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WHAT DO WE PUT INTO OUR BODIES?


Every day there is a lot that enters our bodies. Not only food and drink, but also everything that comes inside through our eyes, our ears, and our noses. Thich Nhat Hanh, a teacher of mindfulness uses the concept of “diet” to refer not only to what we consume in terms of food and drink, but also what we consume with all our senses. He invites us to draw our awareness to the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, and how this impacts upon our sense of well-being and consciousness. We can become aware of “toxins”, not only in what we eat or drink, but also in the things we read, the media, certain television programs or maga- zines, films, conversations, and the numerous forms of advertis- ing that invite themselves into our lives.


What is entering your body during the next week? Where does it come from? How much of it comes inside? How does your body react to that? And your mind? Did you choose for it yourself or did you admit it automatically? How do you get along with all the stuff that is forced upon you? Are there any chances of choice?


What are you actually eating? What are you actually drinking? How does your body react to it? And your thought and feelings?


What do you see? What enters your eyes? Nature or city? Stuff in the house? Other people? Your body in the mirror?


Television images? Texts from books, newspapers, magazines? Art? Waste?


How does your body react to it? And your thought and feelings?


What about the sounds, hearing and listening? Music? Talks? Gossip?


Loud or soft? Stories of others?


The sound of your own voice? Television sounds? Radio?


Sounds of your environment? How does your body react to it? And your thought and feelings?


What do you smell? Which smells come into your body? Odor of yourself? Odor of others?


The odor of your house?


What does your food and your drink smell like? Smells in nature? Smells in the city? How does your body react to it? And your thought and feelings?


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