THE GUIDANCE OF THE BODY

Share THE literature relating to the care of the human body is already very extensive. Much has been written about the body’s proper food, the air it should breathe, the clothing by which it should be protected, the best methods…

PERVERSIONS IN THE GUIDANCE OF THE BODY

Share S0 evident are the various, the numberless perversions of our powers in the misuse of the machine, that it seems almost unnecessary to write of them. And yet, from another point of view, it is very necessary; for superabundant…

REST IN SLEEP

Share HOW do we misuse our nervous force? First, let us consider, When should the body be completely at rest? The longest and most perfect rest should be during sleep at night. In sleep we can accomplish nothing in the…

OTHER FORMS OF REST

Share DO you hold yourself on the chair, or does the chair hold you? When you are subject to the laws of gravitation give up to them, and feel their strength. Do not resist these laws, as a thousand and…

THE USE OF THE BRAIN

Share LET us now consider where the brain alone is used, and the other parts of the body have nothing to do but keep quiet and let the brain do its work. Take thinking, for instance. Most of us think…

THE BRAIN IN ITS DIRECTION OF THE BODY

Share WE come now to the brain and its direction of other parts of the body. What tremendous and unnecessary force is used in talking,–from the aimless motion of the hands, the shoulders, the feet, the entire body, to a…

THE DIRECTION OF THE BODY IN LOCOMOTION

Share LIFTING brings us to the use of the entire body, which is considered simply in the most common of all its movements,–that of walking. The rhythm of a perfect walk is not only delightful, but restful; so that having…

NERVOUS STRAIN IN THE EMOTIONS

Share THE most intense suffering which follows a misuse of the nervous power comes from exaggerated, unnecessary, or sham emotions. We each have our own emotional microscope, and the strength of its lens increases in proportion to the supersensitiveness of…

NATURE’S TEACHING

Share NATURE is not only our one guide in the matter of physical training, she is the chief engineer who will keep us in order and control the machine, if we aim to fulfil her conditions and shun every personal…

THE CHILD AS AN IDEAL

Share WHILE the path of progress in the gaining of repose could not be traced thus far without reference to the freedom of a baby, a fuller consideration of what we may learn from this source must be of great…

TRAINING FOR MOTION

Share “IN every new movement, in every unknown attitude needed in difficult exercises, the nerve centres have to exercise a kind of selection of the muscles, bringing into action those which favor the movement, and suppressing those which oppose it.”…

MIND TRAINING

Share IT will be plainly seen that this training of the body is at the same time a training of the mind, and indeed it is in essence a training of the will. For as we think of it carefully…

ARTISTIC CONSIDERATIONS

Share ALTHOUGH so much time and care are given to the various means of artistic expression, it is a singular fact that comparatively little attention is given to the use of the very first instrument which should be under command…

TESTS

Share ADOPTING the phrase of our forefathers, with all its force and brevity, we say, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” If the laws adduced in this book are Nature’s laws, they should preserve us in health…