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HEALING THROUGH UNITY NEWSLETTER

May/June 2006

A monthly newsletter dedicated to serving the principles of
physical and spiritual health envisioned in the Baha'i Teachings.

Volume 10, Issue Nos. 5&6, Nurture the Spirit for Better Health

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Contents

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- Quote of the month
- From the Editor
- Nurture the Spirit for Better Health
- Factors Involved in Spiritual Health
- Meditation: Many Paths to the Present Moment
- Take a Spirit Walk
- Meditation for Pet Lovers
- Links for further information
- Poetry
- Humor
- Health in the News
- Question of the Month
- Letters
- Updating the HTU mailing list
- Purpose of the Newsletter
- Subscription Information
- Web Site

UPCOMING: [see you all in September!]

September: Coping with Catastrophe. Share your experience, tips and resources.

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QUOTES OF THE MONTH

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" Pride not yourselves on much reading of the verses or on a multitude of pious acts by night and day; for were a man to read a single verse with joy and radiance it would be better for him than to read with lassitude all the Holy Books of God."

(Baha'u'llah, "The Book of Laws (Kitab-i-Aqdas)," p. 73)

" Every imperfect soul is self-centered and thinketh only of his own good. But as his thoughts expand a little he will begin to think of the welfare and comfort of his family. If his ideas still more widen, his concern will be the felicity of his fellow citizens; and if still they widen, he will be thinking of the glory of his land and of his race. But when ideas and views reach the utmost degree of expansion and attain the stage of perfection, then will he be interested in the exaltation of humankind. He will then be the well-wisher of all men and the seeker of the weal and prosperity of all lands. This is indicative of perfection."

(" Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Baha" -Haifa: Baha'i World Centre, 1982 Imprint- p. 69. E-text from Ocean Library, http//:www.bahai-education.org For the Baha'i Reference Library visit http://reference.bahai.org )

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FROM THE EDITOR

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Dear Readers,

Perhaps menopause really is a time to pause, to reconsider goals and cherished -- or at least habitual -- ways of doing things. It most certainly has been so for me!

One of the most significant changes The Change has brought to my life is the recognition of just how important it is to spend some time every day engaged in promoting my own spiritual health.

Oh, I was familiar with (well, I had at least read about it once or twice) religious and philosophical maxims that the individual must spend time in quiet repose and contemplation, and I had perused various medical and research articles that show its positive effects on physical and mental health. But I had never regularly put such into practice in my daily life.

A few hurried prayers morning and evening, an occasional religious retreat, a few minutes of music while I did housekeeping tasks, some gardening or a walk with a friend, maybe some research for an article or a talk -- these occasional and irregular actions were about all the spiritual nourishment there was time for.

I have recently discovered for myself just how much physical toll a malnourished spirit can take! So I went looking to see if anyone else had noticed this...and, sure enough, the world is full of resources, now that I am paying attention.

This month's Healing Through Unity eNewsletter is a tiny taste of what is available. It is particularly exciting that the scientific and medical communities are actually acknowledging and studying the principles which religion has been teaching -- and using successfully -- for centuries.

Religious practice has provided regular implementation of new ideas over time, practice being the operative word when changing behaviors. "Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it; men come to be builders for instance, by building. Harp players by playing the harp. In the same way by doing just acts, we become just: by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we become brave."

Aristotle, quoted by Steve Chandler in "100 Ways to Motivate Yourself."

If we want to be better people, we have to practice being better. In order to practice being better, we have to be able to define 'better' and have a model to copy while working on ourselves. And we need a cheering section, a community or network of folks who support our efforts to become a better person.

Behavioral science has shown that to change a habit, we need to have a new behavior in mind (the goal), we need someone we respect who behaves this way (a model), and perhaps most important of all, we need a safe and encouraging environment in which to practice the new behavior.

Religion has always provided the goal, the model(s), and the support community. And some changes require a pretty hefty amount of encouragement, nourishment and sustained support.

We will get by, and better, with a little help from our friends!

Cheryll Schuette, Michigan, USA

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"Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire."

(Teilard de Chardin, quoted in the weekly e-zine, Quantum Way Journal.)

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NURTURE THE SPIRIT FOR BETTER HEALTH

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"... those will prosper who purify themselves." (Islam, Al-A'la 87:14)

"One ought every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words."

(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

"When we practice a pace of grace -- by purifying our bodies, our thoughts, and our language, resting and playing daily, and seeing every day as a good day -- we may find that a state of grace is not necessarily a singular, dramatic event. It is a regular attitude of receptivity -- and openness to grace." (Linda Kavelin Popov, "A Pace of Grace," p.201)

"It is a mistake," she continues, "to abdicate our spirituality to our religion...It is all too easy to slip comfortably into form without spirit.... What is fundamentally missing [then] is intimacy -- first intimacy with ourselves, with love, respect, and gentle attention. In practicing this practice of presence to ourselves, we are inevitably led to a deeper sense of reverence, and an experience of a greater Presence. Our consciousness shifts from being a tourist to our own lives to being a pilgrim. (ibid p. 203)

It is important to spiritual health to create a sacred time and space in every day: "Regimen is superior to medicine." according to Voltaire. (The Quotations Page: http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Voltaire) In this case, regimen means a disciplined life -- in modern terms, preventive medicine.

Popov suggests what she calls the RPMs of spiritual fitness: Reading, Prayer, Meditation, service:

- Read something inspiring and reflect on what it means in your life.

- Pray in a way that is personally genuine and meaningful.

- Meditate according to personal style -- walking, breathing, seeking guidance, reflecting on the meaning of scripture, or simply being still.

- Serve. Focus on your day as an opportunity to be of service in some way.

("A Pace of Grace," p. 211)

Baha'u'llah, Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith, laid out essential requisites for spiritual growth, and these themes weave throughout the body of His Teachings. To summarize them:

1. Daily recital of an Obligatory Prayer with pure-hearted devotion.

2. Reading from the Sacred Scriptures each morning and evening, with reverence, attention and thought.

3. Prayerful meditation on these teachings, to understand them more deeply, fulfill them more faithfully, and convey them more accurately to other.

4. Teaching the Cause of God.

5. Selfless service in the work of the Cause and in one's trade or profession.

(Universal House of Justice, quoted in "Spiritual Being: A User's Guide," Happy Dobbs)

On the healing power of prayer, Larry Dossey, M.D., in the introduction to his book, "Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine,"

Harper, 1993, says:

"I am not an authority on prayer, nor do I pretend to be. If there is any justification for the physician addressing this subject, it is that both religious professionals and scientists currently appear to be poorly informed about the empirical evidence surrounding prayer. I am convinced that ignoring this body of knowledge leaves too much unsaid, particularly since so much of the evidence is positive. Neglecting this information results in an incomplete theology and a misshapen medicine, and it is bad science as well." Dossey is one of the best known authorities on medical application of prayer.

In the Baha'i Faith, one is enjoined to intone the Words of God, certain prayers and exhortations. When asked why it would be necessary for a person to pray aloud, since presumably, God already knows what is in one's heart, 'Abdu'l-Baha, the Son of Prophet-founder, said this:

"One reason for this is that if the heart alone is speaking, the mind can be more easily disturbed. But repeating the words so that the tongue and heart act together enables the mind to become concentrated. Then the whole man is surrounded by the spiritual of prayer and the act is more perfect." ("Star of the West," Vol. 8, No. 4, p. 46)

How to fit spiritual nourishment into a day already crowded with tasks, responsibilities and activities becomes a problem when the process seems to be time consuming. Exercise and feeding the body do not require huge chunks of time -- in fact there is a growing body of research suggesting that shorter periods space regularly through the day produce better health -- and so it can be with attention to one's spirit.

Even the great religious Leaders do not enjoin upon the majority of their followers huge amounts of time to be devoted to "spiritual" pursuits. "One hour's reflection is preferable to seventy years of pious worship."

(Muhammad, quoted by Baha'u'llah, in "Kitab-i-Iqan, The Book of Certitude," p. 238)

Meditation does require a few things, however. There must be time for it in daily routine; one must be silent; and commune with one's own spirit. It is not a group activity, nor can it be accomplished easily amid life's busy distractions. It's form does not have to be rigid, does not have to be accompanied by physical movements or rituals -- but can be enhanced for some people by adding those.

"Many of us are used to being at the beck and call of the world; this is one time you are not," says psychologist Joan Borysenko. "*You must make time for yourself.* If you fail to make time for yourself, always putting other things first, you will never by happy, nor will you make others happy."

("Minding the Body, Mending the Mind," p. 43)

"...meditation need not be confined to ten- or twenty-minute periods. It can be practiced for a minute or a few minutes anytime throughout the day.

Furthermore, any activity can be engaged in as if it were meditation. **The final goal of meditation is to be constantly conscious of experience so that relaxation and peace of mind become the norm rather than the exception."** (ibid, p. 47)

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FACTORS INVOLVED IN SPIRITUAL HEALTH

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by Ron Kurtus

You are spiritually healthy in your normal state of being. That means you are naturally good, compassionate and peaceful. To sustain your spiritual health, you must provide your spirit with nutrients and exercise. You must also be in a environment that is spiritually positive. You can become spiritually unhealthy when you are infected with evil thoughts and feelings.

Thus, a major part of spiritual health concerns resisting those attacks and healing its damage.

Maintaining spiritual health: You are naturally a good, compassionate, spiritual person. Christianity, Judaism and Islam [and the Baha'i Faith -- ed] state that man was created in God's (or Allah's) image. Other religions have similar beliefs. But that spiritual health must be maintained.

Nutrition: Ingesting spiritual nutrition can help you maintain your health.

This can include hearing positive and loving messages from others. Some go to a house of worship for those messages. But also taking in the wonders and beauty of this world can be spiritual nutrition. Appreciating the beauty of Nature can feed your health. Even the ugliest insect is a wonder to observe and appreciate.

Peaceful meditation is another form of taking in spiritual nutrition. It is not asking your God for something you want, but rather going into solitude to reflect and be thankful for everything you have received.

Exercise: Just as exercise is essential for a healthy body, so too is spiritual exercise needed to maintain your spiritual health. This exercise consists of using your spirit. It is getting in touch with your spirit and using it to guide you to perform good deeds, to show love and compassion to others, to be understanding, and to seek peace. You are naturally a good person, so your must exercise that capability.

Environment: The environment in which you live is very important in maintaining good spiritual health. The reason is because it is the primary source of evil that can infect your spirit. You must be careful to avoid negative and spiritually toxic environments and seek out the positive and the loving.

Threats to spiritual health: Your spirit is constantly under attack from evil forces, both internally and externally. Your spirit or soul has defenses against these attacks, but sometimes they can be overwhelming.

Many seemingly good people have suddenly done something bad or even evil.

Afterwards they wonder what ever possessed them to do such a bad or stupid thing. It seems like some internal force has polluted their good spirit, making it unhealthy. Explanations range from the evil angel Satan to the weakness of the flesh. Whatever the source, there are these other forces that can make your spirit unhealthy.

Spiritual healing: Just as a major effort in physical and mental health concerns healing from disease or injury, so too is it a concern in spiritual health. By realizing you are spiritually unhealthy, you can take steps to get back on the right track.

The common methods to heal your spirit is to be sorry for your acts. Praying and meditation can help the healing process. Being thankful for what you have can also help the healing process. Doing good deeds and trying to make amends for your acts will also help to heal the spirit.

People who are able to cleanse and renew their spirits are often happier than they were when they were simply spiritually healthy by their own nature.

In conclusion: You are normally spiritually healthy and are naturally good, compassionate and peaceful. To sustain your spiritual health, you must provide your spirit with nutrients, exercise and a positive environment. You can become spiritually unhealthy when you are infected with evil thoughts and feelings. Thus, a major part of spiritual health concerns resisting those attacks and healing its damage.

(visit his website http://www.school-for-champions.com/life/spiritual.htm)

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MEDITATION: MANY PATHS TO THE PRESENT MOMENT

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Sarah Ban Breathnach

"Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing about who that is.

It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely the path that is your life." Jon Kabat-Zinn

If you do not already practice mediation, when you hear the word you probably conjure up the unpleasant image of sitting uncomfortably in a lotus position, back aching, mind racing ahead to all the things you need to be doing, and hyperventilating because now you are concentrating on whether you are breathing or not.

This image is unappealing and incorrect. But it goes a long way toward explaining why many people do not meditate. However, there are compelling physiological, psychological, and spiritual reasons why we should engage in regular meditation. It is the mortar that holds mind, body, and Spirit together.

There are many ways of meditating. Dr. Joan Borysenko, the gifted and inspired psychologist, scientist, and spiritual teacher, explains that meditation is intentional concentration on one thing, which can be either secular or spiritual. "Perhaps you have become so absorbed in gardening, reading or even balancing your checkbook that your breathing slowed and you became as single pointed as a panther stalking her dinner! In this state creativity flowers, intuition leads to a deeper wisdom, the natural healing system of the body is engaged, our best physical and mental potential manifests itself and we feel psychologically satisfied," she writes.

Spiritual meditation, on the other hand, "Will help you become aware of the presence of the divine in nature, in yourself and in other people. The love and joy that are inherent in Spirit -- that are the very essence of Spirit -- will begin to permeate your life."

I have many different ways of meditating, depending on my inner needs: the golden mirror meditation, writing my daily dialogue pages, gazing into the flame of a candle, concentrating on sacred words in a centering prayer, focusing on a poetic phrase to find deeper personal meaning, or setting out on a walking meditation. There are many paths to the present moment. Joan Borysenko"s "All-time favorite meditation is a small, most piece of chocolate cake eaten with exquisite attention and tremendous gratitude. Any time we are fully present in the moment we are meditating."

(from "Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy," March 3, a book which is designed to be a starting point for daily meditations)

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TAKE A SPIRIT WALK

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Linda Kavelin Popov

This is an activity I developed for Virtues workshops inspired by the reverence of First Nations people. People of many backgrounds, from corporate executive to teens, have found this meaningful.

1. Spend ten minutes walking outside slowly and contemplatively, with a spirit of openness. (It is best to do this in a place of natural beauty, but I have also done this is cities.)

2. Allow your attention to be drawn by something. It could be a leaf, the sky, a bridge, a gate, a flower. Contemplate it with gentle concentration.

Ask the question: "What is your message for me? What is your gift to me?"

3. Journal the dialogue with your object of contemplation for ten minutes, giving it voice and answering the question. If there is a particular issue on your mind, let the message be about that.

4. If you are doing this in a group or have a friend to companion with, share the message with them.

5. Discern what action you can take in response to this message and the virtues you need to do so.

(from "A Pace of Grace: the Virtues of a Sustainable Life," p. 227)

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MEDITATION FOR PET LOVERS

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Seeking inner peace is no longer exclusively for humans. For pet lovers, especially those who walk with dogs, there is James Jacobson's book, "How to Meditate with Your Dog: an Introduction to Meditation for Dog Lovers,"

written with Kristine Chandler Madera (Maui Media).

According to Jacobson, a lifelong meditator and dog-lover, canines are natural meditation gurus and incorporating them into meditation practices not only enhances health and well-being, but it can also deepen the bond between caretaker and pet. Jacobson uses his own meditation ritual with his Maltese, Maui, to illustrate simple techniques to help readers understand how to meditate with their pets.

Of course, Maui demonstrates that even the most spiritual of pooches can get a little sidetracked by a Frisbee or the smell of bacon....

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LINKS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

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* "Zen-Brain Reflections," James Austin, MIT Press. 500+ pages of the latest research into the altered states of consciousness that arise during meditation. It also explores related issues, such as how acupuncture changes the brain, and the neurochemistry of disgust, and how meditation can help changes such responses. The author is both a clinical neurologist and a Zen practitioner.

http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=10764

* Website for the University of Wisconsin Madison Lab for Affective Neuroscience: http://psyphz.psych.wisc.edu/

* "Meditation for Physical, Mental and Spiritual Health," Keng Yin Loh, lecturer and family physician, Dept of Family Medicine, International Medical University Of Malaysia, http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/afm

* Web page for the magazine Spirituality and Health, with a special on their email newsletter. They post reviews of many of the latest studies in the field of physical, mental and spiritual health:

http://www.spiritualityhealth.com/newsh/items/home/item_216.html

* US National Institutes of Health newsletter focused on complimentary and alternative medicine has this interesting article on prayer and health outcomes: http://nccam.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2005_winter/prayer.htm#pdf

* Family Doctor info website has an entry on spiritual health: http://familydoctor.org/650.xml

* "Six Essential Keys to Spiritual Development," adapted from "Start Now! A Book of Soul and Spiritual Exercises," by Rudolph Steiner: http://www.care2.com/channels/solutions/bms/1507?print=1

* The Quantum Way Journal seeks to inspire and empower their readers to live more abundantly by offering a host of informative articles, resources, tips and motivation on a weekly basis. Though the journal is still new, a few back issues are available at http://www.LiveMoreAbundantly.Com/archives.html

* "How to Meditate with Your Dog" http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0975263110/ref=sib_dp_pt/104-7030574-2680725

#reader-link

* Ever wish life came with a handbook? Happy Dobbs has produced such an instruction booklet for your spiritual self, "Spiritual Being: A User's Guide," containing :"all the information you need to know yourself, develop your potential, understand your place in the universe, prevent personal disasters, and solve problems when things go wrong." George Ronald, 1997.

http://www.bahaibookstore.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=3649

* http://www.bahaistudy.org/ An amazing collection of audio and video materials, available over the web, and downloadable to MP3 players.

Recordings of great talks and presentations going back into the 1960s. You

can actually hear Ruhiyyih Khanum, Daniel Jordan, Leroy Ioas and other Hands of the Cause. Audio quality varies, especially on the oldest ones.

* A new multilingual Baha'i reference site:

http://www.bahairesearch.com/language.aspx

* Baha'i Topics page, in 7 languages: http://info.bahai.org/

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POETRY: SEQUOIAS-IN-MIST

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Robert James Michell

Nuckling the gunnel,

I heave the slim prow out onto the slate, My gear stowed carefully against my folly, Prayer-book tucked fast against my heart.

I glide through a world so compelled by fog Grey tongues reach even to resting oars. The

sheen beneath me is disturbed

by a shiver of wind, and

Under the prow a whip of tail -- there

in the savage, transparent dark.

The perhaps-shore slides by leisurely.

Unschooled, I cruise the shallows, communing

only with fern fingers, lacy vines. Then, Among rushes and reeds! Look! Only a flicker

of lid betrays his silhouette -- the Great Blue --

I bow before his cautious, regal strut.

Even in dawn delayed, all night choruses are stilled;

We're left with only the loon's cry -- chilling, close.

I nod in deference to Bristlecone, Douglas and Tanoak;

while venerable they may be, they

do not command my heart.

"Instead of rowing a neglected morning away

I could be catching dreams right now in Baja, or

sporting with sea lions off Big Sur;

I could be lured by tawny visions the great cat brings

Yosemite, or panning in the high Sierras, but..."

Yes! There they are! Arising like dark masts

borrowed from an ancient world to Uphold the cold cathedral -- Sequoias-in-mist!

Ah! The very reason

I have thrust my soul out into the grey.

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HEALTH IN THE NEWS

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- Nature Heals

Connecting with nature, such as through an eco-tour or interacting with a zoo animal, improves general health and well-being, said researchers in Volume 331 of the "British Medical Journal." Researchers call it ecotherapy: restoring health through contact with nature. They found that use of wildlife in therapies improved the overall quality of life for patients.

Children with behavioral problems also benefited from interacting with small animals, such as squirrels and owls. The researchers further found that those who take part in conservation projects reported subjective health benefits, which may be attributed to feeling part of something larger.

(reported in the March 2006 issue of Bird Talk Magazine)

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- Friends & Family Reduce Damage from Alzheimer's

(Source: Rush University Medical Center --Thanks, Ilona!) - According to a Rush University Medical Center study, having close friends and staying in contact with family members offers a protective effect against the damaging effects of Alzheimer's disease.

The study found that the amount of Alzheimer's disease pathology and cognitive performance changed with the size of a person's social network.

Basically, the more support from family and friends, the less cognitive impact of the disease.

While other studies have shown people with more extensive social networks were at reduced risk of cognitive impairment, this study is the first to examine the relations between social networks and Alzheimer's disease pathology.

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- Walk a Quarter-Mile or Die

While walking is no guarantee of health or longevity, a new study found that the ability of elderly people to do the quarter-mile was an "important determinant" in whether they'd be alive six years later and how much illness and disability they would endure.

"The ability to complete this walk was a powerful predictor of health outcomes," said study leader Anne Newman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "In fact, we found that the people who could not complete the walk were at an extremely high risk of later disability and death."

Newman and colleagues recruited nearly 2,700 white and African-American men and women aged 70 to 79 to complete in non-running races. All the participants were screened and determined to be in relatively good health, and they had all said they had previously walked that far with no problem.

However, only 86 percent of them finished.

The scientists then monitored the health and mortality of all participants for the next six years. "There was a big gap in health outcomes between people who could complete the longer walk and people who could not, with the latter being at an extremely high risk of becoming disabled or dying,"

Newman said. "What was really surprising is that these people were not aware of how limited they actually were."

Finishing times were found to be crucial, too. Those who completed the walk but were among the slowest 25 percent faced three times greater risk of death than the speedier folks.

-- Robert Roy Britt, LiveScience Managing Editor, posted: 02 May 2006, reviewing a study detailed that day in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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QUESTION OF THE MONTH

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-Why does angioplasty have to be repeated?

In November 2005, my husband had an angioplasty to open up some blockages in his heart. In January he went for a follow up test, and the test showed that there were still blockages, so he had another angioplasty done. In March he went for a follow up test. The test shows there is still blockage and the Drs. are recommending another angioplasty.

My husband is 44 years old. With the angioplasty he had medicated stents placed, that were supposed to prevent buildup again. He has been taking his medications religiously, and he has changed his diet. Low fat, no meat, fish oil (Omega 3), etc. He used to be very active, as he is a letter carrier, but with the recent illness, he was placed on reduced work, so he is actually not walking.

This entire process takes its toll on my family. How can a body be producing so much blockages? How can a body withstand so many angioplasty?

Does anyone know what is going on? Is there any questions I need to ask?

Can anyone provide any insights?

Thank you, A-

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LETTERS

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- Ooops!

Bruce thinks something "does not compute in the 4th sentence in the note about creativity [in April's newsletter]. Izzat really what you mean?

Oughtn't if be "With creativity, ..."?

[Right you are Bruce! I checked the source, and it should read: "Without creativity, we can_not_ bring something new..." Thanks for catching that!]

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[In response to the question about how to make the Baha'i Holy Days as exciting and important for the children as they see by the Christian and cultural holidays in the USA.]

As my children were growing up, I really put energy into developing enthusiasm around Ayyam-i-Ha for the kids. Each year I would make lots and lots and lots of sugar cookies in the shape of the earth and nine-pointed star cookies. We would use green, blue, yellow, and pink frosting and various kinds of sprinkles to make them the most beautiful cookies we could make. In communities where there were other Baha'is we'd invite them over for a cookie decorating evening. The kids would take cookies to their class at school along with a written explanation of what Ayyam-i-Ha is in the Baha'i Faith. Either the teacher or my child would explain this to the students. (I'd also clear this with the teacher each year before the actual time of Ayyam-i-Ha, along with a little reminder soon before it would occur.)We'd also give plates of these cookies with some other candies to all our neighbors and Baha'i friends.

We'd take a platter to our community Ayyam-i-Ha party, so everyone could enjoy these wonderful cookies. And they were so fresh and delicious!

Secondly, I started an Ayyam-i-Ha doll collection of dolls from around the world dress in their native garb. These we would put in our living room in preparation for Ayyam-i-Ha each year.

And I'd purchase one gift for each child for each day of Ayyam-i-Ha. The kids would look forward to these days of Ayyam-i-Ha each year....and didn't mind not getting inundated at Christmastime.

Good luck!

(JS, Andover, Kansas, USA)

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I also have three children but they aren't school age yet so I have not had to face this problem, but when I do I feel that the best way to handle it is to let them participate in the other holidays because we as Baha'i do see Jesus as being a prophet of God and therefore it shouldn't conflict with our holidays. Just when it comes around to our holidays just explain to the children the importance of them, and on the other Christian holidays just explain to them why we have our own holidays and how they all fit in together. You'll never be able to bombard them about Baha'i holidays as much as the media does for Christian one's but if you don't allow them to be involved in them even a little bit I believe it would just push them away from our faith. Thank you and hope it helped out.

(NE, Oklahoma, USA)

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UPDATING OUR SUBSCRIPTION LIST

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Kathy, rocketman@mwt.net, is going through the email address list to purge out all the ones that are returned addressee unknown. Notice will be placed on the web page let people know that if they were purged by mistake, or haven't received a newsletter in a while, that they can be reinstated by simply notifying her.

And many, many thanks to Kathy for her patience, persistence and outstanding attention to the process of distributing this newsletter to over 2000 people ten months out of every year!

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PURPOSE OF THE NEWSLETTER

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"Healing Through Unity" is published for the purpose of sharing thoughts, comments and experiences on how the teachings of the Baha'i Faith are being applied to physical and spiritual health. Other than the quoted Holy Writings, the material in this newsletter represents the thoughts and opinions of the writers and has no authority. None of the material published in this newsletter is intended to be a substitute for the advice of a physician.

You are free to copy articles, provided you indicate the source of the article. There are 10 issues per year; it is not published during July and August. The newsletter is produced in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

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All of us have had healing experiences, as well as climbed out of low points along life's way - physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual. Please share your stories, tips, useful links, and quotes from the Baha'i Writings about staying healthy in a stressful world. Your articles do not have to be long - even a few paragraphs in length is fine. Baha'u'llah gave us each other as a big part of a healthy lifestyle, and sharing stories and ideas that work for you brings encouragement to others. Asking for information and support from others can bring encouragement to you!

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Please e-mail your stories, comments, suggestions or "Question for the Month" ideas to the newsletter editor, Cheryll Schuette, at: cheryll@gotypist.com.

DISCLAIMER: Please specify if you do not want your full name, or any part of it, used in this newsletter, particularly for the Question of the Month.

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HEALING THROUGH UNITY NEWSLETTER

Editor - Cheryll Schuette

Contributing Editor - Lynn Ascrizzi

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