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Health and Body Building.

(By Physical Culturist), v

It is an undeniable fact that nearly all those who have achieved popularity and fame, whether it be in the social, political, or military world, have been able to suppress or hide all appearance or signs of emotion, moods, or feelings when they wished to do so.

To obtain mastery of our feelings and moods is to secure freedom from the most exacting and pitiable of all slavery.

Moreover, every display of irritability and bad temper exhausts a great amount of that nerve force and vital energy, which goes to produce power and magnetism. I would point out here that it is due to this nerve force as a result of much excitement, shocks, or frights that people collapse and are prostrated. Every effort should be made to master such weaknesses such as excitability,. ill temper, etc., and hold one’s self in check and in a rational state of mind, as they are certainly destructive of magnetic force. When you find a person who is unable to sit, talk,, work, or act calmly, who becomes angry when affairs embarass him or do not go right, you can put him down as lacking in stability and personal magnetism. Having regard to all these facts, it should be our constant endeavour to rid ourselves of all habits, restlessness, irritability, and excitabfc tendencies, cultivating and substituting in their place at all times a peaceful calm, well balanced, and steady disposition, because of its beneficial influence.

When mental control is lost the whole magnetic force of the body is scattered into opposing energies.

With the exercise of proper mental control we are able to concentrate all the mind and energies of the body to the accomplishment of the single object or purpose we have in mind.

The man or woman that is always self-contained, calm and deliberate, has a repose of power, and is consequently the happy possessor of a fund of personal magnetism. The more magnetic a person is the more easily does he attract or draw people. A. preacher, an advocate, actor, canvasser, salesman, a public speaker or singer may possess considerable ability, but if they lack personal magnetism they will not attain any great success in their business or efforts.

Whether in the drawing-room, the street, the office, or in the shop we should determine to be calm, and show perfect composure in everything we do.

I have said enough to convince every intelligent person who wishes to acquire power and influence to study self-mastery and learn to hol'd his or her nervous- system as it were as solid as a rock —in a word, to control every utterance, movement of the body, the mind, and the emotions. How stupid and positively injurious is anger is- plain to any intelligent person when we consider its effects. It has been truly pointed out that .-anger unfits us for every pleasure, unmans us for skilful labour, and embarasses us in every kind of business.

It becomes a weakness that disgusts our best friends, pleases our worst enemies, and lowers us in our own estimation. It is unreasonable, impolitic, and demoralising. It confuses judgment, entangles the spirits, i and leaves us prostrate before the meanest antagonist. It really unfits | us for life’s duties, debauches every f manly instinct, and shortens life. This is strong language, but true. Another highly important fact which should be specially noted by every right thinking person is that every time a person becomes 'white’ or 'rod' with anger he is in danger of his life. The heart and brain are the organs affected when fits of passion are indulged in. Xot only does anger cause partial paralysis of the small bloodvessels, but the heart’s action becomes intermittent —that is, every now and then it drops a beat, much the same thing as is experienced by excessive smokers. Many a man and woman have unfitted themselves for a tranquif, peaceful, enjoyable old age —by weakening and warping their physical and moral powers , through petulance of spirits and irritation of nervous strain caused by indulgence in the passion of anger. Harmony and restfulness of spirit, strength, and equanimity of disposition, and kind and lovable affections are unknown to these unreasonable, , iracible, touch-me-not, thin-skinned people.

All angry feelings should be checked, for all exciting passions, even the most pleasurable, reduce energy and weaken the nervous system. That man or woman will live longest who is temperate in all his thoughts and emotions, and never permits himself to bo carried away by his feelings. Worry of all kinds kills slowly but surely. Having regard to the foregoing facts every effort should be made to control one’s feeling’s, and suppress all tendencies to flying into angry and excitable state of mind, even under the most provoking circumstances.

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Health and Body Building., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 16 March 1907

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Health and Body Building. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 16 March 1907

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