May 29

Just as we have to exercise and look after our own physical health, each of us is responsible for our own emotions – their expressions and restraints.

 The emotions are strong and many a time will win in any conflict situation between thought and feeling.  So we have to maintain a co-operative team situation in recognition of their mutual importance yet retain the mind in the role of manager.

 Many of us were not well informed in our youth of the importance of emotional energy.  Schooling frequently is focused upon intellect and thinking capacity and failed to point out that the secret of life success lies in our emotional energy. Our emotions provide the vital key to success or can destroy our opportunities and bring our career to ruin.

Many a person who is successful in the art of living, both materially and spiritually will admit that their enthusiasm was an important ingredient. They will tell us that they had to learn how to govern their emotions and channel them positively and that it was hard work.

 As sporting skills serve as one arena to train in physical control and development, so our daily life offers us a constant training ground for our emotions. There is not a day goes by but we have a chance to exercise positive emotions of peace, joy, love and affection, optimism and enthusiasm in our work, or in our appreciation of nature and good fortune.  Equally we have to exercise restraint to curb angry responses, impatience, anxiety, greed or selfish desires.

What is that part of your consciousness that is aware of how you really feel; seeks to upgrade any poor emotions; cultivates all your good and loving emotions and seeks to direct this energy constructively to a happy outcome?

It is your own mind.

May 26

Although considerable attention is given by nutritionist regarding foods that help brain and nerve function it is necessary to extend our regular use of supplementary foods and herbs that are proven to be time tested traditional medicines to directly strengthen the brain.

There are European herbs analysed and recommended over the past decades such as hops, lavender, rosemary and leafy green vegetables, asparagus, olives, seeds, eggs, brown rice, nuts, blueberries (bilberry).cranberries, blackberries, black currants, walnuts, avocadoes and whole grains and seeds.

However until recently this aspect of nutritional education has been neglected.

Asian plants and herbs however, are placed in great importance and in India and China in particular they are advised as a necessity both for quality brain function and also to incorporated in Ayurvedic medicine to treat several specific diseases and impairments such as cases of epilepsy and asthma. The better known are regularly found in western markets and include ginseng, brahmi (water hyssop) or Bacopa monnieri, gingko, turmeric, gotu kola, and prescribed to directly improve brain function and the nervous system.

We can expect that future research will concentrate on these plant medicines that are most effective when taken in their natural state. There is no guarantee that modern drugs although derived from these plants will be as effective as the traditional herbal medicines.

May 13

…when we are happy

…when our thoughts and feelings are free and expansive

…when our rational thought rules our emotions kindly

…when we free of anxiety, fear and anger

…when our plans for our future are clear and shiny

…when we feel enthusiastic about life

…when we are honest and trusting

…when we have time to think of the welfare of others

…when we are confident of our skills and feel capable

.. .when bad fortune teaches acceptance

…when good fortune increases appreciation of the gift of life

…when we enjoy our own company as the company of others

…when we know the security of being loved and can express loving kindness to others

… when we enjoy getting up in the morning as we are happy to go to sleep at night