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Sports and spirituality are
Always start with stillness. Your affirmation could go
like this: Divine Life and Love, God, you are with me right
there on the field (or court or track or slope or wave). As
Mind (another name for God), you are helping me to
know exactly what to do during the game.
Discover true strength. Knowing that we reflect the
infinite strength, flexibility and quickness of the divine,
we’ll experience less physical limitation in sports. Mary
Baker Eddy, in her ground-breaking book, Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures, sheds light on this
connection. “ The Scriptures say, “They that wait upon
the Lord...shall run, and not be weary; and they shall
walk, and not faint.” The meaning of that passage is not
perverted by applying it literally to moments of fatigue,
for the moral and physical are as one in their results.”
Let love lead you. You’re not there to impress people
but to express goodness and love. God is Love and
doesn’t take sides; so, show sportsmanship towards the
opposition and wholeheartedly love the game.
Enjoy yourself. Know that your confidence, freedom
and success depend entirely on ever-present divine
Mind. This relieves us from feeling that pressure is
squarely on us to perform. Getting pumped is not what’s
needed either, implying that we’ll eventually need to
come down from a false high. It also stands to reason
that the short-lived benefits of cheating or sports fixing
cannot compete with the health-giving, joy-enhancing
effects of honesty, courage and integrity in sport.
Stay safe. Spiritual ideas move in harmony – comple-
menting each other, instead of hurting each other. “ We
live and move and have our being in God,” the Bible
quotes Paul as saying. Knowing this, we are always
Thought governs experience. Copy and paste the link
to read how a teenager’s quick healing of a broken
thumb received during a soccer match applied this
As we talked through the half-time state of play of his soccer match, my grandson expressed an openness to some
helpful ideas I shared with him. He went back on and scored a goal immediately, and soon after I saw him patting a
team-mate on the back following a similar success.
Rather than counselling on techniques or from a sports psychology perspective, I’d focused his attention on the
spiritual nature of the game: had he noticed that when they worked together as a team quite a big change occurred?
I shared how love for individual team members and joy in the game itself is what brings success. When he felt a
teammate wasn’t working as a team-player my grandson could go out of his way to applaud his efforts, even if his
mate wasn’t reciprocating yet. On this otherwise unremarkable Saturday morning, a spiritual approach to his soccer
match had transformed his game, and the score.
The extensive scholarly literature about sport and spirituality reports experiences by many thousands of athletes,
with and without religious affiliations, that are frequently described as spiritual. They are collectively called “being in
the zone.” Sports psychologist, Mark Nesti, has identified that spiritual experiences in sport have much in common
with feelings of intense love.
Learning how love, joy, compassion, strength, balance and respect lead to sports success is important. Even more
important, is to know that the source of our ability to express them is divine. Athletes who know this might practise
these five essentials.
Kay Stroud writes about the connection between spirituality and health, practices Christian Science healing and is spokesperson
for Christian Science in NSW, QLD, ACT and NT www.health4thinkers.com
For information about local Christian Science church services (and Sunday School for children and teens) please
ring 0409 465 531
How sports and spirituality are connected!
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GIVIT wants all Aussie kids to get off to a flying start for the
2018 school year
One in six Australian children will start the 2018 school year
already behind their classmates because they lack the basic
education tools of textbooks, stationery or a uniform.
Despite being one of the wealthiest countries in the world,
1.1 million Australian children and young people are living
below the poverty line. Starting a new school year without
the essentials has a detrimental impact on a child’s education
potential and can leave them feeling isolated and a target for
ridicule and bullying.
National on-line charity GIVIT believes education is the key
to breaking out of a cycle of disadvantage and putting a child
on a path to a better life.
GIVIT Founder and CEO Juliette Wright said GIVIT’s Back to
School Campaign aims to ensure all Australian children walk
through the school gates on the first day of the year with their
heads held high, feeling confident and dignified.
The Back to School Campaign matches our most
underprivileged students with donors from communities
across Australia, including remote and regional areas, who
will help provide the vital education equipment these children
GIVIT works with more than 1800 charities nation-wide,
ranging from The Salvation Army and Australian Red Cross
to smaller community groups and neighbourhood centres.
For this campaign GIVIT is working with school chaplains to
identify students in need.
“Poverty is so toxic for children and affects every aspect of
their life, particularly their schooling. But access to education
can help break the cycle of disadvantage that many families
living below the poverty are trapped in,’’ Juliette said.
“Deprived children fall behind their cohorts academically
and this leads to hardships in later life. Providing the
necessary needs for a child to start school is a stepping
stone to a brighter future. The opportunity to fit in with their
classmates is priceless.
“Starting school without a full uniform, properly fitting shoes,
a school bag, textbooks and pencils sets children in need
apart from their classmates. Kids without the basics don’t feel
they fit in.’’
Statistics show that children brought up in poverty are most
often behind their classmates socially and academically when
they begin school and by the time they turn 15 they are two to
three years behind in reading and maths standards.
Education is a predictor of a child’s future employment,
health and their contribution to society and their community.
Children raised in poverty who fail to receive a basic education
are unfairly represented in the criminal justice system.
For more information, visit givit.org.au.
GIVIT is a national not-for-profit connecting those
who have with those who need, in a private and
GIVIT works to alleviate poverty in Australia by
ensuring every community service provider has
what it needs through the simple act of giving.
GIVIT is free to use and makes giving easy by
allowing you to see exactly what is required by
vulnerable community members.
GIVIT supports all agencies, services and
charities in Australia who work directly with impoverished,
marginalised and vulnerable people. GIVIT makes it easier for
organisations to empower their clients and improve quality of
life by obtaining the items they require through the website, at
no cost. The unique virtual warehouse eliminates the need for
organisations to store, sort and dispose of unwanted items,
saving valuable time and resources.
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