A friend of mine was sharing that he is on a negativity fast. This entails checking himself every time he starts to think in a way that brings him down.
One secret to his fast is taking care to avoid news and conversations that feed his mind with sorrow, fear, anger, gossip or distress.
This raises a very important question for each of us: What are you eating these days? You could apply this to your physical diet, but I’m after your soulful one. The music, stories, movies, news and conversations that we take in have a direct impact on how we think and feel. All of this in turn affects our physical well being.
I do find that an occasional “fast” is very good for our souls. That might mean skipping a rather dark movie or show, choosing some gentle music or avoiding newscasts for a couple of days. It also means finding a quiet moment each day to pray or meditate. It’s amazing how a little time to reflect and ponder wil detox us!
Then there are the positive things that build us up: Time with a good friend who encourages us; conversations that spark new ideas; sermons, books and music that inspire.
One of my sisters finds that art refreshes her; another likes books. I like playing and listening to music. A neighbor and I both agree that our gardens are the best “prayer closets.”
What is your preference?
other? (You get the idea, yeah?)
One thing I have learned: Choosing your soulful diet takes as much determination and clarity as choosing your physical diet does. It is at least as important: Wellness is built from the inside out.
Bien provecho….bon appetit…enjoy!