How Mind Builds Body
Venuto - author of
Burn The Fat, Feed The
Would you like to remain
always young, and would you like to carry all the joyousness and buoyancy of
youth into your maturer years? Then have care concerning but one thing, -- how
you live in your thought world. This will determine all. It was the inspired
one, Gautama, the Buddha, who said, -- "The mind is everything; what you think
you become." And the same thing had Ruskin in mind when he said, -- "Make
yourself nests of pleasant thoughts. None of us as yet know, for none of us
have been taught in early youth, what fairy palaces we may build of beautiful
thought, -- proof against all adversity."
And would you have in your
body all the elasticity, all the strength, all the beauty of your younger
years? Then live these in your mind, making no room for unclean thought, and
you will externalize them in your body. In the degree that you keep young in
thought will you remain young in body. And you will find that your body will in
turn aid your mind, for body helps mind the same as mind builds body.
You are continually
building, and so externalizing in your body conditions most akin to the
thoughts and emotions you entertain. And not only are you so building from
within, but you are also continually drawing from without, forces of a kindred
nature. Your particular kind of thought connects you with a similar order of
thought from without. If it is bright, hopeful, cheerful, you connect yourself
with a current of thought of this nature. If it is sad, fearing, despondent,
then this is the order of thought you connect yourself with.
If the latter is the order
of your thought, then perhaps unconsciously and by degrees you have been
connecting yourself with it. You need to go back and pick up again a part of
your child nature, with its careless and cheerful type of thought.
Full, rich, and abounding
health is the normal and the natural condition of life. Anything else is an
abnormal condition, and abnormal conditions as a rule come through perversions.
God never created sickness, suffering, and disease; they are man's own
creations. They come through his violating the laws under which he lives. So
used are we to seeing them that we come gradually, if not to think of them as
natural, then to look upon them as a matter of course.
The time will come when the
work of the physician will not be to treat and attempt to heal the body, but to
heal the mind, which in turn will heal the body. In other words, the true
physician will be a teacher; his work will be to keep people well, instead of
attempting to make them well after sickness and disease comes on; and still
beyond this there will come a time when each will be his own physician.
In the degree that we live
in harmony with the higher laws of our being, and so, in the degree that we
become better acquainted with the powers of the mind and spirit, will we give
less attention to the body, -- no less care, but less attention.
The bodies of thousands
today would be much better cared for if their owners gave them less thought and
attention. As a rule, those who think least of their bodies enjoy the best
health. Many are kept in continual ill health by the abnormal thought and
attention they give them.
Give the body the
nourishment, the exercise, the fresh air, the sunlight it requires, keep it
clean, and then think of it as little as possible. In your thoughts and in your
conversation never dwell upon the negative side. Don't talk of sickness and
disease. By talking of these you do yourself harm and you do harm to those who
listen to you. Talk of those things that will make people the better for
listening to you. Thus you will infect them with health and strength and not
with weakness and disease.
Never affirm or repeat about
your health what you do not wish to be true. Do not dwell upon your ailments,
nor study your symptoms. Never allow yourself to be convinced that you are not
complete master of yourself. Stoutly affirm your superiority over bodily ills,
and do not acknowledge yourself the slave of any inferior power. . .
No man's success or health
will ever reach beyond his own confidence; as a rule, we erect our own
"The secret of success is
to go from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm."
- Winston Churchill
Tom Venuto is a bodybuilder, gym
owner, freelance writer, success coach and author of "Burn the Fat, Feed The
Muscle" (BFFM): Fat Burning Secrets of the World's Best Bodybuilders and
Fitness Models. Tom has written over 150 articles and has been featured in
IRONMAN magazine, Natural Bodybuilding, Muscular Development, Muscle-Zine,
Exercise for Men and Mens Exercise. Tom's inspiring and informative
articles on bodybuilding, weight loss and motivation are featured regularly on
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