Laughter is healthy

There is indeed a relationship between what stays in the stomach, what we cannot digest, what will not move appropriately from the stomach into the intestines, and that which saddens us. When we experience something genuinely tragic, it literally has a hardening effect on our digestive system. Even if it is almost unnoticed, it is nevertheless true that inner sadness causes us to work against our digestive processes. It is analogous to the food lying in your stomach like a stone. […]

Laughter is actually a process that makes us organically healthy. It acts as a healthy, undisturbed digestive system.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 302 – Menschenerkenntnis und Unterrichtsgestaltung – Stuttgart, June 12, 1921 (page 21)

Translated bij Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Temperance

“Temperance purges feelings, awakens spiritual faculties, strengthens inner awareness and strengthens the memory, the soul is relieved of her earthly burden and thereby enjoys a higher freedom”, a wise man said long ago. Would the human being eat too much and too often, he would have no fertile thoughts to bring forth. Because if the digestive system claims a lot of energy, then no forces are accessible to apply to the thinking capability.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 266a – Aus den Inhalten der esoterischen Stunden/Band 1 (page 559)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Previously posted on August 31, 2016

Temperance

“Temperance purges feelings, awakens spiritual faculties, strengthens inner awareness and strengthens the memory, the soul is relieved of her earthly burden and thereby enjoys a higher freedom”, a wise man said long ago. Would the human being eat too much and too often, he would have no fertile thoughts to bring forth. Because if the digestive system claims a lot of energy, then no forces are accessible to apply to the thinking capability.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 266a – Aus den Inhalten der esoterischen Stunden/Band 1 (page 559)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Previously posted on September 19, 2015

Temperance

“Temperance purges feelings, awakens spiritual faculties, strengthens inner awareness and strengthens the memory, the soul is relieved of her earthly burden and thereby enjoys a higher freedom”, a wise man said long ago. Would the human being eat too much and too often, he would have no fertile thoughts to bring forth. Because if the digestive system claims a lot of energy, then no forces are accessible to apply to the thinking capability.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 266a – Aus den Inhalten der esoterischen Stunden/Band 1 (page 559)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger