"If we want to simplify and deepen our lives, we must simplify and deepen our minds. When we become more centered, clear, spacious, caring, and open, there is suddenly much more room in our frenetic lives for both others and ourselves."
—Lama Surya Das
This is the season when many people talk about losing a few pounds here and there. As you decide what to feed your body, take time to think about what you feed your mind. Here are a few things to consider.
- Avoid empty information calories. Just like junk food is harmful to our bodies, junk information dulls our minds. (Here's the link to the post about my "Information Impact Quotient" approach).
- Look for fresh ideas that forge new pathways in the brain. Try new approached to old problems. Evaluate situations from different perspectives.
- Appreciate diversity. Develop a curious mind that wants to wander and explore.
- Make healthy thought choices. Ban toxic thoughts. Cherish positive, invigorating ideas.
- Look beyond the packaging to discover the essence of things.
- Don't feed on spoiled leftovers. Let go of the notions that don't work for you anymore. Release the attachments.
- Be mindful as you consume information. Slow down. Take time to reflect on the meaning and usefulness of what you read and hear and integrate it into your existing knowledge base.