We protect our computers with anti-virus software, our homes with alarm systems, and our cars with locks. We go out of our way and spend money to protect the things we value from theft and damage. More and more I believe we are missing the mark and unaware that we neglect to protect one of our biggest assets: our brain.
I don’t know about you but I am highly influenced and affected by the things I see on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I’ve often said, if it were not for my business and wanting to keep in contact with faraway friends and family I would delete my Facebook account immediately. I go on FB to check if I have any messages or share some info and I can’t help but see posts that get me all fired up. I get tense, frustrated, agitated and annoyed. With all the political garbage out there right now it’s at an even higher level. I’ve realized that all this “stuff” out there is damaging to my outlook and attitude. It makes me ugly inside. I’m not saying we should be ignorant of what’s going on in the world, but I think feasting on negativity, anger, and hate is detrimental to our health and emotions. I don’t need to watch the news everyday to know that there is evil in the world and that people are hurting and in need. Instead of ranting and raving and posting hateful memes maybe that energy can be redirected into doing something positive and helpful to humankind. Let’s face it, no politically charged rant or slam has ever changed a person’s mind or influenced them to a cause; it only further instills resentment and negativity.
There are a lot of people in the world who are poor, homeless, suffering, persecuted, harmed, and victimized and no amount of hateful posts does anything to help them. If people want justice and something to be done then talk with your wallet, hands, feet, and heart…not your index finger. It’s easy to sit behind a computer screen and spew hate. It’s quite the opposite to actually go out and do what you expect others to be doing. Wishing, hoping, yelling, and tearing down people who hold a different opinion is empty and worthless “action”. Regardless of your political views, if you aren’t happy with your life or it pains you to see injustice in the world, search out ways where you can help and take positive action. How can we all perpetuate kindness, generosity, and love? Hating on our government doesn’t help the woman who is being sex-trafficked or the homeless starving child who sniffs glue to dull the hunger pains.
Because I believe in a person’s right to free speech and I can’t control what people say or post on social media I will have to step up my game and be more intentional about protecting my brain. I know myself. I know I can’t help but get caught-up, passionate, and fiery when I see things that get under my skin. Like installing that anti-virus software onto my computer I need to set up boundaries to protect and filter what I allow into my brain because it ultimately influences my health, emotions, and overall outlook on life. I am the gatekeeper of my brain.
What does this look like? Fo me it means drastically limiting my Facebook time and what I choose to view (including unfollowing people). It means filling my brain instead with positive, motivational, and edifying words, information, and entertainment. I truly believe the phrase, “garbage in, garbage out.” When I nurture my heart, soul, and mind with good things it not only makes me happier but more motivated to get out in the world and serve others. Check out this great article for more on this. The Bible says “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.“(Luke 6:45). I know this to be true from personal experience. Whatever I feed my brain and heart will come out in one way or another…and I don’t want it to be bad.
Lastly, my final argument for protecting your brain; INHALE ESSENTIAL OILS. (Shameless but pertinent plug) When we inhale essential oils those molecules travel to the limbic system of the brain within seconds. The limbic system is the seat or control center for our emotions and memory. When we breathe in the aroma of pure essential oils we take care of and support our brain! Essential oils have the ability to calm, relax, uplift, de-stress, and energize us.
So, my advice to you (and myself) is: find ways to control what you allow into your noggin, use essential oils to make your brain happy, fill your brain with GOOD things (“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”) and go out and love on people. You will be happier and the world will be too.