Your Story

Christmas holiday “thinking time” is good for your health

Christmas holiday “thinking time” is good for your health
Christmas holiday “thinking time” is good for your health
Many feel a pressing need to get away from it all and quite literally to lie on a beach during the Christmas holiday period. This isn’t a selfish desire, because a holiday break’s positive health effects are intuitively good for your mental, physical and spiritual health, as well as being backed up by current medical research.

It could also be argued that no great discovery or innovation made in human history has been made without considerable “thinking time” in an environment where mental and spiritual development can occur unimpeded by the demands on time by colleagues, relatives and friends.

Exodus: Gods and Kings is awe-inspiring in its use of CGI but doesn’t develop many of the underpinning spiritual themes in Moses’ story.

For instance, when Moses was banished from Egyptian society, his time-out spent in a humbling shepherd’s role enabled him to begin to understand his relationship to the divine – to become more thoughtful and less prejudiced, to choose to become more compassionate, to forgive himself and others, and to confront a fear of speaking in public, so that he was ready when it was time to “step up to the plate.” I’m sure most of us could draw parallels in our own lives, here.

The Ten Commandments, the culmination of Moses’ time spent in quiet contemplation, are unique but include universal principles which can be glimpsed in the teachings of every religion or moral system in practice today: it’s best and kindest if we honour our mum and dad, we shouldn’t kill people or hurt each other in any way, or ourselves by fretting over other’s possessions or achievements.

The first few Commandments explain the nature of God as One and All and are what sets them apart. Moses’ quintessential life purpose is set forth uniquely by American religious reformer, Mary Baker Eddy: “Moses advanced a nation to the worship of God in Spirit instead of matter, and illustrated the grand human capacities of being bestowed by immortal Mind.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures)

A better understanding of God as Love kept the children of Israel safe, no matter what. Now, that was worthwhile time spent in meditation.

Cell biologist, Dr Bruce Lipton, keynote speaker at the Uplift Festival held at Byron Bay a few days ago, also had a transformational experience, when he was elbowed out of the scientific world to make way for the emerging biochemical view of reality.

Lone researchers like Lipton had the time to discover a better model based on the study of quantum physics, an epigenetic (above genetics) model, which is now claiming increasing interest from the scientific world.

In his talk, he also explained that it’s not a random evolution of material organisations we are experiencing here on earth, but an evolution of consciousness that is really occurring.

The man who knew and demonstrated best our essential spiritual nature lived over 2000 years ago. Many in Australia and around the world celebrate his birth each year on 25 December.

Jesus’ view of reality as spiritual and based in divine Love, or heaven already on earth, couldn’t help but revolutionise. It instigated social change, moderated the weather, healed mental and physical sickness and supplied immediate needs.

However, he didn’t achieve this state of thought without regularly taking time out. So often the Bible states that he went by himself or with his disciples “into a mountain” to pray, to meditate on God’s spiritual idea, man and the universe.

As we celebrate His great gift to humanity, take precious time this holiday season to renew, rejuvenate, recharge, revive, repair, and consider rekindling your true spirit.

Kay Stroud writes on the link between consciousness and health and is a regular contributor to APN print and online publications. For more information on these trends or answers to questions about Christian Science visit www.health4thinkers.com

Topics:  byron bay, christmas, exodus, genetics, holidays, jesus christ, moses, uplift festival


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Legal community calls for fair go

Wood and brass judges gavel on a law book

Legal community calls for fair go

Government veges ‘out’ on inaccurate maps

NOT HAPPY JEN: Jennifer Kellie is angry about her land falling under new vegetation laws.

Government veges ‘out’ on inaccurate maps

How to capture nature through the lens

AVID PHOTOGRAPHER: Kurt Fleischfresser specialises in taking photos of snakes and wildlife.

Kurt Fleischfresser loves to capture close ups of wildlife.

Latest deals and offers

Police host crime prevention event at Narangba

A crime prvention event will be held at the Narangba Valley Tavern carpark this Friday June 3 from 7pm until 10pm.

Legal community calls for fair go

Wood and brass judges gavel on a law book

Legal community calls for fair go

Government veges ‘out’ on inaccurate maps

NOT HAPPY JEN: Jennifer Kellie is angry about her land falling under new vegetation laws.

Government veges ‘out’ on inaccurate maps

How to capture nature through the lens

AVID PHOTOGRAPHER: Kurt Fleischfresser specialises in taking photos of snakes and wildlife.

Kurt Fleischfresser loves to capture close ups of wildlife.

Campaign promises 6000 jobs on strawberry farms

SWEET JOB: RDA chair Shane Newcombe, grower Dave Fairweather and Division 12 Councillor Adrian Raedel.

Campaign aims to drive job seekers to stawberry farms in the region.

Aldi ready to threaten Coles and Woolworths stranglehold

THEY are the little supermarket that could in Australia.

Caitlyn Shadbolt, Sara Storer join Gympie Muster bill

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMC Rocks in March 2016.

AWARD-winning singers star in third line-up announcement.

Shark Hunter warns of Attack

Shark hunter Joel merchant hooks a Tiger shark.

Joel Merchant says more sharks on the way as temperature drops.

Beyonce is better than Beethoven according to your dog

Sony research shows that dogs prefer Top 40 over classical.

Research commissioned by Sony shows that dogs like Top 40 more than classical.

Kevin Walters has done his homework on Moylan

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29:  Coach Kevin Walters during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session on May 29, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Qld Couch Kevin Walters is aware of NSW fullback.

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked