As within, as with out: This ultimately the basic reasoning behind any system of holistic medicine. The idea is that you are only as healthy as you believe you are. Ultimately, your mind has control over your body, and that control is what makes you healthy or ill. It’s not necessarily a conscious control; your emotions are just as powerful as your will. Ever notice that anger leads to headaches and stomach problems; depression leads to being tired and less appetite; happiness leads to more energy? The mind truly is a powerful thing, and that anything that affects the mind, affects the body. Thus, why meditation and visualization are so important to holistic health. By reaching a stillpoint, emotion no longer influences you, and your will becomes the arbiter of your health. You can then visual what you want to happen, and then it does. But first you need to reach the stillpoint. To attain a state of meditation, you must be able to shut out any outside interference, and calm any emotion. To do so, find a place with little stimulation, such as a temple or hillside. It may sound difficult to in a city, but that’s why some gyms are silenced. You can create a silenced room in your house, by finding a room that is easy to cover in some sort of silencer, such as egg cartons. You can also build a meditation chamber, which is actually better; by concentrating on the purpose of the room as you build it, it makes using the room that much easier. There’s nothing mystical about it; as you put it together, you visual its purpose, which allows you to do what you’re building the room for easier. Rituals work much the same way; since you have certain expectations when you enact one, it’s easy to believe that what you expect to happen will. One of the reasons that guys have so many rituals and superstitions is that “going with what works” is a ritual in and of itself that has an effect on the real world. It may not make logical sense, but it works more often than you would think. When you meditate, concentrate on something (your breathing and the Universal OM are the usual targets), and then allow yourself to stop concentrating on it, losing yourself in the moment. Once you’ve mastered that, then it becomes easier to accept that you really can change things. Visualize the change you wish, and what the effects of that change will be; that makes it real and allows it to happen. Once you’ve managed that, you have managed but the first of many steps. And I do mean many steps…
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