You Are What You Eat

You are what you eat applies to your mind as well as your body.  Your subconscious mind is a sponge.  What are you feeding it?  Does controversy, violence, pain and suffering fill your eyes and ears daily from your television, radio and relationships?  Your subconscious mind is absorbing this and then using it to generate what Bill Harris calls your Internal Map of Reality.  Your senses receive millions of impressions each second and only a small percentage are passed through to your conscious mind.  Most of the data is deleted.  Those impressions allowed to pass through determine what you focus on and what you experience.

You aren’t even aware that the other impressions existed.  Some of the data that survives is then distorted to conform to what you value and believe is true.  The subconscious mind strives for consistency with your existing Internal Map of Reality even if your Map is inadequate.  Once again, you are not aware how the data is distorted.  Finally, some of the data is combined to reinforce generalizations and stereotypes you believe are true whether or not these beliefs are serving you well.  And again, you are not aware of what the original data was nor how it has been generalized.  How adequate is your Internal Map of Reality?  Who wrote it?  Are you traveling the highway of life using a 40 year old map written by your parents?  The key is to increase your awareness and this is best accomplished through daily meditation.  This also feeds your subconscious mind soul food from your heart.  This is crucial if you want to determine who you are and how you create your reality.

Life Coach – Dr. Dean R. McCormick

1 thought on “You Are What You Eat”

  1. Rev. Carol Wood says:

    I enjoyed your statement that our subconscious mind is a sponge and that we feed it everyday with what surrounds us. Having been in care giving positions all my life I was often surrounded by great tragedy and sorrow as people made their journey through life. I also celebrated wonderful joyous occasions at the same time. Surrounded by joy and sorrow together makes you very aware of the negative and positive energies within your body, mind, heart, and soul.

    Early on as a pastor I learned that when a dear parishioner died all my positive strength and energy would be depleted by the time the person passed over to be with God. I found that in order to maintain my pastoral care giving role I had to recharge my spiritual energy. I would take every opportunity to kneel at the altar of my church to find peace in my soul and praise God for the wonderful life that had passed back into His arms.

    I walked the path of saying good bye to our dear loved one with their family and friends. Along the way I would preach their final sermon to the empty church. I always found that when I did this God cleansed my sorrow by allowing healing tears to flow as I preached. When finished with my final good bye I would kneel to pray. I was always filled with great joy as I felt the spirit of my beloved departed kneeling beside me. This was our last earthly good bye until we meet again in heaven.

    Bill Harris’ Internal Map of Reality certainly applies to all of us as we go about our daily routines. Clearly as a pastor one has to be very aware of the daily negatives and positives that come into our lives. We need to all focus on what we keep within our bodies and spit out what doesn’t taste right.

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