I just read a piece by Ekhart Tolle on the American elections and I have to say that it inspired me … it inspired me to write about Inspirational Junk Food (what are you feeding your mind?)
As humans, we are priceless, multi-faceted diamonds and although we all sparkle, our qualities catch and reflect our beauty and brilliance for different reasons, at different times, to different people.
Did you like that? Did it make you feel good for a moment? Do you want more?
That was my first deliberate attempt at creating some Inspirational Junk Food for you. With the NEW Improved Inspirational Junk Food Test™ you’ll learn later, you’ll find out if it was junk food or health food for you.
Having been to over 67 personal development workshops (at the last count), consumed libraries of books, listened to months of spoken word audio and chatted to many amazing people in the 31 countries I’ve been to, I have to say that I feel that sometimes we accept things because they feel good in the moment, as opposed to because we really do believe them.
Unlike everyday chocolate, McDonalds or a kebab at 2am on a Saturday morning, Inspirational Junk Food can be even more detrimental to our health because often it isn’t true, but we think it is.
Concise and contradictory truisms to illustrate this point include:
- It’s the early bird that gets the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese
- There’s a time and a place and it’s here and now.
Which statements are true?
Use your emotional Samurai Sword
I’d just like to make the point that not everything we hear is true for us in that moment of our lives, so use your emotional Samurai Sword which is firm, yet flexible. Have the strength to cut ties and cut through the bullshit when you see that’s what it is for you. Also, maintain the flexibility to try on new behaviour for a while to see if it works. In addition change your habits by perhaps saying ‘No’ more where you usually say ‘Yes’ or vice versa in case due to your conditioning, you’ve inadvertently become an emotional pirate – emotionally hobbling through life with a peg leg and an eye patch!
Putting it on a pedestal is the same as cutting your own feet off
When we take a piece of Inspirational hyperbole and put it on pedestal, considering it the keystone we haven’t yet accessed, many of us end up chastising or reprimanding ourselves for not having already achieved that ‘higher’ standard. This is emotional suicide and can be tantamount to eating emotional McHappy Meals in those areas of our lives.
Remember, without heat, cold is impossible; without poverty, wealth is impossible; everything has good and bad in it and whenever we fantasise about an ideal we are calling ourselves bad or wrong and judging ourselves on someone else’s values.
If you consume information and don’t know what to do with it, just be aware that is what you’ve done. It is ok to do so, but important to appreciate the information from that perspective.
With this article, I just wanted to highlight that sometimes we get addicted to ‘good’ things, and end up drowning ourselves in wine or burying ourselves with gold.
NEW Improved Inspirational Junk Food Test ™
Next time you consume some Inspirational or Motivational information, perhaps ask yourselves these three questions:
- What does this mean to me?
- How does this affect me (personally and based on who I am now)?
- What specifically am I going to do about it?
If you get clear answers and know what to do about what you’ve learned, I’d say you’ve just consumed some Emotional Health food. If not, you’re a little confused and you have to look for more information, you may be stuffing your face with emotional fries and milkshake!
Want fries with that? Check these out …
What are you feeding your mind?
You are what you eat.
– American Proverb (how ironic!)
A hungry stomach rarely despises common food.
Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour.
– William Shakespeare
When diet is wrong medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct medicine is of no need.
– Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb
Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.
Simple diet is best; for many dishes bring many diseases: and rich sauces are worse than even heaping several meats upon each other.
The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
– Thomas A Edison
Tell me what you really think …