Just a heads up: I've realised I use the word "shit" a fair amount in this post. You've been warned.
The idea of "you are what you eat" popped into my head this week. I sat with that thought for a little while and digested all that it meant to me. I realised that it goes so much further than just eating and drinking.
Digestion starts in the mouth. We place food in, chew (this is a good idea for those who don't do it, by the way), then swallow. The enzymes in the mouth start to break down the food being eaten, so the stomach doesn't have to work as hard (hence why chewing is so important). As this liquidy feast sloshes its way through the digestive tract, our cells and microflora absorb all the goodies (and the notso-goodies) that pass. I won't go through the entire digestive process for you here, but I'm sure you get the idea. At the end of the day, or the beginning for a lot of us, we excrete a product of our own making.
Such is the same with everything else we consume.
Our eyes take in the scene around us, the TV shows or movies we watch, and the actions of others. Our ears take in the music we listen to, the people who talk to us, and all audible signals around. We are consuming so much more than just what we put into our bodies physically.
If I surround myself with, let's say this outright, bitches, spinning their Bitchy McNegative-Bitchness, then this is exactly the thing I will become. I am absorbing all the hate that these people are producing. If I eat that shit up, my breath is going to stink. What else can I expect?
This doesn't necessarily have to be a meal I am willing to sit down to, napkin tucked into the front of my shirt and cutlery poised and ready in each clutching fist, there is such a thing as passive consumption. Negativity can latch on and seep its way into the bloodstream just by being surround by it. If one is immersed in shit... Well... If it looks like a duck and smells like a duck... Quack.
Everything we take into our bodies, in any shape or form, becomes part of us. One with us. And, if we are one, then we are it.
By purifying our thoughts and intentions, we are altering our internal environment. But this can only go so far. A person needs to cleanse their external environment as well. Otherwise, what is the point of trying to think cleanly, when everything that filters in is tainted with scum.
If there are people who make you unhappy, remove them from your life. (DISCLAIMER: I do NOT mean "from the face of the Earth. I mean, just stop allowing them to have a presence in your existence. I don't recommend nor condone murder.) If you live for the weekend because you hate your job, look for something else. And, yes, it is that easy. It just takes courage.
Find all the things that bring you joy and delight. Welcome them into your home, body, mind and soul, and become them. Become all that you love in this world. You, and all those around you, will thank you for it.