Most of us have heard the saying “You are what you eat” which is designed to help us be mindful of the food we consume for what we consume does impact the health and appearance of our body. Gore Vidal’s quote “The brain that does not feed itself eats itself” reminds us to be mindful of what and how we feed our brain. In a given day we are bombarded with all kinds of messages, images and sounds which feed our brain. The question is are we feeding our brain a diet of fast food and not paying much attention to the content of what we are exposing ourselves to or are we being mindful of the brain food we ingest?
Most of us know that it is easier to eat on the go, stop at a fast food chain and grab a quick meal than it is to plan out our meals and cook meals with fresh foods. We also know that a steady diet of fast food will lead to health issues for us. The same applies in regards to the information that we ingest on a daily basis. There is an old saying about computers “Garbage in, Garbage Out” which simply stated that the computer can’t discern what is and isn’t valuable information. The computer is at the mercy of the person imputing the information, if we input bad information than the output will be bad information. Our onboard computer, the brain, is very much like the computer, if the input is garbage than the output will be garbage. This is why it is so important to be mindful of what we feed our brain.
I will not attempt to list what is valuable information for us to expose our brain to VS what information is junk that does not provide us any value. This is up to each individual to discern. We each know what is of value and what is simply brain candy. The key is to be mindful of what we expose ourselves to and in what quantity. I will be the first to say that sometimes it serves us well to have a little brain candy.
We need to ask ourselves what are we exposing our brain to and what is the frequency of the exposure to certain information. It is important to also look for balance in what we are feeding our brain. For instance, maybe all you read is non-fiction books on history, or all you read are sports related books. While the information that you are ingesting into your brain is good information for you the fact is that the information you are inputting may be one dimensional. It is important that we take time and mindfully open ourselves up to other forms of information. We can do this by changing the genre of reading material we expose ourselves to. If we love fiction we could pick up a non-fiction book to read. If we love romance movies it may serve us to see a drama or a documentary. It is when we feed our brain multi-dimensional information that we open ourselves to a wider range of information and in doing so we stretch our brain and allow for more creativity in all aspects of our life.
Today, let’s reflect on the information that we expose ourselves to. Let’s consider what we watch on television, the DVD’s that we watch, the videos and movies that we watch on the computer, blogs we read, books we are reading, newspapers, the radio programming that we are listening to, books on CD that we are listening to and the people whom we are having conversations with. Remember, we receive information from many sources and that much of the information we receive is not mindful. Consider the information that you are exposed to that you can be mindful of and make a decision to discern the value of the information and the balance of information that you are feeding your brain.
“Some people drink at the fountain of knowledge; others just gargle”