Mental exercises unusually go well except for the few instances, when we allow self-pity to grab ahold. It is extremely important that we concentrate upon those pleasures of life that we enjoy. Eating good food, experiencing the joy of reading, the joy of creative thought, the pleasure of friends, and so forth, for those benefits will then be increased more than a hundredfold.
All the improvements necessary are indeed happening at various levels of action within our mental and physical experience. Following and having faith that this is so — without worrying about how it will happen.
The conscious mind can direct bodily activity, but the body consciousness alone can perform those activities that bring forth life and motion.