Tag Archives: wellbeing

Should We Lean a Little Harder on “Data With a Soul?”

If It Heals You Does It Need to Be Measured?, asked my recent Huffington UK blog.  Here is an excerpt from it… “If you cannot measure it, it doesn’t exist,” Brené Brown was told by a research professor when still an aspiring PhD student. Now, many years later and a research professor in her own […]

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Parkinson’s, placebos…and prayer?

My latest blog has been posted on the Huffington Post UK, based on the interesting BBC Horizon programme on placebos that aired on Monday. The blog is entitled “The Promise of Placebos – and the Promise Beyond?”. It illustrates both points, respectively, through the performance of placebos and spiritual healing in the case of Parkinson’s Disease. Here […]

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Someone you know might need to feel a deeper connection this Christmas…

‘Give us this day our daily bread’. Many know these words from The Lord’s Prayer, spoken by Jesus. But are they just a petition for nourishment or could they even be protesting against a deeper loneliness? A woman who suffered many lonely times herself thought so. She penned a ‘spiritual interpretation’ of this plea: ‘Give […]

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What’s the deal with chronic pain, God?

A rumour going around for, oh, several millennia, is that God’s divine m.o. includes sending suffering to teach us to love Him. That view has always mystified me. When I was a kid and ill my parents comforted me. They did all they could to help me. And later they would celebrate my recovery. So […]

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Finding the true ‘you’ beyond the labels…

It was probably just a simple misunderstanding between a physician and her patient but it had life-changing consequences. The woman being diagnosed recalled: “The doctor at the hospital kept asking me if I heard voices. “I didn’t know what she meant by this. Was she checking my hearing, my awareness? Was she using a metaphor? […]

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What’s “the glory of being alone”? And can it ease our loneliness?

‘Only the lonely, know the way I feel,’ Roy Orbison sang in his 1960 hit single. More than 50 years have now passed and during that time many who have felt forlorn have identified with the Big O’s chart-topping lyrics. Stephen Fry has just added himself very publicly to the list. The multi-faceted British writer and broadcaster made […]

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Is there a spiritual answer to the stress of caring?

Stress is not a new concept, but we live in an age which is constantly creating fresh varieties of angst to add to our mental in-tray. Caring doesn’t sound like it should be one of those in-tray items. Helping family, friends and strangers can often be uplifting. But when we become ‘carers’ and the demands […]

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So who wouldn’t want to flee the flu?

February celebrated “wise health care consumers” at the same time as newspapers and airwaves conveyed and questioned the need for “flu jabs”.  Are there other wise choices that could protect us from the flu? In 5 Other Ways to Flee the Flu – posted on BuzzFeed – I share some thoughts on how thinking generally, and prayer specifically, can […]

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When Even Your Headache Pills Give You a Headache is There a Way Out of the Medical Maze?

So you’ve got a headache and you want to be rid of it. It’s simple, right? You take a tablet. Or is it? As the Global Year Against Headache draws to a close the strategy for dealing with “the most frequent of medical complaints” is far from clear cut. For a start, that painkilling pill you are […]

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CHRISTIAN SCIENCE: Health and the Mental Signature

What do women want? Some might say it’s a question that has perplexed men for millennia! But in the box office hit of the same name, Mel Gibson’s screen character comes face to face with eye-opening answers when he unexpectedly finds himself reading the minds of women around him. The film has grossed $182m since its release […]

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