The 6 Basic Conditions of Health
1. Fatigue. 2. Sleep. 3. Appetite. 4. Humour. 5. Memory.
6. Mindfulness (precision in thought and action).
When and where possible (bearing in mind the fact that there
are unfortunately conditions which are chronic and severely
debilitating) your personal health - or 'healthiness' or well-being
- is your own responsibility.
Health is not just the mere absence of illness but a powerful
feeling of 'wellness' and a positive energy or desire to fulfil
your potential and live life to the full - on a daily basis.
Therefore the main factors in how well you are now and how
well you will be tomorrow ... and the next day ... is the
everyday habits you choose to maintain or abstain from.
No one is totally immune from all diseases and infections
- but it is just as true that these things do not flourish
in a happy and healthy person.
However, if you choose living and thinking habits which your
[mind] body [and spirit] cannot cope with, its response to
additional or extra inputs will be slow and vulnerable to
the development of degenerative diseases.
Medical treatment will help if it is aim is to help the body
maintain a healthy balance but ultimately the body (and mind)
can/could heal itself. Likewise, medical treatment will help
if it is part of a program of 'whole health balance', but
if it is used to just suppress symptoms, recovery will be
later rather than sooner and not permanent. Physical, mental
and spiritual health are interconnected and neglect leading
to the decline in any one of these areas can lead to the malfunctioning
of either one or both of the others.
Some people are born healthier than others but none the less,
most of us could develop better health. You can decline or
accept the challenge, however there is really little doubt
that all effort will be rewarded with a more satisfied and
fulfilled life. Looking after your health and well being is
not a self-indulgent fad. You are the most valuable asset
Are You Free from Fatigue?
Fatigue is a sign warning that there is something wrong with
the body; that it is not functioning properly or fighting
hard against disease or infection.
Healthy people do not in their ordinary everyday affairs get
tired - and even when extended they do not exhaust or expire.
They find work a joy, difficult situations a challenge and
they indeed welcome problems and regard them as fresh adventures
for their ingenuity to overcome.
Always eager to see things through, they rarely experience
boredom (which is another word for fatigue). Consequently
they bring with them an enormous energy and a zest for life
- even to the trivial and difficult.
Do You Sleep Soundly?
A person with a balanced and sufficient supply of energy sleeps
soundly and deeply; awakening refreshed after six hours sleep.
Moreover, such a person is inclined to fall asleep within
minutes of putting head to pillow, regardless of place or
Talking in your sleep is an unfavourable sign, as are violent
and disturbing dreams. If this sort of behaviour becomes habitual
the indications are that some basic heath matter is in need
Is Your Appetite Good?
A person should be able to enjoy even the simplest foods -
with relish! Everything, as long as it has been wholesomely
prepared, should taste good and leave you satisfied.
Healthy people also know how to regulate their appetite and
never overindulge. Naturally, they are not overweight nor
does their weight fluctuate more than a few pounds with the
Are You of Good Humour?
To loose your patience quickly, to be cruel or sarcastic,
to be bereft of good cheer towards fellow persons, to harbour
a grudge, to be resentful to simply lack enthusiasm or interest
is to be out of touch with humanity.
The healthy person retains a sense of wonder and admiration
for the workings of the world around them. They achieve a
physical and mental condition which enables them to meet the
most trying of situations pleasantly and with grace.
Such people are even kind in their criticism of others - and
will attempt to learn from their enemies as well as their
Is Your Memory Good?
Memories are the basic foundation upon which you construct
your daily life. A failing memory is a sign of declining physical
health and symptomatic of emotional instability or dis-ease.
Memory supplies you daily life with purpose and direction.
Without it you are like and old gramophone needle that is
stuck in a grove. Without direction all of your physical and
mental efforts are wasted and deterioration sets in.
Contrary to popular belief the ability to remember should
normally increase rather than decline with age.
6. Mindfulness (precision of thought and action)
Are You Precise in Your Thoughts and Actions (Mindful)?
Your very survival depends on the ability to make good judgments
quickly and put them into action efficiently. If you are out
on the street and a car swerves towards you, or someone throws
something at you, your response should be automatic and without
a seconds hesitation.
The inability to respond to the environment instinctively
is a sure indicator that sooner or later the environment will
not respond to you!
Furthermore, it is precision of thought (mindfulness/awareness),
together with memory, that enables you to put in order the
details of your existence and establish harmony with your
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