I recently came across some words that provided me with inspiration not only in my yoga teaching but they also inspired this blog – and they are:
Your diet is not only what you eat…
It is what you watch, what you listen to, what you read, the people you hang out with, and the things you subject your mind and soul to. Always be mindful of the things you put into your body emotionally, spiritually and physically.
Powerful words indeed…
and how true! During each and every day we ingest so many things: words, whether they be written or spoken, sounds, social media, media sources (radio, television, other) We have several and numerous encounters on a daily basis, some good some not so good. We have experiences of many sorts – yes we ingest constantly and this often has nothing to do with what we actually eat!
How do we sort through all of this? Is it even possible?
For me, it all seems to boil down to one word – awareness. We are going to go through our days and there is no way to avoid what we emotionally consume, but what we can do is develop a keen eye and become aware of the things that are good for us and the things that are not.
On a physical level, it is more clear cut because we are able to control what we physically put into our bodies. We all know people who live each and every day literally destroying their bodies by what they consume and ingest on a physical level. At the same time, we can choose to feed our bodies in a nourishing way encouraging health and wellness which can be hugely beneficial to our overall well being.
But emotional consumption is different – harder to quantify and harder to control – it often feels more like inundation then a choice. Becoming aware of this kind of consumption will serve us well, because even though we cannot “control” every aspect of it, we can become “aware” of it and choose how and if we let it affect us. I like to see it as requiring constructive editing – take what you need and throw the rest out.
Throw out the ‘garbage’ and keep the meaningful – this helps to keep our diet healthy.
Until next time.