Last week I had highlighted the modern,unhealthy practice of eating meals without concentrating on the food mostly through watching television.
This is detrimental to digestion. The action of eating as well as the state of mind while eating is just as important as the nutritive value of the food we eat. The mind needs to focus calmly,happily and holistically on the food. Of course,as regards being genial,it is important to be so at all times to preserve good health.
All cultures,since ancient times,have emphasised the mind-body relationship as being integral to good health. Our yogic tradition has even emphasised the importance of laughter as being beneficial to our health. I am also reminded of the vintage English poem The Miller on the Dee where the miller is portrayed as a hale fellow by virtue of being happy as a lark so much so that the king is willing to trade places with him.
Documented evidence in modern medicine on the health benefits of being happy,however,has come in only very recently. The body responds to the way you think,feel and act no matter how much you try to dissociate the mind from the body.
(Next week: The body-mind connection)