The Earth, itself, is like a huge gigantic wild farm where survival is a daily goal. This wild farm is organizationally different from what modern humans would create. If you walk into any modern farm, you expect to see some form of ‘human’ order. You will see oranges planted in a linear fashion. This linear planting fashion is not just aesthetically pleasing, it makes it easy for the plants to be tended to and also makes the harvest easier.
One cardinal theme, you will notice in any farm is that a seed or plant is placed on the ground (or the equivalent) and then the waiting begins. This is what I call ‘plant and wait.’ It is the job of the farmer to provide fertilizer, water and other protection to enable the seed grow successfully into maturity. Weed removal, occurs at this period.
Now the human mind is also like a farm. If you plant something there, you have to wait on it for it to grow. The mind and the body are together, hence the phrase ‘mind-body.’ In essence, when you plant certain things on the body, you are also planting it on the mind. One part of the body, that has attracted the interest of scientists for a long time is the gut. Scientists know that certain emotions can affect the function of the gastro-intestinal tract. Anger for instance, can increase gastric acid secretion and lead to peptic ulcers. Emotional disturbances are known to affect the gut and digestive issues are also known to affect the mind.
So what simple thing can we plant into the mind?
I’d say let’s start with vegetables. We can start with something like broccoli. It can be steamed for four minutes so the nutrients are preserved. Here are a few things you’d benefit from eating the Broccoli:
Cancer prevention. According to the website webmd.com, broccoli can be used for the prevention of the cancer of colon, prostate, breast, bladder and stomach.
Anti-inflammation: the components of broccoli boosts the bodies anti-inflammatory potential
Anti-oxidants: broccoli contains good quantities of vitamin c and other anti-oxidants that can help the body prevent and fight cancer and other diseases
Omega-3 Fatty acids: these FAs have plenty of positive health benefits including effects on mood.
Detoxification: Broccoli can boost the body’s ability to remove toxins.
Digestive support: broccoli is a good source of fiber which is important for smooth transport of Gastro-intestinal continents, slowing the absorption of glucose into the blood stream and for hosting intestinal bacteria (prebiotic).
Anti-cholesterol: Broccoli lowers bad cholesterol
B vitamins; good source of b-complex vitamins. Also an important source of vitamins A and K.
What I am trying to urge you to do is to plant health in your mind by planting broccoli into your body. After introducing broccoli into your body, the job is not done. The waiting period has begun. This is similar to the farmer’s tasks of ensuring that the seed does well.
Here are two things you can do while you wait for the health you planted in your body to grow;
Sleep 7-9 hours per day. Children require more sleep.
Use this track here to get yourself 5-20 minutes of meditation
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