Nourishment of the Mind

nour·ish·ment
noun
the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.
“tubers from which plants obtain nourishment”
synonyms: food, sustenance, nutriment, nutrition, subsistence, provisions, fare, daily bread;

In nutrition, diet is the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism. The word diet often implies the use of specific intake of nutrition for health. Dietary habits and choices play a significant role in the quality of life, health and longevity. Food in our culture is understood as organic material that goes into our mouths to sustain our bodies.

Nourishment is far beyond the limited context of diet and includes anything we consume into our bodies, minds or souls. Nourishment is all that is taken in through our senses into our bodies — your mouth, ears, eyes, nose, and sense of touch — and it affects your physical and mental health and how we experience life.

We often look at the physical body for change and happiness; if I lose 10 pounds…. if I could be a size 6…..if I ate better I would….if I went to the gym….if I looked…if I had….
It is somewhat easier to look at what we can see and touch to attach change to in our lives. But why is it then most people don’t succeed with their ‘diets’ and gym regime? A multi billion-dollar industry, the obesity rate is at an all-time high, and the number of people treated for depression has tripled over the past two decades, and one in ten Americans now take antidepressants.

From my own experience of small bouts of depression, to being married to a man with severe depression, losing weight to only gain it back again, searching for the next new exercise routine and attaching to the body to find joy and happiness – I doesn’t work until you nourish the mind. Until we look at our own internal world of force vs power, we will most likely be suffering in forcing the world and our bodies to be something they can’t sustain with the old mind set of small self.

We have to look within; we must reflect to the nourishment we are feeding our minds. If we say we are overweight, we will be overweight, we will engage in behaviours that reinforce that we are overweight. If we say we are unloved, we will be unloved as we will go out to reinforce our mindset that we are unloved. Poor, angry, out of shaped……anything we tell ourselves we will act out unconsciously to reinforce our subconscious why of being. This is the true meaning of karma – we create the world in which we experience.

When we truly realize this, we are free and liberated to create the world in which we live.

Does it happen overnight? Does it happen with just one time saying ‘I am joy’, ‘I am fit’ ? No, just as your physical body takes time to digest food, the muscles take time to reshape after movement and the mind takes time to rewire. Patience and Practice.

Practice – try to get clear on one thing in which you wish to nourish your mind and cultivate in your life. Allow this to be in your awareness as the newness of mind. I have found it to be a great practice to set my alarm for every hour from 6am to 9pm. Every hour it goes off and I repeat my mindset in which I wish to experience and nourish my mind with goodness and wholesome thoughts. Throughout my days when I am aware of old programming I notice, release and repeat my new nourishing thought. I am grace.