Andrew Weil quotes

  • Among other things, neuroplasticity means that emotions such as happiness and compassion can be cultivated in much the same way that a person can learn through repetition to play golf and basketball or master a musical instrument, and that such practice changes the activity and physical aspects of specific brain areas.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Basketball #Mean #Golf

  • If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Advice #Would Be #Limits

  • Happiness is a skill. It requires effort and time.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Skills #Effort #Effort And Time

  • Get people back into the kitchen and combat the trend toward processed food and fast food.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Food #Health #People

  • Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Stress #Breathing #Panic Attacks

  • I have argued for years that we do not have a health care system in America. We have a disease-management system - one that depends on ruinously expensive drugs and surgeries that treat health conditions after they manifest rather than giving our citizens simple diet, lifestyle and therapeutic tools to keep them healthy.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Simple #Years #America

  • One of the most obvious ways dogs can improve our physical and mental health is via daily walks.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Dog #Way #Mental Health

  • You can't afford to get sick, and you can't depend on the present health care system to keep you well. It's up to you to protect and maintain your body's innate capacity for health and healing by making the right choices in how you live.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Healing #Sick #Choices

  • The World Health Organization has recognized acupuncture as effective in treating mild to moderate depression.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Organization #Acupuncture #World

  • Everyone prefers some foods over others, but some adults take this tendency to an extreme. These people tend to prefer the kinds of bland food they may have enjoyed as children - such as plain or buttered pasta, macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, French fries and grilled cheese sandwiches - and to restrict their eating to just a few dishes.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Children #People #Adults

  • Whenever the immune system deals successfully with an infection, it emerges from the experience stronger and better able to confront similar threats in the future. Our immune system develops in combat. If, at the first sign of infection, you always jump in with antibiotics, you do not give the immune system a chance to grow stronger.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Giving #Stronger #Antibiotics

  • Conscious breath control is a useful tool for achieving a relaxed, clear state of mind.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Mind #Tools #Achieve

  • Millions of Americans today are taking dietary supplements, practicing yoga and integrating other natural therapies into their lives. These are all preventive measures that will keep them out of the doctor's office and drive down the costs of treating serious problems like heart disease and diabetes.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Yoga #Heart #Doctors

  • Please keep in mind the distinction between healing and treatment: treatment originates from outside, whereas healing comes from within.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Healing #Mind #Distinction

  • Our feet are our body's connection to the earth.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Feet #Connections #Body

  • The best way to detoxify is to stop putting toxic things into the body and depend upon it's own mechanisms.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Toxic #Body #Way

  • You've got to experiment to figure out what works.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Figure Skating #Figures #Experiments

  • Human bodies are designed for regular physical activity. The sedentary nature of much of modern life probably plays a significant role in the epidemic incidence of depression today. Many studies show that depressed patients who stick to a regimen of aerobic exercise improve as much as those treated with medication.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Exercise #Epidemics #Play

  • Pay attention to your body. The point is everybody is different. You have to figure out what works for you.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Different #Attention #Body

  • The notion that a human being should be constantly happy is a uniquely modern, uniquely American, uniquely destructive idea.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Ideas #Modern #Should

  • Short naps are good. Given modern workplace demands, this is not possible for many people - but if you have the option, try napping for ten to twenty minutes in the afternoon, preferably lying down in a darkened room.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Lying #Naps #People

  • The more people have, the less content they seem to be. In America, the cultural expectation that we're to be happy all the time and our children are to be happy all the time is toxic, and I think that really gets in the way of emotional well-being.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Children #Emotional #Thinking

  • Fear and greed are potent motivators. When both of these forces push in the same direction, virtually no human being can resist.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Greed #Force #Humans

  • For many in the modern world, carving out time for both traditional seated meditation and exercise has become close to impossible.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Exercise #Meditation #World

  • Shorter daylight hours can affect sleep, productivity and state of mind. Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, may help. It uses light boxes emitting full-spectrum light to simulate sunlight.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Sleep #Light #Mind

  • Treatment originates outside you; healing comes from within.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Healing #Treatment

  • When people are told to 'eat many small meals,' what they may actually hear is 'eat all the time,' making them likely to respond with some degree of compulsive overeating. It's no coincidence, I think, that obesity rates began rising rapidly in the 1980s more or less in tandem with this widespread endorsement of more frequent meals.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Thinking #People #Degrees

  • My personal opinion is that the neutral position on the mood spectrum—what I called emotional sea level—is not happiness but rather contentment and the calm acceptance that is the goal of many kinds of spiritual practice.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Happiness #Spiritual #Acceptance

  • Any drug can be used successfully, no matter how bad it's reputation, and any drug can be abused, no matter how accepted it is. There are no good or bad rugs; there are only good and bad relationships with drugs.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Bad Relationship #Drug #Matter