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Health Tips From the Ancients

Posted on 16 March 2011

Start each day with a quiet reflection or a contemplative walk. Pythagoras believed that people needed to take time each morning to center themselves before engaging with others. “It was essential to not meet anyone until their own soul was in order and they were composed in their intellect.”

Take several minutes each evening to look up at the night sky and just wonder. Plato believed that “all philosophy begins in wonder.” By looking out at the awe-inspiring universe, you can’t help but feel small, and wonder what’s out there.

A few minutes every day, try to experience the world around you without the use of your rational mind. Just experience it. The Greeks believed that our senses trapped us into the illusion that the sensory world was all there was. They believed when you got past the trap of the senses, you could tap into something deeper and more lasting.
Be a good person! In most situations, we know what we “should” do. Plato and Pythagoras believed that to reach the highest form of ourselves, we had to act on that knowledge and do the right thing.

For five minutes every day, listen to stringed, non-vocal music. Pythagoras believed that the entire universe was vibrational and that humans could sync up to that larger rhythm. His disciples would listen to the music and vibration of the lyre to re-tune themselves.

Do 30 to 45 minutes of physical activity every day. Keeping the body well-tuned requires physical exertion on a daily basis.

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