What do you give your mind to?
I’ve been feeling mentality drained recently. I’ve been falling into the trap of “everything all at once”.
There’s only so much mental capacity you can give at once. We tend to live as though our mind and body are separate entities, but as we’re going about our lives they are intrinsically linked. Our body affects our mind, and our mind affects our body.
Watch anyone who is lost in suffering and you can see their pain with their expressions and the way they carry themselves. Their body slumps and bends towards the earth, submitting to the pain. Their eyes look hollow and lifeless — they’ve lost their willpower and spirit. I’ve been there when I️ injured my neck 4 years ago. The same is true for someone happy and confident. Their eyes are like electricity. Their body is upright and true. Their stride is strong.
The biblical idea of ‘Treat Your Body as a Temple’ rings true to me. A temple in those days was sacred and respected. Only certain people and things were chosen to be allowed in.
The thing about our modern age is we don’t know face-value what’s good for us, or what bad. What’s the right thing to eat? What’s the right amount of sleep? What're the right things for me to do?
There are no easy answers, and the choices won’t always be as simple as yes or no. The key is training your self-awareness and reducing your mind space to only what lightens your spirit up.
The more things you own and the more todos you have at once weakens your ability to give your complete focus on what’s in front of you. We spin our wheels trying to do everything and end up doing nothing.
Think of each item, todo, or person we surround ourselves with like a message in a bottle in the sea of our mental psyche.
A ‘thing’ isn’t just a thing — its also the hopes, emotions (positive or negative), and memories (past, future) bottled up into It.
A todo is a task you feel as though you must do. It could be something small like clean your house. Our something life-changing like write a best seller. All todos are not created equal in terms of priority, but they all are equal in terms of the resources they require to complete: time, attention and energy.
A person can either negatively weigh you down or positively lift you up. Same goes for you. You can either be a force of positivity and change, or a force of negativity and complacency.
So ask yourself,
Who am I️ surrounding myself with?
Am I️ treating myself with respect? Do I️ give myself time to rest, recharge and refuel?
Am I️ living optimally?
Am I️ taking in positivity or negativity?
Am I️ getting in my own way?
What do I️ want to give me energy and focus on RIGHT NOW? What can I️ save for later?
Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
"We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves." — Thomas Merton