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Health and Longevity: Chalk Them Up to Mind

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This is about consistently taking advantage of a relationship where there’s always been an open door -- a constant, close, and natural relationship with the eternal and Divine. While that may be a new idea for some, it isn’t a new relationship.

Those who have taken advantage of this relationship have found that the more one fully embraces a diviner concept of life, the negative thoughts and experiences – the loneliness, anger, suffering, fear, or failure associated with the up-and-down swings of human nature -- begin to lose their grip. Thought by thought, anger is neutralized by peace, fear by confidence, successes and achievements overtake failures. This doesn’t happen all at once I’ve found, and it takes discipline, but transformation can happen. Thoughts, natures, and concepts gradually can change.

The New York Times Magazine piece and hundreds of others like it remind us of those mind researchers and pioneers who devote themselves to probing, testing and asking big questions about the human mind, including its relation to longevity, to health, even to physics. They’re engaged in a remarkable exploration and taking us along for the ride, which is to be commended.

They’re also beginning to confront what may turn out to be the biggest question of all: as far as we’ve come, are we bumping into the limits inherent in our present concept of mind -- is there something above and beyond the human mind that promotes health and longevity?

This is where opinions, convention, and even physics take a back seat to the answer that emerges from personal experience.

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Russ Gerber is a syndicated health blogger and a Christian Science teacher and practitioner. This post was originally published on HuffingtonPost.com. Follow him on twitter @russgerber.

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