In his best selling book, Spontaneous Healing, Physician Andy Weil suggests that people do not eat while watching television. Too many negative vibrations, he says. His point is that it’s hard to digest your food while stressed. And he is right. There is a lot of fear mongering going on out there, from politics to the stupid Mayan 2012 interpretations of the world coming to an end (it’s NOT coming to an end). Moreover, it’s not just on the TV, but radio, and the Internet as well. Weil, and others, put forth a challenge. You feed your body with food, but what do you feed your head (mind) with? Is it mindless entertainment? Stupid political bickering? Fatalistic or catastrophic predictions? Fear-based propaganda? Feeding your head (the conscious and perhaps more importantly, the subconscious minds) is as important as a well-balanced diet of the essential nutrients. Why do people gravitate toward fear mongering? On can only guess, but it’s quite likely due to the ego’s need to control. The world is NOT coming to an end, by any stretch of the imagination, so don’t buy into that negative message. Instead, shift your perception toward optimism. It’s the best digestive strategy for both mind and body.
Stress Tip for the Day:
Consider the idea of a “news fast.” Take time out from your habits of watching the news or listening to it on the radio or web. Start today. Include in this fast the removal of any fear-based movies as well. If you have ever done this before, you know that when you re-emerge, the same stories surface only the names have changed. Do it for a day and see how you feel, then consider a few days a week. If something important comes up, trust that someone will tell you. Start filling your head with positive and happy sensations. Make a habit of doing this each and every day.
Links, Books and Movies Worth Noting:
If you can get your hands on a copy of Spontaneous Healing, I would highly recommend reading it.
Quote for the Day:
“Feed your head.” Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland
Photo for the Day:
While in Cancun several years ago I took this photo at Chitzen Itza. Again, let me say that the world is not coming to an end. The Mayans, like many other indigenous cultures, understood the concept of natural cycles. Whenever one cycle ends, the next one begins. Enjoy.
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 12 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (7e) and the newly released, A Beautiful World: The Earth Song Journals. He can be reached through his website: www.brianlukeseaward.net
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