We are what we ingest…

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Our experience of life, our choices and our beliefs, are all guided and experienced in relation to one’s consciousness.  Alteration of your consciousness presents you with a different world, for good or for bad.  Your consciousness is constantly affected by the experiences you have – consciousness cultivated negatively through bad choices perpetuates more negativity, consciousness cultivated with purposeful intent can help transform your world into a magnificent one.

The taking in of experience can be seen as a similar process to eating, constantly taking in the nourishment of information to grow your body and mind.  Just as moving in a particular way or consuming a particular diet impacts you over time, your information ‘diet’ changes you as an individual; physically, mentally and spiritually.

I don’t think many of us have been gifted with or have cultivated truly ‘Teflon’ minds.  Something always sticks from the information we ingest.  Consciously controlling this information stream is an extremely powerful way to transform our inner world.

I would contend we don’t have any real control over the initial thoughts that arise in our brain.  However, once they bubble to the surface we have absolute control of what we do next.  Either chase in feverish pursuit down the thought chasm, bringing us to realisation or despair, or let go and await the next one to arise.  We injest our thoughts when we dwell on them, making them all the more likely to bubble to the surface at a future time.

So we have a simple choice. We can choose to ponder, reflect, surround and engulf our beings with thoughts, information and actions that strengthen us, enliven us, enable us to more easily live purposeful lives, and make great contributions to the rest of humanity…

Or the alternative…

It’s your choice.

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  • Vera
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    What a wonderful start to my day Simon. It makes so much sense to think of thoughts as we do for food. Both are essential to a healthy and productive life. It’s difficult sometimes, to get the balance right in our busy world today. This has given me just the perspective I needed to focus on what’s important to me today.

    • Simon
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      Thank you Vera, I am glad to be of service… It certainly is difficult to get the balance right in our world. As far as I am aware, humanity has always had issues dealing with distracted, thought-filled minds, but the very nature of our overstimulated world enhances this problem. All making mindfulness and meditation all the more important! Thanks for sharing.

  • Tucker Bascom
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    Thank you for this. It helps so much to see other people produce similar insights to how our minds function and how we can help shape the worlds both within us and outside of us. I look forward to your next post!

  • Stephen
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    Hi Simon, Picked up your website from Twitter, thought I’d come along to say hello.

    Definitely my kind of thing! I’m a reiki/qigong/martial arts guy too, always up for reading up on this.

  • toni
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    This blog is “so speaking” to me right now, not only in this space on the page, more so, in my life as well. Lately, I have had the opportunity to observe how what I eat and how I perform or act out in my daily experience, is paralleling with the food I eat.

    For example, the other day after only four hours of sleep and a host of projects and errands to complete, I found myself in a “hurried state of mind”. Everything else followed suit, fast driving, fast reactions, and yes, fast food. Fast food that I neither enjoyed or felt satiated after, which only added to my inability to stay focused and present in the moment. Mostly, because caffeine ingested in the least of forms can be overly stimulating to me, not a good idea for maintaining calm by any means. Still my desire to speed up the process of getting things done was justification enough for my indulgence. The result was a day of angst, oversights, & overlooks that affected the ability for me to be at my best.

    Than it occurred to me that, this was a bit more common than I would like to think or admit, especially after reading your blog. Furthermore, I had chosen the pace for the day, consciously or unconsciously, my choice. I realized how it is a domino effect, when I am out of balance, the energy that I share with myself and the world is out of balance. Is that my purpose? I think not.

    Thanks Simon for sharing. I will be more conscientious of what I ingest mentally, physically and spiritually.

    Toni

  • Jodi @ Heal Now and Forever
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    Before taking anything in we should taste it, take it in our mouth, turn it over, and chew it. Really make sure it is good for us before allowing it in.

  • ramesh rai
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    I visited and shared with my facebook frnds.
    regards

  • gitanjalinandan
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    Hi Simon

    I like your comparison of thoughts and information to food. As a culture, we have a strong bias towards to the tangible – I’m probably more likely to refuse to put a bad looking potato in my mouth than to refuse a toxic thought someone offers.

    I also love working with energy – we are not very conscious the energy we take in from various sources, and we are so often dealing with other peoples’ experiences and thoughts, carried in energy we’ve taken in. Ever felt really bad in some house or venue and not known why? It could be your sensing and taking in the energy hanging around that place!

    Consciousness, states of being, and energy are such amazing realms to delve into – for me – glad to subscribe to your blog and experience what you express!

  • James Walker
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    Some Body and mind practices:
    Greetings, I would like to introduce myself and look forward to sharing in the blog. I am a 72 year old ready to put out a collection of free practices and Buddhist teachings as used at the Internal School since 1968, please share these and go to http://www.bluedragonzenacademy.com (type or paste at the top of the web page, not in a search box for now).
    The emphasis of the practice is achieving singleness of mind thru the cultivation of the force (chi). This factor is raised to a level of mind and body harmony on account of the directive intention exercised during the practice. It is thru this that the Master Hand moves, that creative quality when the art is not a mere display of technical skill patiently learned under the tutorship of a good master, but an original and creative intelligence.

    My credentials are on this site.
    Jim Walker, (Son Hae)
    Dharma Master, Il Bung Chan Buddhist Order,
    Martial Arts Master, Korean National Martial Arts Order
    Patriarchal successor of Dr Seo, Kyung-bo, 76th Zen Patriarch)

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