Pay attention to what you pay attention to

If you want to change the way you think, you have to be intentional about what you feed your mind. After all, our thoughts determine our actions, and thus, the way we live our lives.
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You are what you eat. 

This is also true for the information that we consume and how it affects the way we think. Our thoughts are shaped by what we read or learn or listen to. 

Do you feed your mind with people’s rants or complaints on social media?

Who do you follow or listen to or get influenced by? 

Are you intentional about the information that you consume or do you find yourself aimlessly scrolling down your social media newsfeed?

If you want to train yourself to think in a particular way, if you want to change the way you think, you have to be intentional about what you feed your mind. After all, our thoughts determine our actions, and thus, the way we live our lives.

In this day and age of social media where information comes from anyone and anywhere and in an instant, we tend to simply consume whatever is out there.

We have to pay attention to what we pay attention to. We have to be deliberate about what we read, what we watch, or what we listen to. We can’t just consume whatever is out there.

We also can’t feed our minds with temporary things like complaints or rants or superficial updates on the lives of people whom we do not know deeply (and who also do not know us deeply).

We have to feed our minds with things that can uplift us or help us become the people we want to be. We have to feed our minds with things that last like knowledge, wisdom, virtues, and stories that inspire. We have to feed our minds with things that are eternal.

What do you pay attention to? What do you feed your mind?

Be intentional about it.

 

P.S. Choosing what we pay attention to is like choosing the battles we fight. Many times, we can choose not to. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus chose His battle and did not argue or debate with the elders, priests, and scribes. Jesus chose not to pay attention to their trap:

“[The chief priests, the scribes, and the elders] said to Jesus, ‘By what authority are you doing these things? Or who gave you this authority to do them?’ Jesus said to them, ‘I shall ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Was John’s baptism of heavenly or of human origin? Answer me.’ They discussed this among themselves and said, ‘If we say, ‘Of heavenly origin,’ he will say, ‘[Then] why did you not believe him?’ But shall we say, ‘Of human origin’?’—they feared the crowd, for they all thought John really was a prophet. So they said to Jesus in reply, ‘We do not know.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things.’” — Mark 11:28-33

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