Happy Truth Thursday!
I hope everyone has gotten off to a great start to the month of May. I am not sure how May found its way here so quickly, but here we are. Today we are looking at disciplining the mind. It takes work not into fall into habits of old thought patterns of fear. It isn't automatic, but it is necessary. I'll let you hear from my friends within.
There is a need for discipline of the mind. For your mind cannot control you. You must control it.
Just as the physical body gets tempted so does the mind. You get tempted to think the things that you fear. You let your mind rest on these fears till they begin to eat you up. You give up control to these fears and then you blame other people or situations.
This is the lesson we have given you and you would do well to apply it consciously. If your thought is the voice of fear - centred on the past or future and avoiding the present moment- Discard it. Allow only thoughts in your mind that are directly related and applicable to your present moment.
Even fantasies are dangerous because they are often rooted in speculation, false expectations, rash judgements, used to cover underlying fears, propagate procrastination and avoid dealing with the present situation appropriately.
Always question your thoughts- always.
- Is this thought rooted in the past, circling around things that I cannot change?
- Is this thought projecting onto the future, imagining things based not on truth, but on untested and unverified expectations?
- Is this thought a judgement - assuming that I know all the facts and thus have the right to judge?
- If this thought were to play out in real life, will I be happy about it?
Discard thoughts that you won’t want to see played out in real life.
Discard thoughts distract you from making the most of the present time and are based on speculation.
Discard thoughts that hold on to the past and use past perceptions and judgements to determine the present and future states.
Phil 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, what is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.”
Your Friends Within.