What we feed ourselves is not just about the food we eat. It’s also what we feed our emotions, our mind, including our thoughts, beliefs, information, social media, the people we surround ourselves with and also what we feed our spirit.
So choose wisely!
What is food really? Food is anything that nourishes us. For our physiology to function at its optimal level, we require an intake of nutrients – proteins fats, carbohydrates (from sources such as meat, chicken fish, eggs, beans, dairy products, fresh vegetables & fruit, grains, oils, butter, ghee) water, which makes up approximately 75% of our body, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants etc. Our diet that provides us with this assortment of nutrients is considered to be food.
However, when you take a look at what is consumed by most Americans and people in the western culture and closely observe the actual ingredients is this really food? Additives, coloring, flavoring, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, fillers, natural flavors, genetically modified foods, artificial sweeteners, hormones, antibiotics etc. while all are part of products that people consume as “food” is this really nourishing us or causing harm? If you’ve never paid attention to ingredients or don’t know the source of what you’re eating then maybe it’s time to start asking questions and doing some research. By being educated about what you’re actually eating and the impact it has on your body (both short and long term) you can then make a choice.
When it comes to our mind and emotions here’s another way that we feed ourselves.
Every thought that we have, we fabricate; we make them up. We get bombarded with approximately 2 million bits of information every second of every day and from this our mind sorts what is “useful” by generalizing, deleting and distorting the information through our internal filter system. We then shape this information into beliefs according to our model of the world and we feed our mind with these beliefs. Through our constant diet of beliefs we build belief systems that influence how we view the world, what we focus on and what we don’t focus on (or rather simply miss as we’re focused in a completely different direction) and in turn, our beliefs impact our emotions that trigger how we respond, react, behave, take action or get stuck in apathy and inaction.
What diet are you feeding your mind with? What thoughts are you focused on? Are you feeding your mind with resourceful thoughts that are helping you move forward in life in a direction that is aligned with your purpose passion, vision and mission or are you focused on un-resourceful thoughts that keep you bound up and prevent you from moving forward? Garbage thoughts in lead to garbage out. As our emotions are based on our beliefs and our “story” we will also experience more un-resourceful emotions such as fear, sadness, frustration, anger, resentment, anxiety and depression that keep us stuck.
Perhaps it’s time to take stock and do a self review. In fact, do self review or self analysis daily to see where you’re at. By being honest and analyzing where you currently are in the major areas of your life, health & wellness, physical fitness, mental health, emotional health, sexual health, relationships, career & finances, spirituality, community etc. you can determine a baseline of where you are currently and how close or far off you are from where you want to be. You also get to question the beliefs that you currently identify with or attach yourself to. Are they necessary or do they need to be here? Are they based on fact, truth or are they simply an old story that your made up based upon a limited perception and limited information.
As we evolve, grow and elevate our consciousness we change our perception. Instead of being at ground zero, we now can view the world at 20 feet, 200 feet, 20,000 feet 40,000 feet above the ground and our field of vision is much wider and our perspective is much greater. We are able to see opportunities that are looming on the horizon before they even get to us as well as see things that are challenging or harmful and avert the danger before it arises.
If you’re not getting the outcomes you want in your life and don’t have the emotional competency and balance that goes along with it, then it’s time to shake up your model of the world or get a different model altogether.
What information are you feeding yourself with? What are the sources? Are you getting it directly from Pure Knowledge, from science, from luminaries across all categories of life including the arts and business that have excelled in what they do and stand out as leaders and role models? Are you getting it from actual life experience where we are in the field of life itself having a direct experience in the present moment? Or are you getting your information from newspapers, television, media and social media that is manipulated and altered, is an interpretation or a limited perception that is designed to feed and be marketed to the masses and give the appearance of what is “real” or “truth” without it necessarily being real or true. Do you wish to feed and gorge yourself on the sheer volume that social media provides or do you wish to discern the jewels from some of the most brilliant minds on the planet through what you read, listen to and watch as books, audio books, videos and film?
Who are you surrounding yourself with? What are the qualities and caliber of these people? Are they who you aspire to be like? Are they your well wishers or are they parasites? Who do you want to become? Do you have a mentor who has achieved what you want to achieve? By surrounding yourself with people that are aligned with your vision and goal, who have aspired and achieved great heights in the areas that you wish to ascend to, you will be feeding yourself a diet of greatness. You will be able to stand on the tall shoulders of those who came before you that forged a pathway of success and you will be able to perpetuate that success through your own endeavors and pass it onto others as a legacy for future generations.
When it comes to spirituality, what are you feeding your spirit? Do you have a spiritual guru or teacher who can help you develop your connection with the Divine? Do you spend time each day in communion and reverence to the God of your understanding, in gratitude for all the gifts you have been given in your life? Do you feed yourself with a diet of what your ego wants, what feeds your belief system or do you keep yourself humble to the magnitude of the Creator and in awe of the beauty and magnificence of Divine Grace and pay attention to the finest impulses that come to you from your inner guidance system, from Pure Creative Intelligence? What are you choosing to nourish your spirit with?
So what are you feeding yourself?
If you’re not where you want to be, then change your diet, change the “food” you are consuming. Give yourself the gift of feeding yourself all these types of “food” which actually nourish you and are non-toxic.