Friday, July 20, 2012

The Well Fed Mind

Through grade school and on into college I learned the importance of nutrition to a healthy body. Back then it was the Four Food Groups and not the Nutritional Pyramid it is today. Muscle, bone and brain development would all rely on the foods that were available to us and that we chose to consume. However, the mind and spirit may have been neglected by these schematics.

So many times I’ve caught myself feeding my mind the equivalent of “junk food.” The thoughts and images that provoke weakness, fear and decay rather than strength, perseverance and growth are what I am talking about. Every morning I would watch the news, and living in a metropolis like Houston, I would be guaranteed my fill of rapes, robbing, murders and suicides. It was no wonder why the rest of the day was such a struggle to stay positive minded.

So, several years ago I made the decision to go on a brain diet. I was going to feed my mind better. I cut out the junk and relied on a diet of motivation, inspiration and education. And, although I know I’m not the smartest guy on the planet, I can now honestly say I am much smarter (and happier) than I was back then.

Instead of watching the news, I now get it online (at least the parts that are important to me like; weather, politics and special interests). I generally read more, too. I prefer books and articles filled with biographies, true stories, self-help and lots and lots of humor. I look for friends that inspire me to become a better person and I try to understand the simple beauty found in nature.

The mind is an amazing gift. I believe that the mind is capable of unbelievable things; feats of glory and beauty, and even feats of horror and pain. The difference being the resources you provide it with. Nurture the mind as carefully as you nourish your body. Fill it with good, quality ingredients and it will reward you with joyful, abundant living. I promise.

As Always - Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal

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