Updated: May 17
There is more to good health than just food, exercise, and thinking wellness - good relationships matter. (Part two)
Excerpts from Chapter 16: Healthy Living: Mind, Body & Relations
Since the life process itself is made up of both constructive and destructive activities, eating food, drinking water, and breathing air are the only activities needed for growing new cells - that's it. After that, the activity of breaking down waste material and removing it from the body is all that is left to do to sustain a healthy physical body. So why is there such extensive illness among the human species?
"The problem, then, before us in the healing of disease is to increase the inflow and distribution of vital energy throughout the system, and this can only be done by eliminating thoughts of fear, worry, care (grief), anxiety, jealousy, hatred, and every other destructive thought, which tend to tear down and destroy the nerves and glands which control the excretion and elimination of poisons and waste matter."
The Master Key System by Charles Haanel
Knowing this, it would seem that the key to good physical health is thinking good, healthy thoughts. There has been plenty of knowledge in this composition to help you understand that. So what about severe illness? Can good, healthy thinking overcome that? Maybe not for everything. But consider the story of Norman Cousins, a well-known political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate. He is the perfect example of how to create good mental health and conquer serious illness.
SEARCH: Norman Cousins, author of Anatomy of an Illness. Read his incredible story of beating a serious and painful illness known as "ankylosing spondylitis" through laughter and possitive emotions. This powerful book describes his difficult, yet inspiring journey back to good health - proving it can be done!
Because it is not something that is talked about much, as it relates to good health, I would like to get back to the discussion about good relationships with people. I mentioned the damage thinking negatively about someone can cause. There is no doubt that thoughts of ill will toward any individual are destructive. That said, the reverse should hold true. Nowhere is this more evident that that of the family unit.
Good family relationships promote the idea of good relationships with other people. Because family is the single-most important influence in children's lives, teaching them how to deal with differences, how to love, and how to get along despite their differences also teaches them how to get along with friends and people outside of the family unit. After years of watching my two boys grow up together, and with their cousins in a close family relationship, I believe this to be the truth. Since parents and family form the child's first relationships, if it is of a supportive nature it will carry on well into adulthood. I asked Ryan and Mason to give me some thoughts on their relationship throughout childhood and their feelings toward each other today as young adults.
FROM THE HEART OF MASON
"Growing up with Ryan has been an unforgettable experience. Through our years living together, the amount of quality bonding, yet learning as well, has changed me for the better. Though times were perfect with my brother, every good thing seems to come to an end. In this case, his moving out seemed to be heart-breaking. There shouldn't be anyone you trust more than family and with Ryan it is more than just that. As my brother, he is a teacher, a role model, and a friend."
THROUGH THE EYES OF RYAN
"My brother is an actual gem. I absolutly adore him. When we were little, we did the typical older brother/younger brother thing, where he always copied me, and I always hated it, and we just annoyed the crap out of each other. But fast-forward to today, and I honestly wish I could get to see him more often than I do. He is like my best friend that I don't get to talk to enough. He's so pure. I just love being in his company. He's family, duh."
These descriptions of their relationship couldn't be any more real, as I have watched it firsthand. I ask you to SEARCH: The importance of Family. Review all the things that are said about the importance of family in the life of a child and human beings in general. This is not rocket science. This subject is well understood. All that is left is the application of this knowledge to reap the benefits, which will last a lifetime.
As always, I encourage your participation. SEARCH: and learn. If you have a question, let me know. Take the time to learn something NEW, tell your family and friends, and join the conversation. It's exciting and fun! I look forward to hearing from you. The Artisan Victor