Happy New Year!!! I hope you have a lovely, blessed, healthy, and productive year! Time goes fast, so let's make the best of it. =)
I'm starting this year with a cleanse - a fast for my mind. Should I call it a mental fast?
The only mental food I'll be taking in (as far as I can help it) is the Word of God and the unbound books of nature, practical work, and my own life experience.
Because "it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God" Matthew 4: 4.
I have learned recently, that it is possible to be a mental inebriate. Just as overeating clogs the physical system, reading too much, or overstuffing the brain with information clogs it and hinders it and the thinking process.
I have spent many years in school stuffing my brain beyond capacity with lectures and books.
Outside of that, I love to read and have enjoyed the reading of many, many books since I was a little girl. I am never far from a book, and usually carry something to read wherever I go.
Have you ever felt compelled to read something...anything!?
I feel that way sometimes. Reaching the highest growth and development possible is my desire. I want to drink in knowledge and know it all, and sooner rather than later. Surely reading a lot would get me there...
But the reading of many books provides too much information to take in all at once. Nevermind trying to remember it all.
I have learned from my own experience thay overating (even of the best food) gets in the way of the proper digestion and absorption of that food. Overeating causes my stomach to be full and overworked. My body cannot be properly nourished.
It dawned on me the other day that over stuffing my brain with information does the same thing!
Is it possible to be filled with facts, but starved of knowledge and understanding?
The wisest human to have ever lived said, "...of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh" Ecclesiastes 12: 12.
That's been my problem. Just as too much food rewarded me with ill health, too much study has brought it's fair share of problems. And now my brain needs rest.
I listened to an encouraging lecture series by W. D. Frazee. He suggests slowing down the reading and only taking in as much as you can digest. It's not about how much you take in, but how well you digest it. Then it should be translated into action. I like the way he put it. "Read. Think through. Then do!"
The same principle is there in the efficient digestion of food. If I want the best digestion, I must take one bite at a time. I chew it well - into a thin cream before swallowing and letting the stomach and intestines do their part. To digest well, I must stop eating before my stomach is full.
I'm proving from my own experience that this is the way to extract all the nutrients I need from the food. It's not to take in more, it is to chew more!
That way I can grow strong and healthy and live a full, active life.
So my personal challenge during this fast is to take in only so much reading as I am able to translate into action. I'm looking forward to this!
It's a relief to me to know that I can let up a lot on that tiresome reading. I've already experienced some amazing things from eating less. I cannot wait to see the changes that come with reading less.
One last thing.... I suspect that as in the case of eating less, I will get more out of less reading if I "chew," that is, think about what I have read more.
Update, February 8, 2018: The fast was great! It was just what I needed. was great! Since then I have been more careful about my reading. I am aiming to read less and to retain more, and take the time to put what I am learning into practice. Slow is better!
Have you ever done a mental fast, or a media fast? Share your story below!
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Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Psalm 103:1-3
If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. Exodus 15: 26