Ancient wisdom for modern health
June 21, 2014
Reading Mark Bunn’s book Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health is surely a remedy in itself. With all the love and laughter sparkling between the book’s covers, one is bound to feel better immediately.
Educated and trained in both Western and Eastern medicine, former football player Mark Bunn tackles the question of how an ordinary human being could live a healthy, happy life.
His method is simple. Firstly, he zooms in on the world’s healthiest and longest-living people to highlight what distinguishes them from their less fortunate counterparts.
Secondly, he draws on the rich heritage of ancient wisdom from all corners of the globe, from the insights of Native American Elders to the knowledge of Indian yogic masters.
On the basis of these timeless truths and the empirical observations, Bunn presents his discoveries as seven concise and easy-to-remember nuggets of wisdom.
Happy thoughts = happy body
Positive emotions are the essential foundation of good health! Read: If your life is abundant with close social ties, you can occasionally binge on potato chips and do just fine. : )
Follow nature’s clock
Regarding optimal timing for everything, the author covers it all, including humorous tips for “potty
training” for adults.
You are what you eat
Bunn confirms, and helps the reader understand, why good “fuel” for the human body is always natural and fresh.
Don’t “work out.” Enjoy moving your body
Bunn hammers home the point that physical exercise you hate will give you just a fraction of potential benefits. He challenges the “no pain, no gain” attitude and offers a wise and proven perspective on gaining optimal physical and mental strength through bodily activity.
Exposure to the elements is essential for good health
Bunn explains why plenty of contact with the sun, earth, water and fresh air truly matters.
Connect with your inner silence
Bunn himself practices the Transcendental Meditation technique and recommends, as have myriad sages from different cultures and eras, that everyone include a transcending-based meditation practice in his or her daily routine. This will allow the rich silence within to “relax and rejuvenate” both body and mind.
Listen to your inner wisdom
Bunn recommends staying in tune with your body-mind system in order to hear what it really needs in each changing moment.
Bunn dedicates a chapter to each of these seven points of wisdom, explaining them in more detail, providing ideas about how to put them into practice, and sharing captivating, inspirational stories spun around these crucial principles.
He admits that making the lifestyle changes required to be at our best physically and mentally is not as easy as popping pills. Yet he kindly challenges the reader to question the premises of our beliefs about what matters in life.
Why is it not considered practical to meditate, spend more time in fresh air and sunshine, or even change the job that might literally be a killer, while it is seen as acceptable to lead busy lives and suffer from chronic illness, stress and fatigue?
The advice in this book is a call to reconsider these values and decisions and to review our everyday routine in the light of love and kindness – towards ourselves and towards others.