It’s often been said, “You are what you eat.” Standing at the checkout line, it’s easy to see those that make healthy eating a priority over others. But if those same people also spend their time worried, frustrated and angry, the benefit of the things in their shopping carts have been lost.

Healthy eating is very important. But what matters even more than what we put in our bodies is what we feed our minds. In the words of Grand Master Nan Lu, “You are what you think!” So, what is it that you think about? What crosses your mind in the times that you are sitting still? Do you have a quiet, peaceful mind or is your mind constantly running?

Take a few moments to reflect on how others might describe you. Then think about the characteristics that are best representative of you as an individual. List 5 of those characteristics on a piece of paper. Now take a moment to reflect on what makes you uniquely special. Are you kind, loving and patient? Or are you motivated, driven and fiercely independent? Find the good in your list. Find the good in you!

Any “negative” adjectives on your list can be seen as a positive, if viewed in the proper light. For example, a shy person might be reflective and a messy person might be creative.  In the words of Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” So focus on the good within you and train your thoughts to see the good in every situation.

 

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