A Joyful Noise!

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

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Vol. 10 pg 26 (06-30-11) SPIRITUALITY

UCM WISHES YOU A HAPPY 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION!

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AFFIRMATION

I am Spiritually Healthy and Happy

Relax, and remember how truly beautiful and unique you are. Relax, and remember how positively powerful you can be.

Don’t waste your time wishing for something outside of you to magically make your life easier. Instead, make life easy on yourself by making full use of your magnificent capabilities.

The pain of what you worry about is mostly in the worry itself. The joy you seek to experience is yours as soon as you allow it to be.

Feel how truly good you know your life can be. Act on those feelings, right now, and the goodness comes to life.

Most of the difficulties are difficult only because you have decided they are. Gratefully embrace them, and you’ll touch their positive value.

Remind yourself how good life can be. From there, you can make it even better.

Written by Ralph Marston – submitted by Rev. Maria Vera

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How does spirituality influence the health of our country?

While experts are looking into helping people get well and survive in the United States, spirituality has not been forgotten. It has been found that spiritual practices improve coping skills and social support, foster feelings of optimism and hope, promote healthy behavior, reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, and encourage a sense of relaxation.

Spiritual experiences contribute to: Positive psychological attitudes; Reduction of medical symptoms; improved quality of life, less burdened by illness; Greater life satisfaction; Lower blood pressure; Lower mortality rates from coronary artery disease and cardiac surgery; improved obstetric outcomes; and, Utilization of fewer health services in general.

Wow, just think – going to a spiritualist church, meditating or praying daily, using spiritual tools to alleviate stressful feelings can influence immune, cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels) hormonal and nervous systems.

People who have a faith in a Creator/Divine/Mother/Father God, compassion toward others, a sense of inner peace, and attend spiritual services have a better chance of surviving for a longer time than those who do not live with such belief systems. Qualities like faith, hope, and forgiveness, and the use of social support, meditation and prayer seem to have a noticeable effect on health and healing on individuals and on the country in which they live.

·        Hope. — A positive attitude that a person assumes in the face of difficulty.

·        Forgiveness. — A practice encouraged by many spiritual traditions, forgiveness is a release of hostility and resentment from past hurts.

·        Love and Social Support. — A close network of family and friends that lends help and emotional support has been found to offer protection against many diseases and an increased sense of patriotism. Come get your fill at CCL!

·        Prayer. — Today, many Americans believe that prayer is an important part of daily life. In a 2006 poll, more than one half of doctors reported that they believe prayer and meditation help patients, and 67% reported praying for a patient. Researchers are studying intercessory prayer (asking a higher power to intervene on behalf of another either known or unknown to the person praying. Although it is particularly difficult to study the effect of distance prayer, current research in coronary care units (intensive care units in hospitals devoted to people who just suffered a heart attack) suggests there is benefit. In this study, compared to those who were not prayed for, patients who were prayed for showed general improvements in the course of their illness, less complications, and even fewer deaths suggesting that prayer does help.

What illnesses and conditions respond well to spirituality?

Programs with a strong spiritual component, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), show that spiritual disciplines may be especially effective for drug and alcohol addiction. The regular practice of prayer and meditation is strongly associated with recovery and abstinence from drugs.

Results from several studies indicate that people with strong spiritual beliefs heal faster from surgery, are less anxious and depressed, have lower blood pressure, and cope better with chronic illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and spinal cord injury.

One clinical study at Duke University found that people who attend regular spiritual services tend to have better immune function. In another clinical study of 232 older adults undergoing heart surgery, those who were religious were 3 times less likely to die within the 6 months after surgery than those who were not.

What is the future of spirituality in medical practice?

Many medical schools in the United States have included spiritual teachings in their curricula. This will result in fewer medical bills and better medical benefits in America.

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Why don’t Buddhists vacuum in the corners?
Because they have no attachments.

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Bumper sticker humor: “It’s ok. I didn’t believe in reincarnation last time either”

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I once cheated on my metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy next to me.

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Short history of medicine:

2000 B.C. – Here, eat this root.
1000 A.D. – That root is heathen, say this prayer.
1850 A.D. – That prayer is superstition, drink this potion.
1940 A.D. – That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.
1985 A.D. – That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.
2000 A.D. – That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.
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One Zen student said, “My teacher is the best. He can go days without eating.”

The second said, “My teacher has so much self control, he can go days without sleep.”

The third said, “My teacher is so wise that he eats when he’s hungry and sleeps when he’s tired.”

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