Letters To The Editor: January/February 2004

To the Editor,
I recently picked up, and enjoyed reading the September/October 2003 issue of Spirit of Change. This was the first time I read your magazine and I found the articles generally informative and interesting. The news item entitled “Dangerous FDA Appointment,” however, struck me as being shockingly out of place.

Your magazine is dedicated to holistic health and natural healing processes, and yet this article encourages readers to endorse the use of toxic chemicals to prevent or end pregnancies. The author seems fearful of Dr. Hager’s religious motivations and yet throughout Spirit of ChangeI read of meditation and spiritual healing. Actually, Dr. Hager’s books mentioned in the article sound interesting and might be useful to those seeking a more holistic approach to reproductive health. Perhaps Natural Family Planning has been discussed in previous issues of your magazine, but experience tells me that this topic is rarely mentioned, even in holistic media such as yours. In an age where people are seeking to take control of their health through responsible diets, disciplined exercise and positive environments, family planning is simply another component when considering a person’s overall well-being. In addition to helping couples prevent or achieve conception, NFP actually enables couples to build stronger relationships and enhance their intimacy. If men and women are truly seeking to achieve balance and control in their lives, NFP should at least be offered as another one of the many tools offered through holistic medicine. It’s time to put politics aside and look at the true benefits of Natural Family Planning.

Sincerely,
Anja M. Stam
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Dear Spirit of Change editor,
On November 17th Rush Limbaugh, the radio personality, boldly returned to the airwaves with an open acknowledgement of his addiction to prescription drugs. Limbaugh serves us by parroting three of the most popular beliefs about addiction of our time: the notion that we must get help to solve a problem, the notion that we are powerless victims of our bodies and minds, and the notion that we can never heal and are instead stuck forever in the limbo of recovery.

From a radically spiritual perspective, these ideas are all false and disempowering. When the body/mind sends signals of craving and neediness, we typically respond by indulging them, masking them, or by getting help to relieve them. It’s not that these choices are bad, wrong, or useless. However, they cheat us of the joy and power of healing ourselves. And they enable us to forget that we have another choice, which is this: We can choose to change our minds and override or transcend the bothersome, needy impulse. The secret is to acknowledge the impulsive craving but not to give it power by responding to it.

This is where the practice of inner peace comes in handy because it leads to the ability to not engage or not to act. Inner peace is not a gift from God; it is a learned state of mind that leads to God, and it’s usually hard and uncomfortable work — sort of like holding a challenging static yoga pose, which only feels good after the pose is completed. Still, we must not forget that it can be done, and the Holy Spirit will help us. We do not have to automatically buy into a limiting belief system just because millions of people hold it near and dear!

Karen Bentley
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