Intelligent optimists are generally health conscious people who know how to take care of themselves and their families. All of us probably realize that what you put IN your body is very important. So hopefully you are eating a clean diet. My favorite book on the subject is Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. In it he encourages us to avoid “manufactured food-like substances” or processed foods.
One area of toxicity that often is overlooked though, is what you put in your ears, eyes and mind. I am talking about what you ingest mentally; the news, newspapers, movies, etc.
Sadly, the news and media these days are flooding the airwaves with negative, anxiety and fear-producing stories. While it is important to know what is happening, I would strongly suggest being careful about taking in too much of that fear and negativity. It can be bad for your health.
Just as you wouldn’t mindlessly slather on toxins in your skin care or ingest nasty chemicals in your food, please be careful about what your mind ingests. Look for positive, inspiring stories (like those found in Ode), movies and music to lift your mind and heart. Take joy in the blessings of health, family and friends. And if it is getting you down, turn off the news.
I wish you a happy and healthy 2009. I strongly believe that in making conscious choices and efforts to improve our state of mind, we make the world a better place for ourselves and each other. Lets make it better together.
Mike Arsenault is a licensed acupuncturist and founder of Emily Skin Soothers Inc.
Ode is the magazine for intelligent optimists. For information or to subscribe, visit the site here.