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Natural Awakenings Rhode Island

The Mental Diet for 2019

by Celeste M. Warner

The holiday season is over and tropical winter vacations and summer are right around the corner, which also means an obsession with weight and bathing suit season. We dread going into dressing rooms, with unflattering lighting to look at what one more holiday dessert has done to our bodies and our skin.

So, what would weight loss for the brain would look like? It’s not a suggestion to reduce the number of brain cells we have (although it might be fun), but rather a suggestion to look at how our thoughts weigh us down and stop us from living our lives. Author and speaker, Carolyn Myss, tells us that what we give weight to makes our life wait. The things we fuss and worry about prevent us from doing fun things or having great relationships.

Imagine that every negative thought that we had about ourselves or someone else was an unhealthy calorie that we are feeding our brain. Can you imagine how out of shape our thinking would be? Perhaps we tell ourselves that we don’t deserve to be wealthy or have a great relationship. Maybe we’re thinking like a victim and blaming others instead of taking 100 percent responsibility for all our experiences. Maybe we even enjoy “judging” others for sport and waste precious time comparing our life to those around us. These negative thoughts of judgement and put downs wreak havoc on our ability to see life clearly.

Possibly we need to go on a mental diet in order to create the lives we want. For example, if we’re too obsessed with fitting into last year’s suit, we might miss out on all the fun times we plan to have with our family this year by the pool.

So, what is it that weighs you down? Is it work, home, friendships? We should all go on a mental diet, refusing to give our minds any unhealthy thoughts. Instead, we should feed our minds with uplifting thoughts about what is possible. In this world of infinite possibilities, our life is simply waiting for us to create it through our healthy and positive thoughts. Exercise discipline in one’s thinking, and steadfastly refuse to give weight to anything that makes us wait for our life anymore.

Rev. Celeste M. Warner is an executive coach, trainer and senior minister at The Center for Spiritual Living Southern Rhode Island. For more information, visit