Fat people apparently chew their food about 15 times on average before they swallow. Lean people chew theirs closer to 45 times.
That’s what they say.
Chew your food. Masticate deliberately. Take your time. Eat mindfully. Break it down. Explore the flavours and textures. The quality. The freshness. Unleash the nutrients. Make it easier for the body to process.
That’s good advice.
Now replace food with dogma.
Other people’s dogma. Their wisdom, rules, facts, doctrine, advice.
Chew your dogma. Mentally masticate. Take your time. Be mindful of what it is and where it came from. Break it down. See what it’s made of. See who is behind it. Sniff out its quality. Check for freshness. Unleash the knowledge nutrients. Make it easier for the mind to process.
That’s good advice too.
Just like what you eat matters, so your mental diet matters.
Quality in. Quality out.
Sometimes I get to the end of a meal and I can’t remember chewing at all. I’ve just rattled through on autopilot. Watching something else. Distracted. A couple of chews and then wolfed down, like a…pig.
It’s the same with information and knowledge and the dogma of others. How much do we really chew it over before we swallow it? These days I’d bet less and less.
Haven’t got time! Busy busy. Gotta go.
But just as not chewing your food properly leads to indigestion and fatty bum bum, then swallowing other people’s advice and ‘facts’ can lead to mental indigestion. And an obese mind.
You can’t just swallow blindly. Distracted. Without question. You have to chew.
Work out what it means to you. What you can take from it. Think about it. Analyse it. Grind it over. Tear it apart. Look at the results.
Then, and only then, should you swallow.
Swallow the meat and spit out the gristle.
If you just swallow the wisdom of others without seeing if it makes sense to you, you’ll just end up with gas.
Everything you put into your mind or body.
It’s the only way to release all the nutrients.