September 16, 2020
September 16, 2020
In todays world opportunities for consumption are more prevalent than ever. This means that discernment of what you consume is more important than ever. When most people think about what they consume, they only consider what their body consumes. We try to be conscious of not only what our body consumes but also our mind and spirit.
Each of us can literally shape our own world by our consumption habits. When we eat food full of life, we feel full of life. The mind follows the same principle, if we fill it with positivity we feel positive. Overtime what we fill our mind with starts to affect the spirit through acquired beliefs and world views.
Many things that we consume mentally are for entertainment and the value or disruption it brings into our life is often overlooked. Most entertainment is consumed to prevent boredom but keep in mind that the opposite of boredom is anxiety. For example you may feel that it would be boring to eat breakfast in quiet, so you turn on the news. Then the news starts showing you tragedies from all over the world, you will probably leave the house feeling like the world is much more chaotic than if you had eaten your breakfast in silence. On the other hand if you're feeling stressed you may find relief in a reassuring thought or an uplifting song, book, conversation, ect.
Sometimes you can decide what is good to consume through the effects that the consumable has on other people, but most of the time your discernment relies on your own self awareness. Just as consuming bad food will make your stomach uneasy, consuming something mentally bad for you, will make your mind uneasy. Daily meditation is the best resource to knowing your state of mind. In meditation all consumption is put on hold and you can examine the thoughts and emotions that arise. If the mind is uneasy during meditation it might just be something you "ate."