How many times have you heard the adage “You are what you eat?” The same can be said about reading. You are what you read. Whatever you feed your brain, that is the connection that you are promoting. The connections that form in the brain are the result of the stimuli that we receive. So, if we feed the brain garbage, we better beware, because that is the connection that we are forming. Despite all our medical and scientific advances, much of how the brain works is still a mystery. But we know for sure that the brain is making connections as we learn and receive more stimuli.
So when Rene Descartes – the philosopher – said, “I think therefore I am,” we can say that he was not only referring to the cognitive and thinking process, but for sake of this argument, of the possibility of becoming in the sense of what we feed our brains. How does a college student become a physician? By learning, reading, and studying to be one. He becomes the information that he studied.
The possibilities are infinite. By feeding our brain the right kind of information we become. Take your goals into consideration. For example, do you want to be in a better financial position? Then, start feeding your brain the kind of information that will take you there.
We also read for entertainment. It relaxes us, and takes us to another world. When is time to come back to reality the reading material that we choose to advance ourselves, is as important as the air we breathe. Many of us use reading as an escape to reality, or a tool for learning, but it can be much more. Reading can be a positive power of suggestion, a tool to make you achieve your potential.
So, next time you pick up that book (or magazine, or whatever) – are you feeding your brain a healthy diet?