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A Healthy Mental Diet

“It’s not how big the house is, it’s how happy the home is.”. – Unknown.

“If you haven’t been in someone’s shoes, don’t try to tell them how to tie their own laces.” -- Unknown

“Remember, everything can vanish in the blink of an eye.” – Unknown

Wow, this Unknown person is pretty smart huh? These three quotes came to me today (not my original sayings) and at first I thought it was random, unrelated. As I sat with each of them, however, I see that it is all intertwined. You see, it’s about life y’all. Here’s what I got as I sat with this lesson: If I am not okay where I am – my home – then the question is “why not and what would it take for me to be happy where I am?” It’s not about the house. The house is just a cover, the same as my human garment that covers my spirit. If that place I reside in feels like a prison, like four walls that are closing in on me, it is time to figure out what’s happening on the inside of that house. If my skin is starting to feel too constrictive and I am not happy when I look in the mirror, same thing. There are people who are perfectly content with sitting in their houses and throwing rocks at other people’s houses because they refuse to look inside of their own. That person may be going through unimaginable things, struggles that we have no idea they are dealing with. If we are only looking at the outside of their house, we will never see their soul; yet, we want to judge them unworthy and only accept them if they think like we do. Wanting others to change so we can be “happy” is like demanding the sun slow down so we can have more time in the day. We want what we want when we want it. How silly are we to think that those things we think are so important to our happiness will matter at all at the end of the day? The big homes, the fancy cars, the perfect neighbor – what does it matter if we have it all and we are empty inside because we don’t know ourselves?

Dear Angels, my teacher says, “Man can go round and round in the same circle of disappointments and misfortunes, not seeing them as caused by his own negative inner talking, but as caused by others.” It is much easier to blame anybody other than ourselves for our feelings of unhappiness and emptiness. How can we change our mental diet to consume only that which will be fulfilling and create inner peace and happiness?

Dear Ones, just as you provide nourishment for your physical body to keep it healthy, it is even more important to fill your mind with the ultimate diet of positivity and creative imaginings. You often find yourselves in a state of hunger and thus you begin to try to satiate yourself with whatever is easy to grab and consume. This habit spills over into your mental body as well. You may be feeling restless and discontent, even bored, and begin to seek something that will fill that longing. Usually when you are binging on the physical level it is because of poor planning. You didn’t take time to ensure that you would have something available at the time your body is depleted and in need of nourishment. Dear Ones, the mind works the same way. Many of you leave it to happenstance as to what the mind will be fed and then you find it seeking and possibly encountering things that are not conducive to your inner growth, but are only a distraction from your purpose for being. Drama energy in the mental body is equivalent to candy in the physical body. It is best to pass that aisle and fill your basket with the raw natural nourishment which will strengthen you. Prepare ahead of time for the restlessness and know what you will consume. When you feed your mind positive thoughts and remind yourself in your inner conversations about your unlimited potential, then you are creating an environment conducive to transformation. This, Dear Ones, is what will last inside of your spirit.

Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.

Today, I promise to feed my mind the sweet fruits of acceptance, the bread of nonjudgment, the nectar of hope and the blended medley of peace and love.

Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri is the Peace Campaign Coordinator for We, The World and the founder of a nonprofit organization, Angelspeakers Inc., which offers educational workshops and events centered around environmental awareness to include animals and nature, peace advocacy opportunities and ancient wisdom teachings. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace.

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