As a yoga instructor & practitioner, I spend a lot of time creating awareness.
You'll hear it all the time in classes: "become aware of your breath" or "notice how you feel right now" or "notice the thoughts that are going on in your head". And, through this awareness, I realized something:
It's not just what you feed your body that matters. What you feed your mind has a huge impact on your health & wellness too.
Nutrition is often thought of as just what we put into our bodies, through our mouths, that gets digested and gives us some sort of energy. And we know that certain foods make us feel good, or bad, or energized or tired.
Honestly, until just a few days ago, I really never actually thought about the relationship between what I feed my mind, and how I feel overall. The quality of THOSE ingredients have such a greater impact than many of us realize!
If you're constantly filling your mind with negativity, stressful experiences, or just plain "fillers", your mind is not getting the nutrients it needs to be happy & well.
I want you to take a moment here to pause & think about what you feed your mind. Maybe write them down! And remember, many things are not inherently good or bad, it's how they make us FEEL that can be good or bad (think Social Media, etc).
What you watch on TV
Books you read
Social media pages you follow
Music you listen to
The people you choose to surround yourself with
The stories you tell yourself in your head
And probably more...
And then, I want you to ask yourself: what is the quality of these ingredients? How are they affecting you?
Personally, I feel so blessed to have chosen a vocation & practice where I surround myself with people that have positive energy, positive messages, encouraging, powerful energy. I spend hours a week listening to my yoga teacher tell me things like "You can DO HARD THINGS" and "You already have everything you need, to do anything you want to do".
They push me to be better every single day.
And I choose to read books about spirituality, about changing your mindset, and I have a particularly uplifting group of friends and I refuse to spend my time around people with negative energy (when I can help it).
And I just can't help but recognize & honor the fact that, if I chose to spend my time in any other ways, I really don't think I would be as resilient as I am right now.
So, I'm not asking you to give up your favorite fiction book series or pick up any new hobbies or anything like that. All I'm asking is that you start to cultivate your own awareness, of what you're feeding your mind.
Maybe you start to notice there's some things you've been feeding your mind that you're not so interested in anymore. And if you want to fill those spaces with some of my favorites, I'm listing them below <3
Written by Alisa Tiburzi
First of all: 7-Days of Self-Love Challenge! (DUH)
Current meditation series: Deepak Chopra 21 Days of Abundance
Favorite spiritual book: Conquest of Mind (Eknath Easwaran)
One of my top artists: Rising Appalachia
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