We don’t just eat with our tummies, we eat with our minds.
Everything we bring in with our eyes goes straight upstairs to our minds (and sometimes to our hearts). So if, as they say, “We are what we eat” then we must also be what we watch, read, and breath. The media is a powerful thing, sometimes we don’t realize just how much it can affect us.
I know this is true for me. I have to admit that I am a bit of a celeb gossip junky, I am drawn to People Magazine, and US Weekly. I find the Kardashians strangely entrancing, and am memorized by all the “Real” Housewives. But the more I let these things into my mind, I notice them affecting me. I can catch myself thinking what I am watching is normal (which it isn’t).
What we surround ourselves with, what we let into our minds will come out of our mouths. Now there is plenty that we can watch & read that we can separate from ourselves, keeping it at a distance & knowing the difference between the drama and craziness of fiction and our own lives. But if we are constantly letting negative stimuli into our minds, it is bound to crop up where we don’t want it.
Think about this, when you watch a sad news story how does it make you feel? You end up feeling sad, taking that person(s) tragedy into your own life, IT AFFECTS YOU.
So I want to challenge you to ask yourself this question “Is my ‘mind diet’ healthy?” Are you letting in things that help you become more balanced, more welcoming, more filled with grace? Or are you eating too much, are letting things in that produce judgmental thoughts, gossipy words, and heavy hearts?
Being aware of what you take in, will help you to balance out your ‘mind diet’ for the most healthy & healing way for you. Keeping in mind that it is all about moderation.
[& a little chocolate (or People magazine) every once in a while never hurt anybody!]