Great men from our history, men that came before us, said:
- The mind commands the body and it obeys. The mind orders itself and meets resistance.
- Saint Augustine
- To keep the body in good health is a duty...otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
Our body and mind live in symbiosis. For one of them cannot live in this world without the other. Body and mind are partners for life.
Body and mind feed on each other. When one is weak, the other is weakened. When one is strong, the other is strengthened.
We should listen to the inner voice of our body. We should listen to our inner conscience.
This conscience is like a baby: It does not listen or speak by words. Like a baby, it speaks by cries, moans, rests or laughs. Like a baby, it always speaks the Truth, for it knows no Evil.
- The body cries in weakness by the symptoms of pain, crying, and shouting.
- The body moans in weakness by the symptoms of desire, lust, greed, craving, hunger, and sadness.
- The body rests in strength by the symptoms of overflowing inner peace and tranquility.
- The body laughs in strength by the symptoms of joy, bliss, laughter.
We can inquire our inner conscience by meditationEdit
I do it in this fashion:
1. Shut out outer senses to better focus on inner senses. Examples:
- Shut the sense of sight by covering your eyes with a mantle of darkness
- Shut the sense of sound by being in a tranquil place
- Shut the sense of touch by posturing your body in a resting position. For example: the positions used in prayer or yoga.
- Shut the sense of outer conscience by uttering a litany with speech and thought. For example: a christian can repeat The Lord's Prayer, a yoga practitioner can utter "Hmmmmm" repeatedly.
2. Pose a question to your inner conscience by allegory. For example: If you wish to inquire your bodily needs for the nutrient of magnesium, imagine yourself eating something rich in magnesium that you ate before, like almond. If you feel overflowing inner peace and tranquility, or joy and bliss, your body does indeed desire that food. If you feel nothing, your body is satisfied with its magnesium supply.
When the body criesEdit
- It may desire feeding.
- It may desire rest.
- It may desire sleep.
- It may have an organ which is malfunctioning. For this we should rely on help from people of science, sage and kind hearted people applying the Scientific Method, who know more than ourselves. Some of these people aspire and become Physicians and Pharmacists. Physicians specialize in identifying the cause. Pharmacists specialize in identifying and creating a cure.
- The inner conscience may be unhappy with some higher social need. Needs of further companionship with others. Needs of power or prestige, so you can help yourself or people you love. If you cannot find the answer for yourself, confide and ask advice to a parent, spouse, Psychologist, Priest, or other sage and kind person you trust. A person which can help you interpret your dreams.
If we do not solve the reason for the cries, and the body does not sleep for too many days: the inner consciousness shouts in pain to the outer consciousness, using ever more vivid allegories.
When the body moansEdit
If we do not know the cause, and a diagnosis is unreachable, we should inquire our body. Our body does not listen or speak words.
But body and mind are connected and have the means to communicate with one another. We can use meditation to communicate with our inner conscience.
We should probe deeply, pose all the questions we require, until we solve the moans.
If we do not know which questions to ask in the first place, we can ask advice to persons of trust.
If we do not solve the reason for the moans, beware: body crying may be the end result.
When living in a time of despair, when our mind is overstressed from life and work, please remember:
- The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.