Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Be Stress Free

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Be Stress Free

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For many who live in this posteconomic-calm world with all its personal, family, and work demands, all its uncertainties, the notion of living a stress-free life might sound like a fantasy. Dream on, you may say.

But what if it's the hyper-stressed world itself that's the dream? What if in the middle of all the demands there's a living reality called Peace - a God-created calm and unbroken harmony? Nobody has to make it happen, carve it out, or vacation in it; this state of peace simply is, and is all there is. It is, in fact, what God creates life to be - a spiritual life that Christian Science reveals and makes reachable.

Pause to consider that possibility, and what discovering this holy calm and living in it would mean for your life and the lives of those you love. What it would mean for your health. What it might do to calm the world's social, political, and economic waters.

Getting to calm starts with getting to know God, with discovering who we are as God's spiritual creation, and learning how we all relate to one another. The Bible records humanity's search along these lines and shows how more inspired ideas of Creator and creation progressively resulted in greater calm, wholeness, and health.

When the Bible is viewed through the lens of inspiration, God is seen to be wholly good, and never the creator of evil; as Life and never the author of conflict and death; as the Lawgiver or divine Principle, but never a condemning judge; and certainly as Love, the fathering and mothering Love that calms and heals, that can change storm to stillness in an instant.

When Jesus turned in prayer to his Father, to the universal Father, and stopped a windstorm with the words, "Peace, be still" (Mark 4:39), he proved Spirit's power to be superior to material forces. Jesus also proved a deeper truth in that moment: that God's calm always is here, doesn't change, and can be felt and enjoyed by those who understand the divine laws that govern life. As Monitor founder Mary Baker Eddy wrote in her primary work, "Prayer cannot change the Science of being, but it tends to bring us into harmony with it" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. …

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