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Health and BodyBuilding.

(By Physical Guitarist)., It is no exaggeration to say that not one person in a thousand fully appreciates the marvellous power that exists in the mind when brought to bear upon the muscles during exercise—in fact, no exercise is of any value unless the mind is concentrated upon it. When exercise is used in the treatment of disease the action of the will power is especially necessary. For instance ; Before wo can carry any plan to a successful issue, we must concentrate all our thoughts and energies upon it. Therefore, if you want to cultivate health and strength you must be able to concentrate all j r our attention and thoughts • on the particular muscles you are exercising. I remember seeing a fellow vigorously swinging a pair of dumb-bells about, and talking excitedly to someone in the same room. As a matter of fact, that man would derive but little benefit from his exercise, until he brought his mind to bear on the muscles he was supposed to be exercising. When the attention or mind is directed, riveted, or concentrated on any muscle or part of the body, increased activity in that region will result. The reason why many men who do haz-d woi'k have not vez-y largely developed muscles is because when working their minds have not been concentrated on the muscles used. The muscular action is mechanical- Why the mind should be used during exercise will be understood when it is remembered that the brain is the dominating organ of the body. Every muscle, nerve, and oi'gan is directly influenced by it and the mind. Through the mind or the pai'ticular thoughts we have the function of every organ of the body may be assisted or retarded, and it is through unconscious action of the mind upon the body that so many diseases are produced and so many cui’ed. Imagination is responsible for many troubles and complaints. There is a great deal of truth in the old saying, “As a man thinketh, so is he.” It is an indisputable fact that each one’s own thought reproduces its action in his own body. For the information of those who have not studied this subject, let me now explain HOW it is that the mind has such a control over the body and its functions. Many of the braib cells are motor ones, which, when aroused by a sugestion, a thought, or belief, send okt impulses or a force to the various organs or muscles of the body. The state of condition of the organs or muscles of the body depends on the nature or condition of the particular cells which affect influence or control them. Thought is a force, and the more a person dwells on thought, or the more strongly he entertains a belief the more active these brain cells become, and the greater the blood is supplied to them, owing to a law of nature which demands that where there is increased activity in the body there shall also be increased circulation. To make my meaning clear, suppose a person thinks and gets the idea into his head that his liver is sluggish, or that his digestion is weak, the more he thinks or imagines his liver or stomach to be in that state, the more will the brain or motor cells, which affect or influence these organs for the proper pez-form-ance of their functions, become inactive. Now, resolutely and pei'sistently change the thoughts or befic-f about the sluggishness of the liver, or the stomach being weak, by opposite thoughts, as to their being in a healthy condition. In a word replace the old thoughts with new ones. By repeated suggestions, or positive assertions, we can place entirely new impressions in the mind. The result is that the old thoughts of weakness, etc., become inactive, and the stimulation of the brain cells from which they spring diminishes. By reason of the establishment of these thoughts or convictions certain motor cells of the brain, which have been lying dormant, or have become sluggish, are aroused, and the liver and stomach or other organs influenced by them perform their proper functions once more. The following points should be specially noted : 1. That the vital force which heals the patient is within the patient himself. 2. That the vital force is generated within the patient himself, by the digestion and assimilation of food.

3. That the amount of vital force generated depends on the quality and quantity of food ihtroduced. 4. That the brain, through the spinal coz'd, has a great deal of cozztrol over the syznpathetic nez’vous system, conseqzzently the digestion may be retarded or cozzzpletely stopped by certain znental states, szich as fear, anger, excitezzzent, gz'ief, worz-y, or anxiety. 5. That he or she is of a cool, cabzz, perfect self-constrained disposition, not only succeeds izz life, but has a strong digestiozz, nerve force, and plezzty of vigour. Such a disposition should be the aizzz of all to cultivate, as it is bzie of the gi'eatL'st persozzal possessions.

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Health and Body-Building., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 49, 2 February 1907

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Health and Body-Building. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 49, 2 February 1907

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