I like to practice what I call mind hygiene. I do my best to keep the inputs as clean and healthy as possible. That may vary from person to person but for me it means little to no TV. For me, most TV is at best a waste of time and at worst, outright poison for my mind, my health, my success and happiness in life. Yes, I know that there are many shows and even channels that are full of good shows that are positive, helpful and entertaining. For me, it is easier to avoid the whole routine of watching TV so I do for the most part.
I am a reader, however, and the same can be said about books and programs. Much of it could be a waste of time for you or could even be poison for you. Your selections matter. They matter a lot. There are excellent, nourishing, challenging reads; there are decent, informative reads that are not so challenging but are still helpful and then there is the trash read, which tears down; and everything in between. I choose to stay centered on those things that I believe are building me and enriching my life. Which is not to say that I don’t see the magazine covers at the airport and sometimes take a second glance. 😉
The people with whom you speak and surround yourself also might be a source of wisdom, strength and encouragement. Or they might be a huge drain on you physically, emotionally, mentally or energetically. Some of these you may not be able to change, at least not right away but you can choose to limit your time and exposure and you can choose to seek out those who are aligned with where you want to be. Notice, I didn’t say where you are. That is important, too, but you will naturally attract and find those on your current wavelength, lest you be pulled down or helped up. We can choose to seek those who can lift us up and we can reach out and pull others up (with their cooperation) from our place of strength. If you are not conscious about your role in helping those behind you come up to where you are, then you are likely to leave them behind, which is okay if they are not ready to move, or much worse, you will stay where they are. If you are aware going in, it will be harder to hold you back. If you are not, it will be nearly impossible to break that amazing subconscious power exerted on you to stay with the group.
Have you thought about your mind hygiene and how to improve it or even why you might want to consider it? Most people don’t. I didn’t. That is why I help people with it today, because of how it changed my life when I finally did.