The Catholic Book of Character and Success: Chapter Notes
Chapter Twenty-Three: Maintain a Healthy Mind.
- A healthy mind is more important than a healthy body.
- Rather to have a healthy mind and an ailing body than a diseased mind in a healthy body.
- Just as there are rules for a healthy body so there are for a healthy mind.
- Our mental food must be as nutritionally good as bodily food.
- As we come across food for our minds we must make sure we only digest that what is not evil.
- Avoid evil proliferated in immoral books and theories. The authors of these evils are worse than murders as they kill not the body but the soul.
- Take similar precautions when you come across conversations that are not elevated and pure. Do not let the mind dwell on such things.
- As corporal nutrition must be balanced, so must mental nutrition.
- Ensure that the intellectual food one feasts upon takes in a broad range of academic areas and interests including art, literature and science.
- Besides these mental foods, your mind needs mental exercise too.
- A variety of interests will force your mind to work in different ways: learn another language, a musical instrument, attend a debating class.
- A change is as good as a rest, and this applies chiefly to the mind. A change of mental scenery like a good book, a friendly conversation with a friend can rest the mind wonderfully.
- But keep a watch on whom you talk to and what you talk about. A healthy conversation with a good person should always be the aim.
- In conditioning ones mind in this way, the person will continue to grow in nobleness.