Meditation & Mindful Consumption

In our media-rich world, be careful of what you ingest. It may not always agree with the life you live or aspire to life. I am not only writing in terms of food and drink, but in terms of what you watch and listen to, what you read and even write.

Everything you bring into your life effects your outlook and world view. The violence you see on television or in the theater, will resonate in how your treat those you love. The podcasts you listen to and the blogs your read online all their opinions which sooner or later end up in the way you speak and think. When you hear candidates berate and undercut each other, their words affect relationship to the world around you – whether you agree with them or not.

So just stop. The residue each of these leave behind will weigh on you and drag you down into that dark world of anger and depression. It’s okay to take a break from the news, to let go of slasher films, to put down the gossip magazines and simply be who you aspire to be.

It is called Mindful Consumption – the art of placing your breath and your awareness on the things that you are bringing into your space physically, mentally and even spiritually. If, as you eat, drink, watch or listen, feel yourself sinking into self doubt or anything that resembles the darker side of yourself then simply stop and change the channel.

If you find this difficult, stand up and take a deep breath. Put your hands on your hips and curl your lips into a smile. Feel that smile spread across your cheeks and down into your lungs as you attach your smile onto your breath.

If you need to gather your inner strength, assume a power pose by standing up straight and putting your hands on your hips, or reaching your arms above your head in a big V. Give yourself the gift of a clean spirit as you shed the residue that the world wants to weigh you down with.

Mindful Consumption is easier than you may think, especially if you build it on top of a foundation of meditation.

Either way, just be careful with what you ingest. You know who you are. Don’t let them bring you down to their level. Rise above and smile into the sun that always shines above.

Be well, and I hope this helps.

Learn more about Mindful Eating and Consumption by clicking here.

 

 

 

Jeff

Well Being & Meditation Are Skills

Having been through my share of surgeries and health issues, trust me when I say that well being is not something you just happen upon. It is a skill that you can learn and apply to your life at any point in time.

It does not have to involve a laborious effort or a large-scale change in your lifestyle. It does not have to include weeks spent in an ashram or retreat. It does not have to involve giving up everything you have worked so hard to attain.

It only requires taking baby steps toward a better you. It means making minor tweaks to various elements of your life that I assure you will go unnoticed until one morning you will wake up feeling clearer, more focused and simply better about who you are and what you are doing.

What follows are some simple and easy steps to creating a healthier, happier and calmer you for a life that is easy to maintain no matter where you are, and that will produce real results you will witness every day.

Try these, and let me know what worked for you. Also, if you have other tips, please feel free to share them. We are always interested in what works best for you and what does not. After all, having a greater sense of well being is about smart positivity, without feeling the need to go overboard with the whole thing.

So take it slow, even being positive can create a backdraft if taken too quickly for some people:

  • Surround yourself with a good support system (start with family and friends, but do not be afraid to seek out a group, that give you time to release and even heal if need be)
  • Discipline yourself to frequent the right places at the right times so that you can be with the right people doing the right things.
  • Do not allow your pride or ego to get in the way of your health. Staying true to your old self is a great way to stay unhealthy
  • Know your triggers and avoid situations that put you in a high stress/high tension situation
  • Avoid angry ad toxic people, or people who raise themselves up by putting those around them down
  • Be prepared and Role Play. Think of an unpleasant situation in the past and come up with an alternate way to handle it. Rehearse different outcomes and create a plan to pursue that outcome. Being prepared is half the battle.
  • Create space in your schedule to recharge
  • Smile and touch people below the elbow or on the shoulder in a non-offensive and non-threatening way. You will be surprised how much energy is created by simple human contact.
  • Identify your negative behaviors and replace them with positive behaviors you are more comfortable with.
  • Keep a list of what you are grateful for, and remind yourself of this before you start getting down on yourself.
  • Reward yourself for your good habits. It is okay to buy yourself something special, to have a nice meal, and to enjoy life. Your health depends on it.
  • Oh yes, and cut out the white foods [white flour, white sugar, high starch potatoes], after all is is about body, mind and spirit.

Most important, live, laugh and enjoy your life to the fullest. Living life is why you are here, so enjoy it in every way possible.

Learn more at Simple-Truth.com.

Be well, and I hope this helps as we head into summer.

j.