to affectively solve our conflicts.

Proverbs 15:1

A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

Ephesians 4:29

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

 

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TEMPTATION – SELF-CONTROL

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Temptation describes the persuading or inducing a person into committing such an act, by manipulation or otherwise of curiosity, desire or fear of loss. Desire, conflict, and self-control; to what extent does desires conflict with other goals? One might ask, how often and successful do people exercise self-control to resist their desires/temptations? Or, do conflict with other goals tend to elicit resistance, with uneven success?

Also, is temptation not the same as sin? This truth is obvious from the Scriptures. In the Lord’s Prayer, we are taught to pray “forgive us our debts” and “lead us not into temptation” (Matt. 6:12-13). They are not the same.

For forty days and forty nights [Jesus] fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.’” (Matthew 4:2-3).

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NEAR OCCASIONS OF SIN

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The initial step to resist temptation in the moment is to recognize your weaknesses. In addition to your initial step you need to assess your “near occasions of sin.” These “near occasions” are things, people, emotions, or series of events that ultimately lead to the moment of temptation. These “occasions” are to be avoided at all costs. If that means, literally, running in the opposite direction – run. If that means declining an invitation – decline it. Whatever it means for you, be sure to avoid these “occasions of sin.”

TO BE DISCIPLINED

According to a 2013 study by Wilhelm Hoffman, people with high self control are happier than those without. The study discovered this is true because the self disciplined subjects were more capable of dealing with goal conflicts. These people spent less time debating whether to indulge in behaviors detrimental to their health, and were able to make positive decisions more easily. Instead, they made informed, rational decisions on a daily basis without feeling overly stressed or upset.

 

1 Corinthians 9:27

But I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

 

JUST A REALITY:

While no two people are exactly alike, the temptations confronting each individual are basically the same as have confronted others.