So much stressed is placed on improving one’s physical diet that the aspects of improving one’s mental diet is usually overlooked or occurs as an afterthought and manifests in the form of censure, stating that it is forbidden to think certain thoughts and engage in certain activities as though this form of prohibition really makes an impact to those most likely to indulge in negative behaviour.

We cannot expect people to act in a certain manner wholeheartedly when their mental diet is polluted by the thoughts they harbour which is often caused by the direct environment and personal interactions they find themselves in as well as the manner of speech and action they are exposed to whether in person, on the radio, on the Internet, or in television shows.

Constantly being exposed to images of crime, brutality, tears, and pain even on the television or even through one’s choice of reading materials can have no positive effect on the psyche even if we have momentarily indulged our wanting to be entertained it is at the cost of our long term peace of mind.

We must be mindful of our thoughts, words, and actions as well as the thoughts, words, and actions we allow into our awareness be it in the form of a friend, a relative, a book, a video or audio recording of any sort because our minds are very receptive, sensitive, and malleable to all sorts of stimuli.

There is no such thing as harmless entertainment because even enjoying the macabre, the horrific, and the violent from the comfort of one’s own armchair or in the cinema programs and affects our minds in some way and the aggregates effects would manifest and influence us in some manner.

To be in the company of positive people in a nurturing environment and to be exposed to positive, life-affirming, and inspirational media is something to be sought for in our quest to improve our mental diet. As with everything, it starts one step at a time.

(c) Niconica 2013

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