Perhaps one of the most important lessons I have had in my life is that I need to guard my heart. Once in a while, I seem to need a refresher course on this one!
You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Well, that is true soulfully as much as it is physically. The choices are just as varied…and as difficult to make sometimes…as physical food.
So, from our souls’ points of view, what is a heart-healthy diet?
*One that is clean: Free from toxins like negativity, criticism, ridicule, bullying or other forms of degradation.
*Things that detoxify us, such as meditation, music, art, sleep, laughter and play.
*Nutrient-dense foods, like love, affection, friendship, wise counsel and encouragement.
*Soul-building items – Accomplishment, creativity, discipline, volunteering and giving to others.
*Good basic chow – Self talk that reminds us of who we are and what we’re about. I recently heard a wonderful definition of meditation: ” Thinking that makes us healthy.”
Foods to avoid:
*Anything that contributes to “heart disease” by tearing us or others down: Gossip, name calling, manipulation, exclusion, abuse.
(Some sources of such destructive items in this category might not be as obvious – A good deal of “news,” movies, books, TV shows and just careless talk. One of the more troubling sources can be people who love us: Family, spouses, friends, neighbors, Church members, co-workers..)
*”Junk food”: People, media and anything else that steals our energy, making us complacent, lethargic or lazy; things that “uninspire” us; things that waste time and energy.
How important is your soul’s diet?
Proverbs 4:23 puts it this way:
“Above everything else guard your heart, because from it flow the springs of life.”