You Are What You Consume. And I’m Not Talking About Food.

I would hazard a guess that currently there are millions of people thinking about what they eat. Worried about their weight. Concerned about their calorie intake. On a diet.

But what about what we are feeding our minds? Isn’t that equally, if not more, important? I would think it’s safe to say that for a majority of people what they are filling their thoughts with has no real value. No positive value anyway. They are not having sustaining meals, not even quality snacks, they are just having chewing gum for the mind.

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Think about it. There is a plethora of information out there in relation to your diet. The best foods to eat to achieve the physical result you want. There are countless articles and advertisements on social media, in magazines, online. There’s even a staggering amount of television programmes. You Are What You Eat? being the first one that comes to mind.

It’s all focused on the exterior. How you look to the outside world.

But what about what’s inside? What about your mind? The way you think?

I know that from my personal experience anything I have seen in relation to that has come from specific sources relating to personal development. You almost have to seek out such information. It isn’t as all-pervasive, as prevalent, as the information on your eating habits. It should be.

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Give some thought to your life

Think about your week. What have you consumed that has benefitted your mind? Your mental well-being? The way you think? I would imagine that unless you are specifically working towards something the answer would be very little, if anything.

Now think about the stuff you have read, or listened to, or watched, that has been meaningless. The things that have left your mind as quickly as they entered. Oh, they might have had some flavour as you (I was going to say ruminated but that implies deep thought) temporarily considered them.

But once that flavour was gone. They would have left your mind like that flavourless chewing gum would leave your mouth. Spat right out and added to the trash. Some might be worse than that. Some might have left a bad taste in your mouth. Left you thinking negative thoughts. The worst of it is, all this was probably done unthinkingly.

Imagine how much time of your life you have wasted on social media, watching pointless television programmes, playing computer games etc. There is a lot of distraction out there. A lot of ways to waste time. Waste your mind.

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Time – Use it or lose it

It is not my intention to preach here. I used to be just as bad, if not worse. I used to spend pretty much all my so-called free time watching pointless films and television programmes. That is wasteful enough. At the same time I was probably wasted from smoking marijuana. A double whammy.

Look, I understand we all need time to unwind, relax, turn our minds off for a while. That’s ok and necessary. But if you truly look at those habits I bet they account for an awful amount of hours in your week. Hours that add up over the years. Hours where you are doing nothing really. Hours where all you are doing is wasting your life away. A life that only contains a finite number of them.

Since I started becoming more conscious of the things I do, and didn’t do, and since I started finding the time to do the things I needed to do to grow, to develop, to progress. I started to recognise all that wasteful time. All that time that was either doing me no good, or causing me harm. All that time my mind was going to waste.

Take the news for example. Why do you watch it? It contains rarely anything positive. It’s mostly reporting negative events. Which do what to your mind? Make you annoyed, angry, frustrated. If you watch or listen to the news everyday. You are assaulting your own mind with negativity. It gives you a skewed view of the world. It makes it look all doom and gloom.

I’m not even going to write about social media. It is well documented just how negatively it can impact people.

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The great distraction for many of us

Whatever fills your mind is what your mind becomes. I have found that since I cut out the news from my life, stopped watching hours of pointless television, even drastically cutting down on the amount of music I listen to, and started replacing all that with listening to audio books, always factual by the way, I have found myself becoming happier. Feeling much stronger as a person. Being able to cope better with life’s little problems. It is actually quite remarkable.

But all this isn’t common knowledge. No one on television or radio is going to tell you such a thing. They want your attention after all.

So it’s time to make a decision. Time to think about what you consume. Time to think, full stop.

Why fill your mind with so much emptiness or negativity? Stuff that has no real value. When you could be nourishing it instead. Helping your mind to grow.

I think the band Jefferson Airplane said it best at the end of their song White Rabbit. Feed your head. Feed your head!

23 thoughts on “You Are What You Consume. And I’m Not Talking About Food.

    1. It is crazy! Especially considering our mental well-being is just as important.
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. It’s very much appreciated.
      Best wishes to your good self Madeline πŸ™‚

    1. Totally. It’s a pity most seem to be focused on the exterior and don’t feel the need, or have the inclination, to improve what’s inside.
      From some reason that old adage comes to mind. ‘Out of sight. Out of mind’.
      I appreciate your insight, and thanks for commenting.
      Best wishes to you Betul!

  1. Very interesting Chris! We live in such a pity world where appearances are everything and people want to feed their egos while their mind is empty or full of junk! Not judging but really the world is becoming more and more shallow and nonsense and we need more values, more education, more empathy and knowledge….This is a great message you’re spreading: Feed your head!
    Great share!

    1. Thanks Huguette. Glad you appreciate the message although I believe it wouldn’t apply to your good self.
      It actually inspired a friend of mine. He messaged me soon after asking for a good book to listen to on personal development. Was very pleased.
      I do agree. People fill their heads with some much junk. It’s quite shocking really.
      Think we need to do our best to get people thinking better thoughts. Imagine what that world would be like!
      Much love to you as always Huguette πŸ™‚

      1. Sure, it’s a great message and we experience this on daily basis! The paradox that the more technology and evolution we have, the more dumb the people are becoming, smart phones and dumb people and apologies in advance from everyone that is actually using their brain! I don’t mean to judge, I can understand that sometimes we feel stuck but it’s our responsibility to do something about it but we always go for easy, this is why we remain stuck
        Appreciate your kind words as well! As I said before I consider myself a work in progress project and I still need a lot!
        Much of love to you and have a good day πŸ™‚

      2. Gees Huguette, how can you write so much in such little time? Have you 12 digits on your hands πŸ™‚
        Oh I like that ‘smart phones and dumb people’. So appropriate.
        Yes, with so much access to so much information people generally just use their phones etc for entertainment instead of development.
        Ah sure we are all a work in progress. It’s making the effort that counts!
        Hope you have a great day also πŸ™‚

      3. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ no but I use my computer sometimes it’s faster
        Exactly they have access to anything at all and what they are choosing?
        Wish you a great day as well and sure the effort always counts!

    1. Exactly! Surely it can only lead to better things, to a better world.
      Glad you liked it and thanks for appreciating and taking the time to comment.
      Best wishes, and much thoughtfulness, to you!

    1. Thank you. Although I have a feeling it doesn’t apply to most people on WordPress.
      I appreciate you taking the time to comment.
      Best wishes to you πŸ™‚

  2. Great share. CJ. I here you and I’m guilty as charged. It’s just too easy to get sucked into the abyss that is television. When there is a actually more intellectual satisfying things to do.

    1. Thank you Camille.
      Love your honesty by the way! πŸ™‚
      It certainly is too easy to get sucked into that abyss and time just seems to disappear when you are in there.
      We all need time to chill. That’s all I used to do or even wanted to do.
      But we have to make some effort to do other things so we don’t get stuck in a rut.
      Thanks for commenting. I hope you are keeping well and best wishes to you πŸ™‚

      1. Exactly Cj and honesty is the only wsy. I am well, thanks for asking. Best wishes to you too 😊

  3. Very well said and unfortunately so true! People nowadays are more interested in feeding their mind with negativity, news or social media…I stopped doing this quite a few years back and I’m feeling happier. I watch what I like, I read and listen what I like and I do what makes me happy. This life is too short to feed our minds with this negativity that is surrounding us. Lots of love πŸ’•

    1. Thank you. Unfortunately it is true. If only people realised how it affects them.
      Glad to hear you’ve copped onto this long before I did πŸ™‚ It really is remarkable how such a small decision can have such a great positive effect.
      Thank you taking the time to comment and I really appreciate the love 😊
      Much love right back to your good self 😁

  4. good point! and well summarised at the end. i hardly watch tv and hate reading the news, too much sadness, just read enough to be up to date with current affairs. I prefer to fill my tie reading or writing, sometimes a mini series may interest me and i will watch that. joining a book club was one of the best decisions for me, I get to meet some really interesting people and learn more about other cultures and personalities, not to mention an array of books. hope you have a great day and that the week has been fruitful for you and your boy.

    1. Thank you Gina. Indeed there is too much sadness in the news.
      I would be similar to yourself on the writing and reading from although I tend to listen more to my books these days. For television it really has to be something special. That said it is nice to chill and switch off the mind for a little while.
      A book club sounds like a great thing. Meeting like-minded and interesting people is great. I guess that’s why I like WordPress so much. Although there is much to be said for talking with people in person.
      Actually having a bit of a low day but I know it will pass.
      Appreciate the wishes of fruitfulness, especially for my boy πŸ™‚
      Much love to your beautiful self!

      1. i can’t get the hang of ebooks, I tend to stop what i am doing to listen and still love the feel and smell of books to give up on that pleasure…LOL!

        I like conversation in person than the texting etc but I am more the listener, I enjoy finding out about another’s perspective on life, history, experience etc, I like gathering stories in a way. yes WP has been good for crossing lots of boundaries and connecting people all over this world.

        I know the low period will pass, just go with it, and don’t let it overcome you, we have internal chaos but also posture, it can’t always be good neither can it always be bad, you do a fie job internalising then rationalising it Chris. have a good night and be refreshed for tomorrow.

      2. Lol Oh I can understand and still appreciate a good book. When I am reading fiction for example. But for all the ‘self help’ books I like the easy accessibility of being able to listen while doing other things.
        I like the way you’ve put that Gina. ‘We have internal chaos but also posture’. Very elegant indeed.
        Oh I had a good old write about it and am feeling much better already πŸ™‚
        Although at this stage it is very late for me so I doubt I’ll be very refreshed in the morning lol
        As always Gina I appreciate your kind words and insight. You are a delightful lady!
        Much love to you and your family πŸ™β€

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