Your body needs food, and your mind does too. But most of us feed our minds “junk food.”

Here’s a typical scenario: you wake up, and while still lying in bed, you start to go over what you have to do that day, your worries, and your stresses. By the time you’ve gotten ready for work, you might be in full fight-or-flight mode about something that is weighing heavy on your mind, and you arrive at work already tense and agitated.

This affects you throughout the day. You might feel scattered and unable to focus. You might be more irritated with your coworkers. You might feel lethargic and uninspired, and you might be stuck on a problem and unable to think your way out of it.

That night when you come home, you’re too emotionally and mentally exhausted to even think about going to the gym. It feels better just to veg out in front of the TV, and mindlessly let the news and sitcoms take you away from your worries.

The next morning… you repeat the process.

Finally (finally!!!!) the weekend comes, and you might experience some temporary relief as you have fun, but by Sunday you’re already revved up, stressed out and dreading the coming week.

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It doesn’t have to be this way.

Feeding your mind the junk food of your worries, the negativity of the news and the pointlessness of canned entertainment, doesn’t do anything FOR you. It just makes you more tense.

Here is how you can learn to feed your mind with the highest quality thoughts, so that you create a positive inner atmosphere that feels good, and makes you happy:

First thing in the morning, feed yourself mental images and feelings, using all of your senses, to visualize yourself as the best you can be on that day.

Imagine yourself cheerfully commuting to work instead of letting traffic upset you.

Imagine yourself being productive, optimistic and positive at work no matter what chaos is around you.

Imagine yourself being extra friendly and kind to everyone.

Imagine yourself being confident.

Imagine yourself interacting in loving ways with your family, even if they’re pushing your buttons.

Imagine yourself feeling energized all day so you can focus and have the energy to take care of your body with exercise. Feel the joy of movement and the way exercise leaves you pumped up and happy.

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Imagine yourself eating the best quality foods.

Imagine yourself taking the time to work on your passions and big goals, even for just a few minutes.

Imagine yourself solving all of your challenging problems.

Imagine yourself relaxing and allowing difficult situations to resolve themselves, or for answers to come to you.

Imagine being in the Flow (the Zone).

In short, imagine the day going exactly as you want it to go, and if you anticipate a difficult day, mentally rehearse yourself confidently making the very best choices in your words and actions.

Imagine what can go right, and mentally rehearse yourself overcoming any challenges you anticipate or fear.

What a lovely way to start the day!

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Last thing at night just before you go to sleep, spend a few minutes giving thanks.

Give thanks for everything that went well today.

Give thanks for every challenge – and dig deep to find the hidden blessings and benefits in adversity.

Give thanks for creativity, focus, perseverance, kindness, compassion, boldness and joy you felt today.

Give thanks for your fears and what they are teaching you.

Give thanks for the people you interacted with today, even (especially) the ones who challenged or upset you (what are they teaching you about yourself?).

Give thanks for all the good in the world.

If you take a few minutes to do these exercises every day, you will be less influenced by the negativity of the media, as well as any negativity coming from people around you.

You will feel more motivated and inspired to follow through on making this a great day – and a gratitude practice will help you appreciate life, even when it doesn’t seem to be going your way.

Positive visualization and gratitude are two of the very best “foods” you can feed your mind on a daily basis. Do this every day and watch your outlook change, and your happiness grow!

Why not check out our Gratitude Exercise video below that’s been watched by over 40,000 YouTubers…



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    14 replies to "Are You Feeding Your Mind Junk Food?"

    • Iftikhar Ahmed Khan

      Thank you Michael for the insightful blog and the video at the end of it. Enjoyed it all.

      • Project Meditation

        We sincerely appreciate your honest feedback Iftikhar and we’re pleased to hear that you enjoyed the video.
        – the Project Meditation team 🙂

    • Rita Maughan

      Thank you for this video, it really made me stop and think about what is often in my mind, and how all the ‘good stuff’ is missing. Learning how my mind works should help me a great deal.

      I send my regards to Iftikhar and to all the other people who receive project meditation.

      • Project Meditation

        We’re so delighted to hear you’re benefiting so much Rita and appreciate your time in posting immensely – the Project Meditation team 🙂

    • Lynne

      This sound track is truly amazing , so uplifting .Thankyou so very much

      • Project Meditation

        It’s wonderful to hear your honest and much appreciated feedback Lynne – the Project Meditation team 🙂

    • Charlotte Hoevring

      Thank you for your blog I really appreciate it.
      I do see my lifte as beautiful and I am grateful for it. But I can’t say that I identify with all the perfect people in perfect situations in this beautiful video 🙂

      • Project Meditation

        Thank you so much Charlotte for taking the time to share your valuable thoughts with us. Namaste
        – the Project Meditation team 🙂

    • Janet Richardson

      Thank you so much for the video I felt wonderfully calm within seconds.

      • Project Meditation

        That’s fabulous to hear Janet …. we’re so pleased it had the desired effect. We appreciate your support greatly!
        – the Project Meditation team 🙂

    • cindy

      thank you! it inspires me any way and defintely need it! i am spoiled over with too much negativity in my life and so are the feelings sometimes too..thnx again interesting article however!

      • Project Meditation

        We’re so pleased to hear this weeks blog post has inspired you Cindy. We look forward to hearing yours and others continued feedback.
        It really is invaluable to us – the Project Meditation Team 🙂

    • Thank You

      “Feeding your mind the junk food of your worries, the negativity of the news and the pointlessness of canned entertainment, doesn’t do anything FOR you. It just makes you more tense.”

      Meditating, getting rid of the TV and a few other things; they are the best changes that have happened to me.

      Thank You for this post.

    • Ria Swift

      It might sound antithetical but, coming from someone who has been meditating since 1974, there is no need to imagine yourself going through your day. It can actually backfire. You also are not tuning into the flow, unless you only want to tune into your intended flow. It is better to get your mind quite like the small lip of an ocean wave that barely moves at all. When the ocean wave is as close to being flat as possible the right wind will take that wave in it’s best and direction. When I put my spin on what my day is going to look like I have pushed the wave in my direction. I am then no longer in the flow state. In order to flow through life effortless, I have experienced, the less mind involved the better I am, the better my day is, the more open I am to the righteous flow that moves beyond me and into the greater cosmic activity of all life.

      I do not want to be in charge of creating my day. I want to be completely dissolved into the moment, which is where all consciousness connects and the great Intelligent Thought can take me much farther than I can take myself. I tap into this state, Creator State, much better when I am not imagining my day but letting myself be pulled and guided in the best direction for me and you in that moment. It is a state of surrender, of letting go. I can then listen to what is next and better be accessible to what is needed from me in any particular moment.

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