In modern Western society, we deeply value good health, yet we have created a society and way of living so out of balance that damage to our long-term health is the inevitable result. We rush around and push our bodies beyond their capacities. We ignore our bodies' messages of pain and fatigue until they turn into more serious medical problems. We seek quick fixes and ways to mask the symptoms so we can keep on going, not losing an ounce of productivity. It seems we have forgotten the wisdom of the ages that good health is not just the absence of disease, but involves healthy lifestyle, healthy mental attitude, and healthy ways of relating to all living beings and nature.
I selected these quotes about the nature of health and what it means to be healthy to inspire you, and act as fuel for your personal journey back to balanced, healthy living.
Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;…and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man. ~ James H. West
“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.” ~B.K.S. Iyengar
The root of all health is in the brain. The trunk of it is in emotion. The branches and leaves are the body. The flower of health blooms when all parts work together. ~Kurdish Saying
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
The mind has great influence over the body, and maladies often have their origin there. ~Jean Baptiste Molière
A healthy outside starts from the inside. ~Robert Urich
It is part of the cure to wish to be cured. ~Seneca
To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. - Buddha
A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison. ~Francis Bacon
Nor love, nor honour, wealth nor pow'r,
Can give the heart a cheerful hour
When health is lost. Be timely wise;
With health all taste of pleasure flies.
John Gay, Fables (1727), Part I. Fable 31
The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease. ~Thomas Edison
“To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” ~William Londen
Sickness is the vengeance of nature for the violation of her laws. ~Charles Simmons
“Health is a relationship between you and your body” ~Terri Guillemets
The... patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life. Don't take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop. ~Quentin Regestein
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” ~Siddartha Guatama Buddha
Humans Have Self-Healing Capacity
You can learn to follow the inner self, the inner physician that tells you where to go. Healing is simply attempting to do more of those things that bring joy and fewer of those things that bring pain. ~O. Carl Simonton
The human body has been designed to resist an infinite number of changes and attacks brought about by its environment. The secret of good health lies in successful adjustment to changing stresses on the body. ~Harry J. Johnson
The greatest miracle on Earth is the human body. It is stronger and wiser than you may realize, and improving its ability to self heal is within your control." ~Dr Fabrizio Mancini
Health means different things to different people. Take time to define what health means to you and what you are willing to do or willing to give up doing to bring better health into your life. Investing in your health now can pay dividends for the rest of your life.What is one easy thing you can do today to live healthier? As the Ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu famously said, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
About The Author
Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D. is a Clinical Health Psychologist, and expert on Mindfulness, Weight & Stress Management, Mind-Body Interventions, Healthy Living,. Dr Greenberg provides workshops and speaking engagements for your organization and coaching and psychotherapy for individuals and couples.
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