Pursuing the Beautiful

Do you pursue and seek out beautiful and interesting art? Or are you content with what is easy and given to you?

My friend Jared posted something to Facebook the other day to the effect of "If we want to be healthy than we fill our bodies with healthy food. Why would we think that the mind is any different?". This has stuck with me ever since I read it. 

It's true isn't it? 

How much crap do we let in all the time just because it is there. I am beggining to think that this my have a bigger effect on me than I realized. 

The paleo diet has this rule that you can either eat food or poison, and there really isn't any in-between. I wonder if we shouldn't think about what we fill our minds with this similar dichotomy. 

I think we could learn a lot by asking ourselves regularily "is what I am doing right now making me a better person?" and if the answer is no, maybe we could find a better way to spend that time. 

I am not at all suggesting we only read educational books and listen to classical music while learning a new language, I think laughter, joy, and fun are hugely important to living a meaningful life, but I am suggesting that there is a lot of entertainment that maybe isn't so healthy for us.  A lot of things we spend our time with may be hurting us and we don't realize it. 

I am going to try really hard this week to be consious of what I am filling my heart and mind with. I am going to do my best to avoid the negative and destructive and instead pursue that which is beautiful.

Join me?