Focusing on our diet these days is so common we are often more familiar with the terms related to diet than we are to terms related to many other important things. Even people like me (people who turn from all the hype when it comes to dieting), know what someone is talking about when they say gluten-free or carb-free, and we know what it means to be a vegetarian and a vegan. Whole foods, processed foods, and organic foods are things many people are thinking about for a variety of reasons, and I am too. Our focus on diet is understandable considering the pervading research on how foods effect our health and well being.
I was recently wresting with something I thought might be a food related problem, and I wanted to share what I thought was a valuable question, which came to my thought when I was praying about this: “What is my mental diet and what might change if I change this diet?” I wondered what the effect would be if I began to trim down what I consumed in terms of thoughts related to my value, my capability, my gender, my family history or family dynamics, or even the amount of time I have in a day. What if I refused to believe I was unsatisfied and consumed more ideas that were satisfying, joyous, and beneficial? How would I feel then?
If you know me, then you know that these questions changed a whole lot in the way I was thinking about this problem, and the challenge I was having quickly went away. I have more to trim down in my mental diet, but this was a good lesson about the impact my thinking has on my well being.
“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” ~Matt 5:6
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