Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Nuturing Your Mind and Soul

When we think about physical wellness, it’s important to consider the quality of what we’re taking into our bodies: the food we eat, the beverages we drink, and the air we breathe. But to look, feel, and do our best in every way, we also must consider what we allow into our minds, through our ears and eyes.

I find myself very affected by my surroundings and experiences. Consider what you’re taking into your psyche each day from:

• Newspapers, television and radio news, and Internet new sites (are you a CNN addict?)

• Television shows, DVDs, and theaters (how much violence, death, and crime are you exposed to each day?)

• Other media/displays such as mail advertisements, billboards, bumper stickers, and signs.

• Conversations you hold or overhear at work, on the bus, at the gym, in line anywhere, and so forth.

Talk of recession, war, unemployment, high gas prices, and the ailing real estate market are common topics that are almost impossible to avoid.
To nurture our minds and souls, we must be aware of and intentional about what we expose ourselves to. I urge you to neutralize any negative influences with uplifting music; inspirational and educational reading, television, and movies; and positive, success-oriented people. Limit your exposure to the news, and make it a daily practice to count your blessings and your successes. Make the time to care for yourself spiritually in whatever way works for you, and do so every day. Adopt these simple habits and expect the same results studies have found repeatedly to occur – improvements in sleep, reduction in pain, enhanced resistance to colds and flu, and an overall greater sense of well-being.

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