Realities of Mind Food
By Jai Maa
What we put in our bodies is not limited to what foods and drink we consume--what we put in our minds, is also a factor of good health.
My partner, who is usually never sick, came down with his first head cold when we moved back to Florida. Apparently, I love him so much that I joined him in the bedridden state of snotty tissues covering our floors while dishes piled up. Who wants to do dishes when you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus?
Not us. Instead, we binge-watched movies and stayed in our pajamas for days eating homemade organic chicken broth and a variety of citrus picked from three of our friends’ backyard trees. Thank God neither of us had to work for the next few days and had time to recover.
In our endeavor to be healthy again, we were conscious of what we put in our bodies, but neglected our minds. We scrolled through Netflix and found documentaries of serial killers and scam artists, and a few intriguing horror movies. Though neither of us ever watch anything that is scary, we decided to experience hour upon hour of “entertainment” that tasered our psyches. We were so sore from clinching our muscles witnessing the unbelievable atrocities that we both felt in need of a healing massage.
For those nights, I was bombarded by the most bizarre nightmares of a serial killer, scam artist, and nefarious figures from my past. I woke up each day feeling depleted from the ruthless dramas in my dream state. I ate healthy food and took it easy until I felt better, and then settled back in for the night watching exciting, hell-on-earth movies again.
Finally, something clicked. Why am I feeding my mind this crap?
Are there bad things out there in the world? Yes. Do I need to force-feed my mind with it? No.
Do you know those kinds of people who always seem happy-go-lucky, like snuggly things, wear bright colors, and always have a smile on their face? I’m pretty sure they are not watching serial killer documentaries. They watch Hallmark movies and SpongeBob.
And we can say, “Oh, but you need to know what is going on in the world! These things are really happening!”
Yes, they are. But do we need to feed our minds with chaos and addict ourselves to drama?
Imagine there are two pools of water. One is from a sewage tank and the other is from a natural spring. No matter which pool you choose to drink from, both exist in our reality. The one who feeds their mind with a reality of mayhem is likely to believe the sewage water is the only available pool to drink from. The one who keeps a clean mind and positive outlook on life chooses to drink from the natural spring, even though they are aware the sewage water is also a choice.
What we put in our body has an effect on our physical health, and what we put in our mind has an effect on our mental and emotional health. Which pool do you drink from? If you have chosen to drink from the sewage tank, do you perceive those who drink from the spring as naïve or living in La-La-Land? Do you try to convince them to “understand the reality out there”? It is all a reality, both the garbage and the purity. It is up to you to decide what to draw into your experience.
What I love about my relationship with my partner is how in sync and committed we are to self-realization. We are not perfect, but conscious and willing to shift and remain in an ongoing upward spiral. We talked about how our choice of movies was influencing our mental disturbance, and we decided to heal both our bodies and minds. We stayed in our pajamas with our bowls of chicken broth and oranges, but this time, we watched comedies, cartoons, and uplifting documentaries instead. We healed instantly.
Enlightenment Challenge: What kinds of media are causing you to become mentally or emotionally disturbed? Try a media-detox for a week and only feed your mind information that is uplifting.