30 Days of Rest: Day 19

IMG_0337.PNGWhile grocery shopping yesterday, I laughed at my purchases as I read all of the BOLD words informing me what was NOT in my cart: additives, antibiotics, gluten, pesticides, GMOs, sugar, hormones, high fructose corn syrup.

We are a culture obsessed with not putting anything bad into our body. My daughter was reading about some of the terrible chemicals and toxins that humans were exposed to in the 1950s she closed the book and said, “I think our bodies are made to filter the bad stuff out.”

Yes, she is right. We call it waste.

My friend, who is a healer, tells me that our cells, which are continually taking in everything and keeping the good and getting rid of the bad, are how our immune system takes care of us. He says that when our bodies experience stress our cells are being cramped like little raisins and do not have access to the tiny internal system that keeps them keeping us healthy.

He believes that it is only through healing our stress-worn bodies that will allow us access to our immune system. He also believes that our lifestyle is making us sick. We use up the superpowers of our body to manage daily life instead of allowing a savings account to accumulate for that rainy day.

Sometimes it can feel like every day is a rainy day.

I tried to do some research on cells for you. Even the dummies books were too much for my brain, but this made sense to me:

“Cells rely on garbage disposal systems to keep their interiors neat and tidy.

If it weren’t for these systems, cells could look like microscopic junkyards—and worse, they might not function properly.

So constant cleaning is a crucial biological process, and if it goes wrong, it can cause serious problems.”

When we rest, we give our body what it needs in order for that garbage disposal to function properly.

Our brains go through a similar filtration process when they are healthy except with our brains attention is our immune system.

Thomas Davenport and John Beck, in their book The Attention Economy, write,

“Attention has become the new currency. We have to invest it wisely and carefully and guard it as our most precious commodity. We may call ourselves consumers, but we in fact are consumed by the information we ourselves. Attention is filtering things out to focus on one thing, not trying to be aware of and deal with many things.

Nobel prize-winning economist Herbert Simon points out the cost of the increasing demands of our attention. He writes, ‘What information comsumes is pretty obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hense a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention'” (Toxic Success by Paul Pearsall).

Imagine how much information you take in every day. Your mind needs time and space to decide what of that information is valuable and important to you and what it needs to let go of.

May your mind and your body keep what they need and let go of everything else.