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The effects of thoughts on health and body


“The body is the servant of the mind. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed. At the bidding of unlawful thoughts the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay; at the command of glad and beautiful thoughts it becomes clothed with youthfulness and beauty.

Disease and health, like circumstances, are rooted in thought. Sickly thoughts will express themselves through a sickly body. Thoughts of fear have been known to kill a man as quickly as a bullet, and they are continually killing thousands of people just as surely though less rapidly. The people who live in fear of disease are the people who get it. Anxiety quickly demoralises the whole body, and lays it open to the entrance of disease.

Strong, pure, and happy thoughts build up the body in vigour and grace. The body is a delicate and plastic instrument, which responds readily to the thoughts by which it is impressed, and habits of thought will produce their own effects, good or bad, upon it.

Change of diet will not help a man who will not change his thoughts. When a man makes his thoughts pure he no longer desires impure food.

If you would protect your body, guard your mind. If you would renew your body, beautify your mind. Thoughts of malice, envy, disappointment, despondency, rob the body of its health and grace. A sour face does not come by chance; it is made by sour thoughts. Wrinkles that mar are drawn by folly, passion, and pride.

As you cannot have a sweet and wholesome abode unless you admit the air and sunshine freely into your rooms, so a strong body and a bright, happy, or serene countenance can only result from the free admittance into the mind of thoughts of joy and goodwill and serenity.

There is no physician like cheerful thought for dissipating the ills of the body; there is no comforter to compare with goodwill for dispersing the shadows of grief and sorrow. To live continually in thoughts of ill will, cynicism, suspicion, and envy, is to be confined in a self made prison. But to think well of all, to patiently learn to find the good in all – such unselfish thoughts are the very portals of heaven ; and to dwell by day in thoughts of peace towards every creature will bring abounding peace to their possessor.”

Excerpt from As a Man Thinketh ( ‘as a man thinketh in his heart so he is’ ) written by James Allen and published in 1902.

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  1. Alan Squires says
    Nov 20, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Nice one Bryon. Very Zen.

  2. diane ball says
    Dec 03, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    always enjoy you Newsletters Bryon - food for thought ! keep them coming ! thankyou

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