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The Gritty Part of Well Being

The Gritty Part of Well Being
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BY STEVE SALT

As summer swings into full gear Americans’ attention turns to freedom and fireworks. Independence Day reminds us of the boldness of our forefathers which brought freedom from political tyranny and established a new form of governance in the world.

Grit and confidence are contributing factors to successfully conquering things that would enslave us. This includes health-related challenges that run the gamut from cancer and Alzheimer’s to anxiety over going to the dentist.

Swedish researchers Mia Vainia and Daiva Daukantait have been looking at the relationship between grit, authenticity and well-being and have concluded that “Grit (is) positively related to all well-being factors.”

Standing up to the fear that accompanies health woes is paramount to overcoming them. But how is a gritty stance established when one is confronted with overwhelming health concerns? Is confidence fortified through reliance on personal toughness or even modern technology?

In a TEDMED talk a few months back, Roberta Ness, Vice President of Innovation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, shared her opinion that progress seems slow in finding cures for the diseases that plague us because “our nation has lost its boldness.” Right now, according to Ness, science and health systems value “technology over transformation, and caution over creation.”

In her talk, Ness suggests that for science to fulfill its potential in finding breakthrough solutions to health concerns it “will take shattering our assumptions about the way nature works, shattering our core assumptions about the very best way for science to work.”

A renowned pioneer of science and health came to similar conclusions over a century ago, especially as to how shattering those assumptions relates to wellness and healing. Mary Baker Eddy, a deep student of the Bible, studied the implications of Jesus’ healings which led her to sincerely question conventional health systems and established human theories as to the very nature of mankind.

“Jesus acted boldly, against the accredited evidence of the senses, against Pharisaical creeds and practices, and he refuted all opponents with his healing power,” Eddy wrote. Jesus’ conviction of the wholeness of those who came to him for healing was unwavering. His boldness was the result of his wisdom concerning the God-derived flawlessness of man, expressed in health and healing. [Also, I John 4:17]

Eddy’s revelation about the wholly spiritual nature of man, his health and its connection to God, enabled her to demonstrate in her own healing practice the grit needed to successfully confront the most insidious diseases, including documented healings of cancer, consumption, heart disease, and more. Similar healings are being experienced today through the study and practice of her teachings.

“Instead of blind and calm submission to the incipient or advanced stages of disease, rise in rebellion against them,” Eddy counsels. Fortitude is the outgrowth of a better knowledge of one’s genuine, untainted, spiritual identity. Gaining insight into the spiritual actualities of being enables us to experience freedom from fear and life independent of sickness.

That kind of innovative thinking is liberating. Challenging the old ways of thinking about ourselves is a bold move and a rewarding one.  As American poet Robert Frost wrote, “Freedom lies in being bold.” This includes the freedom of health.

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Steven Salt is a writer and blogger about health, spirituality and thought. He is a Christian Science practitioner, curious about everything. You can follow him on Twitter @SaltSeasoned.