We floss and brush our teeth to keep them clean, and healthy. Many also visit the dentist at least once a year.
We eat good foods, exercise, diet, and visit the doctors for blood work to ensure we’re physically up to shape.
We shower daily to keep clean and refreshed.
But what can we say for mental showers? Or mental flossing? How about mental dieting or exercises?
Society has welcomed talk about mental health, and much of it focuses on mental illnesses or work-life balance. But mental health is just that, the health of your mind. It could not have any illnesses, but be out of shape, tired and malnourished.
When was the last time you checked in with your mind?
Here’s a list of daily questions that Marcus Aurelius would ask himself in the practice of mental flossing.
1) What am I lacking in attaining freedom from my desires?
2) What can I say for my search for tranquillity? Peace? One’s harmony with the world?
3) What am I? A rational being? An emotion being?
5) What then is demanded of me?
6) How did I steer away from serenity, peace, harmony?
7) What did I do that was unfriendly, unsocial, or uncaring?
8) What did I fail to do in all these things?
It’s important to remember that Marcus was writing for himself and never intended others to read it. But in reading between the lines of the more philosophical questions, we can find our own set of questions.
What question do you ask yourself every morning, that helps recalibrate yourself, anchor your thinking, and floss your mind?