A Healthy Mind

There is a well-worn but pithy proverb that underscores the importance of right thinking—of a healthy mind. It says of a man, "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he." Prov. 23:7;

Newspaper reports indicate a growing awareness among physicians of the relationship between mental health and physical well-being. Experience in practice, and specific studies conducted at certain medical schools, are revealing to them in ever-increasing degree the connection between fearful, unhappy, emotionally-disturbed thought and some forms of physical disease—and the health-producing effects of faith, hope, and most importantly, love.

Of course, it is one thing to understand something of the mental cause of disease, but a very different thing to know how to correct disturbed thought—to produce a healthy state of mind—and thus bring about healing. At present, although doctors acknowledge the psychosomatic basis for certain forms of illness, they still believe man to be a physical entity controlled by the brain. And they still attempt to produce a healthy mental attitude by psychological techniques or by the use of drugs.

April 7, 1973

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