There is more to overall good health than just eating and thinking wellness - good relationships matter.
Excerpts from Chapter 16: Healthy Living: Mind, Body & Relations
As animals, we will always be subjected to genetics and birth irregularities that make life challenging. Our ability to overcome specific physical issues and lead relatively normal lives with the help of advanced technology and better methods for treating illness has led to more stories of inspiration and less focus on the tragedies so often associated with various afflictions. An absolute necessity for dealing with the challenges of "the extreme different" is good mental health. You cannot have a healthy body with an unhealthy mind. TRUTH!
Know that an unhealthy mind will ALWAYS lead to sickness of some type and manifest itself in your life in one form or another. Unhealthy thinking affects your body and relationships in so many different ways, from physical illness to depression, anger, physical abuse, and, more importantly, isolation from healthy human contact. Nowhere is this more evident that in our homeless communities and with homeless people all over the world. For many, their poor mental health leads to drug abuse, violent behavior, and dysfunctional social interaction, which can then lead to isolation from society. Certainly this is the extreme, but remember: part of knowing what to do is knowing what not to do.
Good mental health starts with knowing what leads to poor mental health, what not to do, specifically what not to think about. Good mental health requires getting control over thoughts that are destructive to your body and relationships.
"The various forms of inflammation, paralysis, nervousness and diseased conditions, generally, are the manifestation of fear, worry, care (grief, suffering of mind), anxiety, jealousy, hatred and similar thoughts." The Master Key System by Charles Haanel
Let's add to that list thoughts that most people think about every day, thoughts of taking what you want without the thought of giving, the f**k-you attitude that I have seen so much of in young males and the "macho man." Add to that thoughts of greed, and the use of money to control and benefit from those less fortunate - the narcissism that comes with thoughts of power that benefit the few who believe they are "privileged" or special just because they have money. Understand that looking down upon your brothers and sisters because they have less than you is a destructive attitude for good relationships and will certainly lead to poor health, individually and collectively.
This may be hard for you to read, but it is the truth. You may not associate good mental health with how you relate to people, but give it some thought. Thinking negatively about someone - thoughts of ill will, anger, dislike, hatred, jealousy, and envy - are all destructive thoughts. Are they not? Of course they are! You learned that back in Chapter 9. As I have already discussed, destructive thoughts promote aggression, separation, and feelings of division and discord. Since all life is based on constructive and destructive activities, generating these types of thoughts and the feelings associated with them is destructive to your health. As strange as it may seem, with the exception of disease and deformities caused by genetics, destructive activity is the main cause of most illness in a human life. (Part two next week)
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