The Spirituality of Sacrifice

“A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, and must empty ourselves,” Mother Theresa taught. My view is different. I agree with Mother Theresa that through sacrifice, and with the help of God (we might use a different name — Odin, Buddha, the Tao, etc.), the individual will be able to “accomplish great things.” But is pain an essential aspect of, or even helpful to, making the act sacred or spiritual? I don’t believe it is.

We hear a more neutral take on sacrifice from Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, who, in regard to the Islamic injunction against eating pork says that, “it’s a partial fast… We fast from some kinds of food throughout our lives [as a religious act of resisting some temptations].” He points out, in essence, that to refrain from enjoying certain things is a spiritual act. Continue reading “The Spirituality of Sacrifice”

Nature’s ‘Antibiotics’

It is generally known that taking antibiotics can lower your immune system. What’s the alternative?

According to HealthyAndNaturalWorld dot com, there are at least 13 natural antibiotics. Some of them will be familiar to you, such as Echinacea, used by many people as a supplement during the winter to stave off colds. The list also includes Tea Tree Oil and Oregon Grape, etc.

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