It is known in every part of the world that you are what you eat. This is a very noticeable trend that has been observed for thousands of years. If someone consumes a fatty diet on a daily basis, over the course of a couple of years, this will become very apparent. On the other hand, if someone has a completely balanced diet, this will show through in their physical appearance down the road. The big question is, does this relationship hold true for the food that our mind is fed every day?
Food for the Mind
The food that is fed to the mind and the condition of the mind is a less obvious relationship than food that is fed to the body. We are not capable of seeing “whole” mind of someone but only little bits and pieces at a time which are shown through the actions of the person. When we get to know someone, we are actually developing an understanding of how their brain functions and how they perceive the world in little bits at a time. This is exactly why it is very hard to tell what a person feeds their mind. If there is a side they do not want to show you, they can keep it to themselves.
As we grow older, the complexity of our mind grows as well. This growth is brought on by our daily life experiences and struggles that we must face. As we grow older, the complexity increases exponentially creating a more unique identity with age. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are constantly absorbing knowledge and updating how complex we are as human beings whether it is for the better or for the worse. Here is an example of a possible day of someone who does not have a typical 9-5 job.
- 9:00 AM – Get out of bed
- 9:15 AM – Coffee, breakfast and TV
- 10:00 AM – Get ready for work
- 10:45 AM – Leave for work and listen to the newest hits on the radio during the drive
- 11:00 AM – Clock into work
- 1:30 PM – Lunch Break
- 2:00 PM – Clock back in from break
- 8:00 PM – Clock out and drive home listening once again to the newest hits on the radio during the drive
- 8:15 PM – Get home and change out of work clothes
- 8:30 PM – prepare and eat dinner
- 9:30 PM – watch some TV or play video games before bed (It was a long day!)
- 11:00 PM – go to bed because work is early in the morning
Analysis of the Day
This seems like a pretty typical day for many people. Working all day with commute it takes to get to work can be very tiring. These long hours often cause us to be tired on days that we have off and it gives us a reason to take it easy. The point of this schedule is to show that this entire day was filled with a routine schedule. The only food that the mind received was that from the radio and that from TV or video games. The messages on TV are usually targeting the watchers to buy something and the messages of popular music culture are not usually very intellectually stimulating. The point of this example was to show that it is very easy to ignore feeding your mind properly. This is more times than not done unintentionally through the medium of the media.
The Same Boring Routine
Unless someone has the perfect job that they love to go to each and every day, it is just a day filled with going through the motions from the time of clocking in until the time of clocking out. While every day is different, the general concept of going to work is the same every day. The job functions and responsibilities do not change and it gets boring, repetitive and in many cases habitual. This is not utilizing the mind to its full potential. It is capable of almost superhuman abilities but they can only be achieved when the mind is fed the right food.
The Right Food
The right food for the mind is different for everybody. Anything that causes someone to learn and be exposed to something new is positive food for the mind. Finding something that is enjoyable that helps an individual meet a higher level of knowledge and skill in any area will help the brain to exercise and function at a higher level. There is an unlimited source of mind food in this world and there is something out there for everybody to enjoy. It is undeniable that the relationship between food and the body also holds true to the intellectual food we feed our minds. Be conscious of this knowledge every day and you will unlock the true power of yourself.
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