Hello, HOPE-lovers and welcome to Thankful Thursday!
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…~ Proverbs 23:7a
I recently watched a very thought-provoking interview with world renowned cognitive neuroscientist, Dr. Caroline Leaf. She was discussing one of her books, “Think & Eat Yourself Smart”, and the topic of thankfulness came up.
(Photo taken from Dr. Leaf’s Facebook business page @drleaf; no photo credit was given)
She made this point: the (physical) reason why we say “grace” before eating any meal is because it will allow the body to digest the nutrients more completely. She went on to say that even if you have a healthy plate of food before you, toxic thinking will rob your body’s ability of receiving and implementing its nutritional value!
It’s as if the diet has little to do with our actual health.
Now, she did not deny the theological and doxological purpose for saying “grace,” but she certainly added a very interesting shade to the whole process. We say “grace” before a meal because we are grateful to God, not because it’s the routine. And if we’re not grateful, this is our opportunity to establish gratitude.
Our well-being literally hangs in the balance here!
Research shows that unless you eat mindfully, thinking correctly before, during, and after eating, you won’t give your body the correct nutrition. Eating is 80% thinking!
Eating and thinking are so intertwined that what you are thinking about before, during, and after eating will impact every single one of the 75–100 trillion cells in your body, including the cells of your digestive system. Your state of mind will have a negative or positive influence on your digestive health, and your digestive health will also have a negative or positive influence on your state of mind. (see more at http://drleaf.com/blog/63-days-to-think-and-eat-yourself-smart/)
So what are you thinking? If you’re unsure, ask others since they observe it through your living. Are you choosing life and health? Be honest. As I look at my own life, I realize that this is much more difficult than I presumed.
“Whatever you are overflowing with will spill out when you are bumped.” ~ Ravi Zacharias
What fills your heart, mind, and soul? Whenever the issues of life ‘bump’ into you, know that it will spill over.
Humans were wired to be thankful. Being ungrateful is toxic, poisonous, and deadly! And as the Scripture above indicates, we are what we think. But there’s good news — Dr. Leaf’s work indicates that we can think differently. And if we can think differently, we can be different!
We can be better, free, clean, unashamed, and empowered.
Where are you today? Know this: wherever you find yourself today is not where you need to be the rest of your life! Start the process now to “renew your mind.” (Rom. 12:1-2)