Mind Ecology: Thoughts That Can Help Us or Hurt Us

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“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ~ Winston Churchill

Our bodies are the home that we live in, and we do have control over our inner ecology. We can choose what we put into our bodies, choosing foods that nourish and support our system. We can avoid food or substances that are toxic or harmful.

Similarly, we can move our bodies away from people or situations that cause us stress, tension or unhappiness. We can also choose to avoid places where the air is polluted, and drink pure, clean water.

One of the most important things we can do is to keep our minds clear, calm and positive. Even the healthiest body can be compromised by a mind that is stressed, obsessed, negative, judgmental or adversarial.

We take the functioning of our minds for granted, and often think thoughts just come, and we have no control over them. This is true until we learn to use our minds, rather than just letting our minds use us.

We can choose the kinds of thoughts and attitudes our minds will broadcast out to the rest of our body. It is important to learn to make healthy choices in thoughts, just as we do for food. Negative thoughts cause harmful chemicals and hormones to be released which compromise our immune system.

We cannot blame other people or the world for the thoughts we create in our heads. We cannot always control what happens in our lives, but we can control how we think about it. Since the choice is ours, we might as well make it positive and life enhancing.

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