In Ayurveda we understand that everything we encounter acts as food. The food we eat acts as food for the physical body. The sounds, sights, tastes, smells, and sensations of the world around you act as food for the senses. The situations and relationships you interact with act as food for the mind. It's helpful to understand all of these experiences of the material world as food because it's also important to remember that we need to digest them.
If you eat too much physical food, let's say you're grazing buffet style, you will likely be unable to digest all that you've taken in. First, excess nutrition will be stored by the body in the form of excess weight. Additionally, the food that the body is unable to digest will begin the putrification process in the gut and become the morbid toxic plaque we identify as āma.
Likewise, if you feast on too much sensory input, you may max out your sensory digestion. These undigested sensory perceptions can overwhelm the digestive process, making you feel overwhelmed, anxious, fatigued, or exhausted.
And if the situations and relationships we encounter and interact with overwhelm our mental/emotional digestion, the residue from these experiences will be stored in the body as undigested emotion, stress, or pain.
More recently, I've been making a conscious effort to turn my awareness away from endless streams of information and towards means of information that are intentionally chosen. In this exploration, I was recently listening to an interview with Dr. David Frawley, an esteemed Vedic scholar. This excerpt stands out as a reminder to use your digestion wisely. Whether your physical digestion, your energetic digestion, or your mental digestion. You most likely wouldn't line up daily at an endless buffet for the physical body, so why do so for the energetic and mental bodies.
Don't give your attention away for nothing. Your power of attention is the most valuable thing you have, so please use it in a powerful way. ~Dr. David Frawley