“Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I am committed to cultivating good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking, and consuming. I will practice looking deeply into how I consume the Four Kinds of Nutriments, namely edible foods, sense impressions, volition, and consciousness. I am determined not to gamble, or to use alcohol, drugs, or any other products which contain toxins, such as certain websites, electronic games, TV programs, films, magazines, books, and conversations. I will practice coming back to the present moment to be in touch with the refreshing, healing and nourishing elements in me and around me, not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past nor letting anxieties, fear, or craving pull me out of the present moment. I am determined not to try to cover up loneliness, anxiety, or other suffering by losing myself in consumption. I will contemplate interbeing and consume in a way that preserves peace, joy, and well-being in my body and consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family, my society and the Earth.”
As I write today, I am most interested in the mindful consumption that reaches far beyond the choices of daily food…to what types of inner dialogues, internet sites, game themes, humor, TV shows, movies, and conversations we ingest and digest each day…AND to realize that we have a CHOICE each time to take in and “chew” what best nourishes us, strengthens us, prepares us, brings out the best in us, and in turn, nourishes our world.
I have had several days recently where a health issue has kept me pretty much in one or two spots, kind of hunkered down…i.e. much time with my thoughts. In my efforts for healing, I have been ultra aware of the mental chatter that would try to lead me here and there AND have had the opportunity to observe. I’ve seen how easy it is, unless we are aware, to be subconsciously led by the nose to let toxins flow into thought and experience, and then to let them sit there, digest there. Whether it be through violent TV shows, movies, electronic games, or derogatory thoughts about ourselves and others, or fear of the future or blame from the past, or using substances that could impair one’s ability to think clearly, …and so many other avenues of available, currently trending and tweet-able daily fare.
I am filled with gratitude that I WANT to make nourishing choices for myself and that I learn more each day about HOW to do that better…while still partaking generously of the breathtaking wonders of this life and planet. My gratitude is also because I also know that it is within us ALL to make nourishing choices for ourselves...to actively become more mindful of what we may be doing out of habit, to make step-by-step choices to bring out the best in ourselves, and eventually others, even if it goes against popular social trends or what media tells us will make us happy or unhappy.