March 13, 2016 Jonathan

It is possible for one to develop physical strength above the average without developing organic strength, and in fact at the expense of organic strength. It is much better, if a well-rounded and complete development muscularly and organically cannot be developed, to develop the inner strength rather than the muscular. The activities of normal childhood should aid in developing organic strength, strength that will last for many years. But the conventional mode of living is such that the benefit derived in childhood is largely dissipated before middle life is reached, for by this time many of the organic and degenerative…

February 14, 2016 Jonathan 1Comment

The normal day may be considered divided into three equal parts – of eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for sleep. Accordingly a person should spend at least one-third of life in sleep. To many people this seems a waste of time, and a great many do their utmost to change Nature’s demands and obtain as little sleep as possible. Some people seem to require a smaller amount of sleep than others, while some seem to require more than the averages. But if a person’s individual requirements are eight hours of sleep and less than…

January 30, 2016 Jonathan

The outer surface of the body is its largest eliminative organ, namely, the skin. By many people the skin seems to be considered simply a covering drawn over the more important organs and structures beneath. The skin extremely, intricately, and intimately connected with the functions of the physical organism. Its millions of pores are minute windows for the ventilation of the body. If the pores of the skin were entirely sealed death would take place in a short time – in six hours at most. One can touch the body with a fine needle point at hardly any place without…

January 16, 2016 Jonathan

A very great deal has been written about the value of breathing and breathing exercises, and quite unnecessary stress has been laid by misguided enthusiasm upon certain types of breathing for specific effects upon the body. Without doubt, however, deep breathing to expand the lungs, taken at regular intervals or at least frequently, is of great value. What many persons do not seem to know is that natural exercise taken strenuously enough to stimulate the heart and circulation will necessitate deep breathing and therefore will have a favourable influence upon the breathing mechanism. I am convinced that it is far…

December 16, 2015 Jonathan

Without doubt one of the most important laws of the universe concerns the use of the muscles. “Activity is life; stagnation is death.” Activity is the law of the life – and of health. We have developed our muscles one by one or pair by pair through the evolutionary processes that have brought us up from the slime of pre-historic ages. The original and earliest form of life is considered to have been a one-celled organism similar to that which modern Science calls the amoeba. Gradually and by slow degrees, because of necessity, organs and structures, including muscles, were formed….

November 15, 2015 Jonathan 1Comment

Diet is the most normal important factor of life over which one has direct control. One may or may not exercise; one may bathe, or ignore the needs of skin; one may think constructive or destructive thoughts or let the mind degenerate. This is true of all factors under one’s control – one may accept or ignore them. But except for a few days or a few weeks at a time, one cannot go without food. It is beyond comprehension why the subject of diet has been ignored to such a great extent by the leading schools of healing throughout…

November 8, 2015 Jonathan

Health is not merely ability to stay out of a sick-bed. Health means the harmonious functioning of all the parts forming the whole of the body. Where there is harmonious action, no organ will be working less than normal and thus throwing extra work upon some other organ or organs. With health there is ability to do, within reason, whatever one desires to do physically or mentally, without undue fatigue or untoward effect. In health one has immunity to disease. One in normal health who lives in such a way as to maintain that health has excellent prospects of living…

November 5, 2015 Jonathan 1Comment

At present, the human beings are suffering at various levels. What is the way out of it? The way to wellness lies in adopting and following The Balanced Lifestyle. To design life in such a way that all the dimensions of human life – material, physical, aesthetic, intellectual, ethical, spiritual, educational, professional and social – are well looked after – is what we mean by this subject – The Balanced Lifestyle. Life is multidimensional. It is not linear but is exploding in all directions simultaneously. That is why Sri Ramakrishna asks us to be diversely busy. Become just like a…