Grab the Right Attitude About Midlife: It’s A Whole New Life Ahead

Hitting midlife is certainly a milestone, as the stress related to forging a career, settling down and raising children fades into the rearview mirror and it’s time to shift down a gear. We start to feel more content and it’s time to truly enjoy life! It only gets better from here, with life getting better with each decade.

According to Psychology Today, the older we get the happier we are, and as we kiss our 30’s goodbye, our happiness grows.

Our worry tails off as we say farewell to the stress and anger that we have been experiencing, and in comes enjoyment and happiness. In fact, our happiness continues to grow the older we get, with peak happiness continuing until the age of 85!

With age comes wisdom, which offers us the ability to be in tune with our thoughts and feelings.

It also becomes easier for us to screen the negatives out of our lives and instead focus on the positives. Older people find it easier to dismiss their temper in favor of savoring enjoyable experiences.

Midlife crises seem to be a thing of the past, with improvements in education, life expectancy, and healthcare.

It’s fair to say, rather than life beginning at 40, 50 or 60, it’s simply a new life. We no longer have to worry about the wobbles that 40 to 60 somethings of past generations have. The difficult decisions are behind us and it’s time to start enjoying life.

Think of the first half of your life as the research period where you have spent your years discovering who you are and what you like and in the latter half you can start fulfilling it.

Consider the man who coined the term midlife crisis in the first place. Elliot Jaques was a Canadian psychoanalyst and at the age of 48, in 1965, he coined that term. Between 1965 and his death in 2003, aged 86, he wrote twelve books, got married, served as a consultant to the US Army and the Church of England.

It’s safe to say that the latter half of his life was when some amazing things happened. It’s just a fact of life that older people have the ability to view their life circumstances more positively, forgetting their bad experiences.

Listening To Your Body For Better Health

For many of us, better health does not come naturally. It is usually something we must work on in order to lead healthy lives and have overall excellent health. This means listening to your body and understanding what it is telling you about what is going on inside the body. Here are some ways you can listen to your body so you can have a life that is sustained by good health.

Watching The Scale

You can listen to your body every time you put on your clothes or when stepping on the scale. Do your clothes fit right? Are they becoming too loose on you or are they fitting snuggly? Is the scale tipping one way or another in the wrong direction? If you find that you are losing too much weight or packing on the pounds, it may be that you are being affected by stress and are not eating in ways that promote good health.

Good health comes from eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. This is in lieu of eating processed foods such as cookies, cakes, processed meals, and candies-all of which have excess calories and preservatives that are generally unhealthy for you.

Eating too little can affect your health as well. When you eat less than the amount of food you are supposed to eat, you can suffer from lack of proper nutrients. Lacking in proper nutrients, your body does not function properly and you can cause yourself to be sick from lack of the nutrients to support immune health.

Listen To Your Digestive System

Your digestive system is not only the way you get proper nutrients but also it is a main way your body uses to protect itself from pathogens. The digestive system is one big part of the immune system so you need to treat it with the care it deserves. This means paying attention to episodes of diarrhea that can strip the colon of protective bacteria, constipation, and indigestion from being under excess stress or eating the wrong foods.

You can care for your digestive system by eating healthy foods and by taking probiotics, which can replenish the gut with good bacteria. Probiotics can be taken in by eating plain yogurt with live cultures or by eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kefir.

If you can’t get it in the foods you eat, you can purchase many probiotic supplements at the drug store or online. Some of the best probiotics are those that come in spore form. The spores can survive the acidic environment of your stomach and then release the live bacteria in the intestines, where they take root and drive out the bad bacteria and fungi.

Listen To Your Cardiovascular System

This means following your blood pressure and pulse very carefully. If you are inactive or have a family history of high blood pressure, you may be suffering from high blood pressure and not know it. This means you have to check your blood pressure every time you run across a blood pressure machine at the drug store or grocery store.

When you see the doctor, your blood pressure will be taken as well. If it is consistently elevated, you may need to be on an antihypertensive medication or modify your diet and exercise program so you can avoid some of the many complications of high blood pressure.

You should check your pulse as well on a periodic basis. A high pulse can mean that you are too inactive or are under a great deal of stress. Exercise can cause your heart to function better and will slow your pulse to normal levels.

Listen For And Respect Signs Of Stress and Fatigue

Feel tired, but keep pushing yourself past your limits? Are you fighting fatigue on a regular basis, instead of taking the time to rest and rejuvenate? Fatigue and low energy are both your body talking to you and letting you know that you need to rest and relax, if you don’t listed you will crash and burn.

Are you ignoring anxiety, instead of looking to erase its sources and lower stress levels? Stress kills, and you are the only one that can take care to reduce its load on your body, mind, and spirit. Great ways to fight stress and its impact are Tai Chi, meditation, yoga and taking vacations on a regular basis.

How Silence Serves Your Brain and Wellness

The modern world is indeed loud and distracting, and silence may be increasingly difficult to come by, which impairs our wellness, serenity, and inner peace, but there are many reasons to make time for silence in your life.

“All of man’s problems could be solved if he could just learn to sit

alone in a room with himself for an hour” – Pascal (1623-1662)

Silence Reduces Tension and Stress

Noise can lead to high blood pressure and heart attacks, loud noise raises stress levels and promotes the release of the stress hormone cortisol.

Conversely, silence does the opposite, promoting calm, inner peace, allowing the brain to have a rest.

Research has shown that silence releases tension in both the brain and the body.

A 2006 study published in the journal Heart reported that just two minutes of silence elicited a better relaxation response including lowering blood pressure and affecting blood circulation in the brain than listening to relaxing music.

Silence eliminates the fight or flight stress response, and instead creates calm and relaxation, which lower stress and consequently promotes healthy immunity, and reduces risks for stress related diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, headaches, and anxiety.

Replenishes Mental Resources and Restarts Brain Power

The modern world is filled with an over abundance of sensory input, which causes attention centers in the brain to become run down but you can restore them with silence.

The endless demands place a significant burden on the prefrontal cortex draining the ability to pay attention, causing mental fatigue and impairing the ability to concentrate and focus.

Silence restarts the brain and replenishes the mental resources needed to improve cognitive function. In silence, the brain gets a break, and just as a power nap restarts your energy, so silence restarts your brain.

Tap into Our Inner Selves

Meditation, daydreaming and eliminating external noise by simply sitting in silence allows the mind to wander and just be idle.

This allows us to tap into our true inner selves, to discover new ideas, and focus on and engage our thoughts, memories, and emotions.

These processes allow us to create a better state of wellness for the body, mind, and spirit by creating meaning in our experiences, promoting creativity, and providing reflection that supports mental and emotional health.

Deep reflection is gained from silence, something that can never be achieved with the distraction created by external noise.

Improved Creativity

Excessive thinking and mental stimulation stifles creativity. In silence, your mind is free to just be, which allows your creative juices to flow freely.

Self-Control and Eliminating Self-destructive Patterns

The mind produces more than 60,000 thoughts a day and more than 80% of our thoughts repeat themselves daily.

Our thoughts drive our emotions and behaviors.

This means that more than 85% of our emotions and behaviors are preprogrammed by our habitual ways of thinking.

When you do not stop to quiet the mind, you will forever be a slave to your own thinking patterns and consequent habits.

The practice of quieting the mind puts you back in control, and allows your habits to serve you, giving you the freedom of choice.

Regenerates Brain Cells

Silence can help your brain to grow, as a study that was published in the Journal Brain, Structure found.

This study compared the effects of white noise, pup calls, ambient noise, and silence on the brains of mice.

While originally the intent was to use silence as a control factor in the study, the scientists found that only two hours of silence each day resulted in the growth of new cells in the hippocampus, the brain center responsible for memory, emotions, and learning.

Although these findings are only preliminary, there is a clear suggestion that silence is indeed helpful for the brain in growing new cells, and that it may have therapeutic value for conditions associated with decreased hippocampus neuronal regeneration, such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

Inner Peace and Calm

Silence promotes inner peace and calm, both of which elude many in the modern world but are so necessary to promote a general state of optimal wellness. When you achieve a healthy state of inner peace your every day performance, mental state and emotional wellbeing is improved.

You are better able to handle stress, and improve your quality of life.

Inner peace allows you to achieve a new level of joy, and not from obtaining material possessions, or from external sources, but from inside yourself through a new perspective that supports harmony within your mind and spirit.

Cultivates Awareness

Cultivating awareness is a key solution to stress and its effects on the body, mind, and spirit.

Cultivating awareness of the present moment allows you to be so completely immersed in the “experience of the present,” that it suppresses any urge to let thoughts in that can trigger stress.

Controlled breathing, immersion in all of your senses and devoting your complete attention to the current environment and your body prevents the mind from being stuck in stress and consequently allows you to bypass its responses in the body.

3 Simple Tips for Being More Mindful Everyday

Mindfulness is all about tuning the brain to focus on the present moment. It is important to state this fact because sometimes the true essence of mindfulness is lost. This happens when putting all emphasis on traditional activities practiced alongside mindfulness such as meditation or yoga. However, mindfulness can be applied in our daily lives.

By focusing on the here and now, this gives us greater peace of mind and clarity. Using this approach, we can avoid drifting through our lives in confusion, being consumed by thoughts of what could have been or planning for things that are out of our control.

There are many simple ways to practice mindfulness. In this post, you can learn to apply 3 tips for being mindful every day.

1. Mindful Eating

Eating mindfully is something that many people take for granted. All too often, many of us are always in a hurry to finish a meal only to miss enjoying one of life’s most simple and wonderful pleasures. Next time when having a meal, try to eat mindfully. Before you begin eating, take notice of the presentation of food and the scent. Remember to take small bites and chew slowly while paying attention to the texture and taste of the food. When you immerse yourself fully in the moment, this not only makes mindful eating more enjoyable, but also helps with digestion and prevents overeating.

2. Listen Mindfully

Conversations with other people present another great opportunity to put active mindfulness into practice. Sometimes when other people talk to us, we may be there physically but not with our whole being. We think what to say next or judge what others are saying, mentally agreeing or disagreeing with them before they even finish talking.

To listen with mindfulness, you will need to focus fully on others when having a chat. Next time you have a conversation with a loved one or colleague, avoid getting caught up in your own mental chatter. Pay attention to what they are saying. People appreciate when you truly listen and they will likely respond in kind when it is your turn to speak.

3. Pay More Attention While Attending to One Thing at a Time

In today’s fast paced world, multitasking has become a common trend as people attempt to get more done within a short amount of time. And, while people think that multitasking makes us more productive, it only leads to needless quick exhaustion. When one tires quickly, mistakes are bound to be made. This can be avoided by doing things one at a time and with mindfulness. When you take on tasks with full focus, one by one, this leaves little room for mistakes or forgetting things due to rushing. You will find that you are more efficient and less worn out when attending to each task one at time mindfully.

Keep in mind that there are plenty of other opportunities in our daily lives to be mindful and live fully in the moment. By practicing mindfulness on a daily basis, the brain eventually learns how to be more efficient and better integrated. You will start to experience improved focus and less distractibility. Stress levels will go down as well. This in turn will make your daily activities, thoughts, attitudes, and perceptions more balanced.

Changing Your Mindset About Aging and Celebrating Your Life

In youth, we chase success, willing our lives away so that one day we can sit back and enjoy life. When you reach your later years, you look back and wish you’d spent more time enjoying life then, because you never know what tomorrow can bring.

For those reaching and in their midyear’s, life truly begins.The kids are leaving the nest and it’s time to take the reins and make it all about you. Fifty really is the new thirty, and it’s time for women to know their worth.

As the year’s pass, we begin to gain perspective that wasn’t present when we were younger. We see the pieces of life falling into place, clearing up mysteries, and the older we become, the more life begins to make sense.

Once upon a time, your decisions hinged on the opinions of others, from the car you drove, to the way you cut your hair, the clothes you bought and even what college you were going to attend. Age rescues you from that type of thinking.

Nothing is more important than building relationships with family and friends, and in our formative years, we are so focused on building careers that we put them above family and self.

Additionally, it’s your chance to see the next generation age into adulthood, and dispense sage advice that you have learned along the way. The older you get, the more you know, life, after all, is the ultimate in educational institutions. It’s a privilege to have moments of your life intersecting with theirs and be part of their journey through life.

All of this feeds into the knowledge that we must live life to the fullest and by embracing our aging and celebrating the life that we have had so far, we offer ourselves the best opportunity to enjoy the rest.

  • Rather than accepting things as they are, knock doors down and make them what you want to be.
  • If you suddenly became aware of your body’s frailty, take steps to strengthen yourself.
  • If you find things slipping your mind, start doing crossword puzzles.
  • If you don’t have family and friends nearby to socialize with, go find a sociable hobby that allows you to make new friends.

Stanford University’s psychology professional Carol S. Dweck, PhD explains the two mindsets.

1. The fixed mindset is the belief that talents or qualities cannot be changed

2. The growth mindset is one where you believe you always develop more

The latter is vital to the aging process, as the more flexible and adaptable we are the more we are able to roll with the punches.

The Benefits of Propolis

Propolis is a natural medicine that has been in use since ancient times for all kinds of healing purposes. It was used to heal bruises, ulcers, sores, to help remove splinters and thorns, to ease tendon pain, and to treat abscesses.

Ancient Persians used it to help with rheumatism, eczema, and myalgia. The Ancient Egyptians even used it as an embalming agent. In the 1600’s, propolis was used in England as part of a healing ointment.

It is a bee-product that contains an amazing array of different substances that have all sorts of health benefits. The bees make it from collected plant material such as sap, nectar, and pollen.

This is where the healing benefits come from – tree sap contains most of the components that make it so powerful. It has long been appreciated for its healing properties and is now being proven to be beneficial by modern research.

It contains an extremely high amount of antioxidants, which can help prevent cancer by fighting free radicals in your body.

It contains a substance called galangin that acts as an antibacterial and an antiviral, helping your body to fight microbes, viruses, and infections. It helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, and is an antifungal and an anti-inflammatory.

It can be used on the skin to rid fungus and to ease irritation, and it also helps heal minor burns.

A recent study showed that it can help get rid of gut parasites like giardiasis. If taken orally, it can improve mouth health, keep away plaque and help prevent cavities.

It can soothe sore throats and reduce the duration of illnesses like the flu, and be used to help prevent contracting them in the first place.

It is also known to be an immune-booster, working by stimulating your body’s macrophages (large healing cells which help stop infections, remove malfunctioning cells, and more).

Propolis is thought to protect DNA due to its high levels of antioxidants and a substance it contains called CAPE (caffeic acid phenethyl ester), which has also shown to cause cancer cell death in vitro and in vivo animal studies.

I think this is very promising, as cancer remains an illness that is not yet totally curable. I look forward to the future when propolis has been tested for its effectiveness against tumours in humans.

In any case, it has so many health benefits that have been proven. I feel that it’s an essential health item that should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet as a general health booster.

How To Begin The Quest For Ultimate Health And Wellness

The journey to attain ultimate health and wellness begins with building a lifestyle which supports you. A health and wellness oriented lifestyle is built by making healthy habits and choices part of your daily routines.You do not need to completely overhaul your entire life all at once. These changes can be made gradually.

Physical Fitness

The United States Department of Health and Human Services published the first Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in 2008. It recommends 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity daily or a minimum of 2 hours and 30 minutes per week for adults ages 18 to 64 years. Strength training for all of the major body parts,legs, hips, arms, shoulders, abdomen, back and chest is recommended at least twice a week.

If you are not already physically active, incorporating fitness activities into your life does not need to pose a major challenge. A wide range of physical activities meet the guidelines. Examples of moderate physical activity include dancing, brisk walking, bicycle riding and more.

Keep in mind, 30 minutes of moderate activity provides the minimum required to gain health benefits. More vigorous activities, jumping rope, rock climbing and swimming provide even greater health benefits. Extending the amount of time spent doing any physical activity also increases health benefits.

To successfully integrate physical fitness activities into your life, make them part of your daily schedule. Set aside time in your daily planner and add a reminder to the event on your phone or watch. The most important things you can do are show up for the activity and perform some level of physical activity. Even if it does not equal the full 30 minutes, you’re still building the habit of physical activity.

Keys to Success:

• Start with an activity you’ll enjoy.

• If you are a social person, join an exercise group or workout with friends.

• Remember every little bit counts. If you exercise for 20 minutes twice a day or in 10 minute increments throughout the day, you can meet the requirement of 2 hours and 30 minutes per week around your schedule.

• Block out your exercise time on your calendar.

Diet

Along with physical fitness, ultimate health and wellness hinges on a healthy and balanced diet. People who eat well experience a variety of health benefits, better weight maintenance, lower chances of developing diabetes or heart disease and lower instances of illness. As recommended by the 2010 issue of Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a healthy diet includes significant amounts of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean proteins and unrefined grains. The recommendations also suggest lowering sodium, added sugar, trans fat, saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet.

Before you look to cut things from your diet, work on adding healthy choices to your meals and snacks. Take a proactive positive approach as you make changes to what you eat. Drink a non-carbonated beverage instead of a pop or soda; you can choose unsweetened herbal tea which still provides flavor, lemon water or plain water. Select brown rice instead of white rice with your meals. Just as with exercise, small changes add up to a complete transition to a more healthful lifestyle.

Keys to Success:

• Choose one or two small changes to incorporate into your diet each month.

• Experiment. Eating healthy needs to be enjoyable for you to make it a part of your lifestyle. Eat different foods and a variety of ways to prepare them and enjoy the ones you like.

• Make sure to keep your daily menu varied so you don’t get bored with your food choices and go off track.

Mind-Body Connection

Our emotional state can affect our food choices, our level of physical activity and our ability to maintain positive social engagement. Foods high in sugar and fat satisfy the pleasure and reward centers in our brains.

If we are stressed or unhappy, many of us reach for rich foods to make ourselves feel better. Sometimes this is a conscious decision; many times it is not. Also, feeling angry, unhappy or depressed saps energy, making it more difficult to exercise or pursue some other physical activity; we just don’t feel like it.

There are many ways to combat this cycle. Physical activities like yoga, pilates, tai chi and many others expressly cultivate a healthy mind-body connection for practitioners. Each of these activities use movement tied to breath awareness to focus and calm the mind and the nervous system.

Yoga includes breathing exercises and meditation as well. These activities build fitness and relieve stress. Some mind-body activities, breathing exercises, visualization and meditation, do not involve whole body movement; they focus on channeling mental activity and relieving stress.

It is important to keep the body healthy and the mind in a state of equilibrium to experience a sense of well-being. Equilibrium does not mean you become an automaton. It simply means you do not experience unrealistic highs or debilitating lows (depression). Being even tempered makes it easier to deal with stress, adapt to change and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Keys to Success:

• Choose a mind-body activity to include in your schedule which suits your lifestyle and temperament.

• Practice it consistently for the best results.

Make It A Habit

It takes 21 to 30 days of consistent application to make a simple action a habit. More complex accomplishments like establishing an exercise routine, daily meditation and dietary changes can take significantly longer.

The rate of accomplishment for more complex changes can be highly variable; do not end your quest for ultimate health and wellness if you are not seeing immediate results. The key to changing established habits and acquiring new ones is consistency and persistence. You can reach your goal!

Health Is the New Wealth, Are You Well-Thy?

No matter how successful you are and how much money you have in the bank, without good health you will be ill equipped to enjoy your riches and achievements.

Recent surveys show a trend towards preventative health and the maintenance of good health. Values have shifted and where once acquisition of possessions was seen as the symbol of wealth, nowadays the trappings associated with health are becoming a bigger status symbol.

Green juice, for example, is seen as a signaling of wealth, status, and discipline, and displaying the accoutrements of good health is being viewed as more important than the accumulation of expensive cars, houses, jewels, and other material “toys.”

It has been shown that consumers are more interested in staying fit and healthy than they are in paying for health care once they have become sick. They are willing to pay a higher price for products and services, which will keep them fit and well.

So rather than looking at dollars in your bank, why not take a few minutes to assess your own fitness level and see how “well-thy” you truly are…

The areas you need to look at in order to assess your health include the following:

• Eating habits
• Exercise
• Relaxation
• Mental Wellness
• Leisure and Fun
• Community
• Relationships
• Spirituality
• Finances

Take a look at the following questions and answer them by giving yourself a rating of 1-10 for each one.

Question 1: Eating Habits

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1= not at all and 10=extremely, how healthy is your diet?

Question 2: Exercise

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1=not at all and 10=excellent (5 to 7 times a week), how good is your exercise regime?

Question 3: Relaxation

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1=never and 10=daily, how much priority do you place on relaxation?

Question 4: Mental Wellness

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1=very poor and 10=excellent, please rate your mental health?

Question 5: Leisure and Fun

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1=very little and 10=plenty, how much leisure and fun are you having?

Question 6: Community

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1= very little and 10=plenty, how much do you connect with a community where you feel you belong?

Question 7: Relationships

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1= very poor and 10=excellent, please rate a) your relationship with yourself and b) your relationship with your significant other?

Question 8: Spirituality

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1= very poor and 10=excellent, please rate your relationship with your spirituality?

Question 9: Finances

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1= very poor and 10=excellent, how healthy are your finances?

With this simple self-assessment tool you can easily see the areas of your life where you are truly “well-thy” and those where you perhaps are a little “poor.”

• If you scored, 7 or more you are doing pretty well and can feel proud of yourself.

• In the areas where you scored 5 or less you might want to take a closer look.

• If you scored lower than a 3 on any area, it indicates that you really should take a closer look, and focus on some strategies for improvement in that area.

Even though you may be very successful in your corporate career and be absolutely loaded with the big bucks, if your relationships consistently suck or your blood pressure is too high and you are constantly running on overdrive, with a heart attack looming unless you lose fifty pounds, you might want to think about how wealthy you really are!

7 Benefits of Practicing Gratitude Every Day

Science has proven that being grateful leads to a higher quality of life. People who express gratitude regularly live longer, are healthier, and also have a lower incidence rate of overweight, obesity, stress, anxiety and chronic disease. The following 7 benefits are just a few of the many rewards of practicing gratitude every day.

1 – Healthy Relationships

Being grateful every day means telling the important people in your life that they matter. This improves your relationships on a daily basis.

2 – Stress-Relief

Worrying about what you don’t have is very stressful. When you experience mental and emotional stress, your body releases stress hormones. These impact your body in a negative way, causing physical and emotional health problems. The stress relief you receive from being thankful leads to a healthier body and mind.

3 – You Socialize More

Human beings are social animals. We were not intended to live a life of solidarity. People who are not grateful for the gifts in their lives tend to stay away from others. They huddle away in their homes, fostering a negative view on the world. When you appreciate the people and things in your life, you naturally want to socialize more, to reap more grateful benefits.

4 – You Sleep Better

The exact scientific and physiological connections between gratitude and better health are not entirely known. That doesn’t mean that positive effects noticed in grateful people can’t be tracked. One benefit scientists and sleep researchers have found in people that express gratitude regularly is healthier sleep patterns. This leads to better mental and physical health in a number of ways.

5 – Expressing Gratitude Makes You Happier

Several studies show that keeping a gratitude journal daily can increase your long-term well-being. One study shows that simply writing down the things you are grateful for every day can increase your health and well-being by more than 10%. Those studies showed that happiness level was the same as people who double their income!

6 – Gratitude Makes People Like You

This one is easy to understand. When you tell people they are important to you, that they matter, this makes them feel good. They want to be around you. They will often times repay the gratitude. When you take the time to express how grateful you are for others, rather than leaving it unspoken and assumed, you become a more likable person.

7 – Gratefulness Beats Depression

The Positive Psychology Progress study wanted to see how daily gratitude would affect depressed individuals. The results were nothing short of astounding. Keeping a gratitude journal “lowered depressive symptoms by 30+ % for as long as the practice was continued.” When test subjects took the time to make a physical visit to someone and express their gratitude, that single visit “reduced depressive symptoms by 35% for several weeks.”

Is There A Relationship Between Sin And Sickness?

Jesus spoke the words that physicians are there for the sick. But seeing that on the right side of the divide you have quacks and naturalists and on the other side alternatives like homeopathy and even shamanism, what constitutes a good physician? The story of the woman with the flux of blood that spent all her money on doctors that claimed they could help her, demonstrates that this is a very important question. Jesus does not elaborate on this. And so He leaves it in our responsibility to answer this question.

Believe it or not, but you do have so-called Christians that behave like medicine men in their attempt to raise people from the dead and to cast out every demon that has to do with any imaginable sickness. In the process they conjure up more demons than they cast out. Then you have the herbalists, dead set against chemicals. In their camp you can reckon the homeopaths. They dazzle their readers with terms like allopathy and similia similibus curanda sint. But they are quacks. Yet they have many fervent adherents.

In countries like India and many African nations there is a lot of superstition and even dangerous occult practices that keep people in demonic bondage. Christians should steer well clear of these aberrations.

Let us be very aware that not every sickness is caused by a so-called concomitant sin. Often there is no direct causal relation, but it is a question of a fallen creation. And in the case of Christians sickness is supposed to work for good and for the glory of God. The right spirit is to subdue your soul under the mighty hand of God and not to try to get away from your daily cross by believing lies. Having said this, let us consider a few bible verses that show us that there definitely can be a relation between sin and sickness.

In cases like kleptomania and pyromania and also with alcoholism and gambling, it may be clear that a person is both sick ànd sinful. Sick from sinfulness and sinful from sickness. A terrible vicious circle. Also bible verses like Confess each other your sins and pray for each other that you may be healed, show that healing can be effected by confessing to a person what you did wrong to him or her. Then there is the situation in the assembly at Corinth where there were many weak people and many passed away. All because of their dishonorable comportment.

But on the other hand prosperity does not have to be at all a sign of God’s blessing. Sodom and Gomorrah were affluent cities. Yet also the New Testament, in the letter of James, states: We call blessed those that have endured. You saw the endurance of Job and you noticed the end of the Lord, that the Lord is very compassionate and that He is loving in His care.

We need to beseech the Lord for wisdom and we must avoid hasty conclusions. When a Christian is struck by disaster, that does not mean there is some terrible sin in his life. God does not visit us according to our sinfulness. Else we would all have been dead a long time. He is forgiving so that we may fear Him. God is not some kind of Saint Nick, nor a haunting bogeyman.

On the mission field faithful Christians are used by the Lord to set souls free from occult bondage simply by bringing them the good tidings. This often results in improvement of health for the recent converts. This because also here there often is a relation between sins as idolatry and sicknesses.

Let us not get obsessed either about legalistic rules for our lives à la Teetotaler that strictly observes rest, regularity and cleanness. The Lord also spent nights in prayer and did not live by a fixed rule that forbade that. He ate dainties and drank alcohol and conversed with sinners where He found adherence to His Person.

Health, then, is not at all guaranteed. I mentioned elsewhere the eyesickness that pursued Paul. Then the beloved disciple and apostle John prays in his 3rd letter that a certain Gaius may be bodily just as healthy as his soul was. Prayer is an important weapon. But remember and be aware that the Lord can say ‘No’ and that we have to submit to Him and then resist the devil when he tries to seduce us into sin. When we advance far enough we learn this: Not only this, but we also boast in afflictions; knowing that affliction works endurance and endurance approvedness and approvedness hope: and hope does not make ashamed, because the Love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.