You are what you feed your body and you are what you feed
How to change YOUR
life and YOUR world in a week
subject of diet is one of the foremost topics of the present day in public
interest. Newspapers and magazines teem with articles on the subject. The
counters of the bookshops are filled with volumes unfolding the mysteries of
proteins, starches, vitamins, and so forth. just now the whole world is
food-conscious. Experts on the subject are saying that physically you become
the thing that you eat that your whole body is really composed of the food that
you have eaten in the past. What you eat today, they say, will be in your
bloodstream after the lapse of so many hours, and it is your blood-stream that
builds all the tissues composing your body -and there you are.
course, no sensible person has any quarrel with all this. It is perfectly true,
as far as it goes, and the only surprising thing is that it has taken the world
so long to find it out; but in this pamphlet I am going to deal with the
subject of dieting at a level that is infinitely more profound and far reaching
in its effects. I refer of course to mental dieting.
most important of all factors in your life is the mental diet on which you
live. It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole
character of your life. It is the thoughts you allow yourself to think, the subjects
that you allow your mind to dwell upon, which make you and your surroundings
what they are. As they days, so shall they strength be. Everything in your life
today the state of your body, whether healthy or sick, the state of your
fortune, whether prosperous or impoverished, the state of your home, whether
happy or the reverse, the present condition of every phase of your life in
fact-is entirely conditioned by the thoughts and feelings which you have
entertained in the past, by the habitual tone of your past thinking. And the
condition of your life tomorrow, and next week, and next year, will be entirely
conditioned by the thoughts and feelings which you choose to entertain from now
other words, you choose your life, that is to say, you choose all the
conditions of your life, when you choose the thoughts upon which you allow your
mind to dwell. Thought is the real causative force in life, and there is no
other. You cannot have one kind of mind and another kind of environment. This
means that you cannot change your environment while leaving your mind
nor-and this is the supreme key to life and the reason for this pamphlet -can
you change your mind without your environment changing too.
then is the real key to life: if you change your mind your conditions must
change too- your body must change, your daily work or other activities must
change; your home must change; the color-tone of your whole life must
change-for whether you be habitually happy and cheerful, or low-spirited and
fearful, depends entirely on the quality of the mental food upon which you diet
be very clear about this. If you change your mind your conditions must change
too. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds. So now you will see that
your mental diet is really the most important thing in your whole life.
may be called the Great Cosmic Law, and its truth is seen to be perfectly
obvious when once it is clearly stated in this way. In fact, I do not know of
any thoughtful person who denies its essential truth. The practical difficulty
in applying it, however, arises from the fact that our thoughts are so close to
us that it is difficult, without a little practice, to stand back as it were
and look at them objectively.
that is just what you must learn to do. You must train yourself to choose the
subject of your thinking at any given time, and also to choose the emotional
tone, or what we call the mood that colors it. Yes, you can choose your moods.
Indeed, if you could not you would have no real control over your life at all.
Moods habitually entertained produce the characteristic disposition of the
person concerned, and it is his disposition that finally makes or mars a
cannot be healthy; you cannot be happy; you cannot be prosperous; if you have a
bad disposition. If you are sulky, or surly, or cynical, or depressed, or
superior, or frightened half out of your wits, your life cannot possibly be
worth living. Unless you are determined to cultivate a good disposition, you
may as well give up all hope of getting anything worth while out of life, and
it is kinder to tell you very plainly that this is the case.
you are not determined to start in now and carefully select all day the kind of
thoughts that you are going to think, you may as well give up all hope of
shaping your life into the kind of thing that you want it to be, because this
is the only way.
short, if you want to make your life happy and worth while, which is what God
wishes you to make it, you must begin immediately to train yourself in the
habit of thought selection and thought control. This will be exceedingly
difficult for the first few days, but if you persevere you will find that it
will become rapidly easier, and it is actually the most interesting experiment
that you could possibly make. In fact, this thought control is the most
thrillingly interesting hobby that anyone could take up. You will be amazed at
the interesting things that you will learn about yourself, and you will get results
almost from the beginning.
Now many people knowing this truth, make
sporadic efforts from time to time to control their thoughts, but the thought
stream being so close) as I have pointed outs and the impacts from outside so
constant and varied, they do not make very much progress. That is not the way
to work. Your only chance is definitely to form a new habit of thought which
will carry you through when you are preoccupied or off your guard as well as
when you are consciously attending to the business. Thisnew
thought habit must be definitely acquired, and the foundation of it can be laid
within a few days, and the way to do it is this: Make up your mind to devote
one week solely to the task of building a new habit of thought, and during that
week let everything in life be unimportant as compared with that. If you will
do so, then that week will be the most significant week in your whole life. It
will literally be the turning point for you.
If you will do so, it is safe to
say that your whole life will change for the better. In fact, nothing can
possibly remain the same. This does not simply mean that you will be able to
face your present difficulties in a better spirit; it means that the
difficulties will go. This is the scientific way to Alter Your Life, and being
in accordance with the Great Law it cannot fail. Now do you realize that by
working in this way you do not have to change conditions? What happens is that
you apply the Law, and then the conditions change spontaneously. You cannot
change conditions directly you have often tried to do so and failed but go on
the seven day mental diet and conditions must change for you.
then is your prescription. For seven days you must not allow yourself to dwell
for a single moment on any kind of negative thought. You must watch yourself
for a whole week as a cat watches a mouse, and you must not under any pretense
allow your mind to dwell on any thought that is not positive, constructive,
optimistic, kind. This discipline will be so strenuous that you could not
maintain it consciously for much more than a week, but I do not ask you to do
so. A week will be enough, because by that time the habit of positive thinking
will begin to be established. Some extraordinary changes for the better will
have come into your life, encouraging you enormously, and then the future will
take care of itself. The new way of life will be so attractive and so much
easier than the old way that you will find your mentality aligning itself
the seven days are going to be strenuous. I would not have you enter upon this
without counting the cost. Mere physical fasting would be child's play in
comparison, even if you have a very good appetite. The most exhausting form of
army gymnastics, combined with thirty mile route marches, would be mild in
comparison with this undertaking. But it is only for one week in your life, and
it will definitely alter everything for the better. For the rest of your life
here, for all eternity in fact, things will be utterly different and
inconceivably better than if you had not carried through this undertaking.
not start it lightly. Think about it for a day or two before you begin. Then
start in, and the grace of God go with you. You may start it any day in the
week, and at any time in the day, first thing in the morning, or after
breakfast, or after lunch, it does not matter, but once you do start you must
go right through for the seven days. That is essential. The whole idea is to
have seven days of-unbroken mental discipline in order to get the mind
definitely bent in a new direction once and for all.
you make a false start, or even if you go in well for two or three days and
then for any reason "fall off" the diet, the thing to do is to drop
the scheme altogether for several days, and then to start again afresh. There
must be no jumping on and off, as it were. You remember that Rip Van Winkle in
the play would take a solemn vow of teetotalism, and then promptly accept a
drink from the first neighbor who offered him one, saying calmly: "I won't
count this one." Well, on the seven day mental diet this sort of thing
simply will not do. you must positively count every lapse, and whether you do
or not, nature will. where there is a lapse you must go off the diet altogether
and then start again.
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