Karen is one of the most truly alive persons I know. First of all, she is positive, engaging, and interested in you. She laughs easily and is a good conversationalist. I can attest to her dancing prowess as she glides across the floor to The Tennessee Waltz. Karen publishes a magazine called (surprise) Truly Alive. Furthermore, she eats no carbs, not even one ounce per day. I wanted to understand more. After lunch with her not long ago, I was able to fit some of the pieces of the puzzle together.
Karen was divorced at 31 with a one-year old, and has raised a daughter entirely alone. In Sedona, Arizona, at age 37 she almost broke down. Overweight, with other medical problems, and trying to raise an ADHD child of seven. She entertained thoughts of suicide.
At this point she cleansed her body of toxins, and embarked on a no-carb diet. Over a period of time, her weight came off. Karen’s health returned after she discovered that she was highly reactive to carbs with significant unpleasant side effects from consuming them. At the restaurant I watched with astonishment as she ate three dry meatballs without any sauce, and a salad with lemon-olive oil dressing. No breadsticks. Not even a single crouton.
In addition, Karen’s life has been transformed by spiritual healing. Brought up as a believer in God and raised in a church environment, she was also abused as a child. From this experience she recalls associating God with guilt, shame, and fear because she was taught that everyone was innately sinful.
Overall, the abuse did not lead her into atheism or agnosticism (which it has for many), but it was only after she encountered an alternative church which was more positive that she begin to appreciate God as a source of love and joy. The book Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsh spoke truth to her, Karen informed me. She perceives God’s hand moving in her daily life, and insists that God speaks to people in many different ways (see recent blog on this topic).
After I shared a family health problem with Karen, she offered to provide time out of a busy schedule to conference with them by phone. In fact she is such a giving person that she sometimes has trouble receiving from others.
A spiritual emphasis, radiant love of life, and benevolence are attributes which I as a Christian find quite inspirational. It struck me like a hammer on the head that Karen is living the way many traditional Christians seek to live. With Karen it is practical not just theoretical, and you can see it shining from her face. Can we learn, like Karen has, to be more truly alive?
Disclaimer: Please note that I try to be respectful of other’s views and beliefs, although my views and beliefs may be different.
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Postscript: The TV series called The Bible is shown each Sunday evening around 7 or 8 pm on the History cable channel. I was spellbound last Sunday by the re-creations of Abraham and Moses.
The Gray Nomad.
Probing the practice of Christian believers……
“Because this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found! And they began to revel and feast and make merry” (Luke, chapter 15).
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to be generous and willing to share. In this way they may take hold of the life that is truly Life” (1 Timothy, chapter 6).
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