The Danger of the Unguarded Mind

We protect everything of value except our minds.

We protect everything of value except our minds.

Do you have a lock on the doors of your house? I’m willing to bet that you do. I’m also willing to bet that you lock your car doors, that your money is in a secure location, and that your phone, bank account, and emails are all password protected. When we place value on something, we do as much as we possibly can to protect that thing. But so many of us live our lives paying little to no attention to what we let enter and take up room in our minds. The human mind is like fertile soil; what is planted and watered is what will grow. So why do so many of us engage in activities and consume content which is ultimately demoralizing and disempowering to us?

Oftentimes, we’re not even aware that we’re doing this. We will watch television that causes us panic or anxiety, engage in conversations which causes us anger and frustration, remain in spaces where we are being ignored or silenced on a regular basis, yet remain confused as to why we constantly feel like crap. There is so much wisdom that comes from being open-minded. But there is even more wisdom to be found when a person accepts that not every idea needs to entertained, not every person requires a response, not every situation deserves a reaction, and not everything you feel needs to be acted upon. When we accept these truths, and become more discerning about what thoughts we dwell on, and if/how to act on them, we can begin to take back our power.



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