Every New Year I must admit that I reflect over how quickly time is passing and I feel a bit sad realizing how much of my life I have already used up. Our lives, on this planet anyway, are not endless states, and it is important to think about ourselves, our needs, our health and what is important to us.
Generally health conscious people know how to take care of themselves and their families. All of us probably realize that what you put IN your body is very important. So hopefully you are eating a healthy diet. Here in the Amundsen family we have a 20 year old vegetarian, and a Mom (me) with food allergies so we are very conscious of what we eat these days. I think it is especially important to avoid junk food and manufactured food-like substances, also known as processed foods.
However one area of toxicity which we may be overlooking is what you put in your ears, eyes and mind. I am talking about what you ingest mentally; through the tv and the radio, the news, newspapers, movies!
Sadly, the news and media these days overpowering us with negative, anxiety and fear-producing stories. While I absolutely believe we should know what is happening in the world, I would strongly suggest being careful about taking in too much of that fear and negativity. It can be bad for your health. I normally try to limit myself to one or two rounds of news per day. Usually I get the evening news, and possibly also a news report in the morning on the radio. Believe me, if there is anything important going on you will get it through these two sources, nobody is going to miss the big story.
Just as you wouldn’t mindlessly slather on toxins in your skin care or eat nasty chemicals in your food, it is just as important to be careful about what your mind ingests. Look for positive, inspiring stories, movies and music to lift your mind and heart. Two current recommendations, Mamma Mia and Sex in the City both out on video now. If you go to the cinema I suggest seeing Yes Man!! Take joy in the blessings of health, family and friends. And if it is getting you down, turn off the news.
I wish you a happy and healthy 2009. I strongly believe that in making conscious choices and efforts to improve our state of mind, we make the world a better place for ourselves and each other. Tell me what you are doing to take care of your mind in 2009???
Remember to drop in and visit Renny’s blog, read his latest post on War and Peace and most of all VOTE!!!