Are you aware how positively or negatively you are living? Many people arenât.Â They function of auto-pilot and donât seem conscious whether what they are doing or how they are doing something may be harming them.
Thereâs a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk called Thich Nhat Hanh.Â He has written many books and speaks about what he calls âmindful consumptionâ. Mindful consumption has its roots in precept number 5.Â Thich Nhat Hanh says about himself…
“Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I am committed to cultivate good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practising mindful eating, drinking, and consuming. I am committed to ingest only items that preserve peace, well-being, and joy in my body, in my consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family and society. I am determined not to use alcohol or any other intoxicant or to ingest foods or other items that contain toxins, such as certain TV programs, magazines, books, films, and conversations.”
It may seem strict to some people to consider information as toxic and poisonous. But if we are participating in more negativity than positivity â how can we expect to be live happy lives? What we put in is what we get out.
Putting this law into effect if we are spending time watching overly dramatic and traumatic television programs, articles and films this is what we will create in our own lives.Â Dram and trauma.Â Knowing that what we focus on we get, it is helpful to control what we are putting into our lives.
We donât do this consciously, this is the point.Â We just blindly accept and pay attention to whatever is going on around us, even if that something is not peaceful and positive. Look carefully and consciously at every thought, conversation and action.Â Watch and read inspiring movies and books.
The more positively we live, the more positive our mood, emotions and physical bodies will be.Â If we keep living negatively our negative disposition will continue and our physical bodies are at risk of disease.