Good Nutrition for Your Soul
“Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.”~ Pythagoras
How many times a week do you think about your physical health? Maybe you make sure to only buy organic produce and get to the gym at least 3 times. You might be one of millions that take vitamins and supplements and drinks only filtered water.
Most of us put a lot of effort into our physical health. Or at least we work real hard to look good in a bathing suit! But how many of us think about how and what we are feeding our soul?
Every day we are bombarded with negativity from the media, politicians and each other. Some of this we can’t easily avoid, but some of it we can.
I used to think that being “in the know” was vital to my navigating the system. I couldn’t stand being out of the loop about anything and made it my business to get as much information about what was going on on campus as I could. I told myself that being in the thick of things would help me do a better job and advance my career.
But I realized what I was actually doing was unknowingly bringing toxic energy into my body, mind and soul. The numerous conversations I was involved with, many of them negative – and some downright nasty, were not helpful to my work, to helping students, or to setting my staff up for success. In, fact, these conversations were little more than gossip sessions and guessing games about what moves the leadership would make next. When they didn’t make the move we had all guessed, it was a great excuse/opportunity to complain about something.
What good can come from any of that? NONE.
What all of this negativity does do is slow down your productivity, decrease your drive, and cloud your mind with uncertainty. Once I became aware of the toxicity I was INVITING into my life, I removed myself from situations where it would lead to those type of conversations.
And you know what happened?
I began to feel a shift in my energy. It was the kind of shift I have heard nutritionists talk about when someone, after many years of eating processed foods, begins to put wholesome, healthy foods into their body.
Our souls are very similar. They feel bad when we pollute them with toxic negativity and they feel good when we feed them love, kindness and inspiration.
It’s not only the health of your body that determines how effective you are at your job and at your life, it is also the health of your soul.
Are you feeding your soul positivity or negativity?
Debra Y. Griffith
Dean of Student Equity and Success at West Valley Community College
Consultant | Speaker | Coach |Strategist |Trainer