Ok. Here I go: spitballing out some of my ideas. Let's see how this thing works, shall we?
Your body. My body. EVERYBODY is a complex and massively intelligent filter. Consider digestion: we chew food so that it becomes energy, right? That is the body's filtering process in action on the most basic level. So what's happening there? Your mouth, saliva, digestive juices, stomach, small intestine, liver, spleen, gall bladder, kidneys, large intestine, bladder, colon, and so much more are all working to filter your food from its external form to its life-giving form. Your body is filtering the purity from the refuse. What we end up with are nutrients for our blood, organs, muscles, and brains and... poop.
The thing is that our filtering system doesn't begin or end with food. Rather it's an all encompassing filter process that we get to take part in. Consider the information. If it's perpetually stressful and antagonizing then it's somewhat more challenging to filter out the bad and find an encouraging mood, yes? If the pictures that you see are only puppy dogs and babies then it may be somewhat more challenging to engage in complex social conversations. You mind. My mind. EVERY MIND is a filter.
What about work? What you put into it comes out of it, yes? If you intentionally face challenges with integrity versus a "let's just get this shit over with" mindset then the work that you produce will be altered.
I could go on and on (who knows, I just might someday). My point is this: we have the tremendous honor in this life to choose what we put into our minds and bodies. We DO NOT, however, have the option of choosing everything that comes our way. Sometimes, despite all of your effort to eat a whole food diet and read Pema Chodron books, cheetos go in the mouth and white supremacists dominate the news. It's our job to learn how to filter the good from the bad. It's our job to take the nutrients that come with an awesomely healthy diet and learn the lessons that come from leaning into the the drive-thru.
What goes in must come out. Let's keep it real.
Yoga Teacher. Thinker of things.
Sometimes I just need to empty the contents of my brain into words.