You are what you eat. There’s an understanding in the health and fitness field that if you want to change your body physically you must incorporate a healthy diet as well as work out. In fact I would argue that what you eat is almost more important than the workouts you do. We all understand that junk food is bad. We all understand that eating foods with low nutritional value leads to poor health and potential disease. Basically what we consume is what we become. It’s why organic is everywhere, and no GMO’s is the latest rage. We’re trying to avoid gluten, high fructose corn syrup, and whatever else is deemed unhealthy or artificial. We are consumed with what we’re consuming.
Have you ever thought about the other ways you feed yourself? What about the other ways you consume? Like how you feed your mind, your soul, your emotional well-being?
There has been a shift toward awareness in this area as society now recognizes the importance of a healthy mind, positive attitude, and developed emotional intelligence. The world has woken up to the reality that what we feed our minds is just as important as what we feed our bodies. In other words, the things you watch, the songs you listen to, the books you read, the thoughts you think and even the people you hang around effect the way you live, how you feel and the choices you make. (Whether you want to acknowledge it or not.) Life-coach guru Tony Robbins describes it this way;
“If you don’t watch what you let into your mind – negative thoughts from yourself or from others – then you are allowing weeds to grow and to spread. Life just starts to happen to you. No matter how smart you are, how savvy you are, how inspired you are – if you don’t stand guard at the door of your mind, then you are giving the tacit approval of the disempowering, disenchanting and disillusioning.” -Team Tony Robbins
So with all the world-wide awareness why are we seeing so much hopelessness, anger, hostility, and blame? How is it that we are letting the disenchantment take over?
I believe the answer is because we are. We are letting it take over. We are consuming the junk. If we want healthy minds we need to start consuming the healthy stuff. We have let the guards at the door of our mind take a permanent vacation. We watch whatever appeals without a thought as to the impact it may have on how we see the world and others. We listen to one news station or the other and think that we’re just listening to the reports. We’re also listening to the reports around us, on the radio, and at the office water cooler, our friends are talking, our co-workers are talking. We read reports and social media posts and over time it all becomes nothing more than propaganda and we mindlessly consume it all. We don’t question the sources, we don’t question the accuracy, we don’t research, we don’t use critical thinking. We just allow it in. We let it fester. We let it become us.
The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23, “More than anything you guard, protect your mind, for life flows from it.”
Sound familiar? (Perhaps Tony had a little inspiration?)
How about the verse in Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
In Mark 7:21 the Bible says, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries…”
So how do we get this healthy mind? How do we feed it well? The same way you do your body. Stop consuming junk. Start guarding your mind against things that you know are destructive to it. Turn off the news for a while. Stop hanging around the complainer. Stop yourself when you think something critical or judgemental and practice thinking something good instead. Exercise your brain with new experiences. New activities, new people. Get to know others and be open to hearing new perspectives and new ideas. If you’re thinking something that upsets you, depresses you, or makes you angry maybe it’s time you start thinking about what you’re thinking about. Renew your mind with healthier ways to cope with the world around you. Read the Bible. Get in the word. Learn for yourself what it says about how to live.
Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.