Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Don't Hold Your Breath Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Don't Hold Your Breath Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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During the summer season, weather forecasts in the Northeast frequently contain warnings regarding the air quality. The amount of pollution in the air, ozone levels, and pollen counts, along with current measurements of temperature and humidity, are regular information. In hot, humid weather, air quality is often said to be "unhealthy."

If our health seems dependent on air quality, then summer can be a rough time of year.

I'm very glad for the widespread progress that has been made in cutting down on pollution. I don't think anyone misses the smell of coal, or the black clouds of diesel exhaust from buses and trucks. And smoke-free offices and restaurants are an added plus. Most people want to see continued improvement. But it is important to register the fact that our health is not held hostage to the air quality. Air quality can't give us health or take it away. Now, I know that isn't what we normally hear on the radio. But it is a spiritual truth that can be proved. A while back, when the air quality was quite bad, I spent a day suffering a lot from respiratory distress. When I woke up the next day, the air quality was reported to be worse. And so were the symptoms. I took some time to pray for myself. I found myself thinking about this verse from the Bible: "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" (I Cor. 6:19) I've come to think of "the Holy Ghost" as the revelation to men and women of the divine Spirit. As the activity of divine Love in our lives. Spirit and Love mean God. It was rewarding to think of my body as being filled with the power of Spirit. Spirit is wholly good and pure, so that led me to conclude that my body was filled with the goodness and purity of Spirit. Spirit is ever-present, so that left no place where impurity could be found. The Bible also says that "the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof" (Ps. 24:1). To me, this meant that everything in the earth, everything about the earth - spiritually speaking - is designed to express the nature of God. What God causes to be isn't filled with poisons and contaminants, but rather with the goodness and purity of Spirit. …

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