Fuel For the Mind

You are what you eat. You should not be surprised if you gain weight by consuming fried chicken, cheeseburgers and pizza all day. The same is true for your mind. You should not be surprised if you feel hopeless by reading, watching, or thinking of news or events that get you down. I was at a seminar and heard Hans Johnson describe this concept vividly. He asked the audience, “How valuable is your living room? Do you consider it a sacred space?” The audience nodded. Then he asked, “How would you feel if I dumped a truckload of dirty diapers and rotten food into your living room?” Members of the seminar expressed their disdain. After a pause, he looked at the people in the room and matter-of-factly asked, “Then why would you allow society to do that to your mind? Your mind is more sacred than your living room.” I could feel the light bulb illuminating in the minds of the spectators.

Intrigue by gossip, primetime news reports and celebrity magazines full of unwarranted pictures are all trash for the mind. They will do nothing except make a person feel the negativity that can surround us. Gossip is generally dramatic news that happened in a person’s life. Does it deserve to be spread and listened to? No. We all have drama at one point or another. It’s a part of life and to announce others’ drama louder than your own is just a weakness on your part.

Primetime news is supposed to educate us with what is worthy of being reported in our city. But the news hour is a business. The business thrives on murder, accidents and anything that will conjure a feeling of devastation in the viewers. And the commercials between each segment only fill the viewers’ mind with lack. They show you what you do not have in your life and design it in a way to make you feel unfulfilled until you purchase that anti-depressant medication, car, or box of cereal.

Celebrity magazines also add to lack in a person’s mind. They entice us all to want to look and be just like the people who were photographed. But the reality is it’s not normal for majority of the population to have super slender bodies, a life lived on the red carpet or continuous procedures done to maintain a youthful appearance. The reality behind those glamorous photos is that celebrities are humans just like us, trying to find their path of peace and love through this journey of life.

The grass is not always greener on the other side. Grass is greenest where it is watered most. And comparison is the thief of joy. So when you are looking for a few minutes of entertainment or enlightenment, be careful what you choose to feed your mind with. By focusing on negativity, your life will thrive with negativity.

Why not read articles or books on success, the human spirit or other cultures in this world? Why not broaden your horizons? I promise your life will be more fulfilled. Your purpose will be more aligned and your destiny will shine it’s light on your path.