The word holistic comes from the Greek root holos, which means whole, total, entire. Holistic means to understand the entire human being. In holistic health, the entire human being is considered, paying attention to the interatction and integration of the biological and physiological (body and breath), psychological (conscious and unconscious mind) and philosophical (soul) dimensions. The emphasis is on treating the whole patient and not just the symptoms of disease. Man has to realize that he is not a body alone. He is a breathing being and a thinking being with complex emotions, appetites and desires. To maintain good health, the following guidelines must be considered: Nourish and exercise the physical body Make the breath deep, smooth, even and continuous Discipline the senses Quieten the mind Calm the emotions Cultivate contentment Discover the inner being, the soul or center of consciousness The purpose of life is to be happy and free from pains, fears and miseries. This can be achieved by practicing a self-training program as set forth in this manual.
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