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It’s All Alright

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

If ever you are worried, fearful, or think that things are not all right, hand it over to God. Put your problems into God’s infinite care.  Hold up the troubles so that God can see them.  He will see your […]

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Blessed Assurance

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself,” said President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the worst moment of the depression in the 1930’s.  He was right. Fear is not always useful.  It often just gets in the way. […]

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The Healing and Healer Is Inside You

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

The key to all that is – is inside you.  God, your Creator, resides as an Image in your deepest core. Metaphorically, that Image of God was lost and forgotten when humans (created as images of God Himself), Adam and […]

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God is Able!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I had the pleasure and honor of delivering this past Sunday’s sermon at the Second Baptist Church in Bloomington, Indiana. At that wonderful service, the angelic choir sang “Yes, God is Able.” That got me thinking! Yes, God is always […]

About That National Day of Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

President Obama recently proclaimed that May 5th is National Day of Prayer in the United States.  But that’s controversial.  Why?  Last year a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. found that having a government sponsored day of prayer was unconstitutional […]

Mt. Athos: St Gregory of Sinai (Part 2)

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This week, I’m featuring sections of my new book, “Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer,” the chapter on Holy Mt. Athos.  You may have seen the “60 Minutes” segment, and want to know more.  In my book, I also have a […]

Mt. Athos: St Gregory of Sinai (Part 1)

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This week, I’m featuring tastes of my new book, “Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer,” the chapter on Holy Mt. Athos.  You may have seen the “60 Minutes” segment, and want to know more.  In my book, I also have a […]

Mt. Athos: Why Only Men?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I’m writing to you this week about Holy Mt. Athos, featured in a segment of CBS News’ “60 Minutes” recently and also in my new book and feature film, “Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer.” Mt. Athos has only male monks, […]

Holy Mt. Athos: A Background

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

You may have seen the recent “60 Minutes” piece on the Greek peninsula, Mt. Athos, since the last 1,200 years a holy refuge for monks and prayer, where there are only twenty monasteries.  It’s almost impossible to visit there, as […]

The Agony of Betrayal and the Promise of Infinite Love

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I was reminded today of just how far down things can go in life, and how we just cannot ultimately rely on anything or anyone on earth.  That sounds so fatalistic and depressive, I know, but bear with me for […]

Direct Communion Through Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Can you imagine any greater thing than to have communion with God himself, and to be wholly absorbed by him ? – Evagrios of Pontus. Chapters on Prayer. 34b. Philokalia. 1. p. 179. from my Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer […]

Holy Week and Easter: Ancient Thoughts and Prayers

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

For this Holy Time of Easter (Pasca) and Passover, I’ve been offering ancient prayers and writings.  Today, from St. John Chrysostom, the saint and ealry Christian father of what came to be the Holy Liturgy. “But why did He appear […]

“Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer” Short Version to Air on PBS Stations for Holy Week

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Please tell everyone you know: friends, Church members, co-workers, believers and unbelievers!  “Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer,” my new book and documentary feature film on the prayer, with an unprecedented inner-view of Orthodox monasticism has an abbreviated public TV version […]

Please Join Me in Chicago Tonight!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I’ll be in Chicago this evening, Thursday, April 14th at 7pm at the Pickwick Theater, Park Ridge, IL., for a screening of my film, “Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer,” a Benefit for Saint Iakovos Retreat Center.  For tickets: call The Metropolis […]

Eating God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

As a Christian, I’m aware of the wonderful idea and reality that God is inside me, and inside you.  Of the infinite treasures to be found in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, records of the teachings of […]

An Ancient Prayer: Food for the Body and Soul

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today, I offer you a prayer from a Christian saint, Evagrios of Pontus (c.345-399), was one of the most prominent figures among the monks of the desert settlements in Lower Egypt. The works of Evagrios had a profound influence on […]

God Will Guide You

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

If there’s one tip for losing weight, staying healthy and finding true, infinite happiness it is this: Keep God at the center of your life through constant prayer and daily worship. We humans are full of paradoxes and inconsistencies!    We […]

Simply a New Year and a New You

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Making a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, diet, exercise, save money, etc., again? I encourage you to just be sensible and moderate this year, and perhaps not go on a crash New Year’s Diet or radical new program.  Simple […]

Out with the Old In the NEW YEAR

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It’s new year’s time!  Hooray!  Time to celebrate life and living. We have made it another year.  Amazing. Here are 5 ideas to start your New Year well: Forget what happened in the past as best you can. Forgive those […]

Make Meals Sacred

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today, I’m delighted to have a guest blogger, Maggie Davis, MS, RD, LDN, FADA, CDE the Author of a new book from Paraclete Press, “Good Food for Life: Planning, Preparing and Sharing.” Thank you, Maggie, for your good work, and […]

What is YOUR Christmas About?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Merry Christmas.  I hope you’re having a wonderful day, and that the peace of God on earth, Jesus Christ, is with you.  If you’re not Christian – no problem – I send my love to you and everyone. We’d probably […]

For Christmas: A Message of Christ

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I would love to share with you this message from the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Christian Church, for North America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.  I find it quite beautiful, and the point of why we are celebrating Christmas, the […]

Christmas in a Cave?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

With all the flurry of Christmas shopping and the stress of excess of the season, it may be tempting to escape the “civilized world” and retreat, just to find some peace and be alone with God.  After all, Christmas is […]

A Walk With God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This holiday season, it’s so easy to get all wrapped up in business, I mean busy-ness.  Yes, there’s the business of gifts.  The business of making money to pay for all the gifts.  The business of making ends meet. There’s […]

Book Review: “Trauma and Grace”

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This is a really interesting, and helpful book that I wrote about earlier this year.  I want to bring it to your attention again, in case you have not read it. “How do people, whose hearts and minds have been wounded by […]

Have Faith and Live It

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I know it sounds too easy to be true, but it’s really powerful to ask your “Higher Power” for help. It works. You have to experience it to believe it. There’s no need to feel shy or embarrassed right now, […]

Spiritual Action

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

What does it mean to be spiritual?  It means that you believe in a power greater than yourself.  It might mean that you are religious, or belong to a church or organized creed or group of believers. Being “spiritual” may […]

My Friend on a Diet – Spiritually

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

The last few days, I’ve been writing about a good friend who I visited last weekend.  She’s such a lovely, kind person.  Lots of fun, too.  Lately, though, she’s not her usual self. She’s been on a very strict diet.  […]

Chilean Miners – Miscounted

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

“There are actually 34 of us,” Jimmy Sanchez a nineteen-year-old trapped Chilean miner said in his letter forwarded up a tube last Tuesday just before the dramatic rescue a day later, “because God has never left us down here.” Trapped […]

That Human Connection

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I was reminded this morning about the importance of being human. Our washing machine was not working right, and my wife said there was a “burning smell.”  I had tested it, and sure enough, the agitator wasn’t turning.  The clothes […]

God Is Able

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I went to a wonderful church in Indiana yesterday, and there was a hymn “God is Able.”  The choir was heavenly, and the soloist fantastic.  The lyrics spoke of God being able to move mountains, solve all troubles, and help […]

Ask God For Help

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here is a question from a reader:  Can prayer help with weight loss?  I believe owning a weight problem and having the courage to surrender and ask God for help is the best way possible. Call it prayer, spiritual communication, […]

Meditation Time

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Take 10 minutes. Find a totally quiet, private place. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply. Relax. Empty your mind of all thoughts. There’s a special feeling of a vastly deep Love, an awareness of something bigger and more powerful, deep inside […]

Start Over – It’s a New Year in September

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Yesterday and today, I’m featuring a couple of guest blogs by Maggie Davis and Carol Showalter, authors of YOUR WHOLE LIFE: The 3D Plan for Eating Right, Living Well, and Loving God.  I like this book — see my review of it […]

New from Old

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Sometimes it’s good to remember that good things come from difficult, or bad times.  Just look at how flowers grow out of dirt.  All the dead matter, the organic waste, the decayed previous living plants all form soil, then it […]

A Prayer for Patience

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

God, thank you for this day. This beautiful, amazing day. Here again, with You, for You, today. God, give me patience to endure the hardships of this day. Help me to see that they, too are great blessings in disguise. […]

The Importance of Listening

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I find that many people who struggle with overweight and obesity, also have problems that are connected with relationships.  Many clients of mine of the years have reported being very lonely, or in difficult relationships, either with their spouse or […]

Hot Dog (Over-) Eating Contest

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Did you see any news reports of the annual Nathan’s Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest yet?  Here’s one, from New York Daily News. The champion was Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, 26, who downed 54 hot dogs in 10 minutes!  He […]

God is With You, In You

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Have you ever wondered why you’re able to pray silently, to yourself, and somehow God hears you?  It’s because God is there, inside you… OK…Now ask God to speak to you, and show you the truth of Divine Existence! Ask […]

Hang In There

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Have you gained weight?  Are you struggling with money?  Is “lonely” your middle name?  Do you miss someone so bad you can taste it?  Are you ill or in pain?  Unemployed or struggling with work?  Don’t give up – no […]

Not to Take It Personally

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Sometimes people say things that are plain upsetting.  I am easily upset, too, because I’m a very sensitive guy from being criticized, devalued and squelched for a good part of my formative years. That’s why when yesterday at lunch I […]

Help From God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Are your weight problems affecting your relationship with God?  If you look to food for comfort and satisfaction, instead of God, you may be missing an opportunity. If you are isolated, lonely inside your house, avoiding an active and engaged life, you […]

On Silence and Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

In case you have not yet joined our spiritual journey, traveling to ancient lands of Egypt, Mt. Sinal, Greece, Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Russia — for our upcoming feature film and book, Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer (click here to […]

New Food Guidelines and Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It’s about time!  The USDA and US Department of Human Services are finally getting around to recommending that we eat less fats and sugar, and more vegetables and fruits. They have announced a period of public comments about revising the […]

Back on the Healthy Bandwagon

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Did you slip with your food plan?  Did you “fall-off-the-wagon,” so to speak?  No problem, all is not lost, surely God forgives you – just don’t let it snowball. In my efforts to be sugar-free, and lower fat, I often […]

Inspirational Quotes For Difficult Times

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Do you wake up in the morning with your mind filled with thoughts of personal shame, inferiority, hopelessness, dread, anxiety or worry?  You are not alone – many people do. I thought I would send some inspirational quotes, and uplifting […]

A Prayer & Meditation Before Eating

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Try this meditation today. It’s very peaceful. Do it BEFORE you overeat. Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Focus your mind’s attention on your breathing: in and out, in and out. Do this for as long as you can. End […]

Weight Loss Inspiration – Lose the Pounds Now!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here are some weight loss ideas, and some methods to help you lose weight and continue a healthy diet and lifestyle. Losing weight is not just about eating less, it is also important to eat the best foods.  If you […]

Stand the Pain

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This morning is not a great morning so far:  gotten a cold, sore throat, irritable, laboring a debate with someone, and there’s lots and lots of work to do with demanding and annoying bosses.  All of that is external, though, […]

How to Pray for Forgiveness

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Calra, a reader of this blog wrote in a comment the other day… “i have a lot of guilt and anger built up inside of me and i don’t never go to church because of work that satan has made […]

Inspiration for Today

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Need some inspiration?  Do you need a good inspirational quote, prayer or uplifting quote to carry with you throughout the day? Here’s a very simple thought and a plan: God is here.God is everywhere.God is in me. Everyone you come […]

Eat Anything and Lose Weight – Here’s How

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s something to try today, will-power aside, if you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your weight.  Try having only half of what you would normally eat.  Having half and eating really slowly is actually an effective way to eat […]

Fill Your Soul

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

There are times when one feels empty.  Perhaps it’s a moment of feeling blue about something not going as expected, an unfortunate turn of events, or being down on yourself. Do you need some inspirational quotes for difficult times, or […]

How You Can Lose 5 Pounds This Week

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I am so excited: I’ve lost 5 pounds in little more than a week.  I needed to do it, as I was again in my range of 10 pounds, 5 up or 5 down, from my ideal weight.  What are […]

National Day of Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

A day for prayer is really good, but I believe and practice that everyday is a day of prayer!  Let me add International to National Day of Prayer while I’m at it.  It’s controversial; just look at the Franklin Graham […]

Times Square Terrorist

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It amazes me that terrorist suspect, Faisal Shahzad, and other terrorists can ever claim that they are “spiritual” or “religious.”  How can someone who proclaims to love God even think of bombs, inciting terror, killing people and destroying themselves in […]

I Love Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Every night, before I go to bed, I say the Lord’s Prayer, and I love it.  I get all happy at that glorious moment between consciousness and sleep.  Prayer is the bridge for me: taking me from on to off, […]

Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I want you to be among the first to know.  I have been working on a documentary movie and book about ancient prayers, once secret — now being brought to the world.  It is called Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer […]

Daily Peaceful Inspiration

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Don’t let the start of a week get you down!  It is possible to get everything done, and to get what you need – perhaps a little inspiration in the form of uplifting quotes and validation can help. – Remember […]

Daily Peaceful Check-In

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It is the beginning of a new week: things to do from last week, new projects and challenges for this new one.  As you are getting started, you might want to take a peaceful moment, and then a mini-inventory, to […]

Is God There?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

There, in the undercurrent of everything, is Spirit. There, behind you, is the Playful One. There, above, below, and deep inside is the Powerful Force. Therein, even in the darkest problems, the most extreme pain and suffering, lies the Divine. […]

Weight Loss

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

An “overeater” posted a comment the other day with a question on depression and excess weight that I think a lot of us may relate to. They wrote: “How do people go about focusing on getting unwanted pounds off when […]

What I Learned from Easter and Passover

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This season, the lesson to be learned for me is that less is more, and that sacrifice to God brings freedom and life.  This worldwide recession is forcing us to make sacrifices – spend less money and make more, or […]

Easter Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Dear Jesus, Dear God, I have been sad my whole lifeThat people betrayed You.That the Son of God, who brought us so much joyAnd love of God, would be offered for crucifixion. Dear Christ, the Annointed One,Who sacrificed His human […]

A Message for Easter, Passover, and Spring

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Religious holidays of Passover and Easter are aligning in the same week this year. Traditionally, these are festivals of renewal, rebirth and most importantly freedom and forgiveness.  Passover and Easter ordinarily fall sometime after the Vernal Equinox (after the full […]

Phoebe Prince, Sexual Abuse, and Obscene Video Games

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

The news of more child sexual abuse scandals from Catholic priests and the Pope’s alleged involvement in cover-ups, the abuse of Phoebe Prince – a bullied teenage girl who committed suicide, and a new video game that simulates rape are […]

Prayer for Passover and Easter

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today, I offer you a prayer to God in thanks for the spring holidays of Passover and Easter.  These are celebrated in the same week this year, and both are about liberation, release, forgiveness and salvation. God,Thank You for my […]

Last Supper Biggie-Sized?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Check-out this post in my friend and colleague’s Beliefnet blog, Fresh Living today.  Erin O’Donnell wrote a piece about the portion sizes in “Last Supper” paintings. She points out a recent study by the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, “Researchers […]

Pray Thyself in Me

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here is a little prayer I’ve had with me, and on my wall, and in my wallet, and heart and mind for many years.  An old friend gave it to me long ago, and now I give it to you.  […]

Can the Cant’s

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Do you ever wake up and just feel like you can’t go on?  All of the feelings of impossibility just overwhelm you as you make your way out of bed, into the day?  Here is what I do to put […]

Are You Addicted to Pleasure?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I was addicted to pleasure for most of my life, until I “woke up” and got it together. I spent most of my time and energy pleasuring myself (I thought) by eating huge amounts of food, watching endless TV, and […]

Spiritual Wellness Month

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I hadn’t heard anything about Spiritual Wellness Month, this month of March, until I was researching some studies on the net.  It came up as a popular posting.  It seems that there was a spiritual wellness month last year, too.  […]

Weight Management

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Hello and welcome back.  I’m so glad you’re here.  Today, let’s keep the momentum going, the pounds flowing (off!), the healthy diet alive, and the recreation joyous and energizing.  All by the grace of God. I’m headed out the door […]

Continuing New Weight Loss Lifestyles

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I want to applaud you for staying with me through the entire Give-Back Diet.  This is a special day.  I don’t think of it as an end, I think of it as a continuation, or a new beginning – this […]

Unlimited Love

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Alright! It’s the 55th and next to the last day of your new beginning on the Give-Back Diet.  Many of you have made great efforts, seen some great weight loss results, and made some lifestyle changes that have put you […]

Recipe for Real Weight Loss

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here we are in the last stretch of the “Give-Back Diet.”  It’s the 54th day of 56 in total.  I’m taking the next few remaining days to encourage you to keep doing what you’ve been doing!  If you haven’t started, […]

Tips for Building Self-Esteem

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Are your troubles getting the best of you?  That is, your opinion of yourself – the best person that you are?  For today, the 50th Day of our “Give-Back Diet” program, let’s get to the root of the problems: self-esteem. […]

Give-Back Diet: Live, Laugh and Love

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Hello, and welcome!  Here’s a special message video I made for you, this 46th day of the “Give-Back Diet” program. Today, I want to encourage and inspire you to think of ways you can enjoy yourself, find comfort, and connection […]

Enjoy a Prayer Walk

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It’s a great day for some prayer and physical activity. Thanks for being here – we’re on the 36th Day of the Give-Back Diet.  Today, I want to encourage you to try a prayer walk.  Yes, it’s cold in many […]

Count the Blessings – Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Hello, and welcome to another day of the Give-Back Diet.  Today, let’s keep it really simple and joyous and count our blessings together.  Have you lost weight, stabilized your weight and diet, or made some healthy changes?  Let’s identify what’s […]

Give-Back Diet Delight! The First 30 Days

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Many of us have lost weight!  Many of us haven’t gained any!  Many have tried new diet ideas, are getting fit, doing Give-Backs with our fears and problems, gave sugar and junk foods back to multinational corporations, given-back the high-fat […]

Keeping It Fresh – Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Right on the heels of the completion of the first 30 days of the Give-Back Diet, let’s check-in on weight loss, new fitness and health routines, new and better habits, and your relationship with God and others.  Welcome to Day […]

Moved by Activity

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

How are you?  How is your Give-Back Diet going?  Today, I’d like to give you a special gift.  It’s a lot of fun.  A song and dance.  Here’s the video: I hope you’ll sing and move along with me.  Singing […]

Recipe for Love: Gratitude for God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This morning, I’m feeling very grateful.  I’m very happy just to have awakened again today, and to be able to live my God-given life one more day.  It’s the 24th day of our “Give-Back Diet,” and I’m grateful to you […]

Give-Back Weight Problems to God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Are you doing the “Give-Back Diet” program?  Join us!  This is the 16th day, but you may start anywhere.  Losing weight and keeping it off is a process, not an “on again/off again” deprivation diet. This program is about “giving […]

Less is More, More or Less: Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It’s the 9th day of our “Give-Back Diet” program, the continuation of a new week together to help each other “give-back” to pounds, lose weight and get healthier.  If this is your first day, welcome.  If you’re continuing, welcome again […]

Grateful Appreciation

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Yea!  Congratulations, you have come to Day 7, the end of the first week on the “Give-Back Diet: Lose Weight and Help Others” program.  Let’s use this day to rest, contemplate what we have learned, and get motivated to keep […]

Find Love in Life, Not Food

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today is all about love — it’s Day 3 of the “Give Back Diet.”  Feeling loved is vitally important in your efforts to change.  I know from experience, I didn’t feel very loved as a child, other than through food.  […]

Dr. Norris J. Chumley’s GIVE-BACK DIET – Day 1

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Welcome!  This is a totally different program that can help you lose weight and become healthier in a whole new way.  How is it new? Simple: most weight loss diets are about what you take in, this one is about […]

Happy New Year!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I was at a New Year’s party, and a friend asked me “what’s new about your new year? Any new year’s resolutions?”  I thought to myself, came up with nothing, and just spontaneously uttered, “I’m turning over a new leaf.”  […]

Diet and Weight Loss Happiness?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a question for New Years: What is it that makes you really, truly happy?  Being healthy, wealthy or wise?  A lot of folks are talking about happiness these days, and new year’s resolutions to lose weight, and I have […]

Recipe: Soul Cleanse

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This week, after Chanukah, between Christmas, during Kwanza, and before the New Year begins, I recommend taking some time to renew and recharge the soul.  We have filled our bodies with great food and drink.  Many of us have filled […]

Sugar, More More More!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Sugar and sugar addiction is a big topic with me, and I know it is with a lot of our readers, too, going by the number of comments we’ve received. Of course, the amounts of food I overate when 400 […]

Christmas Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

God, this Christmas day, I give You my love.I love you for this life, and this very special day. I love You for the gifts you give me:The gift of life, the miracle of existence. I love You for my […]

Thank God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

The other day, I asked readers to share their “Reason for the Season.” I love the comments that people posted.  I thought that since it’s Christmas time, and Holiday time for many, it was a good time to ask what […]

Christmas Meaning

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

As a Christian, a follower of Christ, I love the Christmas holiday not only because it is a time of celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, but also that it is a time of hope and transcendence.  If you […]

God is Here with Us

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

There, in the undercurrent of everything, is Spirit. There, behind you, is the Playful One. There, above, below, and deep inside is the Powerful Force. Therein, even in the darkest problems, the most extreme pain and suffering, lies the Divine. […]

Trust In God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Trust in God in all matters, especially your health and habits, and you will see that you needn’t worry about anything. Real, unsolvable problems only occur when you are not allied with God in all aspects of your life. Give […]

Trauma and Grace — A Christmas Message

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

“How do people, whose hearts and minds have been wounded by violence, come to feel and know the redemptive power of God’s grace?”  That is the central question and mission of Serene Jones’s “Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured […]

Hunger for God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I just love the comment that someone posted a few days ago, in response to How to Curb Your Appetite.  I reprint it below, as the “Comment of the Week.” This week I’ve posted a lot on family history, genes, […]

Book Review: “The Restored New Testament”

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

At the heart of Willis Barnstone’s monumental “Restored New Testament: a New Translation with Commentary, including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas” is purity, poetry and the human condition. One of the most prolific and erudite scholars, translators, and […]

Jesus Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I was reminded of a book, What Did the Ancient Israelites Eat?: Diet in Biblical Times by Nathan MacDonald of the University of Scotland in St. Andrews, that talks about food, eating, and by default weight loss / weight management […]

Give a Gift of Love

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Yes, it’s the Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa season, and it’s traditional to give gifts.  So I too am thinking of  “what to buy, what to give.” This year, as it’s still an era of the necessity of mindful money, as it’s […]

How to Handle a Craving

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

The next time you’re ready to open the floodgates, and stuff yourself silly with food… 1) STOP. 2) Ask yourself how you’re feeling right now. 3) Ask yourself what you need in your life — what’s missing? 4) Pray for […]

Advent Calendar

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

There is a very cool, beautiful Advent Calendar on Beliefnet this year.  Advent, and lighting of Advent Candles, is a Christian celebration of the coming of the birth of Jesus Christ.  The Advent Calendar is an online one, that you […]

Holiday Help

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here is a list of ten ways to remedy holiday mistakes, blunders, and misfortunes.  If you overate, forgot to exercise, got lazy, said something you later regretted, didn’t do what you meant to do – whatever – join the club!  […]

Keep Thanking God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Each and every morning, the second you wake up – thank God or your Higher Power for the gift of another day. You’re lucky to be alive, yet again, for another day. While you’re at it, ask the Creator to […]

A Prayer of Thanks

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

For those of us Americans, we have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday.  For those readers in other countries, please join us in celebrating all that God has given us.  Here is a prayer for your consideration, today. […]

Thanksgiving Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a little prayer for consideration at your holiday table. (encourage everyone to observe a moment of silence, then begin) God, thank you for this wonderful gathering.For the many gifts of love you give.This wonderful family, our cherished friends, our […]

What is Thanksgiving?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Quite simply, Thanksgiving Day is a time of appreciation for a bountiful harvest. First celebrated at the Plymouth Plantation in 1621 (debatable) by the Pilgrims and the Native American Wampanoag tribe in North America, it was a meal shared by […]

Thanksgiving Every Day

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Don’t wait until next Thanksgiving Day! Let every day be a day of thanksgiving! Appreciate the bounty that you receive from God. A roof over your head. Food in abundance. Your career, or mission in life. Your family. Friends. Interests. […]

Compassion

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

What does it mean?  It means to be sympathetic or empathic of another’s condition, be it pain and suffering, deep emotions, problems – and to do something about it. This week, author Karen Armstrong (“A History of God” and other […]

Hunger Hurts the Ones We Love

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

While a lot of us are having a hard time keeping food OFF the table, 1 in 7 Americans are finding it hard to put food ON the table this year.  So reports a study from the U.S. Department of […]

Book Review: Matters of Death and Life

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Mark C. Taylor, noted philosopher, scholar, professor of religion and Chair of the Columbia University Department of Religion, has published a glowing, often super-real and sometimes surreal collection of essays on the human condition.  “Field Notes From Elsewhere: Reflections on […]

Is God There?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Q: I wonder that God doesn’t have enough to do without hearing about my weight problem. So many crises, so much death and turmoil in the world, so many real problems to deal with. How can I possibly ask for […]

Weight Loss? Will Power? No Way.

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

For years I thought it took will power to make major changes in my life, such as getting healthy, finding a job or losing weight.  In the middle of doing it, though, and falling flat on my face a bunch […]

Helene’s Hint

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Meet Helene, a woman who has lost 50 pounds and kept it off over 23 years. See if you can relate to her words… “I was out on my own the first time (in my early 20’s) and started to […]

Book Review: “The End of Suffering”

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

A wake up call, that’s what suffering offers us, according to the poet and writer, Scott Cairns.  Suffering is not about the pain and hardship, per se – we need to look past suffering to what is beyond.  “The End […]

Spirit in the Wind

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today, All Saint’s Day, I’m thankful for the wind, today. I love how it blows life into everything – especially me! I love how the wind moves the clouds, and the leaves on the trees, and how the birds ride […]

Halloween

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

We know Halloween comes every year on October 31, and it’s Hallowe’en – short for All Hallow’s Eve.  Halloween is actually an old Pagan feast, a Celtic New Year called Samhain, or “summer’s end.”  What is it all about, other […]

I Believe as I Affirm

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

A lot of people believe in affirming. I believe in using whatever works to lose weight and get healthy. Have you ever tried verbally affirming? Check it out. Try saying one of these lines to yourself: “I am God’s creation, […]

In God We Trust

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

You are a believer in God, right?  Or by another name, Higher Power, Lord, Spirit – that great Creator of you and me, who is always there no matter what may come.  You believe in God and His power, right?  […]

Filling Up Before Eating

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a way to eat less by actually eating (and drinking) more. Before your meal or snack, drink a large, 16oz glass of water, and eat a little fruit or vegetables. Drinking water is so good for you, in so […]

God, Spirit, Angels, Everywhere!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Look around you, Spirit is everywhere. Big and powerful, tiny and invisible all at the same time, in harmony. See God in simple, little things: a dog’s tail wagging, a cat purring just because you’re near. A leaf falling from […]

Meditation for Health

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Please take time to be silent every day, if only for a few minutes. This will help you immeasurably in your program for wellness of body, mind, and soul. Find a quiet place, and just sit and close your eyes. […]

Cure For Hopeless Bingeing

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

How are you doing with food?  Are you eating healthy foods, in moderate or small amounts?  Or is your eating out-of-control, are you fast and furiously stuffing as much food into your mouth as possible? If you’re feeling empty and […]

Spiritual Community

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

There’s nothing like a spiritual community where you can feel instantly understood and appreciated for what you believe in and experience. You’ll hear other people’s experiences, too, which often helps you to deepen your own. There are religious, church based […]

Give it to God in Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Do you feel like you just can’t lose weight, no matter how hard you try? Do you feel like you’ve tried everything? Are you on the brink of giving up? I can’t blame you. Losing weight seems really hard, if […]

Patrick Swayze

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Did Patrick Swayze “lose” his battle with pancreatic cancer?  Many news reports said so, as they were reporting his death.  I believe he won. In his movie, “Ghost,” the key moment of the whole film, at the end, was his […]

God’s Bounty

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Aren’t we blessed to be alive? Isn’t it wonderful to be human: To give and receive love, to have dreams and aspirations, to learn and change? Let’s take time together to see what bountiful blessings we have today, instead of […]

Healthcare

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Gosh, we’ve had a lot of comments and traffic from that blog I wrote the other day on healthcare, Obama healthcare reform, and on America’s health care system.  I’m so glad people are voicing their opinion here!  I’m sad that […]

No More Food Today by the Grace of God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It’s really important to stay with a daily routine of structured eating.  Knowing how much to eat of each food group, for you, in order to either lose weight or maintain your weight is vital. Sometimes, though, you may be […]

Food Lovers Fat Loss: Mary’s Thoughts

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I was interested in what Mary wrote here about the Food Lovers Fat Loss weight loss program, commenting about my Food Lovers Fat Loss System Review.  She seems to think that we don’t need to buy any program, just observe […]

Sweet Surrender

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Last week, I wrote about surrendering your problems to God.  Last month, I wrote about surrendering your problems to God.   Have you tried it yet?  I encourage you to right now. A way to really solve your weight problems […]

“Almost Impossible to Lose Weight”

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Really? That’s what an article in the New Your Times by Gina Kolata from 2007 stated.  I found this article the other day, and thought you might like to see it.   Not to be pessimistic; no, rather to be optimistic […]

Joyous Comments – Such Satisfaction

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Thanks to all who have been commenting.  It’s so fun and full-filling to read what you write!  Your comments make me happy, even the tough ones.  So PLEASE keep them coming.  Also, tell your friends about this amazing, growing online […]

Lose Weight with God and Helping Others

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I really like what FouFou wrote in her comment this week, in response to my “Fat and What is Behind it” article. Here it is: “Physical, emotional and spiritual is the guide to us those who are seeking to loose […]

Change IS Possible

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I want to assure you that it is possible to change, and make your life the best it can be with spiritual help and committed action. ALL IT TAKES IS THE DESIRE TO CHANGE, FOLLOWED BY ACTION. That combination is […]

Simple Advice: Be Satisfied

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

OK, what’s so bad about you? Are you really that worthless? Are you really so fat and ugly? Do you really deserve the harsh judgment and low self-esteem you throw on yourself? Is your life really that difficult? Or are […]

Stop the Overeating

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

How can I stop myself from eating when I’m not hungry? It’s often hard to realize you may be eating for reasons besides a nutritional need! You may be simply just eating out of habit, boredom, or to distract from […]

I Am All For You

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I just want to take a moment to say that I care about you.  Sure, it’s true, I may not know you directly, or even by name.  I care about you, though, dear reader. That’s why I write this daily […]

Ideas for Those Who Have “Tried Everything”

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I have some ideas for those of you who say they have tried everything to lose weight and get healthier.  Here are two: First, check with your doctor to make sure you’re totally OK, and don’t have some underlying health […]

Weight Loss Surgery, God, and Our Part in It: Comment of the Week

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I’ve picked Anna’s comment to feature this week.  If only there were more people like her, who realize that there’s a lot of personal work necessary along with weight-loss surgery.  I also wish there were more people who have enjoyed […]

A Life or Death Question When it Comes to Weight Loss

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Let me ask you: are your overeating habits and pleasure more important than your life? It really comes down to that life or death question. Is the brownie ice-cream sundae dessert, and regular daily desserts worth a heart attack or […]

Recipe for Fruity Fish

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a simple, low-fat, delicious fish recipe that I love.  A summer delight!  It uses an easy sauce, which you make first.  Get creative – this one is easily varied for your tastes.   Sauce: Dice and place in a […]

Weight Loss Surgery – Worth the Risk?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Yesterday, I took the risk of stating an opinion about the high risk of weight loss surgery.  I am so glad I did. The comments so far are very interesting, and I’m really glad to hear from some people who […]

Get Help with Eating Problems

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Are you extremely concerned with your eating – perhaps too much?  If you starve yourself, or follow extremely limited calorie consumption, or binge and then make yourself vomit, or compulsively overeat, it’s time to get help. Eating disorders are very […]

Michael Jackson – Only the Love of God Saves

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This comment brought tears to my eyes; tears of love for God, and appreciation for all that I have. I don’t know who wrote it, but thank you so much.  It’s eloquent. “I watched as Stevie Wonder sang that hauntingly […]

Join Nature and Be Natural

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

At night, when you’re struggling to not binge, go outside and look up at the stars. Gaze for a long time. Think about how far away they are. So big, so vast and expansive is our cosmos. How beautiful.  Think […]

Make Eating a Spiritual Experience

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

The act of eating is a deeply spiritual and sacred experience. When you put food into your body, you are giving yourself life energy. You are taking something that was once living (animals and plants who have given their lives […]

Surrender Your Problems to God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

A regular reader asks, How do I surrender my weight problems to God? Simple – just ask for help. Try something like this: Say a silent prayer to God, who lives inside you and is a part of you, “God, […]

Michael Jackson Funeral: Sad and Lonely

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Even though there’s been so much coverage of Michael Jackson’s tragic and early death, I am still interested in him.  I always loved his music and entertainment, and probably always will, yet there will be nothing more from him now, […]

Michael Jackson

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

My favorite comment this week is by Pam. “I met J5 and spoke with them briefly when Michael was around 11/12. I was impressed with how soft spoken and well mannered they all were. Although I did not care for […]

Independence Day From Compulsive Overeating

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

There I was at the vacation hotel breakfast bar with the crowd of morbidly obese Americans.  I was having breakfast with them, embarrassed, doing my best to eat very slowly and having a very small amount of food. It was […]

Take Action with God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Florence Serecka wrote a very inspiring comment awhile back, commenting on my blog, “Lose Weight with God.”  It stuck with me, and stayed with me for a month now, and I want to share it with you.  I wanted to […]

How to Not Gain It Back

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

A lot of readers have been asking why the lost weight comes back, despite diligent efforts.  While I cannot answer everybody’s specific problems, and it would be inappropriate for me to do that, I do often try to generally address […]

MIchael Jackson Died

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I’m shocked and saddened this morning over our friend, MIchael Jackson’s death.  I’m also happy for him that he is now with his maker, after such a wild life of extremes. There’s an infinite amount being said and written about […]

Cook Up a Cooking Party

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s another idea to add to this month’s collection of ideas and ways to save and lose weight at the same time.  Today I want to suggest a healthy cooking party! Invite a few friends over, say 3 or 4, […]

How to Lose Weight with God — Comment of the Week

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Not long ago I wrote about how to “Lose Weight with God.”  It’s my favorite topic! God, that is, not just weight loss!   Here’s the article: click here. Marie wrote an absolutely beautiful comment awhile back, “I have battled weight […]

Save Money with Less Food, More Gifts

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Instead of always needing or wanting something, or worrying or obsessing about food and dieting–concentrate on giving gifts to others. Here are some ideas for “getting outside of yourself.”   –  Give someone an hour of your time.–  Help a […]

Weigh to Save Month

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I have a surprise for YOU!  This entire month, I will be offering you ways to save money and lose weight at the same time.  I’ll offer new recipes for cooking healthy, low-cost meals and snacks; ideas for filling yourself […]

Spiritual Groups: Fellowship and Worship

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Take the time to get together with people who are spiritual. It’s called “fellowship” and it’s really valuable and wonderful. There’s nothing like a spiritual community where you can feel instantly understood and appreciated for what you believe in and […]

Abuse, Meditation and Healing – Satisfied Life Comments of the Week

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Two reader’s comments struck me this morning as being on-target. One about mysteries of self-abuse, the other about the power of spiritual practice.  Not a direct problem and answer counterpoint, but somehow, these relate.  I hope they will for you, […]

All in the Family

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

What’s your family genetic history? We all have good genes, and not-so-good genes. It’s best to be informed and aware, so that you can make choices to have the best, longest life possible. Knowing your genetic tendencies allows you to […]

Memorial for Your Ancestors

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

You are here because your ancestors were. You exist because God gave you life through your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and your ancestors since the beginning of time. Forever and ever, “unto Ages of Ages.” They weren’t perfect, and I bet […]

Connie Culp Comparisons – Satisfied Life Comment of the Week

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Comparing yourself to others can backfire.  Be sure to appreciate the good things about yourself, and acknowledge your hardships and efforts, too.  This is an important point.  I’m glad that an anonymous poster commented about this, this week, in response […]

Connie Culp Inspires

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

If you haven’t seen or heard about Connie Culp, the lady who is the recipient of one of the first face transplants, you may want to.  She has been through so many traumas, pain, and humiliation – yet sought help […]

Thank You For Your Kind Words

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I want to thank you so much for your kind words of condolences about my Father-In-Law’s passing.  I feel your love and warmth very much, and my wife does, too. Here’s the prayer I wrote for him last week, in […]

I Am Truly Blessed – Dr. Norris Chumley Satisfied Life Comment of the Week

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This week brought lots of deep and insightful comments, particularly from last week’s article, “What I learned from Easter and Passover.”  Please take a look and add your comment to it. So many people opened up and shared their pain, […]

Our Daily Bread

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

While most people of the world struggle for enough to eat, those of us with weight problems have too much, and eat too much. What a paradox! Obesity isn’t just a disease of poverty, either–many people with little or no […]

“Love Him and Do His Will”… Our Satisfied Life Comment of the Week

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Monica posted an absolutely heart-wrenching comment this week.  This made me cry when I read it.  I felt like all my worries and burdens were practically nothing when I heard all she has lost, and how her love for God […]

What I Learned From Easter and Passover – Sacrifice Brings Freedom

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This season, the lesson to be learned for me is that less is more, and that sacrifice to God brings freedom and life.  This worldwide recession is forcing us to make sacrifices – spend less money and make more, or […]

Live Your Happiness: God, Food and Family – Comment of the Week

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

What makes you happy?  Is it losing weight and keeping it off?  Having a lot of money, lots of cool stuff, and living a rich life?  Is it that happiness depends on being famous or well-known?  None of the above […]

Surrender into His Hands: Cheri’s Comment of the Week

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I just love the breath of fresh air that I felt when I read Cheri’s comment this week, in response to the column I wrote on “Hope is Grace,”  and I featured it in a “Dr. Norris Chumley Satisfied Life” […]

Clean Body, Pure Soul

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s an idea you may enjoy trying. As you take your shower for the day, imagine that you are not only washing your body, but that you are also washing your psyche! Imagine that the stress from your fears, worries […]

How to Relieve Relationships, Loneliness, and Health Problems: Comments this Week

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Please add your thoughts and feel free to confide your problems in last week’s posting, “Confidentially Relived,”  I really appreciate what you wrote.  We are all in this life together, and the Internet is a great way for us to […]

Hope is Grace, the New “Satisfied Life Moment of the Week”

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

What does having a “satisfied life” mean to you?  Join the discussion and tell us. Given that the spirit and substance of this daily column is a “satisfied life,”  my editor, Holly, suggested it would be a great idea to […]

Confidentially Relieved

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I highly recommend that you confide in someone today.  Telling someone your problems can really help you feel relief, and also get a fresh perspective.  Please tell us your problems, anonymously if you like, by posting below.  We are in […]

Hope is Grace

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Just a short thought for your day:  When you put your faith in God, you let go of your problems.  They’re not all up to you anymore.  The act of faith of putting your problems into God’s hands is itself, […]

Comment of the Week – Losing Religion?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This week is absolutely amazing in terms of comments!  We’ve set a record!  Never before have we had more comments on a subject.  They are all truly interesting and amazing – and I cannot pick just one to feature today.  […]

Count the Blessings

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

What blessings are there in your life?  What’s really going well and right that you are thankful for?  Please tell us below by posting a comment.  I have found that counting my blessings and sharing them with others really helps […]

God on the Verge

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I can’t help feeling and thinking that I am on the verge, like most of us these days.  On the verge, or edge, of a lot, good or bad.  It’s an uncomfortable and tenuous position to be in, like “on […]

Losing Religion

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

What do you believe when it comes to God?  Do you belong to or attend a church, synagogue or temple — if so, which one?  Please post a comment below right now and tell us.  Let’s do our own little […]

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